Messiah According to Christians (Old-testament scripture references only)

Old-testament, compact, scripture only, verses compilation predicting the Messiah and his purpose here on earth through how most Christians interpret the Jewish scriptures.

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Christians, Muslims, Jews all share the Messiah idea, however, understanding about it varies. Those beliefs are founded on the prophecies of the old testament. The question we should challenge is, which version of the Messiah is the True One? I examined almost all verses that are said to be a prophecy of the coming Messiah. In this article, you will get a better picture of the prophesies and I will leave the conclusion up to you.

In the following article, I will give elaborate on how Christians interpret the bible to prove that Jesus is the Messiah, son of God. At the bottom of this article, you find a link to a counter article I wrote from the Judaistic perspective. Since I think many of those ‘interpretations’ don’t fit in the Israelite context.

The seed of the woman crushes the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15), the seed comes from the line of Abraham (Genesis 12:3, 22:18), and is promised to be an everlasting covenant for the descendants of Isaac (Genesis 17:19, 21:12) and the seed goes out of Jacob and a scepter rises out of Isreal (Numbers 24:17), the scepter will not depart from Judah and the obedience of all people will be its owner (Genesis 49:10), he will become the eternal heir of the throne of King David and called the ‘The Lord Our Righteous Savior’ (2 Sa 7:12–16; Ps 89:1–4, 132:11,17; Isa 9:7, 11:1; Jer 23:5–6, 33:15–16; Eze 34:23–24, 37:24–25, 3:8, 6:12).

Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in. Behold, He shall come,” saith the Lord of hosts. — (Malachi 4:5–6, 3:1)

The seed, messenger, The Lord Our Righteous Savior, is called Immanuel (GOD with us) (Isaiah 7:14, 8:8), a priest to the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4), a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son (Isaiah 7:14) on the date prophesied by Daniel (Daniel 9:25). Immanuel has a purpose for God (Isaiah 9:6). He is called the Son of God (Psalm 2:7, 2:11–12, 89:26–28; 2 Samuel 7:14; Proverbs 30:4; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6–7; Hosea 11:1).

For to us a child is born (in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)), to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called. Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Immanuel flees to Egypt (Hosea 11:1) because there is a child massacre (Jeremiah 31:15). He grows up in Nazareth (Isaiah 11:1) and brings the light to Galilee (Isaiah 9:1–2). Speaking in parables (Psalm 78:2–4, Isaiah 6:9–10), people claim he is The Prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18:18), a wise teacher with great knowledge (Isaiah 11:2, 49:2). Riding upon an ass and upon a colt, the foal of an ass he rides into Jeruzalem (Zechariah 9:9; Isaiah 62: 10–12), called a King (Psalm 2:6; Zechariah 9:9)

However, Immanuel becomes rejected by his people (Psalm 69:8; Isaiah 53:3), and abandoned by some of his disciples (Zechariah 13:7). He receives discouragements (Isaiah 50:4–6, 49:4), opposition to almost violent acts (Isaiah 50:4–6). But he was determined, to finish the will of the father (50:5,7; Psalms 89:21).

A trusted friend of Immanuel, who ate from his bread, lifted up his heel (Psalm 41:9) and sold him for 30 silver coins (Zechariah 11:12–13). Whereafter, he is mocked, ridiculed (Psalm 22:7–8), accused of false withness (Psalm 27:12, 35:11), hated (Psalm 35:19, 69:4), spit upon, struck (Isaiah 50:6), and condemned (Isaiah 53:7–9).

He is a stumbling block for unbelievers (Isiah 8:14) and beaten for it because he is the spiritual rock that gives waters of life (Exodus 17). He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). “Yet He opened not his mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep, before her shearers are dumb, so He openeth not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7)… because “He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth” (Isaiah 53:9).

He is put to death before the temple would be destroyed (Daniel 9:26). They pierced His hands and his feet (Psalm 22:16), mocking he is the ‘King of Jews’ (Psalm 2:6; Zechariah 9:9). He was numbered with the transgressors (Isaiah 53:12). Soldiers gamble his garments (Psalm 22:18), and humiliated him (Isa 53:9,12; 50:6; 52:14; 53:2–4; 53:7–8). He prays for his enemies in return (Psalm 109:4). He is given vinegar for his thirst (Psalm 22:15, 69:21). Totally forsaken by God (Psalm 22:1), he finally gives his Spirit (Psalm 31:5). “He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). “He bares the sin of many and makes intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12). He will be called the suffering servant.

And they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn. — (Zechariah 12:10)

To make sure he is dead they pierce him instead of breaking his bones (Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:20). They will bury him in a potters field in the grave of a rich person (Isaiah 53:9) bought by GOD (Zechariah 11:12–13; Jeremiah 32:6–10). However, he will rise from death on the third day (Hosea 6:2; Psalm 16:10).

After two days will He revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. — (Hosea 6:2)

After all vicarious and substitutionary suffering on behalf of his people (Ps 22:6–8,16–18; Isa 50:6, 52:13–53; Zec 9:9–10; Zec 12:10, 13:7), and to heal the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1–2). He ascends to heaven (Psalm 68:18, Psalm 24:7–10) where he sits at the right hand of God (Psalm 68:18; 110:1). He leaves his Holy Spirit the Successor (Isaiah 44:1, 42:1, 4, 61:1) to all people such that they can be part of the new covenant (Jeremiah 31: 31–34, 32:40; Isaiah 42:6, 54:10; Ezekiel 37:26).

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days,” saith the Lord, “I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be My people. For they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them,” saith the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” — (Jeremiah 31:31–34);

And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart — (Jeremiah 32:40)

The seed, the messenger, the prophet, the suffering servant, the Son of God, Immanuel, creator of the new covenant, bringer of justice and righteousness; He is God’s ’salvation’, the Messiah! (Samuel-2 22:3, Kings-2 13:5, Psalms 106:21, Isaiah 19:20, 43:3, 43:11, 45:15, 45:21, 49:26, 60:16, 63:8, 14:8, 13:4), for all people!

There are many debates that can behold onto the various interpretations. Important is to take all views into consideration. One can discuss who the Son of Man is, what the Seed represents, what context those texts were written, how humans were thinking in earlier days etc…

Disclaimer

  • After half a year I see some clear interpretation errors in this article, I keep this article because almost all cited verses are used throughout Christianity to prove Jesus his messiahship. See this article for many of those objections: https://timonpost.medium.com/introduction-closer-look-at-christianity-0-8581e5553d1d
  • I don't want to quote false texts or interpretations. If you notice one, research it because the truth is sometimes hidden, if you don't see it fit, leave it and go on with the rest. One wrongly quoted verse doesn't disprove the whole article. Take each reference on its own, and try to learn. Feel free to comment on the once you don't see fit. As for now, I would say Psalm 27 and 35 are my picks for debatable texts.
  • Please don't start religious wars, since this article doesn't try to prove Jesus it is just rendering the proof texts that are being used in a nice format.

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