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Answering Jewis Objections to Jesus Vol. 3   Answering Jewis Objections to Jesus Vol. 3
Messianic Prophecy Objections
By: Michael L. Brown
ISBN # 0801064236

Using the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic texts, and the New Testament, Michael Brown provides thorough answers to nearly forty objections regarding Jesus as the Messiah. This third installment of Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus looks specifically at questions raised about messianic prophecies in Isaiah, Daniel, Psalms, Haggai, and Zechariah. It's an invaluable resource for seekers and for anyone wanting to point students of the Torah to Jesus.

Part 4Messianic Prophecy Objections
4.1.If Jesus is really the Messiah, and if he is so important, why
doesn't the Torah speak of him at all?
4.2.Nowhere in the Hebrew Bible are we told that we must
"believe in the Messiah."
4.3.Isaiah 7:14 does not prophesy a virgin birth! And it has noth-
ing whatsoever to do with Jesus, since it dealt with a crisis
seven hundred years before he was born.
4.4.Isaiah 9:6[5] does not speak of a divine king (or
4.5.If you want to know what Isaiah 53 is talking about, just read
Isaiah 52 and 54. The context is the return of the Jewish peo-
ple from Babylonian exile, 550 years before Jesus.
4.6.Isaiah 53 speaks of the people of Israel, not Jesus (or any
4.7.The rabbis only applied Isaiah 52:13-15, not 53:1-12, to the
Messiah son of David.
4.8.It is not true that the medieval rabbis were the first to apply
Isaiah 53 to Israel instead of the Messiah. The Israel inter-
pretation is actually very ancient.
4.9.Isaiah 53 contains the words of the repentant kings of the
nations rather than the words of the Jewish people.
4.10.Several key words in Isaiah 53 speak of a servant in the
4.11.Isaiah 53 cannot refer to Jesus because it says no one was
interested in the servant of the Lord or attracted to him, yet
the New Testament records that large crowds followed Jesus.
4.12.Isaiah 53 cannot refer to Jesus because it says the servant of
the Lord was sickly and died of disease.
4.13.Isaiah 53 does not actually say the servant would die.74
4.14.Isaiah 53 does not say the servant will rise from the
4.15.Isaiah 53 cannot refer to Jesus because it says the servant of
the Lord did no violence, yet Jesus drove out the Temple
money changers with a whip.
4.16.Isaiah 53 cannot refer to Jesus because it says the servant of
the Lord would not lift up his voice or cry out, yet Jesus cried
out several times on the cross, once in near blasphemy (Psalm 22:1).
4.17.Isaiah 53 cannot refer to Jesus because it says the servant of
the Lord would see seed, an expression always meaning
physical descendants when used in the Hebrew Bible.
4.18.Daniel 9:24-27 has nothing to do with the Messiah.86
4.19.Daniel 9:24 was clearly not fulfilled by Jesus.92
4.20.Christian translations of Daniel 9:24-27 divide the seventy
weeks incorrectly, and the dates have no relation to the times
of Jesus.
4.21.Daniel 9:24-27 speaks of two anointed ones.109
4.22.Psalm 2:12 should not be translated as "kiss the Son." Only
the King James Version and modern Christian fundamental-
ist translations still maintain this incorrect rendering.
4.23.Psalm 16 does not speak of the resurrection of the Mes-
4.24.Psalm 22 is the story of David's past suffering. There is noth-
ing prophetic about it.
4.25.Psalm 22 does not speak of death by crucifixion. In fact, the
King James translators changed the words of versel6[17] to
speak of "piercing" the sufferer's hands and feet, whereas the
Hebrew text actually says, "Like a lion they are at my hands
and feet."
4.26.Some of the so-called Messianic prophecies in the Psalms
actually speak of the psalmist's sin and folly. How can you
apply this to Jesus?
4.27.Psalm 40 is absolutely not Messianic in any way.129
4.28.Psalm 45:6[7] does not say the Messiah is God.131
4.29.Psalm 110 does not say the Messiah is LORD. Also, the psalm
is not written by David about the Messiah. Our traditions indi-
cate it may have been written by Eliezer about his master,
Abraham, and then added to the collection of the Psalms by
David many years later. Or David wrote it for the Levites to
recite about him (or a court poet wrote it about David). This
much is sure: It does not teach that the Messiah is God!
4.30.You claim that Haggai 2 points to the fact that the Messiah
had to come before the Second Temple was destroyed, since
it says in verse 9 that the glory of the Second Temple would
be greater than the glory of Solomon's Temple. Actually, Hag-
gai is speaking about only the physical splendor of the Second
Temple, which surpassed Solomon's Temple in the days of
4.31.Zechariah 12:10 has nothing to do with Jesus.148
4.32.Jesus fulfilled none of the Messianic prophecies!152
4.33.Jesus fulfilled none of the provable Messianic
4.34.Even modern Christian scholars reject the so-called Old Tes-
tament proof texts about Jesus. Just check most modern
Christian Bible commentaries and translations.
4.35.Jesus cannot be the Messiah because the Messiah was to be
a reigning king, whereas Jesus was despised, rejected, and
4.36.Jesus cannot be the Messiah because the Messiah had to
rebuild the Temple, yet the Temple was standing in Jesus'
4.37.The only true prophecy about Jesus in the Hebrew Scrip-
tures is found in Zechariah 13:1-6-a passage dealing with
false prophets. It even makes explicit reference to his
4.38.Paul claimed that the Hebrew Scriptures prophesied the res-
urrection of the Messiah on the third day. Nowhere in our
Bible is such a prophecy found.
4.39.I can find prophecies in the Bible that point to Muhammad
just as easily as you can find prophecies that point to Jesus.
That's because all of your so-called proofs are either distor-
tions, make-believe creations, or Jewish midrash-free,
homiletical interpretations-of the worst kind.
Subject Index239
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings247

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