Monday, September 9, 2013


It is amazing to us today, that Israel did not realize that their Messiah would be killed when He came.  But perhaps the reason why can be understood by reading the Jewish translation of Daniel's prophecies.  The Tanakh says this in Daniel 9:24-27: 
"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; and for sixty-two weeks it will be rebuilt, square and moat, but in a time of distress.  And after those sixty-two weeks, the anointed one will disappear and vanish.  The army of a leader who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary, but its end will come through a flood.  Desolation is decreed until the end of war.  During one week he will make a firm covenant with many.  For half a week he will put a stop to the sacrifice and the meal offering.  At the corner [of the altar] will be an appalling abomination until the decreed destruction will be poured down upon the appalling thing."
Is it any wonder?  Their translation says their Messiah will "disappear and vanish."  He doesn't die.  He doesn't spend three nights and days in the grave.  He doesn't rise from the dead.  He just disappears!  The Jews are unable to comprehend the truth because they do not have the Gospel!  And, after all, it is only the Gospel that has the power to save lost souls (Rom. 1:16; 10:17; 1 Cor. 15:1-4)!

In addition, without a proper translation of the text, there is no distinguishable connection between Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, and the first three Feasts of Israel:  Passover (Lev. 23:5; 1 Cor. 5:7); Unleavened Bread (Lev. 23:6; Jn. 6:35/Heb. 4:15); and First Fruits (Lev. 23:10; 1 Cor. 15:20)!

Fortunately for Israel, their partial blindness (Rom. 11:25) will be removed and they will see their Messiah arrive, and establish a one thousand year Kingdom of Israel on Earth (Rev. 20:1-6)!
Won't it be great to witness Israel's joy at His coming?!  I can't wait!

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