Christian teachers have a real problem with accepting the truth Jesus was a radical, socialist, revolutionary who gathered an army of disenfranchised Jews around him – WHO ACCEPTED HIM COMPLETELY – as their Messiah. Jesus may be the Rabbi who began the war against Rome by encouraging the distruction of the debt archives that contained thousands of scrolls where loan contracts were written, where Jews became indentured slaves to loan sharks. The largest debt archive was on temple grounds that Jesus allegedly cleanses when he drives out the money lenders – who wrote debt contracts!
Everything makes sense when you move up the time Jesus preached to around 65 A.D. The battle for the temple occurred in 70 A.D. The Jews lost their revolution to Roman forces. Three and half million Jews lost their life! How many tens of thousands were aware of the words found in the sermon on the mount, if not from Jesus, then from another Rabbi, who saw that the well-off in Judea were embracing the life style of the Greeks and the Romans, and wanted to be middle-class citizens favorable to their wealthy conquerors?
The poor in most nations cling to the old ways, simply because they can not compete with the wealthy status seekers. For this reason Jesus is appealing to the least amongst the Jews, the same way Rick Santerum is appealing to evangelicals in regards to doing away with Federal and State support for public schools, in favor of Christian home schooling.
The Evangelical movement is backed by billionaires, the very rich, who point to the Federal Government as being the new Roman Empire that enslaves the humble and poor Christian. This is done to weaken the Federal government, allowing the rich to rape the earth, exploit it to it distruction, and take away the Social Safety Net. Enter Satan Paul the quisling and liar who corrupted the Great Reveral by turning the tables on the meek – in another reversal!
Here are the words of an author that claims the Jews rejected Jesus, and thus we have the music of Felix Mendelssohn – thank God! What a moron! The poor people did not hear Mendelssohn’s music until the invention of the radio!
“In this slender but wide-ranging volume, David Klinghoffer, a highly literate, Orthodox Jewish journalist, puts forth a bold, pioneering thesis: People should be thankful that the Jews rejected Jesus, otherwise, there would have been no Christianity, in which case the world today would be a far worse place. Simply stated, “The Jewish rejection of Christ made possible the sublime culture of Europe in which Felix Mendelssohn flourished, as well as the sublime politics of America whose blessings we enjoy. … For this, thank the Jews”
Mary fled with her son and husband to Egypt where Jesus may have heard music similar to that made by the Shembe Nazarites. Indeed, in this video may depict Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, where his poor followers shout;
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
Jon the Nazarite
The Triumphal Entry
21 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt,[a] the foal of a beast of burden.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
12 And Jesus entered the temple[b] and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,
“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise’?”
17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
18 In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.
20 When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” 21 And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
The Authority of Jesus Challenged
23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
The Sermon on the Mount
5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[b] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Christ Came to Fulfill the Law
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Was Jesus the Messiah According to Jewish Beliefs?
After the death of Jesus, his followers – at the time a small sect of former Jews known as the Nazarenes – claimed he was the Messiah prophesied in Jewish texts and that he would soon return to fulfill the acts required of the Messiah. The majority of contemporary Jews rejected this belief and Judaism as a whole continues to do so today. Eventually, Jesus became the focal point of a small Jewish religious movement that would evolve into the Christian faith.
Jews do not believe that Jesus was divine, the Son of God, or the Messiah prophesied in Jewish scriptures. He is seen as a “false messiah,” meaning someone who claimed (or whose followers claimed for him) the mantle of the Messiah but who ultimately did not meet the requirements laid out in Jewish beliefs. According to Jewish scripture and belief, the true Messiah (pronounced “moshiach” in Hebrew) must meet the following requirements. He must:
Be an observant Jewish man descended from the house of King David
Be an ordinary human being (as opposed to the Son of God)
Bring peace to the world
Gather all Jews back into Israel
Rebuild the ancient Temple in Jerusalem
Unite humanity in the worship of the Jewish God and Torah observance
Because Jesus did not meet these requirements, from the Jewish perspective he was not the Messiah.
Messianic Claims Associated with Jesus
Jesus of Nazareth was one of many Jews throughout history who attempted to directly or indirectly lay claim to being the Messiah. Given the difficult social climate under Roman occupation and persecution during the era in which Jesus lived, it is not hard to understand why so many Jews longed for a time of peace and freedom. The most famous of Jewish false messiahs in ancient times was Simon bar Kochba, who led the initially successful but ultimately disastrous revolt against the Romans in 132 C.E., which led to the near annihilation of Judaism in the Holy Land at the hands of the Romans. Bar Kochba claimed to be the Messiah and was even anointed by the prominent Rabbi Akiva, but after bar Kochba died in the revolt the Jews of his time rejected him as another false messiah since he did not fulfill the requirements of the true Messiah.
Jesus in Jewish History
While Christianity has had and continues to have a major impact on Jews and Judaism, Jesus is not seen as a major figure in Jewish history. Nevertheless, Jews do not actively seek to refute Christian teachings as Judaism teaches respect for all peoples and their faiths. Over the centuries, the question of why Jews did not and do not accept Jesus as divine has forced Jewish theologians to respond to Christian claims about Jesus, particularly those that use Jewish belief and the Hebrew bible (Tanach) to justify their claims.
One can conclude that God GAVE His answer when I asked if He came to America. Did God visit his Nazarites in South Africa where the comet Lovejoy is very visible?
After I declared myself a Nazarite, and baptized myself in 1
987, I got on the internet and looked for other Nazarites. Was I all alone? I found Nazarites in the land of the Zulu that lie in the shadow of the Drakensberg mountain range where I want to be with my Nazarite brothers and sisters – beholding an amazing site, a pillar of smoke and fire like the one Moses beheld during the Exodus?
Is it possible a comet came and struck the earth causing a tidal wave that destroyed Pharoah’s army? The Drakensberg mountains is where the new Exodus arrives in 2012. I suspect the Nazarites carried the Ark of the Covenant on the Jubilee.
Over the weekend I read The Resurrection of Jesus: a Jewish perspective by the late Professor Pinchas Lapide. Its a short read and certainly one I would recommend.
In this book, Pinchas Lapide, who was an Orthodox Jew, argues in favour of the resurrection of Jesus as a historical event. Ill leave the book to explain how he does it but it basically comes down to there being no better explanation for the response of the Disciples after Jesus’ death and the movement that was raised up. Significantly he sees their willingness to die for this message.
He sees this as a thoroughly Jewish response and does not believe they made it up or were hallucinating, but that actually something took place. Being a historian, he does not say it certainly happened, but that it probably happened as it accounts best for their reaction and that any other explanation simply fails to explain how they came to be proclaiming this message and were giving their lives for it.
Whats interesting is that he does not believe this makes Jesus the awaited Messiah of Israel. He does not go very much into this but in his epilogue he simply states that the resurrection, though an act of God, does not lead him to being the Messiah.
I think this is fascinating and I dont really get how he can maintain this. Granted that Jesus was not the only one to be raised but he was the only to be raised and never died again, right? I do think he mentions that people being taken up into heaven are also no novelty to the history of Israel but I still dont quite get how he is able to detach these two things.
Paula Fredriksen also mentions that the resurrection as perceived* by the apostles was not taken as a sign for his Messiahship, she writes:
Why, finally, did these apostles see Jesus as the messiah? Not because of his resurrection. That event signaled, rather, the nearness of the End, since at the End the dead (or perhaps only the righteous dead) were to be raised. It thus confirmed Jesus’ message [of the nearness of the End], and consequently his status as messenger. But nowehere did Judaism anticipate a dying and rising messiah; and the apostles, like Paul after them (Rom 1:3-4), would have no reason to infer from his resurrection that Jesus was the messiah. (From Jesus to Christ, 2000, p. 141)
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