Joel Hoffman
Rabbi, Teacher, Columnist

Why Messianic Judaism is Fake

The American Jewish community is enraged over Vice President Mike Pence appearing today (Oct. 29) with a Messianic “Rabbi” who offered up a prayer in Jesus’s name in tribute to the 11 Jews who were murdered in Pittsburgh.  .

Unfortunately many Jews today have fallen into believing in Jesus as the Messiah.  Therefore, since the talk of Messianic Judaism is in the air, I have written this short informational piece for Jews who come across Messianic Jews on why Jesus can not be the Messiah.  In other words, a refutation of Christianity and Messianic Judaism in just 30 seconds.

(1) A foundation belief of Christianity and Messianic Judaism is the Virgin Birth.  However, the Hebrew word “Alma” in Isaiah 7:4 does not mean virgin but means “young woman.”  One can look this up in any dictionary of Biblical Hebrew.  Nor is there anywhere else in the Hebrew Bible where the word Alma can possibly mean anything else.

(2) Jesus did not meet the requirements for being the Messiah such as being a descendant of King David on his father’s side (Genesis 49:10, Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5, 33:17; Ezekiel 34:23-24), nor the requirement of being Torah Observant (Deuteronomy 13: 1-4), etc.  The New Testament’s accounts of Jesus clearly support this.

(3) Jesus did not fulfill any of the prophecies of what the Messiah will do such as building the 3rd Temple (Ezekliel 37:26-28), ushering in world peace (Isaiah 2:4), gathering all of the Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6), etc.  Beginning one’s Messianic reign, dying, and coming back thousands of years later was never a possibility of how the Messianic Era would unfold.

(4) The mention of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53 as being a reference to Jesus is  incorrect because the subject of Isaiah 52, and all of the prior chapters, is clearly the Jewish people.  Also, 11 times prior to Isaiah 53 the Jews are, in fact, referred to as a “suffering servant.”  One needs to read the whole Tanach, not just the excerpts!

There are dozens of additional reasons why Jesus can not be the Messiah and, consequently, the fallacy of  Messianic Judaism.  If a Jew who believes in Jesus is intellectually honest, and a real seeker of Truth, s/he’ll closely examine the above.

About the Author
Rabbi Joel E. Hoffman is a special education teacher for his "day job," and an outreach rabbi in his free-time.
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