Discourse 131 – Judaism and its view of Jesus the Christ (= Hebrew mashiach, Messiah / the anointed one).



Foreword

The exile (the Diaspora) is the Jewish people’ s hospital. / Thora Jews

The founding of the state of Israel has damaged the Jews. / Statement by Moishe Arye Friedmann, Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox Jewish Congregation, Vienna.

The position of the Orthodox Jews / From the Orthodox point of view, Christianity is a religion of idols.

The position of the Messianic Jews / From the Messianic point of view, Christianity is not a religion for the Jews.



Foreword

In the times we are living in, the religions of this world are already caught up in a process of dissolution. With globalization, multilateralism and liberalization occurring on all levels, religions are losing their containment field and are spreading out across a wide area of social aid services, senseless cults of intercession and devotion or the superstitious honoring of ancestors and spirits.

Even the two religions best known in the West – Mosaic Judaism and Catholicism – have changed: the one has become a Jewish minority, the other a church of pan-ecumenical Christians, who cling to the ceremonies and liturgies designed to uphold their faith like scaffolding on a ruin that is on the point of caving in.

But those who are familiar with the Bible’ s statements about the Last Days will know that a reversal of this development is no longer possible. The overwhelming majority of human beings are godless. Those who still claim to believe in a God (like Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism) in reality believe in idols dreamed up by human beings ("Mary", the "saints", Allah, Brahma etc.). In future, cases of social injustice are going to increase worldwide, authoritarian states will become ever more popular and dictators will celebrate triumphs.

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Mt 10,34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 10,35 "For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 10,36 and a man's enemies would be the members of his household. 10,37 "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 10,38 "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 10,39 "He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. Mt 10,34-39;


The next consequence of this escalation will be risings of the oppressed masses, and so civil wars in many states of this world (Mt 24:6-8). And in this chaos suddenly a "Deliverer" is going to appear. He will topple the dictators and pacify the peoples. And he will deny that Jesus was the Christ (the Messiah) and claim in his own right to be the prophesied Jewish Messiah (1Jn 2:22).

In fact he is the false Messiah, the Antichrist, who will exercise power over wide tracts of this world. He will seat himself in the Temple in Jerusalem and claim that he is God (2Thes 2:3-4). He will do away with all other religions and introduce the Mosaic religion (which has been God-less for two thousand years) as the exclusive state religion. And in much the same way as the Conquistadors of the Catholic church once treated the Indios in South America, anyone who refuses to accept this religion will be killed.

The Jews in Israel will adopt him as their "Messiah", and the Catholic world will hail and worship him as "the returned Lord" (Rev 13:8). This is the biblical scenario for this world in the Last Days. Many of our contemporaries will not live to see it, but those who are still around will wish they had died earlier. For although this satanic intermezzo will be relatively short, thereafter God will visit this world with judgments and punishments in retaliation for the crimes of what has become a completely godless humanity.

The community of biblical Christian believers will by this time no longer be on earth. They will have to endure the time of the Antichrist’ s dominion, of course, and most of them will die under it, but right after the end of this, the greatest religious deception of all time, they will be raised by the Son of God from the dead and be raptured to God along with their still living brothers and sisters in the faith (1Thes 4:16-17).

The criterion for being chosen in this way by the Son of God is faith. No deeds, no hierarchies, no charitable donations, no merits, no solemn professions or any of the other inventions of "religious people", dreamed up with a view to giving the impression that they are God’ s intimates. None of this will count. The only thing that counts is the decision of each individual human being to believe in the Son of God and his redeeming sacrifice for the sins of all humanity (Jn 11:25-36).

God the Father will tolerate no flouting of his commandments. Every human being who breaks the commandments of God is condemned to death. Not to the first, physical death, but to what is referred to as the "second death" – condemnation to eternal damnation at the Last Judgment (Rev 20:14). But because our God is not only a just God but a gracious God as well, he took the murder of his Son two thousand years ago as the occasion to make this innocent sacrifice the sacrifice of atonement for the sins of all humanity (1Cor 15:3).

Every human being who appeals to this sacrifice on the cross of the Son of God will have all his or her sins graciously forgiven by God, and so will be saved and will not go to damnation (Jn 3:18). This is God’ s offer to all human beings. Those who accept it can call themselves the children of God. Those who reject it are declaring themselves to be the children of Satan.

Until their dispersal by God into the worldwide Diaspora two thousand years ago, the Jews – and only the Jews – had their sins forgiven on the basis of animal sacrifice (Lev 5:6). When they condemned the Son of God to death and had him murdered, they broke their covenant with God as a result (Hebr 8:7-9), so God has dissolved this covenant and rejected the Jews (the "sons of the kingdom").

The sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness.

Mt 8,11 "I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 8,12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Mt 8,11–12;


Unless you believe that I am He (the Messiah), you will die in your sins.

Jn 8,21 Then He said again to them, "I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." 8,22 So the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?" 8,23 And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 8,24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He (the Messiah), you will die in your sins." Jn ,21-24;


From this point in time, God has concluded a New Covenant with all of humanity (Lk 22:20). A New Covenant, no longer in the blood of sacrificed animals, but in the blood of his Son Jesus Christ (Hebr 13:11-12). And since then there is no other salvation but through believing in Jesus Christ.

The following contribution endeavors to clarify how believing Jewry – both the Orthodox and the Messianic Jews – view this Mediator of the New Covenant of God.




(Texts enclosed in a black frame are quoted from visitors to the site or other authors.)

(The exile [the Diaspora] is the Jewish people’ s hospital- A section of "The Meaning of Tisha B’av" / THORA JEWS)

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"We, the Jewish people, are in exile because of our sins. The exile is the Jewish people’ s hospital. It is unthinkable that we should take for ourselves power in our land before our healing process is complete. Hashem protects us and shields us while doling out to us our medicine in exact amounts. We are certain that when the time comes and our healing from our sins is complete, Hashem will not delay even one second, and He Himself will redeem us. Not so if we would hurry to leave the hospital – then a mortal danger, a perpetual danger would hover over us, G-d forbid. And even when we pray for our redemption, we ask only that our healing process be complete quickly – not that we should return to the King’ s palace while still sick, G-d forbid. (Mara D’ ara Yisroel v. 1 p. 145)"

TORAH JEWS
TORAH JEWS



The sincerity of the THORA JEWS is impressive, and shows that they see the Diaspora, the exile ("hospital") as God’ s punishment for their sins. They compare this with a sickness from which they must be healed with God’ s help, before they can go back to Israel (the "King’ s palace").

Here they fundamentally differ from the Zionist Jews who in 1948, when the state of Israel was founded, returned to Israel from all over the world. What they however overlook is the fact that this "exile", this dispersal of the people of Israel into the worldwide Diaspora, is the consequence of the fact that they were abandoned by God two thousand years ago, when they condemned his Son to death. And that is the reason why God has abandoned the Holy of Holies, the Temple in Jerusalem and the people of Israel (Mt 27:50-51).

(See also discourse 111: "For two thousand years Israel has been God-less - and still is.)


And this "sickness" is certainly not going to be healed by God. It is up to them to obtain forgiveness of their sins by entering into the New Covenant in the blood of the Son of God, like all other human beings (Jer 31:31). But the Jews still see themselves as the "Chosen People", and strictly refuse even to speak of Jesus Christ, let alone believe in him.

They describe him to this day as a liar and impostor, and the sight of the cross is abominable to them – so that even the Catholic Pope, when visiting the Grand Rabbis of Israel, concealed his crucifix. And so it comes about that the "People of the Book" refuse to read the most important scripture of all, which could free them from damnation – the Good News of the gospel. This is the reason why every single Jew who has not converted to Jesus Christ is unforgiven, and has been condemned to damnation for the last two thousand years.

The hypocritical "holy father" denies the Son of God.


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Pope Francis hides the cross from Great Rabbis.

But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
(Mt 10:33)

TThis man, who will go to hell, is looked up to by 1.3 billion Catholics as their "spiritual leader". What a mockery!


This failure to admit guilt on the part of the Jews, whether conscious or unconscious, is also documented in the following statement:



(Texts enclosed in a black frame are quoted from visitors to the site or other authors.)

(The founding of the state of Israel has damaged the Jews. / Statement by Moishe Arye Friedmann, Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox Jewish congregation, Vienna 13. 7. 2002)

"With the Holocaust as a justification, the state of Israel was founded by the use of force, which contradicts the will of God (Hos 1:7). As Jews true to our faith we accept the fate of the Diaspora which God has laid upon us. But the founding of the state of Israel has not just damaged the Jews on this religious plane; the means and the methods used by Israel to secure its existence against the Palestinians damage all Jews world-wide, and encourage the rebirth of anti-Semitism. For Jews true to their faith it is clear, however, that the Diaspora is the fate laid upon us by God until the coming of the Messiah."

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Austria Presse Agentur ‒ APA [Austrian Press Agency] 13. 7. 2002



The author quoted above, Chief Rabbi Moishe Arye Friedmann of Vienna, is completely correct in deploring the manner of proceeding of the Zionist Jews, who in 1948 founded the state of Israel unilaterally and without the will of God (similar to the "golden calf" of the Old Testament). But here he fails to recognize that even this act of opposition to God would not have been possible, if Israel had not been abandoned by God. And so he is actually in the same boat with the Zionist Jews whom he condemns: they would have to acknowledge their "original sin" of deicide and convert to Jesus Christ, then they would all once again belong to the "sheep of God’ s pasture" (Ps 100,3).

To give some explanation of the situation of today’ s Jews on the basis of Scripture, let us first take a look at some statements of Rabbi Friedmann in his opening address to the International Conference of Rabbis in Vienna in 2004:

"At this very time, on the occasion of the Theodor Herzl centenary, we have to address certain fundamental points which concern the essential basis of the Jewish religion. The national celebrations here in Austria and in other countries do tend to give the impression that Zionism can be equated with Judaism, or at least can be seen as a legitimate political movement of Judaism. In fact the opposite is the case!"

"As Jews true to our religion, we can never accept the doctrine of Dr. Theodor Herzl. As Jews true to our religion, we are completely opposed to Zionism and reject it. As Jews true to our religion, we see Zionism as a betrayal of God and of the Jewish religion."

“(...) For those Jews who remain true to their faith, however, it is clear that the Diaspora is the destiny that God has laid upon us until the coming of the Messiah. A Jewish state established on the basis of power and military might therefore contradicts the will of God (Hos 1:7). Consequently, we pray for its downfall, without however any innocent blood being spilt. Machtpolitik is forbidden to us Jews: our path can only be one that remains consistently spiritual.”


According to the prophecies of the Torah, God will himself one day repatriate his people out of the Diaspora to Israel. The "1948 Repatriation", however, was not brought about by God but by Theodor Herzl and his Zionists, which made it all the more sinful. But as these prophecies of the gathering of Israel by its God must be realized some day, whereas the Jews have now returned to Israel against the will of God, the present day population of Israel is bound to be dispersed once more.

This further dispersal will be shorter in duration, certainly, but at the same time bloodier and more radical than the one that occurred two thousand years ago. A prophecy of this will be found in the prophet Isaiah, in the 5th chapter. This starts with the "parable of the unfruitful vineyard". It tells us of the reasons for the Jews’ subsequent punishment by God.

 


THE  PARABLE  OF  THE  UNFRUITFUL  VINEYARD
(Isa 5:1-7)

Let me sing now for my well-beloved a song of my beloved concerning His vineyard.
My well-beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill.
He dug it all around, removed its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine.
And He built a tower in the middle of it and also hewed out a wine vat in it;
Then He expected it to produce good grapes,
But it produced only worthless ones.

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And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
Judge between Me and My vineyard.
What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it?
Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?
So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard:

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I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed;
I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground.
I will lay it waste;
It will not be pruned or hoed,
But briars and thorns will come up.
I will also charge the clouds to rain no rain on it.

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For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel
And the men of Judah His delightful plant.
Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed;
For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.

(See also discourse 1112: “Lamentation over Zion”)



The end of this parable shows the situation in Israel today: "He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress." Even Presidents of the present day state of Israel have been condemned for corruption (Ezer Weitzmann) and rape (Moshe Katzav), and have had to resign.

And Prime Ministers too, like Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu, have been removed from office on grounds of corruption, even though Netanyahu, in spite of his prior conviction, was allowed to stand again and was elected to office by a majority who evidently have no problem about having corrupt cheats as their head of state. So if the absolute summit of this nation is unscrupulous to such a degree, how is it going to look for the rest of the population?

And that now is clearly what is meant by "He (God) looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress." This is the reason for God’ s subsequent dealings with Israel. The next verses, too, give us a picture of the country’ s greed for profit, and in the case of the younger generation, their addiction to fun and amusement.

Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, Nor do they consider the work of His hands.

Isa 5,8 Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field, Until there is no more room, So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land! 5,9 In my ears the LORD of hosts has sworn, "Surely, many houses shall become desolate, Even great and fine ones, without occupants. 5,10 "For ten acres of vineyard will yield only one bath of wine, And a homer of seed will yield but an ephah of grain." 5,11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them! 5,12 Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, Nor do they consider the work of His hands. 5,13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; And their honorable men are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst. Isa 5, 8-13;


Since in the above verse (Isa 5,13) "my people" is to be identified as Israel, we have in the following lines a proof that this prophecy cannot be about the Diaspora of Israel that happened two thousand years ago.

Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure; And Jerusalem’ s splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry and the jubilant within her, descend into it.

Isa 5,14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure; And Jerusalem’ s splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry and the jubilant within her, descend into it. 5, 5,15 So the common man will be humbled and the man of importance abased, The eyes of the proud also will be abased. 5,16 But the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment, And the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness. 5,17 Then the lambs will graze as in their pasture, And strangers will eat in the waste places of the wealthy. Isa 5,14-17;


Seen from a historical point of view, the dispersal of the people of Israel two thousand years ago cannot be evoked by the phrase "Sheol [the kingdom of the dead] has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure." The Jews at that time did of course have to flee their country, but they found a good reception and a new homeland in most countries of this world. The persecutions of the Jews, the pogroms and in our own time the Holocaust, only came very much later.

The statements following, in the verse Isa 5,17, then confirm that in this latter day dispersal the people will not just lose many of their number and be heavily decimated, they will also in fact be forced to leave the country, seeing that thereafter the land of the former inhabitants, who have been taken away or deported, is destroyed ("waste places") and is now being used as pasture for sheep and goats.

In verses 18-23 we then find further laments for the evil and unrighteousness of the country, and in verse 24 there is a summing up of the guilt of Israel, and an announcement of its coming punishment:

For they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Isa 5,24 Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble And dry grass collapses into the flame, So their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; For they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Isa 5,24;


If one now knows that the population of "Jewish faith" among the Israelis (altogether about 46% of the total population) to 90% are atheists, since every immigrant (eg also from the former Soviet Union), which was born of a Jewish mother, is counted to the Jewish denomination. But even the approximately 10% of Orthodox Jews are godless because of their rejection of the Son of God, we can well understand the statement above. And then, starting with the following verse (Isa 5,25), there begins the prophecy detailing the nature of the judgment in this latter day Diaspora.

The anger of the LORD has burned against His people; He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them down.

Isa 5,25 On this account the anger of the LORD has burned against His people, And He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them down. And the mountains quaked, and their corpses lay like refuse in the middle of the streets. For all this His anger is not spent, But His hand is still stretched out. 5,26 He will also lift up a standard to the distant nation, And will whistle for it from the ends of the earth; And behold, it will come with speed swiftly.

5,27 No one in it is weary or stumbles, None slumbers or sleeps; Nor is the belt at its waist undone, Nor its sandal strap broken. 5,28 Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent; The hoofs of its horses seem like flint and its chariot wheels like a whirlwind. 5,29 Its roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions; It growls as it seizes the prey And carries it off with no one to deliver it. 5,30 And it will growl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea. If one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; Even the light is darkened by its clouds. Isa 5,25–30;


Here again at the start of this passage, in verse 25, we find an emphasis on the absolute rigor of this judgment and punishment. God "struck them down… the mountains quaked, and their corpses lay like refuse in the middle of the streets." And in the concluding statement – "If one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; Even the light is darkened by its clouds" – we can recognize that on this occasion the survivors of the people will not be forcibly expelled, but because the country is full of "darkness and distress", people will flee from it in terror.

In chapter 36 of the prophet Ezekiel we then find the whole story again, along with the background – and this time with so much detail that no commentary of any kind is needed.



THE PROPHET EZEKIEL

The dispersion of Israel and the devastation of the land (future).
"And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say,  ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD.  ‘ Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the enemy has spoken against you, Aha!’ and, ‘ The everlasting heights have become our possession, & #8217; therefore prophesy and say, ‘ Thus says the Lord GOD, "For good reason they have made you desolate and crushed you from every side, that you would become a possession of the rest of the nations and you have been taken up in the talk and the whispering of the people. "‘Therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD. Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes and to the forsaken cities which have become a prey and a derision to the rest of the nations which are round about, therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who appropriated My land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and with scorn of soul, to drive it out for a prey."

The former aggressors will be punished and Israel will return to its land (Millennium).
‘ Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, "Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations.’ "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, ‘I have sworn that surely the nations which are around you will themselves endure their insults. But you, O mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come. ‘For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you will be cultivated and sown. ‘I will multiply men on you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities will be inhabited and the waste places will be rebuilt. ‘I will multiply on you man and beast; and they will increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited as you were formerly and will treat you better than at the first. Thus you will know that I am the LORD. ‘ Yes, I will cause men‒ My people Israel‒ to walk on you and possess you, so that you will become their inheritance and never again bereave them of children.’

Israel will not go to war anymore (Millennium, Mi 4:3).
"Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘ Because they say to you, "You are a devourer of men and have bereaved your nation of children," therefore you will no longer devour men and no longer bereave your nation of children,’ declares the Lord GOD. "I will not let you hear insults from the nations anymore, nor will you bear disgrace from the peoples any longer, nor will you cause your nation to stumble any longer," declares the Lord GOD.’ "

The behavior of Israel before the dispersion (present) and the dispersion (future).
Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, "Son of man, when the house of Israel was living in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their deeds; their way before Me was like the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity. "Therefore I poured out My wrath on them for the blood which they had shed on the land, because they had defiled it with their idols. "Also I scattered them among the nations and they were dispersed throughout the lands. According to their ways and their deeds I judged them. "When they came to the nations where they went, they profaned My holy name, because it was said of them, ‘ These are the people of the LORD; yet they have come out of His land.’ "But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went.

The return of Israel to his land and the conversion to his God (future, Jer 32: 36-38).
"Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘ Thus says the Lord GOD, "It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. "I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD," declares the Lord GOD, "when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. " For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. "You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God.

Blessed harvests and repentance of the people over their sins in the past (Millennium).
"Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. "Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. "I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. "Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. "I am not doing this for your sake," declares the Lord GOD, "let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!"

The land is like the Garden of Eden and the cities are rebuilt and inhabited (Millennium, Amos 9:13-14).
‘ Thus says the Lord GOD, "On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places will be rebuilt. "The desolate land will be cultivated instead of being a desolation in the sight of everyone who passes by. "They will say, ‘ This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.’ "Then the nations that are left round about you will know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted that which was desolate; I, the LORD, have spoken and will do it."

The Lord will multiply the people that the cities will be full of people (Millennium, Zech 2: 5-8).
‘ Thus says the Lord GOD, "This also I will let the house of Israel ask Me to do for them: I will increase their men like a flock. "Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so will the waste cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they will know that I am the LORD."‘



But the TORAH JEWS and those who share their beliefs will be spared this dispersal into all countries in the Last Days, because they haven’ t returned to Israel in the first place. People in Israel on the other hand – although the overwhelming majority of them are godless (secular, atheist) – are haunted by a constant fear of "evil from the north" (Jer 4,6). This enemy can clearly be identified with Iran, who would like to fight the Israeli government and its military to a showdown, and would be best pleased if it could annihilate them even today with its illegal atomic weapons.



The position of the Orthodox Jews.

Even as Christians, we can easily imagine what it was like for the Jews of around two thousand years ago, when a preacher suddenly appeared and claimed to be the Son of God. Besides the many demons (fallen angels) whom Jesus drove out, who always referred to him as the "Son of God" (Mk 5:7; Mt 8:29; Lk 4:41.8:28), Jesus himself confirmed that he was the Son of God (Jn 3:17.11:4), above all in the course of his interrogation by the high priest Caiaphas before the Council:

What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy.

Mt 26,57 Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 26,58 But Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the officers to see the outcome. 26,59 Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. 26,60 They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward, 26,61 and said, "This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.’" 26,62 The high priest stood up and said to Him, "Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?" 26,63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God." 26,64 Jesus said to him, "You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven" 26,65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, "He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; 26,66 what do you think?" They answered, "He deserves death!" 26,67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him, 26,68 and said, "Prophesy to us, You Christ; who is the one who hit You?" Mt 26,57-68;


Apart from the fact that we are told here that Caiaphas presented evidence of two false witnesses during this hearing, who accused Jesus of having said that he would destroy the Temple, the members of the Council would have had two cogent reasons for hesitating to believe in Jesus. First of all, at that time it was not unusual for preachers to appear claiming to be the "Messiah".

So if the statement of the Nazarene was a lie, they would be lending credence to an impostor, themselves becoming misleaders of the people (see Jakob Damkani's reasoning below). But if his assertion that he was the Son of God was actually correct, then he would be the promised Messiah and king of Israel – and this would have meant that they, as the highest religious authority (and also at that time the highest court of justice in Israel), would have had to resign and surrender all their power and influence.

As we can see, the Jewish council had very good reasons – seen from a purely human point of view – to reject Jesus. But the fact that they then condemned him to death forthwith, on the charge of blasphemy and imposture, and handed him over to the Romans to be crucified, shows that even the highest placed Jews of the time believed in the genuineness of his statements.

The people themselves, in and around Jerusalem, were divided. There were many who believed in Jesus, but they had little influence on the Council. And even on the Council there were one or two who believed in Jesus, like Nicodemus (Jn 3:1-21) and Joseph of Arimathea, who arranged for Jesus’ burial in a rock tomb after his death (Mk 15:42-45); but clearly these did not feel capable of doing anything to challenge the majority.

So much for the situation of orthodoxy in Israel as it was at that time. As for the situation today, we have a very realistic account of it from a preacher of the Messianic Jews based in Tel Aviv, Jakob Damkani. For decades he has been preaching Jesus as the Messiah in Israel, and has, as he writes himself, no understanding of the "Christian" religion on the one hand (though by that he mainly understands the Catholic church), while on the other he is also persecuted and harassed by the Orthodox Jews.



(Texts enclosed in a black frame are quoted from visitors to the site or other authors.)

(From an orthodox perspective, Christianity is an idolatry. / Extract from: "God’ s Covenants", by Jakob Damkani, preacher of the Messianic Jews.)

When people read this passage (Deut 13:1-11), particularly the religious people, do think that – although Yeshua did signs and wonders, did all the marvelous works - all they can think is that He has come to take us away from the God of Israel to other gods. That He has come to bring us the stones, woods and statues of clay, medals and glasses that you see in the churches. All they can think about is that Yeshua has come to mislead the people of Israel to worship other gods. When looks at the church today, especially the Catholic Church, coming and bowing down before the cross, doing crucifixion above their heart, coming and bowing down before the statues. Israel literally thinks that this is worshipping of idols and statues might by hands. When they read this passage, they think that this is what Yeshua has done. Yeshua has come to take us away from the God of Israel who took us out from Egypt and He has brought us other gods, which are made by hands; statues, crosses of wood. And do you understand the punishment that the Law is taking about here? You take such a person and you stone him to death. Literally, that is what they think. They think we are coming and presenting Yeshua who is betrayer of the God of Israel, who is bringing other gods in the midst of Israel and should be killed. Thanks to God, we are living in the democratic nation and they cannot do it nowadays.

There might be days when they might really do it; this country is moving fast toward where Teheran and Iran are. The religious parties are gaining more power and room in the Parliament of Israel. They get more seats in every election and have a powerful leverage on the Government of Israel. This is all due to the hunger and thirst, which exist in heart of this nation. Where do people go? They go to the religion. There are a lot of religious seminars taking place and many secular people take part in them. They are moved by preaching of those rabbis into absolute fear to repent better to the Law of Moses. It is getting harder and harder in the streets. Some people can get very violent. The religious people have at least seven radio stations and they keep talking about us in the radio stations. My name is being declared over the waves of the radio. They have such a system that when we are sharing on the beach or in the market place it only takes one religious guy to take a look at us, to make a telephone call to the radio station and they will announce it to people. It is the matter of minutes before around 20-30 religious people come from every direction to attack you. Can you imagine what a network they have built in this country? But the Lord is ahead of all this." (God's covenants, by Jacob Damkani, Jeschua Salvation/04)

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The last chapter of Damkani’ s letter of instruction quoted above bears the title "Yeshua – the Redemption". After explaining that Jesus should not be called "Yeshu" in Israel, because in that country it is a curse ("May his name and his memory be blotted out"), but rather "Yeshua", which is in fact the correct name of the Lord and means "redemption", Damkani goes on to speak of why people in Israel cannot believe in Jesus Christ.

After a retrospective glance at history (the Crusades, the Inquisition and the sufferings of the Jews in the pogroms of the early Middle Ages), he quotes Deut 13,1-11 and the commandments of Moses referring to the false prophet, and explains that the Jews just cannot help seeing this Jesus of Nazareth as a misleader of the people and a traitor to God. As unfortunately so often happens, he equates the Catholic church (as "the church") with Christianity as such, and so lays all the crimes, distortions of the faith and idol worshiping practices with which the Catholic church (which Damkani quite rightly sees as a religion of idolatry) has deceived its faithful over the centuries at the door of true Christianity – and above all, of our Lord Jesus Christ himself.

(See also discourse 115: "Will the last Pope be the false prophet of the Antichrist?")


From the point of view of Orthodox Jews, then, Christianity is a religion of idols and Jesus Christ is a traitor. But the argument that the Jews are unable to believe in Jesus in view of the commandments of Moses overlooks not only the many relevant prophecies in the prophetic books (e.g. Isa 11:53; Jer 23,5-8; 31; Mic 5; Dan 7:13-14), but also some prophecies in the Torah (the Pentateuch / the 5 books of Moses), which should quickly clear up any obscurities, at least for the Jews of today. For example, there is the prophecy of the sacrificial death of the Messiah, which the Jews have been able to read for millennia in their "Law" (the Torah).

The 4th book of Moses (Num) gives us a report about the insurrection of the people of Israel when they were on Mount Hor and had no bread to eat. They complained again to Moses and Aaron, saying, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?" And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and the serpents bit the Israelites and many of the people died.  

When the people realized they had sinned, Moses prayed to the Lord. And God told him to make a bronze serpent and nail it on a pole and set it up in the midst of the camp.

If a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

Num 21,4 Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient because of the journey. 21,5 The people spoke against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food." 21,6 The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 21,7 So the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us." And Moses interceded for the people. 21,8 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live." 21,9 And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived. Num 21, 4- 9;



This is the very first prophecy of the death in atonement of the Son of God on the cross. And it is written in the Jewish Torah!! Just as the bronze serpent was lifted up back then, and those Israelites who looked at it had their sins forgiven and were saved from certain death, so also was the Son of Man lifted up on the cross. And those who believe in this vicarious sacrifice will have their sins forgiven. The Lord also confirmed that to them:

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.

Jn 3,14 "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 3,15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. 3,16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 3,17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 3,18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Jn 3,14-18;


So what Moses writes in his fourth book as a prophecy of the Son of God (Num 21:4-9) is a matter of indifference to the Jews; but what he promulgated in the fifth book in the way of commandments (Deut 13:1-11) is something they religiously observe, as Jakob Damkani writes. This makes it clear to any objective observer, surely, that the Orthodox Jews only quote those texts from the Torah which serve to justify the rejection of this Jesus of Nazareth. 

Just as Moses was a successor of the Abrahamic religion, so is Jesus a successor of the Mosaic religion. He came to bring Israel back to its God. At the start of his ministry he didn’ t actually address the whole world, but only "the lost sheep of the house of Israel", with the aim of bringing them back to their God. This is confirmed by statements in the New Testament:

But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.".

Mt 15,21 Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. 15,22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed." 15,23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, "Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us." 15,24 But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Mt 15,21-24;

Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel And preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mt 10,5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 10,6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10,7 "And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 10,8 "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 10,9 "Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, 10,10 or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support. Mt 10, 5-10;


Only when the Jews had rejected his Son and it was plain to see that they would not accept his message, did God order the proclamation of the gospel to all the human race:

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mk 16,15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16,16 "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. Mt 16,15-16;


The Israelites lost the kingdom of God that was promised to them once and for all, when they rejected the Son of God and so broke God’ s covenant. The Son of God even confirms this to them in a parable.


The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.

(Mt 21:33-46)

"Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard and put a wall around it and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce
The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third.
Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them.

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But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘ They will respect my son.’ But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘ This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’
They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.


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Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?" They said to Him, "He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons." Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures,
The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief corner stone; Thos came about from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’ ?

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Therefore I say to you,
the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.
And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust."

When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.
When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.

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The sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness, in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mt 8,11 "I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 8,12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Mt 8,11-12;

(See also discourse 94; "The Kingdom of God and its Heirs.")



Finally the Lord warned the Jews – and you are a Jew only if you are born of a Jewish mother, and if you are a boy, if you have been circumcised on the 8th day after birth – that they could no longer be saved from their sins in the Mosaic religion, because God would abandon them on the death of his Son, and 40 years later would bring about the destruction of the Temple along with the altar of burnt offerings. Thus, accordng to the Mosaic rite, no sin offering could be provided and their sins could not be forgiven anymore.

(See also discourse 1114: "The destruction of the temple.")


From the death of the Lord on, for the Jews – just as for all other people all over the world – the only criterion is belief in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. And anyone who does not believe will die without forgiveness of their sins, and will be condemned to eternal damnation at the Last Judgment, as the Lord also says of the Jews in the above passage (Mt 8,12): "But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Unless you believe that I am He (the Messiah), you will die in your sins.

Jn 8,21 Then He said again to them, "I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." 8,22 So the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?" 8,23 And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 8,24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He (the Messiah), you will die in your sins." Jn 8,21-24;

He who believes in Him (Jesus Christ) is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already.

Jn 3,17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 3,18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Jn 3,17-18;


The "sickness" of the Jews, then, is not their exile, together with the Diaspora, the pogroms and the Holocaust – the sickness of the Jews is their obduracy and their refusal, from back then until the present day, to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah and their sole Savior. This even though they have proof written in their own Torah (Num 21,4-9) – and yet they prefer not to look at the standard (num 21,9), and would rather die at the bites of the serpent.

The reason for this is their supposed fidelity to the Orthodox Mosaic religion. And yet, following the Abrahamic faith of the Hebrews, to which Isaac and Jacob (Israel) were committed, it was the Mosaic faith to which the twelve tribes of Israel felt they belonged. And then God finally sent them the Messiah promised in Scripture, who was yet again to bring about a change in the faith of the Jews. But this they failed to understand.


The position of the Messianic Jews.

(Texts enclosed in a black frame are quoted from visitors to the site or other authors.)

(From a Messianic point of view, Christianity is not a religion for the Jews. / Extract from: "God's covenants," by Jacob Damkani, preacher of the Messianic Jews.)

"To my sorrow, a lot of Christians do not really understand that Jews do not have to be converted to any other religion; they do not have to leave their heritage and their Jewish faith, because if God gave identity to any group of people, He gave a really clear identity to Jewish people. It is not meant for them to leave their identity and to become something else, to become Christians. In the mind of Jewish people the Christianity is something else than what you think that the Christianity is." (God's covenants, by J. Damkani, Covenant Abraham/04)

"It is not about a new religion, Christianity that the Lord wanted to bring upon the earth, religion that will be against His own people. The cry of the Prophets, the cry of the Apostles and now, praise God, your cry for the return of these people back to God is awesome. The Almighty God is so thrilled for everyone in the Church who wakes up to the reality of salvation to the Jew first, Romans 1:16. We praise God that you have come to really share the gospel with this nation. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. The Almighty God is going to bring this nation face to face with the reality of Yeshua in His Jewish Context, thanks to people like you who care, who love, who are willing to fight the good fight. This takes the revelation; we cannot really be bitter or resentful towards the rest of the Church. They simple did not have the privilege and the grace to have this revelation. Here you are taught things that very few in the Church really understand. You are taught things that are far away from the Church. They are so many doctrines in the Church, but there is only one truth. We are touching the heart of the truth as we study the Word here and as we look into the plan of God concerning this nation and the salvation that finally will come, the of on earth. Come, Lord Yeshua." (God's covenants, by J. Damkani, The day/15)




First of all here we would like to correct the statement on which Damkani and his fellow workers are always placing such emphasis. We are always being told, "The Jew first!" – and that is precisely what we read in the above extract from his letter of instruction. He appeals to Rom 1,16, so let us just take a look at the passage:

Rom 1,16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Rom 1,16;


Damkani would like to interpret this pronouncement of Paul as saying that the gospel must first be proclaimed to the Jews – which indeed is what he does – and only then to the "Greeks", in other words to the nations. The gospel may well be a "power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." But as the Lord Jesus also tells us, the Jews have had their chance, which however they turned down – as the following scriptural passages demonstrate.

But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.".

Mt 15,21 Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. 15,22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed." 15,23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, "Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us." 15,24 But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Mt 15,21-24;


We see here that the Lord at first – at the beginning of his ministry – was sent only to the Jews, to proclaim the gospel: "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Only when the Jews were unwilling to accept it, was the gospel also preached to all nations:

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mk 16,15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16,16 "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. Mt 16,15-16;


This statement of Paul’ s, then, does not mean, "First the gospel must be proclaimed to the Jews and then to the nations," as Damkani always interprets it, but rather states literally: "The gospel (… ) is a power of God for the salvation of all who believe, the Jew first and also the Greek." Hence, first of all the gospel was preached to the Jews, and if they had believed, it would have been for their salvation.

However, the Jews did not believe and did not accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, and so from that time on it has been proclaimed to the whole of creation. And since the Jews also form part of creation, of course we must proclaim the gospel to the Jews as well. But not "first"! We preach it, and they can hear it or read it, if they wish. But as I know the Jews, they won’ t want to.


But the rest of the above extract from Jakob Damkani’ s letter of instruction shows us that while Messianic Jews do admittedly believe in Yeshua as their Messiah, they still remain incapable of separating themselves from the Orthodox faith and have not yet succeeded in understanding the true meaning of Christianity. When Damkani writes:

"To my sorrow, a lot of Christians do not really understand that Jews do not have to be converted to any other religion" und

"It is not about a new religion, Christianity that the Lord wanted to bring upon the earth, religion that will be against His own people."

he falls into exactly the same trap as Orthodox Judaism. He is right, certainly, when he opines that the Jews do not need to be converted to another religion. The time of religions is past. What the Jews need is not another religion, but another faith. The new faith, in the New Covenant with God, for all human beings – and for the Jews as well – through the blood of the Son of God Jesus Christ!

This is what the Jews urgently need, if they don’ t want to go to hell, as otherwise they cannot obtain any forgiveness for their sins. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not bring a new religion – seeing that Christianity is not a religion – but rather, better still, a New Covenant with God (Lk 22:20).

The Old Covenant of God with Israel, of course, was broken by the Jews through their condemning the Son of God to death on the cross, and that is the reason why God dissolved this covenant and abandoned the Temple in Jerusalem (Mt 27:51). And whereas the Old Covenant prescribed regular animal sacrifice, so that the Jews could have their sins forgiven, in the New Covenant the sacrifice has been made once and for all time. This is the redeeming sacrifice of the Son of God on the cross for the sins of the whole world.

So when Damkani suggests that the Lord might have wanted to bring a new religion, "a religion that will be against His own people", this is a reversal of the facts. It wasn’ t that our Lord brought a new religion against his own people, rather his own people interpreted this new religion – faith in him as their redeemer – against their own Messiah, this out of obduracy and a lack of scriptural knowledge (cf. Mt 21:42; 19:4; 12:3; 22:31; etc.). The Mosaic religion will reappear in the millennium. But until then, belief in Jesus Christ, their Messiah, is alone valid.

So although the Messianic Jews – in the same way as the biblical Christians – believe in Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah, next time round they are really going to accept the credentials of a false Messiah (Jn 5:43) – along with many Catholic Christians, and of course also Orthodox Jews. In the Last Days the Antichrist will pretend to be the true Messiah, and with the help of the demonic powers given him by Satan (2Thes 2:9-12), will lead astray not only all the Jews, but also many Christians, and induce them to worship him.

Whereas the Christians, in this future end time, will be open to the reproach of inadequate knowledge of Scripture, the Orthodox Jews will boast of the fact that they have known, right from the first, that this Yeshua of Nazareth was an impostor and blasphemer.

Only after these Last Days, at the start of the Millennium, when the Son of God enters on his kingdom of peace of a thousand years in Jerusalem, will the Jews recognize that their history has been one of mistaking the true Messiah for the false one, and the false one for the true one, and will then be filled with contrition and convert to Jesus Christ (Rev 1:7; Mt 24:30; Zech 12:10).

(See also discourse 132: "Biblical Christianity and its Jewish Messiah (= Greek: Christos / the Anointed One).")