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distant climactic appearance. Because they rejected the notion

of a separation of Messianic appearances by a single Messiah, to

this day, many Jews still await their future Messiahs and the

fulfillment of all Messianic prophecies.

THE TWO MESSIAHS

The Conquering King

There is much prophecy concerning the Messiah (the

Christ or the Anointed One). Many of the passages appear to

be contradictory, from which came the previously addressed

teaching that there are two Messiahs. The first, the “Conquer-

ing King,” is found in one of David’s Psalms:

“The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gath-

er together against the LORD and against his Anointed One

[Messiah]. I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill. You

are my Son…You will rule them with an iron scepter; Kiss the

Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his

wrath can flare up in a moment”

(Psalm 2:2, 6, 7, 9, 12).

The Suffering Servant

The second Messiah, the “Suffering Servant,” is found in a

number of passages:

“After the sixty-two ‘sevens’ the Anointed

One [Messiah] will be cut off and will have nothing” (Dan.

9:26). “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sor-

rows, and familiar with suffering… He was pierced for our

transgressions… the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us

all… he poured out his life unto death…”

(Isa 53:3, 5, 6, 12).

(See also Psalm 22.)

Confusion by John the Baptist

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