Seeing Yeshua as a Brother, not an Enemy
- That God will pull down the stubborn stronghold that causes Israelis to believe that Yeshua is the cause of the Crusades, inquisitions, pogroms, and Holocaust
- That true believers – both Gentile and Jewish – will faithfully represent Yeshua by showing genuine love to Jewish non-believers, and that doors will be opened for sharing the Gospel
- That God will fill believers with wisdom, sensitivity, and patience to share the Good News with Jewish people and answer objections with grace, clearly presenting their own Messiah to them
- That God will stir Israelis’ hearts to be willing to seek and read the truth about Jesus in the New Testament (currently considered a forbidden book for many of them), and to understand that He is not the source of hatred but of love
- That Jewish people will see that Yeshua is not their enemy, but rather the One who loves them deeply and gave Himself for them, and that they’ll surrender their lives to Him
Isaiah 53 is a double prophecy. It foretells the Messiah’s sacrificial death. But it’s also written from the perspective of Jewish people looking back at the One whom they rejected and realizing that He was actually the Messiah who suffered and died for their sins. And more and more Israelis are beginning to receive that revelation now:
Isaiah 53:3-6 He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
“I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.”
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
“The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob," says the Lord.
“As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants' descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”
“With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.
And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”