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Jews, do you believe in a Messiah?
I didn't say Jesus, so don't start assuming. If so, who? And why?
- bob7777Lv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Messiah----From the Hebrew root verb ma·shach′, meaning “smear,” and so “anoint.” (Ex 29:2, 7) Messiah (ma·shi′ach) means “anointed” or “anointed one.” The Greek equivalent is Khri·stos′, or Christ.—Mt 2:4, ftn.
In the Hebrew Scriptures the verbal adjective form ma·shi′ach is applied to many men. David was officially appointed to be king by being anointed with oil and so is spoken of as “anointed one” or, literally, “messiah.” (2Sa 19:21; 22:51; 23:1; Ps 18:50) Other kings, including Saul and Solomon, are termed “anointed one” or “the anointed of Jehovah.” (1Sa 2:10, 35; 12:3, 5; 24:6, 10; 2Sa 1:14, 16; 2Ch 6:42; La 4:20) The term is also applied to the high priest. (Le 4:3, 5, 16; 6:22) The patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are called Jehovah’s “anointed ones.” (1Ch 16:16, 22, ftn) Persian King Cyrus is termed “anointed one,” in that he was appointed by God for a certain assignment.—Isa 45:1
In the Christian Greek Scriptures the transliterated form Mes·si′as occurs in the Greek text at John 1:41, with the explanation, “which means, when translated, Christ.” (See also Joh 4:25.) Sometimes the word Khri·stos′ is used alone with reference to the one who is or who claims to be the Messiah, or the Anointed One. (Mt 2:4; 22:42; Mr 13:21) In most of its appearances, though, Khri·stos′ is accompanied by the personal name Jesus, as in the expressions “Jesus Christ” or “Christ Jesus,” to designate him as the Messiah. At times the word is used alone but specifically referring to Jesus with the understanding that Jesus is The Christ, as in the statement, “Christ died for us.”—Ro 5:8; Joh 17:3; 1Co 1:1, 2; 16:24.
Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures. At Daniel 9:25, 26 the word ma·shi′ach applies exclusively to the coming Messiah. However, many other texts of the Hebrew Scriptures also point to this coming One, even if not exclusively so. For instance, Psalm 2:2 evidently had first application at the time when Philistine kings tried to unseat anointed King David. But a second application, to the foretold Messiah, is established by Acts 4:25-27, where the text is applied to Jesus Christ. Also, many of the men called “anointed” in various ways prefigured, or pictured, Jesus Christ and the work he would do; among these were David, the high priest of Israel, and Moses (spoken of as “Christ” at Heb 11:23-26).
Prophecies not using “Messiah.” Numerous other Hebrew Scripture texts that do not specifically mention “Messiah” were understood by the Jews as prophecies applying to that one. Alfred Edersheim located 456 passages to which the “ancient Synagogue referred as Messianic,” and there were 558 references in the most ancient rabbinic writings supporting such applications. (The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, 1906, Vol. I, p. 163; Vol. II, pp. 710-737) As an example, Genesis 49:10 prophesied that the ruling scepter would belong to the tribe of Judah and that Shiloh would come through that line. The Targum of Onkelos, the Jerusalem Targums, and the Midrash all recognize the expression “Shiloh” as applying to the Messiah.
The Hebrew Scriptures contain many prophecies that provide details about the Messiah’s background, time of appearance, activities, treatment by others, and place in God’s arrangement. The various indications about the Messiah thus combined to form one grand picture that would help true worshipers to identify him. This would provide a basis for faith in him as the true Leader sent by Jehovah. Though the Jews did not recognize ahead of time all the prophecies that related to the Anointed One, the evidence in the Gospels shows that they had sufficient knowledge by which to recognize the Messiah when he did appear.
Today, those who regard themselves as literal Jews are still looking for the Messiah. But they do have several problems. First and foremost has to do with what happened in 70 CE. Rome sacked Jerusalem. During that sacking, the Temple was razed. Clear to the very floor, it was destroyed. Why is this important? The official genealogies were all destroyed. What does that matter? No Jew today can determine what tribe he belongs to. No Jew can be a priest. No Jew can be a king. There can only be a Rabbi or teacher. No one can claim to be of the Kingly tribe, Judah. No one can be a Levite or of the house of Aaron.
So today, many Jews are teaching that a messiah is not important. Others refuse to look at their Torah and seek to find the one in fulfilling the prophecy of Daniel as to the time of his anointing.
However, today some Jews do understand the messiah prophecies. And they are happy to have found the Messiah. They know him to be a mighty King who will rid this world of all unrighteousness.
When this happens all conjecture will cease.
- divorahLv 67 years ago
The word 'messiah' is the anglicisation of the Hebrew 'moshiach'. The word moshiach translates to 'anointed'. The title of moshiach was given to any person who was appropriately anointed with oil as part of their initiation to their service of HaShem. We have had many moshiachim (pl) in the form of kings, priests, prophets, and judges. There is absolutely nothing supernatural about a moshiach.
This being said, there is a prophecy of a future moshiach, however, this is a relatively minor topic in Judaism and the Tanach.
The Jewish requirements of hamoshiach are:
* Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28)
* Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6)
* Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4)
* Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: "HaShem will be King over all the world -- on that day, HaShem will be One and His Name will be One" (Zechariah 14:9)
* Hamoshiach must be descended on his father's side from King David (Genesis 49:10 and Isaiah 11:1)
* Hamoshiach will lead the Jewish people to full Torah observance. The Torah states that all mitzvot remain binding forever, and anyone coming to change the Torah is immediately identified as a false prophet. (Deut. 13:1-4)
If a person is hamoshiach, it is self evident.Source(s): Jewish
- HLv 47 years ago
Yes, but the definition of Messiah is a political leader that will bring about peace. We know because God promised us that we would have King from the line of David that would do so.
We know we are praying to the right God because He revealed Himslef to our ancestors. In other words, if He wouldn't have told us, we wouldn't know, but He did.
- 5 years ago
From a Christian point of view on the messiah, I believe it's Jesus Christ of Nazareth the messiah. He has fulfilled the messianic prophecies regarding to it. But the way he became the messiah was radical and modern. He performed miracles such as turning water in red wine and cured blind people and mute people and other afflictions that people endured. Unless anyone eats of his flesh and drinks of his blood, they cannot have life within them. Meaning in the Catholic Christian point of view, the unleavened bread becomes his body and the red wine is his blood during daily catholic mass. And forgiven of their sins.
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- JosephLv 67 years ago
They believe that A Messiah is yet to come they know nothing of this Messiah that they are waiting for, when he has all read come . For there be only one Messiah and that is Jesus Christ yet the Jews people call them selves Gods people and yet deny his only begotten of the father Jesus the Christ. if they were Gods chosen people they would pray and each ask for them selves if Jesus be the true Messiah but they do not. for they are no long Gods people they the high Priest practice Priest craft have no authority to perform Gods ordinances . How can a people who say that they are of God and that God is the lord there Jehovah and deny his son who came into the world to take upon him the sins of the world, if they are but willing to believe in him. For do they not know that only thru and in the name of Jesus Christ can man be saved and there be no other way .the Jewish people need wake up and go on bending knees and with a true heart ask about Jesus the Messiah if he be the one and they who ask with real intentions shell have the truth manifested unto them. when the time shell come that Jesus shell return for the second coming they the Jewish people will see him and Jesus Christ will say to them I was taken by my own people and crucified then shell they morn for what evil they did unto there Redeemer the Messiah in have him be crucified mocked and disgraced in public put to shame by his own kind. They who ask with real intention shell be give the gift of the truth thru the holy spirit to all they who soften there hearts to the truth.
- zaq77Lv 57 years ago
The Messiah is Jesus Christ, the Son of the Only True God, and that is a fact, whether people choose to believe it or not.....John 3:16 and John 17:3
- JPLv 77 years ago
I certainly do believe mankind is moving slowly towards a messianic era. You can see the slow march of progress towards a peaceful world and where senescence could be done away with.
- SUPERSTARLv 67 years ago
well some believe in a messiah and others a messianic age , I am not jew but what was I learned
- ?Lv 77 years ago
As I understand it, yes. However, Jesus was not it. If he had been, we would be in a messianic age.