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What does this tell you about Christianity?

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The Jewish Messiah originally meant a divinely appointed king; David, Cyrus the Great, and Alexander the Great[1] are examples of such. Later, especially after the failure of Bar Kokhba's revolt, the figure of the messiah was one who would deliver the Jews from oppression and usher in a new world.

Simon of Peraea (ca. 4 BC), a former slave of Herod the Great who rebelled and was killed by the Romans.[2]

Athronges (ca. 3 BC)[3], a shepherd turned rebel leader.

Jesus of Nazareth (ca. 4 BC — AD 30-?), a wandering prophet and teacher who was crucified by the Romans; Jews who believed him to be the Messiah were the first Christians, also known as Jewish Christians.

Menahem ben Judah (?), allegedly son of Judas of Galilee, partook in a revolt against Agrippa II before being slain by a rival Zealot leader.

Vespasian, c.70, according to Josephus[4]

Simon bar Kokhba (?- ca. 135), founded a short-lived Jewish state before being defeated in the Second Jewish-Roman War.

Moses of Crete (?), who in about 440-470 convinced the Jews of Crete to attempt to walk into the sea to return to Israel; he disappeared after that disaster.

Ishak ben Ya'kub Obadiah Abu 'Isa al-Isfahani (684-705), who led a revolt in Persia against the Umayyad Caliph 'Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan.

Yudghan (?), a disciple of Abu 'Isa who continued the faith after Isa was slain.

Serene (?), who around 720 claimed to be the Messiah and advocated expulsion of Muslims and relaxing various rabbinic laws before being arrested; he then recanted.

David Alroy (?), born in Kurdistan, who around 1160 agitated against the caliph before being assassinated.

Nissim ben Abraham (?), active around 1295.

Moses Botarel of Cisneros (?), active around 1413; claimed to be a sorcerer able to combine the names of God.

Asher Lemmlein (?), a German near Venice who proclaimed himself a forerunner of the Messiah in 1502.

David Reubeni (1490-1541?) and Solomon Molcho (1500-1532), adventurers who travelled in Portugal, Italy, and Turkey; Molcho was eventually burned at the stake by the Pope.

A mostly unknown Czech Jew from around the 1650s.[5]

Sabbatai Zevi (1626-1676), an Ottoman Jew who claimed to be the Messiah, but then converted to Islam; still has followers today in the Donmeh.

Barukhia Russo (Osman Baba), successor of Sabbatai Zevi.

Jacob Querido (?-1690), claimed to be the new incarnation of Sabbatai; later converted to Islam and led the Donmeh.

Miguel Cardoso (1630-1706), another successor of Sabbatai who claimed to be the "Messiah ben Ephraim."

Mordecai Mokia (1650-1729), "the Rebuker," another person who proclaimed himself Messiah after Sabbatai's death.

Löbele Prossnitz (?-1750), a proven fraud who nevertheless attained some following amongst former followers of Sabbatai, calling himself the "Messiah ben Joseph."

Jacob Joseph Frank (1726-1791), who claimed to be the reincarnation of King David and preached a synthesis of Christianity and Judaism.

Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), the seventh Chabad Rabbi who tried to "prepare the way" for the Messiah. Some of his followers believe him to be the Messiah, but this belief is declining.[6]


Christian messiah claimants

See also: Second Coming and List of people who have claimed to be Jesus

Verses in the Bible tell that Jesus will come again in some fashion; various people have claimed to, in fact, be the second coming of Jesus. Others have been styled a new messiah still under the umbrella of Christianity.

Simon Magus and Dositheos the Samaritan[7], mid first century

Montanus, who claimed to be the promised Paraclete, mid second century

Adalbert, a bishop who claimed miraculous powers circa 744. The Pope excommunicated him.

Tanchelm of Antwerp (ca. 1110), who violently opposed the sacrament and the Eucharist.

Ann Lee (1736–1784), a central figure to the Shakers who thought she "embodied all the perfections of God" in female form.

Bernhard Müller (c. 1799–1834) claimed to be the Lion of Judah and a prophet in possession of the Philosopher's stone.

John Nichols Thom (1799-1838), a Cornish tax rebel.

Arnold Potter (1804–1872), Latter Day Saint schismatic leader; called himself "Potter Christ"

Hong Xiuquan of China (1812-1864), claimed to be the younger brother of Jesus.

Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), born Shiite, adopting Bábism later in life, he claimed to be the promised one of all religions, and founded the Bahá'í Faith.

William W. Davies (1833–1906), Latter Day Saint schismatic leader; claimed that his infant son Arthur (b. 1868) was the reincarnated Jesus Christ

Father Divine / George Baker (c. 1880 – September 10, 1965), an African American spiritual leader from about 1907 until his death who claimed to be God.

Georges-Emest Roux (1903-1981), the "Christ of Montfavet," founder of the Universal Christian Church.

Sun Myung Moon (b. 1920), founder o


This is a list of everyone who claimed to be a messiah.

Update 2:

and claimed to have divine proof.

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    That Christianity is a load of BS.

  • 1 decade ago

    the messiah was the liberator of the Jews. The messiah would lead the Jewish people into a new age in which there would be no more bondage and exile. They wanted someone to rise up against Rome and take down that empire, just as many other people had done the same in Jewish history. Jesus came with a message the people didn't expect, he came to liberate the world from sin and death. Rather than just free Israel, he freed the entire world. This confused most of the Jews, especially after Christ died. They thought he had failed. When Christ resurrected, this opened many eyes to what God and the prophets really meant about the messiah/christ.

  • Graham
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Apart from this line, nothing:

    Jesus of Nazareth (ca. 4 BC — AD 30-?), a wandering prophet and teacher who was crucified by the Romans; Jews who believed him to be the Messiah were the first Christians, also known as Jewish Christians.

    What does it tell you?

  • 1 decade ago

    Many will come claiming to be the Messiah. Proves to me the Bible was right.

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  • Dicoll
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Those who presume to speak for a god, effectively become that god, because there in no one there who will object. All prophets are false prophets.

  • K~WOO
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    That's just a partial list.

    There were 6,000 gods, 2,000 who are still current.

    makes one think...hmmmm.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You will not convince them, they don't want to see their wrong ways

    "You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep". ~Navajo Prove

    Source(s): atheist, ex-christian
  • Jeff M
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    That there are lot of people that tried to live up to the REAL one. They all died. Only ONE raised Himself from the dead.

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