If you are Jewish, you may be thinking, "This doesn't apply to me - I only accept the Old Testament." You may be surprised to learn that the scripture verse on our homepage is actually a quotation from the Hebrew Bible. It is taken from the eighth century B.C. writings of the Jewish Prophet Joel. This prophet's message concerns "The Day of The Lord," a future time when God will judge the world and restore Israel to it's former glory. Many students of the Old Testament believe we are very close to the time of these events.
The Prophet Joel states in Chapter 2, Verse 32, "And anyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will be saved."
The obvious question this text raises is, "Who is the LORD?" The use of LORD in all capital letters in many translations of the scriptures designates that the Hebrew word is YHWH, the most holy and respected term for God. Christians believe that YHWH of the Old Testament equates with Jesus Christ in the New Testament, while most Jews do not.
If the argument is to be settled, it will most likely depend on internal evidence from the Old Testament since both Christians and Jews accept it as authoratative.
Consider the writings of Zechariah, who speaks for YHWH in the 12th Chapter of his book:
"This message concerning the fate of Israel came from the LORD.....
Then I (the Lord, YHWH) will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer
on all the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me (again the Lord,
YHWH) whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only
This widespread mourning in Jerusalem will result from the shocking discovery that YHWH- the deliverer of Israel on that day- is in fact Jesus Christ, the one they pierced- i.e crucified-centuries before.
There is a great deal of additional evidence in the Old Testament which reinforces the belief that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. Here are some examples of how the writings of the Hebrew prophets foreshadow eyewitness reports by devout Jews
who lived in the time of Jesus. Examine these passages in your Bible and make your own conclusions:
Old Testament New Testament
Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1-6 Messiah to be born in Bethlehem
Isaiah 7:14 Luke 1:26-38 Messiah to be born of a virgin
Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 21:1-9 Messiah to enter Jerusalem on donkey
Isaiah 53:1,3 Matthew 26:3,4
Psalm 118:22 John 12:37-43 Messiah to be rejected by His people
Psalm 4:1-9 Matthew 26:14-16 Messiah betrayed by his own friend
Isaiah 53:7 Luke 23:1-25 Messiah tried and condemned
Isaiah 53:7 Mark 15:3-4 Messiah silent before his accusers
Isaiah 50:6 Mark 14:65 Messiah struck and spit upon
Psalm 27:7,8 Luke 23:11,35 Messiah mocked and insulted
Psalm 22:14-17 Matthew 27:31 Messiah to die by crucifixion
Isaiah 53:12 Mark 15:27,28 Messiah condemned with criminals
Psalm 69:21 John 19:28-30 Messiah given vinegar and gall
Psalm 22:18 Matthew 27:35 Messiah's garments divided (by lots)
Exodus 12:46 John 19:31-36 Messiah's bones not broken
Isaiah 53:5-6 John 1:29 Messiah to die as a sacrifice for sin
Psalm 16:10 Acts 2:22-32 Messiah to rise from the dead
Upon comparing these texts, you may discover, as I have, that the Old Testament and New Testament harmonize with each other. I also believe that it is possible for a person to be a Jew and a Christian as well. This is illustrated by the existence of the many Messianic synagogues in South Florida.
The first Hebrew was Abraham; He was not born that way, but he became a Hebrew by believing the promise of God regarding his seed (descendant) which was the Messiah. Read Genesis 12-15 and compare John 8: 52-58. Genesis 15:6 states; "Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness." In other words Abraham was declared to be righteous in God's sight because of his faith. In fact, the prophet Habakkuk (2:4) states, "the just shall live by his faith." So we can see that both in the Old and New Testaments, salvation (being acceptable to God) is based on faith. Faith is reaching out, calling on, depending on someone else, namely, Jesus Christ for salvation from our sins. "Anyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord will be saved." Joel 2:32 Romans 10:13