Isaiah 53 is about Mashiyach, NOT Israel!
Scripture is clear that Isaiah 53 is about the Jewish Messiah. The early rabbis taught that Isaiah 53 was about the Jewish Messiah. Modern traditional Jewish rabbis insist that it's about Israel. So what's the real scoop?
Concerning Isaiah 53 supposedly being about Israel, we must ask ourselves: Can Israel DIE for Israel? (No, but Y’shua did! See Matthew 27.) Can Israel be wounded for our transgressions? (No, but Y’shua was! See Matthew 27.) Can people take Israel's garments and divide them? (No, but that certainly happened in Y’shua’s case! See John 19:23.) WHEN was "Israel" wounded for our transgressions or crushed because of our iniquities? Has the world been HEALED by "Israel"? Not hardly! Y'shua has filled myriads of Tanach prophecies - and people can reject it all they want, but they cannot CHANGE those facts! For more on this, please check out our blog article The "suffering servant" of Isaiah 53 cannot possibly be about "Israel".
Concerning Isaiah 7 being about "a young woman and NOT a virgin" please see our article about Almah.
Isaiah 52: 10 The LORD hath made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, ye that bear the vessels of the LORD. 12 For ye shall not go out in haste, neither shall ye go by flight; for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rearward. 13 Behold, My servant shall prosper, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. 14 According as many were appalled at thee - so marred was his visage unlike that of a man, and his form unlike that of the sons of men - 15 So shall he startle many nations, kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them shall they see, and that which they had not heard shall they perceive.
Isaiah 53: 1 'Who would have believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For he shot up right forth as a sapling, and as a root out of a dry ground; he had no form nor comeliness, that we should look upon him, nor beauty that we should delight in him. 3 He was despised, and forsaken of men, a man of pains, and acquainted with disease, and as one from whom men hide their face: he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely our diseases he did bear, and our pains he carried; whereas we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. :5 But he was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed. 6 All we like sheep did go astray, we turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath made to light on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, though he humbled himself and opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; yea, he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away, and with his generation who did reason? for he was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due. 9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich his tomb; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.'
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to crush him by disease; to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution, that he might see his seed, prolong his days, and that the purpose of the LORD might prosper by his hand: 11 Of the travail of his soul he shall see to the full, even My servant, who by his knowledge did justify the Righteous One to the many, and their iniquities he did bear. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the mighty; because he bared his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Please Google the well-known, well-respected Rabbi Yitzak Kaduri who, before his death in 2005, provided the name of the coming Jewish Messiah: Yehoshua. He was in a trance for some 45 minutes a year before his death, and he said at that time that YHWH had given him the name of the Messiah. He never once mentioned Rabbi Schneerson's name...
The Tanach provides ample evidence about Messiah, and the bottom line is: Y'shua is the ONLYone who has fulfilled all the qualifications. Tanach also clearly shows that Isaiah 53 IS about Yeshua and not Israel, in part, because Israel can't be stricken for Israel.
Messiah Y'shua, the "arm of YHWH," was real and he was our Final Sin Sacrifice - and he was the "suffering servant" is Isaiah 53 because the Tanach, read in context, speaks for itself:
Zechariah 12:10 "And I will pour out on the House of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and supplication, so that they will look on me whom they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born."
The Babylonian Talmud Succa 52a/Yalkut Shimoni states: "This is Mashiyach ben Yoseph, who is to be slain." Rabbinical tradition rapidly digressed from a central Messianic character, to view themselves (or the Jewish people) as the "suffering servant" – which does nothing to satisfy the myriads of requirements of the "person" of Mashiyach ben Yoseph. "As many were astonished (desolate) at you; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:" (Isaiah 52:14). "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not." (Isaiah 53:3). Mashiyach is very clearly foretold of suffering and being rejected and being "cut off." "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined." (Daniel 9:26). Mashiyach was not only foretold of being "cut off," but Daniel pins down the precise timing of when this would happen. Mashiyach ben Yoseph presented an offer from his Father of the Malchut Elohim; in doing so he separated the "sheep from the goats."
...The second aspect is the name of this unique "messenger." Every other messenger in Tanakh always has part of the same name with the other messengers: EL (e.g. MichaEL, UriEL, RaphaEL, GabriEL, etc.). Everyone that is, except this one, which has "My Name" in him. That being said, of course we know what this Name is: "Moses said to Elohim, 'When I come to the Israelites and say to them the Elohim of your fathers has sent me to you, they will ask me, What is His Name? what shall I say to them?' And Elohim said to Moses, 'Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am that I am].'" He continued, "'Thus you shall say to the Israelites, Ehyeh [I am] sent me to you.' And Elohim said further to Moses, 'Thus shall you speak to the Israelites: YHWH, the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Awraham, the Elohim of Yitzkhakh, and the Elohim of Ya'akov, has sent me to you. This shall be My Name forever. This is My appellation for all eternity.'" (Exodus 3:13-15).
Thus we see the linguistic link between YHWH and Ehyeh, both derived from haya (to be). It is also from haya that we get the singular form of YAH, which is the name of YHWH in the Aramaic New Covenant. So, when YHWH says, "My Name is in him" He means that the "messenger" will not have EL as part of his appellation, but will be worthy of the Higher Name of YAH. The significance of this is obvious: "Behold the days come, saith YHWH, that I will raise up unto Dawid a righteous shoot, and he shall reign as king and prosper, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is the name whereby he shall be called: YHWH is our righteousness." (Jeremiah 23:5-6 (1955 JPS))
The Name is even more clearly foretold in Zechariah. Here, we are told that a certain man is not the righteous branch but instead has the name of the branch to come. "Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before you are men that are a sign...." (Zechariah 3:8a). The prophecy begins with the idea that Joshua and associates are symbolic of things to come. "...for behold, I will bring forth My servant the Shoot." (Zechariah 3:8b). Notice carefully, the "servant" is also yet to come, so it cannot be the high priest Joshua or his present company. The servant is also called the "Shoot" or "little sprout," another word for "Branch." "For behold the stone I have set before Joshua; upon that stone are seven facets; behold I will engrave the graving thereof, saith YHWH of hosts: And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. In that day, saith YHWH of hosts, shall ye all visit every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree." (Zechariah 3:9-10). The key element here is the part about removing all iniquity from Israel in a single day and having the world at peace, neither of which happened during the Second Temple period. Therefore, this prophecy is definitely far removed from the lifetimes of Joshua or his men.
Isaiah 53 says "for my people, he was stricken". The 53rd chapter goes on to say that HE was wounded for OUR transgressions. So the question is, who are Isaiah's people? Whose transgressions is HE wounded for? The answer is ISRAEL, so Israel cannot be wounded for the sake of itself when Israel sinned and broke the covenant in the first place (Jeremiah 31).
The fact of the matter is, all the Mishanic and post tanaaitic sources on this subject are CORRUPTED. There is not a single pre-common era (i.e. BEFORE Yeshua) commentary that EVER viewed the suffering servant as anything other than a man. The rabbis are the ones who need to prove that the language is not clearly talking about a singular human being, and they never can.
If the suffering servant is a man, then the rabbinics have no leg to stand on. Who ELSE could it be? Rabbis know that, so there is no need to assume that Messianic believers have to find Talmudic rabbis who support that reading, as it is irrelevant. Regardless, the scriptural argument is always the one that has the most power. It is clear the Pharisees and the Rabbinics have supressed the Ruach haKodesh and the plain meaning of Scripture in favor of their human authority (Eruvin 21b).
Still, here is what EARLY rabbis said about Isaiah 53:
Rabbinical Jewish Commentaries on Isaiah 53: "But he was wounded...meaning that since the Messiah bears our iniquities which produce the effect of His being bruised, it follows that whosoever will not admit that Messiah thus suffers for our iniquities, must endure and suffer for them himself." (Rabbi Elijah de Vidas/see Signs of the Cross by Andrew Gabriel Roth)
Rabbi Mosheh Kohen Ibn Crispin: This rabbi described those who interpret Isaiah 53 as referring to Israel as those: "having forsaken the knowledge of our Teachers, and inclined after the 'stubbornness of their own hearts', and of their own opinion, I am pleased to interpret it, in accordance with the teaching of our Rabbis, of the King Messiah....This prophecy was delivered by Isaiah at the divine command for the purpose of making known to us something about the nature of the future Messiah, who is to come and deliver Israel, and his life from the day when he arrives at discretion until his advent as a redeemer, in order that if anyone should arise claiming to be himself the Messiah, we may reflect, and look to see whether we can observe in him any resemblance to the traits described here; if there is any such resemblance, then we may believe that he is the Messiah our righteousness; but if not, we cannot do so." (From his commentary on Isaiah, quoted in The Fifty-third Chapter of Isaiah According to the Jewish Interpreters, Ktav Publishing House, 1969, Volume 2, pages 99-114.)
Messiah son of Joseph was slain, as it is written, "They shall look unto me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son" (Zech xii 10 (Suk. 52a)
"The Holy One gave Messiah the opportunity to save souls but to be severely chastised: and forthwith the Messiah accepted the chastisements of love, as is written, 'He was oppressed, and he was afflicted.' And when Israel is sinful, the Messiah seeks mercy upon them, as it is written, 'By his stripes we were healed,' and 'He carried the sins of many and made intercession for the trangressors.'" (Bereshith Rabbah, Rabbi Moshe Hadershan)
"The word 'man' in the passage refers to the Messiah, the son of David as it is written, 'Behold the man whose name is Zemah'; there Jonathan interprets, Behold the man Messiah; as it is said 'a man of pains and known to sickness.' (Midrash Thanhumi, Rabbi Nahman)
Rabbinical Elijah the prophet quote: "Bear the suffering and punishment of thy Lord, with which he chastises thee for the sins of Israel, as it is written, 'He is pressed for our rebellion - crushed for our iniquities' until the end come." (Midrash Cohen, BhM, 2:29)
The Talmud explains: "The Messiah--what is his name? Those of the house of Rabbi Yuda the saint say, the sick one, as it is said, 'Surely he had borne our sicknesses'." (Sanhedrin 98b)
"It is because of this future ordeal that David (prophetically) wept, saying My strength is dried up like a potsherd [Psalms 22:7]. At this hour, G-d will say to Him, Ephraim, My Righteous Messiah, didst Thou not agree before the creation to this? Now let Your sorrows be as My own sorrows....At that Messiah answers, Now is My Spirit calmed for 'It is enough for a servant to be like master.'" (Pesikta Rabbati Piska 36:142/Yalkut on Isaiah 60:1-2)
"Then He [My Servant Messiah] will become despised, and will cut off the glory of all the Kingdoms; they will be prostrate and mourning, like a man of pains, and like One destined for sickness; and as though the Presence of the Shekinah had been withdrawn from us, they will be despised, and esteemed not." (Targum Jonathan Isaiah 53:3)
"And when Israel is sinful, the Messiah seeks for mercy upon them, as it is written, 'By His stripes we were healed, and He carried the sins of many; and made intercession for the transgressors'." (B'reshith Rabbah)
Referring to Zecheriah 12:10-12, "R. Dosa says: '(They will mourn) over the Messiah who will be slain.'" (B. Suk. 52a; also Y. Suk. 55b)
A late 10th century commentary of Isaiah 53 reads:
"As for myself, I am inclined with Benjamin of Nehavend, to regard it as alluding to the Messiah ...In the first instance that the Messiah will only reach his highest degree of honor after long and severe trials; and secondly, that these trials will be sent upon him as a kind of sign, so that, if he finds himself under the yoke of misfortunes while remaining pious in his actions, he may know that he is the designated one." (Yepheth ben All)
"The Messiah, on his part, enters a certain Hall in the Garden of Eden, called the Hall of the Afflicted. There he calls for all the diseases and pains and sufferings of Israel, bidding them settle on himself, which they do. And were it not that he thus eases the burden from Israel, taking it on himself, no one could endure the sufferings meted out to Israel on account of their neglect of the Torah. So Scripture says, 'Surely our sickness did he bear' ... 'As long as Israel dwelt in the Holy Land, the rituals and sacrifices removed all those diseases from the world; now the Messiah removes them from the children of the world'." (Zohar 2:212a)
"I will now proceed to explain these verses of our own Messiah, who G-d willing, will come speedily in our days. I am surprised that Rashi and Rabbi David Kimchi have not, with the Targums, applied it to the Messiah likewise." (Rabbi Naphtali ben Asher Altshuler, ca. 1650 A.D.)
"I am pleased to interpret it in accordance of our rabbis, of the King Messiah, and will be careful, so far as I am able, to adhere to the literal sense: thus, possible, I shall be free from the fancied and far fetched interpretations of which others have been guilty...." (Rabbi Moshe Kohen Ibn Crispin of Cordova and Toledo in Spain, ca. 1350)
"Our rabbis of blessed memory with one voice accept and affirm the opinion that the prophet is speaking of the King Messiah. And we ourselves shall also adhere to the same view." (Rabbi Moshe Le Sheich, second half of the 16th century)
"But he was wounded...meaning that since the Messiah bears our iniquities which produce the effect of His being bruised, it follows that whosoever will not admit that Messiah thus suffers for our iniquities, must endure and suffer for them himself." (Rabbi Elij)
Let's see what some other verses in the Tanach say about Mashiach. First a review of one verse in Isaiah:
Isaiah 53: 2 For he shot up right forth as a sapling, and as a root out of a dry ground; he had no form nor comeliness, that we should look upon him, nor beauty that we should delight in him.
Jeremiah 23(JPS): 5 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous shoot, and he shall reign as king and prosper, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, the Lord is our righteousness.
Proverbs 30 (JPS): 3 And I have not learned wisdom, that I should have the knowledge of the Holy One. 4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in his garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou knowest?
Isaiah 9 (JPS): 5 For a child is born unto us, a son is given unto us; and the government is upon his shoulder; and his name is called Pele-joez-el-gibbor-Abi-ad-sar-shalom;
(The JPS Tanach, for some reason, does not translate Pele-joez-el-gibbor-Abi-ad-sar-shalom which is translated "Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace"....Why is that?)
Psalms 2 (JPS): 1 Why are the nations in an uproar? And why do the peoples mutter in vain? 2 The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed: (anointed = Messiah) 3 'Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.' 4 He that sitteth in heaven laugheth, the Lord hath them in derision. 5 Then will He speak unto them in His wrath, and affright them in His sore displeasure: 6 'Truly it is I that have established My king upon Zion, My holy mountain.' 7 I will tell of the decree: the LORD said unto me: 'Thou art My son, this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of Me, and I will give the nations for thine inheritance, and the ends of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.' 10 Now therefore, O ye kings, be wise; be admonished, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psa 2:12 Do homage in purity, lest He be angry, and ye perish in the way, when suddenly His wrath is kindled. Happy are all they that take refuge in Him.
Psalms 22 (JPS): 1 For the Leader; upon Aijeleth ha-Shahar. A Psalm of David. (22:2) My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me, and art far from my help at the words of my cry? 2 O my God, I call by day, but Thou answerest not; and at night, and there is no surcease for me. 3 Yet Thou art holy, O Thou that art enthroned upon the praises of Israel. 4 In Thee did our fathers trust; they trusted, and Thou didst deliver them. 5 Unto Thee they cried, and escaped; in Thee did they trust, and were not ashamed. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head: 8 'Let him commit himself unto the LORD! let Him rescue him; let Him deliver him, seeing He delighteth in him.' 9 For Thou art He that took me out of the womb; Thou madest me trust when I was upon my mother's breasts.
10 Upon Thee I have been cast from my birth; Thou art my God from my mother's womb. 11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. 12 Many bulls have encompassed me; strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 They open wide their mouth against me, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is become like wax; it is melted in mine inmost parts. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my throat; and Thou layest me in the dust of death. 16 ) For dogs have encompassed me; a company of evil-doers have inclosed me; like a lion, they are at my hands and my feet. 17 I may count all my bones; they look and gloat over me. 18 They part my garments among them, and for my vesture do they cast lots. 19 But Thou, O LORD, be not far off; O Thou my strength, hasten to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; mine only one from the power of the dog. 21 Save me from the lion's mouth; yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen do Thou answer me.
22 I will declare Thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee. 23 'Ye that fear the LORD, praise Him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and stand in awe of Him, all ye the seed of Israel. 24 For He hath not despised nor abhorred the lowliness of the poor; neither hath He hid His face from him; but when he cried unto Him, He heard.' 22 From Thee cometh my praise in the great congregation; I will pay my vows before them that fear Him. 26 Let the humble eat and be satisfied; let them praise the LORD that seek after Him; may your heart be quickened for ever! 27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto the LORD; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee. 28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S; and He is the ruler over the nations. 29 All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and worship; all they that go down to the dust shall kneel before Him, even he that cannot keep his soul alive. 30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord unto the next generation. 31 They shall come and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that He hath done it.
Many obstacles are in the way to prevent Jewish people from accepting their Messiah. One of the most common objections is that "Christianity killed so many in the name of Jesus". While it is sadly true that many people were killed in the name of the Messiah, it was not done by Him or by His true followers! In the Tanach, the people in Ancient Israel rejected and killed the prophets of Adonai and Adonai called their [false] worship of Him an abomination (i.e., Ezekiel chapter 8 etc.) so, does that mean that those who follow Adonai kill those that He sent? OF COURSE NOT! They were FALSE followers who thought they were following God while they were actually rejecting Him and committing ABOMINATIONS against Him. This is the same as those who claim to be following the Messiah and yet are actually doing evil in His name against His will. Messiah Yeshua said He will judge those who do not follow Adonai - the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (Jacob).
Do you know that Yeshua is JEWISH and all of His early followers were Jewish? Did you know He kept Torah and taught Torah? Do you know the Bri't Hadasha was written by Jews and for Jews? Did you know the REAL reason why the rabbis do not want you to read the Bri't Hadasha is because Yeshua spoke against the hypocrisy of some of the religious leaders - the same hypocrisy that today's rabbis are involved in and teach?
Here are a few things Yeshua taught - straight from the Bri't Hadasha:
Matthew 5: 17 Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah – not until everything that must happen has happened.
Here is what Yeshua said about religiosity - including mainstream Christianity which does not adhere to Torah:
Matthew 7: 21 Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father (Adonai) in heaven wants 22 On that Day, many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord! Didn't we prophesy in your name? Didn't we expel demons in your name? Didn't we perform many miracles in your name?' 23 Then I will tell them to their faces, 'I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!' (ie: they did not keep Torah).
Here is what Yeshua taught the most important commandment is:
Mark 12: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. (Rabbinical Jews accuse Yeshua of being a false prophet, but please think about this: A false prophet would NEVER tell us to love God!)
Think about this too: There has only EVER been a small remnant who has followed God in 100 percent truth. Even in ancient Israel, most wanted to worship God their way and not His way. This was shown repeatedly in the wilderness (starting with Aaron's golden calf). Even the prophet Elijah lamented he was the only one following Adonai, to which Adonai responded that He had 7,000 who had not bowed to ba-al (out of the hundreds of thousands/millions in ancient Israel there were ONLY 7,000 who were following Adonai). Many of God's prophets were killed by those who claimed to be following the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So does it not stand to reason the majority would reject the Messiah when He came the first time and that the majority would continue to reject the Him?
I Kings 19: 14 And he said: 'I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant, thrown down Thine altars, and slain Thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.' 15 And the LORD said unto him: 'Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus; and when thou comest, thou shalt anoint Hazael to be king over Aram; 16 and Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. 17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay; and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. 18 Yet will I leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.'
The Prophet Daniel said Messiah would come before the second temple was destroyed and that Messiah would be cut off (killed). Either the Prophet Daniel was a false prophet or Adonai rejected His people and did not send Messiah when He said He would. Early rabbis were concerned they had missed the Messiah after the temple was destroyed because they knew Messiah was to come during the time when Yeshua was on earth.
Daniel 9 (JPS): 24 Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sin, and to forgive iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal vision and prophet, and to anoint the most holy place. 25 Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the word to restore and to build Jerusalem unto one anointed, a prince, shall be seven weeks; and for threescore and two weeks, it shall be built again, with broad place and moat, but in troublous times. 26 And after the threescore and two weeks shall an anointed one be cut off, and be no more; and the people of a prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; but his end shall be with a flood; and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
God does NOT lie and He has NOT rejected the Jewish people. Those who claim Messiah has not come are, in fact, calling the Prophet Daniel - and therefore Adonai, a liar.
About the "Son Of Man":
Some rabbis deny Yeshua is the Messiah because He refers to Himself as "Son of Man". Yet the Tanach shows that "The Son Of Man" is used as to describe the Messiah:
Psalms 80 (JPS): 17 (80:18) Let Thy hand be upon the man of Thy right hand, upon the son of man whom Thou madest strong for Thyself.
Daniel 7 (JPS): 13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the Ancient of days, and he was brought near before Him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Yeshua is a stumbling stone to the Jewish people:
Psalms 118 (JPS)8: 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will enter into them, I will give thanks unto the LORD. 20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter into it. 21 I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast answered me, and art become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders rejected is become the chief corner-stone. 23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Leviticus 17 requires a blood sacrifice to atone for sin and yet the temple was destroyed 40 years after Yeshua came as the final sin offering. Even in ancient Israel, the blood of the first Passover Lamb was used to cover sin for those who accepted it on the doorposts of their homes. When Yeshua died to atone for sin, He was our Passover Lamb which removes the sin of the world - but only for those who accept it. On the day of Judgment, Adonai will Passover those for judgment if they have the blood of His Lamb - Yeshua HaMashiyach - as atonement for sin. He will destroy those who refuse the blood of the Lamb of God.
Leviticus 17 (JPS): 11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life.
Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel. He was foretold in the Tanach. He came to atone for the sins of the world. He came first to His brethren, the Jewish people knowing full well they would (temporarily) reject Him so the Gentiles could be brought into His kingdom. More and more Jewish people are discovering that Yeshua HaMashiyach is THEIR Messiah and that following Him is VERY Jewish. More than 300,000 Jews in the United States and more than 15,000 Israeli Jews have accepted Yeshua as their Messiah (we don't have the world wide figures - although the number of Jewish people who are accepting Yeshua as Messiah and becoming MORE Jewish by doing so is increasing rapidly as more find out they have been deceived by their traditions).
Yeshua HaMashiyach will bring world peace when He returns even though when He came the first time He brought internal peace - peace with Adonai. He died to atone for sin so that we can have a personal relationship with God and so that we can enjoy internal peace knowing we are children of God. Accepting Messiah Yeshua means you are a friend of God and whom He will protect, even in the times of trouble or even unto death. Accepting Messiah Yeshua means you have atonement for sin, assurance of Salvation (in Hebrew, Yeshua means salvation), and that you will spend eternity with Adonai.
Yeshua was foreshadowed throughout the Tanach - including in Isaiah 52 and 53. The Scriptures speak for themselves.