First let's get something clear about erroneous notions of Paul and his founding a new religion, which he didn't. True, the halakhah of his Judaism switched from the Pharisaic oral law to the Ruach Hakodesh, but his religion was still one of the Judaisms of the time, not a new non-Judaism Gentile religion.
There is a Name given whereby we must
be delivered. You are going to occupy a tomb that will not be empty.
Moshiach's tomb IS empty. Do not curse his Name. Call upon his Name NOW so
that, like Lazarus (El'azar), he will call
you by Name from your tomb THEN. For whoever calls upon the Name of
Moshiach Adoneinu will be saved. Take your stubborn hand off of the stone
of unbelief and let Hashem roll back the stone of unbelief from your
heart. Faith comes from exposure to the Word of G-d. Start
reading the Orthodox Jewish
Bible today or go to our homepage or our Yiddish page. Remember that
the Brit Chadasha documents (confirmed as authentic 1st Century
writings by papyri discoveries) were written by martyrs and imprisoned
pious Jews. How, therefore, do you explain away as a fraud the brave
testimony, even with their last dying martyr's breath, of so many who
claimed to have seen Moshiach alive? And why were they suddenly so brave
when a short time previous to their bold testimony, they had been fleeing
for their lives with terror, unless of course they HAD seen something to
confirm their faith in the Techiyas HaMeisim in general and the Techiyas
HaMoshiach in particular. Do pious Jews lie? Do they go to their deaths to
perpetrate a fraud? How was the two ton stone blocking the entrance of the
tomb of Moshiach moved? We have positive evidence of the empty tomb and
the resurrection appearance from two hostile sources, both previously
unbelievers and one a persecutor of the Messianic Jews, namely Sha'ul of
Tarsus and Ya'akov ben Yosef (see Ga 1:18-19). Even
Rabban Gamli'el a Tanna was not dubious and hostile toward their testimony
(see Acts 5:34). And
how do you explain the grave clothes collapsed like a deflated mummy?
There is a spiritual body. When you awake in yours it will either be to
the Techiyas HaMesim of Chayyim or the Techiyas HaMesim of Mishpat (Daniel 12:2).
This rigorous argumentation is with the prayer that you will not be similarly materialized with a spiritual resurrection body but only to be raised to judgment and Dera'on Olam. Of course you can try, like a man who wants to smoke 10 packs of cigarettes a day with the hope that nothing bad will come of it, you also can try to dismiss all this evidence and hope for the best. But even if you do attempt to explain away everything, the fact remains that miracles followed the testimony of the early believers wherever they went. Miracles occurred to confirm the veracity of the testimony of the early believers, as it says in Mk 16:17-18. Look at my own life: My mother, if she were still alive, could testify to you of the complete change ("a dead man came alive"), the total personality born again metamorphosis, that took place when I met the living Moshiach of Israel in California in 1971. The other anomaly that you have to try to explain away is that everywhere I have gone testifying to what happened to me miracles have followed. So now you have to try to explain away not only my testimony but also the miracles, all of which can be confirmed to one degree or another by other living eye-witnesses. Rav Sha'ul the persecutor-turned-Shliach informs us that there were over 500 eye-witnesses of Moshiach's resurrection, MOST OF WHOM WERE STILL ALIVE at the time of Rav Sha'ul's writing (1Co 15:6). Do you honestly believe that the grandson of a drunken shanty Irishman, a naive country bumpkin from a tiny village in Indiana, could go to the big city and suddenly find Jewish people (never hardly having even MET one in Oakland City, Indiana) and then, lo and behold, help them start all these messianic synagogues all over the world and then write all these books and then do all this Bible translation work WITHOUT MORE MIRACLES THAN COULD EVER BE TOLD? (To say nothing of the grace of G-d!) You honestly believe that? That takes more faith than to believe that what is written here is true. Do you honestly think there was nothing miraculous about me walking into Dr Donald Anderson McGavran's office in 1974, when, during the period he was on the phone with Billy Graham to be the keynote speaker of the world-wide historic Lausanne Conference, he personally read and corrected the manuscript of EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GROW A MESSIANIC SYNAGOGUE, before it impacted the entire Messianic Jewish world? Do you honestly believe there were no miracles involved? That this was just a fluke of luck? Or how's this one for fiancing and producing a film seen by hundreds of thousands of people: get checked into a free motel room on Labor Day weekend with 23cents in your pocket, pray, ask for the money to make the film, then get $23,000 free (100,000 times the amount) from the same place (Boynton Beach) and then wind up in the publisher's office of MEL GIBSON'S PASSION (which was published by the same publisher some time later) and get the film published as a book even before it was made into a film. You think that too was just a fluke of luke? I'm talking about the office of Ken Taylor, the translator of the world-famous THE LIVING BIBLE. You think all this happened without miracles? How naive can you be! More naive than the naive country bumpkin I've been talking about!
So if there is a "Sha'ul" reading this and kicking against the goads of Hashem, he might as well come to the end of his proud stubborn ox ways and let go and let G-d. Also see an Orthodox Jewish Mahzor that speaks of many of these things. You say you trust the Rabbis. Why not these Rabbis?
See the Scriptures on Hell or Gehinnom: Daniel 12:2 and Isaiah 66:24 and Mt 5:22 and Mt 5:29-30 and Mt 7:13 and Mt 7:23 and Mt 8:12 and Mt 8:29 and Mt 10:28 and Mt 13:42 and Mt 13:49-50 and Mt 18:6-9 and Mt 22:13 and Mt 23:33 and Mt 24:51 and Mt 25:30 and Mt 25:41 and Mt 25:46 and Mt 26:24 and Mk 1:24 and Mk 5:7 and Mk 9:43 and Mk 9:45 and Mk 9:47-48 and Lk 3:17 and Lk 4:34 and Lk 12:5 and Lk 13:3 and Lk 13:5 and Lk 16:23-25 and Lk 16:28 and Yn 3:16-18 and Yn 3:36 and Yn 5:28-29 and Yn 8:21, 24 and Ac 10:42 and Ac 17:31 and Ro 2:5 and Ro 2:8-9 and Ro 2:12 and Ro 6:23 and Ro 9:3,22 and 1Co 11:32 and 2Co 2:15-16 and 2Co 4:3 and Gal 1:8-9 and Gal 6:8 and Eph 5:6 and Phil 1:28 and Phil 3:19 and Col 3:6 and 1Th 1:10 and 1Th 5:3,9 and 2Th 1:8-9 and 2Th 2:10 and MJ 6:2 and MJ 9:27 and MJ 10:27,39 and Ya 4:12 and 2K 2:1,3,4,9,12,17 and 2K 3:7 and Yd 4,6,7,13 and Rv 2:11 and Rv 6:16-17 and Rv 11:18 and Rv 14:10-11 and Rv 14:19 and Rv 16:19 and Rv 17:8,11 and Rv 18:8,9,18 and Rv 19:3 and Rv 19:15 and Rv 19:20 and Rv 20:10, 14-15; and Rv 21:8 and Rv 22:15.
Pray this prayer.
* Rabbi Moses Abraham Levi in an Ancient Rabbinical Commentary said, "I have examined and searched all the Holy Scriptures, and have not found the time for the coming of Moshiach, clearly fixed, except in the words of Gabriel to the prophet Daniel, which are written in the ninth chapter of the prophecy of Daniel."
**Talmud Sanhedrin 98 on Daniel 7:13-14 speaks about Moshiach's coming "with the clouds of heaven."
*** The Midrash on Lamentations 1:16 says, "What is the name of King Moshiach? Rabbi Abba, son of Kahana, said, Adonoi (Hashem); for it is written, 'This is the Name whereby he shall be called, the L-rd our Righteousness.' "
****Talmud Sukkah 52 says Moshiach will ask and receive life, quoting Ps 21:5, showing that the grave and its decay will not be the fate of Moshiach even "IF HE IS SLAIN"
See the ORTHODOX JEWISH BIBLE.
The Bible is the solid rock that will never pass away. Whatever is in the Bible is just what G-d wanted to be said and not the mere whim of human will. See 2K 1:21. In the Scriptures are spiritual words taught by the Ruach Hakodesh to those believers who have the Ruach Hakodesh. See 1C 2:12-16. See 2Ti 3:16 and Mt 5:18.
We have no other written authority. The words of the Hellenistic Jewish Synagogue of the First Century that comprise the last 27 books and the Hebrew and Aramaic words that make up the first 39 books are without error in the original autographs and have been preserved in the extant copies so that we have the infallible and inerrant authority that is able to make us wise unto salvation. See 2Ti 3:15.
Blessed is the man who over G-d's Word does not stumble. Just as it was possible for a proud disciple of the Jerusalem rabbis to look at the Galilean Carpenter and not "read" him but instead despise his lowly peasant appearance ("There was no special beauty or form to make us notice him or desire him" Isaiah 53:2), so there are proud readers who see apparent but not actual discrepancies in the Scripture. For example, when you are reading Matthew 27:9 you might think that the text has a mistake until you realize that this is a composite citation (Jer 18:2-6; 19:1-2,4,6,11; 32:6-15; Zech 11:13) from Zecharyah and Yirmeyah. And just as some turned away from the incognito King, Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach, so one's wicked heart might lead one to turn away from Matthew 27:9, but in both cases the error is not in what is read but in the reader.