The WindowView as a website is a resource for examining how scientific and Scripture-based information make for a paradigm that defines our whole life experience. Either we are all alive by some weird chance and we are a fluke of nature and cosmic events … or we are here by purpose. Understanding the difference is important.
The Harmony Area here at WindowView contains numerous articles and pages that relate to what some call Messianic Judaism.
Is this simply and only Jewish?
The answer comes in two perspectives.
First, a Jewish person who studies the Hebrew Scriptures is able to discern the identity of the Jewish Messiah. Jews over two thousand years ago read the Hebrew scrolls and were able to know when Messiah would appear. Reading the book of Daniel sets up a time line and provides the information for just this very expectation [see WindowView’s book chapter for some details]. Isaiah 53 is a word picture of Messiah and Proverbs 30 verse 4, among other portions of Scripture really give hints, clues, and references. Taken all together, a Messianic Jewish believer then is a Jew who has identified who the Messiah is. Beyond the Torah and Hebrew prophets, writings and the Tanach as a whole [the Hebrew Bible], there is sufficient and further evidence for the Messiah in the Greek writings of the Brit Chadeshah [i.e., New Covenant].
The refusal of the identity from within the Jewish community as a whole is essentially based on cultural or traditional objections and a lack of examination of all the Hebrew writings. For example, the traditional Torah cycle followed through the year, in synagogues around the globe, skips readings such as Isaiah 53. And if read, the explanation given to those who hear is simply this passage is about Israel and not Messiah—even though all the pronouns are male gender and the references are to a person and not a country.
The significance to all this is simple, a Messianic view from the Jewish perspective is one that completes the older Scripture-based information set. A Jew can, today, identify Messiah and thus make full sense of the Hebrew and Greek texts. Context of the Scriptures then comes with continuity … and thus what we at the Window call the Harmony.
Second, Gentiles who learn of the Jewish roots to their faith in the God of Israel, can realize a more full understanding of the Bible. The Old Covenant and New Covenant comprise a body of writings that were penned (with one possible exception) entirely by Jews. The entire framework centers on Israel and her people. The prophecy and writings all pivot on the basis of there being an Israel, something that has come back into being in recent time.
Gentiles from a Messianic view might participate in what some call Messianic Judaism, but in reality what we are looking at is the trail of belief from the very first gatherings of Jews who believed in Yeshua as Messiah. This occurrence in the first century leads us to a church history that is familiar to many Gentiles today.
So, lets make a hard statement. The larger WindowView perspective is that from the scriptural evidence itself, we are to understand that the God of Israel has intended that Israel be a light to all nations. That light leads to understanding God and to building a personal relationship with him. Jews and Gentiles together, as believers in Messiah, comprise what is described in the book of Romans as the olive tree. Branches representing both Jews and Gentiles are grafted into this tree.
A Messianic perspective is really a witness to Jewish persons that they can know the Messiah. Gentiles who may already be church-goers, and thus call themselves Christians [which means believers in Messiah = Yeshua or Jesus], can furthermore dig into Scripture to read the text from a Jewish perspective. After all, if you look to see who the audience is in any section of the text, it is often predominantly or entirely Jewish. Read in that context a more full meaning may appear. And yes, there are portions of the newer Scripture that is addressed to a predominantly Gentile audience. And that would be the light being shed on the nations.
The Messianic perspective then removes the wall [the veil covering the eyes] between Jew and Messiah. This furthermore opens the view for Gentiles to find the proper context for such things as how the High Holy Days of Israel actually have ties to a Messiah based cycle of events.
The WindowView has as its backbone a timeline that relates to events that the Bible refers to in the future. These are based on prophecy, but none of which work without the existence of a Jewish state. But the timeline can go beyond the unfulfilled aspects of prophecy with some level of expectation since Israel came back into formal existence during the Twentieth Century. Scientific evidence, such as for there being a scientific way to determine the universe had a beginning and other evidence that reveals a design for life in the chemistry and physics of the universe, among other factors, leads to the other WindowView perspective and a comprehensive paradigm on life. The working model for life from science to Scripture leads those who explore to an understanding of God and His will. The evidence is there if you look.
The answer is: the Messianic view, including the use of the term Messianic Judaism, is a Jew and Gentile perspective on life and its real purpose. And that purpose is forward looking to an eternal relationship with the God of Israel. This is a view to life, now and onward, forever.