‘I am G-d and there is no other. I am G-d and there none like Me, making the end known from the beginning, and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel will stand and I will accomplish all My purpose.”
— Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 46:9b-10
According to HaShem’s Servants, the Prophets
As Yeshayahu HaNavi (the Prophet Isaiah) foresaw after the days of David HaMelekh (King David), Melekh Yisrael (King of Israel), a branch would come from the stock of David’s father Yishai (Jesse) and a sprout from his roots would bear fruit; and on him would rest the Spirit of HaShem, the Most High G-d, a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and might, a spirit of knowledge and fear of HaShem (Yeshayahu 11:1-2). Furthermore, as Yoel HaNavi (the Prophet Joel) had foreseen, HaShem would pour out His Ruakh (Spirit) on all flesh, even on male and female servants (Yoel 3:1-2, Hb.).
It was later revealed by Gavriyel HaMalakh (the Angel Gabriel) to Daniyel (Daniel), a Jewish man who became the prime minister of Bavel (Babylon) during the Babylonian exile of the Jewish people in the sixth century BCE, that a fixed time had been decreed by the Most High G-d regarding the Jewish people and Yerushalayim (Jerusalem)—to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy one (i.e. the Messiah)—after which he would be cut off, and not for himself, and the Romans would destroy Yerushalayim and the Second Temple (Daniyel 9:24-26).
As Daniyel had previously interpreted for Nevukhadnetzar (Nebukadnezzar), King of Bavel, there would be four great empires, including his own, and in the days of the fourth empire, an empire of iron—the Roman empire—a stone cut without hands from a mountain would itself become a great mountain and would fill the whole Earth (Daniyel 2:31-45). As Yeshayahu HaNavi foresaw, the progressive increase of his dominion and of peace would be without end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time and even to the World to Come, through the zeal of HaShem of Hosts (Yeshayahu 9:6, Hb.).
As David HaMelekh foresaw of his Lord, the Messiah, who was yet to come into the world through him, to him would be given Life, length of days forever and ever (Tehillim / Psalms 21:4, Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Sukkah 52a). Therefore, through him, the Most High will swallow up death forever, and will wipe away tears from all faces (Yeshayahu 25:8). As David foresaw, HaShem would call his Lord to sit at His right hand until He makes his enemies a footstool for his feet (Tehillim 110:1).
As Daniyel foresaw, one like a son of man would come with the clouds of heaven to the Most High G-d and would be presented before Him, and to him would be given dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which will not pass away, and his kingdom one that will not be destroyed (Daniyel 7:13b-14). As the spirit of HaShem’s preeminent anointed one (the Messiah) had said from of old, ‘I will tell of the decree: HaShem said to me, ‘You are My Son; today I have brought you forth. Ask of Me and I will make the nations your heritage and the ends of the Earth your possession” (Tehillim 2:7-8).
Before this, however, he would voluntarily suffer as a guilt offering in order to take the sins of the world upon himself in the service of the Most High (Yeshayahu 53:4-10). He would die to take our sins on himself (Yeshayahu 53:7-9, Bereishit / Genesis 3:21, Vayikra / Leviticus 7:1-8), but G-d would raise him from the dead—HaShem would prolong his days (Yeshayahu 53:10). As David HaMelekh had said in the spirit of the Messiah, the Son of David, HaShem would not abandon His pious one to the grave and to decay (Tehillim 16:10), but would make known to him the path of Life, and would give him fullness of joy at His right hand, in His presence (Tehillim 16:11).
According to Witness Testimony
As it was declared in the first century CE to a Jewish man named Yokhannan (John) by an angel of Heaven, the testimony about his rabbi, the Lord Rabbi Yeshua MiNatzeret (Jesus of Nazareth)—without question the most famous rabbi of all time—is the very spirit of prophecy (Hitgallut / Revelation 19:10b).
Being a son of David (Mattitayhu / Matthew 1:1, Lukas / Luke 3:31) and himself born in Beit Lekhem (Bethlehem; Mikhah / Micah 5:1, Hb., Mattityahu 2:1, Lukas 2:4-6), he was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power (Mattityahu 3:13-16, Mark 1:9-10, Lukas 3:21-22, Yokhannan 1:32, Ma’asei 10:38), a voice from Heaven declaring him to be the Son of G-d at his immersion by the famous Yokhannan HaMetabel (John the Immerser; Mattityahu 3:17, Mark 1:11, Lukas 3:22, Yokhannan 1:34); a heavenly voice which would again later declare this in the hearing of Yeshua’s disciples (Mattityahu 17:1-8, Lukas 9:28-36, Mark 9:2-8, 2 Kefa / Peter 1:16-18).
According to witness testimony, Rabbi Yeshua went about among the lost sheep of the House of Yisrael, to whom he was sent by G-d (Mattityahu 15:24), declaring the approaching Kingdom of Heaven, calling the people of Yisrael to return to G-d (Mattityahu 4:17, Mark 1:14-15)—to turn from their sins to do what is pleasing to G-d in accordance with the Torah (cf. Devarim / Deuteronomy 30, Yekhezkel / Ezekiel 18)—doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, for G-d was with him (Ma’asei 10:38b). He became a servant to the Circumcised to show G-d’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the Patriarchs (Romans 15:8). He further sent out his disciples as emissaries to do likewise (Mattityahu 10:1-15, Mark 6:7-13, Lukas 9:1-6, 10:1-20).
At Yerushalayim, he was welcomed by the masses as the Son of David, a title of the King of Yisrael (Mattityahu 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Lukas 19:28-40, Yokhannan 12:12-18), yet soon after he became a guilt offering in his death, the Lamb of G-d who takes away the sin of the world (Yokhannan 1:29, cf. Yeshayahu 53:6). In fear that the Romans would take away “their holy place” and “their nation” (Yokhannan 11:48), the Sanhedrin, the Jewish high court of Yisrael, had Yeshua arrested and convicted him on false charges of blasphemy for claiming to be the Son of G-d, a biblical title of King Messiah, and handed him over to the Romans to be put to death (Mattityahu 26:63-66, Mark 14:60-64, Lukas 22:66-71, Yokhannan 19:7).
He was crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men, yet being delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of G-d (Ma’asei 2:23). Like Yitzkhak (Isaac) in the Akedah, he willingly laid down his life (Bereishit 22:1-18, Bereishit Rabbah 56:4), the righteous for the unrighteous; no one took it from him (Yokhannan 10:18, 1 Kefa 3:18). As HaShem’s servants the Prophets had foretold long before (Ma’asei 2:31-32, Yeshayahu 53:10, et al.), G-d raised him from the dead, because, being without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), it was not possible for him to be held by it (Ma’asei 2:24, Bereishit 2:17, Romans 6:23). As R’ Ammi said, ‘There is no death without sin’ (Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Shabbat 55a). He therefore appeared to over 500 witnesses before he ascended into Heaven to sit down at the right hand of G-d (1 Corinthians 15:3-6, Romans 3:34, et al.). Thus he conquered death, being the firstborn from the dead, securing the resurrection for mankind (Romans 6:5, Colossians 1:18).
After his resurrection, before he was taken up into Heaven (Ma’asei 1:6-11), Yeshua commissioned his emissaries to make disciples of all nations, immersing them in his name, teaching them to observe all that he commanded them (Mattityahu 28:19-20a, Emended), once they had received the gift of the Ruakh HaKodesh (Holy Spirit; Ma’asei 1:4-5, 2). According to his instructions, repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Yerushalayim (Lukas 24:47b, cf. Devarim 20:10-12), and then the end of the age will come (Mattitayu 24:14), when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne (Mattityahu 25:31-32).
G-d does not desire that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Kefa 3:9). Repentance leads to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10a) and Life (Ma’asei 11:18b). Therefore, Kefa (Cephas) a.k.a. Petros (Peter) first proclaimed to the men of Yisrael that Shavuot (Pentecost), ‘Shuvu [Repent / Return to G-d] and be immersed, every one of you, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruakh HaKodesh’ (Ma’asei 2:38b).
About three thousand Jewish souls were added to the number of Yeshua’s disciples that day (Ma’asei 2:41), which grew to at least tens of thousands, being all zealous for the Torah (Ma’asei 21:20b). In the fullness of time, this message was also proclaimed to the nations.
As Yokhannan foresaw, the nations will sing,
‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for G-d from every tribe, and language, and people, and nation, and you have made them a Kingdom and priests to our G-d, and they will reign on the Earth.’
— Hitgallut 5:9b-10
The Kingdom of Heaven Has Come Near!
While human history has been marred by suffering and death because of lawlessness among the nations towards the Maker of the heavens and the Earth, the Most High has nevertheless been working diligently through His servants to bring about the conditions in which He can bless all the nations, as He promised Avraham (Abraham) long ago, adopting them into His Household, His Kingdom, as His Children, bringing peace on Earth.
To this end, He created a kingdom of priests and a holy nation, called Yisrael (Israel), His Firstborn Son (Shemot / Exodus 4:22). Through this kingdom of priests, through the giving of the Torah (Teaching / Instruction, a.k.a. Law) and the coming of King Messiah, who bore the sin of the world yet conquered death for all by his sinless life, He reconciles all things to Himself.
For nearly two thousand years, the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven has been working its way through the nations of the Earth through the servants of the Lord Rabbi Yeshua MiNatzeret. Without question, Yeshua is the most famous and influential rabbi who ever lived. Truly, through his disciples, Torah proceeded from Tziyon (Zion) and the Word of HaShem from Yerushalayim (Yeshayahu / Isaiah 2:2-4).
As a result, to date, one in two people among the nations—including Christians and Muslims, the two largest religious groups in the world—have come to acknowledge Yeshua as the Messiah (a.k.a. Christ), a title of the king appointed by the Most High G-d to rule the nations (Tehillim / Psalms 2). Clearly Yeshua is the one to whom G-d has given authority over all, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him (Daniyel / Daniel 7:13-14). And of this He gave assurance to all by raising him from the dead (Ma’asei / Acts 17:31, 1 Corinthians 15:1-9).
Nevertheless, through the aggressive influence of Rome, significant spiritual damage has been done among the nations that must be repaired. While Rome has asserted its own pre-eminence among the nations, hatefully mandating the separation of its followers from Yisrael and the Jewish people, the authoritative writings of the first disciples and emissaries of Rabbi Yeshua certainly do not agree (Romans 11:1-7, et al.).
Rather, according to R’ Yeshua and his disciples, like in the Exodus from Mitzrayim (Egypt), the nations are to be set free by G-d from slavery to lawlessness through the Pesakh (the Passover Lamb), the Messiah (1 Corinthians 5:7), who died to bear their sins. It being understood in Judaism that the death of the righteous atones for sin, the death of the ultimate tzaddik (righteous person) provides the ultimate atonement. Like in the Exodus, through his blood, they are redeemed / ransomed / purchased back by G-d for adoption into His Household, becoming Children of G-d as members of the commonwealth of Yisrael, the Firstborn Son of G-d in the Kingdom of Heaven, thereby joining the international Kingdom of G-d (Yokhannan 8:34-36, 1 Yokhannan 3:4-6, Romans 6:18, 8:19, Hitgallut 5:9-10, Ephesians 2:12,19).
As such, through faith in Yeshua, the nations are to embrace the Torah with Yisrael, even accepting Jewish Law upon themselves in relation to the their observance of the Torah, that the righteousness of the Torah may truly be filled to fullness in them, resulting in peace on Earth with G-d and man (Mattityahu 5:17-19, 23:1-3, 28:18-20, Bereishit / Genesis 49:10, Tehillim 60:7, 108:8, Romans 8:4, Yeshayahu 2:4). Such as these will be resurrected to reign with King Messiah for 1,000 years at his coming (Hitgallut 20:4).
Therefore have the nations who are turning to G-d through faith in Messiah Yeshua been instructed to begin by taking upon themselves the prohibitions established by the Council at Yerushalayim, to turn from idolatry, sexual immorality, bloodshed, and eating blood through meats that have not been slaughtered correctly (Ma’asei 15:19-20). All of these are Torah.
It is understood in Judaism that the First Temple was destroyed because the first three of the prohibitions above were being violated (Talmud Bavli, Mesekhet Yoma 9b). Furthermore, HaShem has also said He will set His face against those who eat blood, to cut them off from His people (Bereishit 9:4, Vayikra / Leviticus 17:10). The message is clear: G-d does not dwell among those who do such things, but even the nations are meant to be part of the Temple of G-d’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 2:22).
Therefore, as Kefa (Peter) says, ‘Shuvu [Repent / Return to G-d] and be immersed in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Ruakh HaKodesh [Holy Spirit]’ (Ma’asei 2:38). The Spirit of Truth, which HaShem promised to pour out on all flesh, will then guide you into all truth through Messiah Yeshua (Yo’el / Joel 3:1-2, Hb., Yokhannan 14:15-17,26, 16:13). And as the psalm says, HaShem’s Torah is truth (Tehillim 119:142). On the love of G-d and neighbour hang all of the Torah and the Prophets (Mattityahu 22:40).
Yet as R’ Yeshua warned, at his return, he will banish many who address him as ‘Lord’ from his presence because of their lawlessness (Mattityahu 7:22-23). Having been led astray by Rome into rebellion against the basic truths established above, manifesting itself in the ignorance of trinitarianism and other lawless practices that are contrary to the Torah, and being therefore largely without HaShem’s Spirit of Truth, the nations have yet to attain to the peace that is to come, when the Messiah will sit on his glorious throne. Nevertheless, as R’ Yeshua says, the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven will be correctly proclaimed among all the nations, and then the end of the age will come (Mattityahu 24:14).