Essay on Signs

2771 Words Apr 21st, 2013 12 Pages
Amos Darowksi
BIB329NA
Prof. Jeffrey Garcia
The Signs of the Messiah

The central theme of the Old Testament Holy Books is the coming of the Messiah and the establishment of the Kingdom of God among people. Despite their great antiquity, the Old Testament prophecies have in no way lost their actuality. They help the believing person to understand their faith more deeply and fully. To the unbelieving person, they serve as proof of the existence of God and His participation in human life. Just the fact that the prophets could prophesy the occurrences of the future, with such accuracy and with such detail, hundreds and thousands of years in advance, gives witness that God spoke through them. The goal of the Old Testament
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The Hebrew word mashiach ("anointed") is used in the Old Testament to identify a person in special relationship to God. The term is employed variously with respect to kings, priests, prophets and even foreign rulers. The use of the term mashiach with respect to these divinely appointed positions allow for the greater embodiment of these offices by a distinctly predicted “Anointed.” In this light, the Greater Prophet spoken of by Moses (Deut. 18:15), the unending priesthood of Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18-20), and the eternally enthroned seed of David (2 Sam. 7:12-16; 23:1-3, 5) merge within the growing development of the messianic concept.[1] The term mashiach develops gradually through out scripture and the post-exilic period to embody, by the Second Temple period, the picture of the Messiah, who would appear at the end of the age, to wage the messianic wars, defeat Israel’s enemies, restore the nation and rule on a universal scale. The Old Testament prophets had the immense task of keeping the Hebrew nation believing in One God, and to prepare the foundation for faith in the coming Messiah as a Being who had, besides the human, also a Godly nature. The prophets had to speak about the Godliness of Christ in such a way that it would not be understood by the Jews in heathen terms, that is, as polytheism. For this reason the Old Testament prophets revealed the secret of the Godliness of the Messiah gradually, in keeping

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