The Mystery of the Promised Messiah –
It’s not a coincidence that with the rebirth of the nation of Israel, Christian’s began to view Bible prophecy in a more “Jewish” context. I’ve been a student of Bible prophecy for nearly thirty years now and I can still remember what a thrilling discovery it was for me when I learned about the significance of the Bible’s feast days as they relate to YHWH’s redemptive plan for mankind through Yeshua (Jesus). Today the Biblical holy days and their prophetic significance are widely known.
Each year the importance of seeing the Bible, and especially the New Testament in its Jewish/Hebraic context is illustrated in new and wonderful ways. In his latest book Unlocking the Prophetic Mysteries of Israel, Jonathan Bernis provides you with a road map for understanding the context of Israel in YHWH’s redemptive plan for mankind.
This is a well thought out book which starts in Genesis with the sin of our ancestors and ends in Revelation with the restoration of mankind to their intended state. I really appreciated the way Mr. Bernis developed the story arc in this book. Each chapter builds upon the Messianic theme of the promised seed. Mr. Bernis provides his readers with a unique perspective on this Biblical theme, showing that it was through the descendants of Abraham that this ancient promise was fulfilled in the past, kept alive in the present, and will be brought to completion in our future.
But this book does more than just tell the story of YHWH’s redemptive plan through Yeshua . The book makes a compelling case that YHWH is not finished with his chosen people, that the descendants of Abraham still have a distinctive role to plan in our Creators redemptive plan for mankind.
To give you a sense of how Mr. Bernis develops the theme of this book here is a sampling of the chapters:
- CHAPTER 1 Key One: The Seed Promise
- CHAPTER 2 Key Two: The Abrahamic Blessing
- CHAPTER 3 Key Three: The New Covenant
- CHAPTER 4 Key Four: The Restoration of Jerusalem
- CHAPTER 5 Key Five: The Gospel to the Jew First
- CHAPTER 6 Key Six: Bringing Life From the Dead
- CHAPTER 7 Key Seven: The Restoration of All Things CONCLUSION: Fight the Good Fight
To me the best part of the book was Mr. Bernis’ explanation of how because of Yeshua both Jews and Gentiles have unrestricted access to YHWH. How Yeshua atonement for our sins forever rent the temple veil and gave all access to the presences of God.
On a related theme Mr. Bernis explained Ephesians 2:17-22 and how Gentiles because of Yeshua now are become fellow citizens in the household of God. But if you back up use a few more verses Paul provides some stunning Messianic symbolism that only a 2nd temple context can illuminate.
“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;” (Ephesians 2:13-14)
You see during the 2nd temple era when Yeshua and Paul walked those ancient temple stones. That “middle wall of partition” was built between the court of the gentiles and the temple proper. That wall had a warning written on it that any gentile caught passing through the wall was to be immediately put to death. This barrier effectively gave the Jewish people exclusive access to the temple proper and the presence of YHWH. But as Paul explains, Yeshua death and resurrection symbolically broke down that wall and gave gentiles equal access.
Here’s the amazing messianic symbolism of this passage that’s been hidden in plain site. During Yeshua’s and Paul’s day the ancient Jewish writers tell us that “wall” was accessed by 14 steps and entry to the temple was granted by one of 13 gates.
During Yeshua day, as commanded by the Torah, on each of the 7 feast of YHWH, the priests where required to offer some combination of 13 or 14 sacrifices.
In the gospel of Matthew, the New Testament account of Yeshua which scholars believe was written by the apostle Matthew for a Jewish audience with all of the symbolism and metaphor his Jewish brethren would understand, we find this sacrificial symbolism presented in a thrilling way.
In the first chapter of Matthew account we find a list of Yeshua ancestors beginning with Abraham. This list is arrange into three groups of 14 generations. The first group gives us 14 generations from Abraham to David. But interestingly the last grouping when written out only gives 13 generations until Yeshua. Thus Yeshua, symbolically becomes both the 13th and 14th generation. Yeshua becomes symbolically both the suffering servant (13) and the future king (14). Keep in mind David was represented by Matthew as the 14th generation.
Now lest you think Matthew made a mistake, a reasonable case can be made that he purposely left out four kings in Yeshua’s lineage. And “coincidently” one of those kings was left out between the 13th and 14th generation. Kind of brings new meaning to Ephesians 2:13-14 doesn’t it.
Middle wall of partition indeed!
In summary, Mr. Burnis’ book is an enlightening and encouraging read which highlights the Jewish peoples past, present, and yes – future role in our Creators wonderful redemptive plan for mankind. A redemptive plan which allowed even an undeserving gentile like me to reconciled to God by Yeshua – the Salvation of YHWH.
Author: Jonathan Bernis
Book Title: Unlocking the Prophetic Mysteries of Israel: 7 Keys to Understanding Israel’s Role in the Endtimes
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Book Reviewed by: William Struse