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med-messianic-sealOld Testament: Jeremiah teaches us that our saviour will be called The Lord Our Righteousness (Jer. 23:5-6) (See Righteousness Attribute Below). Isaiah the Prophet wrote that there is no saviour other than God Himself. For more on this please read the Isaiah 43:11 Prophecy.

New Testament: The Book of John tells us that Jesus said I and the Father are one (John 10:30). For more on Jesus divinity please read Jesus Claimed To Be God.

Talmud: The name of the Messiah was around before the world was even created.(1)

Articles related to the divinity of our Messiah include:

Eternal Existence:

Old Testament: The Book of Micah teaches of Messiah's everlasting nature. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah...out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (Micah 5:2). Find our more about this Ruler Out Of Bethlehem.

New Testament Insight: The Book of Colossians teaches us that Messiah was around before the creation. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17).

Talmud: The name of the Messiah was around before the world was even created.(1)


Old Testament: The Bible clearly teaches in the Deuteronomy 18:18 prophecy, That A Prophet Will Rise Who Is Greater Than Moses.

New Testament Insight: The Book of Acts teaches that Jesus is this prophet. For Moses said, The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people (Acts 3:22-23).

Talmud: Messiah will have all the spiritual and mental qualities that are a prerequisite to be endowed with the gift of prophecy.(2)

For an interesting article on the similarities between Moses and Jesus please read The Prophet Like Moses.

Punished For Our Sins:

Old Testament:The Prophet Isaiah foretold of the Messiah. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4).

Articles related to Isaiah 53 include:

New Testament Insight: Matthew confirms that this verse in Isaiah 53:4 was fulfilled by the Messiah. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “He Himsel took our infirmities and carried away our diseases” (Matthew 8:17).

Talmud: The Talmud also confirms that the Messiah was to be punished for our sins and uses the same verse as Isaiah and Matthew. Talmud-Mas.Sanhedrin 98b What is his [the Messiah's] name?... The Rabbis said: His name is ‘the leper scholar,’ as it is written, Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him a leper, smitten of God, and afflicted. (This was in direct reference to Isaiah 53:4). (3)

Articles related to the death of the Messiah include:

Rebuilding The Temple:

Old Testament: The Book of Daniel (9:24-27 and 11:31) teaches us that the Temple will be standing when the future Abomination of Desolation occurs.

New Testament Insight: In the Book of Matthew, Jesus references the Daniel 9:24-27 passage teaching that this specific abomination has not occurred yet (Matthew 24:15). In the New Testament Jesus said "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30). For more on the Messiah also being God please read The Divinity Of The Messiah.

Note: In End Times Prophecy, after the Messiah saves Israel at the end of Jacob's Trouble (End of Tribulation Period), He will rule for 1000 years. This time is referred to as the Millennium Kingdom. The Temple will need repaired or rebuilt for the Messiah to rule from the Temple, from Jerusalem as the King of all Kings fulfilling the Isaiah 9:6 prophecy.

Talmud: Some expect the Messiah to rebuild a Temple sometime in the future. Other sources look to the Almighty Himself to build the Temple.(4)

(These differences of opinion as to who will rebuild the Temple, Messiah or God, are reconciled through the New Testament which teaches that the Messiah Jesus is God).

Articles related to the Temple include:

Rejection Of The Messiah:

Old Testament: The Prophet Isaiah teaches that when the Messiah comes, He will be our suffering servant and be "despised and rejected by men" (Isa. 53:3). For more on this Messianic prophecy please read Isaiah 53 And The Suffering Servant. Psalm 118 also refers to this rejection. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone Psalm 118:22). Learn more about The Stone The Builder Rejected.

New Testament:Luke teaches us that when Jesus first announced His Messiahship He was rejected. ...and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff (Luke 4:29).

Talmud: Babylonian Talmud, (Sanhedrin 98), p.2 "Rabbi Yochanan said, The Messiah-what is his name?... And out Rabbis said. "the pale one"... is his name, as it is written "Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows-yet we considered him stricken by G-d, smitten by him and afflicted."The Isaiah 53 prophecy has Talmudic Rabbinic support, for this passage referring to the Messiah. For more on this please read What The Rabbi's Said.


Old Testament: Jeremiah teaches us that our saviour has a righteous name. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer.23:5-6).

New Testament Insight: Peter tells us about Messiah Jesus sinless life. Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth (1 Peter 2:22).

Talmud: The very day that the Bet Hamikdash was destroyed, was born one who, by virtue of his righteousness, is fit to be the redeemer.(5) (These statements show how important the qualifications were for the Messiah to be righteous).

Timing Of The Coming Of The Messiah:

hourglassOld Testament: Does not give a direct date. The Dan. 9:24-27  prophecy does give a time frame for Messiah's.

The Messiah is expected to come "suddenly" (Malachi 3:1).

New Testament Insight: When Jesus was asked when He would return to set up His Messianic Kingdom He replied “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone" (Matthew 24:36).

Talmud: The actual date of the Messianic Redemption is a guarded mystery unknown to man.(6) Using Psalm 95:7 as its source the talmud teaches that the Messiah would come today if all of Israel would repent for 1 day.(7) Read more about the Timing Of The Coming Of Messiah in Jewish Literature.


Old Testament: The Book of Proverbs teaches us that wisdom was around since the beginning.“From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth (Proverb 8:23). This is another example of Messiah's eternal existence.

New Testament Insight: The New Testament refers to the Messiah (Jesus) as the Wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). For more on this please read Messiah Is The Wisdom Of God.

Talmud: The wisdom of the Messiah will exceed that of even King Solomon.(8)


These are just some of the topics that the New Testament explains and offers insight into how Jewish Literature and the New Testament are consistent in some areas.

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1). Mashiach, The Principle of Mashiach and the Messianic Era in Jewish Law and Tradition by Jacob Immanuel Schochet p.34 (Pesachim 54a).

2). Mashiach, The Principle of Mashiach and the Messianic Era in Jewish Law and Tradition by Jacob Immanuel Schochet p.39 (Igeret Teyman ch.4).

3). The Soncino Talmud (Judaic Classics Library from davka Corporation).

4). Mashiach, The Principle of Mashiach and the Messianic Era in Jewish Law and Tradition by Jacob Immanuel Schochet p.17 (Vayikra Rabba 9:6, Zohar 1:28a, 114a, 183b).

5). Mashiach, The Principle of Mashiach and the Messianic Era in Jewish Law and Tradition by Jacob Immanuel Schochet p.37 (Agadat Bereishit ch. 67 (68). See also Yerushalmi, Berachot 2:4, and Eichad Rabba 1:51).

6). Mashiach, The Principle of Mashiach and the Messianic Era in Jewish Law and Tradition by Jacob Immanuel Schochet p.31 (Pesachim 54b; Midrash tehilim; Zohar Chadash, Bereishit, 8a).

7). ArtScroll Tanach Series, Tehilim p.1180 quoting Yerushalmi Taanis 1:1.

8). Mashiach, The Principle of Mashiach and the Messianic Era in Jewish Law and Tradition by Jacob Immanuel Schochet p.38 (Hilchot Teshuvah 9:2).

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