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Recently I have been looking into why Judaism rejects Jesus, and they have a list of prophecies that they say He did not fulfill. If you can help explain one by one that this list does not contain prophecies or are future prophecies yet to be fulfilled would be helpful. Thanks.

  • Nations will end up recognizing the wrongs they did to Israel (Isaiah 52:13-53:5)
  • Weapons of war will be destroyed (Ezekiel 39:9)
  • The Temple will be rebuilt (Ezekiel 40) resuming many of the suspended mitzvot
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You are misreading those Scriptures, they are not all prophesies which were to be fulfilled during Jesus lifetime or even during the Church age.

All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted.

Isaiah 52:13 through 15 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

These three Scriptures are connected to the second coming of Christ.

Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

This is clearly an admonition to the Jews of his day, that they are unable to understand the prophesies of the prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah 53:2 through 12 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

These have all been fulfilled by Jesus according to the Gospels. The reason the Jews do not accept that Jesus fulfilled these is because they do not accept the New Testament, and believe that Jesus was only a prophet and not Deity.

Ezekiel 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:

This prophesy is for the great tribulation which will begin with three and a half years of peace, and during the second three and a half years no weapons will be allowed and any found will be destroyed.

This also will happen during the first three and a half years of the Tribulation when the False prophet makes a compact with the Nation of Israel.

All of this is covered in the Revelation if you wish to read it for yourself.

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Amen brother the Ruach haKodesh (holy spirit) itself has spoken through you. wonderfull answer. –  eliyah Aug 16 '14 at 1:32

You are misreading those Scriptures, because they are not prophecies.

First, there is nothing in Isaiah 52:13-53:5 (KJV) that can be considered a prophecy that nations will end up recognise the wrongs they did to Israel. Written towards the end of the Babylonian Exile, this is one of the 'suffering servant' songs and refers to an unknown hero of the exile:

Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Ezekiel 39:9-13 says that weapons of war will be destroyed and untold numbers of soldiers of the fabled Magog buried, but the sheer scale of the task is so enormous that it was clearly only a fantasy written by Ezekiel to comfort the Jews exiled in Babylon, and not a prophecy:

And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel chapter 40 does indeed prophesy the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple, a task that was completed some time after the Return from Exile, even if the rebuilding did not take place as Ezekiel had imagined in his vision for the future. This temple stood throughout the lifetime of Jesus, so there was nothing for Jesus to fulfil in this regard.

Judaism rejects Jesus, at least in part, because Jesus did not fulfil other prophecies they believed the Messiah would fulfil.The Jews believed that the Messiah would come and deliver them from Roman bondage and set up a kingdom where they would be the rulers. Furthermore, the Christian doctrine of Christ is entirely alien to Jewish thought.

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