They will look to me whom they have pierced | Zechariah 12

Should Christians expect a mass conversion of Jews before the “second coming”? Many Christians believe in such a scenario partly on the basis of Zechariah’s famous prophecy: ‘I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they will look to Me whom […]

The stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone | Psalm 118

Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. […]

The New Covenant with Israel | Jeremiah 31

God chose one nation, Israel, to make known his ways and reveal his character to all mankind. God called Israel into a covenant relationship with himself and entrusted his law to them to reveal his plan of salvation for all the nations. The Bible is the record of God’s dealings with Israel through the covenants. […]

The Prophet like Moses

“The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; according to all that thou desirest of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of […]

Restoring sight to the blind | Isaiah 61

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2) The coming of the Messiah was associated with renewal and redemption. Though this was to be understood primarily in spiritual terms, it would also be manifested in the […]

Rabbinic views on Psalm 22 – They pierced my hands and feet

Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, of Jews for Judaism, suggests that Christians have deliberately mistranslated Psalm 22:17. He writes, “When read out of context and mistranslated as ‘They pierced my hands and feet,’ as appears in Christian versions, the passage intentionally conjures up thoughts of Jesus.” However, he fails to mention two important facts: Firstly, the Jewish […]

The suffering and triumph of Messiah

Many people today are weary and burdened with the pressures of life. They are, as God’s word says, “Fainting and scattered abroad, like sheep without a shepherd.” This short essay will show you how Messiah has gained the victory over Satan.1 “Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in […]

Born of a virgin | Isaiah 9

Therefore the LORD himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) The Messiah that is revealed in both the Tenach and the New Testament differs to the concept of the Messiah advanced by modern rabbinical Judaism. The […]

Baptism in Jewish thought

Immersion in water (baptism), according to Jewish customs and ceremonies, was considered a supreme symbol of consecration. By complete submergence under water one severs all contact with his visible surroundings. Upon re-emergence he begins life anew, like a newborn babe (Yevamot 22a). Converts to Judaism were required to precede their initiation into the new faith […]

The Kingdom of Messiah

Dies auch in Deutsch erhaeltlich “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Messiah . . .” (Psalm 2:1-2). The coming of the Messiah and his Kingdom is the pervasive theme of Scripture […]