The dying of the Messiah for the sins and his rising from the dead
has been predicted by Isaiah, his suffering has been described by David too.
Otherwise it has been heralded that the Messiah would be the Son of God.
The time of the appearing of the Messiah has been prophesied by the prophet Daniel more than 5 ages before, just as his dying and the destruction of the town Jerusalem by the Romans (in the year 70).
The dispersion of the Jews all over the world has been prophesied, just as the recovery of the state Israel. At first the return of the Jews would be as faithless people. In the last time there will be a war against Jerusalem. The Messiah will come back to intervene and to judge the world. Than He will be recognized as the One who has been pierced.
Finally the Messiah will be the King of the world.Those who have believed in the Son of God will be save for his wrath and live for ever in peace.
Prophecy recorded by Ezekiel (± 570 before Christ): the recovery of the state Israel and the
return of the Jews tot their country.
And say to them, So says the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and will gather them on every side, and will bring them into their own land. (Ezekiel 37:21).
Fulfilled since 1948, when the state Israel was restored after 1878 years, under the auspices of the United Nations.
Note: the children of Israel are the descendants of Israel, that is Jacob, the grandson of Abraham. Since 500 BC these descendants are called Jews, from Judah, the fourth son of Jacob.
Prophecy recorded by Isaiah (± 700 voor Christus):
the Jews would return to Israel as faithless people.
Fear not; for I am with you. I will bring your seed from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Do not keep back; bring My sons from far and My daughters from the ends of the earth ... Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. (Isaiah 43:5,6,8).
Fulfilled since 1948. Most of the Jews living in Israel do not confess Jesus as their Messiah.
Prophecy recorded by Moses (± 1407 BC):
the dispersion of the Jews all over the world.
And the LORD shall scatter you among all people, from the one end of the earth even to the other. (Deuteronomy 28:64).
The final dispersion toke place in the year 70, when the Jewish revolt was struck down by the Romans and the Jews were scattered among the nations.
Prophecy recorded by Daniel (± 536 BC):
the time between the Messiah and the restore of Jerusalem.
Know therefore and understand, that from the going out of the command to restore and to build Jerusalem, to Messiah the Prince, shall be 7 weeks, and 62 weeks. The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in times of affliction. (Daniel 9:25).
Fulfilment: Nehemiah got permission to restore Jerusalem in the 20th year of the Persian king Artaxerxes (Nehemiah 2:1-6). That was about 446 BC. The time until the anointed one (Messiah comes from the Hebrew word Messiach) amounts 7 + 62 = 69 weeks (literally "sevens" or "7 times"). The unit of time in Daniel is slightly shorter than a year, namely 360 days. The time until the Messiah is than 69 x 7 x 360 = 173880 days = 476 years and 21 days, from 446 BC:
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Note: The title Christ comes from the Greek Christos, that means anointed. The Hebrew word is Messiach.
Prophecy recorded by Daniel (± 536 BC): the Messiah would be killed after the (7 + 62) = 69 weeks (a "week" = 7 x 360 days)
since the restore of Jerusalem, but before the new destruction of both Jerusalem and the
And after 62 weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself. And the people of the ruler who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
And the end of it shall be with the flood, and ruins are determined, until the end shall be war. (Daniel 9:26).
Fulfilment: The 69 weeks since the rebuild of Jerusalem (± 446 BC) have been passed away in the year 31. The year of the death of the Jew Jesus Christ was the year 31 or 33. Jerusalem and the Jewish temple were destroyed by the Romans in the year 70. They were rebuild ages before because of an earlier destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BC.
Prophecy by Jesus (± 31) recorded by Luke:
the destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans.
And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts, He said, As to these things which you see, days will come in which there shall not be left a stone on a stone, which shall not be thrown down (Luke 21:5,6).
This has been fulfilled in the year 70, when Jerusalem and the temple were ruined by the Romans.
Prophecy recorded by Isaiah (± 700 BC):
The Messiah would die for our sins, but He would rise from the dead too.
But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was on Him ... and with a rich one in His death; because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth ... Therefore I will divide to Him with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He has poured out His soul to death; and He was counted among the transgressors; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors. (Isaiah 53).
This is fulfilled when Jesus died on the cross for our sins (1 Corinth 15:3,4), while He became alive after 3 days (Mark 16:6).
The feelings of the Messiah during his suffering
has been described by David about 1000 BC:
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue clings to my jaws; and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, piercers of my hands and my feet. (Psalm 22:14-16).
This is the experience of someone hanging nailed on the cross.
Prophecy recorded by Isaiah (± 700 BC):
The Messiah would let return the Jews as well as the Gentiles unto God.
And He said, It is but a little thing that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to bring back the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You for a light to the nations, to be My salvation to the end of the earth. (Isaiah 49:6).
Fulfilment: both the Jews and the Gentiles came to faith in Jesus. (Acts 11:1,26).
Prophecy recorded by Moses (± 1447 BC):
The name of Abraham would be great and
all the families of the earth would be blessed with Abraham.
And I will make you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing. And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you. And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:2,3).
Fulfilment: Abraham is one of the most well-known persons of the antiquity. Everyone who believes in Jesus, his descendant, will be blessed with eternal live. ( John 3:16, 20:31).
Prophecy recorded by Micah (± 720 BC):
The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
And you, Bethlehem Ephratah, you being least among the thousands of Judah, out of you He shall come forth to Me, to become Ruler in Israel, He whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity. (Micah 5:2).
This has been fulfilled when Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:11-15).
Prophecy after the fall in sins (± 4000 BC),
recorded by Moses (± 1447 BC):
The curse of the satan, after he had tempted the people to commit sins.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. (Genesis 3:15).
The seed of the woman is her descendant: the Messiah. His heel was injured when he was crossed. But because Christ bore the judgment for our sins, the satan has lost his power on the death. (1 Corinth 15:54). The satan will be defeated completely after the return of Jesus tot the earth (Revelation 20:1,2,10).
So the Messiah has already come to die for our sins. But He will return to be King of the world. The following prophecies will show that:
Prophecy recorded by David (± 1000 BC):
The Messiah (Gods anointed) would be the Son of God and be the King.
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers plot together, against the LORD and against His anointed ... Then He shall speak to them in His anger, and trouble them in His wrath. Yea, I have set My king on My holy hill, on Zion. I will declare the decree of the LORD. He has said to Me, You are My Son; today I have begotten You. (Psalm 2:2,5-7).
Fulfilment: Jesus Christ is the Son of God (John 1:50; 3:18; Acts 9:20; 1 John 5:10-12).
Prophecy recorded by Isaiah (± 700 BC):
The Messiah would be born as a child, but he would be God Himself too.
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6).
Fulfilment: In Isaiah 9:6 the Messiah is called "Mighty God" In Isaiah 10:21 this expression has been used for Jehova God.
Jesus was born as a child, but they recognized him as their God after his resurrection from the dead. (John 20:28).
Note: the striking fact is that the Old Testament the Messiah shows as God Himself. God the Father and the Son of God are one and the same God.
return of the Messiah will be on the mount of Olives. Then the Messiah appears to be the Lord God.
(Recorded by Zechariah in ± 500 BC):
For I will gather all nations to battle against Jerusalem; and the city shall be taken, and the houses plundered, and the women raped. And half of the city shall go into exile, and the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. And the LORD shall go out and fight against those nations, like the day He fought in the day of battle. And His feet shall stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall divide from its middle, from the east and to the west, a very great valley. And half of the mountain shall move toward the north, and half of it toward the south. (Zechariah 14:2-4).
Characteristic for that time is the war against Jerusalem (recorded by Zechariah
± 500 BC):
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the peoples all around, and it shall also be against Judah in the siege against Jerusalem. And in that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all peoples. All who lift it shall be slashed, and all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. (Zechariah 12:2,3).
When He returns the Messiah will be recognized by them who have pierced him:
(recorded by Zechariah in ± 500 BC).
And I will pour on the house of David, and on the people of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be bitter over Him, as the bitterness over the first-born. (Zechariah 12:10).
The war against Jerusalem is a rebellion against God (recorded by David in ± 1000 BC):
Why do the nations rage, and the peoples meditate on a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers plot together, against the LORD and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands in two and cast away their cords from us. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall mock at them. Then He shall speak to them in His anger, and trouble them in His wrath. Yea, I have set My king on My holy hill, on Zion.
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled in but a little time. Blessed are all who put their trust in Him. (Psalm 2:1-6,12).
At end the kingdom of the world will be for God and the Messiah
(recorded by John in ± 90):
And the seventh angel sounded. And there were great voices in Heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ. And He will reign forever and ever ... And the nations were full of wrath, and Your wrath came, and the time of the judging of the dead, and to give the reward to Your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to the ones fearing Your name, to the small and to the great (Revelation 11:15,17-18).
"Kiss the Son" (Psalm 2), that means accept Jesus the Messiah as your Lord and Saviour! He will offer you a destination in your life, eternal life and you will not be condemned. For more information see the gospel and the 4 spiritual laws.
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