What do we expect of the mashiach?

Do we have the right expectations of the mashiach?

This video by LoveIsrael.org is very informative and enlightening.

Note that it is not my wish to tell you who the mashiach is at this point.  I myself is still in search of the truth.

In searching, we ask Hashem to guide us as we also try to open our minds for a possible revelation.

Prayer:

Oh God, the one true God, who is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — please guide us as we try to know the truth of your saving power.  Guide us as we try to understand who the mashiach might be.

May you open our minds to know the truth and block our minds for any falsehood.

May you make our intentions pure.

May we seek the truth to love you more.

May we defend our faith not to prove that we are right; but because we know that is your revelation for us at the moment.

Thank you Father. Amen.

Key points from the video:

  •  The bible passage used in this video is Lamentations 4:20-22

    20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits; of whom we said: ‘Under his shadow we shall live among the nations.’ {S} 21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz: the cup shall pass over unto thee also; thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked. {S} 22 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion, He will no more carry thee away into captivity; He will punish thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom, He will uncover thy sins. {P}

  • Do we have the right expectations about the mashiach? Or do we instead try to create our own expectations of the mashiach?
  • In Hebrew, Lamentations is אֵיכָה and it may mean “How Oh God” or  “how? how can it be that?”
  • Hebrew words in verse 20
    • רוּחַ = wind, breeze ; (literary) soul ; spirit, essence
    • רוּחַ אַפֵּינוּ = the spirit of our nostrils,  the breath of our nostril
    • רוּחַ אַפֵּינוּ מְשִׁיחַ יְהוָה = the breath of our nostrils, mashiach adonai (YHWH)
    • נִלְכַּד = to be caught, to be captured ; to be trapped, to be ensnared
    • בִּשְׁחִיתוֹתָם = a place or places of destruction (according to R. Baruch, a senior lecturer at the Zera Avraham Institute based in Israel), pit, at the bottom
  • Rambam, Rabbi Moses ben Maimon commonly known as Maimonides:
    • Rambam, Rabbi Moses ben Maimon commonly known as Maimonides, lives approximately a thousand years ago.
    • 95% of the Jewish law is made by Rambam according to R. Baruch, a senior lecturer at the Zera Avraham Institute based in Israel.
    • Rambam is also the only rabbi who wrote a Halakha (jewish law) concerning the mashiach.
    • Rambam states that if someone comes, professes, and demonstrates things that can make us believe that maybe he is the anointed one, the mashiach; but if he dies, then we know he is not the mashiach.
  • A wrong expectation according toR. Baruch PhD: “Under his shadow we shall live among the nations.”
    • Israel is not to live among the nations that is to be like any of the other nations.
    • Israel is supposed to lead the nations in the truth of the scriptures.
  • In the last days, Edom is supposed to lead a war against Israel.
  • Most Bible scholars, both rabbinical and christians, said that the land of Uz might be eastern Jordan or western Saudi Arabia. No one knows where exactly that is.
  • If we participate in God’s expectations, God can turn curses into blessings.