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Jews Who Accept Yeshua Are Completely Jewish

November 16, 2013|8:10 am

The One true God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. "I am the Lord, and there is no other, apart from me there is no God." (Isaiah 45:5) In other words, the "Jewish God" is the only God that exists. All the other "gods" among the various religions do not actually rule the universe. In fact, they exist only in the minds of those who seek to obey them and earn their favor.

Jewish people know all about seeking to obey God. Moses was given the Law so that God's people would know what God expected of them. But Jews have the same problem we all experience. As hard as we try to be obedient to all of the rules, we still find ourselves falling short of perfection. We miss the mark. Our behavior, and even our thoughts, are imperfect and out of alignment with the Law.

Under the Old Covenant, God's people could rely upon animal sacrifices to help ease their conscience in this regard. Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is still the holiest day of the year for Jewish people. Deep down, we all know that we need something to atone for our sins.

Believe it or not, the Law can actually help us discover the answer to our sin problem. The Law was put in charge to lead us to the Messiah. (see Galatians 3:24) It points us to the One who delivers us even though we have sinned against God. The Law reveals to us that we are lawbreakers. As hard as we try to obey the Law, we still do not keep it the way God requires. So we must have His Messiah if we are going to be delivered from our sin and our shame.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob placed prophecies in Scripture to tell us about the coming Deliverer. These messianic prophecies were actually fulfilled many years ago by a Jewish man named Yeshua. That is His Hebrew name. In English, His name is Jesus. The messianic details in Scripture are explained beautifully by Jews at "Chosen People Ministries." 

The seven prophecies listed below come directly from their website.  These fulfilled prophecies are a big reason many "Messianic Jews" refer to themselves as "completed Jews," since their faith in the God of Israel has been "completed," or fulfilled in Yeshua.

Each prophecy is about "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29) Animal sacrifices under the Old Covenant were incredibly weak when compared to the sacrifice of this perfect Jewish Lamb. Yeshua ushered in the New Covenant for the Jews, and He even came for Gentiles too. You see, Good Friday was the ultimate "once for all" Day of Atonement. The benefits of that one-time sacrifice are received by Jews and Gentiles who accept Yeshua into their heart and life. (see Romans 6:10, Hebrews 5:9, Hebrews 7:27, Hebrews 9:26, Hebrews 10:1-10)

May the Lord bless you my friend as you consider these prophecies which Yeshua fulfilled.

Prophecy #1: The Origin & Birthplace of the Messiah

Micah 5:2 (5:1 in the Jewish Bible) - "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting."

Fulfillment:

Matthew 2:1 - "Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem..."

Prophecy #2: A Descendant of Abraham

Genesis 12:1-3 - "Now the LORD had said to Abram: 'Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'"

Fulfillment:

Matthew 1:1 - "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham."

Prophecy #3: From the House of David

2 Samuel 7:12-13 - "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever."

Fulfillment:

Luke 3:31 - "...the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David."

Prophecy #4: Born of a Virgin

Isaiah 7:14 - "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel."

Fulfillment:

Matthew 1:18, 22-23 - "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 'Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,' which is translated, 'God with us.'"

Prophecy #5: God in the Flesh

Isaiah 9:6-7 (9:5-6 in the Jewish Bible) - "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."

Fulfillment:

Matthew 1:1 - "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham."

John 1:14 - "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

Prophecy #6: The Humility of Messiah

Zechariah 9:9 - "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey."

Fulfillment:

John 12:12-14 - "...a great multitude...when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: 'Hosanna! "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" The King of Israel!' Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written."

Prophecy #7: The Suffering Servant

Isaiah 53 - When he reads this passage, your Jewish friend might think that he is reading from the New Testament. He may be surprised to see this in his own Bible!

Fulfillment:

John 1:1; Matthew 8:16-17; 26:62-63; 27:12-14, 38, 57-60; Mark 15:27-28; Luke 23:33; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3

These fulfilled prophecies could only have come about by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God has always dearly loved the Jewish people. After all, they are His chosen ones. "Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the Law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen." (Romans 9:4,5)

The good news about Yeshua is "first for the Jew, then for the Gentile." (Romans 1:16) If anyone can be said to have a "right" to the fulfilled prophecies, it is the Jews. It is their "birthright" so to speak. Those who come to the Father through Yeshua, the Son, are granted forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven. The Law is good, but "if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" (Galatians 2:21)

Today, there are hundreds of thousands of Messianic Jews in the United States alone. Estimates range from 200,000 all the way up to 1.2 million. These believers have discovered what Yeshua has done for them as prophesied in Isaiah 53. That amazing prophecy has been fulfilled "first for the Jew, then for the Gentile."

Yeshua loves you with an everlasting love. He invites you to come to Him and believe. While many Jews and Gentiles are receiving the benefits of the Messiah from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, what about you? Will you approach the Lord today and receive those benefits which come through faith in Yeshua?

The angels in heaven will rejoice if you take that step of faith. And more importantly, your Lord will be thrilled to welcome you home. You may find yourself today in a spiritual wilderness of sorts. God has prepared the way for you to be delivered. Will you complete the journey with the One who is a descendant of Abraham, and who came from the house of David?

And please remember. Jews who accept Yeshua are completely Jewish. That is the way the "Jewish God" designed it. He is the only God, and Yeshua is the only Messiah the Jews will ever be given.

Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post.
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