5 Yeshua replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 6 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah (i.e., anointed by G-d).’ They will deceive many. 7 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. (Mark 13:5-7, compare with Matthew 24:6-8 and Luke 21:8-13)
Should Messianic Jews embrace Christian Doctrine? As a Messianic Jew and now a Messianic Rabbi, I’ve often been asked about what it is that I believe in. For example, Christians would approach me and ask a list of questions. It just so happens that they wanted to know whether or not I believe in what they considered to be Church Doctrine. Many do not know this, but the fact is that much of what is considered to be Church Doctrine is an accumulation of beliefs that fundamentally sets Israel apart from the Christian Church rooted in deep-seeded hatred towards the Jewish people. So long as the Jewish people exists, their expected beliefs in what their deity would do would not come to past; henceforth, Church Doctrine developed into a system that excludes Israel from the Church.
The Brit Chadashah (i.e., New Testament) mentions Messiah’s return, but not in the manner that many suspect.
Some might suspect that Messiah’s Return is dependent upon the person’s ethnic background or spiritual relationship with the Heavenly Father; however, this is not entirely true. We admit that there is one clear instance when Messiah’s Coming is identified as a return in an instance once pronounced by the angles that spoke to those who witnessed his ascension; however, this one biblical reference does not outweigh what Messiah instructed his disciples:
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Yeshua has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” (Acts 1:11)
Is Messiah coming or is he returning? It is often said, “I believe that Messiah is returning. However, because the Jews never really believed that Messiah came in the first place, then he will come for the Jews.” Messianic Jews find this statement both unbiblical and rather insulting. Those who have this attitude truly do not have a clue as to what the Scriptures say! Fortunately, the only way that any of us could ever agree as to whether or not Messiah is coming or returning is by referencing the Scriptures.
So, let’s review a couple of verses and see if Messiah is coming or if he’s returning.
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