Prophecies Re: He Who Fulfills Them, Part 3
The Messianic Authority and Mandate
Religious Jews insist that Jesus was not a Mashiach (Messiah), because they think only one will be descended from King David and fulfill certain other "requirements" they claim are declared in Genesis 49:10; Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5, 33:17; Ezekiel 34:23-24; II Samuel 7:14; I Chronicles 17:11-14, 22:9-10, 28:4-6, among other scriptures.
But, religious Christians insist that Jesus was born in the line of King David and fulfilled the Hebrew prophecies (or will when he “comes again”).
However, the Hebrew Bible actually speaks of the modern son of man, as did Jesus, because Jesus knew and said that another son of man would follow at the end of the age.
That is why Jews, Christians and Muslims especially need to understand that Isaiah 53 speaks of the modern son of man, who was actually stricken and afflicted, who first suffers many things, whose life is prolonged, and who is rejected and not recognized by his generation. None of that speaks of Jesus. For while Jesus did fulfill some Judaic prophecies, it is the modern son of man who fulfills the rest.
One of the clues to understanding Chapter 53 of Isaiah is this: "He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the Lord's will to cause him to suffer, and though you make his life a guilt offering, the Lord will see his legacy and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the Light of God and be satisfied. By knowledge of him my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities." (Isaiah 53:9-11 - NIV with slight elaboration)
The Masoretic restoration of the Hebrew Bible puts it this way: “And they made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich his tomb; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to crush him by disease; to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution, that he might see his seed, prolong his days, and that the purpose of the Lord might prosper by his hand: Of the travail of his soul he shall see to the full, even My servant, who by his knowledge did justify the Righteous One to the many, and their iniquities he did bear.” – Isaiah 53:0-11
Notice that the Christian version omits the words “disease” and changes “to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution” to “make his life a guilt offering.”
Notice also this son of man suffers and goes to "the grave." It does not speak of any bodily resurrection or a "second coming." Nothing in the Judaic scripture in the Hebrew Bible does. And the reason this passage is important is because before he dies, his life will be prolonged, and hemay see his legacy and the impact of his work that he has sent before him.
Among the differences between the modern son of man and the son of man Jesus is that Jesus was the sacrificial lamb of God who died young, who culminated his teachings about love and forgiveness and pacifism with his martyrdom. And the modern son of man is the "bridegroom" lamb of God who fulfills both Judaic and Christian prophesies of judgment, reconciliation, and peace, which are similar to all other genuine religious prophecies of the one who delivers the truth the world needs.
Furthermore, Jews, Christians and Muslims should understand that Judaic scriptural prophecies of the current son of man do not necessarily speak literally of blood lines. Terms like the "sceptre of Judah," "a rod out of the stem of Jesse," and a "righteous branch from David," are not necessarily literal, as was mentioned earlier.
Those terms speak more of the soul and spirit and mission of the son of man, than of blood lines. However, the modern son of man is descended from the common ancestor of all human beings, as science has discovered we all are, and he believes that for a world teacher and messenger of God to identify exclusively with any particular race or religion or culture would be very inappropriate and unfair.
He realizes that God is the Great Spirit-Parent of all, and he is a son of God, and a son of Man. But it is written that the son of man is your fellow servant, and of your brethren, that he has the testimony of the Christ Jesus (who was the Avatar for the passing age), and that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Also consider that Malachi 3:1-7 states: "This says the Lord of hosts: 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, in whom you delight. Behold, he shall come, but who will accept it and abide by it? ... I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the workers, widows, orphans and turn away strangers, and fear not me, the Lord of hosts. For I am the Lord, I change not. But you have gone away from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, says the Lord hosts."
The Lord will come into his temple, but the temple is not some building, just as “the mountain of the Lord” is not some mountain in this world. The temple and the mountain is within. When human beings return to God the Lord of hosts, God will return to us, but the Lord and the kingdom comes not with observation in the world, but from within.
Therefore, do not look for the Savior in the world. Look within, for the Savior and Spirit of truth are within you. And when human beings get the message and begin to repent and accept all other members of the human family, even the "black sheep," then the world will get better.
Now, of course, some who claim to be Christian authorities may claim this message strives to denigrate Jesus and destroy Christianity, but that is simply not true. In fact, to fulfill real Christian prophecy, the messenger for the Spirit of truth glorifies Jesus for what he really was, not an idol to worship, but a Christ and Avatar, a sacrificial lamb of God, and one of the greatest servants of God there has ever been.
The modern son of man simply dispels the myths about Jesus, and exposes the false doctrine of preeminence and superiority that distorted Christianity into a religion of military empires. And the truth will reform Christianity so that it becomes what it was meant to be.
This judgment will ultimately correct egocentric, proud, militant right-wing Jews, Christians and Muslims who believe that their Messiah-King or Christ or Imam Mahdi will come in person as an Almighty Warlord-King to bring victory only to them by vanquishing all their "godless" enemies. For those who believe such a thing actually believe in a false god concocted by certain religious patriarchs who perceive God in their own image. They do not realize that the idea of an Almighty God- Superman was created by patriarchs who wanted others to fear their God. But while that’s understandable, the truth is that God is the omnipresent Great Spirit-Parent of us all.
Unfortunately, critics and accusers claim that this message takes pieces of scripture out of context to fabricate a false scenario. However, it is they, the false prophets and blind shepherds on the Religious Right who call themselves Jews or Christians or Muslims, who focus on certain pieces of scripture in the Tanakh or Bible or Qur’an to justify themselves. And they ignore all the scriptures in both the old and new testaments and Qur’an which do not support their false, man-made doctrine. They choose specific words to justify their pride, bigotry, militancy and imposing theocratic aggression and offensiveness.
Even worse, right-wing "Christian" critics have even accused the modern son of man of serving "Satan" because he states that God is the Divine Light-Energy-Source of our existence. But, the truth is that their false accusation is based on Paul’s mention of "Satan" as an "angel of light." And that needs explanation and clarification.
The context in which Paul wrote that phrase is not about some entity called "Satan" becoming an entity of light. Paul was talking about deceitful hypocrites: "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
Deceitful hypocrites who actually serve Mammon while claiming to serve the Lord are false apostles, false prophets, false shepherds and wolves in sheep’s clothing, and they are an "abomination" as Jesus said.
Furthermore, "God lives in light," that "God is Light," and that those who have really witnessed God are "children of light." (Exodus 24:10, Psalm 104:2, Isaiah 2:5, Isaiah 9:2, Isaiah 60:19, I John 1:5, I Timothy 6:16, etc.) A servant of God is "sent to bear witness of that Light ... the true Light which lights every man [and woman]." (John 1:8-9) That is how we are "made in God’s image," because God is Light and we are children of Light.
Further proof that "Satan" is not a real person or even an actual entity, but merely a symbol or the spirit or mentality of greedy, selfish, self-centered, materialistic man, was indicated when Jesus "rebuked Peter, saying, Get behind me, Satan." He was merely admonishing Peter for focusing on "the things that be of men" rather than on "the things that be of God." (See Mark 8:33 and Matthew 16:23.)
The message from the Spirit of truth will reconcile Christians with Jews and Muslims, and with Buddhists and Hindus and all others. For the message is designed not to condemn, but to educate; not to punish, but to correct; and not to destroy, but to save.
As Lao Tsu wrote in the Book of Tao: "When the best leader's work is accomplished, the people will say, 'We did it ourselves!'"
The messenger leads only by showing the way. That's why he is hidden and writes anonymously. For it is, after all, the truth, and nothing but the truth, that shall set us free.