Revealing the Name of Yeshua Secretly Guarded by the Rabbis
There is a secret jealously guarded by the Rabbis of blessed memory throughout the centuries that Yeshua is the long-anticipated Messiah of Israel about whom Mosheh prophesied at Mount Nebo.
And YHVH said to me, ‘What they have spoken is good. I shall raise up for them Prophet like you out of the midst of their brothers. And I shall put My Words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be, the man who does not listen to My Words which He speaks in My Name, I require it of him.’ (Deu 18:17-19)
In this article, we will continue to study this controversial for many Jews and Christians issue: “Did Israel Reject the Messiah?”
In Part 1 and Part 2 of the series “Did Israel Reject the Messiah?”, we studied that throughout history Israel went into exile in four occasions which we called the Egyptian, Arabian, Babylonian and Roman exiles.
Little is known of the life of the Israelites in Egypt from the death of Yoseph until the beginning of the slavery, as we find no direct account in the Torah. However, we learned from the prophet Ezekiel (see Eze 20:5-8, Eze 20:5-9, Eze 20:33-36 and Jos 24:14) that after the generation that went down to Egypt died, the Israelites were rebellious and disobedient over the 215 years in Egypt, as they defiled themselves with the abominations of the foreign land, and wrath of YHVH was poured over them to stop the assimilation of His people.
We also studied that at some point in time YHVH made a call for Israel to return to the land He had promised to the fathers, but Israel rebelled against Him. That was the moment when the stay in Egypt turned into “the Egyptian exile”, because the children of Israel refused to return to the Land of Promise.
That rebellion to return to the land of the fathers brought the slavery upon them as the last resort to stop the assimilation and to make Israel leave Egypt. However, as we further studied, not all Israel left; some chose to stay.
YHVH led Israel out of Egypt and arrived at Mount Sinai where they entered into His Covenant. Equipped with the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, and everything necessary to serve YHVH, the camp headed for the Promised Land. Upon arrival at the borders of the land, Mosheh sent twelve representatives of Israel to accept the land before entering.
However, something unfortunate happened there. Israel again rejected the Kingdom of Elohim and the nation rebelled against YHVH. Another wrath of YHVH was poured upon the rebellious people as many died that day. All numbered males twenty years and older of that generation died in the desert in the following thirty-eight years, because the representatives of Israel rejected to enter the Kingdom of Elohim. We should note here that the twelve spies were legal representatives of the nation and their actions bore a legal responsibility upon the nation as a whole.
Israel was sent to the Arabian desert where the nation was sent into exile for thirty-eight years in wandering until that generation of rebellion died in the desert. Those thirty-eight years we called “the Arabian exile” and they were the punishment Israel received for the rejection to enter the land.
However, during the thirty-eight years not all Israel was obedient to YHVH either as some of the Israelites left the camp and settled in Arabia. Thus, they refused to fulfill the command to inherit the Promised Land. They like the fathers in Egypt abandoned Israel and were consequently assimilated in the exile.
Israel conquered and settled in the land under Yehoshua (Joshua) and lived according to everything Mosheh commanded them. However, after Yehoshua everyone lived according to what was right in his own eyes. The land did not have its due rest as YHVH commanded Israel, not even in the reigns of David and his son Shlomo (Solomon). Thus, seventy years of lost sabbaticals and jubilees were accrued from the time Israel settled in the land until the Babylonian exile.
Israel was exiled in Babylon while the land was taking its due rest. Jerusalem and the First Temple were destroyed and the people of Elohim were exiled in Babylon for seventy years to give the land a seventy year rest.
However, that was not the only transgression Israel did against YHVH. They defiled themselves with all [sexual] abominations and child sacrifices of the nations which YHVH drove out before Israel. Thus the land became defiled and He punished them for their crookedness, as the land vomited out its inhabitants (Lev 18:24-28).
When the time came for the seventy years of exile to end, King Koresh (Cyrus) of Persia issued his famous declaration, which allowed those Jews who desired to return to Zion to do so. He even granted the rebuilding of the House of YHVH in Jerusalem.
The problem was that not all Jews wanted to return to the land. Only a small number of 42,360 (Ezr_2:64) chose to leave Babylon and return. Most of the Jews preferred to stay in the land of exile where they had already been well settled and felt more Babylonians than Jews. And because the exile was not oppressive to them, those Jews allowed to be gradually assimilated in the complacent life of Babylon, as their fathers in Egypt did. And even after Haman’s holocaust, they did not return, instead, they chose to stay in exile.
By now, we should have noticed a common element in the three exiles of Israel, namely the land of YHVH which He promised to the fathers. In all these three exiles, there were Israelites who refused to return to the Land of Promise. That was a serious transgression against YHVH, because they rejected the free gift of YHVH; a gift which the fathers Avraham, Yitschak, and Ya’akov did not take possession of.
We should note here that there is another common element in these exiles and that is “the Lost Tribes of Israel”. Those who left Israel and chose not to return to the Promised Land were seemingly lost for the nation of Israel. In the time of Yeshua the Messiah, most of the children of Israel were in Egypt, Arabia, Babylon, Greece and Rome.
Yeshua sent His disciples to the lost tribes of Israel with the message to repent because the Kingdom of Elohim was at hand. However, instead of having returned with myriads of repented believers, they returned forty days later “empty handed”, because the people, they were sent to, rejected the Kingdom of Elohim.
The timing was not chosen arbitrarily by Yeshua; He sent them on the same date when the ten spies returned with a bad report. The Israelites from the lost tribes knew very well why the disciples came exactly in that time frame, it was about the time of the ninth of the fifth month when the ten spies returned with the bad report. They did not accept the Kingdom of Elohim even though the Renewed Covenant was being offered as early as the service of Yochanan (John).
At the Last Supper Yeshua holding up the cup of redemption said, “this is My blood, that of the renewed covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins”. That was the Covenant the exile refused to accept.
Forty years elapsed from the time when the Kingdom of Elohim offer was ratified with Messiah’s death and confirmed with His resurrection, the Judeans rebelled against Rome and in 70 AD the Second Temple was destroyed. More than forty years later, in 133-135 AD, there would be another attempt by the Judeans to liberate themselves from the Roman occupation. Judea and Jerusalem would be totally destroyed, the population decimated and those who survived the Roman atrocities were sold as slaves and dispersed throughout the empire. With which the longest and the cruelest exile of Israel began: The Roman exile.
Sadly to say, history repeats itself and those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.
In Europe, the Jewry had enough signs to see the coming danger of the Nazism, but few saw them, left and survived. Those Jews who chose not to leave the Roman exile were in a real danger of a total annihilation. And if Elohim of the fathers was not for them in Europe, they would have all perished in the Holocaust with no one to save them.
However, even after the birth of the State of Israel in 1948, those who chose not to leave remained in exile in Europe. There are many Jews today who do not want to leave the comfort in the countries where they live. They have built houses, businesses, and careers, and they just do not feel the need to fulfill the command to leave today’s “Egypt”. Today we see ramping anti-Semitism, terrorism in places, violence all over the world, but how many of the world Jewry will leave and return to the Promised Land?
The worst thing, however, is that despite the coming danger for the Jewry around the world and the warning in the Scripture, the Jewish religious leaders reject the call of YHVH to return home, even despite what Babylonian Talmud teaches, “Anyone who dwells in the Land of Israel is like one who has God, and anyone who dwells outside the Land is like one who has no God”.
Many Jews misled by their religious leaders are still living in the Roman exile. However, the time of identifying who is who among the Jewish people and who will survive and who will not has come. If a Jew is in Israel, that person has the best chance of surviving. The opposite is also true: those who decide not to leave, but stay in exile, have no chances to survive.
They, like their fathers in Egypt, Arabia, and Persia, have chosen the life in exile. They like their fathers do not see the creeping assimilation among the gentiles. For them “Next year in Jerusalem!” is just a song. They do not even see that staying in exile is a transgression against YHVH and that one day they may be forced to make a decision to choose to be on one side or the other.
The Christian anti-Semitism
It is common, nevertheless wrong, eschatology in the Christianity that the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, the exile and all calamities that came and will continue to come upon them were a punishment, because they rejected Yeshua. And because of “the rejection”, their place is taken by the Church, or the so-called “the new Israel”. There are some Christian “theologians” who even believe that the Nazi holocaust was a punishment for “the rejection of Jesus”. Nothing can be farther from the truth.
What those “theologians” are blind to see is that YHVH has never rejected His people. Because, if it is even assumed that YHVH had rejected Israel with whom He has an everlasting covenant, then none of these “theologians” is on the safe ground: He can reject them, too, if they continue to boast against the natural branches (see Rom 11:17-21).
What they are blind to see is that for YHVH one dies in his one sins. The son shall not bear the crookedness of the father, nor the father bear the crookedness of the son. The righteousness of the righteous is upon himself, and the wrongness of the wrong is upon himself (see Eze 18:20-24).
Therefore, the question we need to find answer for is whether the generation that witnessed the coming of Yeshua is legally liable for the rejection they are accused of. But, first thing first: were the Jews to be blamed for the death of Yeshua? Most definitely not! The righteous Messiah had to suffer and die for the forgiveness of sins; it was prophesied by Isaiah. As the righteous Ezekiel suffered for the crookedness of the House of Israel and the House of Judah, so another righteous man must suffer, too.
Note that as Ezekiel suffered not only for the House of Judah but for the House of Israel (the lost tribes), so did the Messiah. Yeshua did not die for the forgiveness of the House of Judah only, but for the forgiveness of all Israel, the lost sheep of the House of Israel, too. That is why Yeshua sent His disciples with the message for repentance where the lost tribes could have been found ,explicitly telling them not to enter the houses of the gentiles.
Regrettably, the lost sheep of Israel did not hear the message for repentance and thus refused to enter the Kingdom of Elohim that was offered by the disciples. Let is recall that the Rabbinical eschatology taught and the expectations of the first century Judeans were that the Messiah, the Prophet Mosheh told the Israelites to await, was to come in the time frame He did come.
The Messiah did come, suffered and died, but are the Jews to be blamed for His death?
The Messiah’s mission was to die for forgiveness of sins, as prophesied. If Yeshua did not die for forgiveness of sins, there would be no forgiveness sins. The Messiah had to die, but what the Christian theologians do not understand is that Yeshua’s death and resurrection were hidden from anyone, as we read,
But we speak the wisdom of Elohim, which was hidden in a secret, and which Elohim ordained before the ages for our esteem, which no one of the rulers of this age knew, for if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1Co 2:7-8)
That wisdom ordained before the ages was the promise in Gen 3:15 of the coming of the seed of woman that would suffer: “He shall crush your head, and you shall crush His heel”. The crushing of the heel of the seed of the woman refers to the suffering of the Messiah in His first coming, and the crushing of the head of the serpent refers to the second coming of the Messiah when will defeat the serpent, the devil.
Moreover, during His ministry Yeshua had never ever revealed His mission: to die on the cross for the forgiveness of sins, because if the satan had known, he would never ever had Yeshua crucified.
Yeshua did not come to exalt Himself among the Judeans by the sacrifice He would make. His mission was hidden from anyone, even from His disciples. And even when some of the inner circle of disciples came to the knowledge that Yeshua was the Messiah, He forbade them to speak.
Yeshua with all power that was given to Him could have shown signs that He was the Messiah Israel was awaiting. Yeshua could have said it plainly, as He was asked. Even on the cross He could have called the hosts of angels to come, but He did not. The signs and miracles Yeshua performed before His brethren were to foreshadow what would come later, after His resurrection. Nevertheless, the people knew that no one could do all those miracles unless he was sent by Elohim. That is why Yeshua was asked repeatedly, “Are you the one we are to expect?” Who is “the one” they were asking Him, but the One Mosheh promised them at Mount Nebo.
So, why are there people who blame the Jews for Yeshua’s death? Because, there are untaught and unstable people who twist Paul’s teachings, in which some are hard to understand, to their own destruction, as they do also the other Scriptures. But, we are forewarned to watch, lest some also fall from our own steadfastness, being led away with the delusion of the lawless. (See 2Pe 3:15-17)
And when the satan understood that he was outsmarted and thus defeated with the resurrection of Yeshua, he became angry and went out to deceive whomever he could and to do whatever he could to corrupt the Redemption Plan of YHVH. (Read more)
It is true though that the corrupted elite of Pharisees wanted to take the blood of Yeshua on them, but was His blood theirs to take? It is true the disciples in Acts blamed the Jews for Yeshua’s death, but did they blame all Israel or they blamed the corrupted elite? That was too in the satan’s plan to corrupt.
The second thing we need to consider is whether the Jews are to be blamed for “the rejection” after the crucifixion. To address this issue, we need to recall, as recorded in Acts, that thousands of thousands of Jews (many Pharisees also) believed that Yeshua was indeed the awaited Messiah promised by Mosheh, and they were added to the Way, the sect of the believers in Yeshua within Judaism (see Act 9:2, Act 19:9, Act 19:23 and Act 24:14).
To this extremely controversial issue to many Jews and Christians, the rest of this teaching is dedicated.
Did Yoseph reject his brothers?
All theologians, Jewish and Christian alike, agree that Yoseph, the son of Ya’akov, is a type of the Messiah.
Yoseph was sold to the gentiles for money, but the time came when he was elevated to the position of being the second to Pharaoh. In fulfillment of his own dreams, his brothers went to Egypt to bend down to him without even knowing who he was. Having seen that his dreams were being fulfilled, he put them in the same situation to commit the same sin they did to him, this time against the youngest brother, Benyamin.
Only after he led them through four tests, Yoseph could forgive, because his brothers had gone through all three stages of repentance:  admission of guilt,  confession and  behavioral change.
Yoseph also learned much about them through these tests in the two encounters with his brothers:
1. Yoseph learned that his brothers had become honest men who told him the truth when they returned the money.
2. Yoseph also learned that his brothers did not abandon one of them, but in solidarity they returned to redeem him.
3. Yoseph learned that his brothers did not have any longer envious jealousy, when one of them was favored as he was favored.
4. Yoseph learned that his brothers did not abandon the favored brother and stood in solidarity with him as true brothers.
Only when the brothers had gone through all stages of true repentance and tests, Yoseph forgave them.
If we believe that Torah is a shadow picture of good things to come and Yoseph is a type of the Messiah, then we need to admit that Yoseph’s brothers were not condemned because they did not recognized him the first time they met him; they recognized him the second time.
Same for Israel. Israel was not condemned, because they did not recognized Yeshua the first time they met Him; they will recognize Him the second time.
Now, we can paraphrase the words of the type of the Messiah and re-read thus Gen 45:4-5 (this is the first recorded moment in history in which one human being forgives another),
Then Yeshua said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” And when they came near, he said, “I am Yeshua your brother, whom you sold for 30 pieces of silver. And now, do not be grieved nor displeased with yourselves because you sold me here, for Elohim sent me before you to preserve life.
And we keep on reading, And Elohim sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to give life to you by a great escape. (Gen 45:7)
So, as Yoseph revealed himself and forgave his brothers the second time they met, so will the Messiah. As Yoseph’s brothers repented for what they did to him, so will Israel repent and Yeshua will reveal Himself and forgive Israel at His second coming. He will forgive them, because they will sincerely repent and say, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Yehovah“.
However, there is no a sincere repentance of sin, if one is not tested again to do the same transgression in a re-enactment of the earlier occasion. Therefore, Israel and/or the exile may be put in a similar situation today in a re-enactment of the first coming of the Messiah to be tested whether they will do the same transgression when they did not accept the Kingdom of Elohim.
Having said all that, therefore, we may conclude that the reason for the Roman exile was not that the Jews rejected Yeshua, but that the Jews who lived in Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Greece and Rome did not hear the call to repent and accept the Kingdom of Elohim. If they had heard and obeyed, they would have returned to the land and the Kingdom of Elohim would have been established and the Age of the Messiah would have begun right there.
But, because of our many iniquities those 2,000 year have been lost to us. Tanna debe Eliyahu reads:
The world is to exist six thousand years. In the first two thousand there was desolation; two thousand years the Torah flourished; and the next two thousand years is the Messianic era, but through our many iniquities all these years have been lost [He should have come at the beginning of the last two thousand years; the delay is due to our sins].
Have the Rabbis really rejected Yeshua the Messiah?
The personality of the one whom the Christians call “Jesus” is not really the personality of the one the Rabbis taught, called Yeshua. The One the Jews once attempted to teach the gentiles was the Jewish Messiah who entirely embraced the Torah of YHVH. (Read more)
The Talmud teaches us that world was not created, but only for the Messiah and all prophets did not prophesy but only for the Messiah. But, is this not what the disciples were teaching and is this not what Yeshua said about Himself that we will find for Him in the Torah, the prophets and the Writings, namely the entire Hebrew Scripture?
This Rabbinical concept of the Messiah embraces the entire creation until this very day. This concept includes the resurrection of all Israel as prophesied in Ezekiel 37 and the ingathering of all Israel as YHVH has promised through all prophets. This concept also includes the ingathering of the gentiles whom Apostle Shaul (Paul) calls “former gentiles” and whom the Rabbis say will be grafted in the commonwealth of Israel, as they interpret Gen 12:2-3 (see also Romans 11).
According to this concept, when a gentile embraces the Messiah, he/she becomes one of the chosen people (a good example is Ruth). Therefore, if a gentile believes in the Messiah, he/she becomes a part of Israel and must also believe in the message Israel received at Mount Sinai, namely the message of the Covenant of YHVH and His Torah and that the Messiah goes hand in hand with the observance of the Torah, as He indeed observed the Torah.
However, when the message of the Covenant reached Rome, Rome changed the message. Rome changed the message of the Messiah from the resurrection and the ingathering of all Israel to condemnation and replacement. Thus, the faith did not change Rome, Rome changed the faith.
The early believers in Yeshua were all Torah observant Jews and so were the gentiles who joined them. They all observed the Sabbath day and all appointed times of YHVH, even after Yeshua’s resurrection, as the Apostolic Scripture clearly speaks of it.
There is a very interesting prayer that mentions the name of a minister of the Face [of YHVH]. The title of this prayer is “Sar HaPanim” which is Hebrew for “Minister of the Face”. In the rabbinical eschatology “Minister of the Face” is a inner reflection of the Face of YHVH.
The prayer “Sar HaPanim” is found in Machzor Raba (a prayer book for Rosh HaShana), Nusah Ashkenaz, Publishing House of Eshkol of Jerusalem.
It is recited during the Rabbinical Rosh Hashanah (New Year), but more correctly the Biblical Yom Teruah (the Day of the Trumpets) which is the first day of the seventh month, between the blowing of the first and second set of the sounding of the shofar.
This name is mention together with the name of another minister Tartiel (an angelic being) and the name of Eliyahu (the prophet Elijah). The prayer also mentions another name of this minister: “Metatron” (Hebrew for “Guide of the Way”). Notice the title “Guide of the Way” as it alludes to the Way of the early believers in Yeshua.
The prayer reads as follows:
“May it be Your will before HaShem (that is YHVH) that the sounding of the tashrat that we are blowing will be woven into the curtain of heaven by the hand of the minister Tartiel, like the name that You received by the hand of Eliyahu of blessed memory, and Yeshua Sar HaPanim and also the Minister Metatron and fill us up with mercy. Blessed are You who possesses all mercies”.
The prayer is believed to be based on Isa 63:9 which mentions a messenger (angel) who goes by the same title “Sar HaPanim”.
In all their distress He was distressed, and the Messenger of His Face saved them. In His love and in His compassion He redeemed them, and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved His Set-apart Breath, so He turned against them as an enemy, and He fought against them. Then He remembered the days of old, Mosheh, His people, Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put His Set-apart Breath within him, who led them by the right hand of Mosheh, with His comely arm, dividing the water before them to make for Himself an everlasting Name, who led them through the deep? Like a horse in the wilderness they did not stumble. (Isa 63:9-13)
And indeed the Exodus story does say about this Messenger of Face of YHVH who led Israel out of Egypt.
On Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) which is the tenth day of the seventh month, at the highest point of the service called Kedushah, the service is interrupted to say the prayer,
Torn away from us is Messiah our Righteousness, we are in the state of collapse, we have no one to justify us that our transgressions and our crimes are burdened upon Him. And He becomes desecrated from our crimes, He suffers from the wrath of our sins. He finds forgiveness for our transgressions that we are healed by His wounds and His stripes that He is internally recreated in you. From the circle of the gentiles raise Him up. From Mt. Seir bail Him out that He may be heard on the mountain of Lebanon second time by the hand of Ynon.
This prayer is believed to be based on Isaiah 53, as the parallelism in speaking of the suffering Messiah (we are healed by His wounds and His stripes) cannot be possibly coincidental. However, what is interesting is that the prayer speaks of redeeming the suffering Messiah, called also “Ynon”, from the gentiles. We need to note here that in the Rabbinical eschatology Mount Seir is Mount Edom or Edom which represents the Christianity.
What it means is that according to the Midrashim, Yeshua the Messiah went into exile (the Roman exile) to suffer together with His brethren over and over again for 2,000 years. The Rabbis derive this from the plural form of the word “death” in Isa 53:9. Hence, Yeshua did not die on the cross once but many times, over and over again, whenever His brethren were dying inexile by the hands of the Christian gentiles.
So, to be faithful to the Rabbinical eschatology, the Rabbis are to redeem Yeshua as He redeemed them. The Rabbis of blessed memory wanted to have back the Jewish Messiah from the gentiles who distorted the true personality of Yeshua and created “another messiah” who, according to the Christian theology, replaced Yeshua’s people with the Church and created a new religion called Christianity.
In other words, the ancient Rabbis of blessed memory taught that Israel is to redeem Yeshua from the Christian gentiles as He redeemed from their transgressions by His wounds on the cross.
We should recall here that the Father YHVH went down to Egypt together with His children and redeemed them with His mighty hand. In the Rabbinical teachings, Yeshua the Messiah also went down to Rome to suffer together with His brethren in exile for 2,000 years.
And another proof that the ancient Rabbis believed in Yeshua the Messiah.
There is a ceremony held thirty days of the birth of the first born son. This ceremony is called “Yeshua HaBen”, “Yeshua the Son”. In this ceremony the first born Jewish boy is redeemed from the parents to belong to Yeshua, because in the early Rabbinical eschatology, He is the redemption of the Jewish first born sons.
These prayers and many more like them were put in the prayer books of Israel by the ancient Rabbis of blessed memory. Every Rabbi knows them. Every Rabbi! These prayers are written in the ancient books of the rabbis and they cannot be taken out of them or changed unless someone wants to break the Rabbinical laws.
Therefore, the truth is: The Rabbis of blessed memory believed and many Rabbis believe today, too, that Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel. The revealing of the Name of Yeshua has been secretly guarded by the Rabbis and handed down from a Rabbi to a Rabbi with the words: “Now you know, and now you do not say!”
May we merit seeing the coming of our Mashiach speedily in our days.