©January 17, 2014 Revive Israel Ministries
Messiah Must Die
By Asher Intrater
Today in Israel, as it was in the time of Yeshua, there is still an expectation that the Messiah will come to rule as king and bring world peace. The concept that the Messiah must come first to die (and only later rule) is very difficult for our people to grasp. However the ancient Israelite prophets prophesied the death of Messiah directly on three occasions:
This passage tells when the Messiah will die. The word for "cut off" is like cutting down a tree and implies that the person will be killed before he reaches old age. He must die before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD. Some followers of the Lubavitch Rabbi Schneerson claim that he is the Messiah. This cannot be true since he died in old age more than 1900 years after the Temple was destroyed.
Here the "I" that will pour out the Spirit of God is the same "Me" that is pierced. This tells us who it is and how his death occurs. To be pierced, one must have a body. To pour out the Spirit, one must be divine. So the Messiah must be a divine figure who is pierced in bodily form.
This verse tells why the Messiah must come to die first. The word "cut off" here means by a legal decree. The death sentence comes because of the sin of "My" people, the children of Israel.
Rabbinic commentator, Rashi, claimed that Isaiah 53 refers to the suffering of the Jewish people at the hands of the Gentiles (compare Romans 11:12, 15; Matthew 2:16). However, that cannot be the primary meaning since the singular messianic figure here is suffering for "My people."
When Rabbi Schneerson became sick, some Lubavitchers claimed that he was fulfilling Isaiah 53. Other Jewish groups complained that they were agreeing with the messianic interpretation of the Christians. They replied that Isaiah 53 does indeed refer to the Messiah, but it is Schneerson who fulfilled it.
Ariel Sharon, 1928 – 2014
Ariel Sharon, 11th prime minister of Israel, was perhaps the greatest general of the modern Israeli army. Born in Israel on February 6, 1928; he like many of the founders was a farmer at heart. He loved his land and his people.
He fought in the war of Independence (1948) and was wounded at the bloody Latrun battle. In the 1950's he became the commander of the famous 101 unit fighting Fedayeen infiltrators and terrorists. In the Yom Kippur War (1973), he is credited by many as having saved the nation from annihilation by his bold move of crossing the Suez Canal and attacking Egypt in reprisal. As Defense Minister, he led the war in Lebanon in 1982 and was blamed internationally for having allowed southern Lebanese Christian forces to slaughter Muslims in the towns of Sabra and Shatilla.
Sharon pushed through the building of the settlements in the Judea-Samaria-Gaza territories; and became known as the "father" of the settlements. In 2004, as Prime Minister, he came to the conclusion that the Palestinians would never make peace, and that the small settlements in Gaza Strip surrounded by a million fanatic Muslims would be impossible to defend in battle. Therefore he made the tactical decision to unilaterally remove the 8,500 Jewish settlers living there. The vote, though highly controversial, passed quickly in the Knesset, and the action was enforced within a mere few months.
After suffering a stroke in 2006, he lay in a coma at Sheba hospital for 8 years and passed away this past Shabbat. He was buried next to his wife Lily at his farmstead near Sederot.
(Picture Credit: Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution)
Healed from Cancer
Last Friday, on one of Israel's main news channels (Channel 2), a miraculous story of healing was documented. In the leg of an Arab Christian woman (Therese Daoud) from the north of Israel, a cancerous tumor the size of an orange was found. The doctors concluded that her leg must be amputated. However, the surgery was canceled three different times and this led her to believe that she should not go forward with the medical intervention, but to instead pray. Five months later she returned to see her doctor for the next screening and they discovered that her tumor had completely disappeared. The Doctor recounted, "I have not seen anything like this or heard of such a thing." Daoud told Israel television, "It's a gift from God".
To watch the story in Hebrew, click HERE.