THE CASE AGAINST MESSIAH
That a Messiah King will come and redeem the Jewish people and bring permanent world peace is considered a fundamental precept of Judaism. It is anchored in the twelfth of Rambam's Thirteen Principles of Faith: "I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah, and although he may tarry I will await his coming every day." According to this belief, the advent of Messiah will alter every aspect of life on Earth, from animal behavior to human behavior to the laws of nature, even to life and death themselves.
Jewish Messianism has spread and flourished in recent decades. In particular, the Lubavitch (Chabad) and Breslav movements, as well as Kabbalist movements from the least religiously devout to the most, place Messiah at the core of their beliefs. In Orthodox Jewish circles it's a rare sermon that doesn't end by beseeching the coming of Messiah.
But is Messiah really a fundamental precept of Torah? In this essay I demonstrate why it is not only not that, it is a negation of the laws of God, Torah and nature and therefore the prime obstacle to the establishment of the Third Israelite Commonwealth and, God willing, world peace.
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