The Keynote speech Friday night that opened the MJAA SW Regional Conference asked “Are we entering the time of Jacob’s trouble?” The topic was more or less are we entering the time of great tribulation. It was a passionate plea.
“When that time comes, Mikha’el, the great prince who champions your people, will stand up; and there will be a time of distress unparalleled between the time they became a nation and that moment. At that time, your people will be delivered, everyone whose name is found written in the book. Many of those sleeping in the dust of the earth will awaken, some to everlasting life and some to everlasting shame and abhorrence. But those who can discern will shine like the brightness of heaven’s dome, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever,” (Daniel 12:1-3).
The focus was on being ready and that even if we do not know the day or the hour being prepared so that at that time we may be delivered.
“For there will be trouble then worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again! Indeed, if the length of this time had not been limited, no one would survive; but for the sake of those who have been chosen, its length will be limited,” (Matthew 24:21-22).
Very reminiscent of many Pentecostal pleas and cries for the Rapture or catching away of the saints. The Focus was on our deliverance and salvation from the time of Trouble. That in this time of trouble and that we should be hopeful.
“’and I will pour out on the house of David and on those living in Yerushalayim a spirit of grace and prayer; and they will look to me, whom they pierced.” They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son; they will be in bitterness on his behalf like the bitterness for a firstborn son.,” (Zechariah 12:10).
They will look to the one they have pierced and mourn. There are many prophecies of Messiah in the Tanakh. Yeshua said The Torah, Moshe and Prophets speak of Him and if we believe the Torah, Moshe and the Prophets then we would believe Messiah. It is important that we show people in the Tanakh that Yeshua is the Messiah prophesied about. Read Isaiah 53 and see if you can come to any other conclusion.
Who believes our report? To whom is the arm of ADONAI revealed?
For before him he grew up like a young plant,
like a root out of dry ground.
He was not well-formed or especially handsome;
we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us.
People despised and avoided him,
a man of pains,
well acquainted with illness.
Like someone from whom people turn their faces,
he was despised;
we did not value him.
In fact, it was our diseases he bore,
our pains from which he suffered;
yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God.
But he was wounded because of our crimes,
crushed because of our sins;
the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him,
and by his bruises we are healed.
We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way;
yet ADONAI laid on him the guilt of all of us. Or:
and in fellowship with him Though mistreated,
he was submissive – he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers, he did not open his mouth.
After forcible arrest and sentencing, he was taken away;
and none of his generation protested his being cut off from the land of the living for the crimes of my people,
who deserved the punishment themselves.
He was given a grave among the wicked;
in his death he was with a rich man.
Although he had done no violence and had said nothing deceptive,
yet it pleased ADONAI to crush him with illness,
to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering.
If he does, he will see his offspring; and he will prolong his days;
and at his hand ADONAI’s desire will be accomplished.
After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction.
“By his knowing [pain and sacrifice],
my righteous servant makes many righteous;
it is for their sins that he suffers.
Therefore I will assign him a share with the great,
he will divide the spoil with the mighty,
for having exposed himself to death and being counted among the sinners,
while actually bearing the sin of many and interceding for the offenders.” (Isaiah 53).
There is no way you can deny this is about Yeshua. This is why this portion is left out of the Annual Torah Portion and Parasha reading. Its obvious this is about Yeshua and that He fulfilled this. We must point the Jewish people to Yeshua as Mashiach and become apart of the Restoration of Israel and the Hebrew-Messianic Foundation of Christianity. The time is now to pray for the Revival of Israel and the Restoration of the Jewish foundations of Christianity.