"God is not a Man" part III: A Prophet like Moshe

This is the 3rd portion of The Messiah Complex study series by Justin Best.

 

“No man comes to the Father except by me” (John 14:6).

 

This passage from the Gospel of John would seem a strange thing to say if Messiah were a prophet living in Jerusalem in a time when there were many priests who were truly operating under YHWH; however, it is not a strange thing to say when you’re a prophet standing in the wilderness, since there is literally no other way to approach YHWH. If there were other prophets available in Jerusalem during the 1st century, then why did no other speak prophecy about the coming destruction of Jerusalem in that generation? What many have failed to realize is that Messiah was standing in the wilderness when He said these things - a wilderness of a spiritually blind nation whose very temple would soon fall. There was no other way to the Father but by His prophet and this prophet’s instructions to keep Torah. 

 

First, we find the prophet Moshe, without which no one could come unto the Father during their time in the wilderness. This is a point that cannot be overstated. Without Moshe (Moses) no man could come to the Father. Second, we find the prophet Messiah Yahusha, the living Torah, without which no one can come unto the Father in our time of dispersion. This is why the timing of Messiah’s ministry was so critical. Change was in the air and there would soon be no other way to come to the Father except through the ministry and teachings of Messiah, the last prophet Israel has received in 2,000 years. In this section, I’d like to investigate what was meant by both the Messiah and by Moshe, when it was said that Moshe (Moses) spoke of the Messiah in the book of John. More importantly for this study, what verses in the Tanakh specifically can clarify the following statement?

 

“For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.” Jn 5:46

 

What did Messiah mean by this statement? In order to find the answer we look to Deuteronomy 18:16-19, which clarifies the issue. As Moshe (Moses) speaks, note the following:

 

“YHWH your Elohim will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— just as you desired of YHWH your Elohim at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of YHWH my Elohim or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ And YHWH said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken.  I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.  And whoever will not listen to my words that He shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. -(Devariym) Deuteronomy 18:16-19

 

Regardless of who we presume Moshe (Moses) and YHWH are speaking of in this passage, it goes without saying that it is of the highest importance to listen to this future prophet that resembles Moshe (Moses). That being stated, the key points about Moshe must be reviewed in order to make an accurate comparison to future prophets. What can be known about Moshe? Let’s review:

 

  • He survived the killing of thousands of infants. (Shemot) Ex 1:22-2:10

  • He was opposed by his own family. (Bemidbar) Numbers 12:1

  • He tried to atone for the sins of Israel. (Shemot) Ex. 32:30

  • He was the most meek man on the face of the earth. (Bemidbar) Num 12:3

  • He arrived after 400 years of silence from YHWH. (Shemot) Ex 12:40

  • He had power over the sea. (Shemot) Ex 14:21

  • He walked through the Red Sea. (Shemot) Ex 14:22

  • His face shined with light. (Shemot) Ex. 34:30

  • He was the giver of the Torah. (Shemot) Ex 31:18

  • He was the judge of Israel. (Shemot) Ex 18:13

  • He was the intercessor for Israel. (Shemot) Ex 20:19

  • He conducted miracles. (Shemot) Ex 7:20

  • He rescued Israel out of bondage. (Shemot) Ex 12

  • He fed Israel with miraculous food. (Shemot) Ex 16:9

  • He arrived on a donkey. (Shemot) Ex. 4:20

  • He was the giver of a blood covenant. (Shemot) Ex 19:5-6

  • He went up to YHWH on the third day. (Shemot) Ex 19:16

  • He fasted 40 days and nights. (Shemot) Ex 34:27-28

  • He gave atonement instructions. (Wayiqra) Lev 4:1-35

  • He chose 12 men to go out for Israel. (Bemidbar) Numbers 13:1-16

 

Clearly these are just some of the most notables that Moshe (Moses) accomplished during his time as YHWH’s appointed leader of Israel. In review of these specific events, it should be clear that whoever the “prophet like Moshe” is, we should be able to apply some of these unique characteristics to his life as well. It should go without saying, that when we compare the life of Moshe to the life of Yahusha (Messiah), we theoretically identify this “prophet” that came from among his brothers. Here, we demonstrate the uncanny likeness.

What we know of Yahusha (Messiah):

 

  • He survived the killing of thousands of infants. Matt 2:13-18

  • He was opposed by his own family. Mark 3:20-21

  • He atoned for the sins of Israel. Matt 20:28

  • He was the most meek man on the earth. Matt 11:29, 5:5

  • He arrived after 400 years of silence from YHWH. 

  • He had power over the sea. Mark 4:39-41

  • He walked on the sea. Matt 14:22-33

  • His face shined with light. Matt 17:1-3

  • He was the giver of the Torah. Matt 5:17-20

  • He was the judge of Israel. Jn 5:30

  • He was the intercessor for Israel. Jn 17:1-26, 14:6

  • He conducted miracles. Matt 11:4-6

  • He rescued Israel out of bondage. Jn 8:33-36

  • He fed Israel with miraculous food. Matt 14:15-21

  • He arrived on a donkey. Matt 21:1-11

  • He was the giver of a blood covenant. Matt 26:28

  • He went up to YHWH on the third day. Matt 27:62-28:6

  • He fasted 40 days and nights. Matt 4:2

  • He gave atonement instructions. Matt 19:16-22, 28:19-20, Matt 4:17

  • He chose 12 men to go out for Israel. Matt 10:1

 

It’s important to note that these are only some of the comparisons that can be made between Moshe (Moses) and Yahusha (Messiah). Likely, a deeper study into this idea alone would render even more depth of evidence. If it wasn’t made clear enough, there is more than sufficient evidence to conclude that Messiah Yahusha is the prophet like Moshe (Moses) that Israel was waiting for. 

 

Each of the comparisons made within this list carry a different value as it pertains to uncovering the immense evidence for the identity of the Prophet like Moshe. Particularly, we can not underestimate the importance of the approximate 400 years of silence from YHWH which existed prior to both of these prophets. This is not simply theological proof, but historical, since even today’s skeptics must be forced to acknowledge that there was a 400 year gap between the prophet Malachi and the arrival of Yahusha (Messiah). Even if the Messiah’s arrival is ignored, there was approximately 400 years of silence from YHWH prior to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE. Where were the prophets? Where has YHWH been for the last 2,400 years? 

 

To conclude this section of comparison, it is important to also note the context of Moshe’s life and the purposes YHWH had for Israel immediately following his leadership. Specifically, the fact that Moshe commissioned Joshua (Yahusha, the same name as Messiah) to lead Israel into the promised land paints a pretty remarkable picture of YHWH’s long-term plan. In Deuteronomy (Devarim) 31 YHWH reveals yet another clue:

 

14 And YHWH said to Moses, “Behold, the days approach when you must die. Call Yahusha (Joshua) and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, that I may commission him.” And Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves in the tent of meeting. 15 And YHWH appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud. And the pillar of cloud stood over the entrance of the tent.

16 And YHWH said to Moses, “Behold, you are about to lie down with your fathers. Then this people will rise and whore after the foreign gods among them in the land that they are entering, and they will forsake me and break my covenant that I have made with them. 17 Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide my face from them, and they will be devoured. And many evils and troubles will come upon them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’ 18 And I will surely hide my face in that day because of all the evil that they have done, because they have turned to other gods...

23 ...And YHWH commissioned Joshua (Yahusha) the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.” -(Devarim) Deuteronomy 31:14-16, 23

 

Again, for more interesting comparisons of Yahusha of the Old and New Testament, please view our video, The Hidden Prophecy of Joshua Revealed. Meanwhile, there are two points that I believe must not go unnoticed.

 

First, the pattern of evidence that can be objectively viewed in context demonstrates that YHWH’s story is taking the reader through the understanding that it is Moshe (Moses) who gives Israel the Torah (the instructions), but it is Yahusha who takes Israel into the Promised Land once they’ve been made ready. Again, it is Moshe’s instructions which prepare Israel and make them ready to enter into the promise, but it is Yahusha who carries out that promise to its total fulfillment.  This is a prophecy by context, a foreshadowing of what we already know is the plan of YHWH according to His prophets, to raise up a prophet like Moshe, the Messiah, to bring us into the Promised Land of Zion. 

 

Second, Joshua’s name cannot be missed. Yahusha, son of Nun. Of course, it is tempting to point out that in the plain english Joshua’s last name literally means son of “no one”; an interesting irony since Messiah Yahusha is also said to have no earthly father. This point; however, may only seem a clever coincidence. That being stated, it is the etymology of this word “Nun” that is most interesting for this study. In the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance, “Nun” is Strong’s word 5125 and contains the following meaning:

 

Nun - (noon) To propagate, increase. A primitive root, to resprout ie. propagate by shoots. Figuratively, to be perpetual, to be continued. 

 

This is another massive clue for three reasons. First, “to propagate” alone is fascinating, since it would be Messiah Yahusha who would speak His parables of seeds and propagation in Matthew 13, creating yet another small connection to the Messiah. Second, “to resprout ie. “to propagate by shoots” is critical. It may not be seen at the first; however, upon closer inspection one should recall the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 11 which contains the following:

 

 1 “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,

    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.

 

2 And the Spirit of YHWH shall rest upon Him,

    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

    the Spirit of counsel and might,

    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of YHWH.”

 

Simply, the connection between Joshua (Yahusha) and the Messiah (Yahusha) is made once again, since the Messiah is said to be a “shoot from the stump of Jesse,” and Joshua’s name could also be translated as “propagated by shoots.” One should quickly couple this connection with the fact that the last meaning in the Strong’s etymology of Joshua’s last name is “...to be continued.” The fact that Yahusha’s name ends on a “to be continued” note, only further emphasizes the fact that Yahusha’s name and ministry would be continued at a later time by the Messiah Yahusha who shares the same name!

In the next sections of study, we will examine the history of Isaiah 53 according to rabbis, the virgin birth dilemma, "human sacrifice," Messianic idolatry, the teachings of Messiah, and many other "issues" that the latest anti-messiah groups have attempted to bring into debate. It is my conviction that after carefully and logically applying oneself to the study of the Messiah in the Tanakh, the pattern of evidence becomes far too great to deny. He is the prophet like Moshe, the Commander of YHWH's Army, the Angel of YHWH and the last prophet sent to Israel in 2,000 years. 

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