“Truly, these times of ignorance G-D overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because HE has appointed a day on which HE will judge the world in righteousness…”-Acts 17:30-31a
“I think you understand, all of you, that there are really two Jesus figures. There’s the Jesus of Christianity and tragically in his name, millions of Jews have been murdered through the generations and I always mention this and every Christian audience to whom I mention this asks forgiveness, shows empathy and pain. But there’s the Jewish Jesus, who kept commitments to the Bible, to the Torah even as we understand it, and in strengthening the personality of the Jewish Jesus, one begins to understand in depth how Christianity emerged from Judaism truly and that strengthens the connection…-Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, founding chief rabbi of Efrat, Israel
Messiah In The Shell
Jewish Kabbalah tells us that with every profane and evil thing, there is encased within it something good and holy, like a fruit in its shell (Heb. klippah). In order to taste the fruit that lies beneath it, one must first go through its shell. The greater the good thing is, the greater the evil shell that surrounds it. The coming of the Messiah and the arrival of the Messianic age, among the greatest goods planned for us by G-D, has been accompanied with the greatest evils imaginable. In this article, we will try to get at the fruit of the Messiah encased in its shell, first by understanding the shell.
Few things could be more clear in the New Testament than that Yeshua and the apostles predicted and warned about the imminent corruption, misrepresentation, and misappropriation of the teachings of Yeshua and immediate “apostasy” of the “Church,” or the mainstream collective of the followers of Yeshua, which they called, the “antichrist,” and the, “spirit of the antichrist.” 7 of the 8 authors of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul, and Jude), including Jewish apostles of Yeshua, wrote and warned about it.
“For many deceivers have gone out into the world… This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.”-2 John 7-8
“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us… Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from G-D; for many false prophets have gone out into the world… And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”-1 John 2:18-19, 4:1, 3b (circa ~100 CE)
The Jewish apostle John is declaring that “it is the last hour.” What does it mean? It was the hour of the “Antichrist” and the “spirit of the Antichrist.“ ‘Christ’ is the Greek translation of the Hebrew for ‘Messiah,’ so the Antichrist is the Anti-messiah. The Greek prefix ‘-anti’ means, ‘opposite of,’ but it also means, ‘instead of.’ For example, the Greek name, ‘Antipater,’ composed of the two roots, ‘Anti,’ and, ‘Pater’ (‘father’), does not mean, ‘against father’ (who would name their son that?), as much as it means, ‘as the father.’ So the Antichrist comes in the place of the Messiah, or takes his place as him. Now we aren’t just talking about a figure who is the opposite of the Messiah, but one who takes the place as Messiah – instead of the Messiah. I will argue, from the New Testament verses, that this Antichrist and spirit of the Antichrist is actually a different Yeshua, or Jesus, as opposed to the true, historical Yeshua of the New Testament…
John says that the antichrist “went out from” the followers of Yeshua and that “many deceivers” and “many false prophets have gone out” representing the “spirit of the Antichrist,” which John said, “is now already in the world.”
We should see clearly now that the New Testament does not foretell of the Antichrist coming far into the future, but actually in their time, in the 1st century CE.
“Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers… I know that after I have gone, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Some even from your own group will come distorting the truth in order to entice the disciples to follow them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to warn everyone with tears.”-Paul, in Acts 20:28-31 (circa ~70 CE)
The Jewish apostle Paul tells the followers of Yeshua in Ephesus, supposedly one of the most devout congregations in the world, that he warned them “for three years” ceaselessly, “night and day with tears” that from the followers of Yeshua there in Ephesus would come “savage wolves among you” “distorting the truth.” Again, Paul is not saying this would be some distant event in the ‘end times,’ but something that would happen immediately after Paul was gone.
“Beloved, while eagerly preparing to write to you about the salvation we share, I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain intruders have stolen in among you, people who long ago were designated for this condemnation as ungodly, who pervert the grace of our G-D into licentiousness and deny our only MASTER and our Lord Yeshua Messiah… But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Yeshua Messiah; for they said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.” It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions.”-Jude 1:3-4, 17-19 (circa ~70-90 CE)
The blood brother of Yeshua, Jude, finds it “necessary to write and appeal” to people in his time to “contend for the faith.” Why? Because, he writes, “certain intruders have stolen in among you, people who long ago were designated for this condemnation.” These “intruders” are part of an ultimate plan of G-D, ‘predicted by the apostles of Yeshua.’ What are these “intruders” doing? They were, in Jude’s own time, perverting “the grace of our G-D into licentiousness” and “causing divisions” among G-D’s people. The “last time” here is clearly the same “last hour” that John said was occurring in his and Jude’s own lifetime.
“Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day [coming of Messiah] will not come unless the rebellion (Grk. apostasia; Apostasy) comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the son of perdition. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of G-D, declaring himself to be G-D. Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you? And you know what is now restraining him, so that he may be revealed when his time comes. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason G-D sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.”-Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians 2:3-11 (circa ~52 CE)
Aha! Right here, Paul explicitly writes that an “apostasy” will precede the coming of the true Messiah and that this “mystery of lawlessness is already at work.” Who is the “lawless one?” I believe it is the Antichrist, and that they are one and the same. Why is he called the “lawless one?” It’s not because he’s opposed to man’s law, but the “lawless one” is opposed to G-D’s Law, and what’s called the ‘Law of G-D’ in all of Scripture is the Torah given through Moses. This lawless one makes himself G-D and deceives with the “working of Satan, signs, lying wonders,” etc. Paul says that this lawlessness is a mystery and “is already at work,” sent by G-D as a “powerful delusion” to those who refuse “to love the truth.” Paul says that this lawless one will only be fully destroyed with the manifestation of the Messiah’s coming.
Again, if the antichrist or lawless one is actually a different Jesus than the historical one, does it fit Paul’s description? Absolutely. The ‘Jesus’ of mainstream Christianity is a lawless one. He teaches, in opposition to the Yeshua of Matthew 5:17-19, that the Torah, G-D’s Law, is done away with. Not only that, but the ‘Jesus’ of Christianity “declares himself to be G-D,” something which the historical Jewish rabbi Yeshua never did or would have done, but repeatedly denied (Mark 13:32, John 8:50, 10:33-36, 14:28, 17:3, 20:17, Matthew 19:16-17, Revelation 3:12, 14, Luke 12:10, etc.). There’s no human being in the history of Christianity that actually claimed to be G-D, except this false caricature – Jesus. The Church claims authority for itself mostly on the basis of miracles and wonders, but Paul gives this precisely as an identifying marker of the lawless one (e.g., “all power, lying wonders,” etc.). The only way that this false Jesus can finally be disproven, exposed, and discarded is with the revelation of the true, authentic Yeshua.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my FATHER in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!’-Matthew 7:21-23
Most of the Protestant Reformers, notably its founder, Martin Luther, claimed that the Pope was the ‘antichrist,’ the ‘lawless one’ of the New Testament, and that the Roman Catholic Church was the ‘Beast’ of the Book of Revelation. This belief, mostly forgotten by all Protestant churches today, touches on the truth, but fails to arrive at its final logical conclusion. Even though the Pope taught against G-D’s Law and claimed to be the ‘Vicar of Christ,’ or ‘substitute for Christ’ (supposed second Person of the triune ‘god’) on earth, the Pope is not any one individual person, but an office held my many men throughout history. The ‘spirit of the antichrist’ cannot be the ‘spirit of the Pope,’ though the spirit of the antichrist be active within the Pope. However, just as there is a ‘spirit of the Messiah,’ the New Testament authors say that there is conversely a ‘spirit of the anti-messiah,’ or antichrist.
The problem with the Reformation is that it only ‘re-formed’ something thoroughly corrupt and perverse, it did not restore Christianity to its authentically Jewish roots. What is desperately needed is actual restoration, the ‘restoration of all things’ (Acts 3:21), not reformation. Martin Luther was an atrocious antisemite and haughty antinomian with regards to the Mosaic Law. Despite the Reformation, most Protestants today still subscribe to ‘lawlessness,’ Replacement Theology (a subtle form of antisemitism), and the worship of a man as god. It is this worshipped man, Jesus, leading his worshippers to forsake G-D’s Law and G-D’s Covenant People, who I call, the ‘antichrist.’
The “Apostasy” which Paul warns of here is no different than the apostasy he and the other apostles warn about throughout the New Testament. They are one and the same.
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive opinions. They will even deny the Master who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Even so, many will follow their licentious ways, and because of these teachers the way of truth will be maligned. And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation, pronounced against them long ago, has not been idle, and their destruction is not asleep… “This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken through your apostles. First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts… and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability.”– 2 Peter 2:1-3, 3:1-3, 15-17 (circa ~68 CE)
Here the premier Jewish apostle Peter writes that “false teachers” will “secretly bring in destructive opinions” among the followers of Yeshua in his time. Peter says the “way of truth will be maligned” by these people in authority of the Church, i.e., teachers. Peter says he’s writing this second letter to arouse their “sincere intention” to “remember the words spoken by the holy prophets and the commandment” of Yeshua through the apostles. What were those words? That these false teachers will come.
Peter continues by warning about the misreading and misunderstanding of Paul’s letters, which he calls being “carried away with the error of the lawless.” In relationship to which law? Again, the Law of G-D given by Moses. In other words, Peter is warning about Paul’s letters being “twisted” for “licentiousness” in forsaking the Law of G-D.
This issue of misunderstanding Paul as it pertains to the Law is brought up in another place in the New Testament,
And when they heard it, they glorified the L-RD. And they said to him [Paul], “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law; but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow. Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the Law.-Acts 21:20-24
To this day in Christianity, Paul’s letters are the primary texts misused to abrogate and discard the Law of Moses, in contradiction to Yeshua’s words and the truth of Paul’s actual stance on the Torah as a Pharisee until his imprisonment and ultimately, death (Acts 23:6).
Indeed, Yeshua himself also finds it necessary to warn his generation of the imminent apostasy,
“False messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be alert; I have already told you everything.”-Yeshua in Mark 13:22-23
“all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs… Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.“-Yeshua in Matthew 24:8-13
Yeshua says “many will fall away,” not just a few heretics, but the orthodox (or catholic) mainstream, and that “many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.” What does Yeshua say this apostasy will produce? Increase of lawlessness. Relating to which law? Man’s law? No, the Law of G-D given by Moses. Yeshua says because of this “the love of many will grow cold.” Why? As Yeshua said,
“‘You shall love the L-RD your G-D with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”-Matthew 22:37b-40
The purpose and spirit of the Law is love. Without the Law, love grows cold, according to Yeshua. The “one who endures to the end will be saved,” because that’s when the lawless one will finally be revealed and anihilated, as Paul wrote.
Yeshua says that “false messiahs” will appear to “lead astray, if possible, the elect.” ‘False messiah’ and ‘antichrist’ are synonymous. In another letter, Paul writes more about the false messiah, namely, the Jesus antichrist…
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Messiah. For if someone comes and proclaims another Yeshua than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough.”-Paul, in his second letter to Corinthians 11:3-4
Here we see Paul saying that there is “another Yeshua,” “another gospel” and that the people to whom he is writing are already being “led astray” as in the deception of Eve. “Another spirit” is synonymous here with the “spirit of the antichrist.”
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Messiah and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Messiah. But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!”-Paul, in his letter to Galatians 1:6-9
In yet another letter, to a different people in a separate geographic location, Paul is writing his astonishment that the Galatians are “quickly deserting” and “turning to a different gospel.” Here, he clarifies that there is a true gospel and that there were already some who, he says, “are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Messiah.” Paul writes that the one who proclaims a different gospel than the true one should be accursed, further proving that there were already different gospels in Paul’s own day!
Satan Impersonated the King of Israel
But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Messiah. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.-2 Corinthians 11:12-15
In this passage, Paul tells us that just as there is a false Messiah, there are “false apostles.” He says that “Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”
This passage reminds me of an important passage from the Talmud which is analogous to what I’m try to convey in this article…
In tractate Gittin 68b of the Talmud, there is a long story telling of how the “King of the Demons,” or, Satan, deposed King Solomon from the Throne and pretended to be King Solomon in his place. The story goes that once dethroned, “Solomon circulated from door to door collecting charity, and wherever he arrived he would say: “I, Ecclesiastes, was king over Israel in Jerusalem” (Ecclesiastes 1:12). He appeared as a commoner and no one would ever believe that he was actually King Solomon until one day, when the royal officials found out that Satan, imposing as King Solomon, did not follow the Torah prohibition not to have sexual relations with women during their menstruation. Once they realized that this was a ‘lawless one,’ they knew it couldn’t have possibly been the righteous King Solomon and they finally believed the real King Solomon. King Solomon then reclaimed his throne from Satan and took his place once again as king of Israel. In the Talmud, however, there is an argument between rabbis whether Solomon was ever actually restored to the Throne or not. Apparently, the deception was so powerful that some rabbis suspected Solomon was never even restored to his rightful place.
Being the son of David who built the Temple in Jerusalem, united all twelve tribes of Israel, taught great wisdom to the world, and had the most prosperous kingdom in Israel’s history, King Solomon’s life is the closest pattern we have to what the Messiah is supposed to be like. What if this pattern of Solomon’s dethronement and impersonation by Satan is exactly the pattern of Messiah too? What if the Antichrist represents Satan imposing, not only as the Messiah, but, advancing the greatest deception and blasphemy, as G-D? That’s what Satan himself tempted Yeshua to do…
Then the devil, taking him [Yeshua] up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to him, “All this authority I will give you, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours.” And Yeshua answered and said to him, “Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the L-RD your G-D, and Him only you shall serve.’”-Luke 4:5-8
In this passage, Satan says that “all the kingdoms of the world” have “been delivered” to him and that’s why he thinks he’s worthy to be worshipped by Yeshua as G-D (if Yeshua was G-D, it would be beyond absurd for Satan to tempt G-D to worship him). The deception that Satan needs to maintain dominion over the world is to be worshipped as both Messiah and G-D.
Greco-Roman Christianity Is Also Babylon
In Judaism, Satan is the principal angel of Esau, or Edom. In other words, Satan is the ruling spirit over the people and kingdom of Edom. Rome is traced through the lineage of Edom. Therefore, Rome and Edom are spiritually linked. Satan tells Yeshua that “all the kingdoms of the world” were delivered to him and correspondingly, Rome ruled over most of the populated world and kingdoms of that time. Satan was the real angelic power behind Rome. The home and center of Christianity moved from Jerusalem to Rome, after Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. This Rome infamously hijacked Christianity in the form of the Roman Catholic Church. Christianity was used to consolidate Roman power throughout the world. Even after the Reformation, Napoleon tried to revive the Roman Empire by calling himself ‘First Consul,’ after Julius Caesar. Hitler’s ‘Third Reich’ was a continuation of the Second Reich, led by Kaiser (or ‘Caesar’) Wilhelm II, and the First Reich, which was the Holy Roman Empire.
In Judaism, the last exile before the final redemption of the world is called the ‘exile of Rome.’ In some Jewish sources, Rome is even called, ‘Babylon.’ That is not surprising because Babylon and Rome are inextricably linked by being the only empires to each destroy a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. As long as we continue not to rebuild G-D’s Temple (House) in Jerusalem, we are aiding and abetting the Babylonian-Roman system which destroyed it. In Jewish prophecy, the statue of the Book of Daniel represents Babylon as the head with Rome as the feet. Rome is a continuation of the same imperial, idolatrous system of Babylon, which only the Messiah will destroy before ushering in G-D’s Kingdom on earth. Some believe ‘Babylon’ was also used as a codename for Rome by Jewish writers afraid of the Roman authorities confiscating and destroying seditious or subversive material. I believe that is the case with the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, written by the Jewish apostle John, while imprisoned by the Roman authorities (like Yeshua, Peter, and Paul before him, who were all executed by the Romans)…
“The revelation of Yeshua the Messiah, which G-D gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John… Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near… And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.”-Revelation 1:1, 3, 22:10
Far from being prophecy about distant events in the “end times,” the apostle John makes it very clear that the events prophesied in the Book of Revelation would “soon take place,” “for the time is near” to John’s prophecy. This is the exact opposite of what the Prophet Daniel was told,
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase…”
And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.-Daniel 12:4, 9
Daniel’s prophecy was sealed for “the time of the end,” but John was instructed not to seal his prophecy, “for the time is near.”
“So he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name: “Mystery, Babylon the great, mother of whores and of earth’s abominations…” This calls for a mind that has wisdom: the seven heads are seven hills on which the woman is seated… The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”-Revelation 17:3-5, 9, 18
John is told about a “scarlet beast” who holds a woman, who is a “great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” This city is seated on seven hills. Daniel also prophesies about a beast,
This is what he said: “As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth that shall be different from all the other kingdoms; it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces. As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them. This one shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings. He shall speak words against the MOST HIGH, shall wear out the holy ones of the MOST HIGH, and shall attempt to change the sacred seasons and the Law; and they shall be given into his power for a time, two times, and half a time.-Daniel 7:23-25
We can now see that the final beast prophesied in Daniel with ten horns is the same beast prophesied by John. Jewish tradition says the fourth beast is Rome. Rome “devoured the whole earth.” Rome was the “great city that ruled over the kings of the earth.” Rome is famously set on “seven hills” and associated with the color scarlet. The prophet Daniel says the “fourth beast” will “attempt to change the sacred seasons and the Law.” Through the spirit of the “lawless one,” the Jesus Antichrist, this is what the Roman Church did with the seventh-day sabbath, the biblical holidays, and the Law (Torah). This means that the only way to really break the power of Rome, of Satan, is to return to the Torah and Jerusalem through the original Gospel (good news) of Yeshua, what the Reformation ultimately failed to do. The only way to end the final exile before the great redemption is to return Yeshua back to his original Jewish identity, the Torah, and with him the whole world will follow from Rome back to Jerusalem…
“He called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul bird, a haunt of every foul and hateful beast… Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you do not take part in her sins, and so that you do not share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and G-D has remembered her iniquities.”-Revelation 18:2, 4-5
As in my last post, ‘Jesus Is Not For Jews,’ I will share why I think G-D not only allowed, but as I proved before, foreordained the Antichrist Jesus to dominate Christianity for so long.
There is another astonishing passage from the Talmud,
Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said to Elijah: When will the Messiah come? Elijah said to him: Go ask him. Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi asked: And where is he sitting? Elijah said to him: At the entrance of the city of Rome. Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi asked him: And what is his identifying sign by means of which I can recognize him? Elijah answered: He sits among the poor who suffer from illnesses. And all of them untie their bandages and tie them all at once, but the Messiah unties one bandage and ties one at a time. He says: Perhaps I will be needed to serve to bring about the redemption. Therefore, I will never tie more than one bandage, so that I will not be delayed.-Sanhedrin 98a:16
In this passage, the Messiah is not enthroned on the praises of Rome, but in fact, he is in exile among the “poor [in Rome] who suffer from illnesses.” Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi requires a sign to recognize him and he is obviously unrecognized also by the Romans. This reminds me of what the Talmud says about King Solomon after Satan dethroned him, that he was a beggar unrecognized by his people.
What is Yeshua more well known for than the cliché preaching to take care of the poor and those who suffer? It appears to me that he is helping the poor to untie and tie their bandages, but he only does one at a time, because he might “be needed to serve to bring about the redemption” and doesn’t want to be delayed.
This gets exactly to the point for the Messiah being lost in Rome. Why was he unrecognizable for all this time? Why has the Jesus Antichrist replaced him? I believe because the Messiah has been ‘undercover’ helping countless of people who were far from G-D, like poor people suffering from illnesses, one at a time. While the mainstream Christianity erred under the deception of the Antichrist, countless of individual humans have been saved from the nihilism and hopelessness of being without some knowledge of the G-D of the Bible. The pagan world would not and did not accept Judaism. Judaism was too different from their original pagan worldview. They could only accept a pagan distortion of the authentic Jewish message of Yeshua. Although a distorted message, Christianity has translated and distributed Bibles and the Torah throughout the world and has empathically proclaimed, though often hypocritically, that the G-D of Israel is the only true G-D. The pagan world was essentially consumed by Christianity. Western civilization would not have its roots in Judaism and the Torah, if it were not for that Galilean Jewish rabbi who was crucified at the hands of the Romans and later worshipped by them…
Jewish tradition says that Hezekiah would have been the Messiah to usher in the Messicanic age, except that instead of causing Babylon to worship the G-D of Israel, he pridefully showed off all his riches and wealth to the ambassadors of Babylon. I’m telling you that Yeshua has caused Babylon/Rome and the whole world to recognize the glory of the G-D of Israel, but they only need help separating the Jesus Antichrist shell from the authentic Jewish Yeshua, and then there will be a great Return…
When we have done this and are ready for the true Messiah,
he will not be delayed.