The Prophecy of Moses About The Messiah
Yehoshua the Prophet like unto Moses
In the entire Torah this verse we find the only passage where Moses explicitly identifies himself as a prophet of YeHoVah. Also this is the only passage where Moses identifies the coming of the Mashiach as "a Prophet like me" (Deut 18:15;/ John 6:14).
In the New Testament we read that the scribes had sent a delegation to question John the Baptist, asking him two questions:
- "Are you Elijah?" (John 1:21) - This referred to Malachi's prophecy (Mal. 4:5) that Elijah would come as a messenger before the appearance of the Messiah. To this day Jews around the world still set out a cup of wine for Elijah at Passover - in anticipation of his arrival as the forerunner of the Messiah.
- "Are you the Prophet?" (John 1:21). This referred to Moses' prophecy that YHVH would send "a Prophet like me" (Deut. 18:15-19).
- We further read that when Philip encountered Nathaniel, he said, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote about Yeshua of Nazareth, the son of Joseph" (John 1:45). After Yeshua fed the five thousand, the people began to ask if this was "the Prophet who is to come into the world" (John 6:14).
- Peter identified Yahoshua as the Prophet (Acts 3:22-23), and in his apologetic before the Sanhedrin, Stephen the martyr declared that Yahshua was the promised Messiah: "This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, 'The YeHoVah your Father will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.' “(Acts 7:37-38).
Yahshua is the "Prophet Like Unto Moses"
In light of these passages of Scripture, here are thirty ways in which Yahoshua was like Moses:
- Just as there were 400 years of silence before Yahweh sent Moses to deliver Israel from her bondage from Pharaoh, so there were 400 of years of silence before Yahweh sent His own Son, Yahshua the Messiah, to utterly deliver Israel from her ultimate bondage to sin and death.
- Both Moses and Yahshua were sent from YHVH (Exod.3: 1-10; John 8:42)
- Both Moses and Yahshua were Jews ( Exod 2:1-2; Matt. 1:1-16; Luke 1-2; Heb.7:14) (Note: This is no small thing, since Muslims claim that Muhammad is the prophet Moses referred to here; which is obviously incorrect, since the Mashiach must be a Jew - see John 4:24)
- Both had faithful Jewish parents (Exod. 2:2, Heb. 11 :23; Matt. 2:13-14).
- Both were born under foreign rule (Exod. 1:8-14; Luke 2:1).
- Both were threatened by wicked kings (Exod. 1:15-16; Matt. 2:16).
- Both Moses and Yahshua spent their early years in Egypt, miraculously protected from those who sought their lives (Exod. 2:10; Matt. 2:14-15).
- Both rejected the possibility to become rulers in this age. Moses was raised as a son in the royal family and could have enjoyed a lavish lifestyle as a powerful ruler, but he chose differently (Heb. 11:24); Satan offered Yahshua the rule over the kingdoms of this world (Matt. 4:8-9), but rejected that offer and chose to suffer and die for the sake of the people of Israel.
- Both Moses and Yahshua were "sent from a mountain of YHVH" to free Israel. Moses was sent from (physical) Mount Sinai in Midian, Arabia; Yahshua was sent from a spiritual "Mount Zion" in Heaven (Heb. 12:22).
- Both were initially rejected by the Jews (Exod. 32:1; Isa. 53: 3; Matt. 27:21-2; Rom. 11:25).
- Both were accepted by Gentiles (Moses by the Midianites (Exod. 2:14-22); Yahshua by the world (Acts 10:45; 1 Tim. 3:16).
- Both were criticized by their families (Num. 12:1; Mark 3:20-21).
- Both knew Yahweh (face to face). YHVH spoke directly to both Moses and Yahshua (Exod. 3:1-10; Deut. 34:10; Luke 9:34-36). All other prophets received their revelation by visions or dreams (Deut. 34:10; John 1:18). Both were authoritative spokesmen for YHVH (Matt. 17:5; John 3:34).
- Both were teachers (Deut. 4:1-5; Matt. 22:16; John 3:2).
- Both revealed YHVH's Name (Exod. 3:13-14; John 17:6, 11-12).
- Both were faithful to YHVH (Num. 12:5-7; Heb. 3:1-2).
- Both gave the people bread from Heaven (Exod. 16:14-15; Matt. 14:19-20) and performed various miracles (Exod. 4:21-8; Deut. 34:10-12; John 5:36; 12:37-8).
- Both were appointed as saviours of Israel (Moses as Israel's deliverer from the bondage to Pharaoh; Yahshua as Israel's deliverer from the bondage to Satan).
- Both were shepherds of Israel (Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness (Exod. 3:1; Numbers), Yahshua led His followers as the Good Shepherd (John 10:10-11; Matt. 9:36).
- Both were humble servants of the YHVH (Num. 12:3; Luke 2:46-7; Phil. 2:8-9).
- Both fasted for forty days in the wilderness (Exod. 34:28; Matt. 4:2).
- Both were Mediators of a covenant of blood: Moses of the older covenant (Exod. 24:7-8) and Yahshua of the new covenant (Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; Heb. 9:11-15; 1 Cor. 11:25; 2 Cor. 3:6).
- Both offered to die on behalf of the people's sins (Exod. 32:30-33; John 17).
- Just as Moses instituted the Yahweh's Passover on Nisan 14 as the means by which the Angel of death would pass over those Israelites who trusted in YHVH's promise regarding the blood of the lamb (Exod. 12:11-12), so Yahshua offered Himself as the sacrificial Lamb of YHVH who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).
- Just as Moses brought about the "resurrection" of the children of Israel as they passed through the Red Sea; so Yahshua became the First fruits of resurrection as He rose from the dead.
- Just as the Torah was given to Israel fifty days after the Exodus from Egypt (on Pentecost or Shavuot), so Yahshua sent the Holy Spirit to form the Church fifty days after His resurrection.
- Both of their faces shone with the glory of heaven - Moses on Mount Sinai (Exod. 34:34-5) and Yahshua on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:2).
- As Moses lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness to heal his people (Num. 21:8-9); so Yahshua was lifted up on the tree to heal all believers from their sin (John 12:32).
- As Moses conquered the great enemy of Israel, the Amalekites with his upraised arms (Exod. 17:11), so Yahshua conquered our ultimate enemy of sin and death by His upraised arms on the tree (John 19:18).
- As Moses sent twelve spies to explore Canaan (Num. 13), so Yahshua sent twelve apostles to reach the world (Matt. 10:1); and as Moses appointed seventy rulers over Israel (Num. 11:16-7), so Yahshua anointed seventy disciples to teach the nations (Luke 10:1).
How was Yahshua a Prophet like Moses? Like Moses, He was an Isrealite, a Leader, a Prophet, a Lawgiver, a Saviour, a Teacher, a Priest, an Anointed One, a Mediator between YHVH and man -- speaking the words of YHVH -- and like Moses, He offered himself to die for the sins of the people.