This booklet seeks to answer many of the most often asked questions about Messianic Judaims. The most important fact to comprehend about Messianic Judaism is that it is centered around the belief that Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) is the long promised Messiah of Israel.
Written by Rabbi David Chernoff, MMI Publishing Co., Havertown, PA.
Yeshua the Messiah
1. How do we know that Yeshua is truly the Promised Messiah?
While many of us have had a dynamic personal experience with the Lord that has helped convince us that Yeshua is the Messiah, the primary evidence that Yeshua is truly the Jewish Messiah of Israel is in the Hebrew Scriptures themselves (i.e. the Tenach or the Old Covenant.) In the Tenach, there are prophecies or predictions about the “Anointed One.” Over 25 prophets, covering a period of 1500 years, gave predictions about the Coming One. The only way to know if Yeshua is the Messiah is to go back to the Scriptures and study these prophecies (I Pet. 1:10-12, II Pet. 1:19-21).
2. If Yeshua was the Messiah, why is there no peace in the world today?
This issue concerning Yeshua not having brought worldwide peace is a result of a misconception many have about the purpose of the Messiah. The Messiah was not just to come to bring peace to the whole world. More than half the prophecies about the Messiah speak of His coming and dying for the sins of the world. Many rabbis recognized that the Messiah had to suffer and die and rabbinic literature at one time speaks of two Messiah coming, Messiah Ben-Joseph (the Suffering Messiah) and Messiah Ben-David (the Conquering Messiah). In reality, there are not two Messiahs coming at one time, but one Messiah coming twice. The first time to suffer and die for the sins of the world, and the second time to set up His Kingdom over the entire world (Is. 53). Prophetically, we are very near to the Second Coming of the Messiah Yeshua (Mt. 24:3-21).
3. Now that I have accepted Yeshua the Messiah as my Savior, what should I do next?
The next step is for you to grow spiritually in the Lord until you become a strong, mature believer (Col. 2:6,7). When you first accept the Messiah Yeshua and come into God's Kingdom, you are “young in the Lord” or, as Scriptures say, a spiritual “babe” (I Pet. 2:1-3). God wants you to begin to grow spiritually, to develop your own personal relationship with Him. You can do this by studying the Word of God, developing a strong prayer life, staying in fellowship with other believers (I Jn. 3:14 ), attending services (Heb. 10:25 ) and putting the Lord first in your life. Your sins are atoned for. You have begun a new life in Him. You are a changed person. Praise God for this wonderful new life you have with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Baruch Ha Shem! (Praise the Lord!)