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Submitted by Sohail (United Kingdom), Dec 16, 2006 at 09:43

You say that Jesus was foretold in Isaiah 42 and Isaiah 53 but they is a problem because in Isaiah 42 it says the following: 3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4 he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope." And in Isaiah 53 it says the following: 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Another problem is that Isaiah 53 carries on from Isaiah 52 which talks about Israel and not Jesus. Here are prophecies about the Messiah: 1. The Messiah is preceded by Elijah the prophet who, with the Messiah, unifies the family (Malachi 4:5-6), which is contradicted by Jesus in Matthew 10:34-37. 2. The Messiah re-establishes the Davidic dynasty through the messiah's own children (Daniel 7:13-14). But Jesus had no children. 3. The Messiah brings an eternal peace between all nations, between all peoples, and between all people (Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-4; Ezekiel 39:9). Obviously there is no peace. Furthermore, Jesus said that his purpose in coming was to bring a sword, and not peace (see Matthew 10:34, as referenced above.) 4. The Messiah brings about the universal world-wide conversion of all peoples to Judaism, or at least to Ethical Monotheism (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Zechariah 8:23; Isaiah 11:9; Zechariah 14:9,16). But the world remains steeped in idolatry. 5. The Messiah brings about an end to all forms of idolatry (Zechariah 13:2). But the world remains steeped in idolatry. 6. The Messiah brings about a universal recognition that the Jewish idea of God is God (Isaiah 11:9). But the world remains steeped in idolatry. 7. The Messiah leads the world to become vegetarian (Isaiah 11:6-9). It isn't. 8. The Messiah gathers to Israel, all of the twelve tribes (Ezekiel 36:24). Many of the ten lost tribes remain lost. 9. The Messiah rebuilds The Temple (Isaiah 2:2; Ezekiel 37:26-28). It hasn't been rebuilt. 10. There will be no more famine (Ezekiel 36:29-30). People starve to death every day. 11. After the Messiah comes, death will eventually cease (Isaiah 25:8). People die every day. 12. Eventually the dead will be resurrected (Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2; Ezekiel 37:12-13; Isaiah 43:5-6); 13. The nations of the earth will help the Jews, materially (Isaiah 60:5-6; 60:10-12; 14. The Jews will be sought out for spiritual guidance (Zechariah 8:23); 15. All weapons will be destroyed (Ezekiel 39:9,12); 16. The Nile will run dry (Isaiah 11:15) 17. Monthly, the trees of Israel will yield their fruit (Ezekiel 47:12); 18. Each tribe of Israel will receive and settle their inherited land (Ezekiel 47:13-13). They are no other prophecies about the Messiah which say he will be God's son or God himself. Sohail

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