DID YOU KNOW that Judaism teaches that Isaiah 53 is talking about the nation of Israel; and Christianity teaches that it is talking about a messiah who did away with the Torah and started a new religion?
Is Isaiah really prophesying about a nation, or just one person? And is this prophecy really talking about a messiah who suffered and died to set you free from the Torah, which Webster’s 1828 Dictionary describes as “a transcript of the divine nature?”
If you truly desire to know the truth, please read these words very carefully and prayerfully.
1) “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of YHVH been revealed?
2) “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, (there is) no beauty that we should desire Him.
3) “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, (our) faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4) “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by Elohim, and afflicted.
5) “But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him. And by His stripes we are healed.
6) “All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, every one, to his own way; and YHVH has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7) “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.
8) “He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9) “And they made His grave with the wicked -- but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth,
10) “Yet it pleased YHVH to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see seed. He shall prolong (His) days, and the pleasure of YHVH shall prosper in His hand
11) “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many. For He shall bear their iniquities.
12) “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Compare Isaiah 53 with these verses from a Psalm of King David, Psalm 22:12-18, “Many bulls have surrounded Me; strong (bulls) of Bashan have encircled Me. They gape at Me with their mouths, (like) a raging and roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me, they pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look (and) stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”
Before you make a final decision about who is being described in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22, look at these few verses from the yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecy in Zechariah:
Zechariah 12:10, “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they shall look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” Zechariah 14:3, “Then YHVH will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. . .” Zechariah 14:9, “And YHVH shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be -- YHVH is one, and His name one.”
Who came the first time, and who is coming the second time? Are they not one and the same?