Most believers don’t know why they believe Jesus / Yeshua is the promised Messiah. For most, His status is a matter of personal belief based on the sermons of the pastor, the persuasion of parents or the sweet exhortations of dear aunt Millie. Whatever the reason for one’s belief, the truth is Yeshua’s Messiah status can be proven as Biblical fact by understanding the three signs of Moses.
YHVH promised to send ‘a prophet’ to His people who would be like Moses. Was Yeshua ‘a prophet’ as well as Messiah? Yes.
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Yeshua is the spirit of prophecy, therefore He is the great prophet promised by YHVH to His people. The Law and the Prophets were written about Him. So, to say Yeshua is THE prophet like Moses is to validate Him as ‘the prophet’ and Messiah. In fact, it was Yeshua at the burning bush who gave the signs to Moses and then later fulfilled them Himself.
Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Moses told the Israelites about ‘the prophet’ who would come at a future time as he was preparing them for crossing over the Jordan river. He was exhorting them concerning the difference between a false prophet and a true one (see Deuteronomy chapters 13 and 18). YHVH said they would be surrounded by gentiles who performed abominable practices and that they were to never engage in such behavior. The gentiles would send their prophets to tempt the Children of Israel to stray from following the laws of His Kingdom, so He explained to them how to know if a person was a false or true prophet and that there would come such an extraordinary prophet that would he would be just like Moses and even a step better than Moses because He would have YHVH’s words ‘in His mouth’.
Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Deuteronomy 18:16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
Deuteronomy 18:17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Deuteronomy 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
The idiom that the prophet would have YHVH’s ‘words in His Mouth’ means that He would come directly from YHVH like a messenger sent from a King. Throughout the earth’s history, a king’s messenger was never permitted to speak his own words. Not only that, but the messenger must use the body language, facial expressions and vocal tone of the king in order to convey exactly what the king meant. Moses sometimes spoke his own words, but Yeshua never did. He only spoke what the Father gave Him to speak.
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
All of these are the reasons why we – and the Jewish people of that time – look for a particular prophet to “be like Moses” who is able to do the signs of Moses. Yeshua is the only one who ever performed the same signs as Moses. What are the three signs that YHVH gave to Moses that only Moses could do until the prophet, who is also the Messiah, came?
Sign #1 Controlling the Serpent
Exodus 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
Exodus 4:2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
Exodus 4:3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
Exodus 4:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
Exodus 4:5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
…And using it to turn water into blood
Exodus 7:15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.
Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
Yeshua fulfilled this sign when He controlled the Serpent in the desert at the end of His fast.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
After controlling the Serpent, Yeshua turned water into wine. John records it as the “beginning of miracles” by Yeshua.
John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
John 2:2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
John 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
John 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
John 2:6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
John 2:7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
John 2:8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
John 2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
John 2:10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
John 2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
Notice that Yeshua reacted just like Moses who answered YHVH saying he had uncircumcized lips and made excuses about going to Pharaoh where he finally performed the water into blood miracle. Yeshua’s reticence to do as Mary asked has the same sense of reluctance that Moses had. In every detail, Yeshua is showing Himself to be the “Prophet like Moses”.
Sign #2 Instant Healing Of Leprosy
Exodus 4:6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
Exodus 4:7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
Exodus 4:8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
Exodus 4:9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
The first specific healing that Yeshua performed was for the leper.
Matthew 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Matthew 8:3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Sign #3 Being Lifted Up
Numbers 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
Moses made the fiery serpent and lifted it up on a pole. The people looked UP at it and lived.
Yeshua is the only prophet in scripture who was lifted up on a pole in this manner. He told the Disciples this would happen.
John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
There are many over the last two millennia who have claimed to be ‘the prophet’ and Messiah who have deceived YHVH’s people. Knowing whether or not a man is the one should not be a matter of belief, but of scriptural fact. Beliefs change, facts do not. Therefore, the litmus test of who is the one like Moses but also has the ‘words of YHVH in HIs mouth’ is easily determined by discovering if the man can turn water into wine, heal leprosy instantly and is willing to be lifted up on a pole for his people.