How God directly revealed to me that Jesus is Jewish and the Messiah (A testimony by Thomas Richards)
When I was in boot camp in 1990 I prayed for a dream of Jesus three nights in a row. On the third night God answered my prayer and gave me the dream. In the dream I had real thoughts. It wasn't just a dream. It was a vision. The dream started off with me walking into a building. All the way in the front was the Lord shining bright with a white light. He was standing there with the left side of His profile facing me. When I looked at Him I immediately knew He was Jewish.
He looked just like the Orthodox Jews I used to see walking to Synagogue on the sabbath. (Being raised Catholic the reality that Jesus was Jewish never struck me this way. I seemed to separate the Jewish people from Jesus because in my town where I was raised they didn't believe Jesus was their Messiah.)
In my dream He then slowly turned and looked at me. When He looked at me. I knew he knew everything I ever did. I was filled with shame and embarrassment. I turned to leave and when I did a light flashed in my eyes and blinded me. When I opened them again I had been translated from the door of the church and I was laid flat on my face at Jesus's feet. I slowly looked up in total shock. He looked down on me with the most incredible look of mercy, and then the dream ended with a noise like a vacuum and I woke up.
Seven Years Later I became a born again Christian. I was gloriously saved by the Lord God who created all things through His Son Jesus (Yeshua) Christ (Messiah).
("For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6)
He revealed Himself to me through His Word the Bible. What filled me with faith was the fulfillment of prophecies from the Old testament. I knew that the Jews believed in the Old Testament but not the New. So it made it all the more powerful. Because I saw in their own writings who the Messiah would be and what he would do and I saw the fulfillment of these things written in the New Testament.
I'm so thankful to the Lord because he fulfilled His promise through Abraham that through his seed (Abraham's descendants) that all the nations on earth would be blessed.
15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Gen 12: 1-3
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Also you can see the verses from the prophet Jeremiah stating that there will be a New Covenant (Testament).
Jeremiah 31:31- 34
31 Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith Jehovah.
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith Jehovah: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people:
34 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know Jehovah; for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith Jehovah: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.
The Greatest Miracle in Print: the Record of MESSIAH in Both Testaments
“To HIM give all the prophets witness” (Acts 10:43). “In the volumeof the Book it is written of Me” (Ps.40:7; Heb. 10:7).
“THE MOST AMAZING DRAMA that ever was presentedto the mind of man—a drama written in prophecy in the OldTestament and in biography in the four Gospels—is the narra-tive of Jesus the Christ. One outstanding fact, among many,completely isolates HIM. It is this: that one Man only in thehistory of the world has had explicit details given beforehandof His birth, life, death and resurrection; that these detailsare in documents given to the public centuries before He ap-peared, and that no one challenges, or can challenge, thatthese documents were widely circulated long before His birth; and that anyone and everyone can compare for himself theactual records of His life with those old documents, and findthat they match one another to a nicety. The challenge of this pure miracle is that it happened concerning one Man onlyin the whole history of the world” ( D. M. Panton).*To focus attention on the unparalleled wonder of this liter-ary miracle, think for a moment:who could have prewritten alife of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, or any other.
* Scores of other Bible students have called attention to this same amaz-ing fact.We quote from one more.Canon Dyson Hague. He says: “Cen- turies before Christ was born His birth and career.His sufferings andglory, were all described in outline and detail in the Old Testament.Christ is the only Person ever born into this world whose ancestry, birth-time, forerunner, birth-place, birth-manner, infancy, manhood, teaching.character, career, preaching, reception, rejection, death, burial, resurrec-tion and ascension were all prewritten in the most marvelous manner cen-turies before He was born.”“Who could draw a picture of a man not yet born? Surely God, andGod alone. Nobody knew 600 years ago that Shakespeare was going to beborn; or 250 years ago that Napoleon was to be born.Yet here in theBible we have the most striking and unmistakable likeness of a Man por-trayed, not by one, but by twenty or twenty-five artists, none of whomhad ever seen the Man they were painting.” Read the rest of the book