The Messianic Hope
Copyright by Pastor G. Reckart owner of www.whyapostolic.com
There are many christ but only one Messieh.
The term "christ" comes from the Greek and means "anointed one."
The name "Messieh" comes from the Hebrew and means "The Son of God" (Mat 16:16).
There is one "only begotten Son of God" (John 3:16).
There are many false christs claiming they are anointed ones, sent by God, and filled with God's Spirit. But, there is one Messieh who can qualify the term "Christ" in relationship to the Throne of Israel and the Messianic Hope. According to Paul in Ephesians 4:4 there is only "ONE HOPE." Therefore, there is only one Messieh who alone is the Christ of God (Luke 9:20).
The Messianic Hope then has its origin within God and flows through God's predestinated plan into the creation, and at last comes forth as a prophetic utterance in Genesis 3:15.
In the despair of her judgment, Eve was given hope that of her body a future seed would come who would crush the head of that lying serpent who had deceived her. It was right here that "hope" came from the lips of God. This hope is tied with unbreakable cords to the "seed." It is in this "seed" the hope of all Adam's race would come to seek. When would the "seed" come? When would the serpent's head be crushed? From generation to generation the story was repeated. The hope was transferred. The world waited in expectation of the "seed." Who would he be? The beginning of the Messianic hope was a simple prophecy. But it was to be revealed step by step, until this "seed" was recognized to come through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Abraham saw the mystery on Mount Moriah when he said to Isaac:
"And Abraham said, my son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together" (Genesis 22:8).
Picture an old man over a hundred and ten years old with a teenage lad going together to worship God. The place was special, the mountains of Moriah where Calvary was located. There after a remarkable act of faith Isaac was cut loose from the altar. He was released. And there, off in the distance a ram caught in a thicket. There was the sacrifice, a substitutionary replacement to die in the place of Isaac. There in the height of their spiritual encounter with God, a male lamb lay on the altar. Suddenly, Abraham saw it. The revelation of the "seed." He would be as a lamb. He would be a sacrifice. He would substitute that others may go free. And Abraham, in a moment of Divine escasty said: Adonai-Jireh (translated in the KJV as Jehovah Jireh). Adonai-Jireh, translated by means of interpretation in the text:
"In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen" (Genesis 22:14).
What shall be seen?
Where would it be seen?
A sacrifice would be seen and on the same mount where Abraham stood. It would be offered on Mount Calvary.
Abraham stood that day on Mount Calvary. Calvary is one of the seven hills of Jerusalem and one of the mountains anciently called the mountains of Moriah. On Calvary when there was nothing here but a rock surface, Abraham saw not his seed Isaac on the altar, but his "seed" who would come here as the Son of God and be the male lamb, whose sacrifice would release souls from the control and power of the devil.
Yes, the Messianic Hope (the Son of God Hope), that is the only way to describe the revelation Abraham saw that day!
"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it , and was glad" (John 8:56).
Jesus reveals what Abraham saw that day so long ago as he stood on Mount Calvary with a lamb on the altar who replaced his son Isaac.
Abraham rejoiced, he was glad! An old man and a young lad stood on Mount Calvary and dedicated this place as center of the earth. On this very spot a Roman cross would one day be heaved up by soldiers and mark the ancient place that Abraham had built his altar. The spot was already holy. It was already sanctified. It was already visited by God. And now, the old man could rejoice. He saw it!
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (Heb 11:13).
He saw the day Jesus would be on this same mountain top as the lamb of God, as his seed. Abraham saw that the fruit of his loins, his distant seed, would bring release to all the world!
Jacob, in his old age, blind for many years: ready to pass from the world, spoke under inspiration about Jesus calling him Shiloh (successful one):
"The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be" (Genesis 49:10).
Unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Who is "him?"
It is Jesus, the successful one! Shiloh...
Around him the people would be gathered. As Jesus journeyed from place to place they came out of their homes and gathered around him. Who was this that Jacob saw who would descend from the loins of Judah his son? Who is this that was to be a lawgiver from the tribe of Judah? Did not the law come from Moses who was of the tribe of Levi? Who then of the tribe of Judah would bring a law and around him the people would gather? Moses himself saw this very revelation and said these words:
"The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of they brethren, like unto me; unto him shall ye harken" (Deut 18:15).
The Apostle Peter preached:
"For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me, him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which shall not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people" (Acts 3:22-23).
Jacob saw all this being blind. What magnificence. What glory. What revelation one man had and he passed it down to all his descendants so that when this event came to fulfillment, they would know it was from God. What was it? It was the Messianic Hope, that one was coming, the successful one, who would gather the people. That gathering would become the New Testament Church. They would receive the words of Jesus and not be destroyed as unbelievers from the olive tree. Yes, the Messianic Hope is the grand and supreme theme of the Old Testament.
Job had a revelation of the Messianic Hope when he said:
"I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth" (Job 19:25).
Messieh would be a Redeemer. He would be the kinsman Redeemer. He would stand upon the earth. Job's faith in this coming Redeemer placed him in a select group of special men. For few had this revelation, it was not revealed to novice pretenders who are good at mimicing and repeating but not chosen of God to see! Job saw. With this kind of vision his salvation faith was guaranteed sure. Job endured his trial of affliction from the devil because what he saw in the future was God standing on the earth as his Redeemer. And his wife asked him to curse this and die! What a tongue wagger. What a wife. What a miserable and blind woman, whose eyes were deprived of seeing the marvelous future of God.
The great Messianic revelation came upon David as he spent time with God and his sheep. The son of Jesse was not just a kid who strummed a harp and sang of God and his glory into the wind. He was a maturing young Prophet. Prophets have an inside relationship with God that few others obtain. They were not equal to other men they were superior! They had a special chosen character and walk before God by which they obtained spiritual revelation and knowledge other men could not receive. David sang and prophesied about the Messianic Hope:
Messieh would be despised, Ps. 22:6, 69:19--22;
He was rejected, Ps. 118:22;
He was mocked, Ps. 22:7--8, 89:51--52;
He was whipped, Ps. 129:3;
He was mocked, Ps. 69:8,20;
He was crucified on a cross, Ps. 22:1--2, 14--17;
He was thirsty, Ps. 22:16;
He was given wine mixed with gall on the cross, Ps. 69:20--22;
Lots were cast for his garments, Ps. 22:18--19;
His bones were not broken, Ps. 34:21;
He rose from the dead, Ps.16:10;
He ascended to heaven, Ps. 68:19;
He is the High Priest, Ps. 110:4;
He will judge the nations, Ps. 89:3--5;
His reign is eternal, Ps. 89:35--37;
He is the son of God, Ps. 2:7;
He spoke in parables, Ps. 78:2;
He calmed the storm, Ps. 89:10;
The people sang Hosanna to him, Ps. 118:25--26;
He is blessed for ever, Ps. 45:1--4,8,18;
He will come in his glory in the Last Days, Ps. 102:16--23;
He will be God dwelling in David's flesh (Ps 132:11).
Jesus spoke of these great men who spoke of him:
"And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me" (Luke 24:44).
What these great men saw was written down and preserved for future generations. But not all men would be privileged to see these things.
"For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them" (Luke 10:24).
Yes, not all men are equal in God's eyes when it comes to Messianic revelation and foreknowledge. God is very selective in choosing those to whom he will reveal this great revelation. One thing about the Messianic revelation that comes from God, is it is not contradictory and not privately hatched up by a novice or false teacher trying to manufacture a theory into a revelation, because he has never gotten one from God. To make himself equal to other great men of God, a novice or false teacher must manufacture a testimony that God has given him a revelation. But upon examination of these so-called revelations we discover they are contradictory and contain falsehood. We know these are not from God and we try the spirits. Any one who is anti-Messianic is also antichrist. But those men whom God chooses, they are special and they will speak the Messianic Truth in authority. They do not elevate themselves because of their revelations, but rather, because their revelations are from God, God raises up respect out of people for these great humble leaders.
One of David's chief complaints to God was about his enemies who were always trying to lay snares for his feet, dig pits to make him fall down into so they could capture him, and who were always bring upon him false accusations. This is the plight of all Men of God who see the true Messianic Hope revelation. They will become victims of abuse, targets of verbal hatred, always trying to be caught or captured in one of their traps, and upon whom false accusations are cast. That is why when Jesus came, all these tools of the devil were used against him. The Messianic Hope is a revelation that few have obtained from God. And, only those men God have called will receive it and bless it. Our enemies will identify themselves to us by the rancor in their mouths and words. They cannot hide what they are because they will become accusers of the Brethren who hold this Messianic Judaism of Jesus. We who have this revelation are of the true Melchizedec Priesthood of Jesus. Let us not be ashamed of our gifts from God. The Messianic Hope in the Old Testament continues. We are proud on this web site to promote it.
Isaiah spoke of the Messieh:
A virgin shall conceive and bring forth a son (Isaiah 7:14).
The child born, the son given, who would receive the government of Israel as King, his name would be called: wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
The nations would seek wisdom, understanding, council, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord from he who would be of the stem (family) of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1-10).
There would be a messenger proceed Messieh who would be God coming to Israel (Isaiah 40:3).
Messieh is to bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. This judgment is figureistic of Truth by which all judgment is balanced. Therefore, Messieh would usher upon the Gentile world Truth and by this judgment would be set . Actions in the life of the Messieh are written about by Isaiah (Isaiah 42:1-9).
The Messieh will suffer and be rejected, be among criminals and buried in a borrowed tomb (Isaiah 53:1-9).
Daniel spoke of Messieh:
"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem unto the Messieh the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messieh be cut off, but not for himself" (Daniel 9:25-26).
The grand theme of all Israel was the Messianic Hope. Here, all Israel is told that Messieh would come in the distant future after a period of time adding up to 69 prophetic weeks or 483 years. At the precise end of this time period and the very first day of the 70th week, Messieh would appear and be revealed to Israel. The Divine time had now been exactly foretold to the very day of his appearing. The clock was now set. The count-down would begin the very day the commandment was issued to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. Only Jesus fulfilled this Divine time measurement. All others who claimed to be Christ, Messieh, were false because they came after the time was expired and closed off. The Messianic Hope had a specific day to come to full revelation before all Israel. And on this day, when the time was fulfilled, Jesus appeared on the bank of the Jordan River and was baptized of John the Baptist. This was the day of his revealing as the Messieh.
John, reaching back into the very prophetic vision of Abraham, said:
"behold the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
Messieh had come!
The world waited for him.
Now he was here and people could see him, touch him, handle him, and see that he was a mighty man of valor.
He is Jesus...
He is Jesus...
He is Jesus...
This is the message of Jesus as preached by true Apostolics. Others have their Jesus. But this Jesus true Apostolics preach is the Bible Jesus. He is the fulness of the Messianic Hope.
We true Apostolics trust in Jesus alone for our salvation as found in Acts 2:38.
You have tried other religions. You know they are fake and make-believe. You know they do not follow the Word of God. You know in your heart of hearts you love God.
Come out from among the world, and from among false religions. Separate yourself unto the Lord your God. Sanctify this day your mind and spirit and come join us before the throne of God. We are the Apostolic Church, the people of the name Jesus.
We wait for you...