Born is the
King of Israel
©December 26, 2010 by Asher Intrater
There are several theories
as to the date of Yeshua's birth, but there is no solid proof for any of
them. In addition, there are many cultural aspects of the celebration of
Christmas which are ungodly. Despite those problematic issues, the birth
of Messiah into this earth is a watershed moment of human history and biblical
The Son of God became
flesh in a human body in a lowly stable. The King of Israel was born to
a virgin maiden of the house of David. It is majestic, humbling and awe-inspiring.
The name "Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14; 8:8, 10)
means: "Im" – With; "Anu" – Us; "El" – God. "God
with us" – God came to be with us in the form of a little baby.
Here are some impressions
from pastor, apostle and spiritual father Don Finto:
"I wonder how many Christians
really understand what we are singing in many of the songs about the birth
of Jesus. These particular words struck me as we sang "Noel" together
in last Sunday's gathering. "Born is the King of Israel!"
King of Israel! Not only was He
born to be the Redeemer of all mankind, but He was born to be Israel's
King, He is still the King of Israel, and will return to earth to sit on
David's throne in Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:9, Acts 1:6-11).
"Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus
was asked by Pilate just hours before His execution (John 18:33). To
which Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact,
for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world."
"The Lord God will give him
the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob
forever; his kingdom will never end," were the words spoken to Mary
on the night of Jesus/Yeshua's conception (Luke 1:32-33).
This Christ, this Messiah, this
Anointed One who came to earth as World Redeemer, is Israel's soon-coming
King. A Jewish man sits now at the right hand of the Father, awaiting the
time of His return. He will rule over the earth in a thousand-year reign
of peace before ushering in a completely restored earth in which God and
man live together through all eternity (Ephesians 1:19-20, Isaiah 65:18-25,
Birth of Moses
this week's Torah portion read in synagogues around the world "Shemot" (Exodus
1-5), the birth of Moses is described. There are several interesting parallels
between the birth of Moses and Yeshua.
- "Maiden" Miriam
– The prophecy of a "virgin" giving birth to Immanuel
(Isaiah 7:14) uses a special word Alma, not the usual
word for virgin Betulah. The word Alma is found in the
story of Rebecca (Genesis 24:43), where it is also noted that she is a
virgin (Genesis 24:16).
the story of the birth of Moses, his sister Miriam is also called Alma (Exodus
2:8). The original name of Mary, the mother of Yeshua, is Miriam. So from
Isaiah we learn that the Messiah will be born from the Alma. From
Genesis we learn that the Alma will be a virgin. From Exodus we
learn that her name will be Miriam. There is an Alma; she is a virgin;
her name is Miriam; she gives birth to Immanuel.
of the Innocents – At Moses' birth, the satanically inspired Pharaoh
tried to kill all the Hebrew male babies in Egypt. At Yeshua's birth, the
satanically inspired Herod tried to kill all the Hebrew male babies in
Bethlehem. This tragic battle over the birth of the Messianic seed started
from the serpent in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15) and continues to
the End Times (Revelation 12:4, 17).
Name "Moses" – In Hebrew (or Egyptian) Moses' name is
Moshe. The word "mosheh" means to pull up out of water.
The name contains a prophecy about God pulling up the Messiah out of hell
at the time of the resurrection. The forces of death are referred to as "many
waters" and the word "mosheh" is found in Psalm 18:16.
So the birth of Moses contains in it a prophecy of the Messiah being lifted
up out of hell.
of Savior – Both passages contain
the prophetic birth of the "savior-redeemer". Moses saved Israel
from Egypt. Yeshua saved mankind from sin and death. Moses himself is an
image of Yeshua (Deuteronomy 18:15).
of YHVH – In this same section,
at the revelation of the burning bush, Moses meets Yeshua in His pre-birth
form as the Angel of YHVH, who came down from heaven to save the people
of Israel. The image of the Messenger Angel who is at the same time "I
am that I am, the God of your forefathers" is an incarnation of God,
parallel to Yeshua's birth over a thousand years later.
- Firstborn –
Israel is referred to as God's "firstborn son" as a figure of Yeshua
as the Firstborn Son of God (Exodus 4:22-23).
- Circumcised –
Yeshua (in the form of the Angel of YHVH) attempts to kill Moses because
he forgot to circumcise his son. Yeshua Himself would be circumcised on the
eighth day after His birth (Luke 2:21). The ministries of Moses and of Yeshua
were based on God's faithfulness to His covenant with Abraham.
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