Bible prophecy

Jesus Christ Foretold
Old Messianic prophecies fulfilled

The Bible has countless prophecies past, present, and future that prove the accuracy of Scriptural truths, but the most important prophecies to consider are those that point us to Jesus Christ. Every past prophecy in the Bible was fulfilled in perfection giving us good reason to believe that future prophecies will in like manner come to pass just as God outlines in His Word. For this discussion we will be looking at prophecies of the Old Testament that speak of the Messiah to come, that is Jesus Christ.

Following Creation Satan takes the form of a serpent (to which he is in other places referred to as Leviathon) and deceives Eve into eating the fruit which God had forbidden, bringing about the first sin of the human race. Adam in turn eats the fruit and God finds out… Adam, Eve, and Satan (the serpent) are all cursed as a result of the sin, but the first curse against Satan is most interesting:

“And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14-15

From the beginning God literally prophecies the coming of Jesus Christ when He speaks of Satan “bruising” the seed of the woman (crucifying Christ), but proclaims that the seed would “bruise” the head of the serpent (Jesus victory over Satan/hell/death in His resurrection). The LORD did not leave mankind without hope but from the start declared a victory over sin through the promised Messiah Jesus Christ.

God tells Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” How are all families of the earth blessed through Abraham? Why through Jesus whose lineage comes from Abraham! This point is emphasized stronger in chapter 22:18, “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” Here it is not merely families but entire nations that are blessed as a result of the coming Messiah!

In blessing his children on his deathbed Jacob declares, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” [Gen 49:10] More specifically Jesus the Messiah would descend from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Judah; all people will be gathered unto the Messiah. The reference of Shiloh also speaks of the future reign of Christ on Earth which you can read in detail at the end of the book of Ezekiel.

The prophet Samuel speaks to king David in 2 Samuel 7:12-13, “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” Jesus the Messiah will descend from king David, but mortal man’s kingdom always come to an end in death. By contrast Jesus Christ’s kingdom was established forever THROUGH death!!

Psalms

David the Psalmist writes a most unusual prophecy in chapter 22; perhaps you will recognize the first verse, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” These are the words uttered by Jesus while He is hanging on the cross in His last hour. He speaks these words not merely in anguish but to bring to mind the words of this Psalm to reveal to the Jews who knew the Psalms by heart that He was in fact the promised Messiah. Listen to the words of David and compare with the firsthand account of Jesus’ crucifixion in the Gospels:

Psalm 22:7-8
“All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.”

Matthew 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

Psalm 22:14
“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” [Psalm 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.]

John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

Psalm 22:16
“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.”

Luke 23:33 “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.”

Psalm 22:18
“They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”

John 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

David wrote this incredible prophetic Psalm about 1,000 years before Jesus was born! Yet it was fulfilled perfectly in the crucifixion of Christ.

Zechariah 12:10, “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”

Isaiah

Another significant Messianic prophecy written 700 years before Christ is found in Isaiah 53:2 “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” It begins explaining that Jesus did not draw people to Himself through good looks.

Isaiah 53
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Jesus willingly took OUR sin upon Himself out of love and commitment to fulfil the will of the Father God. His beating (stripes) was the entry tool of our healing from sin.

Isaiah 53:6-7, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”

Mark 15:3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
5 But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.

Pilate had seen hundreds or even thousands of cases of men being accused and sentenced to death, always accompanied by adamant defense from the accused, but not so with Jesus. He humbly bore our sin and shame to carry out the will of the Father and to lovingly rescue our souls from eternal torment in hell. -the just wages of our sin.

Isaiah 53:9, “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”

Matthew 27: 38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

Luke 23: 39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

Crucifixion

Isaiah 53:10-11, “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

Luke 23: 42 And he [the thief] said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

How AWESOME is our Savior that even in the torment of death His love extends salvation to a thief dying on a cross?!? So it is with us that while dying in our sins we may call out to Jesus who promises to deliver us from the claws of hell.

Psalm 16:10, “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” God would not allow Jesus to remain in hell or for his body to decay; instead God the Father accepted the sacrifice of Christ as complete payment for our sins and raised Jesus from the dead! Psalm 49:15, “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.”

Our common Christmas time prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The comforting part of this passage that many people don’t seem to understand today is that Jesus’ nameHoly Ghost is Immanuel; it means “God with Us”! Literally God Himself has come in the form of human flesh to be with us! When Jesus ascended to heaven He did not leave us alone but sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. So God is indeed with us, both now and forevermore!

John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me”

So where is Jesus today and what is He up to? Remember that as a descendant of the Davidic line He is a King and His kingdom has no end! Therefore one can expect Him to be seated at His throne and ruling the universe in all power and authority that He rightly received after His death and resurrection.

Psalm 110:1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

Notice the difference in verse 1 of “LORD” and “Lord”? This is Yahweh the Father [LORD] speaking to Jesus Christ the Son [Lord]. Reread the passage above and replace ‘LORD’ and ‘Lord’ with ‘God the Father’ and ‘Jesus’. The entire perspective is corrected, isn’t it? God commands Jesus to rule and to be an eternal Priest, the only high Priest!

Now what’s this bit about the Lord [Jesus] striking through kings in the day of His wrath? Or all this talk of dead bodies and killing the heads of many countries? If you recall at the start of this article I mentioned Biblical prophecies of the past, present, and future. We have reviewed a few of the past prophecies concerning Jesus Christ, but we haven’t discussed future prophecies of Christ’s return, His millennial reign, and final judgment! If you want to learn about those you might want to read the last few chapters of Ezekiel or perhaps the book of Revelation. But we don’t have time to go into all of that just now. The important thing today is that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ so that at the day of your death He can say to you what He said to the repentant thief on the cross, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

But if you really want to know how the story ends I’ve provided a spoiler below…




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WARNING! SPOILER DISCLOSED BELOW! ETERNAL RAMIFICATIONS WILL PERTAIN!

Coming of the King

Following a great battle as described in Ezekiel the Antichrist will establish himself as god in the new temple at Shiloh. He will lead a rebellion against Jesus Christ in the battle of the Valley of Armageddon (Megiddo), but will be cast alive into the lake of fire. Jesus will overthrow His enemies and set Himself up as our Priest and King in Jerusalem where He will reign with His saints for a thousand years. At the close of this time period Satan will for the final time raise up an army against Christ which will be consumed by fire bringing an end to all time. Then all people from the history of the world will be brought to stand before the throne of the LORD for their final and eternal judgment where they will either be condemned to the lake of fire forever or pardoned of their sin by means of their trusting in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection for their salvation. It is that simple. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved; reject him and you will receive your desire to spend an eternity apart from God and His goodness. And that my friends is the end of the story, but only the beginning of eternity!!!

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