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The Messiah Factor Paperback – 15 Sep 2010

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Wine Press; 1 edition (15 Sept. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1905991592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905991594
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,249,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Pearce used to work as a school teacher in North London, and is now the pastor of The Bridge Christian Fellowship in Golders Green, London. He also produces the quarterly magazine, Light for the Last Days, giving up-to-date information on issues relating to the second coming of Christ. The magazine is now also available in French, German, Spanish, Romanian and Malayalam.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bereoa on 22 Jan. 2011
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Tony Pearce has answered most of the difficult questions concerning the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. This book is very readable and will benefit every Jew or any other people who is serious in wanting to understand who the Messiah is, His jewishness and the reason why people should believe in Him.
Many Jewish people will be interested to find reasoned answers to their questions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terence Gregory on 7 Dec. 2011
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everything i've read by tony pearce has been good. he is very clear and concise and obviously in love with his subject matter. for an alternative view to popular media on the midle east he is the guy to read
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By June C. on 7 Mar. 2015
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was ok may have been a little cleaner but i accepted it
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. DOUGLAS VINE VOICE on 9 Dec. 2010
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Title - The Messiah Factor
Tony Pearce
New Wine Ministries ISBN - 978-1-905-99159-4

The identity of Jesus was at the heart of the life of the disciples then,.....just as it should remain a priority question for all who follow Jesus now. This book unpacks some contemporary Jewish answers to that question (and answers to those answers). Issues raised include:- Why has the professing Church often persecuted Jewish people? Where was God when the 6 million perished? If Jesus is the Messiah, why is there no peace in the world? Do events in the Middle East today tie in with the prophecies of the Bible, and if so how will they end? What clues do the Hebrew Prophets give to Messiah's identity?
Problematic viewpoints arising from ancient traditions and rabbinical arguments are all examined and discussed, and each major theme is treated in the light of the Old and New Testament Scriptures. Significant insights will satisfy the serious Bible student, as well as anyone searching for a comprehensive sweep of a vital topic. This is a insightful journey into the life and depth relating to the Messianic roots of the faith. This is full of life and accessibility. Strong and sensitive apologetics but lacking fire for the belly!
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A Timely and Important Book 15 Feb. 2012
By Psalm 122 - Published on Amazon.com
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I decided to purchase this book and read it after I read some quotes from it in the Chosen People Newsletter. However, the book I purchased is the first edition (2004) and not the current one pictured and selling on Amazon for $47. The difference between the two editions seems to be an addition of 20 pages in the newer one, which are probably good editions to the book.

Mitch Glaser, the Executive Director of Chosen People Ministries is a friend of the author, Tony Pearce, and highly recommended this book. Glaser stated that Pearce is a Gentile who loves the Jewish people and wrote the book to answer many questions about believing in Yeshua from a scholarly and Jewish perspective. Glaser says that the position of Jewish people, especially the Jewish scholars, is that Yeshua is not the Messiah and their disbelief is supported by a list of reasons that have been developed for many centuries. Pearce indeed addresses many of these questions that center on the virgin birth, the claim of Jesus to be the Son of God, and, if Jesus is the Messiah, why don't we have world peace?

This is a deep book that tries to refute the theology of the other side and is something too many Christians haven't delved into in their Bible study. The Covenants to Israel were not removed with the coming of the New Covenant and we are still under the expectations of the Abrahamic Covenant to bless the offspring (Jewish people) of Abraham. We are still under the teaching of Paul to go to the Jew first and to share our spiritual and material wealth with them. We are still indebted to them for the Bible itself and the Messiah. However, there are long-standing barriers between Christians and Jews that have to be confronted and most haven't got a clue on how to do it. While few churches and teachers address these things, Pearce provides a lot of answers.

One of the most eye-opening ways to study the Scriptures is to hear what someone else believes and then show through the Bible how they are wrong, or if correct, that they are right. I first found that out because of some relatives in the Jehovah's Witnesses and I found out how much I didn't believe like them. The same thing happened when I started studying the Jewish Roots of Christianity and I found out how much the church "overlooked" in teaching us about Scripture. Pearce's book takes us down that same exploratory path and does it very well. I'll start with one specific example of how Pearce proceeds.

Early in the book, Pearce gives an overview of how anti-Semitism arose out of the teachings of the early church, as Gentiles became the majority of the church, and caused a huge stumbling block in reaching out to the Jewish people. Pearce says, "The roots of this hatred go back a long way. John Chrystostom, considered a saint and church father who lived in the fourth century wrote:

`The Jews are the most worthless of all men. They are lecherous, greedy and rapacious. They are perfidious murders of Christ. The Jews are the odious assassins of Christ and for killing God there is no expiation possible, no indulgence or pardon. Christians may never cease vengeance and the Jews must live in servitude forever. God always hated the Jews. It is incumbent upon Christians to hate Jews.'

So the questions are did the Jews kill Jesus and is the label Christ killers correct? The answer is simply "no." Pearce says, "the implications from John 10:17-18, about who killed Jesus, are quite clear. Jesus Himself takes responsibility for His own death. It happens at the time and manner of His choosing, in order that He might fulfill the Father's will by dying as the sacrifice for the sins of the world and rising again from the dead to give eternal life to those who receive Him."

According to Isaiah 53:10, "the responsibility for Messiah's suffering is placed on God Himself. `it pleased the Lord to bruise Him' means that Jesus was put to death to fulfill the will of God." Simply put, God made a plan for Man's salvation, Yeshua carried out that plan in his death and resurrection, and the Jews are not "Christ killers." Thus, in conclusion to all of this terrible anti-Semitic history of the church, Pearce says, "any persecution of the Jews by the churches is a terrible distortion of the truth and a betrayal of the real Messiah, Jesus."

Pearce addresses the question of whether the Messiah was to be a great man or a divine person. Pearce shows that the Tenach indicates the Messiah will be more than just a man; He will be a divine person (God-Man). Pearce shows and defines the Hebrew words from many verses of the Bible (Micah 5; 2, Isaiah 9:6-7, Jeremiah 23:5, etc.) to prove the point. He also talks about the term "memra" and the Hebrew words for "one" yachid (only one) and echad (one flesh, but two jointed together). If you aren't already aware of these things, this is where you can learn some truth about them.

Other subjects addressed in the book are Who Killed Jesus; was He a great man or a divine person; can we believe in the virgin birth; who was the suffering servant of Isaiah 53; and a number of other highly relevant questions.

In his book, Pearce also looks at and quotes the Jewish literature, the Talmud, on these questions and finds they often agree with the Christian view if studied well. For instance, Pearce says, an "interesting quotation is to be found in the Talmud where we read: `Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi noted the apparent contradiction in the following two verses. It is written...'and behold one like a son of man (Moshiach/Messiah) comes with the clouds of heaven' (Daniel 7:13). But it also says `Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, your king shall come to you, righteous and savior is he, a pauper and riding on an ass (Zechariah 9:9). The verses may be reconciled: If they are worthy, Moshiach will appear with the clouds. If not, he will be a pauper and ride on an ass." (Sukkot 52a)

"An alternative way to resolve this question," says Pearce "is the view that there are two comings of the same Messiah. Firstly He comes as a Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53), coming in humility on the back of a donkey, as Jesus did when He rode into Jerusalem in fulfillment of Zechariah's prophecy at the beginning of the final week leading to His sacrificial death and resurrection. The second time He will come on the clouds of heaven as Jesus told the Sanhedrin He would at his trial (Mark 14:61-62)."

This is a book that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about the gulf between the Jews and Gentiles, who wants to delve deeper into the Jewish Roots of our faith, who wants to start righting the wrongs of the church toward the Jews in the past/present, or wants to be blessed by the Messiah for blessing the Jews.

Two other books, along similar lines that I highly recommend are Messianic Christology by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum and The Coming Apocalypse by Dr. Renald Showers.

Messianic Christology

The Coming Apocalypse: A Study of Replacement Theology vs. God's Faithfulness in the End-Times
Five Stars 19 Nov. 2014
By Angelo L. Mone - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent study which should be read by both Christians and Jews.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic and Important Book! 19 Oct. 2010
By Editors at Lighthouse Trails Research Project - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Everyone should read this book. It answers so many questions. It provides biblical answers for both the Christian who follows the Messiah and for the Jewish person who is still searching. I urge all to read this book.
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