He brought the people into the land of Yisroel, conquered their enemies, what more could you ask for?

I heard that if Moshe had been permitted to go into the land, he would've been Moshiach, but why not Yehoshua???


the answer is simple (according to Rambam's rulings on Moshiach here)

Moshiach is one who fulfills the following in this order:

  1. Brings all Jews to the promised land (check)

  2. Fights and wins Amolek (nope)

  3. Builds the Temple (nope)

  4. Doesn't die before completing the list (fail).

So 1 out of 4 - he's not the Moshiach. Please read the link, it's not so long.

Could Moses be the Moshiach:

It is widely accepted that if Moses would enter the Land of Israel he would eventually COMPLETE THE WHOLE LIST and be the Moshiach, not just because of entering the Land alone as you suggested. Therefore Yehoshua cannot be considered a Moshiach by entering the Promised Land alone.

  • It is not that he does not die, but that he does not die before accomplishing the tasks he is required to do. The Rambam says that he will re-establish the Davidic dynasty, not that he will rule as an immortal king – sabbahillel Nov 11 '18 at 1:32
  • My question wasn't why wasn't he considered Moshiach in the past, my question was that, just as Moshe was FIT to be Moshiach if he WOULD have gone into the land, why didn't Hashem arrange Hasgacha-pratis in a way that would make Yehoshua MOshiach??? Obviously he WASN'T,, that's not my question, my question is: Why didn't Hashem MAKE him Moshiach?I know we can't ask questions of Hashem, but it's just based on the same idea that IF Moshe wouldn't entered the land he WOULD have been Moshiach if not for the sins, so what sins caused Moshiach NOT to have come then? – bluejayke Nov 11 '18 at 5:19
  • @user2016831 I understand your assumption and added a line in the answer. Please revise. – Al Berko Nov 11 '18 at 10:52
  • @AlBerko " he would eventually COMPLETE THE WHOLE LIST and be the Moshiach, not just because of entering the Land alone as you suggested." It's not merely my suggestion, I'm taking it in a note from here chabadlibrary.org/books/admur/mlukat/4/12/index.htm look at note 18 ראה אוה"ת ואתחנן (ע' סה; שם ע' צג, ממג"ע אופן קפו ואוה"ח ר"פ ואתחנן), שאילו הי' משה רבינו מכניס את בני ישראל לארץ ובונה ביהמ"ק, לא הי' נחרב ביהמ"ק לעולם והי' לו קיום נצחי כמו שיהי' לע"ל. ומבאר שם (ע' פז. וראה גם שם כרך ו ע' ב'רכד) דהטעם על זה שלא פעל משה מבוקשו הוא לפי "שמהירידות שנמשכו בגלות הארץ יהי' עלי' גדולה יותר". – bluejayke Nov 12 '18 at 2:53

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