This will hopefully be a short post to simply point out some major inconsistencies in order to encourage the reader to deeper study on their own, apart from spoon fed fallacies from some pulpit. Further, at the end, I will explain why this has monumental significance in YOUR life right now! Today!
The first and most glaring identifier of a false Messiah is as simple as the name ‘Jesus.’ Some think this is not a ‘big deal,’ but we need to stop and remember we are talking about the King of the Universe. He is the Lord of all creation and we can’t get His name right?
Let’s get this straight: There is no letter ‘J’ in the Hebrew language…. Nope, not in Greek either. Not even in Latin!!! The letter ‘J’ doesn’t show up until the 1500s or so.
To reiterate, you may think this inconsequential, however, it sets the stage for the removal of a number of other significant identifiers and guarantees that the now ‘hollowed name’ can be filled with whatever false doctrines ‘christian’ traditions want to teach.
The generally accepted Hebrew name of the Messiah is Yeshua, meaning ‘salvation,’ or ‘deliverance.’ What does the word ‘jesus’ mean? Nothing.
The second glaring error is that almost ALL images of Him create Him in OUR image and not as He actually is/was. Never mind the fact that we shouldn’t be making images of Him anyway, (see the Second Commandment) Jesus is almost always portrayed as a Northern European… Fair skin, blue eyes, brown or even blonde hair… D’uh! He was a Semitic middle eastern man. What artistic brain-trust came up with the images we see? This seeming simple ‘error’ only further cements in our mind a false picture of the Messiah.
Scripture CLEARLY says,
“He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face…”
Or, the abbreviated version: He was ugly. Unattractive. Men literally hid their faces from Him.
Simply, He was likely a short, ruddy man with collar length dark hair and dark eyes. His beard was closely trimmed. Physically, He was in good shape from hard carpentry or masonry work as well as a great deal of walking. His hands would have been calloused from physical labor.
He was unattractive. Not the manicured Fabio looking dude we see in pictures and paintings. This is important. More later.
The first major theological error of significance that builds on this already false image of Jesus is the common christian teaching that He ‘did away with the Law.’ Generally, Matthew 5:17 gets quoted and then a soliloquy about how the law has no authority over, or is no longer binding on those who believe in Messiah because He ‘fulfilled’ it. Without a major dissertation demonstrating the myriad problems with that view, let’s just take a quick look at Deuteronomy 13 to see what Messiah, or any other prophet (Apostle Paul…) could and could not teach.
If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.
The rest of the chapter says the same thing two more times with slightly varied circumstances in order to perfectly trap both Yeshua the Messiah and the disciples/Apostles. They could ONLY teach Torah in conjunction with Messiah as the atoning sacrifice, and that only after it takes the WHOLE book of Hebrews to articulate that Yeshua the Messiah was a better High Priest and perfect atoning sacrifice. (The idea that Paul and a couple random proof texts from scripture teach the Law was for some previous epoch is easily put away with this chapter alone, however, if you want to argue, I recommend reading this, or this, or… the rest of this site… or, see our Resource page.)
Again, simply, a Jesus who does away with the Torah is a FALSE Messiah.
Because Yeshua did NOT do away with Torah, and we are commanded to ‘walk as He walked,’ then it is incumbent upon us to seek and encounter who He really is/was.
Why does this matter? Glad you asked! There are at least two VERY important reasons why this is of GREAT significance.
1. When we present Jesus as a Messiah who is clearly contrary to Scripture, then we automatically force Jews who KNOW Torah to reject Him. They are commanded by Yahweh (the real name of the ‘Lord’… look it up in the translator’s notes in the front of your Bible… another very important point of TRUTH!) to REJECT any false prophet. Their blood is on our hands when we create or support a false system that paints their Jewish Messiah as anything BUT Torah observant. WE are then at the very least, complicit in their reason for rejecting Messiah.
2. When we believe in a false Messiah and carry a false image in our heads, we set ourselves up to be duped by THE anti-Messiah who is to come BECAUSE we do not know what the real thing looks or acts like!! Wonder how the great apostasy happens? Go look in the mirror if you are looking for ‘Jesus’ as presented by christendom. You are a sucker waiting to be led down the primrose path.
So, where did this false construct of ‘Jesus’ come? Largely, the Roman Catholic Church and perpetuated by her daughter, the Protestant Church. There is a high probability that the Whore of Babylon, the RCC, will be instrumental in the end-times deception. How convenient for them that they have inculcated most of humanity with a false image and idea of the Messiah… Hook… bait… caught!
Please take the time to do some reading and prayerful study. See our Resources page. Don’t take my word for it. STUDY and cry out to Yahweh, the living Elohim (God), for truth. He will show you as you search the Scriptures.