For those of us who are Christians the above question may sound scandalous. But according to the Word of God we are to test whether or not something or someone is worth following.
1 John 4:1 (KJV)
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
So how do we know if Jesus/Yeshua (the Hebrew name) is a false prophet or not? Again the Word of God gives us guidelines.
Deuteronomy 18:21-22 (KJV)
And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
The first test for a so-called prophet is to determine if what he has said comes to pass. In the case of Yeshua many claims were made in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah. Yeshua fulfilled all of the claims referring to His first coming. He also worked many miracles and made statements about His death and resurrection. In every case those things came to pass.
Deuteronomy 13:1-5 (KJV)
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
This Scripture portion tells us that there will be false prophets who come our way who are able to do signs and wonders as well as prophesy. So although they meet the first test will they meet the second? Deuteronomy 13 instructs us that if the prophet tells us to go after other gods we are not to listen to him. Under Israel's theocracy at the time these false prophets were to be put to death. Verse 4 confirms that we are to walk after the Lord, fear Him, keep His commandments, obey His voice, serve Him, and cleave unto Him.
Did Yeshua pass the second test? Yes, He did. In fact, He followed God's commands perfectly. He never disobeyed and He never once told anyone to disobey them.
So it would seem that Yeshua was not a false prophet. Yet, why do His followers today not eat kosher food, observe Saturday Sabbath, or observe the feasts? Many would say that we don't have to do these things any more. However, if Yeshua had advised us to veer away from God's laws wouldn't that mean that He was a false prophet?
Think about this. When Jewish people are introduced to Jesus they are told that the Old Testament laws are no longer valid. What do they understand? They think about the two tests of a false prophet and immediately and rightly see that if this Jesus was changing God's laws then He was a false prophet and they must reject Him. So, by our insisting that Yeshua changed our obligations to the law we are setting up a barrier to God's own people. We become culpable in their rejection of the Messiah.
Let's rethink our traditions and analyze them using the whole Word of God.