09 October 2011

Moshiach by the numbers

The Prophets, particularly Isaiah, make many references about the Messiah, what he will do, and what will happen during his reign. 

1. Isaiah 1:26: "And I will restore your judges as at first and your counsellors as in the beginning; afterwards you shall be called City of Righteousness, Faithful City." An allusion to the Sanhedrin being re-established."(Isaiah 1:26)

2. Once he is King, leaders of other nations will look to him for guidance. (Isaiah 2:4)
3. The whole world will worship the One God of Israel (Isaiah 2:11-17)
4. He will be descended from King David (Isaiah 11:1) via Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:8-10, 2 Chronicles 7:18)
5. The "spirit of the Lord" will be upon him, and he will have a "fear of God" (Isaiah 11:2)
6. Evil and tyranny will not be able to stand before his leadership (Isaiah 11:4)
7. Knowledge of God will fill the world (Isaiah 11:9)
8. He will include and attract people from all cultures and nations (Isaiah 11:10)
9. All Jews will be returned to their homeland (Isaiah 11:12)
10. Death will be swallowed up forever (Isaiah 25:8)
11. There will be no more hunger or illness, and death will cease (Isaiah 25:8)
12. All of the dead will rise again (Isaiah 26:19)
13. The Jewish people will experience eternal joy and gladness (Isaiah 51:11)
14. He will be a messenger of peace (Isaiah 52:7)
15. Nations will recognize the wrongs they did to Israel (Isaiah 52:13-53:5)
16. The peoples of the world will turn to Jews for spiritual guidance (Zechariah 8:23)
17. The ruined cities of Israel will be restored (Eze. 16:55)
18. Weapons of war will be destroyed (Ezekiel 39:9)
19. The people of Israel will have direct access to the Torah through their minds and Torah study will become the study of the wisdom of the heart (Jeremiah 31:33)
20. He will give you all the worthy desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4)
21. He will take the barren land and make it abundant and fruitful (Isaiah 51:3, Amos 9:13-15, Ezekiel 36:29-30, Isaiah 11:6-9)

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