I sometimes see inquiries by Christians who cannot understand why Jews reject Jesus as Messiah, since to them, Jesus fulfilled “all” prophesies.
What Christians need to understand is that Jesus did NOT fulfill all messianic prophesies while he was here.
So in order to properly witness their faith, Christians need to be able to explain the unfulfilled prophesies, and prove that, according to prophesy, the Messiah will return to complete this task. They need to back their argument up with scripture and do a good job of it. Jews are very academic, and do not accept weak arguments. Remember, they have suffered a lot in history for making the mistake of straying from Judaism, and pursuing the wrong religion.
Here is a short list of some prophecies:
Is there universal knowledge of one G-d? (Jeremiah 31:33, Zechariah 8:23, 14:9, 14:16, Isaiah 11:9, Isaiah 40:5, Zephaniah 3:9)
Were all Jews returned to Israel? (Isaiah 43:5-6, Isaiah 11:12, Isaiah 27:12-13)
Did he bring world peace? (Isaiah 11:6, Micah 4:3)
Were all weapons destroyed? (Ezekiel 39:9)
Did all warfare cease? (Isaiah 2:4)
Was the Temple rebuilt in it’s place? (Ezekiel 37:24-28 Ezekiel 40-48, Isaiah 33:20, Micah 4:1)
Did he bring physical restoration to all who are sick or disabled in any way? (Isaiah 35:5-6)
Was he preceded by Elijah? (Malachi 3:23-24– 4:4-5 in KJV)
Did the nations help the Jews materially? (Isaiah 60:5, 60:10-12, 61:6)
Does eternal joy and gladness characterize the Jewish nation? (Isaiah 51:11)
Are Jews sought for spiritual guidance? (Zechariah 8:23)
Is the Egyptian river dry yet? (Isaiah 11:15)
Do trees in Israel yield new fruit every month? (Ezekiel 47:12)
Did each tribe receive it’s inheritance? (Ezekiel 47:13-14)
Is the enemy buried? (Ezekiel 39:12)
Did he accomplish these tasks without tiring or failing? (Isaiah 42:4)
Did death cease? (Isaiah 25: 8)
Are the dead resurrected? (Isaiah 26:19, Daniel 12:2, Ezekiel 37:12-13)
Also important to note about the Jewish belief system on Jesus:
They do not believe the Messiah is divine, but human only.
Torah says that no one can die for another’s sins
They do not accept the virgin birth doctrine.
They do not accept the “trinity” concept. It violates the Shema, the oneness of God.
They never saw peace and deliverance in Israel due to the presence of Jesus.
Many do not trust Christians, after centuries of betrayal and persecution by them.
To properly explain why Yeshua did not fulfill all prophecies, one must be able to understand the divine plan for the missions Yeshua had. To read more about God’s prophetic divine plan for the 2 trips Yeshua was to make to fulfill all prophesies
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Another point of disagreement is the divinity of Messiah. Did the scriptures describe a man or a supernatural being who was to come?
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Jewish references (further reading):
Here are some helpful sites for discussion:
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