Messiah: Truth vs. Myth
Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up
At the center of this problem is the entity called Messiah. Prophecies in the Old Covenant foretell the coming of a Godly King to rule ancient Israel. All three biblical religions – Judaism, Islam and Christianity – claim to hold a unique revelation concerning these prophecies. Christians claim that Jesus was the Messiah and that one day he will return to the earth. Muslims accept Jesus as a great prophet, but claim that there will be no second coming, because God called Mohammad to create Islam, and traditional Jews believe that the Messiah hasn’t come yet. In addition to these mainline beliefs, there are innumerable sub-denominational beliefs.
For instance, in 1908, Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, predicted that the second coming of Messiah would bring the world to an end in the year 1914. When his prediction failed to come to pass, the Witnesses specified successive dates of 1918, 1925, 1975 and 1986.
More recently, a sect of Orthodox Jews claimed that their leader, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, was the Messiah. Unfortunately he died in 1994. Unable to accept that reality, they placed this billboard sign along the approach to the George Washington Bridge. It informs drivers that the late rabbi will soon be resurrected from the dead to begin his reign as King Messiah, and provides a toll-free number for information.
All of these attempts to apply the ancient prophecies to the people or events of the modern world, only serve to devalue biblical history and make the theologians look foolish. The one thing we can say for certain about our divergent messianic beliefs is: they can’t all be right, but they can all be Wrong!
Most theologians agree that, in their original intent, the messianic prophecies applied exclusively to the ancient Israelites. The confusion arises from the fact that Jewish theologians claim that Jesus wasn’t the Messiah, and the Muslim and Christian contention that, because the leaders in Jerusalem refused to accept Jesus, God was forced to change His plan, and seek followers outside of the lineage of Abraham. This premise has many basic flaws. It ignores the fact that great multitudes of Jews accepted Jesus as the Messiah – so many, in fact, that the leaders in Jerusalem felt threatened. In the New Covenant we find the following statement by the Apostle John:
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
If we let him thus alone, all will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. John 11:47-48. See also John 12:19.
Here we see the Pharisees and chief priests concerned that if they didn’t intervene, the supernatural powers evinced by Jesus would sway all the Jews to declare him Messiah. Obviously, the number of Jews who followed Jesus was substantial.
The Chief Priests’ concern that the Romans would take away their kingdom, was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Forty years later, in the year AD70, the Romans attacked the city. In that battle, the temple and Jerusalem were destroyed to the foundation stones, ending the Kingdom of Judah, and the tribe of people called the Jews.
More than one million Jews were killed by famine, pestilence, and civil war. Those who survived the war were taken captive as slaves. Most were sent to work in the mines of Egypt. The strongest were forced to row in Roman galleys, fight as gladiators, or thrown to wild beast in the arenas of Rome.
The Roman Senate enacted a law that made it a crime, punishable by death, to follow the Laws of the Jews.
The Battle of Armageddon
In conjunction with the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem, the Jewish Historian Josephus, and the Roman Historian Tacitus recorded eyewitness accounts of supernatural beings engaged in battle above the city. At that point, all communication with the biblical and pagan gods ceased, and humans were left alone on the earth in the dark ages of the early modern world.
Precisely as prophesied by Kind David and Messiah, the meek (humans) inherited the legacy of the ancient gods, planet Earth. See Ps. 37:11 & Mat. 5:5.
An excerpt from The Awful Truth, by Patrick J. Conway. Available in our Bookstore.
Josephus – The Last Prophet of God
The Jewish Historian Josephus lived in Jerusalem during this period. Though he never met Jesus or any of his apostles; near the end of his life, in A.D.93-94, he published Antiquities of the Jews. In that work, the Prophet stated that he had reached the conclusion that Jesus was the Messiah.
Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it is lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Messiah. When Pilate, at the suggestion of the leaders in Jerusalem, had condemned him to be executed, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. Paraphrase, Jos. Ant. B.18, 3:3, p. 379.
Josephus was a High Priest, Military General, the Governor of Galilee, and a Prophet of the Almighty God; therefore, his declaration that Jesus was the Messiah is both authoritative and definitive. One can easily see why the leaders in our “biblical” religions would not want to publicize the prophet’s affirmation of Jesus. The Eyewitness Trilogy, will reveal why they disparage his historical account of the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem.
Was Josephus a Christian?
Josephus was a High Priest, a Prophet of God, a Commanding General of the Army, and the Governor of Galilee. He was the greatest Jewish historian ever to put pen to paper, and an eyewitness to the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem. In his chronology Antiquities of the Jews, he stated that he accepted Jesus as Messiah. According to the tenets of the religion, that would make him a Christian. However, Christianity does not dare to call him a Christian, because, if they did, they would have to acknowledge the truth inherent in his chronology of the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem, precisely as prophesied by Jesus. That would put them out of business. In addition, it would put them in an even more difficult position with their symbiotic enablers in the cults of Judaism.
No, Josephus was not a Christian. I too accept the reality that Jesus was, and remains, the Messiah promised to the ancient Israelites, but I reject the false teachings of Christianity. See Christianity: Truth vs. Myth on the navigator.
How do the Jews deal with Josephus?
For the most part, like Christianity, they do their best to ignore his chronology on the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem. For generations, most Jewish theologians considered him a traitor, because of his relationship with the Romans. More recently, they have been forced to grudgingly recognize him as a historian. The availability of his chronologies over the net will soon force them to recognize him as a prophet, equal in stature to the Prophet Jeremiah; who, like Josephus, God sent to stand with Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, at the first destruction of the temple. See Jer. 39:11-18, 40:1-16, 45:1-28.
Men who receive the Truth with Pleasure
Josephus described the followers of Jesus as men who receive the truth with pleasure. Do you think that the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim theologians are “such men as receive the truth with pleasure?” Is that why they do their best to ignore Josephus’ account of the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem?
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Messiah: There is a Solution
Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics, Liberals, and Conservatives, united we will stand. These ideological beliefs are rooted in a dispute between science and religion over the veracity of the history of ancient Israel. To unite, we must resolve that dispute.
Ask the Right Question
It is a basic tenet of sound research that to find the truth, on any subject, you must ask and answer the right question. To end the conflict between science and religion we must answer this question:
It was foretold by the prophets in ancient Israel that, in conjunction with a civil war in Jerusalem, an apocalyptic battle of the gods would end the ancient world. At that time: the temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed, the city would be left desolate, and the meek [humans] would inherit the earth. See Ps. 37:11 & Mat. 5:5, and Mat.24:1-3. Isaiah and Ezekiel made similar prophecies. See Isa. 64:10-11, and Ez. 24:21.
Did that happen?
Yes! It happened precisely as prophesied. The Jewish historian Josephus, and the Roman historian Tacitus chronicled eyewitness accounts of the destruction of the temple and desolation of Jerusalem in the year AD70. Shortly after, the pagan gods vanished without a trace, the ancient world came to an end, and humans inherited the earth. That cataclysm marks the end of ancient Israel, and the tribe of people called the Jews. There are no Jews on the earth in the modern world. In fact, there are no Romans, Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks, Vikings, Druids, Mayans, or Incas etc, on the earth. These are ancient world identities; they have no religious legitimacy, or governmental authority in the modern world.
Occam’s razor, is a fundamental law of empirical science and research.
It proposes that the simplest explanation for a phenomenon, that fits the known facts, is most likely correct.
Jesus was, and remains, the Messiah to ancient Israel. Precisely as foretold, his second coming coincided with the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem. At that point, the ancient world collapsed, all communication with the God of Abraham ceased, and humans inherited the earth. See Ps. 37:11 & Mat. 5:5.
A note from Eyewitness, Episode Three, The Fall of Jerusalem, by Patrick J. Conway. There is an astounding additional discovery in the book that will end the “theological” controversy surrounding Jesus, by proving with empirical evidence that he was, and remains, the Messiah to ancient Israel, and the Son of God. Available soon in our Bookstore.
Note to those who “think” they are Descendants of the Ancient Israelites and Jews:
All through the history of ancient Israel, the God of Abraham sent prophets to reiterate His promise to send a Messiah. With the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem, those reassurances ceased. There has not been an additional reassurance for two thousand years, because the prophesied Messiah has come, and the destruction of the temple ended God’s interaction with the ancient Israelites in AD70, See the link Jews: Truth vs. Myth.
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