Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Video Clips - From Lectures on The Advent of the Christ

[Note: This is part of the 13-page Excerpt from Chapter 10, Messiah in the Messianic Era, Part 1 in The Defense of the Domestic Life of the Messiah, Volume One.] Click here to obtain this 13-page Excerpt in PDF.

The “Messianic Idea,” is an “article of faith” in Jewish, Christian and Islamic theology. These prophecies date back thousands of years to the Arabic Scriptures brought by Moses, and other Scriptures brought by those referred to as the Old Testament prophets. Most religious scholars believe these books were written in Aramaic and Hebrew. In Sura 16:43-44, Allah states:

43) And We sent not before thee any but men to whom We sent revelation—so ask the followers of the Reminder if you know not— 44) With clear arguments and Scriptures. And We have revealed to thee the Reminder that thou mayest make clear to men that which has been revealed to them, and that haply they may reflect.

Verse 44 gives the purpose for both the Messiah and the Holy Quran.

To varying degrees, the prophecies in the Old Testament are reiterated in the “New Testament” and Holy Quran, which were written in forms of Greek and Arabic, respectively.

The term “Messiah” (Aramaic), also called “Moshiach” (Hebrew) and “Masîh” (Arabic) means “one who travels much” or “one wiped over with something such as oil”—and refers to “the Anointed or Anointed One.” The former meaning indicates that the Messiah’s work ultimately spans the globe, affecting all life on Earth. This is the consummate “Idea” regarding the Messiah—in that, He is the Redeemer of humanity, and not just the Savior of one tribe, ethnic group, nation, or believers of one religion.

In the Bible, “anointing” is the act of consecrating something to holy or sacred use. It was usually performed by a priest as part of the crowning of a prince or king. “Anointing” is a divine formality and is symbolic of the pouring out of God’s spirit onto that person or people, who now are authorized to represent HIS power and intervention among that particular people or throughout the Earth—as in the case of the Messiah and the Chosen People of Allah in the Last Days.

The “divine anointing” sets that person or people apart for the divine work Allah has commissioned them to do. At the highest level, “anointing” establishes a divine covenant between Allah and the person or people HE has chosen to represent HIS Will. An example of this is Allah’s covenant with Moses and Israel. In Exodus 34:27, it states:

And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.

As it pertains to the Last Days, Allah’s choice of a people to be HIS own, and the persons HE raises from among them to serve as HIS Messiah represents HIS divine anointing of them. HE establishes HIS Eternal Kingdom through them. This is the pinnacle of the Messianic Prophecies.

The Messiah, as the redeemer and deliverer of God’s Chosen People, possesses the spirit, wisdom, knowledge and power of Allah. He is predestined to carry out this “function” during and extending beyond the Messianic Era. His function involves preparing Allah’s Chosen People to fulfill the Messianic work prophesied of them through HIS promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:18:

And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Many verses in the Bible describe the Messiah; the work He is prophesied to accomplish; and the suffering He endures as a consequence of fulfilling His Divine Calling. Many verses in the Holy Quran convey similar descriptions, as well as verify Biblical passages related to the Messiah.

In some English versions of the Bible, the title, “Messiah” is only mentioned in several books, for example, in Daniel; however, the following titles also refer to the Messiah: Son of Man, Anointed, Jesus, Christ, Savior, Lamb of God, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Root of Jesse, and Seed of David. The Messiah is also depicted under various Biblical figures and symbolisms, such as the “star and scepter” in Numbers 24:17; and the “Lord” in Psalm 110.

Therefore, when the Biblical prophecies are properly understood, the Messiah and the Chosen People of God are described in the canonized Bible (Old and New Testaments) from cover to cover. Again, this also applies to the Holy Quran, as it contains many prophecies about the Messiah and His work in the Last Days—under the name “Muhammad,” “Prophet” and “Messenger,” as well as Messiah.

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