Believers never tire of saying that there is no one in the whole world who could say that two prophecies for the messiah have been fulfilled by him. As a result, they say that Yeshua ?A.K.A. Jesus? who fulfilled over 300 of them is the true messiah.
What they do not want to see is the fact that Yeshua ?A.K.A. Jesus? and the authors of the gospels knew the Hebrew tradition, and they all knew what they had to do to fulfill them.
Read what Mathew wrote on this respect:
21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose [them], and bring [them] unto me.
21:3 And if any [man] say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
21:6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set [him] thereon.
It is evident in these verses that Yeshua ?A.K.A. Jesus? is setting up the fulfillment of one of the prophecies.
This is what Zachariah wrote:
9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
What value can the fulfillment of a well-known prophecy have when the one who is supposed to fulfill it prepares the setting to do so? When I go to Jerusalem, I will ask my companions to stand on both sides of the road, and I will enter the city, riding a jackass while they hold palm leaves and chant. Will that make me fulfill at least one of the prophecies? Of course not! Since I prepared everything, that cannot be considered the fulfillment of a prophecy.
All the prophecies allegedly fulfilled by Yeshua ?A.K.A. Jesus? in the gospels, especially in Mathew’s, were prepared to be met. If you read carefully, you will notice that he ends up saying, “All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet…”
Read some examples:
2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
If Mathew had not been making the prophecies being fulfilled, he would have written, “An so, what was spoken by the lord was fulfilled…” By writing, “That it might be fulfilled…” he indicated that he wrote this to make the prophecy fulfill, and not that the prophecy was fulfilled by chance, which is the way it should have been.
Asserting that over 300 prophecies were fulfilled in Yeshua ?A.K.A. Jesus? has no value at all. Those prophecies were not fulfilled in him; they were set up to be met in him. I can write a story about John Smith. And just like Mathew and Luke did, I can invent a genealogy to link him to King David; I can make him be born in Bethlehem, and I can make each one of the prophecies fulfill in him. Will that make him the Christ? Of course not! The most important requirement for anybody to become the messiah was to free the children of Israel from bondage.
All the previous messiahs had liberated the Hebrews from a yoke: Othniel liberated them from the Mesopotamians; Ehud liberated them from the Moabites; Deborah and Barak liberated them from the Canaanites; Gideon liberated them from the Midianites; Samson liberated them from the Philistines; Hezekiah liberated them from the Assyrians.
Yeshua ?A.K.A. Jesus? did not liberate them from Roman domination; therefore, he cannot be considered the christ (messiah, savior or deliverer).
There will be those who will say that Yeshua ?A.K.A. Jesus? came to save souls, but that version appeared long after Yeshua ?A.K.A. Jesus? had died. As I said before, the Jews of that time, were not expecting a deliverer to save their souls, they considered to be the chosen people, the children of god, following their traditions was enough to have the right to be with their creator after death. What they were expecting was a messiah who could defeat the Romans and restore the “promised land”.
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