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