And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord: Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.(Zechariah 6:12-13)
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.( Isaiah 42:1-4)
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.(Jeremiah 23:5)
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.(Zechariah 3:8)
Before the LORD created the miracle nation, at the very beginning when men fell, He made a promise of salvation. He spoke to the serpent who had tempted the first couple, but in their hearing,
“I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, He shall crush your head but you will bruise his heel”.(Genesis 3:15)
The LORD would send a “Seed of the woman” to undo Satan’s work, He would accomplish, but it would cost him pain and suffering.This “seed of the woman”(virgin born), would come through Shem, Torah, Abraham,Isaac and Jacob. As scripture develops so also does the description and predictions concerning this person.
He would be born in Bethlehem(Micah 5), He would come through the line of Judah,(Genesis 49:8-10), through the family of Jesse(Isaiah 11:1-5) and of the house of David(2 Samuel 7:12-15).
The prophets designated him as the Son of David, the King, The Servant of JAhweh, and the Messiah.
The Word Messiah mean “Anointed”, because the office of Priest and King was inaugurated by a public anointing with oil, to signify that this person was God’s chosen vessel, and upon Him was the Spirit.The Messiah would come as the ultimate Priest and King, as well as a Prophet.
Israel, by law had separation of King and Priest,(Where we get separation of church and state). Kings came from the line of Judah, and Priests were selected from the tribe of Levi.No King could take upon himself the office of a Priest, nor could Priests rule as King. But the prophecy of Zechariah predicted that a man named “The branch” would have both offices combined in himself! The Messiah would be King and Priest.
The Branch (a Shoot of a tree) would build the true temple of the LORD, and reign as King and do wisely.In his days the Righteous would flourish. The word for “Branch” in Hebrew is usually TSamach, but the one used in Isaiah is Netzer, “Shoot”. The word Nazareth means “Shoot” or Sprout.
Israel has cherished these and many, many other prophecies in scripture, waiting through all manner of trials and tribulations through dark and painful centuries, for the arrival of the Messiah who would inaugurate the age of Righteousness and Peace;
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord 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 the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.(Isaiah 11:1-6)
But there is a problem.
Scripture set prophetic time limits upon the arrival of the Messiah.
The Patriarch Jacob prophesied that Messiah, (Shiloh) would come before the “Scepter departs from Judah”. The Scepter, refers to the tribal identity, as well as to sovereign self rule, including the right to administer capitol punishment within the Tribe.
Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. (Genesis 49:8-10)
But the right of Punishment was taken away from the tribe of Judah in 7 AD by a Roman administrator, as we have mentioned earlier. This is why Jesus was crucified by Romans and not stoned to death by the elders of the people of Judea.
Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:(John 18:311)
Furthermore in the destruction of the temple in 70AD, all tribal records which had copiously been preserved were destroyed by the Romans when they burned and overthrew the Temple. The Scepter has departed from Judah. Jews know they are Jews, but almost in entirety, none of them know what tribe they are from.
The Messiah had to have come between 7 AD and 70 Ad.
Daniel 9 confirms this, for the LORD showed Daniel that the Messiah would come and be “cup off” but not for himself but for the people, then the Temple would be destroyed. This happened in 70 AD. The Messiah has come already, but evidently wasn’t recognized or accepted by the miracle nation.
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 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 9:25-26)