I have found some very interesting info regarding Messiah ben Joseph
that you may want to ponder. I believe with all my heart that the
following is true and I just wanted to share it with you for you to
think about. Please email me any comments or questions. Thank you!
From the book "The Third Thousand Years" by Cleon Skousen
Modern Jews expecting a "Joseph" to prepare the way for the tcoming
of their Messiah:
"...there is a persistent tradition among the Jews which has
previously puzzled scholars. From the most ancient times, Jewish
tradition has proclaimed that a great servant of God from the House
of Joseph would come in the latter days to prepare the way for the
coming of Shilo, the Great Messiah.
In fact, so profound was the respect of the rabbis for this
"Joseph", that they began calling him "Messiah ben Joseph" and
called their Shilo "Messiah ben David". Literally translated, these
appellations mean "The anointed One, son of Joseph" and "The
anointed One, son of David".
A comprehensive study of this mysterious "Messiah ben Joseph" was
made by Dr. Joseph Klausner, Professor Emeritus of Hebrew literature
and Jewish history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Dr.Klausner did everything possible to explain away this "Joseph"
but, being an honest scholar, he was compelled to put down the basic
attributes which Jewish tradition variously ascribed to him. These
include the following:
1. He will rise up shortly before the coming of Shilo, the great
Messiah ben David." (page 486)
2. He will be a descendant of Joseph through Ephraim (page 487)
3. His mission will commence about the time the prophet Elijah comes
as promised in Malachi 4:5-6 (page 498)
4. In preparing mankind for the coming of Shilo, Messiah ben Joseph
will enter into a great contest with the Anti-Christ forces (page
5. In the heat of this contest with the anti-Christ, Messiah ben
Joseph will be killed.
... Messiah ben Joseph has come!
If these fine scholars only knew it, the most exciting message of
the modern age is now sweeping across the earth: "Messiah ben Joseph
My dear friend,
Messiah ben Joseph has indeed come. Joseph Smith is that modern day
prophet. He transcribed the plates that passed down from Joseph of
Egypt throughout the centuries and eventually buried in 400 A.D. in
a hillside by the last remaining righteous person on this continent
after the crossing to America. These plates were translated into the
Book of Mormon. Through Joseph Smith, the prophecies concerning
Messiah ben Joseph were literally fulfilled. The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints fills the earth and will continue to do
so until Messiah ben David, Jesus Christ comes to reign upon the
earth. To these things I humbly testify in the name of Jesus Christ,
thanks you for your email. I have read it through very carefully.
Can I please ask that you will read my response right through and very carefully
also. Thanks! :o) It is correct that the Rabbis believed that there would be two
Messiahs. And it is also correct that that saw that these two Messiah's would
come in the character of both Jospeh and David respectfully. What they didn't
understand is that there would only be one Messaih, but in two comings. When He
came 2000 years ago, Jesus fulfilled the role of Messiah ben Joseph in that,
like Joseph, He was rejected by His own brethren.
If you want to read more about this, please have a look at my study here:
Or check out this page for what the Rabbis believed about the Messiah:
But look at this scripture (taken from a study on my website):
Zechariah 12:10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants
of Israel a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look to Me, the One they
have pierced, and mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child and grieve
bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn Son."
An astonishing prophecy indeed! God claims that they will personally pierce Him.
Yet, at the same time God refers to the pierced One as someone that is
personally distinct from Him for whom the nations mourn and weep as for a
Now look at how the Rabbis interpreted this:
This prophecy is confirmed by the Rabbis to be referring to the other “Messiah”
which the Talmud calls Messiah Ben Joseph, the suffering Messiah. (T.V. Moore,
Zechariah, Haggai and Malachi [Carlisle, PA; Banner of Truth Trust, 1974],
Edersheim states that this prophecy “is applied to the Messiah the son of Joseph
in the Talmud (Sukk.52a) and so is verse 12…” (Edersheim, The Life and Times of
Jesus the Messiah, [one volume edition], p.737)
T.V. Moore substantiates Edersheim’s statement by declaring: “… the later
interpreters explaining it of Messiah Ben Joseph, or the suffering Messiah, whom
they invented to meet the passages of Scripture that speak so clearly of this
characteristic (i.e.,… the sufferings) of the promised redeemer. But as they
believed that this Messiah son of Joseph was a mere man, the difficulty met them
that Jehovah declared ‘they shall look on ME whom they have pierced’, so that if
it refers to the Messiah he cannot be a mere man, but must be divine.” (Ibid.,
Rabbi Moshe Alshekh also confirms the messianic overtones of this prophecy:
“I will do yet a thing, and that is, that ‘they shall look unto me for they
shall lift up their eyes unto me in perfect repentance, when they see Him whom
they have pierced’, that is Messiah, the son of Joseph; for our Rabbis, of
blessed memory, have said that He will take upon Himself all the guilt of
Israel, and shall then be slain in the war to make atonement in such manner that
it shall be accounted as if Israel had pierced Him, for on account of their sin
He has died; and therefore, in order that it may be reckoned to them as a
perfect atonement, they will repent and look to the blessed One, saying, that
there is none beside Him to forgive those that mourn on account of Him who died
for their sin: this is the meaning of ‘they shall look upon me.’” (Schwarz,
“Dear Rabbi,” p.10)
Messiah ben Joseph, as the Rabbis interpreted the scripture, would be pierced
for their sin to make atonement for sin. This is exactly what Jesus did 2000
years ago. It is actually blasphemy to say that Joseph Smith was this Messiah!
You seem like a very genuine person who wants to know the truth. I very much
appreciate that. That is why, in love, I need to give you this warning... The
word of God says that:
Gal 1:6-9 'I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called
you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is
really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion
and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel
from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let
him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If
anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be
So Paul says that if someone comes and preaches a different gospel, even if an
Angel comes down from Heaven and preaches a different gospel from the one
already preached and recorded in the Bible, then that person is eternally
condemned. Very serious stuff! That is why you need to be incredibly careful and
you need to always be going back to the Bible, not any other book, to determine
whether something is correct. This is of the utmost importance as our eternal
destinies are at stake!
I have looked at the teachings of Mormonism and Joseph Smith and I am under no
doubt that Joseph Smith preached 'another Jesus' and 'another Gospel'. I only
say this because I care that you know the truth. Because of the warning that
Paul gave us above, this becomes all the more important.
I would very much like you to respond and write back.
All the best.