I hope you get a chance to read the Torah (the Pentateuch or the first 5 books of the Bible) and especially the prophetic books that tell much of the Messiah’s coming. The book of Isaiah is just filled with prophecy from beginning to end, especially chapter 53.
Why did the Jews reject the Messiah that God sent to them? This is what is says in Isaiah 30:9 “For this is a rebellious people, false sons, sons who refuse to listen to the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, “You must not see visions” and to the prophets, “You must not prophecy to us what is right, speak to us pleasant words, prophecy illusions. Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.” (They rejected God’s Holy Word and the prophets. They didn’t want to deal with their sin. They didn’t listen to the Messiah when He came. It’s not too late, now. We can all accept the Messiah that God sent to us 2000 years ago!)Here are some Bible verses for you to ponder. Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall never depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be (the power of authority). Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us). Deuteronomy 18:17-19 And the Lord said unto me…I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. Deuteronomy 4:1-2 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Isaiah 42:1-4 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him; he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench; he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law. Deuteronomy 21:22-23 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree, His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day (for he that is hanged is accursed of God), that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. Isaiah 53:9-10 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief. When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:9, 11-12 Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear. Therefore I will give him his portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty, because he surrendered himself to death and was counted among the wicked; and he shall take away the sins of many and win pardon for their offenses.
Isaiah 53:3-7 He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, one of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted, but he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all. Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth; like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth.
|Leviticus 17:11 Since the life of the living body is in its blood, I have made you put it on the altar, so that atonement may thereby be made for your own lives, because it is the blood, as the seat of life, that makes atonement.
Leviticus 23:26-28 The Lord said to Moses, “The tenth of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement, when you shall hold a sacred assembly and mortify yourselves and offer an oblation to the Lord. On this day you shall not do any work, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord, your God.”
HERE ARE SOME PROPHECIES: (Prophecy is the proof of the Bible and God’s word. This is how we know that the bible was inspired by God and not just written by man. These prophecies came to be so we can believe in God’s holy word.)
Daniel 7:13-14 As the vision during the night continued, I saw…One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.
|Isaiah 7:14 (this is one of the most important verses in the Bible for me) The Messiah will be born of a virgin and His name will be Immanuel, which means God with us! (Isaiah asked for a very special sign so the Jews would believe that the Messiah had come.)|
Micah 5:2 The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem.
Micah 7:7 “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
Hosea 11:1 The Messiah would sojourn to Egypt.
Isaiah 9:1-2 The Messiah would live in Galilee at Nazareth.
Isaiah 40:3-5 The Messiah’s coming would be announced by a herald like Elijah (John the Baptist).
Isaiah 42:1-3 The Messiah’s mission would include the Gentiles.
Isaiah 53:4-5 The Messiah’s ministry would be one of healing. (Jesus healed the blind, the leprous and the lame. He brought several people back from the dead.)
Isaiah 6:9-10 The Messiah would teach by using parables.
Isaiah 29:13, 53:1, Psalms 69:4, 118:22 The Messiah would be disbelieved and rejected by the rulers.
Zechariah 9:9, Psalm 118:26 The Messiah would make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Zechariah 13:7 The Messiah would be like a smitten shepherd.
Zechariah 11:12-13, Psalm 41:9 The Messiah would be betrayed by a friend for thirty pieces of silver. (Judas).
Isaiah 53:9,12 The Messiah would die with the evil. (Jesus was crucified on the cross with a thief to His right and a murderer to His left.)
Psalm 69:21 The Messiah would be given vinegar and gall. (When Jesus was crucified they gave him a sponge with this on it.)
Psalm 22:18 The Messiah would see his garments divided by lot.
Numbers 9:12, Psalm 34:20 The Messiah would have none of his bones broken (he died on the cross, so they wouldn’t have to break his legs to speed along the dying process.)
Zechariah 12:10, Psalm 22:16 The Messiah would have his side, his hands and his feet pierced. (his hands and feet by nails and his side by a spear).
Psalm 22:11, 31:5 The Messiah’s dying words would repeat David’s words.
Isaiah 53:9 The Messiah would be buried by a rich man. (He was buried in a rich man’s tomb.)
Isaiah 11:1-10 tells that the Messiah will come from Jesse’s descendants. (Jesse was King David’s father).
Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
Psalm 16:10 The Messiah’s body would not decay. (He rose from the dead to go to heaven. Jesus told his disciples that he would rise again in 3 days after his death. He came back from the dead to be seen by over 500 people. He ascended to heaven in plain sight of these people.)
Isaiah 6:1-2 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!” they cried one to the other. “All the earth is filled with his glory!” At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook and the house was filled with smoke.
Isaiah 9:5 FOR A CHILD IS BORN TO US, A SON IS GIVEN US; UPON HIS SHOULDER DOMINION RESTS. THEY NAME HIM WONDERFUL-COUNSELOR, GOD-HERO, FATHER-FOREVER, PRINCE OF PEACE. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, from David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this! (THIS IS THE VERSE in the bible that did it for me. The wonderful councilor is the Holy Spirit. God-Hero means that He IS God. He is Father Forever or God the Father in Human Form. He is known as the Prince of Peace, because that was His mission; to bring peace and love to ALL PEOPLE.)
|Jeremiah 31:31 (This is also very important!!!) The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt… (The new covenant is also called the New Testament, which tells about Jesus, the Messiah. The temple in Jerusalem, which was the ONLY place where the Jews could sacrifice, which was their ONLY means of forgiveness from sin, was destroyed in 70 A.D. Therefore, there was and is no forgiveness from sin anymore under the Jewish law. God would NEVER, EVER leave His people with no means of forgiveness!!! He prophesied about the new covenant, which is Christ’s dying on the cross for our sins. The ONLY New Testament verse I will give you is this one:)
John 14:6 Jesus says this, “I am the way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” He tells us that to enter heaven we only have to repent of our sins, believe in Jesus who is our Savior and be baptized. We then spend the rest of our lives trying to live like He did, perfect in every way. When we fail, He forgives us, every time. That is what He died for (for you and for me so we could be perfect in God’s sight through the blood that Jesus shed on the cross. God always demands blood sacrifice, even from His only Son.
Here’s just a little reminder for ALL OF US from a verse found in the book of Deuteronomy Chapter 5, verse 8: “You shall not make yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in Heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” (We should only look to our God in Heaven and not make any statues or worship anything else but our Living God. That goes for money, cars, or anything that keeps us from keeping our eyes and our heart, our mind and our soul of Him.)
Jesus said that He came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it.
God bless you as you read this. Pray first to God and ask for wisdom and understanding. Don’t take my word, or even the limited verses set forth here. The only way to fully understand God’s Word is to read the bible in its entirety, study, question and pray, and pray and pray.
TANAKH AND JEHOVAH WITNESS SCRIPTURES
Below you will see many prophetic and other scriptures which tell of the divinity of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.
Jesus is God through creation concepts.
JEHOVAH WITNESS scripture is in plain text and taken verbatim from their bible.
The bold text is taken from the Tanakh (Jewish Publishing Society version).
Gen. 1:26 Let us make man in our image. Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
John 1:1 In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God and the Word was… Not in Tanakh (NT)
Gen. 1:27 And God proceeded to make the man in his image, in God’s image he created Him. And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him.
Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. When God began to create heaven and earth…
John 1:3 All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence. Not in Tanakh.
John 1:1 …and the Word was a god. (?) Not in Tanakh.
Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods against my face. You shall have no other gods besides me.
Isaiah 43:10 …even my servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and have faith in me, and that you may understand that I am the same One.
John 1:18 My servant, whom I have chosen, to the end that you may take thought, and believe in Me, and understand that I am He.
Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none.
Isaiah 43:12 I myself have told forth and have saved and have caused (it) to be heard, when there was among you no strange (god).
I alone foretold the triumph and I brought it to pass; I announced it, and no strange god was among you, so you are My witnesses…
Col. 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; because by means of him all (other) things were created in the heavens and upon the earth. Not in Tanakh.
Heb. 1:8,10 But with reference to the Son:
You at the beginning, O Lord, laid the foundations of the earth itself, and the heavens are the works of your hands… Not in Tanakh.
Rev. 4:11 You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they existed, and were created. Not in Tanakh.
Heb. 3:4 …but he that constructed all things is God. Not in Tanakh.
Isaiah 45:18 For this is what Jehovah has said, the Creator of the heavens, He the (true) god, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited. I am Jehovah, and there is no one else. (also Isaiah 44:15.)
For thus said the Lord, the Creator of heaven who alone is God, who formed the earth and made it, who alone established it…he did not create it a waste, but formed it for habitation: I am the Lord and there is none else.
Isaiah 42:8 I am Jehovah. That is my name; and to no one else shall I give my own glory…
I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not yield My gory to another, nor My renown to idols. See the things once predicted have come, and now I foretell new things, announce to you ere they sprout up, sing to the Lord a new song, His praise from the ends of the earth-
John 17:1b Father the hour has come; glorify your son, that your son may glorify you. Not in Tanakh.
John 17:5 So now you, Father, glorify me alongside yourself with the gory I had alongside you before the world was. Not in Tanakh.
Isaiah 44:6 This is what Jehovah has said, the King of Israel.
Thus said the Lord, the King of Israel, Their Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts;
Mat. 21:5 Your King is coming to you, mild-tempered, and mounted upon an ass… (also mat. 27:37, John 1:49). Not in Tanakh.
I Thes. 4:16, 5:9, Rev. 4:8. …because the Lord himself will descend from heaven… Not in Tanakh.
JESUS IS GOD through names and titles.
John 20:28 My Lord and my God. Not in Tanakh.
Heb. 1:3 He is the reflection of His glory and the exact representation of his very reign. Not in Tanakh.
Heb. 1:10 You at the beginning, O Lord, laid the foundations of the earth. Not in Tanakh.
Isaiah 9:6 For there has been a child born to us, there has been a son given to us, and the princely rule will come to be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called WONDERFUL COUCILOR, MIGHT GOD, ETERNAL FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.
Is. 9:5 in T For a child has been born to us, a son has been given us. And authority has settled on his shoulders. He has been named “The Mighty God is planning grace, The Eternal Father, a peaceable ruler”.
Mat. 1:23 “Look! The virgin will come pregnant and will give birth to a son and they will call his name Immanuel,” which means WITH US IS GOD. Not in Tanakh.
Isaiah 43:10 Before me there was no God formed and after there continue to be none. Before Me no god was formed, And after Me none shall exist
Isaiah 43:12 …when there was among you no strange (god). (See John 1:1).
…and no strange god was among you.
Isaiah 44:6 I am the first and I am the last, and besides me there is no God. I am the first and I am the last, and there is no god but Me.
Isaiah 48:16 …and now the Lord Jehovah…(see John 20:28). And now the Lord God has sent me, endowed with His spirit.
John 1:49 …you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel. Not in Tanakh.
Isaiah 44:6 …this is what Jehovah has said, the King of Israel. …thus said the Lord, the King of Israel.
I Cor. 16:23 …the Lord Jesus. Not in Tanakh.
2 Cor. 3:17 …now Jehovah is the Spirit. Not in Tanakh.
Rom. 10:19 Jesus is Lord.
John 4:49 “Lord…(speaking to Jesus).
Rom. 10:12 There is the same Lord over all, who is rich to all those who call upon Him.
Rom. 10:13 For everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.
1 John 4:14 the Father sent forth his son as Savior of the World. (see Luke 2:11)
John 1:8 the only begotten god. (John 20:28-my Lord and my God)
Exodus 20:2 I am Jehovah your God. I Lord am your God,
Exodus 20:3 You must not have any other gods against my face. You shall have no other gods before Me.
Exodus 20:5 I Jehovah your God am a God exacting exclusive devotion. I the Lord your God am an impassioned God, visiting the guilt of the parents upon the children,
Isaiah 43:3,15 for I am Jehovah your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. For I the Lord am your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 49:26, 43:11 besides me there is no savior. Before Me no god was formed, and after Me none shall exist. None but me, the Lord; Beside Me, none can grant triumph.
Ephesians 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
Ephesians 4:6 one Lord and Father of all (persons), who is over all and through all, and in all.
John 1:23, Mk. 1:3,4. Make the way of Jehovah straight.
The Anointed One, the Savior, the Messiah has come.
The bold is from the Tanakh.
Deut. 7:6 The Jews are the chosen people to carry out God’s Word. For you are a people consecrated to the Lord your God; of all the peoples on earth the Lord your God chose you to be His treasured people.
Ezek. 33:1-19 We have a duty to listen to and carry out His Word and His Will.
33:5 Since he heard the sound of the horn but ignored the warning, his
bloodguilt will be upon himself; had he taken the warning, he would have saved his life.
PROPHECIES OF THE MESSIAH’S COMING
Jer. 23:5,6 He will come from David’s seed, King David’s line of descendents (also Psalm 132:10-17.)
See, a time is coming-declares the Lord-when I will raise up a true branch of David’s line. He shall reign as king and shall prosper, and he shall do what is just and right in the land.
Micah 5:2 He will be born in Bethlehem. One will come forth from God, who is from long ago, from eternity.
And you, O Bethlehem of Ephrath, leased among the clans of Judah, from you one shall come forth to rule Israel for Me –One whose origin is from of old, from ancient times.
Gen. 1:24 The Anointed One was with God even during creation. God said, “Let us make man in our image.” We are fashioned after God, the man, in His physical image.
And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, …And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Isaiah 7:14 He will be born of a virgin.
Assuredly, my Lord will give you a sign of His own accord! Look, the
young woman is with child and about to give birth to a son. Let her
name him Immanuel.
Zech. 12:10 He will be God’s only begotten Son. (also Prov. 30:4, Psalm 2:7,9 and Chron. 17:11-14.
I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to Me, but I will never
withdraw my favor from him as I withdrew it from your predecessor.
Zech. 9:9 The King is coming; just and with salvation.
Lo, your king is coming to you. He is victorious, triumphant, yet
humble, riding on an ass…
Isaiah 53:3 He will despised and rejected by men.
He was despised, shunned by men, a man of suffering, familiar with
Isaiah 53:5 With His stripes, His physical punishment, we are healed of our sin.
But he was wounded because of our sins, crushed because of our
iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, and by his
bruises we were healed.
Isaiah 53:6 He is a servant, sent from God, to bear our sins and iniquity.
And the Lord visited upon him the guilt of all of us.
Deut. 28:22 God raises a prophet and requires us to listen to Him.
Jer. 31:31-34 God will give us a new covenant through Him.
See, a time is coming-declares the Lord-when I will make a new
covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah.
Deut. 7:9 God keeps His covenant with those who love Him and keep His commandments. In His covenant are found the promises and blessings promised.
Know, therefore, that only the Lord your God is God, the steadfast
God who keeps His covenant faithfully to the thousandth generation
of those who love Him and keep His commandments, but who instantly
requites with destruction those who reject Him-never slow with those
who reject Him, but requiting them instantly.
Isaiah 48:12 The Anointed One lives forever. (Isaiah 9:6, 44:6).
Listen to Me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am He-I am the
first, and I am the last as well.
Zech. 12:10 God will be pierced in the side. The Jews will mourn as for an only child, for a firstborn son.
Ps. 22:16 Dogs surround me; a pack of evil ones closes in on me, like lions [they
maul] my hands and feet. I take the count of all my bones while they
look on and gloat. They divide my clothes among themselves, casting
lots for my garments.
Ps. 16:10 God will not allow the Holy One to be buried or decay.
For you will not abandon me to Sheol, or let Your faithful one see the
Gen. 49:10 He will rule until Shiloh comes. He will descend from the tribe of Judah.
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet.
Psalm 110:1 He will sit and rule at the right hand of God.
The Lord said to my lord, “Sit at My right hand while I make your
enemies your footstool.”
Isaiah 35: 3-6 He will perform many miracles (see verses).
Strengthen the hands that are slack; make firm the tottering knees!
Say to the anxious heart, “Be strong, fear not; behold your God! Requital is coming, The recompense of God-He Himself is coming to
give you triumph.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the
ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a
deer, and the tongue of the dumb shall shout aloud…”
Read all of chapters: Isaiah 9, 53.
PROPHECIES IN DANIEL
Dan. 9:24 After the edict of restoration given by King Cyrus of Persia, there will be 70 weeks (of years or 490 years) until the anointed comes. This prophecy was given 490 years before Christ was born. At this time all vision and prophecy will be sealed.
Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city until the measure of transgression is filled and that of sin complete, until iniquity is expiated, and eternal righteousness ushered in; and prophetic vision ratified, and the Holy of Holies anointed. You must know and understand: From the issuance of the word to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the [time of the] anointed leader is seven weeks; (490 years until the Messiah comes).
Dan. 9:21 He will make a firm covenant (also see Jer. 31:31) with many for one seven (year period) but in the middle of that He will put an end to sacrifice and offering.
The temple that was rebuilt in Jerusalem as was ordered by Cyrus was destroyed in 70 A.D. after which time no sacrifice or offering was given for the forgiveness of sin. This was the only place permitted for such sacrifice. God would never have taken away the only means of forgiveness of sin without replacing it with a more perfect means of forgiveness.
PROPHECIES IN EZEKIEL
Ezek. 37:25,26 God will make a new covenant of peace with David’s descendents, an everlasting covenant.
Ezek. 37:26 …and I will place My Sanctuary among them forever. My Presence shall rest over them; I will be their God and they shall be My people. And when My Sanctuary abides among them forever, the nations shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel.
Ezek. 40:1 Then the man brought me out to see the gate.
–the hand of the Lord came upon me, and He brought me there. He brought me, in visions of God, to the Land of Israel, and He set me down on a very high mountain on which there seemed to be the outline of a city on the south. He brought me over to it, and there, standing at the gate, was a man who shone like copper.
Ezek. 44:2 The Lord said to me, “This gate is to remain shut, no one may enter through it, because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it.
No one shall enter by it because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered by it;
Ezek. 44:3 The Prince Himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the Lord.
This isn’t double talk. The Lord, the god of Israel, is in double form. He takes the form of God the Father, the Spirit being, and God the Son or the Prince, the physical being, the man who is described as and performs the actions that only a physical being could. He sits, he walks, he eats, and he performs many other functions that only a physical being could.
Jesus Christ was called Emmanuel at birth (see Isaiah 7:14) which was His God-given name, and means God with us, or God is with us. The name Jesus was comes from the Hebrew word Yeshuah or Savior. Joseph was from the line of King David. This fulfilled the prophecy in Gen. 49:10, Jer. 23:5,6 and in Psalm 132:10-17. The name Christ was given to Him from the Greek name Kristos, which means the Anointed One.
See some of God’s promises and blessings: John 6:25-51, John 14:15-21, Matthew 6:25-34, Romans 5:1-11, Romans 8:28-39, John 3:16-21, 1 Corinthians 13:4, 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, Galatians 5:22-26 to name just a few.