Thursday, February 7, 2013
When one reads through the list of actual Messianic prophecies we see many significant things that will occur. All the Jews are returned to their homeland in Israel. They will have peace from their enemies. They will be united under one king. The Temple will be rebuilt. It is for these reasons that Jews who are faithful to Torah have anxiously awaited the coming of the Mashiach. Even in regard to the "Second Coming", l'havdil, Christians eagerly await the resurrection and eternal life which await them.
When reading a missionaries list of "fulfilled" prophecies you will also see some "significant" events. The Nazarene's atoning death. His resurrection. His alleged deity. However, unlike the true Messianic prophecies you will see something else. Numerous otherwise insignificant details are "predicted". The Nazarene's garment would be gambled for. He would live in Egypt. He was born in Bethlehem. These events, being "prophecies", help "identify" Messiah however they have no significance in and of them self.
What if God had ordained Messiah be born in Egypt and live in Bethlehem? Provided He assured Scripture was composed accordingly there would be no significant difference? What if He decided instead of gambling for the Nazarene’s garments that someone would purchase them? Would this affect Christian theology or the nature of Messiah at all? No. The change would only be cosmetic.
One must wonder why otherwise insignificant details “identify” the Messiah at his "First coming". One must also wonder why such insignificant details are conspicuously missing from the "Second Coming" prophecies. It is because these insignificant details are in fact not Messianic Prophecies. Rather they are verses which Christians need to construe as Messianic in order to provide some link for the Nazarene to the Hebrew Scriptures.