A Messiah Is Not the Savior
Many Jews, Christians and Muslims think the modern Messiah will be a "holy warrior," and many Christians think he will be the "the Lord and Savior Himself." But the Messiah is a son of man and servant of the Lord God our Savior, and he certainly does not consider himself "holy." And his only "weapons" are words of truth, which he has delivered before him as the end of age draws near.
He is but a man and only human (to a fault), and it is important to know who and what he is. For as is written in the book of Isaiah, only the Lord Our God is the Holy One and Savior, and we should not liken God to any man; nor regard any man equal to God; nor worship any idol or image of any man. That, in fact, is what Isaiah 40:18, 40:25, 42:8, 43:10-11, and 46:5 mean.
That is why Jesus said to his disciples: "You have not heard the voice of God or seen God’s shape at any time" and "God is greater than I." (John 5:37 and John 14:28) For while Jesus realized his oneness with God, as we all can, he was not "God Himself" and said so very clearly.
In fact, as Moses wrote, "God is not a man, nor a son of man." And even though there are a lot of contradictory terms in the Judeo-Christian canonical texts which use the terms "He" and "Him" and "Father" to refer to God, those terms were used for lack of better terminology, in a convenient frame of reference. The truth is that God is the eternal, infinite, omnipresent Great Spirit-Parent of all, and has both male and female aspects -- and there are plenty of indications of that in the scriptures as well. (See the related article on Wisdom.)
Therefore, a Messiah is not the Lord and Savior. A Messiah serves God the Lord and Savior. And to understand the modern son of man and Messiah, you need to understand that the English term Messiah comes from the Hebrew term Mashiach, and in the Hebrew Bible (the Torah and Tanakh, which Christians call The Old Testament), the title of Mashiach (Christus in Greek and Christ in English), like son of man, does not mean Savior. It means one who has been anointed by God's Holy Spirit.
The prophets like the one (or ones) that wrote the book of Isaiah made it very clear that it is God's "servant" that fulfills prophecy, that we should regard no man or son of man as God, and that "besides God there is no Savior." We should not worship men as idols, for only God the Holy One and Redeemer is worthy of worship.
"Mashiach" in Hebrew means an "anointed one," which is also the meaning of Messiah in English. Those terms are titles, and in the history of Judaism and the Jewish people, mashiachs have been kings, or prophets or high priests, and many have been called "son of man." Isaiah even called Cyrus, the great King of Persia (who freed the Jewish Israelites from captivity), an "anointed one."
Furthermore, not only is the modern son of man and Messiah not the Savior, he is not a king, nor is he what you would call a "holy" man. He is only human, and like Jacob, he wrestles with God. (See Isaiah.)
Unfortunately, the Judaic and Christian traditions developed the idea that the modern son of man would literally be a holy prince or king. But, even though the "government is on his shoulders," he is sent not to rule over you, or to govern you, but to show you the way to establish governments that are actually of, by, and for the people, per the vision of Daniel.
Furthermore, he is not necessarily born genetically related by the ancestry of David, the King of Ancient Israel. Rather, he is symbolically a "branch of David," from "the root of Jesse," and from the "House of Jacob" in spiritual sense. For he fulfills not just the prophecies of Judaism and Christianity, but all world prophecies that foresaw and foretold one to come.
However, the fulfillment of prophecy is not really about him. It's not about the messenger. It's about the message he delivers from the Spirit of truth, which will liberate and empower us all.
Unfortunately, some Jews today believe that the Hebrew Torah and Tanakh of the "Old Testament" are entirely and exclusively about Jews and the nation of Israel, the "House of Judah" and "House of Jacob." But that is a rather ethnocentric (and in certain cases egocentric) view.
The modern prophet understands the Lord Our God is the God of the world, of all peoples, and all nations. He understands that the "branch of David" does not necessarily refer to his genealogy, but of his spiritual calling and mission to liberate humanity.
Furthermore, the true servant of God is chosen by God, not by Man, nor by biological inheritance. That is why Isaiah wrote that "they shall fear the name of the Lord from the West" (Isaiah 59:19), because the modern son of man serves in a new name of the Mashiach-Christ and he rebukes Jews in Israel who "know not the ways of peace" and have instead caused much violence, death and destruction.
Somehow the prophet in Isaiah foresaw that the modern Messiah-Prophet would be in the West, and he serves in the name of the Lord of lords and Lord of hosts, our God in heaven. He also serves in the name of the Ancient One, called "The Ancient of Days," who was represented also by the Christ Jesus, who is in heaven with God, who has a "new name" according to Isaiah 62:2 and Revelation 2:17 and 3:12. And the modern son of man serves in that new name, which is Jehoshuah in English.
Understanding prophecy and having learned the lessons of history, and knowing that sovereign power corrupts any man, he shows the people the way the share the throne as equal joint heirs to the "kingdom" to come. He shows how to establish truly representative government by the people, under God only. For only the Lord God and the Ancient One will reign in Spirit, while we shall establish governments that are truly of, for, and by the people. And God the Savior will save the world through the people when enough people get the message.
Unfortunately, as both Isaiah and Jesus foresaw and foretold, the modern son of man is first rejected by his generation (unlike Jesus was was accepted by multitudes). That is why God “said” to the modern prophet what “He said” to a prophet in ancient times.
"Son of man, my people hear your words, but they do not listen. With their mouths they express love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust, self-serving gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings songs with a pleasant voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them." – Ezekiel 33:31-33
Like certain prophets of ancient times, the modern prophet sings new songs.
The Difference Between Jesus and The Modern Son of Man
During the days when Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth most of the Jewish elders, chief priests and scribes did not recognize him as a Mashiach because he broke tradition, but, in spite of that, multitudes of common Jews and many Greeks did recognize Jesus as a Mashiach, and believed what he said.
However, one of the crucial facts to know about Jesus now is that even though he was in fact a Jewish Mashiach, he did not fulfill the prophecies that have been and will be fulfilled in modern times at the end of the age Jesus ushered in.
Jesus knew that, and said so, saying that he had to go away but at the end of the age God would send another. And Jesus said that because he knew the prophecies, and he knew that the prophet Isaiah was perhaps the most clear about God’s servant who fulfills prophecy:
"Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him, he shall make the right to go forth to the nations. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. ... He shall make the right to go forth according to the truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he has set the right in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his teaching." (Isaiah 42:1-4)
Of course, many Christians believe that speaks of Jesus because one sentence in the book of Matthew claims it does. But obviously Jesus did cause his voice to be heard in the streets and roads, speaking to multitudes, and he himself said he had come not to bring peace but division. He also said he had come not to judge the world, but the next son of man would issue judgment, from the Spirit of truth.
No, it speaks of the modern son of man who has first suffered, having been "stricken and afflicted" according to Isaiah 53:4 — which is why Jesus said the son of man to come would "first suffer many things and be rejected by his generation" (Luke 17:20-25), unlike Jesus who was accepted by multitudes and suffered on the last day of his life, after completing his mission.
The modern son of man fulfills the prophecies that Jesus did not, because “It shall come to pass [when prophecy is fulfilled] that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come, let us go to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” – Isaiah 2:2-5
"And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse (the father of David), and a branch shall grow forth out of his roots. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. He shall have learned to delight in the fear of the Lord. And he shall not judge merely by seeing, nor decide merely by hearing. But with righteousness he shall judge the poor and the rich, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth." – Isaiah 11:1-4
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign and standard of and for the peoples, shall be sought by all nations, and his resting-place shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord will set ‘His hand’ again the second time to recover the remnant of ‘His’ people, that shall remain from all lands and from the islands of the sea. And ‘He’ will set up an ensign and standard for the nations, and will assemble the dispersed of Israel, and gather together the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth." – Isaiah 11:10-12
Many Jews and Christians have been led to believe that such statements mean the Messiah will literally be a descendant of Jesse, or literally from the House of Jacob, but again, the Lord our God is the God of humanity, not just one race or nation or culture, and all human beings have one common ancestor, as recent scientific discoveries have revealed.
Now, the prophecies of Isaiah and Jesus are fulfilled. The modern son of man has been rejected by his generation, and he is nearly 72 years old. Even though the Spirit of truth in his work and judgment has been very effective and has reached countless people directly and on a spiritual level, it has not yet been publicly recognized and acknowledged.
Furthermore, while he is still rejected, Jews, Christians and Muslims are still at war.
They are at war because even though many Jews have been able to go to modern Israel from all over the world, some of them, like their proud and militant Christian and Muslim counterparts, do not know the Lord God.
The Essence of What Solomon and Jesus Knew, the Modern Son of Man Knows
The modern Messiah and son of man knows, as Solomon and Jesus knew, that while Wisdom is firm, Her ways are the paths of peace. So he lives not by the sword nor by force of arms, but by the "sword of his mouth," knowing as David knew that God’s tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
The modern son of man knows he is not the Savior, but a servant of the Savior. He knows that God is the Great Spirit-Parent and not a man nor a son of man — as Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, Muhammad and all other prophets of the world’s religions knew.
The son of man, a true witness of God, tells you that God is the Great Spirit-Parent, the Divine Light-Energy-Source of our existence, the Supreme Universal Consciousness, the Essence of a life and form, and the primordial "Word" that is made flesh in us all.
Jesus in fact knew that, even though his later followers apparently did not. That is why there are contradictions in the New Testament of the Bible, which on one hand states that "Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior," while on the other hand reports Jesus as saying: "God is greater than I," and "You have not heard God’s voice or seen God’s shape at any time."
To understand the modern son of man, it is important to understand that the son of man called Jesus of Nazareth departed from the Jewish messianic tradition, especially in that he rejected the worldly throne, rather than assume it or fight the Roman Emperor for it. (And the modern son of man follows that precedent.)
Jesus also departed from Jewish tradition to be more inclusive, including in his teachings Buddhist and Taoist concepts and speaking in the tradition of Hindu Avatars, as a host who spoke as and for the Ancient One who was "before Abraham," as Jesus put it.
The modern son of man who fulfills prophecies does the same. Thus he is not a so-called "king of the world," even though some Jewish Zionists, Christian Zionists, and Muslim Mahdists think he will be, and would like him to be. Rather, he is your fellow servant, and but one "pillar of the Temple" of God. He will not sit on the throne, but rather ensures that we are all joints heirs to the new "kingdom" of God, who alone shall reign sovereign in Spirit.
Like Jesus of Nazareth the modern son of man knows that the kingdom of God comes not with observation in the world, but is within us all, just as the Spirit of truth is within us all. And we realize that through revelation.
Jesus also knew what the prophet Daniel had envisioned, that at the end of the age this "divided kingdom of Babylon" will fall, and a "new kingdom" will encompass all the kingdoms and nations of the earth, and the "new kingdom will last forever, never to be destroyed." (Daniel 2:44; Daniel 7:14; Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3; Psalm 104:5; Matthew 5:3-9; John 16:7-15; Revelation 11:15, etc.)
That did not happen during the lifetime of Jesus, because Jesus was not the Messiah that fulfilled most Judaic prophecies. However, Jesus did fulfill some prophecies, such as receiving "stripes" from being whipped and being brought "as a lamb for slaughter." But Jesus knew he would be a sacrificial "lamb" of God, and there would be another who would be the "bridegroom lamb" of God.
That is why Jesus said there would be another son of man to come, who would fulfill his prophecies, as well as the rest of the prophecies of the prophets of Israel. (See the pages on Prophecies Re: He Who Fulfills Them, About Christianity, and other articles about Jesus.)
The Difference Between The Modern Son of Man and Jesus
The modern son of man, like Jesus, serves the Ancient One who is with God in heaven, who was before Abraham and has been represented by all truly enlightened human beings who have been known by titles such as Messiah, Sage, Avatar, Siddha Guru, Buddha, etc.
The modern son of man has been rejected by his generation for the same reasons that Jesus of Nazareth was not accepted as a Mashiach by the Jewish "elders, chief priests and scribes," even though he was accepted by multitudes of ordinary Jews and Greeks in his generation when he spoke to them.
It’s even worse for the modern son of man, because he has been rejected not only by elders, clergy and scholars, but by most other people in his generation as well, as was predicted by Jesus.
He has been rejected because he not only rejects the worldly throne and claims no title except son of man, servant of God and messenger for the Ancient One, the Spirit of truth. Fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah he does not cause his voice to be heard in public as an orator as Jesus did.
Because Christian doctrine and dogma was firmly established and canonized in the fourth century, even today religious Jews believe that Jesus was not a Mashiach and did not fulfill any of the Judaic messianic prophecies. But he did fulfill some, in that his father Joseph was apparently born in the line of David, and he was whipped and received "stripes" just before he was killed and martyred as a sacrificial lamb of God.
As multitudes of Jews and Greeks knew, Jesus was a son of man and Messiah/Mashiach, and as many Buddhists and Hindus knew, Jesus was a Buddha and Avatar. But, contrary to traditional Christian belief, Jesus was not "God incarnate," nor was he "the only begotten son of God," as is explained in The Virgin Birth Story.
Furthermore, Jesus will not "come again," as is explained in The Second Coming Story, because as he said, he had to go away and be seen no more on earth. And he was not bodily or physically resurrected, as is explained in The Resurrection Story. Therefore, in those respects, Jewish Rabbinical scholars are quite correct in rejecting such notions and ideas as myths.
However, since some Jews and Christians have false expectations about the coming of a messianic king, and because some Muslims have false expectation about the coming of an Imam Mahdi, they should understand that Jesus rejected the worldly throne because he knew why Samuel wrote that if the people want a king they reject God. And Jesus knew why Jeremiah wrote that David shall never again want a man to sit on the throne of Israel.
This current son of man also knows that, because we are all joint heirs to the throne of the new "kingdom" to come. And the modern son of man, like Jesus, was anointed not with oil by religious clergy, but was spiritually anointed by the Holy Spirit of God, and was chosen by God, not men.
Divine authorization is not inherited or bequeathed by men, or clergy. Men cannot choose or authorize messengers of God. Only God calls, anoints, chooses and authorizes the true Messiahs, and the true servant-messengers for God’s Spirit of truth.
The Lord on the Mount of Olives
There is a good reason why the olive branch is a symbol for peace, because the Lord our God "stands" on the symbolic "Mount of Olives."
Now understand why the authors of the Christian gospels wrote that the Christ Jesus fulfilled the Judaic prophecy in Zechariah, which states: "Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives." (Zechariah 14:3-4)
The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all mention Jesus being on the "mount of olives." But, Jesus was a pacifist, and he did not fight against any nation. Nor will the modern son of man, because like Jesus, he takes the sword of the Spirit, knowing that the true testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
The Christ Jesus knew that Isaiah 62:11 states: "Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him." This is why Jesus said: "The writer who is instructed into the kingdom of heaven is like the man who is a householder, and he brings forth out of his treasure things old and new."
That is confirmed also in Psalm 103:20, Daniel 10:6, Daniel 10:9, and other scriptures that refer to the true, divinely inspired written word being the "voice of God's word" and "the sword of my mouth." That is also confirmed in the book of Daniel where the great seer foretells that the "stone" of true judgment shall "shatter the image of the King of Babylon and become as a great mountain that shall fill the earth." (Daniel 2:38-45)
That "stone" is the same one mentioned by Isaiah, who reported that the Lord God said: "Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation, [so that] he that believes shall not make haste." (Isaiah 28:16) For Zion and the stone foundation are not a material place or thing, but the spiritual reality realized by the son of man.
All of that speaks of what the work of the modern son of man will accomplish, being mighty through God and God’s legions of angels, even though success will be built upon a mountain of his personal failures.
In God’s "Name"
Even though the modern son of man represents and serves the spirit of Israel and Jacob, and Jacob’s son Joseph, and Jehoshuah the Christ in heaven, in whose new name he also serves, he tells you that the names are not what matters most. The Christ figure, whose name has been known as Jesus or Yeshuah or Yeheshuah or Issa or Isha or Jehoshuah, represented God but was not God, and the actual name of God cannot be spoken or written.
Besides, people can and do fight over names. Therefore, it matters not in which name he serves. What matters is that he serves the Holy One, who is God by any other name.
The modern son of man and prophet does not serve "other gods." He serves the one God, the Holy One, The Lord of Lords and Lord of Lords, The Eternal, Infinite, Omnipresent One, who is God by any other name.
The biological genealogy and the name and the identity of the messenger does not really matter. It is the truth he delivers, and nothing but the truth, that matters, because it is the truth and nothing but the truth that will liberate us, unite us, and empower us all.
Those who insist that the Messiah absolutely must be descended on his father's side from King David according to Genesis 49:10; Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5, 33:17; Ezekiel 34:23-24; II Samuel 7:14; I Chronicles 17:11-14, 22:9-10, 28:4-6 need to understand that those scriptural passages do not necessarily speak literally of blood lines. And even though Jesus of Nazareth and his father Joseph may have been born in the line of David, those scriptures speak more of the soul and spirit and mission of the son of man, than of blood lines.
It may help to consider why the prophet Isaiah wrote this: "(The Lord God) has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand has he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver has he hid me. And the Lord said to me, You are my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain. Yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, says the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength." (Isaiah 49:2-5)
Many religious Jews erroneously think that "Israel" mentioned in that passage is the modern State of Israel, the collective body of Jews. But that’s not true.
Israel is "not gathered" because Jews are divided and in conflict just as Christians and Muslims are. They are divided and in conflict because many of them do not understand that the part about being "hidden" and "working in vain and for naught" is about the modern son of man who fulfills Judeo-Christian prophecy and is rejected by his generation, just as the prophets Isaiah and Jesus prophesied.
When Jews, Christians and Muslims see the truth, they will see that most of the prophecies are about the current son of man, the witness and servant of God who was first stricken and afflicted, who is well acquainted with grief and sorrow, who sends his work before him but is rejected and thinks that his work has been in vain and for naught. And all that is just as Isaiah foresaw and prophesied.
"Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights. I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgement to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street." (Isaiah 42:1-2)
"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." (Isaiah 53:2_4)
"For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him that is of a contrite and humbled spirit; to revive the spirit of the humble (and meek), and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always angry. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I angry, and struck him. I hid me, and was angry, and he went on willfully in the ways of his heart. (But) I have seen his ways, and I will lead him..." (Isaiah 57:15-17)
Consider also these words: “Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord: and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” (Isaiah 62:11-12)
Clearly he who sends his work before him is the son of man, and the judgment he delivers will bring salvation to Israel (if she repents so that her iniquity can be pardoned). But, what is not clear is who shall be “sought out” and be as a "city not forsaken,” even though it is obvious that it is not Jerusalem or the nation of Israel. We know where that is. However, the concept of the modern son of man being sought out is consistent with his being “hidden” (Isaiah 49:2-5). And, that he is a “city not forsaken” is consistent with the following:
"He that overcomes will I make as a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out. And I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God. And I will write upon him my new name." (Revelation 3:12)
Most Christians do not know that speaks of the modern son of man, because John wrote that Jesus said to write it to “the churches.” However, John wrote as witness to the heavenly realm that is beyond time and space, of the end of the age which is passing, of both the present and future. And notice that the Christ will have a “new name, written upon he that overcomes.” The person who overcomes is not the Christ, but serves both God and the Christ in the new name of the Christ who is in heaven.
That is confirmed in Revelation 21:5-7, where John wrote: “And he that sat upon the throne said: ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And he said to me: ‘Write: for these words are true and faithful. It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
Now, of course, one of the central themes of Judaic prophecy is the promise of a future age of universal peace and recognition of God’s will and intent, as foretold in Isaiah 2:1-4; Zephaniah 3:9; Hosea 2:20-22; Amos 9:13-15; Isaiah 32:15-18, 60:15-18; Micah 4:1-4; Zechariah 8:23, 14:9; and Jeremiah 31:33-34.
Thank God, the prophesied judgment delivered by the witness and servant-messenger God of will ultimately accomplish that. But, in accomplishing that, it will also accomplish the prophesies of all the other prophets of other religions who also foretold the end of this tribulation and the beginning of a new era of peace, justice, and prosperity for all.
The Throne of God
Because the messenger not only rejects the throne as the Christ Jesus did, and because he places importance on the message rather than himself, it will be the truth, and nothing but the truth, that shall set us all free and empower us all. For we are all equal joint heirs to God’s new kingdom, where God only shall reign, in Spirit, and no more shall any man or woman be a pretender to the throne.
God’s true witness and servant-messenger will not play God, nor will he seek power over you, or rule you. His mission is to liberate you from all those who want to rule over you, unite all humanity, and empower you all so that you may establish truly fair and democratic government.
Granted, Jeremiah 23:5-6 states: "Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, the Lord of our righteousness."
However, Jeremiah 33:15-17 states: "In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord of our righteousness. For thus says the Lord: David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel."
Notice that no man should or will sit upon the throne of the house of Israel. Jesus did not, now will the modern son of man.
As Isaiah wrote, God’s servant will not speak as an orator in the street, or in public from behind a pulpit or podium. If he is a king, he abdicates the throne so that we all may share it as joint heirs to the new kingdom of God, because his mission is to empower and liberate all humanity, not to assume personal power for himself.
However, the son of man is required to say that "Judah" will not be saved, nor will Jerusalem dwell safely, until both Israelis and Muslims realize their folly and iniquity, make amends, and make peace.
To Unite Jews, Christians and Muslims
To establish peace, religious Jews need to understand the truth about Christianity and Islam. For religious Jews, like religious Christians and religious Muslims, do not understand that God’s design is in accordance with the evolution and development of humanity’s consciousness, and it has unfolded in several steps over a long period of time.
The Christ Jesus fulfilled specific functions. Like Hillel the Elder before him, Jesus pointed out that ancient Judaic scriptures were not the strict "word of God," and that the Golden Rule can be considered the overarching commandment and a summation of the Torah.
As is explained in the article titled The Word of God, it is not the spoken or written word. Such words are spoken and written by human beings who were only human, whereas the true, primordial "Word" of God is eternal and of the Spirit.
Jesus also pointed out that many religious Jews were ignorant of divine will and intent, as many are today, and as many religious Christians and Muslims also are today. Jesus also expressed great universal wisdom and gave us much good advice. He also issued crucial prophecies about the next son of man and messenger for the Spirit of truth, who would issue judgment, guide you unto truth, and show you things to come. And Jesus was talking about the same person Isaiah and other prophets were talking about.
And What of Islam?
Mohammed (or Muhammad) also fulfilled specific functions, mainly to bring Arabs into the family of Abrahamic religious with Jews and Christians. But Mohammed was not the "Seal of the Prophets," as his followers claimed, and he did not fulfill Judeo-Christian prophecies. Rather, he was a servant of God (or Allah, which is the Arab word for God).
Mohammed's Qur'an makes it very clear that Islam does not cancel out the messages of previous prophets, such as Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, David, Solomon, Enoch, and Jesus. In fact, the Qur'an commands Muslims to speak with great courtesy to Jews and Christians, because they "all believe in the same God" (29:46).
Many Jews, Christians and Muslims today do not understand that. Consequently, the main problem today is that militant religious Jews expect a Mashiach King who will bring victory and worldly power to them. Militant religious Christians expect a Messiah-Christ King who will bring victory and worldly power to them. And militant religious Muslims expect an Imam Mahdi who will do the same. But, the fact is that all of them are misguided and have erroneous expectations. They fail to understand divine will and intent.
There is only one person who fulfills all prophecies, and he is the modern son of man. And he tells you that a new day and age is quickly coming, and the days of monarchs and theocracy will be over.
We are to be free, and equal, and govern ourselves. As the prophets foretold, all the kingdoms and nations shall become as one, but, as such, they will be a family of equal nations, and the overarching "kingdom" will not be ruled by a mortal king or an immortal superman, but by the Great Spirit within and above us all.
God and the Ancient One who is in heaven with God shall rule IN SPIRIT ONLY, and the governments of our nations shall be governed by executive councils rather than pretenders to the thrones. (See the articles on The 21st Century Declaration of Independence, and How the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth.)
Jerusalem, and New Jerusalem
Now, as for Jerusalem, that place of terrible contention, the judgment must also address the Jewish and Christian expectation that the Mashiach/Messiah will "build the Third Temple" in Jerusalem according to Ezekiel.
Unfortunately, they misunderstand what Ezekiel meant.
Granted, Ezekiel expressed God’s will that: "I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them. Yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore."
However, the "sanctuary" or "tabernacle" or "temple" of God is not a literal place. It is "in the midst" of all the people, everywhere. It is very much like the saying that we can all be "pillars of the temple," as the apostle John put it. (See also the article titled The Crusades for Jerusalem, which discusses that and explains what the "Mountain of the Lord" is.)
As for the Jewish expectation that the Mashiach will gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel according to Isaiah 43:5-6, that is obviously true, because since 1941 when the modern son of man was born, many Jews have been able to immigrate to Palestine and then to the new State of Israel. (But you should read the article titled The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, which discusses Israel’s iniquity, which will not be pardoned until she acknowledges her offenses, reconciles her differences, makes amends, and makes peace.)
The bottom line is this: While religious people are waiting for a Savior, The Savior is waiting for humanity to recognize the message from the Spirit of truth, which issues judgment, guides you unto truth, and shows you things to come, just as Jesus said.
If you read all the message highlights, you will better understand why the son of man says: "I am what I am." For he is nobody, in one sense, and yet he serves the One who is Every One.
Written upon him is the name "New Jerusalem," as it is written in the book of Revelation. For New Jerusalem is the Bride of the Bridegroom Lamb of God, who is the modern son of man, and the Bride came down out of heaven from God to enjoy union with the Bridegroom.
Thus he is one with God, and you and he and God are One. There is but one body of Humanity, and we are all as leaves from one Tree of Life. And as you do unto others, so you do unto him, and unto your very Self.