Chabad Replacement Theology (2)
"If we see a Jewish leader...influences the Jews to follow the ways of the Torah" Who is Moshiach
The article on the Chabad site distorts and modifies Maimonides’ (Rambam) words about Moshiach to subtly convince us or suggest to us that a deceased rabbi in Brooklyn could have been or is the Moshiach now.
Rambam describes the true Moshiach in his Mishneh Torah compendium of all Jewish laws.
“In the future, the Messianic king will arise and renew the Davidic dynasty, restoring it to its initial sovereignty.” (Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Melachim 11:1) According to Rambam, Moshiach is a KING, not just a "leader" as the Chabad article claims.
A Jewish King must be a LIVING Jewish man in the Land of Israel. Nowhere does the Rambam state that Moshiach could be a person presently deceased. The Rambam clearly indicates that any person who has died, as did the kings of Israel who died, cannot be Moshiach.
“A king may not be appointed except by the High Court of 71 judges.” (Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Sanhedrin 5:1). When did the Sanhedrin ever appoint the Chabad rebbe as Moshiach???
“Moshiach will compel all of Israel to walk in (the way of the Torah) and rectify the breaches in its observance” (Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Melachim 11:5) When did the deceased Chabad rebbe ever compel ALL the Jews to follow the Torah?
Chabad "Meshichists" promote the false notion that the Chabad rebbe is NOW Moshiach, or else he will reappear as Moshiach in the future.
The Chabad rebbe never accomplished the tasks specified by the Rambam that Moshiach must accomplish, so the Chabad "Meshichistin" are forced to claim a "second coming" of the rebbe.
The Chabad Meshichist arguments are no different than the deceptive arguments of Xtian missionaries.
There is NO place in authentic Torah beliefs for a Moshiach who appears, begins his mission, then he dies and returns later to finish his mission.
Those interested in such a "Moshiach" should consult the NT.
The present situation tragically resembles the origins of another "messianic" religion that sprung up 2000 years ago.