“The Coming of Messiah”
There are around 4,200 religions existing in the world today. One of the 4,200 religions is Judaism. Judaism is a monotheistic religion of Jews, which is practiced for over a long period of time. Around 14 million people today practice the religion of Judaism. Just like many of the world’s religions, Judaism has a brave figure of the Messiah. “The word “Messiah” is an English rendering of the Hebrew word “Mashiach”, which means, “Anointed.”” (Breslauer 327) The Messiah for Christians is Jesus. Christians think that as Messiah, Jesus was anointed as monarch and protector of the Jews and of humankind. For the Christians, the coming of the Jesus was the fulfillment of messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. However, The Christian beliefs of Messiah differ drastically from the existing Jewish beliefs. “A totally different concept of redemption determines the attitude to Messianism in Judaism and Christianity; what appears to the one as a proud indication of it’s understanding and a positive achievement of its message is most unequivocally belittled and disputed by the other” (Scholem 1). One of the reasons why the Jews did not believe that the Jesus was the true Messiah was that Jesus did not fulfill the Messianic Prophecies according to the Jews. According to the Bible, The Jesus was suppose to "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), and Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: "God will be King over all the world—on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One" (Zechariah 14:9). The Jesus fulfilled none of these prophecies and that was the reason why Jews rejected the Jesus as the Messiah. According to the...
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