I will post this again ...this is the Jewish version of the Messiah who is to come .
The moshiach will be a great political leader descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5). The moshiach is often referred to as "moshiach ben David"
(moshiach, son of David). He will be well-versed in Jewish law, and observant of its commandments (Isaiah 11:2-5). He will be a charismatic leader,
inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader, who will win battles for Israel. He will be a great judge, who makes
righteous decisions (Jeremiah 33:15). But above all, he will be a human being, not a god, demi-god or other supernatural being.
It has been said that in every generation, a person is born with the potential to be the moshiach. If the time is right for the messianic age within
that person's lifetime, then that person will be the moshiach. But if that person dies before he completes the mission of the moshiach, then that
person is not the moshiach.
Orthodox beliefs what the Messiah will do
Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Melachim XI - XII.
The King Messiah will in some future time come, restore the kingdom of David to its former power, build the Temple, bring together the scattered of
Israel, and all the ancient laws will again be in force. Sacrifices will be offered, and years of release and Jubilees will be kept as prescribed in
the Torah. Whoever does not believe in him, or does not hope for his coming, shows a lack of faith not only in the prophets, but also in the Torah.
For the Torah testifies concerning him in the words: 'And the L-rd your God will again bring back your captivity, and show mercy unto you, and again
gather you from all the nations...If your outcasts be at the ends of the heavens, from there will the L-rd gather you...and the L-rd will bring you
into the land which your fathers possessed...'(Deut. 30:3-5)
You must not imagine that the messiah must prove his messianity by signs and miracles, doing something unexpected, bringing the dead to life, or
similar things. The principle thing is this: the statutes and precepts of our Torah remain forever, and nothing can be added to them or taken from
If, therefore, a descendant of David earnestly studies the Torah, observes what the written and oral Torah enjoins, causes all Israelites to act
similarly, exhorts those who are lax in the performance of the commandments, and fights the wars of the L-rd, he may possibly be the messiah. If he
does not succeed, or is killed in war, it is certain that he is not the messiah promised in the Torah. He is like all the other noble and good kings
of the House of David who have died, and God only caused him to rise in order to try us thereby, as it is said, `And of the wise some will stumble,
and through them the people will be tested, purified, and made white, till the time of the end comes; for there is yet a vision for an appointed
time.' (Dan. 11:35).
Also, Jesus the Nazarene, who imagined that he would be messiah and was killed, is alluded to in the book of Daniel, as it is said, `And the sons of
the transgressors among thy people will rise, in order to establish a vision, and will stumble' (Dan. 11:14). Can there be a greater stumbling then
this? All the prophets said that messiah will be a redeemer and a savior to the Israelites, will bring together their outcasts, and will strengthen
their obedience to the Divine precepts, but he (Jesus) caused destruction by the sword to Israel, the dispersion of those left, and their humiliation.
He changed the law, and misled many people to worship a being beside God.
But the thoughts of the Creator of the universe cannot be understood by any human being, for the ways of men are not His ways, nor their thoughts His
thoughts. For all the events connected with Jesus, and with Mohammed that rose after him, served only to pave the way for the King Messiah, who will
reform all mankind and lead them to the unanimous service of God, as it is said, 'For then will I turn to the peoples a pure language, that all may
call by the name of God, and serve him unanimously' (Zeph. 3:9).
How can this be done? Almost all people have through them (Jesus and Mohammed) become acquainted with the idea of messiah, with the words of the Torah
and the Divine precepts. Through them the knowledge of the Bible spread even unto the remotest islands and unto many nations 'uncircumcised' in
heart and uncircumcised in flesh. These nations seek to justify their disobedience to the precepts of the Torah. Some of them say that these precepts
are Divine, but are not in force at present, and were never intended to be permanent laws. Others maintain that they must not be taken literally, as
they are mere symbols, the meaning of which has already been explained by their 'messiah'. But when the true King Messiah will rise, he will
prosper, be high and exalted. All will then at once know that it was falsehood what their fathers have inherited, and that their prophets and their
teachers have misled them.
It is not because they desired to have dominion over all lands and nations and be honored by all people, or because they desired to have plenty to eat
and drink and other pleasures, that the wise men and the prophets longed for the days of the messiah, but because they would then be at leisure to
study the Torah and its teachings without being interrupted by any oppressor, and would thus make themselves worthy of life in the World to Come.
There will not be in those days any famine, war, jealousy, or quarrel, because the good things will be in plenty and even luxuries will be found
everywhere. All people will busy themselves with trying to know the L-rd. Therefore, the Israelites will be great sages, knowing things which are at
present hidden. They will obtain a knowledge of their Creator as far as possible by human understanding; `For the earth shall be full with the
knowledge of the L-rd as the waters cover the sea.' (Isaiah 11:9).
Sounds alot like what the Antichrist will be like ...
[edit on 23-1-2009 by Simplynoone]