by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
David is almost sure that his mother’s mother is Jewish. At least, “That is the color of the garment,” he told me. His father is almost certainly not Jewish. David asked if we could sit and talk, that he had something important to tell me. David is very intelligent. He holds an important computer position for a large firm in America. He is a very nice person, and is apparently normal in every way. Every way, that is, except one. He looked at me, smiled, and said, “I am the Messiah.”
I told him not to worry about it, that that feeling was going around these days. In fact, I had seen three guys like him that very week.
He was not at all deterred, “But, I am the real one.” He smiled. “You think that I have Jerusalem Syndrome, but I don’t.”
Jerusalem Syndrome is a well known temporary mental condition that sometimes causes tourists here to believe that they are one of the great Biblical personalities.
I tried to explain, “David, you do not even know if you are Jewish.”
“We are almost sure that my mother’s mother is Jewish,” he replied.
“David,” I told him, “the Messiah has to come from the tribe of Yehudah. The tribes are handed down from the father. Your father is not from the tribe of Yehudah. He is not even Jewish!” It didn’t change David’s mind in the least.
“The color of the garment is here. You will see as things go on,” he said.
I was not joking with him. I saw at least three men here this week who thought that they were the Messiah. So, the question has to be, how will we know who is the real one?
The Rambam lists a number of things that a Jewish King has to do before we accept him as the Messiah. Such as; “He builds the Temple in its place (Jerusalem) and he gathers in the scattered Jews from around the world.”[i] But, even if all of the signs and wonders would be fulfilled, there will be only one thing that will prove that any particular man is the Messiah -- the entire world will agree on it.
As the prophet said, at that time, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of G-d...”[ii] When this happens, and everyone on the planet is filled with the knowledge of G-d, then we will all know that the Messiah has come.
(Second Picture, one of the other current self-believing Messiah’s.)