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THE PROPHECY

"He Shall Be Called A Nazarene!"

 The said prophecy 'He should be called a Nazarene’ (Matt. 2:23) is speaking about HaMashiach, which there is convincing evidence, in the old testament, that has been brought forward to identify this statement. Sometimes people look for this reference in English translations in the Old Testament, but they don’t find it because the reference is in Hebrew. The prophet Isaiah says, "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch (Netzer/H#5342) shall grow out of his roots." - Isaiah 11:1


When looking at the word "Netzer or Netser" (strongs #5342) it is a type of Branch - a shoot or sprout from an olive tree that grows out of its original root system but springs up at a later time from the stump, or somewhat distant from the trunk.

Netzer is more properly translated shoot or sprout. The Hebrew for Tsemach (H#6780) is most commonly translated Branch, which is used to mention the coming of HaMashiach. 



 "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch (Netzer/H#5342) shall grow out of his roots." - Isaiah 11:1 




 "Behold, the days come, saith the YHWH, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch (tseh'-makh/H#6780), 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, HaMashiach Our Righteousness." - Jeremiah 23:5-6 



 "In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch (tseh'-makh/H#6780) of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land." - Jeremiah 33:15 




 "Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch." (tseh'-makh/H#6780) Zechariah 3:8 




 "And speak unto him, saying, thus speaketh YHWH of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is the Branch (tseh'-makh/H#6780); and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of YHWH:" - Zechariah 6:12 


 "In that day shall the branch (tseh'-makh/H#6780) of YHWH be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel." - Isaiah 4:2 



 "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch (Netzer/ H#5342) shall grow out of his roots: 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 of the fear of YHWH;" - Isaiah 11:1-2
 



 

"Nazarenes" or "Netzarim" is a title used to identify the foundational group of disciples (Apostles) of HaMashiach. The singular of "Netzarim" is the Hebrew (#5342) "Netzer, Netser or Naytser” - Greenness, a shoot, figuratively a descendant- Branch /Wiki- Netzarim, twigs that shoot off from a branch of a tree (Hebrew from the root "neitzer" (נצר) meaning "a shoot"). From the Hebrew (#5341) root "Natzar"- to guard, in a good sense (to protect, maintain, obey...) or a bad one (to conceal, ...): besieged, hidden thing, keep Exodus 34:7 (er, ing), monument, observe, preserve (r), subtil, watcher (man). (Now if you go back to Isaiah 11:1 you will see Matt. 2:23)" 


Enemies of the Netzarim were known to give them names (much like Catholics call non-catholic Christians "protestants"). Many of the derogatory titles given to the Netzarim were given to them by those who embraced man's authority over YHWH, when it came to religion. These "Judeans" often would have seen true instruments of the Ruach Hakodesh to be threats to their social status and way of life. These serpents used names such as:



"Natsarim" or "Natzarim" (naw-tzarim) w/ the root Natsah- means waste (Jeremiah 4:7 / Isaiah 37:26)



  The first believers of HaMashiach were Israelites who were known as “Nazarenes” or in Hebrew “Netzarim” (Acts 24:5; Act 28:22).  Nazarene is a title by which HaMashiach and his followers were referred to as found in the scriptures (Matt. 2:23; Acts 24:5, 28:22)  In the New Testament, in Acts, Paul is tried in Caesarea, and Tertullus is reported as saying:  



 "For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Israelites throughout the world, and a RINGLEADER OF THE SECT OF THE NAZARENES ."(Acts 24:5).  




 This evidence from Acts 24 and other verses, does support the claim that "Nazarene" was an early term for the followers of HaMashiach.

Note: Ask yourself, why would Tertullus refer to Paul as a Nazarene and not a Christian? click here



In 70 C.E., there was a mass exodus of the Nazarenes from their center at Jerusalem to Pella. Eventually, they established communities in Beroea, Decapolis, Bashanitis and Perea. These Nazarenes used Hebrew Scriptures and in the fourth century Jerome traveled to Bora to get the Hebrew book of Matthew.  

Book of Matthew, Hebrew or Greek?

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APPEARANCE OF HAMASHIACH

Cesare Borgia

 Pope Alexander the 6th of Rome second son, ​Cesare Borgia, was a Spanish-Italian who  enhanced the political power of his father’s papacy and tried to establish his own principality in central Italy.  According to renowned novelist, Alexander Dumas a French writer,  In Volume One of 'Celebrated Crimes,' Dumas states that, some pictures of Jesus Christ produced around Borgia’s lifetime were based on Cesare Borgia, and that this in turn has influenced images of Jesus produced since that time. 



 “Cesare Borgia, the man who influenced all European paintings, sculptures and carvings of Jesus. Many scholars believe the image of Jesus has been manipulated, skewed and outright fabricated.” 



 "Cesare Borgia , a homosexual and mass murderer who was used as the model for the long blonde haired, blue eyed effeminate looking Christ, which Christians the world over have been bowing down to and worshipping for centuries. It was during the Renaissance period after contact was made with Afrika, that the Dark Ages in Europe came to an end and paintings began to circulate portraying Mary and Jesus with white skin, blue eyes and blond hair. Many of the later paintings of Jesus Christ were based on Cesare Borgia, which in turn have influenced the majority of the portraits of Christ created from that point onwards. History bears witness to the millions killed for not worshipping the false image of Christ. Rome and Spain dispatched the likes of Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes, Ponce De Leon, Arnericus Vespucci among others with armies to kill, enslave and also indoctrinate Blacks and native Indians into Christianity. When Altobello Melone painted his portrait of Christ around 1520, he drew inspiration from an earlier Cesare Borgia painting, but distorted the distinctions between thefaces and ethnicities of the most holy figure with one of the most corrupt."  - THE REAL JESUS? by John R. Moore 


 

During the Renaissance period, after contact was made with Africa, the Dark Ages in Europe came to an end and paintings began to circulate portraying Mary and HaMashiach with white skin, blue eyes and long blond hair. Many of the later paintings of "HaMashiach" were based on Cesare Borgia, which in turn have influenced the majority of the portraits of Christ created from that point on wards. History bears witness to the millions killed for NOT worshiping the false created image of the white Christ. Rome and Spain dispatched the likes of Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes, Ponce De Leon, Arnericus Vespucci among others with armies to kill, enslave and also indoctrinate Negros / Hebrews and native Indians into the CULT of CHRISTIANITY. When Altobello Melone painted his portrait of Christ around 1520, he drew inspiration from an earlier Cesare Borgia painting, but distorted the distinctions between the faces and ethnicity of the most holy figure with one of the most corrupt.



 



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The False Image

This video shows and explains the history of the false image of HaMasiach.

Earliest Testimony of Hamashiach

Historian Josephus

 The first century Historian Josephus (37-100 AD) penned the earliest non-biblical testimony of HaMashiach. He reportedly had access to official Roman records on which he based his information and in his work "Halosis or the “Capture (of Jerusalem),” written around 72 A.D., Josephus discussed “the human form of HaMashiach and his wonderful works.” Unfortunately his texts have passed through Christian hands which altered them, removing offensive material. Fortunately, however, Biblical scholar Robert Eisler in a classic 1931 study of Josephus Testimony, was able to reconstruct the unaltered testimony based on a newly-discovered Old Russian translation that preserved the original Greek text. According to Eisler’s reconstruction, the oldest non-Biblical description of HaMashiach read as follows: 



“At that time also there appeared a certain man of magic power … if it be meet to call him a man, whose name is Yahushua, whom certain Greeks call a son of a God, but his disciples [call] the true prophet … he was a man of simple appearance, mature age, black-skinned (melagchrous), short growth, three cubits tall, hunchbacked, prognathous (lit. ‘with a long face’ macroprosopos, a long nose, eyebrows meeting above the nose … with scanty curly hair, but having a line in the middle of the head after the fashion of the Nazaraeans, with an undeveloped beard.”  


 The highlighted work below is from the book 'NATURE KNOWS KNOW COLORLINE,' by J.A. Rogers, pg 40. However, you can find this written in it's original source called: Halōsis II 174, Flavius Josephus.   

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After Hamashiach resurrection

 After HaMashiach resurrection there were some that did not recognize him



1. One of the instances where HaMashiach was not recognized was Mary Magdalene’s coming to the tomb early in the morning (John 20:15). Instead of recognizing HaMashiach , she first mistook Him for the gardener.



2. A second instance in which HaMashiach was not immediately recognized was when the disciples did not recognize Him when they were out fishing (John 21:4). This could also be related to the distance HaMashiach have been from them.



3. A third instance is when the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) did not recognize HaMashiach until He broke bread.


Something to think about.... 


What did the Nazarenes follow?

 Find out here what the Nazarenes followed.

Early writings that speak of hamashiach

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Historian Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37-100)

"Now there was about this time HaMashiach, a wise man,if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ (HaMashiach); and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those who loved him at first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day." (Antiquities, XVIII, III). 


Take notice that this passage has "THE TRIBE OF THE CHRISTIANS, SO NAMED FROM HIM." They could not have been called Christians, Why? Because, at a time in a place, at least 10 or possibly 20 or more years AFTER the death and RESURRECTION of HaMashiach, the word ‘Christian’ was used, that means, if it was 10 to 20 years AFTER his death, then the word Christian was never used by HaMashiach or used to describe those who followed him. Surprisingly the word appears three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, and 1 Peter 4:16).



Also, the said prophecy, states 'He should be called a Nazarene’ (Matt. 2:23). The followers of HaMashiach, were also called Nazarenes, according to the historian Epiphanius of Salamis, he stated:


"But these sectarians... did NOT call themselves Christians--but "Nazarenes,” …However they are simply complete Judeans." 


He also stated:


"They are different from the Judeans, and different from Christians, only in the following. They disagree with Judeans, because they have come to the faith of HaMashiach; but since they are still fettered by the Law--circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest-- they are not in accord with Christians.... they are nothing but Judeans." 


Therefore, they were Judeans that were called Nazarenes, not Christians.



Lucian of Samosata (Second Century)

"The man who was crucified in Palestine because he introduced this new cult into the world . . . Furthermore, their first lawgiver persuaded them that they were all brothers one of another after they have transgressed once for all by denying the Greek gods and by worshiping that crucified sophist himself and living under his laws." (On the Death of Peregrine). 


 Lucian of Samosata  was a second century Greek sairist. The Death of Peregrine was written around 165 AD.



The Letter of Mara, Son of Serapion

For what did the Athenians obtain  by putting Socrates to death, seeing that they received as retribution for it famine and pestilence? Or the people of Samos by the burning of Pythagoras, seeing that in one hour the whole of their country was covered with sand? Or the Jews by the murder of their WISE KING, seeing that from that very time their kingdom was driven away from them? For with justice did God grant a recompense to the wisdom of all three of them. For the Athenian died by famine; and the people of Samos were covered by the sea without remedy; and the Jews, brought to desolation and expelled from their kingdom, are driven away into every land. Nay, Socrates did not die, because of Plato; nor yet Pythagoras, because of the statue of Hera; nor yet the WISE KING, because of the NEW LAWS WHICH HE ENACTED." - Liturgies and other documents of the Ante-Nicene period pg, 110


This letter was composed sometime after 73 AD but before the 3rd century, and most scholars date it to shortly after AD 73 during the first century. 



Clementine of Rome

 "A certain report, which took its rise in the regions of the East in the reign of Tiberius Caesar, gradually reached us; and gaining strength as it passed through every place, like some good message sent from Alhym, it was filling the whole world, and suffered not the divine will to be concealed in silence. For it was spread over all places, announcing that there was a certain person in Judæa, who, beginning in the springtime, was preaching the kingdom of God to the Jews, and saying that those should receive it who should observe the ordinances of His commandments and His doctrine. And that His speech might be believed to be worthy of credit, and full of the Divinity, He was said to perform many mighty works, and wonderful signs and prodigies by His mere word; so that, as one having power from Alhym, He made the deaf to hear, and the blind to see, and the lame to stand erect, and expelled every infirmity and all demons from men; yea, that He even raised dead persons who were brought to Him; that He cured lepers also, looking at them from a distance; and that there was absolutely nothing which seemed impossible to Him. These and such like things were confirmed in process of time, not now by frequent rumours, but by the plain statements of persons coming from those quarters; and day by day the truth of the matter was further disclosed."   The Recognitions of Clement, Book 1 chapter 6 


Clementine  was Roman Bishop, who was, according to Irenaeus of Lyon, a witness of the Apostles preaching.  The Greek Recognitions of Clement has not survived, but the work has been preserved in the Latin translated  of Rufinus. 

Clementine of Rome

"And, not to discuss such matters to you in a long speech, while I was occupied with such reasonings and doings, a certain report, taking its rise in the spring-time, in the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, gradually grew everywhere, and ran through the world as truly the good tidings of God, being unable to stifle the counsel of God in silence. Therefore, it everywhere became greater and louder, saying that a certain One in Judæa, beginning in the spring season, was preaching to the Jews the kingdom of the invisible God, and saying that whoever of them would reform his manner of living should enjoy it. And in order that He might be believed that He uttered these things full of the Godhead, He wrought many wonderful miracles and signs by His mere command, as having received power from God. For He made the deaf to hear, the blind to see, the lame to walk, raised up the bowed down, drove away every disease, put to flight every demon; and even scabbed lepers, by only looking on Him from a distance, were sent away cured by Him; and the dead being brought to Him, were raised; and there was nothing which He could not do. And as time advanced, so much the greater, through the arrival of more persons, and the stronger grew—I say not now the report, but—the truth of the thing; for now at length there were meetings in various places for consultation and inquiry as to who He might be that had appeared, and what was His purpose." Clementine Homily Book 1, Chapter 6 



Tacitus Roman Historian (Second Century)

"But not all the relief that could come from man, not all the Bounties that the prince could bestow, nor all the atonements Which could be presented to the gods, availed to relieve Nero From the infamy of being believed to have ordered the Conflagration, the fire of Rome. Hence to suppress the rumor, he Falsely charged with the guilt, and punished Christians, who were Hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of the name, was Put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign Of Tiberius: but the pernicious superstition, repressed for a time Broke out again, not only through Judea, where the mischief Originated, but through the city of Rome also, where all things Hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their Center and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first Made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an Immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of Firing the city, as of hatred against mankind."  Annals, Book 15 Chapter 44


 

Again, as mentioned before, the said prophecy, states 'He should be called a Nazarene’ (Matt. 2:23). The followers of HaMashiach, were also called Nazarenes, according to the historian Epiphanius of Salamis, he stated:


"But these sectarians... did NOT call themselves Christians--but "Nazarenes,” …However they are simply complete Judeans." 


He also stated:

"They are different from the Judeans, and different from Christians, only in the following. They disagree with Judeans, because they have come to the faith of HaMashiach; but since they are still fettered by the Law--circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest-- they are not in accord with Christians.... they are nothing but Judeans." 


Therefore, they were Judeans that were called Nazarenes, not Christians.


The Portrait of HaMashiach

Then they made a search with great diligence to seek the portrait of HaMashiach; and they found a woman named Veronica who had the portrait of HaMashiach. Then the Emperor Tiberius said to Velosianus: “How hast thou it?” And he answered: "I have it in clean cloth of gold, rolled up in a shawl," and the Emperor Tiberius said: "Bring it to me, and spread it before my face, that I, falling to the ground and bending my knees, may adore it on the ground." Then Velosianus spread out his shawl with the cloth of gold on which the portrait of HaMashiach had been imprinted; and the Emperor Tiberius saw it. And he immediately adored the image of HaMashiach with a pure heart, and his flesh was cleansed as the flesh of a little child. And all the blind, the lepers, the lame, the dumb, the deaf, and those possessed by various diseases, who were there present, were healed, and cured, and cleansed. The Ante-Nicene Fathers vol. VIII, pg. 475-476


  History of this Text:

This version of the Legend of Veronica is written in very barbarous Latin, probably of the seventh or eighth century.  - The Forgotten Bible, by Philp Schaff, pg. 67





The Paradosis of Pilate

 And the writings having come to the city of the Romans, and having been read to the Caesar, with not a few standing by, all were astounded, because through the wickedness of Pilate the darkness and the earthquake had come over the whole world. And the Caesar, filled with rage, sent soldiers, and ordered them to bring Pilate a prisoner.


And when he was brought to the city of the Romans, the Caesar, hearing that Pilate had arrived, sat in the temple of the gods, in the presence of all the senate, and with all the army, and all the multitude of his power; and he ordered Pilate to stand forward. And the Caesar says to him


"Why hast thou, O most impious, dared to do such things, having seen so great miracles in that man? By daring to do an evil deed, thou hast destroyed the whole world."


 Pilate said: "O almighty king, I am innocent of these things; but the multitude of the Jews are violent and guilty." 


Caesar said: "And who are they? Pilate says: Herod, Archelaus, Philip, Annas and Caiaphas, and all the multitude of the Jews. The Caesar says: For what reason didst thou follow out their counsel?"


Pilate says: "Their nation is rebellious and insubmissive, not submitting themselves to thy power." 


Caesar said: When they delivered him to thee, thou oughtest to have made him secure, and to have sent him to me, and not to have obeyed them in crucifying such a man, righteous as he was, and one that did such good miracles, as thou hast said in thy report. For from such miracles Jesus was manifestly the Christ, the King of the Jews.


And as the Caesar was thus speaking, when he named the name of HaMashiach, all the multitude of the gods fell down in a body, and became as dust, where the Caesar was sitting with the senate. And the people standing beside the Caesar all began to tremble, on account of the speaking of the word, and the fall of their gods; and being seized with terror, they all went away, each to his own house, wondering at what had happened. And the Caesar ordered Pilate to be kept in security, in order that he might know the truth about HaMashiach. And on the following day, the Caesar, sitting in the Capitol with all the senate, tried again to question Pilate.


Caesar says: "Tell the truth, O most impious, because through thy impious action which thou hast perpetrated against HaMashiach, even here the doing of thy wicked deeds has been shown by the gods having been cast down. Say, then, who is he that has been crucified; because even his name has destroyed all the gods?"


Pilate said: "And indeed the records of him are true; for assuredly I myself was persuaded from his works that he was greater than all the gods whom we worship."


Caesar said: "For what reason, then, didst thou bring against him such audacity and such doings, if thou wert not ignorant of him, and altogether devising mischief against my kingdom?" 


Pilate said: "On account of the wickedness and rebellion of the lawless and ungodly Jews, I did this."


And the Caesar, being filled with rage, held a council with all his senate and his power, and ordered a decree to be written against the Jews as follows:


"To Licianus, the governor of the chief places of the East, greeting. The reckless deed which has been done at the present time by the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the cities of the Jews round about, and their wicked action, has come to my knowledge, that they have forced Pilate to crucify a certain god named HaMashiach, and on account of this great fault of theirs the world has been darkened and dragged to destruction. Do thou then speedily, with a multitude of soldiers, go to them there, and make them prisoners, in accordance with this decree. Be obedient, and take action against them, and scatter them, and make them slaves among all the nations; and having driven them out of the whole of Judaea, make them the smallest of nations, so that it may not any longer be seen at all, because they are full of wickedness."


And this decree having come into the region of the East, Licianus, obeying from fear of the decree, seized all the nation of the Jews; and those that were left in Judaea he scattered among the nations, and sold for slaves: so that it was known to the Caesar that these things had been done by Licianus against the Jews in the region of the East; and it pleased him.


And again the Caesar set himself to question Pilate; and he orders a captain named Albius to cut off Pilate's head, saying: 


"Just as he laid hands upon the just man named HaMashiach, in like manner also shall he fall, and not find safety."


And Pilate, going away to the place, prayed. in silence, saying: 


"Master, do not destroy me along with the wicked Hebrews, because I would not have laid hands upon Thee, except for the nation of the lawless Jews, because they were exciting rebellion against me. But Thou knowest that I did it in ignorance. Do not then destroy me for this my sin; but remember not evil against me, O Master, and against Thy servant Procla, who is standing with me in this the hour of my death, whom Thou didst appoint to prophesy that Thou shouldest be nailed to the cross. Do not condemn her also in my sin; but pardon us, and make us to be numbered in the portion of Thy righteous."


And, behold, when Pilate had finished his prayer, there came a voice out of the heaven, saying: 


"All the generations and families of the nations shall count thee blessed, because under thee have been fulfilled all those things said about me by the prophets; and thou thyself shall be seen as my witness at my second appearing, when I shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel, and those that have not owned my name."


And the prefect struck off the head of Pilate; and, behold, an angel of YHWH received it. And his wife Procla, seeing the angel coming and receiving his head, being filled with joy herself also, immediately gave up the ghost, and was buried along with her husband. - Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. VIII,  Translated by Alexander Walker, XVIII


History of this Text:

 This text was first edited by Birch, and afterwards by Thilo. Tischendorf makes use of five mss., of which the earliest belongs to the twelfth century.  - The Forgotten Bible  by Philp Schaff pg. 66-67