Tuesday 22 December 2009

'Messiah' is dead. Long live Messiah!

Orthodox Jews claim they don't believe in proselytising, or converting others to their religion. Furthermore, they accuse Christians of idolatry because we believe Jesus is the Messiah.

However, the Hasidic sect Lubavitch Chabad believes that their leader Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who has been dead for fifteen years, is the Messiah and they have begun trying to convert non-Orthodox Jews and Gentiles to their brand of messianic Judaism as the following video clearly shows.

The picture on the poster in the picture above is of Rebbe Schneerson and the Hebrew text reads: Yechi adoneinu moreinu v’raveinu melech ha’moshiach le’olam va’ed; ‘Long live our Lord, teacher and rabbi, King Messiah, forever and ever’!
In Israel, Chabad’s state-sponsored anti-missionary offspring Yad L’Achim has been persecuting Messianic Jews because they believe Jesus is the Messiah and try to persuade other Jews from the Hebrew Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah. But here is Chabad engaging in a Jews for Jesus type outreach.

However, Rebbe Schneerson cannot be the Messiah for two very good reasons (there are many more reasons but, as this is Christmas, I’ll restrict my self to two of the more festive):not only is the Rebbe dead but he was also born in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Menachem Mendel Schneerson was born in 1902 in the Ukrainian town of Mykolaiv but the Hebrew prophet Micah, who lived 2,700 years ago, wrote:

And you, O Bethlehem of Ephrath,
Least among the clans of Judah,
From you shall one come forth
To rule Israel for me...

Micah 5:1 Tanakh - The Holy Scriptures: New Jewish Publication Society Translation ©1985)

The highly esteemed Jewish commentator Rashi says of this verse:

And you, Bethlehem Ephrathah – whence David emanated, as it is stated (I Sam. 17:58): ‘The son of your bondsman, Jesse the Bethlehemite.’ And Bethlehem is called Ephrath, as it is said (Gen. 48:7): ‘On the road to Ephrath, that is Bethlehem.’ you should have been the lowest of the clans of Judah – You should have been the lowest of the clans of Judah because of the stigma of Ruth the Moabitess in you. from you shall emerge for Me – the Messiah, son of David…

According to The Babylonian Talmud, in Sanhedrin 97a, the Tanna debe Eliyyahu taught:

The world is to exist six thousand years. In the first two thousand there was desolation; two thousand years the Torah flourished; and the next two thousand years is the Messianic era, but through our many iniquities all these years have been lost.

As the current Jewish year is 5770, Messiah should have come 1,770 years ago. In a footnote to Sanhedrin 97b, the Soncino edition of The Talmud admits Messiah 'should have come at the beginning of the last two thousand years.

Watch Chabad handing out flyers and proselytising Gentiles. You can even hear a Lubavitcher Hasid cry out 'Moshiach Wakba!'.

Did I hear right! A Hasidic Jewish group adopting a Muslim chant to proclaim the greatness of their 'messiah' who was born 2,000 years too late in a town more than 2,000 miles from where God said the real Messiah would be born!

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