Elijah the HaMoshiach and the Third Temple for G-d’s Return

4All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

6And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

7And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.     Matthew Chapter 21/4-7 Holy Bible KJV.

 

9Rejoice greatly, Fair Zion;
Raise a shout, Fair Jerusalem!
Lo, your king is coming to you.
He is victorious, triumphant,
Yet humble, riding on an ass,
On a donkey foaled by a she-ass.

10He shall banish chariots from Ephraim
And horses from Jerusalem;
The warrior’s bow shall be banished.
He shall call on the nations to surrender,
And his rule shall extend from sea to sea
And from ocean to land’s end.     Zechariah 9/9-10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse,
A twig shall sprout from his stock.

6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard lie down with the kid;
The calf, the beast of prey, and the fatling together,
With a little boy to herd them.

9In all of My sacred mount
Nothing evil or vile shall be done;
For the land shall be filled with devotion to the Lord
As water covers the sea.

10In that day,
The stock of Jesse that has remained standing
Shall become a standard to peoples—
Nations shall seek his counsel
And his abode shall be honored.     Isaiah 11/1, 6, and 9-10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1So Israel set out with all that was his, and he came to Beer-sheba, where he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2God called to Israel in a vision by night: “Jacob! Jacob!” He answered, “Here.” 3And He said, “I am God, the God of your father. Fear not to go down to Egypt, for I will make you there into a great nation. 4I Myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I Myself will also bring you back; and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”     Genesis 46/1-4 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

23A long time after that, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites were groaning under the bondage and cried out; and their cry for help from the bondage rose up to God. 24God heard their moaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. 25God looked upon the Israelites, and God took notice of them.     Exodus 2/23-25 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

31See, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused them—declares the Lord. 33But such is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after these days—declares the Lord: I will put My Teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts. Then I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34No longer will they need to teach one another and say to one another, “Heed the Lord“; for all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall heed Me—declares the Lord.
For I will forgive their iniquities,
And remember their sins no more.    
Jeremiah 31/34 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1Behold, I am sending My messenger to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming.     Malachi 3/1 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

The prophet referred to by the unknown writer of Matthew is Zechariah. The prophecy is Chapter 9, verse 9. Verse 10 was not mentioned or fulfilled and they go together. Zechariah was the prophet who saw the destruction of the Temple and the last of the line of the Kings of Judah exiled to Babylon and banished by G-d from ever ruling on the throne of David again.

“Lo, your king is coming to you. He is victorious, triumphant, Yet humble, riding on an ass” has become an end times prophecy as it never was fulfilled. King David often rode on an ass. This means the twig which will sprout from the stump of Jesse described in Isaiah 11 will have a humble nature like Moses.

“He shall banish chariots from Ephraim And horses from Jerusalem; The warrior’s bow shall be banished. He shall call on the nations to surrender”. In the days of the prophets invading forces used chariots for battle in the rural areas, rode upon horses like police in the city and shot arrows with bows to enforce their will upon the people of Israel.

In the days of Zechariah this was the Assyrians and Babylonians. In the days of Jesus this was Rome. Cyrus the Great of Persia the last anointed King of G-d conquered and defeated Babylon freeing the exiled tribes of Israel to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.

Jesus did ride an ass into Jerusalem but he did not banish the chariots and horses and arrows and swords of Rome. He rode in for his last supper allowing himself to be captured and executed and later Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple despite the noble and gallant wars of the Jewish people which ended at Masada with mass suicide of every man, woman and child rather than be killed by Romans. He was not the anointed King of G-d prophesied by Zechariah or Isaiah.

In today’s world chariots and horses and arrows are much different. They are tanks and armored SUV’s and automatic rifles and nuclear bombs. The invading forces are radical Islam and terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic State. The nations threatening war are Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Iran and to rebuild the Temple that would include Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq.

The anointed King of G-d prophesied by Zechariah must resolve the Palestinian issue and banish radical Islam from Israel to fulfill this prophecy today. In his day Israel shall rest secure.

For almost seventy years, the same time as the Babylon exile before G-d anointed Cyrus of Persia as his King to rebuild His Temple on His Holy Mount Zion the Jewish people have tried to make peace with an enemy of G-d that seeks nothing but their destruction.

The prophecy of the Jewish Bible is the prophecy of G-d. He thought creation through from beginning to end before He formed it. He knows what the tasks of His anointed King will be.

And G-d knows it is going to take the prophet like Moses, Elijah and the son of David to rebuild His House on His Holy Mount Zion. And that man is the Lord’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53. A firebrand pulled from the fire of refinement by the hand of G-d.

G-d knows that suffering makes Israel a great nation. This suffering made the Jewish people worthy of His Torah that he gave them at Sinai. That is where their suffering in slavery was rewarded and the Torah made Israel a great nation.

By receiving the Torah and being G-d’s chosen people the people Israel have endured greater suffering than slavery in and from the world for thousands of years.

And the reward for that is just beginning. The redemption has begun. Elijah is here.

And I herald the time of the new covenant of the forgiveness of all the sins of the Jewish people declared by G-d in Jeremiah 31/34. It is for the building of the third Temple so that G-d may return to it quickly as G-d declared in Malachi 3/1. The time of Elijah. A time when there is no temple and the Holy children of G-d are to rebuild it for His presence to dwell on earth.

No man alone can do this. But G-d can take a man and do this. A man with a cleansed spirit and tempered soul who no longer has self will and speaks to G-d face to face.

The man who offered his self and soul to G-d described in Isaiah 53 who is given long life for the prosperity of G-d’s purpose of redeeming the Jewish people in the end times.

Elijah, the HaMoshiach.

An E-Mail to Rabbi Tovia Singer on His Midrash of Isaiah 53

 

An E-Mail I sent to Rabbi Tovia Singer at his internet site “Lets Get Biblical” over two years ago:

“Dear Rabbi Singer.  This is from your Facebook Page:

“MY Midrash” Isaiah 53 Jesus or Israel?

April 11, 2011 at 1:33am

This is the first edition of “My Midrash” so I figured I would make it a good one. We’ll start with two stories…..I encourage any and all feedback. If you would like to debate anything that has been presented here, we can do it publicly or through private messages. If you have any ideas for future pieces, I more than welcome your input. Thank you for reading and may the G-d of Israel guide you home. And please don’t forget to share it =)

If you will read the four pieces I have written at Keithmccartymccarty.wordpress.com., you will see that I am not a Christian.  My focus is showing Christians your message.  I am a gentile (I think) and for now I am following the way of Naomi in the Book of Ruth.  Our friendly debate on the issues we have on Isaiah 52, Verse 14 and 15, and Chapter 53, and my view that the spirit of God is a person but not part of a Trinity God Head, would be fresh and invigorating to the clash between Judaism and Christianity.

Any comments would be appreciated.”

 

Tovia Singer never responded to this E-Mail and another I sent along the same lines.

 

I find this to be the most offensive of his interpretation of Isaiah 53:

The offering of guilt in this verse is actually literally translated as guilt-offering. The significance between the guilt-offering and the Holocaust is so astounding, even as grotesque of a thought as it was, I could not over look it. A guilt-offering is defined in Leviticus chapter 7 and goes something like this. The guilt-offering is a fire-offering in which all the parts are to go up in smoke and the hide belongs to the one making the offering. I mentioned before that during the Holocaust Hitler not only burned Jews in the ovens of Auschwitz but he also used their skins as lamp shades and their hair as stuffing for pillows. He sacrificed these people on the alters of ovens and kept their hides as his portion but not until he worked and starved them to death. So after the atrocities of WWII the L-RD’S purpose has prospered because the land that was sworn to us is once again being inhabited by its rightful owners and is awaiting the final ingathering.”

 

This is the entirety of “My Midrash” Isaiah 53 Jesus or Israel? by Tovia Singer:

“MY Midrash” Isaiah 53 Jesus or Israel?

April 11, 2011 at 1:33am

This is the first edition of “My Midrash” so I figured I would make it a good one. We’ll start with two stories. One is concrete historical fact and the other may or may not be true because the only account can be found in the Christian bible. We will just assume for arguments sake, that the historical account found in the Christian bible is accurate.  The first story will be about Jesus(Yeshua or actually Joshua in English not Jesus or Iesous)life and the circumstances surrounding his death and the second story will be about the Holocaust and the undeniable horrors that took place in the concentration camp era. The focus will remain on the parts of the events that pertain to how they fit into the “suffering servant” in Isaiah chapter 53. Details in both stories will obviously be omitted to keep this as clear and concise as possible but only things that have no bearing on the topic being addressed.

Yeshua was a very charismatic man that won the hearts of many poor and depressed people in his day. He preached about hope and love of both G-d and his fellow man. According to the Christian gospels, he was a fisherman and son of a carpenter who fed starving people and beloved by his followers. As Yeshua tells it, the “end of days” was right around the corner and he urged people to repent of their wickedness so they would be spared from G-d’s wrath. Although there are many accounts of him healing sick people, there is not a single account of where he himself was sick, ever. In fact, the only suffering he ever endured was on the day he died. He was tried and beaten on the eve of Pesach (according to John) and on the first day of Pesach (according to Matthew, Mark, & Luke) but we’ll just let that little contradiction slide for arguments sake. No matter what day they want to say he was actually killed, the fact remains that his actual punishment started in the morning (approximately the sixth hour on the eve of Pesach or the first day of Pesach depending on which account you go by) and he died on the cross before sundown so he could be buried before the start of Shabbat. It seems like a very busy day, a trial, a beating, and carrying a cross to where he would utter his final words before eventually giving in to death.  Then he was hung on a cross next to two thieves and then buried in a rich man’s tomb that belonged to Joseph of Arimathea. So even if we say that he suffered from sunrise to sunset, it would only give us a total of approximately 12 hours of suffering before he finally spoke his last words. Those words were “My G-d, My G-d, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew & Mark), or “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke), or “It is finished” (John) and the point of this is not necessarily what he said because we have three different accounts but that he did not remain silent.

Approximately 70 years ago the world witnessed something that it had never seen before, something so horrific that when it was happening people everywhere were saying, “Who would believe what we have heard?” and it was impossible for people to fathom an atrocity like this happening to anyone in a civilized society. Unfortunately the world was in for a big surprise and so were the 6 million Jews that would endure the worst suffering and deaths ever in history. From 1939 to 1945, Jews from all over Europe and Asia were evicted from their homes, robbed of everything they had, and crammed into disease infested concentration camps where they would be forced into slavery again until they eventually met their ultimate fate, typhus, dysentery, starvation, electrocution, bullets, beatings, the gas, and the ovens. There was no resistance, no counter strike, and even as they were being forced into the ghettos and then eventually the camps, not only could they still not believe what was happening but they went along without making a collective “peep” about it. Wives were ripped away from their husbands and children torn away from their mothers, either taken away to be brainwashed or killed, then buried in mass graves or burned in the ovens.  When they ran out of bullets from shooting the children (because children wouldn’t sit or stand still long enough for them to do it efficiently) they would beat their heads against tree trunks to fulfill the orders of their commanders. They were forced to live in huts surrounded by electrified fences, barbed wire, living like sardines and only receiving enough food to remain conscious enough to perform grueling labor, if they were lucky. The conditions were worse than any prison and it has been described as if they were “the walking dead” because they were literally worked to the bone. There were 2 kinds of deaths that occurred in the camps. The first was an emotional death as their hope and joys were stripped from them with each day that passed and the second was the physical death that the majority embraced as they lost all hope of freedom or redemption. Some even resorted to suicide by running themselves into the electric fences because they couldn’t handle the emotional and physical tortures anymore. Others hung themselves and it was forbidden to save an inmate that was hanging him or herself and yet others clung to the thought that G-d would save them and eventually liberate them as He has before whether it were a physical or spiritual liberation. Of course there were survivors but 6 million perished in the most unthinkable ways. People were shaved from head to toe and the hair was used for pillows and stuffing. Their teeth were ripped out for the gold fillings that were in them. The Nazi’s experimented on live subjects trying to dye their eyes different colors and they even used the skins of people to make lamp shades. Jews were led to believe they were going into giant shower chambers for bathing and then the rooms would be filled with Zyklon B to kill them before they skinned them and then burned them in the crematoriums. Towards the end of the war, they ran out of money to gas them and even started burning them alive. These are the accounts of the tragic suffering that took place during the Holocaust and it was for no reason except that they were Jewish. Jews were not at war with anybody and committed no crime worthy of such punishment. If you want some further reading on the subject, I suggest you read “Man’s search for meaning” written by Dr. Viktor Frankl. He lived this experience firsthand and was familiar with the inner workings of multiple concentration camps including Auschwitz.  Six years worth of immense suffering befell the Jewish people and 6 million lost their lives. That’s an average of 1 million per year but thank G-d it’s over.

I have attached a copy of the text in Hebrew and I will be using the ArtScroll and JPS translations of the chapter because the Bible is both poetic and prophetic and these translations stay true to the contextual and literal interpretation without sacrificing G-d’s poetic license.  Besides, they are the only two English translations I have. At the behest of some of my Christian friends I will be starting in the 52nd chapter, verse 14 in order to be fair to both sides.

52:14 “Just as multitudes were astonished over you, [saying,] ‘His appearance is too marred to be a man’s, and his visage to be human,’”

52:14 “Just as the many were appalled at him – so marred was his appearance, unlike that of a man, his form, beyond human semblance.” (JPS)

Even though Yeshua was whipped and beaten, had a crown of thorns smashed onto his head before he was crucified, he was still healthy. He had no broken bones nor was he starved or sick before he died. Although he was tormented and did indeed suffer prior to his passing, he was not deformed or beyond looking human. The Jews in the Holocaust however were like walking zombies. They were beaten, starved, infected with diseases, and anybody who has ever seen pictures from the Holocaust knows exactly what I’m talking about. Then when they were eventually sent to the ovens and turned into piles of ashes, not only were they “too marred to be a man” but once you are turned to dust and ash, there is no way to tell that you were once even human.

52:15 “so will the many nations exclaim about him, and kings will shut their mouths [in amazement], for they will see that which had never been told to them, and will perceive things they had never heard.”

52:15 “Just so he shall startle many nations. Kings shall be silenced because of him, for they shall see what has not been told to them, shall behold what they never have heard.” (JPS)

I guess we should start with the things that are said about Yeshua that the “nations exclaim about him”. They say that he was a man-god that suffered and died for your sins so you could have salvation. Have we never really heard this before? I’m sure the world would disagree with that because a little research on Horus (son of the virgin Isis that died and was resurrected for all mankind in Egypt) will show you that we have seen this before. Or maybe that G-d would be incarnated as a man? Ask Pharaoh or Caesar or Xerxes or any other ruler of a super power nation that thought he was G-d. You can even ask Barack Obama about how he wanted to descend into Invesco Field on wires for the Democratic National Convention as the messiah that was going to save America in 2008 but decided against it after being advised that it was not such a good idea (wink wink). Wouldn’t it make more sense that these things that would be revealed to us and the things we have never heard would be the attempted extermination of G-d’s chosen people for no other reason than prospering in science, art, literature, and economics? Or even the redemption of the state of Israel after almost 2000 years of exile and the hopelessness that comes with having no home of your own? Most people in the world had no idea what was really going on behind the lines of the Axis powers and what they were hearing, they shrugged off as absurd and unimaginable. It wasn’t even until after the war that most of the horrific atrocities were even brought to light and still people were utterly speechless at the amazement of the things being relayed to them.

53:1 “Who would believe what we have heard! For whom has the arm of HaShem been revealed!”

53:1 “Who can believe what we have heard? Upon whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” (JPS)

Who would believe that someone would be tried, found guilty and crucified? Well, if you ask the 2 thieves that were crucified with Yeshua if they would believe this, then yes, them and anyone else who was crucified or knew someone who was found guilty and sentenced to a similar death. If the question is, “Who would believe that a man-god would die for the sins of mankind?” then the answer is simple, anyone that believed in Egyptian myths, or Roman followers of Mithra and so on. When we read throughout scripture about the “arm of the L-RD” being revealed, it references the Exodus from Egypt, the freedom from slavery and oppression, and the deliverance of His servant from bondage. This is very important because just as Pharaoh imposed harsher conditions on the Jews prior to the Exodus, he also tried to have all of the Israelite children exterminated. In other words, they suffered greatly before the “arm of the L-RD” was revealed and they were redeemed. After WWII was over and the Jews had suffered worse than any other time in history, the world was somehow compelled to establish the state of Israel and begin the process of redemption from exile back into the land that G-d had promised to our forefathers.

53:2 “Formerly he grew like a sapling or like a root from arid ground; he had neither form nor grandeur; we saw him, but without such visage that we could desire him.”

53:2 “For he has grown by His favor, like a tree crown, like a tree trunk out of arid ground. He had no form or beauty, that we should look at him: no charm, that we should find him pleasing.” (JPS)

This is where Christianity usually insists that this chapter is talking about the Messiah because of the root and sapling reference, except every other time the Messiah is described using these adjectives it is accompanied with Jesse, David’s father. This verse also implies that Yeshua had no form or grandeur if it is talking about him and it also says that people would not desire him but as I stated in the story about Yeshua that he was very charismatic and had quite a few followers. On the flip side of that coin, we can apply this to Israel in more than one way. We can take this all the way back to Abraham when he first left Ur-Kasdim, or when Israelites were slaves in Egypt, or even when scattered all over the globe after all the exiles. Jews had no home or form and had no state or grandeur and seemed to live archaically compared to modern thinking therefore nobody would “desire him”.

53:3 “He was despised and isolated from men, a man of pains and accustomed to illness. As one from whom we would hide our faces; he was despised, and we had no regard for him.”

53:3 “He was despised, shunned by men, a man of suffering, familiar with disease. As one who hid his face from us, he was despised, we held him of no account.” (JPS)

Yeshua was despised by the learned Jews of his day because he taught some things(not all) that were contradictory to Torah but he was not isolated from men. He often gave speeches to crowds and traveled with others but people did not hide their faces from him. In fact, it was the other way around. Not only did Yeshua hide from the Roman soldiers all the time, according to the Christian account, the rabbis at the time hid him also because even though they may have disagreed with him, he was still a Jew. Also, if this verse were about him he would have had to be “a man of pains and accustomed to illness” but suffering for 12 hours and never having a single illness cannot be a fulfillment of this. That would be like saying a man that had never been in a car accident before but just died in one, is “accustomed to car accidents”, and a logical response would be that it would be absurd to make that assessment of the individual who died in the only car accident he was ever involved in. On the other hand, the Jews were despised, put in concentration camps and isolated from men. They suffered many pains, among those were the hunger pains they experienced daily along with the beatings and experimental tortures. They had become accustomed to illness from working long hours in the freezing cold with rags for clothing, undernourished with weakened immune systems, and next to no access for medical care. The only real medical care they experienced was clinical death. They were the ones from whom we hid our faces and pretended that none of this was going on. There is no question the Jews were despised. How else could the world stand idly by and let 6 million of them die at the hands of the Nazi’s unless there was no regard for them.

53:4 “But in truth, it was our ills that he bore, and our pains that he carried – but we had regarded him diseased, stricken by God, and afflicted!”

53:4 “Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing, our suffering that he endured. We accounted him plagued, smitten and afflicted by God.” (JPS)

If you try and force a circle into a square hole, you might get it to fit. That is the only way you could make this seem like it is talking of Yeshua. It might have worked had it said that he bore our sins instead of ills. I could see how it might be construed as him carrying our pains as removing sin from us and that would be quite the burden but G-d tells us how to remove our iniquity in the scriptures of TaNaCh and that is through Teshuvah (return to G-d or repentance). How was Yeshua regarded as diseased? According to Christianity, he cured people of diseases but wasn’t diseased himself. I don’t think the inventors of the “New Testament” had Isaiah chapter 53 in mind when they were penning it or they would have included something about this. One more question. If this is about Yeshua, and Christians believe he is G-d, how is G-d stricken by G-d? If G-d is not only weak enough to die but crazy enough to beat himself up (heaven forbid), then I would definitely think twice about putting my trust and faith in a god like that. If we examine who it is that is actually speaking in this chapter, then this verse, along with the rest of them, would make a lot more sense. Isaiah is relating to the reader that these are the leaders of the gentile nations that stand in amazement and awe at what has transpired. The gentile rulers are realizing the truth that it was their ills and pains that were inflicted on the Jewish people. It was Hitler that said that the Jews were diseased rodents that needed to be exterminated and it was Michael Brown that said the Holocaust happened because the Jews rejected their messiah and therefore were stricken by G-d.

53:5 “He was pained because of our rebellious sins and oppressed through our iniquities; the chastisement upon him was for our benefit, and through his wounds, we were healed.”

53:5 “But he was wounded because of our sins, crushed because of our iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, and by his bruises we were healed.” (JPS)

It would be dishonest of me to say this doesn’t sound like it fits Yeshua but it only fits when you don’t have an understanding of G-d’s salvation program and only see it through the Christian interpretation of forgiveness. For it to apply to Yeshua, you must first believe that someone other than you is responsible for your sins and that someone else’s death can atone for you. This is however, very far from reality. G-d clearly tells Moshe(Moses) that he may not take the punishment for Israel’s(the nation) sin of the golden calf. They are responsible for their own actions and must repent and make it right for themselves. We see evidence for this early in Genesis(4:7)  “Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven. But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door. Its desire is towards you, yet you can conquer it.” and that repentance and improving yourself through your actions are the clear cut ways to be forgiven. You may also give charity and when they took the first census, when they gave money to be counted for the people of Israel and that also made atonement for their souls. If we examine this through real world events and with the understanding that not only is human sacrifice forbidden by G-d but we are responsible for our own actions, this is not only not referring to Yeshua but is definitely speaking about Israel as a nation. The leaders of the gentile nations realized that our suffering and dying were the result of their own rebellious sins and that our pain and oppression were a result of their iniquities. They also realized that even though we suffered horrific persecution and near extermination, the chastisement that we bore actually benefitted them. Not only did they have newly acquired wealth but the world started the healing process and entered into the stage of final redemption. Through this atrocity the United Nations was formed and there was finally a worldly establishment dedicated to ensuring freedom and basic liberties to all of G-d’s creatures.

53:6 “We have all strayed like sheep, each of us turning his own way, and HaShem inflicted upon him the iniquity of us all.”

53:6 “We all went astray like sheep, each going his own way; and the LORD visited upon him, the guilt of us all.” (JPS)

It is true that we have all strayed like sheep and gone our own way but Christians will be quick to point the finger at Israel and say this is why it has to be about the need for Yeshua. That would have to mean that all of these things that happened in this portion of Isaiah had happened in the time of Yeshua and also that G-d needs a straight jacket because this would mean that G-d was inflicting G-d again. The Idea that someone can bear your iniquity for you is antithetical to the Hebrew Scriptures. But if this is speaking of Israel as a whole, not only does this make sense for the Holocaust but for other points in the history of the Jewish people also. If you’re thinking that it is impossible for it to be both the Nazi’s and G-d that is responsible for the persecution of the Holocaust then you don’t believe that G-d ultimately controls everything and should probably re-examine your faith.

53:7 “He was persecuted and afflicted, but he did not open his mouth; like a sheep being led to the slaughter or a ewe that is silent before her sharers, he did not open his mouth.”

53:7 “He was maltreated, yet he was submissive, he did not open his mouth; like a sheep being led to slaughter, like a ewe, dumb before those who shear her, he did not open his mouth.” (JPS)

You could say that Yeshua was persecuted and afflicted even if it was only for a relatively short time and he was definitely not quiet while he was dying on the cross. So if you read this verse looking for Yeshua, you will definitely find him but only if you are willing to overlook the “he did not open his mouth” part and it seems that the “he did not open his mouth” is the most important part of this verse considering it is mentioned twice. This again can be applied to Israel as a nation in multiple points of history in almost any of the many exiles. It is ever so present during the Holocaust. It may seem easier to boldly apply it to the Holocaust because it wasn’t that long ago and it’s thoroughly documented but that’s part of the era we live in. Where was the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) to fight off the Nazi’s? That’s right, there was no such thing. Only by the grace of G-d and His promise that the nation of Israel would be ETERNAL and G-d always keeps His promises. As the victims were being led from ghettos to concentration camps to work sites back to camp to their shower (a.k.a. gas chamber) and finally to the ovens or mass graves and bon fires, they said nothing for fear of a beating. They filed Jews into the gas chambers like sheep being led to the slaughter and here they thought they were finally going to get a shower for the first time in weeks, months, or years.  Little did they know the shower was Zyklon B.

53:8 “Now that he has been released from captivity and judgment, who could have imagined such a generation? For he had been removed from the land of the living, an affliction upon them that was my people’s sin.”

53:8 “By oppressive judgment he was taken away, who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living, through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.” (JPS)

I’ve been told that this reference to Yeshua can foretell his death and “giving up the ghost” or his journey into Hell to rescue Abraham and others from damnation and his ascension up to heaven with his new found souls or even both. What bothers me is the second part of the verse. Here the narrative switches from the singular into the plural. Although the Christian bibles translate “them” as “he” instead of rendering it properly, they purposely mislead the reader to think that this chapter is about Yeshua. If you read it from a Hebrew/English linear Bible it will usually be translated properly or any Hebrew version or Jewish translation for that matter. Not only is there a serious mistranslation here but even if it was still in the singular, it would still be referring to Israel. Now that the Jews are free from the concentration camps and released from captivity and the judgment of their Nazi captors, the world is in amazement, pondering how such things could have happened in such a civilized world.  6 million Jews removed from the land of the living at the expense of none of their own sins. I do not for 1 second believe that they were sinless. Instead I’m saying that they were rounded up and slaughtered without due cause and that was the “my people’s sin” in reference to the leaders of the gentile nations that perpetrated this heinous act.

53:9 “He submitted himself to his grave like wicked men; and the wealthy [submitted] to his executions, for committing no crime and with no deceit in his mouth.”

53:9 “And his grave was set among the wicked, and with the rich in his deaths, though he had done no injustice and had spoken no falsehood.” (JPS)

According to Christian scripture, Yeshua was executed with thieves and buried in a rich mans tomb which is the opposite of what it says in this verse. Whether or not he committed a crime or lied has absolutely no bearing on whether or not this applies to him because the verse has been nullified by the fact that the opposite occurred in the gospel account of the crucifixion and burial. I would also like to point out that if this were talking about the Messiah then he would have to die more than once. The word “executions” can also be translated as “deaths” plural and not in the single death of Yeshua. During the Holocaust there were wicked and righteous Jews just as there are now. But there was no time in history that so many righteous buried and/or cremated with the wicked and in such a wicked way. They submitted themselves because of a faith in G-d that can only be described by the events which have haunted us for centuries. For almost 2000 years we have experienced exile after exile, pogroms, inquisitions, the Holocaust, and even constant scrutiny in this day and age. “Convert, Die, or Get out” has been shouted at us for way too long and we’ve survived because of “emuna” and because of G-d’s promise that Israel would be ETERNAL. The rich and the poor alike were murdered. Not for committing a crime or even for speaking falsely but for being disease infested rodents that needed to be exterminated.

53:10 “HaShem desired to oppress him and He afflicted him; if his soul would acknowledge guilt, he would see offspring and live long days and the desire of HaShem would succeed in his hand.”

53:10 “But the LORD chose to crush him by disease, that, if he made himself an offering for guilt, he might see offspring and have long life, and that through him the LORD’S purpose might prosper.” (JPS)

Not only are we stuck with the same G-d punish G-d situation here as we were before but this one is even more perplexing. Yeshua was supposed to be the sinless, unblemished lamb that died for your sins on the cross and yet it states right here that if he would have acknowledged his guilt, he would see offspring and live long days. The JPS rendering gives a little different twist to an already sticky situation. It says (if this were referring to Yeshua) that the L-rd chose to crush him by disease. I don’t know if you can classify a cross as a disease or not but I don’t think hanging and being crushed are the same thing either. In fact, according to John’s gospel, not a single bone of Yeshua’s body was broken. Of course this was stated so he could be equated with the Passover lamb and John is the only one that compares Yeshua to the Passover lamb. But how could this be speaking about ETERNAL Israel? Very easily. The offering of guilt in this verse is actually literally translated as guilt-offering. The significance between the guilt-offering and the Holocaust is so astounding, even as grotesque of a thought as it was, I could not over look it. A guilt-offering is defined in Leviticus chapter 7 and goes something like this. The guilt-offering is a fire-offering in which all the parts are to go up in smoke and the hide belongs to the one making the offering. I mentioned before that during the Holocaust Hitler not only burned Jews in the ovens of Auschwitz but he also used their skins as lamp shades and their hair as stuffing for pillows. He sacrificed these people on the alters of ovens and kept their hides as his portion but not until he worked and starved them to death. So after the atrocities of WWII the L-RD’S purpose has prospered because the land that was sworn to us is once again being inhabited by its rightful owners and is awaiting the final ingathering.

53:11 “He would see [the purpose] and be satisfied with his soul’s distress. With his knowledge My servant will vindicate the Righteous One to multitudes; it is their iniquities that he will carry.”

53:11 “Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. My righteous servant makes the many righteous, it is their punishment that he bears.” (JPS)

Christians claim that this is Yeshua and his full atonement of sin. That finally he sees that his suffering was worth it. If he was supposed to be G-d in the flesh, how could he be so clueless? As a Jew, my soul can’t help but feel sorry for those that have died giving their last breath to say, “I would rather die than turn my back on G-d and take on idol worship”. I hate to say it but if it weren’t for the horrendous things that were done to the Jews in WWII, we might not even have the state of Israel. The suffering and death to almost half the world’s Jewish population had a meaning after all. It meant we get to start going home. It means the rebuilding of the Temple. It means the ingathering of the exiles. It means the coming of the messianic age. It means that the Moshiach is coming. Now that is vindication!

53:12 “Therefore, I will assign him a portion from the multitudes and he will divide the mighty as spoils – in return for having poured out his soul for death and being counted among the wicked, for he bore the sin of the multitudes, and prayed for the wicked.”

53:12 “Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion, he shall receive the multitude as his spoil. For he exposed himself to death and was numbered among the sinners, whereas he bore the guilt of the many and made intercession for sinners.”

The unavoidable keeps rearing its ugly head. Why does G-d need to assign G-d a portion if they are supposed to be one single entity? G-d can take whatever portion he wants. Why would he have to assign it to his alter ego? The Christian theme has G-d not being able to be in the presence of sin and thus being the need for the blood of Yeshua to cover that sin before G-d. If G-d is not able to be in the presence of sin, then how can he bare the guilt or the sin of the many if he can’t even be in the presence of it? As for Israel, they were promised this portion and this is just reinforcing the meaning of the suffering that they endured. It is a reminder of the reward to come for staying faithful to G-d and walking in His ways. They may have died like sinners and been counted among the wicked but it was all for the betterment of the world. It was not to completely nullify His covenant with us but a tool He used to fulfill His promise. Even though the oppression was brought on by the sin of others we still pray daily for those that persecute us.

I encourage any and all feedback. If you would like to debate anything that has been presented here, we can do it publicly or through private messages. If you have any ideas for future pieces, I more than welcome your input. Thank you for reading and may the G-d of Israel guide you home. And please don’t forget to share it =)

Holy Spirit in Judaism

4For I had planned a day of vengeance, And My year of redemption arrived. 5Then I looked, but there was none to help; I stared, but there was none to aid—So My own arm wrought the triumph, And My own rage was My aid. 6I trampled peoples in My anger, I made them drunk with My rage, And I hurled their glory to the ground.” 7I will recount the kind acts of the Lord, The praises of the Lord—For all that the Lord has wrought for us, The vast bounty to the House of Israel That He bestowed upon them According to His mercy and His great kindness. 8He thought: Surely they are My people, Children who will not play false. So He was their Deliverer. 9In all their troubles He was troubled, And the angel of His Presence delivered them. In His love and pity He Himself redeemed them, Raised them, and exalted them All the days of old. 10But they rebelled, and grieved His holy spirit; Then He became their enemy, And Himself made war against them. 11Then they remembered the ancient days, Him, who pulled His people out [of the water]: “Where is He who brought them up from the Sea Along with the shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put In their midst His holy spirit,     Isaiah 63/4-11 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

10But the Lord chose to crush him by disease,
That, if he made himself an offering for guilt,
He might see offspring and have long life,
And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper.     Isaiah 53/10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1Behold, I am sending My messenger to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming.     Malachi 3/1 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

23Lo, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord. 24He shall reconcile parents with children and children with their parents, so that, when I come, I do not strike the whole land with utter destruction.
Lo, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord.     Malachi 3/23-24 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Holy Spirit in Judaism    (Excerpts) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Holy Spirit (Hebrew: ‎רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ, Modern ruach hakodeshTiberian ruaħ haqqodɛʃ) in Judaism, also termed “Divine Inspiration,” generally refers to the inspiration through which attuned individuals perceive and channel the Divine through action, writing or speech. Through this they attain some degree of prophetic knowledge, and possibly convey it to others.[1][2][3]

The phrase ruach hakodesh (also transliterated ruaḥ ha-qodesh) is used in the Tanakh and other writings to refer either to the spirit of inspiration as above, or to the general, indwelling revelation of the Divine Presence among the Jews, also known as the Shekhinah. Although the term appears frequently in post-biblical writings, in Scripture itself, the term appears only in possessive form as רוּחַ קָדְשְׁךָ‎ ruach kadoshkham “Thy holy spirit” (Psalms 51:11), and as רוּחַ קָדְשׁוֹ ruach kadsho, “His holy spirit” (Isaiah 63:10,11). Later writings identify other scriptural instances of the word רוּחַ ruach, “spirit,” as indicating ruach hakodesh.[4][1]

In other contexts, Holy Spirit may refer to the divine force, quality, and influence of God over the universe or over His creatures.[5]

Prophecy:

“Holy Spirit” can indicate the general ability to perceive Divine revelations shared by all prophets. For example, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto writes about the general return of prophecy in the Messianic Era using this term.[6] In the KuzariJudah Halevi corroborates that “Holy Spirit” indicates prophecy of various levels, and adds further that righteous leaders of the Jewish people such as kings and the High Priest of Israel are also granted the Holy Spirit to guide them.[4]

Holy Spirit can also be used more technically to indicate a specific level of inspiration. Among the various levels of prophecy, Holy Spirit is one of the lowest levels, and is strictly speaking not considered prophecy proper.[7] The difference lies in the intensity of the experience, and the lack of knowledge that the revelation is an actual prophecy.[8] According to Maimonides, a person experiencing this revelation would feel the spirit enter him and give him the power and motivation to speak. The subject could be of science, a psalm, a moral message for those around him, or an exposition of political or theological knowledge. This would occur while he was conscious and in the full possession of his senses,[9] though the revelation could also come in a dream.[8] Several books in Scripture such as the Psalms, Book of Daniel, and Book of Esther were written with this Holy Spirit, and their authors are thus only called prophets in the more general sense of the term.[10]

The above is different from true prophecy in a few ways. A proper prophet would have no doubt about his status as a prophet; he would know definitely without any uncertainty that his revelation was a true prophecy.[11] Also, while one with Holy Spirit would retain control over his body and senses, a prophet’s limbs would tremble, his physical powers would weaken, and he would lose control of his senses in order that his mind be able to focus entirely on the revelation.[12][13] (The sole exception to this is Moses, who retained his composure during prophecy.[14])

Talmud:

The term is discussed in the Babylonian TalmudMakkot 23b and elsewhere. Rabbinical use is discussed by Joseph Jacobs and Lajos Blau in the article “Holy Spirit” in the Jewish Encyclopedia of 1911.[21]

In Judaism, God is One; the idea of God as a duality or trinity is considered shituf (or “not purely monotheistic”). The term ruacḥ haQodesh is found frequently in Talmudic and Midrashic literature. In some cases it signifies prophetic inspiration, while in others it is used as a hypostatization or a metonym for God.[5] The rabbinical understanding of the Holy Spirit has a certain degree of personification, but it remains, “a quality belonging to God, one of his attributes”.[22]

In Rabbinic Judaism references to the spirit of God abound, however apart from certain strains of Kabbalistic mysticism it has rejected any idea of God as being either dualistic, tri-personal, or ontologically complex.

 

Commentary:

Chapter 63 of Isaiah is ten chapters after the description of G-d’s righteous servant who is identified for the prosperity of G-d’s purpose. A purpose not specified but a complete reading of Isaiah strongly indicates it is the end time redemption of the Jewish people. A purpose that  “might” prosper.

This means the man identified is Elijah of Malachi 3 who appears as a messenger with the angel of the covenant of sin forgiveness for a time to come G-d promised in Jeremiah 31. That begins the redemption and makes the Jewish people a holy seed to rebuild the Temple for G-d to return to quickly.

And Elijah must reconcile the Jewish people to Judaism and the G-d of Israel (reconciling them one to the other). If not, G-d promises utter destruction to the land. That means His purpose of returning to His Temple which must be rebuilt might not prosper which ties Isaiah 53 to Malachi 3. It is also why Elijah (to come) is the man described in Isaiah 53.

“4For I had planned a day of vengeance, And My year of redemption arrived. 5Then I looked, but there was none to help; I stared, but there was none to aid— So My own arm wrought the triumph, And My own rage was My aid. 6I trampled peoples in My anger, I made them drunk with My rage, And I hurled their glory to the ground.”

Verse 4 would be the awesome, fearful day of the Lord of Malachi 3/23. Verses 5 and 6 is what happens if the Jewish people refuse to recognize Elijah and he cannot reconcile the Jewish people and utter destruction occurs (no timetable on that given).

“9In all their troubles He was troubled, And the angel of His Presence delivered them. In His love and pity He Himself redeemed them, Raised them, and exalted them All the days of old. 10But they rebelled, and grieved His holy spirit; Then He became their enemy, And Himself made war against them.”

The angel of His Presence is the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d. This is one of the few times in the Tanakh the person of the spirit of G-d is referred to as the holy spirit. I believe it also occurs in a Psalm or two. Verses 9 and 10 connect the angel of His Presence and the holy spirit as being one and the same person.

And an angel is a person and if the holy spirit can be grieved he also has to be a person. They are one and the same.

The angel of His Presence is also the angel of the covenant of Malachi 3. I know this because the holy spirit is the spirit who alights upon the twig of the stump of Jesse of Isaiah 11/2 and he alighted upon me in 2007 and has been dwelling with me ever since that time. I am the twig, the man described in Isaiah 53 who is Elijah and the prophet like Moses.

The person of the spirit of the holy G-d dwells with no other man.

Ezekiel “a spirit entered into me”

1And He said to me, “O mortal, stand up on your feet that I may speak to you.” 2As He spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard what was being spoken to me.     Ezekiel 2/1-2 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

14A spirit seized me and carried me away. I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. 15And I came to the exile community that dwelt in Tel Abib by the Chebar Canal, and I remained where they dwelt. And for seven days I sat there stunned among them.     Ezekiel 3/14-15 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

22Then the hand of the Lord came upon me there, and He said to me, “Arise, go out to the valley, and there I will speak with you.” 23I arose and went out to the valley, and there stood the Presence of the Lord, like the Presence that I had seen at the Chebar Canal; and I flung myself down on my face. 24And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house.     Ezekiel 3/22-24 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

23The Presence of the Lord ascended from the midst of the city and stood on the hill east of the city. 24A spirit carried me away and brought me in a vision by the spirit of God to the exile community in Chaldea. Then the vision that I had seen left me, 25and I told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.     Ezekiel 11/23-25 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

Ezekiel says as He spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard what was being spoken to me.

This is G-d speaking to a man (“O mortal”) who is Ezekiel but he does not hear God speaking until a spirit entered into him and set him upon his feet. This account is written as though there was a simultaneous occurrence of G-d’s words and the spirit entering into Ezekiel as he heard them. A spirit of G-d entering a man is shown here to be a conduit to hear God’s words.

Ezekiel says a spirit seized me and carried me away. I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.

The hand of the Lord is His power that is often punishing. And Ezekiel was not happy about it which is the first step in G-d’s refinement of a person, their spirit and soul so they are useful for His purposes.

It is a breaking of the will of a man and slowly tempering his soul and spirit so they do not respond so easily to affronts to self. Ezekiel is having his personality changed for the task of taking G-d’s word to the House of Israel in the Assyrian (Babylon) exile. G-d is making Ezekiel tougher and not one to be so easily bitter and having a furious spirit.

The hand of the Lord falling upon you can also mean G-d is giving you visions in His power. The arm of the Lord is often seen as redemption.

In the third account from above the hand of the Lord came to Ezekiel and G-d told him to go to the valley and I will speak to you. Ezekiel goes to the valley and only then does a spirit enter into him and set Ezekiel upon his feet and He (and I believe this sentence means “he” is the spirit but “He” G-d is speaking through the spirit) and tells Ezekiel to go and shut himself in his house.

G-d speaks through an angel in the burning bush to Moses. G-d says My Name is in the angel sent to be with the Israelite’s in the exodus from Egypt. These accounts of Ezekiel show that G-d is in spirits to. And G-d can use angels or spirits to speak to man.

As the man the spirit of G-d alighted upon in fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 11/2 I have been taught this and experienced it. Describing it is another matter entirely.

They only difference between a spirit and an angel is their form. They are both encased in elements of the unseen and G-d’s power. They are persons created by G-d. And the first person created was the person of G-d’s spirit and his “body” is G-d’s spirit which has no form.

Ezekiel says the Presence of the Lord ascended from the midst of the city and stood on the hill east of the city. A spirit carried me away and brought me in a vision by the spirit of God to the exile community in Chaldea.

The spirit of G-d used a spirit to bring Ezekiel in a vision to the exile community in Chaldea. And G-d stood by on a hill. For the spirit of G-d to do this he has to be a person. But his power comes from G-d.

And they are always close together. G-d is G-d and G-d created the person of His spirit. They are not a duality and have very different personalities. And G-d can speak through him to a man which is funny and disconcerting at the same time. It is the voice of the person of G-d’s spirit speaking in a youthful angelic voice but they are clearly G-d’s words.

The Cords of the Power of God

8“And you, mortal, heed what I say to you: Do not be rebellious like that rebellious breed. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.” 9As I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me, holding a written scroll. 10He unrolled it before me, and it was inscribed on both the front and the back; on it were written lamentations, dirges, and woes.     Ezekiel 2/8-10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1He said to me, “Mortal, eat what is offered you; eat this scroll, and go speak to the House of Israel.” 2So I opened my mouth, and He gave me this scroll to eat, 3as He said to me, “Mortal, feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll that I give you.” I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey to me.     Ezekiel 3/1-3 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

7But the House of Israel will refuse to listen to you, for they refuse to listen to Me; for the whole House of Israel are brazen of forehead and stubborn of heart. 8But I will make your face as hard as theirs, and your forehead as brazen as theirs. 9I will make your forehead like adamant (shamir), harder than flint. Do not fear them, and do not be dismayed by them, though they are a rebellious breed.”     Ezekiel 3/7-9 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

14A spirit seized me and carried me away. I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.     Ezekiel 3/14 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

24And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house.     Ezekiel 3/24 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

25As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them.     Ezekiel 3/25 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

4“Then lie on your left side, and let it bear the punishment of the House of Israel; for as many days as you lie on it you shall bear their punishment. 5For I impose upon you three hundred and ninety days, corresponding to the number of the years of their punishment; and so you shall bear the punishment for the House of Israel. 6When you have completed these, you shall lie another forty days on your right side, and bear the punishment of the House of Judah. I impose on you one day for each year.     Ezekiel 4/4 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

8Now I put cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from side to side until you complete your days of siege.     Ezekiel 4/8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

12“Eat it as a barley cake; you shall bake it on human excrement before their eyes. 13So,” said the Lord, “shall the people of Israel eat their bread, unclean, among the nations to which I will banish them.” 14Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, my person was never defiled; nor have I eaten anything that died of itself or was torn by beasts from my youth until now, nor has foul flesh entered my mouth.” 15He answered me, “See, I allow you cow’s dung instead of human excrement; prepare your bread on that.”     Ezekiel 4/12-15 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

“Mortal, eat what is offered you; eat this scroll, and go speak to the House of Israel.”

I am the righteous servant of God in Isaiah 53 who makes the many righteous by his knowledge. I also serve as the messenger of Malachi 3 who arrives with the angel of the covenant. The covenant of sin forgiveness for a time to come for the Jewish people when they will never be exiled from Israel again announced by God in Jeremiah 31.

And that messenger is Elijah who must reconcile the Jewish people to one another through Judaism and knowledge of the God of Jacob. So I have been told by God to eat many a scroll. And it is sweet to learn and write and see how powerful these writings are. But the fact is He uses the teachings and writing to change and refine my soul and spirit and human ego and will. Eating scrolls is no fun though a sweet time it is.

I will make your forehead like adamant (shamir), harder than flint. How will HaShem make Ezekiel suitable for His purpose, making him as hard as the House of Israel? By crushing, punishing, bruising and chastising him just as he does with the righteous servant of Isaiah 53 to remove his will and refine and cleanse his soul and remove the infuriation of his spirit. All this makes Ezekiel more suitable for G-d’s purpose with him to prosper, so that Ezekiel will do and say whatever he is commanded to do and say by G-d without hesitation.

“As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them. And “Now I put cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from side to side until you complete your days of siege.”

These are not references to physical ropes. In the first Ezekiel is being constrained from leaving his house. And the second has to do with the punishment for the House of Israel and House of Judah that God is punishing Ezekiel for and these cords of God’s power are preventing him from turning from side to side. For 430 days.

And the Jewish people where not vicariously relieved of their punishment. The complete fall of Jerusalem and final deportation occurs in Ezekiel’s lifetime. It is really just speech between God and Ezekiel. Ezekiel a Priestly man who followed the laws of a kosher diet and probably all God’s laws and commandments would be beside himself at such a seemingly unrighteous punishment. But that is the point. God treating you as you could never imagine is very humbling and causes great change to your spirit and soul when it is a one on one encounter.

It can be seen in this discussion between God and Ezekiel “Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, my person was never defiled; nor have I eaten anything that died of itself or was torn by beasts from my youth until now, nor has foul flesh entered my mouth.” He answered me, “See, I allow you cow’s dung instead of human excrement; prepare your bread on that.”

I know what Ezekiel is going through in this punishment. I have experienced it. I cannot describe exactly what Ezekiel went through during those 430 days but I do know what 5 days was for me.

In the second year after the person of the spirit of G-d alighted upon me and G-d first spoke to me in 2007 everything changed when G-d told me I was going to sacrifice for 5 days. I had not experienced any crushing, bruising, chastisement or punishment before this. And those are the very words from Isaiah 53.

As I lay in bed the cords of G-d’s power enveloped me. I simply could not move. G-d never stopped talking to me and was explaining to me everything that was happening. He showed me how His power could slowly crush my chest until I could not breath and He let the fear of that overwhelm me.

He used this example to teach and discuss with me Jonah on the bottom of the ocean. He also gave me tremendous visions related to death by suffocation and was showing me that He could keep me alive without air.

This only took a few hours of the five days. G-d is very creative and there was very little let up in this method of teaching me of His power, the scripture, the Jewish people, fear of Him and the level of pain He would lay on me.

It changed our relationship, how I thought of Him and took a lot of the fight out of my soul. And this process has continued in many ways and experiences over the years. It is how I learned about creation, the scripture and mysteries of heaven while being made suitable for the purposes of G-d.

Isaiah 53/8 “Who could describe his abode?”

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8By oppressive judgment he was taken away,
Who could describe his abode?
For he was cut off from the land of the living…Isaiah 53/8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

24And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house. 25As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them.     Ezekiel 3/24-25 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

The term “Shekinah,” is Hebrew. The word “dwell” in the Hebrew text is accordingly rendered in the Targumim by the phrase “let the Shekinah rest”.

The majestic presence or manifestation of God which has descended to “dwell” among men. The word itself is taken from such passages as speak of God dwelling either in the Tabernacle or among the people of Israel. Occasionally the name of God is spoken of as descending.

It is especially said that God dwells in Jerusalem, on Mount Zion, and in the Temple itself. Allusion is made also to “him that dwelt in the bush”; and it is said that “the glory of the Lord abode upon Mount Sinai”.

Onḳelos translates “Elohim” by “Shekinah”; and wherever the person, the dwelling, or the remoteness of God is mentioned, he paraphrases by the same word; so too, wherever the Name occurs, he substitutes for it the term “Shekinah” and “presence” or “face” is translated the same way.

Where the text states that God dwells in the Temple above the cherubim, or that God has been seen, the Yerushalmi has “Shekinah”; and even where it describes God as abiding in heaven, the same word is used.

This statement holds true also of allusions to His remoteness or to the hiding of His face. The Temple is called the “house of the Shekinah”; and the term likewise occurs in connection with “glory”.

From: The Targumim (citations omitted).

 

Commentary:

When I offered myself for guilt to God as His righteous servant of Isaiah 53 the presence of God in heaven descended and came to rest upon me. He who descends to dwell with man dwells upon and with me. My physical body was offered to Him along with my spirit and soul and self so that He could refine me suitable for the prosperity of His purpose.

The refinement of my spirit and soul and self has been by chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing in the power and words of God. I am a host of the God of Hosts and that requires a cleansed and humble soul and spirit.

It also requires that I have little self will for the reason that I no longer make any decisions of my own. My entire existence is determined by God from what and when I eat and sleep to what I type and post. But that does not really explain the totality of God’s control over me. Just as with Ezekiel the cords of God’s power have been placed on me. They envelop me.

God controls my body, my central nervous system, the beating of my heart, the breath of my lungs, my muscles and my nerves and the sight of my eyes. He directs what I look at. He does not just say you can watch this movie on the television but takes my hands and fingers and presses the buttons for it. If He tells me beforehand as I handle the TV remote I am participating but I can still feel His power of control over my hand.

I do not decide anything. I am just a spirit person in a human body vessel now in complete and total control of God. When God controls your physical being and He is breaking your will and ego and self to be the person He would have you be the emotional and physical pain goes beyond description. And it a slow and tedious and time consuming process.

God took me away from society and the material things of the world cutting me off from those living their lives with cars and phones and computers and houses and bank accounts and credit cards and money and jobs.

This is how God took my Texas and Hawaii law licenses from me when this all started and before I knew Him and what was really going on as I do now. As we were coming in from a long walk I told Him that I needed to get on my Dad’s computer and take my online legal seminars for yearly required credits to maintain my licenses. He just told me that I would never practice law again. I tried to stop at the computer anyway and He just walked me right by it in His power. Anguish is not even close to what I felt.

Isaiah 53/8 says “By oppressive judgment he was taken away, Who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living…”

When I offered myself for guilt the oppressive judgement against me was a sentence of bruising, crushing, chastisement and punishment until suitable for God’s purpose. God cut me off from living my life and from those living their lives.

Just as the spirit of God who had entered Ezekiel (and who has entered me) told him “Go, shut yourself up in your house. As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them.” The abode of Ezekiel when he was cut off from being among all others is his house. Cut off from the land of the living is not a description of being killed. Describing an abode confirms that.

My abode is room and board in return for care and assistance to my elderly parents. What is special about describing my abode is the Shekinah. Only I can describe it. Only I can feel it. Only I know how heavy it is. Only I know the power (cords) of God to bear its weight. I am the answer to the question “who” can describe his abode in Isaiah 53/8.

Where I dwell God dwells as does the person of His spirit. I live in one room of a condominium. I rarely leave that room except to walk and exercise. Three persons in a room constantly talking and interacting all day and through the night. It is not an existence human beings were made for. Especially when the human being is no longer running the “show”. God is.

And God is enforcing an oppressive judgement of chastisement and punishment, bruising and crushing until I am suitable for His purposes. I do have fun and I laugh a lot with the person of the spirit of God. But a day with God is like a thousand years.

And one of His purposes for me in my long life is to be instrumental in the building of the third Temple in Jerusalem, the house of the Shekinah. Then God will dwell in His Temple in His land with His servants the people Israel.

The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology, Chapter 2 JEWISH INTERPRETATIONS OF ISAIAH 53 by Michael L. Brown with Commentary by the Righteous Servant of Isaiah 53

53:3 “He was despised, shunned by men, a man of suffering, familiar with disease. As one who hid his face from us, he was despised, we held him of no account.” Rashi notes, “So is the custom of this prophet: he mentions all Israel as one man, e.g., (44:2), ‘Fear not, My servant Jacob’; (44:1) ‘And now, hearken, Jacob, My servant.’ Here too (52:13), ‘Behold My servant shall prosper,’ he said concerning the house of Jacob.” As to the nature of the sufferings described here, Ibn Ezra writes, “The pains and sick-nesses spoken of are the sufferings of exile; and [וִ ידוּעַ; here, “familiar with”] means that he was taught and accustomed to have the yoke of exile pass over him.” And the nations could not even look at Israel because of the loathing they felt towards him.

53:4 “Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing, our suffering that he endured. We accounted him plagued, smitten and afflicted by God.” We now begin to get into the theological crux of the passage, and for Ibn Ezra, it is simply a matter of Israel, the righteous servant, suffering because of the sins of the nations. He states that the substance of the verse is this: “It was we who caused his sickness; yet he carried it, and bore all the pains wherewith we pained him. . . . [I]t was God who smote him and afflicted him because the sicknesses ought to have come upon us, whose laws were altogether vanity, but they came upon Israel instead, whose law was a law of faithfulness.”

The explanation of Radak goes further, beginning with a philosophical discussion, which is common in his writings: Based on Ezekiel 18:20, which states that the son cannot be punished for the sins of his father, or vice versa, how much more then is it true that “one man cannot suffer for another man, or one people for another people. What then is the meaning of surely he has carried our sicknesses, and he was pierced for our transgressions, and by his wounds we are healed?” He does not find Lamentations 5:7 to provide an answer to the question (there it is stated that the sons are suffering for the sins of their fathers), explaining the verse with reference to Exodus 20:5, viz., “when the children still continue to adhere to the works of their fathers.” He also finds Lamentations 5:7 to be spoken by Jeremiah “in the style of mourners,” thus uttered more out of emotion than reason.

How then are these expressions to be interpreted? The words are merely the thoughts of the Gentiles: “[I]t is not asserted that Israel actually bore the iniquity of the Gentiles, but the latter only imagine it to be the case when they see, at the time of [their] deliverance, that the faith which Israel adhered to was the true one, while that they themselves had adhered to was the false.” Thus, in the Gentiles’ attempt to explain the paradox—why did Israel suffer when Israel was so righteous whereas we enjoyed peace and tranquility while “adhering to falsehood”?—“it follows, therefore, that the sickness and pain which ought to have fallen upon us [the Gentiles] has fallen upon them [Israel], and they are our ransom [koper] and atonement [kappara ]. While they were in exile,” we wrongly surmised that God had smitten them for their iniquity; we now realize “that it was not for their iniquity but for ours, as it is said, ‘He suffered pangs for our transgressions.’”

What a remarkable explanation! The text clearly speaks of vicarious, atoning suffering—indeed, there are some who believe that this was what Ibn Ezra had in mind when he spoke of the passage being “extremely difficult”—and Radak recognizes that fact. But, since he finds the concept to be contrary to biblical truth, he must write it off to the wrong thinking of the Gentile nations, which is quite a stretch, to put it mildly. Perhaps all the supposed reflections of the nations in this passage are just the product of their incorrect thinking—which is the precise opposite of the whole lesson that the chapter is allegedly teaching, viz., that the Gentiles finally understand why Israel suffered and how righteous and beloved Israel is.

Interestingly, Rashi has no problem interpreting the text in vicarious terms, explaining that the opening word אָ כֵ ן, which is normally translated as “surely,” actually means “but,” thus, “But he bore our sicknesses.” In other words, as Rashi explains, “But now we see that this came to him not because of his low state, but that he was chastised with pains so that all the nations be atoned for with Israel’s suffering. The illness that should rightfully have come upon us, he bore. . . . We thought that he was hated by the Omnipresent, but he was not so, but he was pained because of our transgressions and crushed because of our iniquities.”

From: The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology, Chapter 2 JEWISH INTERPRETATIONS OF ISAIAH 53 by Michael L. Brown (edited).

 

Michael L. Brown (born 1955) is an American Messianic Jewradio hostconservative and author. His nationally syndicated radio showThe Line of Fire, airs throughout the United States. He is also president and professor of practical theology at Fellowship for International Revival and Evangelism School of Ministry. He has also served as adjunct professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and adjunct professor of Jewish apologetics at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion, and the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.     From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

 

Messianic Jewish theology is the study of God and Scripture from the perspective of Messianic Judaism, a disputed movement that claims to be a legitimate form of Judaism, but is considered by most Christians and Jews to be a form of Christianity. God: Messianics believe in the God of the Bible, and that he is all-powerful, omni-present, eternal, exists outside of creation, and infinitely significant and benevolent. The vast majority of Messianics adhere to trinitarian views of God,[1] while others insist upon strict, unitarian monotheism.[2] The MessiahYeshua (Jesus) is believed to be the promised Jewish messiah. The mainstream movement accepts Yeshua as God in the flesh, and as the Torah made flesh. Israel: It is believed that the Children of Israel were, remain, and will continue to be the chosen people of the God of Jacob and are central to his plans. Virtually all Messianics (whether Jewish nor non-Jewish) oppose Replacement theology. The Bible: The Tanakh and New Testament (sometimes called the B’rit Chadasha) are considered the established inerrant, and divinely inspired Biblical scripture by Messianic Judaism. Eschatology: Messianics hold all of the following eschatological beliefs: the End of Days, the Second Coming of Jesus as the conquering Messiah, the re-gathering of Israel, a rebuilt Third Temple, a Resurrection of the Dead (and that Jesus was resurrected after his death). In addition most believe in the millennial sabbath,although some are Amillinialist. Oral Torah: Messianic Jewish opinions concerning the “Oral Torah” (the Talmud) are varied and sometimes conflicting between individual congregations. Some congregations are very selective in their applications of Talmudic law, or do so for the sake of continuity with tradition, while others encourage a serious observance of the Jewish halakha. Virtually all Messianic congregations and synagogues believe that the oral traditions are subservient to the written Torah.     Messianic Jewish theology from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (edited).

 

1He said to me, “Mortal, eat what is offered you; eat this scroll, and go speak to the House of Israel.” 2So I opened my mouth, and He gave me this scroll to eat,…”     Ezekiel 3/1 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

8But I will make your face as hard as theirs, and your forehead as brazen as theirs. 9I will make your forehead like adamant, harder than flint. Do not fear them, and do not be dismayed by them, though they are a rebellious breed.”     Ezekiel 3/8-9 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

12Then a spirit carried me away, and behind me I heard a great roaring sound: “Blessed is the Presence of the Lord, in His place,” 13with the sound of the wings of the creatures beating against one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them—a great roaring sound.

14A spirit seized me and carried me away. I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. 15And I came to the exile community that dwelt in Tel Abib by the Chebar Canal, and I remained where they dwelt. And for seven days I sat there stunned among them.     Ezekiel 3/12-15 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

22Then the hand of the Lord came upon me there, and He said to me, “Arise, go out to the valley, and there I will speak with you.” 23I arose and went out to the valley, and there stood the Presence of the Lord, like the Presence that I had seen at the Chebar Canal; and I flung myself down on my face.

24And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house. 25As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them.

26And I will make your tongue cleave to your palate, and you shall be dumb; you shall not be a reprover to them, for they are a rebellious breed.

27But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God!’ He who listens will listen, and he who does not will not—for they are a rebellious breed.”     Ezekiel Chapter 3/22-27 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

4“Then lie on your left side, and let it bear the punishment of the House of Israel; for as many days as you lie on it you shall bear their punishment. 5For I impose upon you three hundred and ninety days, corresponding to the number of the years of their punishment; and so you shall bear the punishment for the House of Israel. 6When you have completed these, you shall lie another forty days on your right side, and bear the punishment of the House of Judah. I impose on you one day for each year.

7“Then, with bared arm, set your face toward besieged Jerusalem and prophesy against it. 8Now I put cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from side to side until you complete your days of siege.     Ezekiel 4/4-8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

5But he was wounded because of our sins, Crushed because of our iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, And by his bruises we were healed. 6We all went astray like sheep, Each going his own way; And the Lord visited upon him The guilt of all of us.”         Isaiah 53/5-6 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

8By oppressive judgment he was taken away, Who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.     Isaiah 53/8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

10But the Lord chose to crush him by disease, That, if he made himself an offering for guilt, He might see offspring and have long life, And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper.

11Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion.   Isaiah 53/10-11 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1Behold, I am sending My messenger to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming.     Malachi 3/1 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

Michael L. Brown sets forth the arguments of the Sages Rashi and Ibn Ezra that Isaiah 53 describes all of Israel as one man. He reveals that by doing so they make the argument for vicarious suffering of one man for others that he believes in as a messianic Jew. That Jesus died for the sins of others. And he is correct that they say that the Jewish people have suffered for the sins of the gentiles who benefit from it. But Jesus did not die for the sins of others anymore than the Jewish people have borne the sins of the gentiles.

The early Sages expected a personal Messiah to fulfill the Isaiah prophecy. No alternative interpretation was applied to this passage until the Middle Ages. And then, a completely different view was presented. This view was popularized by Jewish commentator Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Itzchaki), who lived one thousand years after Jesus.

Rashi held the position that the servant passages of Isaiah referred to the collective fate of the nation of Israel rather than a personal Messiah. Some rabbis, such as Ibn Ezra and Kimchi, agreed. However, many other rabbinic sages during this same period and later—including Maimonides—realized the inconsistencies of Rashi’s views and would not abandon the original messianic interpretations.

Yet to this day, many rabbis persist in citing Rashi as the definitive word on how to interpret the servant of the Lord in Isaiah 53. Others admit the weakness of this view and say that the passage applies to an individual. They usually cite the prophet Isaiah himself, King Cyrus, King Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Moses, Job or even some anonymous contemporaries of Isaiah as the one spoken of by the prophet.

The Christian idea directly contradicts the basic Jewish teaching that God promises forgiveness to all who sincerely return to Him; thus there is no need for the Messiah to atone for others.

There is no vicarious suffering or atonement for others in Isaiah 53. There is no animal guilt sacrifice applied to humans. The man described is given long life. He is wounded and bruised not killed or sacrificed. It does not describe Jesus or the Jewish people.

And I can explain the true meaning of the verses as none have before me for one simple reason. I am that man.

I have been wounded, crushed, chastised and bruised by the hand and power of G-d to make me suitable for His purpose. That purpose includes being the messenger and herald of the new covenant of sin forgiveness to the Jewish people G-d declared for a time to come in Jeremiah 31.

There is no vicarious atonement in Isaiah 53 by one man or a nation or a part thereof for others. When G-d forgives sins He declares it through His prophets in writing and in Malachi 3 He sends the prophet Elijah with the angel of the covenant of sin forgiveness previously declared in Jeremiah 31.

The chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing is to make me stronger emotionally. To be more of a soldier to God’s purpose. To protect me emotionally from the haters and naysayers, to move to a country of a foreign language I have never known all alone, and to speak God’s words to the Jewish people. The same chastisement and punishment G-d laid on Ezekiel for the sins of the House of Israel and the House of Judah.

And much more. The constant interaction created my devotion to God and the prosperity of His purpose, our communication when alone and when I am with others is perfect and on many levels, and I obey His every command with little emotional resistance. G-d has the power to stop any emotional response I may have to anything. We work on this all the time. But I have to be made ready for this power and it is through chastisement and punishment.

This is what G-d is referring to in Isaiah 53/11 when He says “Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion.” Out of the anguish of chastisement and punishment I will see the prosperity of His purpose and enjoy it to the full through my devotion to His purpose.

This same chastisement and punishment for the sins of others in Isaiah 53 is also in Ezekiel 4/4-8 where God says:

“Then lie on your left side, and let it bear the punishment of the House of Israel; for as many days as you lie on it you shall bear their punishment. For I impose upon you three hundred and ninety days, corresponding to the number of the years of their punishment; and so you shall bear the punishment for the House of Israel. When you have completed these, you shall lie another forty days on your right side, and bear the punishment of the House of Judah. I impose on you one day for each year. “Then, with bared arm, set your face toward besieged Jerusalem and prophesy against it. Now I put cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from side to side until you complete your days of siege.”

G-d and the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d have come to Ezekiel (Chapter 3/12-15 and 22-27) to prepare him to be a prophet to the Jewish people. The hand of the Lord of chastisement and punishment is infuriating his spirit. His power covering Ezekiel like cords. The Presence of G-d causes Ezekiel to fall to his face. His tongue is no longer his own for he speaks the words G-d would have him speak.

Ezekiel is treated harshly and punished for 430 consecutive days. This punishment is for the sins of the House of Israel and the House of Judah which is the Jewish people. This is the same manner G-d prepares His righteous servant of Isaiah 53. In Isaiah 53 the words “Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.” and “It is their punishment that he bears” are used instead of “you shall bear their punishment” in Ezekiel 4/4.

Ezekiel does not relieve the punishment of the House of Israel and the House of Judah or atone vicariously for their sins by lying on his side for 390 days for the House of Israel and 40 days for the House of Judah. It is figurative and symbolic writing to describe a great ordeal Ezekiel is being put through to make him suitable for G-d’s purpose to be a prophet to the Jewish people.

Ezekiel is told that he is suffering the punishment of the Jewish people. No, their punishment is the armies G-d says he raised up against them, destruction of the first Temple and exile for their disobedience to Him.

When G-d says to Ezekiel “Mortal, eat what is offered you; eat this scroll, and go speak to the House of Israel” He is teaching Ezekiel the scripture He would have Ezekiel know with chastisement and punishment. There is nothing pleasant about eating a scroll of scripture.

And what G-d puts me through to learn the scripture and write His words and prepare to speak to the Jewish people makes eating a scroll sound good. A demanding and harsh teacher is HaShem. At least until I am suitable for His purpose. And out of my anguish I shall see His purpose prosper through my devotion.

Moses and the Seventy Elders

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16Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for Me seventy of Israel’s elders of whom you have experience as elders and officers of the people, and bring them to the Tent of Meeting and let them take their place there with you. 17I will come down and speak with you there, and I will draw upon the spirit that is on you and put it upon them; they shall share the burden of the people with you, and you shall not bear it alone.     Numbers 11/16-17 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

24Moses went out and reported the words of the Lord to the people. He gathered seventy of the people’s elders and stationed them around the Tent. 25Then the Lord came down in a cloud and spoke to him; He drew upon the spirit that was on him and put it upon the seventy elders. And when the spirit rested upon them, they spoke in ecstasy, but did not continue.

26Two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad, had remained in camp; yet the spirit rested upon them—they were among those recorded, but they had not gone out to the Tent—and they spoke in ecstasy in the camp. 27A youth ran out and told Moses, saying, “Eldad and Medad are acting the prophet in the camp!” 28And Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ attendant from his youth, spoke up and said, “My lord Moses, restrain them!” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you wrought up on my account? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord put His spirit upon them!” 30Moses then reentered the camp together with the elders of Israel.     Numbers 11/24-30 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

God tells Moses “I will draw upon the spirit that is on you and put it upon them; they shall share the burden of the people with you, and you shall not bear it alone.” God then “drew upon the spirit that was on him and put it upon the seventy elders. And when the spirit rested upon them, they spoke in ecstasy, but did not continue.”

And Moses said of the two elders who were acting the prophet in the camp speaking in ecstasy as the spirit rested on them “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord put His spirit upon them!”

The spirit that was drawn from Moses and put upon the seventy elders is not the spirit that was born in Moses and was Moses. The same spirit that is in all men.

God’s spirit is of the same spirit. What was drawn from Moses was the spirit of God and the spirit of God is a person. The first person created by God.

The seventy elders had become temporary hosts of the Lord of Hosts who is in the person of His spirit. When each heard the angelic voice of the spirit of God speak to them (within them or without them) they became very excited and were saying all kinds of different things depending on what the person of the spirit of God was saying to them.

The important part for Moses is that each of the seventy would now in one accord have the idea and thought, as though it was their own thought and not spoken to them by God’s spirit or God, that they would share the burden of the people with Moses.

There is no account of God or His spirit commanding the seventy elders to share the burden of the people with Moses.

God can control the thoughts of a host. And the host will not even realize it if the controlled thought is within their character. Something they were already very close to thinking.

I am the man described in Isaiah 11 as the twig of the stump of Jesse upon whom the spirit of God alighted upon many years ago. And he and God have taught me and shown me how they can control the thoughts of a host.

As an example one day God and I were walking and talking as we have done almost every day for nine years and I thought “I sure would like to have lunch at a Mexican restaurant.”

Instantly I said “Hey, that was not me. Were you being me?” God had taken me from the world of money and things long before this and He never lets me eat (and only rarely drink) anything when we are walking.

There was a long silence and God said “Yes”.

It was as though He and His spirit were about to burst out in laughter. And as one they said “We do it all the time”.

The rest of that conversation and the teachings from it could fill a book.

A New Song (Psalm) of God

The G-d of Israel said to me “Write these words”:

“I have come to the earth to dwell with My anointed king Keith Ellis McCarty as I once came to dwell among the tents of the Israelite’s and who writes My words exactly as I speak them as My servant Moses did;

Keith Ellis McCarty is the twig that shoots from the stump of Jesse, the lineal descendant of King David through King Solomon prophesied by My servant Isaiah, a son of David upon whom My spirit alighted upon in the year 2007;

Keith Ellis McCarty is Elijah prophesied by My servant Malachi to be My messenger that the time of the new covenant of the forgiveness of the sins of the Jewish people is here and to reconcile the families of the Jewish people to Judaism;

Keith Ellis McCarty is the prophet like Moses prophesied by My servant Moses whom I speak with face to face and who writes My words;

Keith Ellis McCarty is My righteous servant prophesied by My servant Isaiah that makes the many righteous, the man of sorrows and suffering who offered his soul and himself to me for guilt, the man who I have chastised, bruised, crushed and punished for the guilt and sin of My people and the world to make him suitable for My purposes, and the man that I have given long life to in My power to be My vessel for the redemption of My people;

Keith Ellis McCarty is a host of the Lord of Hosts which means that My spirit is upon him and in him and I Am in the spirit as I Am in the angels of heaven, that My power envelops him giving Me complete and total control of him, and that My presence never leaves him;

Keith Ellis McCarty has been cleansed of all sin and guilt by the chastisement and punishment I have laid on him for nine years making him suitable for my purpose of redeeming Israel and I no longer remember the sins of My children the Jewish people by covenant written by My prophet Jeremiah for a time to come, and that time is now;

Keith Ellis McCarty is a priest forever, a righteous king by My decree after the manner of Melchizedek and My son David;

My hand shall be constantly with him and My arm shall strengthen him. No enemy shall oppress him and no vile man will afflict him. My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;

I am G-d. I created all things. I divided light and I divided water. I created and formed Keith Ellis McCarty for My purposes. Just as I formed Israel. For My purposes.”

Moses and Joshua the Attendant

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12The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and wait there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the teachings and commandments which I have inscribed to instruct them.” 13So Moses and his attendant Joshua arose, and Moses ascended the mountain of God. 14To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us until we return to you. You have Aaron and Hur with you; let anyone who has a legal matter approach them.”

15When Moses had ascended the mountain, the cloud covered the mountain. 16The Presence of the Lord abode on Mount Sinai, and the cloud hid it for six days. On the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. 17Now the Presence of the Lord appeared in the sight of the Israelites as a consuming fire on the top of the mountain. 18Moses went inside the cloud and ascended the mountain; and Moses remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights.     Exodus 24/12-18 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

15Thereupon Moses turned and went down from the mountain bearing the two tablets of the Pact, tablets inscribed on both their surfaces: they were inscribed on the one side and on the other. 16The tablets were God’s work, and the writing was God’s writing, incised upon the tablets. 17When Joshua heard the sound of the people in its boisterousness, he said to Moses, “There is a cry of war in the camp.” 18But he answered,
“It is not the sound of the tune of triumph,
Or the sound of the tune of defeat;
It is the sound of song that I hear!”     Exodus 32/15-18 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

7Now Moses would take the Tent and pitch it outside the camp, at some distance from the camp. It was called the Tent of Meeting, and whoever sought the Lord would go out to the Tent of Meeting that was outside the camp. 8Whenever Moses went out to the Tent, all the people would rise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he had entered the Tent. 9And when Moses entered the Tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the Tent, while He spoke with Moses. 10When all the people saw the pillar of cloud poised at the entrance of the Tent, all the people would rise and bow low, each at the entrance of his tent. 11The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another. And he would then return to the camp; but his attendant, Joshua son of Nun, a youth, would not stir out of the Tent.     Exodus 33/7-11 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

28And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he ate no bread and drank no water; and he wrote down on the tablets the terms of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

29So Moses came down from Mount Sinai. And as Moses came down from the mountain bearing the two tablets of the Pact, Moses was not aware that the skin of his face was radiant, since he had spoken with Him. 30Aaron and all the Israelites saw that the skin of Moses’ face was radiant; and they shrank from coming near him. 31But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the chieftains in the assembly returned to him, and Moses spoke to them. 32Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he instructed them concerning all that the Lord had imparted to him on Mount Sinai. 33And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.

34Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would leave the veil off until he came out; and when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35the Israelites would see how radiant the skin of Moses’ face was. Moses would then put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with Him.     Exodus 34/28-35 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

8From the tribe of Ephraim, Hosea son of Nun.     Numbers 13/8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

16Those were the names of the men whom Moses sent to scout the land; but Moses changed the name of Hosea son of Nun to Joshua.     Numbers 13/16 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

On the first ascent of Moses to the Mountain for forty days and nights and return with the Ten Commandments his attendant Joshua was with him.

After Moses descended and would enter and exit the Tent of Meeting the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another. And he would then return to the camp; but his attendant, Joshua son of Nun, a youth, would not stir out of the Tent.

Joshua did not leave the Tent of Meeting where Moses would speak to G-d face to face and at this time the face of Moses was not seen as radiant.

When Moses ascends the Mountain the second time for forty days and nights and returns with the Ten Commandments the skin of his face is radiant and thereafter when he enters and exits the Tent of Meeting the skin of his face is radiant.

And Joshua (the attendant, not Hosea renamed Joshua the son of Nun) is not mentioned again on the Mountain or in the Tent. Joshua the attendant represents the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d.

The absence of Joshua on the Mountain and in the Tent of Meeting after the tablets were broken is unexplained. It is also not explained how Joshua the attendant became Joshua the son of Nun before Moses renamed Hosea the son of Nun to be Joshua.

This is a dilemma that calls attention to Joshua remaining in the Tent of Meeting where he had been with Moses while Moses spoke to God. Moses leaves the Tent and ascends the Mountain alone the second time and now there is no mention of Joshua on the Mountain or in the Tent.

The radiance of the face of Moses tells me the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d had entered Moses and the spirit of G-d now swept through Moses. Joshua on the Mountain and in the Tent and then absent when the skin of Moses became radiant under the very same circumstances is why Joshua represents the person of the spirit of God.

Moses had become an Angel of God. A host of the Lord of Hosts. A man with divine beings. Just like the man who wrestles with Jacob Moses also wrestled with Israel all the way to the promised land.

And I became a host of the Lord of Hosts in 2007 when the spirit of God and the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d alighted upon me in fulfillment of Isaiah 11/2. I am by prophecy the descendant of David through Solomon of the stump of Jesse.

Not the felled tree of the ancestral line of Jesse. The line of Jesse that was banished and forbidden to ever rule over Judah again. The line of the Kings of Judah that lost the first Temple and were exiled to Assyria. The line of Jesus in the book of Matthew. The line excluded from the book of Isaiah by reference to the stump of Jesse.