Israel's Messiah

Star of David





Numbers 24:17...there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall arise out of Israel...Messiah's Birth

Israel's Flag Symbolizes Bethlehem's Star

The star which adorns Israel's flag is known as the Magen David, or the "Shield of David."

Why does a star represent the House of David?

The reason is very simple. There are many Jewish Scriptures which indicate the Messiah must descend from David, and in the Torah, the law of Moses, a star is associated with the coming of the Messiah. The star of Numbers 24:17 is prophetically Messianic. The star is associated with Messiah's coming. It is, then, appropriate for the Messianic star to be associated with the House of David, since the Messiah descends from David (Isaiah 9:7).

So strong was the Jewish association of a star with the Messiah, that the false Messiah Bar-Kochba, or Bar-Cochav (died 135 C.E.), was called the "Son of a Star."

In Numbers 24:17 we read, "...there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall arise out of Israel... ." This Numbers 24:17 prophecy associated Messiah with a star. This Messianic prophecy is likely the inspiration which caused some of the Magi to search the heavens.

In about 7-4 B.C.E. wise men entered Jerusalem following a star which they had seen in the east (Matthew 2:1-2). They apparently believed the star they followed was the Torah star mentioned in Numbers 24:17. They asked where the Messiah was to be born. The chief priests and scribes informed Herod that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, quoting a passage from the prophet Micah as evidence
(Matthew 2:1-6).

The Messianic idea involves the concept of world government (Isaiah 9:6-7). The star on Israel's flag indicates the future world government of the Messiah, which, according to both the New and Old Covenants (Jeremiah 31:31-40, Hebrews 8:1-13) will be preceded by the world rule of a false Messiah (Daniel 9:26-27, 11:40-12:1-4,7;
Revelation 13:1-8) .

Yeshua, Jesus, was of the House of David; He was born at Bethlehem; and His birth was announced by a special and unusual star predicted in the Torah, the same star which is symbolized by today's Israeli flag.