1. Is the re-establishment and re-gathering of Israel (the Jewish people) to the land prophesied in Yermiyahu / Jeremiah 31 and Yechezkel / Ezekiel 36? True or False (The answer is true) - Not only is Israel’s reestablishment as a nation prophesied by Yermiyahu and Yechezkel, but by other prophets like Joel and Zechariah as well. HaShem foretold events in the Torah (Devarim / Deuteronomy 28-30) that would happen to the nation of Israel in terms of blessings, curses, and restoration.
2. Yeshayahu / Isaiah 66:8 asks, "can a country be born in a day or a nation brought forth in a moment?" Is this passage speaking about Israel? True or False (The answer is true) – Whoever heard of a recognized state being established by a vote of other nations (United Nations)? But this is exactly what occurred on May 14, 1948. The State of Israel was re-established as a homeland for the Jewish people. A people scattered throughout the world, without a government, without a military, without a currency, without a common language. It was a miracle.
3. HaShem calls Israel the "apple of His eye" in Zechariah 2:8. If this is so, are all forms of anti-Semitism in conflict with the teachings of the Bible? True or False (The answer is true) – Anti-Semitism is the result of a spiritual battle between the God of creation and the god of this world – HaSatan. An example of HaSatan’s attack upon man is found in Job. In Shemot / Exodus 19:5, HaShem called Israel to be His treasured possession… a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." This call was conditioned upon obedience to HaShem. In Yeshayahu 7:14 and 9:6-7 a messiah was promised who would bring salvation to Israel and the nations. Satan has attempted to undermine that plan, distorting who the Messiah is and thwarting HaShem’s restoration of Israel. Mattityahu / Matthew chapter 2 gives an account of this.
4. The concept and belief in the Messiah who will usher in HaShem’s kingdom is: (a) African; (b) Chinese; (c) Jewish; (d) Spanish (c) – The concept of a Messiah is Jewish. (The answer is c)The Hebrew Scriptures and the Talmud have hundreds of references to the Messiah. For example: to be the seed of the woman (Bereshit / Genesis 3:15); to be of the tribe of Judah (Bereshit 49:10); to be of the seed of David (Yeshayahu 11:10); to be a prophet greater than Moses (Devarim 18:15-19); to minister to Israel and the nations (Yeshayahu 49:1-8); to perform miracles (Yeshayahu 35:5-6); to ascend into heaven (Tehillim / Psalm 68:18); to be a intercessor (Yeshayahu 59:16).
5. According to the prophet Micah in chapter 5, the Jewish Messiah would be born in: (a) Brooklyn, New York; (b) Bethlehem; Israel; (c) Moscow; Russia; (d) London; England (The answer is b) – Israel’s Messiah would be born in Bethlehem according to Micah 5:2 the birthplace of King David. The Talmud calls the Messiah the Son of Joseph and Son of David. Interestingly enough, the Besorah Tova (Good News of Messiah) has similar references in Mattityahu 21:9 –16 and 22:41-45 and Uri / Luke 3:23-38.
6. The prophet Daniel in chapter 9:25-27 wrote that the Messiah would come before: (a) the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE (AD); (b) the flood of Noah; (c) the introduction of Klezmer music; (d) bagels were invented (The answer is a) – This is an irrefutable Scripture passage that gives an event and time frame before which the Messiah would appear. It states without qualification that the "anointed one" (Messiah), would be cut off before the destruction of the Temple and City of Jerusalem. This event occurred in 70 AD .
7 How does Zechariah 9:9, a messianic prophecy, describes the Messiah’s initial appearance? (a) running a marathon; (b) swimming a lake; (c) exploring the moon; (d) riding a donkey (The answer is d) – "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." This messianic proclamation and fulfillment is also found in Matthew 21:4-11.
8. Is the prophet Zechariah, in chapter 12:10, speaking about Israel when he writes, "they will look on me, the one they have pierced, and mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a first-born son?" True or False (The answer is true) – The Talmud states, "Messiah son of Joseph was slain, as it is written, "They shall look unto me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for his only son. (Zechariah 12:10 – Sukkot 52a). According to biblical prophecy, there will come a day when many in Israel will recognize the Messiah who was pierced for our sins, and they will weep.
We believe according to the Hebrew Scriptures that our Rabbi, Maran Yeshua from Nazareth, Israel is the promised Messiah for Israel and the world.
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