TWO APPEARANCES OF THE MESSIAH?

That the Messiah is to come but once is the opinion held by all elements of Jewry. This position supports a major objection to belief in Jesus as the Messiah. But, exactly, what does scripture reveal to us on this Inyan (matter)?

In Zechariah 9:9, we see the initial appearance of the Messiah described as follows: “…behold, thy King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt of an ass.”

In sharp contrast, the Messiah’s appearance as foretold by Daniel 7:13 – “I saw in the night visions, and behold one like the Son of man with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days”.

The Talmud, seeking to reconcile these divergent prophetic utterances postulates: R. Alexandri said: R. Joshua opposed two verses: it is written, “And behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven,” whilst elsewhere it is written, “behold, thy King cometh unto thee, lowly, and riding upon an ass”! – If they are meritorious, (he will come) with the clouds of heaven, if not, lowly and riding upon an ass. – Sanhedrin 98a.

Categorically, this line of reasoning must be dismissed as it contradicts Tanach. It is clear from the following passage that each and every prophecy uttered by a genuine prophet of God will indeed come to pass. “If what a prophet proclaims in the Name of the Lord does not take place or come to pass, that is a message the Lord had not spoken” Deut 18:22.

In summation, Zech 9:9 and Daniel 7:13 will both come to pass exactly as prophesied for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.

Concerning Him:

Isaiah 53:5 – He would be bruised

Daniel 9:26 – cut off

Psalm 16:10 – yet not see corruption