WHO IS THE
Messiah is the English transliteration of Mashiach, the Hebrew
word meaning "Anointed One." The Greek form of this meaning
is Xristos, from where we get the English word Christ.
In the original Hebrew "Jesus Christ" is Yeshua haMashiach
and is interpreted as "Yah who is Salvation, the Anointed One."
Yah is short for the Holy Name of YHVH, which itself means
"He who was, who is, who is to come", thus "the Eternally
Existent One." So, the full title of the Mashiach is
"The Eternally Existent Saving and Anointed One."
To be "anointed" in ancient Hebrew culture meant to be
chosen as the rightful heir to authority, either as a priest or
king or both. It was a rite of special consecration to have oil
poured upon one's head from a ram's horn by a previously
chosen servant of G-d. Several kings and priests of Israel
received this rite, most notably King David, who was himself
called "mashiach," an anointed one. It was prophesied that a
son of his would one day come to rule perpetually. This son
came to be known as the promised Mashiach, who would
rule the world from the throne of David.
The prophets said David's son would be more than a mere
man (Micah 5:1,2) since He would rule forever. The record
also shows that G-d Himself promised to come and rule the
be a kind of being that was unknown on the earth, both a son
of David and G-d Himself. Many foreign cultures and pagan
religions adopted their own version of this, and through fables
and folklore they speculated on His being, albeit in error.
The prophets also declare that Mashiach had two great missions.
First, He had to provide deliverance from sin on the earth.
Second, He had to take up His royal throne on the earth.
In the first mission Mashiach would have to be most notably a
perfect man, since He would have to die as the sinless (spotless)
sacrifice in substitution for the sins of the world (Isaiah 53).
In the second mission Mashiach would have to be most notably
G-d Himself, since he would have to put all enemies of
rigtheousness under His authority. Because of this duality of
purpose many have stumbled over the concept of Mashiach,
and some have surmised that there must be two mashiachs.
They did not consider the event of the resurrection. The
prophets tell us that Mashiach would not remain dead, but
would somehow rise again. It is after this resurrection that
Mashiach would rule.
The record shows that Yeshua
- 27 CE) fulfilled the first mission perfectly by dying as the
spotless Lamb of G-d and then rising from the dead, as the
feasts and prophets of
come to start a new religion, but to bring all who would
trust Him into personal covenant with G-d. There is a real
experiencial new creation of the human spirit when one
trusts with the whole heart that He is the Mashiach and has
taken our sins on Himself and has risen from the dead!
This new creation of the human spirit works toward the
eradication of sin in our lives, thus the fulfillment of the
After His resurrection Yeshua ascended back to Heaven, but
before He did He promised to return in power and great glory
In that day He will again raise up the throne of His father,
David. He will fulfill His second mission as Mashiach. Then,
He will be revealed as the Eternally Existent One, G-d, YHVH
Himself. All who trust Him and try to follow His Teaching
(Torah) now will be saved; all who deny Him will be in
danger of destruction at that time, since they have no blood
covering their sins. However, He is the only judge and arbiter
of who will be preserved. The judge of the earth will do rightly.
Messianics are followers of Yeshua the Messiah and they
expect His return from heaven. Messianic Jews lead the
Messianic movement of trust in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua.
Messianic non-Jews are welcome as they walk in faithfulness
to Torah. But no longer will Jewish followers of Yeshua accept
the leadership of Gentiles who resist the eternal truth of Torah,
who profane the seventh day Sabbath and eat swine's flesh.
Let all who are called, chosen and faithful keep the testimony
of Yeshua and the commandments of YHVH.
Even so, come quickly Adonai Yeshua.