Since Adon Y'shua did not fulfill the Messianic prophecies...
It is true that Adon Y'shua of Nazareth did not meet several of the requisite Messianic prophecies as I demonstrate in part one of this study. But he will in due time!
Before the beginning
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB): John 8:53 Avraham avinu [Abraham our father] died; you aren't greater than he, are you? And the prophets also died. Who do you think you are?"
54 Yeshua answered, "If I praise myself, my praise counts for nothing. The One who is praising me is my Father, the very one about whom you keep saying, `He is our God.'
55 Now you have not known him, but I do know him; indeed, if I were to say that I don't know him, I would be a liar like you! But I do know him, and I obey his word.
56 Avraham, your father, was glad that he would see my day; then he saw it and was overjoyed."
57 "Why, you're not yet fifty years old," the Judeans replied, "and you have seen Avraham?"
58 Yeshua said to them, "Yes, indeed! Before Avraham came into being, I am!"
These verses have been used by some to support the supposed deity of Adon Y'shua, but note that he specifically says here "I do know him [HaShem], and I obey his word." These clearly are the words of a self aware tzaddik (righteous person) not a man who believes himself to be God. He directly says here as elsewhere that he is obedient to another, to HaShem.
It is the concluding words "I am" that people cite to support the belief, assuming a connection exists with HaShem who said:
King James Version (KJV): Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Nicene Christians believe they see in this a direct reference to Y'shua being his own Father incarnate on the earth. But let's read this verse again with understanding of the translated Hebrew:
CJB: Exodus 3:14 God said to Moshe, "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be]," and added, "Here is what to say to the people of Isra'el: 'Ehyeh [I Am or I Will Be] has sent me to you.'"
This is completely different from what Adon Y'shua said. In the Torah HaShem is proclaiming that He, the Eternal and only true elohiym (god), was then working among the Hebrews and would continue doing so and therefore He was calling for them to exercise faith in His messenger Moshe. In the verse recorded by Yochanan (John) Y'shua is saying that he existed as a servant of HaShem before Avram (and hence Moshe) was born and so he, like HaShem's servant's Avraham and Moshe, should be accepted as sharing HaShem's Word (Torah). The context is completely different.
Our chief rabbi and high priest says prin Avraam ginomai ego eimi "before Avram came to be I existed." Note Y'shua says here that he existed before "Avraam" not "Avraham!" This is significant. Avram's name was altered by HaShem to Avraham when he entered into the holy covenant. So here Adon Y'shua is claiming that not only did he exist thousands of years prior to his human birth to Miryam (Mary), he was involved in the renaming of the Patriarch and the establishing of HaShem's Covenant with him! This is a most profound claim!
Is Adon Y'shua HaShem incarnate? The "Great I Am?"
No and neither he nor his biblical talmidim ("students") ever made such a claim.
Y'shua is "the Only Begotten Son of HaShem" as the Scriptures say.
Y'shua is our Cohen Gadol ("High Priest"), the sole Mediator between Adonai and humanity as the Scriptures say.
Y'shua will in due course fulfill the role of Mashiach (Messiah) as the Scriptures say.
Y'shua is uniquely the Son of HaShem through whom everything else was created as the Scriptures say.
Adon Y'shua of Nazareth is not simply another prophet.
Adon Y'shua is unique among all creation!
Adon Y'shua's origins
The Nazarene emissary Peter acknowledges that Paul's inspired writings are sometimes deep and not easily understood. Like all the original talmidim of Y'shua Peter saw the rising tide of apostasy and he warned his hearers to beware and to examine the writings not only of the Tanakh but also of Paul to remain doctrinally sound. Of Paul's teachings Peter says (bold font is mine):
CJB: II Peter 3:15 And think of our Lord's patience as deliverance, just as our dear brother Sha'ul [Paul] also wrote you, following the wisdom God gave him.
16 Indeed, he speaks about these things in all his letters. They contain some things that are hard to understand, things which the uninstructed and unstable distort, to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
17 But you, dear friends, since you know this in advance, guard yourselves; so that you will not be led away by the errors of the wicked and fall from your own secure position.
So let's look at a somewhat difficult text where Adon Y'shua's Emissary Paul seeks to explain the origins of the pre-existent Son of HaShem (italics mine):
KJV: Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Let's look at these same verses against in the modern English Complete Jewish Bible:
1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Colossians 1:12 ... giving thanks to the Father for having made you fit to share in the inheritance of his people in the light. I discuss these verses and topic in more detail Here however for now we are looking specifically at his origins.
13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.
14 It is through his Son that we have redemption - that is, our sins have been forgiven.
15 He is the visible image of the invisible God. He is supreme over all creation, 16 because in connection with him were created all things - in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities - they have all been created through him and for him.
17 He existed before all things, and he holds everything together.
18 Also he is head of the Body, the Messianic Community - he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might hold first place in everything.
19 For it pleased God to have his full being live in his Son
20 and through his Son to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace through him, through having his Son shed his blood by being executed on a stake.
Note that throughout the verses (and throughout the New Testament) the language of father and son, master and servant is used. Colossians 1:14 tells us that Y'shua who has earned our redemption. HaShem "earns" nothing, everything belong to Him already and yet Y'shua earned our salvation by his execution on the stake (starous). Our admittance into the Kingdom of HaShem has been earned by Y'shua and we are all indebted to him due to his work of redemption. We read:
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name... HaShem has exalted Y'shua and made his name great. The language is clearly of one being exalting another due to his accomplishments.
Adon Y'shua as the Reflection of Adonai
How is Y'shua the image or reflection of HaShem? He answers this question for us:
John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
Such verses make no sense if Y'shua is literally his own father -- and of course being ones own father makes no sense either.
What the text is telling us that is that Y'shua is the perfect and undefiled eiko or reflection of HaShem's Will and Mind. An eiko is not the original. It is a reflection of the original, as a son is a reflection his father, although in perfection in this case.
Adon Y'shua as the Firstborn of Adonai
Y'shua is "...the firstborn of every creature..." According to the text Y'shua was the first born or first created of all of HaShem's creations. Again this directly states that Adon Y'shua is a created being while HaShem, Who created him, is not. HaShem is the creator of all.
This word "firstborn" tells us a lot. It is, in the Greek, prototok'os from which we get the word prototype.
HaShem has no beginning, middle nor end. When HaShem decided to begin creation He first created a perfect prototype: the Son (who later took physical birth as Y'shua ben Miryam). This is what Paul is telling us here.
From and through that Prototype all else was created. This is what the emissary of HaShem, under direction of the Ruach HaKodesh (HaShem's Presence), is seeking to explain. Some of this material is, as Peter explained concerning Paul's writings, difficult to understand (II Peter 3:16) however when we accept the context of these and related verses his meaning is clear. Paul is speaking of events that occurred before the dawn of creation and explaining how it is that Adon Y'shua -- whom his readers knew had lived and died just a few short years before and some had even known personally -- had not only already existed (as Y'shua directly declared in the verses in John we just read) but had done so in such an awesome situation that he could say "before Avram..." This is truly difficult to understand but it is very important for those wishing to understand how the Nicolaitan heresy has altered biblical truth of who Adon Y'shua is what his role is! It is equally important for those wishing to understand the biblical role of the Mashiach.
Adon Y'shua as the Logos of Adonai
We now turn our attention to John chapter one in order to understand how this prototype was employed to manifest the creation into material existence.
It is clear that Adon Y'shua is the Word referenced at John 1. We will now seek to understand what this means by considering the opening verses of the Book of John:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
There is strong reason to believe that the books of the B'rit Hadashah ("New Testament") were originally composed in Hebrew (See note 1). This at times makes interpretation tricky as we are going from a now lost Hebrew text through a Greek translation and then into English. Remember that the Greek word translated here as "Word" (logos) is actually conveying a Hebrew concept rather than the multifaceted Greek term. The Greek word logos has many meanings however when read in terms of Jewish theology the meaning of the term is clarified for us.
Logos as the Torah of Adonai
The "Word" is God's Torah, God's True Utterance/Wisdom/Purposes:
Genesis 1:3 And God said...
Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Adonai's Torah was the spark of creation when HaShem said: "Let there be light." HaShem's Logos/Word (Son/Y'shua) brought about all existence ex nihilo, "from nothingness" when "God said, Let us make man in our image..." The Son does only what he hears his Father direct (John 8:28). HaShem's eternal Torah is His Word and Purpose. That Purpose is manifested through the Son.
This is a revelation revealed in the books of B'rit Hadashah that is implied but not clearly explained in the Tanakh. It is this comprehension that Kabbalah sought to discern later as I discuss elsewhere.
In this way Adon Y'shua was the first and only begotten Son of the Father. He was active throughout history and then in due course of time the Son took birth of the Jewish virgin named Miryam. Psalm 110 gives us important insights into this topic: Identifying the Messiah.
In my study on Psalms 110 I go into more detail on this, but in order to understand why Adon Y'shua did not fulfill the messianic prophecies and yet will one day be the Mashiach of Israel there is important information here to understand:
"Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool." Psalm 110 is most enlightening prophecy!
Psalms 110:1 A Psalm of David. HaShem said unto my lord ["adon"], Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
110:2 HaShem shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
110:4 HaShem hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
110:5 HaShem at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
110:6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
110:7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.
According to David, HaShem is prophetically telling Adon Y'shua (David's "lord" or adon in the Hebrew), "Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool."
From this we perceive a definite time break: Adon Y'shua will be (from David's perspective) present in his first advent however then he will have to wait until HaShem vanquishes his enemies 'making them his footstool' (verse 1).
The Times of the Gentiles
How will this take place and how long will Mashiach's wait be? Adon Y'shua references this waiting period as follows:
Luke 21:24 And they [the Jewish people] shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations [as occurred/began in 70 CE]: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
How long will these "times of the Gentiles" last? Mark covers this same teaching but records this important point made by the Master:
Mark 13:32: But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
So even Y'shua our adon (master) did not know, but there would be a period of waiting.
Adon Y'shua is ready NOW
There is an old saying that sounds very pious -- "I'll do it tomorrow if the Lord tarries..." -- but understand it is not Adon Y'shua who tarrying! He is ready to act; he was ready to act 2000 years ago and in every generation since! It is we who are holding him back by our refusal to repent! This is made clear by the Rambam's list of things that will hasten the coming of Mashiach as discussed previously. Y'shua is not tarrying.
As I discuss elsewhere we have excellent reason to believe that waiting period is almost up!
Now back now to Psalms 110.
Verse 2 tells us that this waiting will continue until HaShem sends the rod of Y'shua HaMashiach's strength out of Zion to rule in the midst of his enemies.
There is an important Messianic prophecy referenced here (one accepted as messianic by Jews as well) that is often missed:
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
11:2 And the spirit of HaShem shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of HaShem.
Here in verse 2 we see the "rod that comes out of the stem of Jesse" directly referenced. This is one of the prophecies accepted by Orthodox Judaism as referring to the Mashiach (See Judaism 101: HERE for confirmation of this -- scroll to the bottom of that page for "Isaiah 11").
Why Adon Y'shua did not fulfill the Messianic Prophecies
The obvious question is, if Adon Y'shua is NOW ready to take the kingdom by force (Daniel 7:18), indeed if he has been ready since 29 CE -- when, seated on the prophesied donkey he rode into Yerushalayim to cries of Hosanna! (Matthew 21:5) in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, Daniel 9:25 and other prophecies -- what is he waiting for? Generations of Jews have prayed for Mashiach and generations of Nazarenes have prayed for the return of Y'shua. And yet we still wait to the point that many have ceased to believe in the prophecies at all.
Of course this too is as the prophets foretold:
CJB: II Peter 3:3 First, understand this: during the Last Days, scoffers will come, following their own desires
4 and asking, "Where is this promised 'coming' of his? For our fathers have died, and everything goes on just as it has since the beginning of creation."
We see then that according to David, Mashiach will come but then will wait until HaShem empowers him to take up the mantle of Mashiach as "the rod of Jesse," to defeat his enemies and establish the Kingdom. Emissary Peter confirms that this will take some indeterminate amount of time and, again, Adon Y'shua was clear that even he could not tell us how much time would pass.
Messianic prophecies like the one discussed in part one of this study (i.e. Isaiah 11) were not fulfilled by Y'shua because this waiting period had not yet expired! That such a period would occur was foretold by the prophets of the Tanakh as well as by Adon Y'shua, Paul and other New Testament prophets.
Of course most Jews and Noahides are not familiar with this interpretation of David's prophecy. Many of them claim that Psalm 110 is not a prophecy at all. Others contend that this psalm was not written by David but by an unnamed underling who is referring to David as "my adon." Textually however neither of these objections make sense as I discuss: Here.
The only interpretation of Psalm 110 that makes sense textually or intellectually is the one I present here. This understanding supports David's view and explains why Cohen Gadol (after the Order of Melchizedek) Y'shua has not yet taken up the mantle of King of Israel (Mashiach).
This also explains another teaching from the B'rit Hadashah that is not clear in the Tanakh: Y'shua as Cohen Gadol.
When Nicene Christians tell Jews or Noahides that "Jesus is the Messiah" they understandably shake their heads at the lack of understanding such a claim displays! How could our Adon be the Mashiach when he did not fulfill the most essential messianic prophecies?
Now you know.
The main reason Y'shua did not fulfill the messianic prophecies There is another, more specific reason why Adon Y'shua did not satisfy the conditions of his Messiahship and establish the Kingdom: The persistence of anomos ("Torahlessness," the failure of the people to restore the Torah to its rightful place), the refusal of the people to repent:
Isaiah 60:19 "No more will the sun be your light by day, nor will moonlight shine on you; instead ADONAI will be your light forever and your God your glory.
20 No longer will your sun go down; your moon will no longer wane; for ADONAI will be your light forever; your days of mourning will end.
21 All your people will be tzaddikim [holy, Torah observant]; they will inherit the land forever; they will be the branch I planted, my handiwork, in which I take pride.
22 The smallest will grow to a thousand, the weakest will become a mighty nation. I, ADONAI, when the right time comes, will quickly bring it about."
For Mashiach to establish the Kingdom this has to change! Hear the words of Adonai:
Deuteronomy 30:1 "When the time arrives that all these things have come upon you, both the blessing and the curse which I have presented to you; and you are there among the nations to which ADONAI your God has driven you; then, at last, you will start thinking about what has happened to you;
2 and you will return to ADONAI your God and pay attention to what he has said, which will be exactly what I am ordering you to do today - you and your children, with all your heart and all your being.
3 At that point, ADONAI your God will reverse your exile and show you mercy; he will return and gather you from all the peoples to which ADONAI your God scattered you.
4 If one of yours was scattered to the far end of the sky, ADONAI your God will gather you even from there; he will go there and get you.
5 ADONAI your God will bring you back into the land your ancestors possessed, and you will possess it; he will make you prosper there, and you will become even more numerous than your ancestors.
6 Then ADONAI your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your children, so that you will love ADONAI your God with all your heart and all your being, and thus you will live.
This did not happen of course. The Jews became less Torah observant, less familiar with its teachings and less devout as the years went by.
And not only the Jews! Under the influence of the Nicolaitan heresies the talmidim of Adon Y'shua gradually not only embraced anomos ("Torahlessness") but declared it a virtue! Observing HaShem's Torah was actually outlawed by the new "Church Universal and Triumphant!" How was Mashiach to establish his Torah based kingdom when both the Jews and the Noahide Nazarenes were openly rejecting its authority and his?
Am Israel ("People Israel") is the wife of HaShem however by abandoning the Torah they in effect had committed spiritual adultery against Adonai even as the Ten Tribes had done previously (Jeremiah 3:10)!
Yochanan (John) the Immerser (Baptist) came and announced that the time for the Kingdom to be restored had come at last -- but his warnings were not heeded:
Matthew 3:1 It was during those days that Yochanan the Immerser [John the Baptist] arrived in the desert of Y'hudah [Judea] and began proclaiming the message,
2 "Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!"
3 This is the man Yesha`yahu [Isaiah] was talking about when he said, "The voice of someone crying out: `In the desert prepare the way of ADONAI! Make straight paths for him!'"
Because the Elect refused to heed Prophet Yochanan's call to repentance offered to them through the Ruach HaKodesh we have the following:
Luke 16:14 The P'rushim [Pharisees] heard all this, and since they were money-lovers, they ridiculed him [Y'shua].
15 He said to them, "You people make yourselves look righteous to others, but God knows your hearts; what people regard highly is an abomination before God!
16 Up to the time of Yochanan [John the Immerser] there were the Torah and the Prophets. Since then the Good News of the Kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is pushing to get in.
17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the Torah to become void.
The point is clear. The time for the establishment of the Kingdom had arrived as Prophet Daniel had pinpointed (Daniel chapter 9), however the leaders of Am Israel had rejected HaShem and His Torah!
The Elders of Israel refused to circumcise their hearts, trusting only in the circumcision of their flesh! They refused to repent despite the urging of Yochanan and Y'shua, the Ruach HaKodesh of HaShem and the evidences shown by the talmidim who extending this offer after Y'shua resurrection for a time.
Adon Y'shua hammers home that this is why the Kingdom would not then be established in the very next verse:
Luke 16:18 Every man who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and a man who marries a woman divorced by her husband commits adultery.
Throughout his earthly ministry Adon Y'shua reasoned and pleaded with the P'rushim and others to return to the Torah in genuine repentance and yet time and time again they refused.
The Grafting In of the Goyim
The offer would not last for ever, hence we read:
Acts 13:43 When the synagogue meeting broke up, many of the born Jews and devout proselytes followed Sha'ul and Bar-Nabba, who spoke with them and urged them to keep holding fast to the love and kindness of God.
44 The next Shabbat, nearly the whole city gathered together to hear the message about the Lord; 45 but when the Jews who had not believed saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and spoke up against what Sha'ul was saying and insulted him.
46 However, Sha'ul and Bar-Nabba answered boldly: "It was necessary that God's word be spoken first to you. But since you are rejecting it and are judging yourselves unworthy of eternal life - why, we're turning to the Goyim!
47 For that is what ADONAI has ordered us to do: 'I have set you as a light for the Goyim, to be for deliverance to the ends of the earth.' "
Elevation of the Noahides
This is the point at which the Goyim (the Gentiles/Noahides) were allowed to be fully grafted into the Tree of Israel (compare Romans 11) through our Cohen Gadol Y'shua. Prior to this point Noahides were always "outside the gates" of Am Israel. They were counted as ger, as outsiders. They were allowed to associate with the People of HaShem and under set conditions to share in their worship, but were not accepted as full members of the Community of the Righteous without formal conversion.
The present day Noahide revival largely continues this outsider aspect. This is reflected in the Shabbat observance directions in a popular Noahide Siddur (Prayer Book):
Lighting the Candles:
To make a distinction between B'nai NoahSource: Seventh Day Celebration
and B'nai Israel, we light the candles in honor
of the Sabbath day after sundown
Among the many problems with this common Noahide instruction is that both the majority of rabbis (including those from AISH.com, Ask Moses.com, the Orthodox Union, Chabad etc.) as well as the Torah itself plainly says that lighting Shabbat candles after Shabbat begins (after sunset Friday) is strictly forbidden!
We read in the Torah:
Exodus 35:3 Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.
And yet this popular Noahide siddur is telling people specifically to light the fire in their dwellings on Shabbat! Those well meaning Noahides who follow this instruction are, at least from a literal reading of the Torah and the plain teachings of the rabbis, sinning by observing Shabbat!
Shabbat begins at sunset.
And if this is not anomos (in violation of Torah) enough, many Noahides like most Nicene Christians are actually teaching that Shabbat observance is not to be performed by Noahides at all! These people seem to forget the sacredness of Shabbat was declared for Noahides long before there was a Judaism! Long before the Torah was giving to Moshe!
Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, along with everything in them.
2 On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce.
4 Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when ADONAI, God, made earth and heaven...
Shabbat represents two or three different things -- the Exodus from Egypt according to the Jews, the B'rit Hadashah according to Nazarenes (Matthew 12:8) -- but at its heart, Shabbat is the day we honor our Creator! Those he did not create have no need to honor Shabbat, the rest do!
As to whether this prohibition against lighting fires (and the positive mitzvah of lighting Shabbat candles) applies only to Jews the Torah is clear:
Exodus 20:8-10 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to HaShem your G-d. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien [stranger: ger] within your gates.
Shabbat observance for goyim is repeated at Exodus 23:12, Deuteronomy 5:12 and in many other verses. That this is an eternal command to all humans that will extend even into the Kingdom Age is clear:
Isaiah 66:23 "Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence," says ADONAI.
Noahide Nazarenes and Jewish Nazarenes have become one people in Adon Y'shua (Galatians 3:28), although the prophet is clear that some distinctions as to the original calling of the Houses of Israel remain in place. ALL are invited to the Wedding feast (Matthew 22:10). All are invited to worship HaShem in spirit and in truth. We Noahide Nazarenes (we Gentiles who have embraced Adon Y'shua as our Cohen Gadol) have become spiritual Israel and together with our non-Nazarene Jewish brethren we are called to serve HaShem and to do what we can to advance His kingdom.
If you are alive you are commanded to honor the Shabbat of HaShem our Elohiym. Its that simple. For more on Shabbat see my studies Here.
It may appear we have gone a bit off topic here but we have not because our adon said:
Matthew 12:8 For the Son of Man is Lord of Shabbat!"
Jewish and Noahide Nazarene are commanded to honor the day of our adon (master rabbi and cohen gadol)!
Now, had the P'rushim and Tz'dukim (the Pharisees and Sadducees) repented before HaShem their Elohiym, Adon Y'shua would have been empowered by Adonai to declare the establishment of Theocratic Kingdom of Israel. This is obvious from the fact that he and Yochanan the Immerser both repeatedly assured them that if they met the requirements the Kingdom would be established then (Matthew 3:2 etc.).
As we read through the Gospel accounts and into the Book of Acts we see the gradual transition away from the preaching of the Kingdom to the preaching of Grace "to the Jew first and then to the Goyim." As it becomes clear the elders of Israel will not turn their hearts to HaShem, the message changes until prior to his leaving the planet Y'shua instructs his talmidim to bring the Goyim into the everlasting covenant (Matthew 28:18-20).
Note that Adon Y'shua never established a new religion. Rather he allowed the Goyim to be grafted into the existing Tree of Israel: into Judaism. Again as Paul explains in Romans 11.
Romans 2:28 For the real Jew is not merely Jewish outwardly: true circumcision is not only external and physical.
29 On the contrary, the real Jew is one inwardly; and true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God.
Cohen Gadol Adon Y'shua
Adon Y'shua holds two distinct and complimentary roles biblically. He is Cohen Gadol (High Priest and Mediator between the earth and HaShem) through the lineage (bloodline) of his mother Miryam and her ancestry to Nathan and David, and in due course he will be Mashiach (King of Israel and Overlord of the Noahide Nations) through the lineage of his adopted father Yosef through David (I discuss the issue of his distant relative Y'khanyahu Here).
* Note that the Rex Mundi will seek to usurp the role of Mashiach in part by using these two bloodlines as I discuss elsewhere!
Since his resurrection Adon Y'shua has been serving -- as the books of the B'rit Hadashah (New Testament) tell us -- as Cohen Gadol (High Priest) or Mediator began humanity and HaShem (Hebrews 12:24) and not as Mashiach. His enthronement as Mashiach is yet future!
KJV: I Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
See that? "...to be testified in due time". The word testified is marturion and means to present conclusive evidence to everyone.
Much evidence for Y'shua's authority has been revealed and yet there is some question remaining (else he would be universally accepted). Once he is establish as Mashiach he will be! The evidence will be undeniable once he fulfills the Messianic prophecies. Again, this is harmonious with David in his important 110th Psalm:
What according to the prophets will this great tzaddik accomplish during the waiting period? During these "Times of the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24)? His forefather David clarifies this for us:
Psalms 110:4 HaShem hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
For more on the Order of Melchizedek see my study Here.
In brief, during this waiting period the foretold tzaddik and future Mashiach is to serve HaShem as Cohen Gadol (High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek: not as a Levite) of the entire world! This is what Psalm 110 says as well as the books of the B'rit Hadashah including I Timothy 2:5 (quoted above).
Psalms 1:1 Adonai said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
110:2 Adonai shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
After Y'shua gave himself up on the starous (execution stake: stauros) he waited. During this period he has been serving as Cohen Gadol. In due course he will be vindicated and will then reveal his exonerating evidence to the world. The world will not see this evidence until the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Luke 21:24), the Man of Sin is defeated (II Thessalonians 2) and HaShem exalts His Son and Servant (Psalms 110:1) Y'shua as HaMashiach (the Messiah).
In due time -- once the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled -- Adon Y'shua will take up the mantle of Mashiach and fulfill the various prophecies, thereby proving his worthiness to rule. By HaShem's power he will defeat the enemies of God and His people (Psalm 110:5,6), he will bless all those who have blessed Israel and will curse all those who have cursed them (Genesis 12:1-3). Then will Y'shua be vindicated (I Timothy 2:5,6). Then will he lift up his head in ultimate victory (Psalms 110:7) and proclaim the establishment of the Theocratic Kingdom of HaShem as the Seventh Trumpet is sounded (I Corinthians 15:52).
The waiting time is almost up. The Times of the Gentiles are now drawing to a close! In part three we will look at the events now taking place in our world in preparation of the coming of Mashiach as this study continues!