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Yeshua (Jesus) in the Tenach (Old Testament) by Arthur E. Glass

And so when the aged Simeon came to the Temple, led there by the Holy Spirit and took the baby Yeshua in his arms,
he said, “Lord, now lettest thou they servant depart in peace, according to thy word; For mine eyes have seen
thy salvation [YESHUA (Jesus)]” (Luke 2:29-30). Certainly! Not only did his eyes see God’s salvation-God’s
YESHUA (Jesus)-but he felt Him and touched Him. His believing heart beat with joy and assurance as he felt the
loving heart of God throbbing in the heart of the holy infant YESHUA.
“And thou shalt call his name Jesus (SALVATION=YESHUA): For he shall save (salvage) his people from their sins!”

In dealing with My Jewish brethren for the past many years in Canada, the United States, Argentina and Uruguay,
I had one great difficulty and it was this: My Jewish people would always fling at me this challenging question:
“If Jesus is our Messiah, and the whole Old Testament is about Him, how come His name is never mentioned in it
even once?”

I could never answer it satisfactorily to their way of thinking, and I admit I often wondered why His name was
not actually written in the Old Bible. Oh yes, I could show them His divine titles in Isaiah 7:14, 9:6 and
Jeremiah 23:5-6, and even the word MESSIAH in several places, but the Hebrew name that would be equal to Jesus,
that I could not show. Then one day the Holy Spirit opened my eyes, and I just shouted. There was the very NAME,
Jesus, found in the Old Testament about 100 times all the way from GENESIS TO HABAKKUK! Yes, the very word-the
very NAME- that the angel Gabriel used in Luke 1:31 when he told Mary about the Son she was to have.
“Where do we find that NAME?” you ask. Here it is friend: Every time the Old Testament uses the word SALVATION
(especially with Hebrew suffix meaning “my”, “thy” or “his”, with very few exceptions (when the word is
impersonal), it is the very same word, YESHUA (Jesus) used in Matthew 1:21. Let us remember that the angel who
spoke to Mary and the angel who spoke to Joseph in his dream did not speak in English, Latin or Greek, but in
Hebrew; and neither were Mary or Joseph slow to grasp the meaning and significance of the Name of this divine
Son and its relation to His character and His work of salvation. For in the Old Testament all great characters
were given names with a specific and significant meaning.

For example, in Genesis 5:29, Lamech called his son “Noah (comfort) saying, this same shall comfort us concerning
our work and tell of our hands.” In Genesis 10:25, Eber calls his firstborn son, “Peleg (division); for in his
days was the earth divided.” The same is true of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob (changed to Israel-God’s Prince),
and all of Jacob’s sons (see Genesis chapters 29-32). In Exodus 2:10, Pharaoh’s daughter called the baby rescued
from the Nile, “Moses (Drawn-Forth); and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.”

Now then, when the angel spoke to Joseph, husband of Mary, the mother of our Lord, this is what he really said
and what Joseph actually understood: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus
[YESHUA (SALVATION)]: for he shall save (or salvage) his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). This text was
so forcibly brought home to my soul soon after I was transformed over 24 years ago, that I saw the whole plan of
the Old Testament in that one ineffable and blessed NAME.

So let us proceed to show clearly the Hebrew name YESHUA (Greek=Iesus; English=Jesus) in the Old Testament.
When the great Patriarch Jacob was ready to depart from this world, he by the Holy Spirit was blessing his sons
and prophetically foretelling their future experiences in these blessings. In verse 18 of Genesis 40 he exclaims,
“I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord!” What he really did say and mean was, “To they YESHUA (Jesus) I am
looking, O Lord” or “In thy YESHUA (Jesus) I am hoping (trusting), Lord!” That makes much better sense.
Of course YESHUA (Jesus) was the One who whom Jacob was trusting to carry him safely over the chilly waters of
the river of death. Jacob was a saved man, and did not wait until his dying moments to start trusting in the Lord.
He just reminded God that he was at the same time comforting his own soul.

In Psalms 9:14, David bursts forth, “I will rejoice in thy salvation!” What he actually did say and mean was,
“I will rejoice in (with) thy YESHUA (Jesus).” In Psalm 91:14-16 God says, “Because he hath set his love upon
me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high (raise him above circumstances), because he hath known
my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor
him. With long life (eternal life) will I satisfy him, and show him my [YESHUA (Jesus)] salvation.” Of course.
That promise is realized in Revelation 22:3-4: “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of
the Lamb shall be in it: and His servants shall serve Him: And they shall see HIS face.”
In Isaiah 12:2-3 we have something wonderful. Here SALVATION is mentioned three times. The reader will be very
blessed by reading these glorious verses in his Bible; but let me give them as the are actually read in the original
Hebrew with Jesus as the embodiment and personification of the word SALVATION: “Behold, mighty (or God the mighty
One) is my YESHUA (Jesus-in his pre-incarnation and eternal existence); I will trust and not be afraid; for
JAH-JAHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my YESHUA (Jesus)…And the WORD (Jesus incarnate) became
flesh, and dwelt among us. (John 1:14)….Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of YESHUA
(Jesus-waters of salvation flowing forth from Golgotha).
Something very interesting occurred one spring in St. Louis: I was visiting in the home of our friends, Brother
and Mrs. Charles Siegelman, and another Jew was present there. He claimed Jewish orthodoxy for his creed. Of course,
the conversation centered on Him who is the Center of all things-Jesus. This good Jewish brother opposed the claims
of Yeshua in the Old Testament verbally, and in a friendly fashion, most violently. His best offensive weapon, he
thought, was to fling to me and at all of us there the well-known challenge: “You can’t find the name of ‘Jesus’
in the Old Testament;” and this he did.

I did not answer him directly, but asked him to translate for us from my Hebrew Bible, Isaiah 62:11. Being a Hebrew
scholar, he did so with utmost ease, rapidly and correctly; and here is what and how he translated that text verbatim:
“Behold thy YESHUA (Jesus) cometh; and His work before Him.” Just then he crimsoned as he realized what he had done
and how he played into my hand, and he just fairly screamed out, “NO! NO! You made me read it ‘thy YESHUA (Jesus),
Mr. Glass! You tricked me!” I said, “No, I did not trick you, I just had you read the Word of God for yourself.
Can’t you see that here SALVATION is a Person and not a thing or an event? HE comes; HIS reward is with HIM, and HIS
work before him.” Then he rushed at his own Old Testament talking away frantically saying, “I’m sure mine is
different from yours.” And when he found the passage, he just dropped like a deflated balloon. His Old Testament
was of course, identical. All he could use as an escape from admitting defeat was to deny the divine inspiration of
the book of Isaiah.

Then skipping to Habakkuk, we have the greatest demonstration of the NAME “Jesus” in the Old Testament; for here
we have both the name as well as the title of the Savior. In 3:13, we read literally from the original Hebrew:
“Thou wentest forth with the YESHA (variant of YESHUA-Jesus) of (or for) thy people: with YESHUA thy MESSIAH
(thine Anointed One: i.e., with Jesus thy Anointed) thou woundest the head of the house of the wicked one (satan).”
Here you have it! The very NAME given to our Lord in the New Testament-JESUS CHRIST! So don’t let any one-Jew or
Gentile-tell you that the Name JESUS is not found in the Old Testament.

Praying and Living the Ten Words Given on Mount Sinai (Ex. 20:2-17)

Avinu Malkenu, Our Father, Our King, Please:

Enable me to so live that I am always grateful that: “You are the Mighty G-d who brought me out of
slavery and Egypt.”(Respect for G-d’s Identity)

Enable me to so live that nothing comes before you and cleanse my life of idols, material & mental.
(Respect for G-d’s Jealousy)

Enable me to never misuse Your holy name.
(Respect for G-d’s Sanctity)

Enable me to allow creations Shabbat rhythm to order my spiritual life and weekly lifestyle.
(Respect for G-d’s priority)

Enable me to honor my parents and G-d given authorities through respect and obedience.
(Respect for G-d’s authority)

Enable me to be spared from the anger and hatred and bitterness that can lead to a homicidal heart
that wants to murder. (Respect Life: No murder)

Enable me to be delivered from the sensuality of an adulterous heart and to practice healthy sexuality.
(Respect Love: No adultery)

Help me to never steal anything from anyone.
(Respect property: No “lifting)

Enable me to be truthful in everything and to choose my words wisely.
(Respect Truth: No lying)

Enable me to be free from all covetousness & lust.
(Respect contentment: No lusting)

THE DESTRUCTIVE SIN OF GOSSIP

Gossip is a sin against G-d. G-d clearly condemns gossip in the Bible. Gossip is also a sin against the person
who is the subject of the gossip. It is a malicious action that hurts G-d’s reputation. It is clearly gossip
when the person talked about is not included. There is no possible remedy without the person present to clarify,
refute, or resolve the issue causing concern.

Gossip is a sin against a third party, the person with whom it is shared. It places an unfair burden on that
person. It also contaminates the relationship and impression with the person who is the object of the gossip.

The person who listens to the gossiper is also guilty of sin. Without a conduit, gossip cannot be spread. By
listening to the gossiper, one passively encourages the sinful activity.

Gossip is sometimes presented in pretentious righteous context. It is said, “We need to be in prayer for
Brother Joe, because ... (the gossip).” The oddity is that they never seem to get around to praying together
for that person!

1. How serious is the sin of gossip, anyway?

Rom. 1:28-32
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a
depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil,
greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers,
God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they
are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such
things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

2. How should we react to gossip and other sins in the fellowship?

2 Corinthians 12:20-21
For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me
to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance
and disorder. I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over
many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they
have indulged.

Proverbs 20:19
A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid a man who talks too much.

2 Timothy 3:5
having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

3. How can we proactively stop gossipers?

Matthew 18:15-17
"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to
you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every
matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell
it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax
collector.

Ephesians 5:11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

A gossiper in the synagogue is poisonous to the fellowship. Gossip is the devil’s scheming medium to spread
mistrust, disrespect, deception, slander and discord. His goal is to cause division and strife, distract the
synagogue from its mission, and eventually disgrace the witness of Messiah and His great love.

It is every Believer’s responsibility to stop gossip by refusing to listen to it. Ask the gossiper if they
have followed Yeshua’s guidelines in Matthew 18:15-17.

The Jewishness of Jesus

Over the past 2,000 years, a majority of Jews and Gentiles have accepted the misconception that Jesus and
Jewishness have nothing in common. Nothing could be further from the truth!

According to the New Testament, which was written by Jews, Jesus was born in the Land of Israel to Jewish
parents. He was a descendant of the royal family of King David. He was given the Hebrew name Yeshua which
means salvation. As Israel’s Messiah, Yeshua would save his people from their sins.

Yeshua is the most famous Rabbi of all time. He traveled throughout Israel, teaching the Jewish people and
bringing mankind closer to G-d.

Yeshua demonstrated that He was the Messiah by displaying miraculous power. He fed thousands of people with
a few loaves of bread, healed the hopelessly sick and disabled, and brought the dead back to life!

Yeshua fulfilled many of the predictions in the Hebrew Scriptures concerning the Messiah:

He was born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-2)

He was a descendant of King David (Jeremiah 23:5-6)

He was more than an ordinary human being (Isaiah 9:6-7)

He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9)

He arrived before 70 AD (Daniel 9:24-27)

He was rejected and unjustly killed (Isaiah 53:1-12)

He defeated death (Psalm 16:10, Isaiah 53:12)

He instituted a new covenant between G-d and His people (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

He brought the Gentiles to faith in the G-d of Israel (Isaiah 49:5-7)

Yeshua died in Jerusalem during Passover. Three days later, the power of G-d brought Him back to life!
Over 500 Jewish eyewitnesses saw Yeshua after His resurrection from death. These people were completely
transformed by this unique event, and G-d used them to transform the entire course of human history.

Because of the great impact Yeshua has had among the nations, people have forgotten that all the first
followers of Yeshua were Jewish. Messianic Jewish congregations existed in the Middle East for the first
500 years of the Common Era.

Most people have overlooked the Jewishness of Yeshua for centuries. Consequently people question whether a
Jewish person can believe in Jesus and still be Jewish. Ironically, the biggest controversy among his first
century followers was “Can a Gentile follow Yeshua without first becoming a Jew?”

Like the Apostles, Messianic Jews continue living Jewish lives. But we have a personal relationship with G-d
that we never had before we encountered Yeshua. Our lives are permeated by a new joy, peace, purpose and
meaning that are impossible apart from the atonement and the eternal life that we have because of Him.
Messianic Congregations are a place for us to worship G-d in keeping with our Jewish heritage and our faith
in Yeshua as the Messiah. There are approximately 200 Messianic Congregations in the United States and
another 80 in Israel.

Ask the G-d of Israel to reveal to you whether Yeshua is the Promised Messiah. Read the Bible, both the
Tenach (the Hebrew Scriptures) and the Brit Chadasha (the New Testament) and ask G-d to show you whether or
not these things are true.

7 reasons why every believer should stand with Israel

Because God says that He will bless those who bless them.
Genesis 12:3-“I will bless them that bless thee and curse them that curse thee, and in thee shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.”
Isaiah 60:12-“For the nation that will not serve you (Israel) will perish; it will be utterly ruined.”


Because we owe them a debt for the blessings that we have received through them.
Through Israel the promises and covenants were given. Through them came the law, the prophets and the Messiah who has opened up access to God for all. Also through the Jewish apostles, the gospel first went to the nations (Rom. 9:4-5; 15:27).


Because God’s gifts & call on them have not been revoked.
Romans 11:28-“but as regards the election they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and call of God are irrevocable.”
Though most Jews have not yet responded to the gospel, this has not invalidated God’s plan for them, which He will ultimate fulfill. The covenant with Abraham has not been replaced with the New Covenant, nor has been set aside because of their failure to enter the New Covenant. Though the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus has been fulfilled and replaced the Temple sacrifices, the eternal covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants has NOT been set aside.


Because God has promised to bring them back to their land.
Amos 9:14-15-“’I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them…I will plant them upon their land and they shall never again be plucked up out of the land which I have given them.’ Says the Lord your God.”
Ezekiel 37:21-22-“I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all sides and bring them to their own land, and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king over them all.
The re-gathering of Israel is prophesied in Ezekiel, Isaiah, Deuteronomy, Amos, Hosea, Jeremiah, by Jesus (Luke 21:24) and Paul in Romans 11 and is a key condition to the full flowering of the Messianic Age (Genesis 35:11).


Because the times of the Gentiles is almost fulfilled.
Luke 21:24-“Jerusalem will be trodden down underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
Jesus foresaw that the Roman Gentile armies would overthrow every vestige of Jewish rule in Jerusalem; but He also saw that the day would come when Gentile domination of Jerusalem would come to an end. In 70 AD, Jerusalem fell to the Roman army. In 1967, in the course of defending themselves from an attack from their Arab neighbors, the Israelis regained control of the entire city of Jerusalem for the first time since 70 AD, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus (Luke 21:28).


Because we are to “comfort God’s people”.
In Isaiah chapter 40 God speaks; “Comfort, comfort my people says you God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and cry to her that h er warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” This is a call for Christians to comfort the Jewish people.
Isaiah also envisions that in their regathering, the leaders of the nations would help the Jewish people and nurture them: “Thus says the Lord God; ‘Behold I will lift up my hand to the nations, and raise my signal to the peoples; and they shall bring your sons in their bosom, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. Kings shall be your foster brothers and their queens your nursing mothers” (Isaiah 49:22-23). God says that the Gentiles will nurture and assist the Jewish people in their reentry to their land. It is our divine mandate to help them in the fulfillment of their unique call. Gentile believers must do more than observe what God is doing with Jewish people. God is asking us to get involved in helping them.


Because God is working with them to work out His plan for world peace.
Romans 11:15-“For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean, but life form the dead.” The Messiah is coming back to Israel to be recognized by His own people, and He will reign from there with His overcoming saints from every tribe and tongue and people and nations.
Isaiah 2:3-“For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and the shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift sword  against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”  World peace is coming. The fullness of the Messianic Age is coming.

Top 12 reasons why we should invite others and grow as a congregation

We want others to get a blessing.
Genesis 12
1 Now the L-RD had said to Abram:

        “Get out of your country,
         From your family
         And from your father’s house,
         To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
    I will bless you
And make your name great;
   And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
    And I will curse him who curses you;

    And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”


Because we want others to know that we owe the Jewish people a debt for the blessings that we have received through them.
Romans 9
3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.


With others we can help in facilitating the regathering of Israel.
“I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all”-Ezekiel 37:21-22


We want others to come alongside us and seek the good of Israel through prayer and comfort.
In Isaiah chapter 40 God speaks; “Comfort, comfort my people says you God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and cry to her that h er warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” This is a call for Christians to comfort the Jewish people.  Isaiah also envisions that in their regathering, the leaders of the nations would help the Jewish people and nurture them: “Thus says the Lord God; ‘Behold I will lift up my hand to the nations, and raise my signal to the peoples; and they shall bring your sons in their bosom, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. Kings shall be your foster brothers and their queens your nursing mothers” (Isaiah 49:22-23). God says that the Gentiles will nurture and assist the Jewish people in their reentry to their land.


Psalm 122
1 I was glad when they said to me,
   “Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
 2 Our feet have been standing
   Within your gates, O Jerusalem!
      
 3 Jerusalem is built
    As a city that is compact together,
 4 Where the tribes go up,
    The tribes of the LORD,
    To the Testimony of Israel,
    To give thanks to the name of the LORD.
 5 For thrones are set there for judgment,
    The thrones of the house of David.
         
 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
     “May they prosper who love you.
 7 Peace be within your walls,
    Prosperity within your palaces.”
 8 For the sake of my brethren and companions,
    I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
 9 Because of the house of the LORD our God
    I will seek your good.


Break any form of Anti-Semitism or misunderstanding that many may still have.
“Anti-Semitism has always been with us, only now it doesn’t have to be hidden to be politically correct.” –Natalie Gilbert, Israel


To share the gospel with them.


To give a context to the scriptures through education and tours to Israel.


To give someone the opportunity to support our ambassadors to Israel.
25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. 26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.-Romans 9:25-27


To bring the joy of celebrating the biblical Scriptural holidays and putting them into their spiritual Calendar.


Be part of a family.


To turn back the hand of time to the first century where Israel and the Nations came together and worshipped the Messiah.


To invest their time and offerings to help build this awesome project of the L-rd.

Let’s pray for Israel’s spiritual independence!

How to pray for the peace of Jerusalem

10. Pray for Messianic Jews to be leaders in politics, business, the military and social reforms in Israel.


9. Pray for the establishment of many Messianic Jewish congregations and Yeshiva Bible schools in Israel.


8. Pray for a spirit of unity among pastors in the land.


7. Pray for the rights of the unborn in Israel.


6. Pray for the Jewish people to be protected from cult and occult groups.


5. Pray for housing, jobs, finances, health, safety, ease of immigration, and no opposition from the religious and supernatural ability to learn the Hebrew for Messianic Jews in Israel.


4. Pray for those Messianic Jews making Aliya (return) to Israel. That all their paperwork be passed without incident.


3. Pray for believers in Yeshua worldwide to have the courage to share the Good News to Jew and Gentile alike.


2. Pray for Messianic Congregations in the U.S. (especially one in San Antonio; hint, hint) that we will be able to continue to support and exhort our brethren in the land.


1. There will only be peace in Jerusalem when all Israel is saved and the Jewish people say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the L-rd.” Pray for an outpouring of G-d’s Spirit in Israel and for the Jewish people to acknowledge their spiritual condition and acknowledge Yeshua (Jesus) as L-rd!