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29 05, 2015

Prophesied….Fulfilled….”Who Would Believe?”

There is so much interesting material to discuss as relates to prophecy and evangelism that I am now certain that even two prophecy-related evangelism tools will not be enough—but I will try and keep a little focus. My last post, Prophesy! Who Will Save You?, gave a big picture look at the biblical prophecies fulfilled through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Now it has been previously studied and published by Peter Stoner in Science Speaks using sound mathematic probability technique that even a small subset of fulfilled biblical prophecy is highly unlikely to have occurred in any one person by chance. So let me list this subset:

Prophecy Fulfillment
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2Born at BethlehemNow after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. Matthew 2:1
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3Preceded by MessengerIn those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:1,2
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9He was to enter Jerusalem on a donkey And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near---already on the way down the Mount of Olives---the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God.. Luke 19:35-37a
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9Betrayed by a friendNow the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son pf Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. Matthew 10:2-4
And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:12Sold for 30 pieces of silverAnd said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15
And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord. Zechariah 11:13bMoney to be thrown in God’s house/Price given for Potter’s fieldAnd he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed… Matthew 27:5a
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. Isaiah 53:7Dumb before accusers 12  But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13  Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 14  But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. Matthew 27:12-14
For dogs encompass me;a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet. Psalm 22:16Hands and Feet pierced  And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him,.. Luke 23:33
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12Crucified with thievesThen two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. Matthew 27:38

There was only 1 chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (1 in 1017) that fulfillment of these biblical prophecies happened by random chance. So the odds are highly in favor of these fulfilled prophecies not being by chance and thus leaving little other explanation than being the orchestrated and deliberate plan of an omnipotent being to save sinners. Just how important is the fact of fulfilled prophecies to the Christian faith? Consider that Jesus and the disciples spoke of fulfilled prophecies. Fulfilled prophecy was one of the main ways the disciples appealed to Christ as Messiah. The continued proclamation of prophetic fulfillment by the apostles and New Testament writers is made all the more credible through the examples of martyrdom, the gospel spread from one man to all nations, and the witness of transformed lives. There are several hundred references to the coming Messiah in the Old Testament which was completed in 450 B.C. As if appealing to the sheer unlikelihood of a person of history fulfilling so much prophecy, Isaiah prophesies well in advance of the vicarious work of the Suffering Servant, “Who hath believed our report?” which could also be stated “Who could believe what I am about to tell you?” Here is an excerpt from Christianity is Jewish by Edith Schaeffer that illustrates how I believe all mankind should respond when their minds have been opened to the truths of the gospel as spoken through prophecy. As Edith Schaeffer dialogs with a Jewish family in New York in 1947 she states

“I had been invited for a second evening of conversation with the Austrian Jewish dentist and his daughter, this time with my Bible, to answer some questions. With a Bible open on my lap, engrossed in answering questions, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a stream of university-age fellows passing the arched doorway. ‘My son’s fraternity meeting is here tonight,’ explained the man’s daughter. Soon the son came to the arched opening into the hall, and leaned against a post. He was trying to ask some catch questions concerning the Bible, which I carefully answered, and two other fellows were there to see the results. After a time I said, ‘Now I’ve been answering questions, I’d like to ask you one, if you don’t mind.’”

“‘Sure, go ahead.’”

“’’I’m going to read you a passage from one of your Jewish prophets, Isaiah, who lived seven hundred years before Jesus was born. Remember now, this was written seven hundred years before the birth of Christ.’”

“’Then I read:’ ‘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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was there any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:…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. He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:3-12)

“’Who was Isaiah referring to?’ The student gave a little snort, an impatient scornful kind of laugh, “Huh, that’s easy; that is a description of Jesus Christ.”

“In the moment of electric silence which followed this outburst I said with amazement, ‘Do you realize what you have just said? Don’t forget I was fair to you in prefacing what I read with telling you it was written seven hundred years before Christ was born.’”

“All three boys sat down as if someone had hit them with a violent blow, this son of the household with his head buried in his hands. Suddenly he looked up at me and said accusingly, ’Tell me then why the Jews don’t accept this Jesus Christ as the Messiah?’”

“My reply came as gently as I could make it. ‘You see, the early Christians all were Jews, because that is exactly what did happen: some Jews who read their Torah carefully and believed and waited for the Messiah, did recognize and accept him as the one who fulfilled the prophecies. You see Christianity is Jewish.’”

If you invest time, effort, and prayer to God in making a decision about the reliability and authenticity of the Old Testament translations and the historical reality of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection, then you also should suffer a ‘violent blow’ as you realize that all which was prophesied concerning this Suffering Servant Christ in the Old Testament has indeed been fulfilled in this same Jesus. Oswald Chambers states that “The reason some of us are such poor examples of Christianity is that we have failed to recognize that Christ is almighty. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment or surrender to Jesus Christ.” May the “violent blow” of fulfilled prophecy be used by the Holy Spirit to help us fully surrender to Christ as Almighty Lord and Savior and abandon our lives to the gospel. In addition to the “improbable” prophecies tool, I have also included a listing of instances where Jesus and the disciples make specific reference to Old Testament writings and prophecies noted as fulfilled in Christ.

Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith--to the only wise God be glory forever though Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16: 25-27

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31 01, 2015

Biblical Prophecies and Fulfillments

Prophecies about Christ and the Fulfillments


Quality of Christ


“I will tell of the decree: the LORD said to me, 'You are my Son, today I have begotten You'” Psalms 2:7Son of God"…and behold a voice out of the heavens, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
"And in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." Genesis 22:18Seed of Abraham"The book of the genealogy of Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham." Matthew 1:1
"But God said to Abraham '…through Isaac your descendants shall be named.'" Genesis 21:12Son of Isaac "Jesus…the son of Isaac…" Luke 3:23,34
"I see him, but now now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, and a scepter shall rise from Israel, and shall crush through the forehead of Moab, and tear down all the sons of Sheth." Numbers 24:17Son of Jacob"Jesus…the son of Jacob…" Luke 3:23, 34
"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes. And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples." Genesis 49:10Tribe of Judah"Jesus, … the son of Judah…" Luke 3:23,33
"Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit." Isaiah 11:1Family Line of Jesse"Jesus, the son of Jesse…" Luke 3:23,32
"Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I shall raise up for David a righteous branch; And he will reign as King and act wisely. And do justice and righteousness in the land." Jeremiah 23:5House of David"Jesus, the son of David…" Luke 3:23,31
"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephratah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you one will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity." Micah 5:2His Pre-Existence"And he is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together." Colossians 1:17
"The Lord said to my Lord; 'Sit at my right hand, until I make thine enemies a footstool for thy feet'" Psalm 110:1He shall be called Lord"For today in the city of David, there has been born to you a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord." Luke 2:11
"I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren like you, and will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him." Deuteronomy 18:18He shall be a prophet"And the multitudes were saying, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth on Galilee.'" Matthew 21:11
"The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, 'Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.'" Psalm 110:4He shall be a priest"Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession." Hebrews 3:1
"For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us…" Isaiah 33:22He shall be a judge"I can do nothing on my own initiative, as I hear, I judge and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will but the will of Him who sent me." John 5:30
"But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain." Psalm 2:6He shall be a King"And they put above His head the charge against Him which read, 'This is Jesus the King of the Jews'" Matthew 27:37
"And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord." Isaiah 11:2He shall be anointed of the Holy Spirit"And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him; and behold a voice out of the heavens saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:16-17
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped, then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy. Isaiah 35:5,6He will perform miraclesAnd Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Matthew 9:35
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old. Psalm 78:2He will teach parablesAll these things Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables, and He was not talking to them without a parable. Matthew 13:34
Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9He would be betrayed by a friendJudas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him. Matthew 10:4
And I said to them, "if it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!" So they weighted out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. Zechariah 11:12He would be sold for 30 pieces of silver"What are you willing to give me to deliver Him up to you?" And they weighed out to him thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15
" I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the Lord." Zechariah 11:13bThe money would be thrown in God's houseAnd he threw the pieces of silver into the sanctuary and departed… Matthew 27:5a
…strike the shepherd that the sheep may be scattered… Zechariah 13:7He would be forsaken by his disciplesAnd they all left Him and fled. Mark 14:50
Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know. Psalm 35:11He would be accused by false witnessesNow the chief priests and the whole council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, in order that they might put Him to death; but they did not find it, even though many false witnesses came forward. Matthew 26:59-61
he was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Isaiah 53:7He would not respond to His accusersAnd while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer. Matthew 27:12
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. Isaiah 53:5He would be wounded and bruisedThen he released Barabbas for them; but Jesus he scourged and delivered over to be crucified. Matthew 27:26
I gave my back to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. Isaiah 50:6He would be smitten and spit uponThen they spit in His face and struck Him with their fists. Others slapped Him and said, "Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?" Matthew 26:67,68
All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, he trusted the Lord that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him seeing he delighted in Him. Psalm 22:7,8He would be mockedAnd after they had mocked Him, they took His robe off and put His garments on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. Matthew 27:31
They pierced my hands and my feet. Psalm 22:16His hands and feet would be piercedAnd when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him… Luke 23:33
"..yet He himself bore the sins of many, and interceded for the transgressors." Isaiah 53:12He made intercession for His persecutors"Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34
He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted grief; and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Isaiah 53:3He would be hated by His own peopleFor not even His brothers were believing in Him. Not one of the rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has he? John 7:5,48
Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head… Psalm 69:4He would be hated without a causeBut they have done this in order they the word may be fulfilled that is written in their Law, "They hated me without a cause." John 15:25
My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague: And my kinsmen stand afar off. Psalm 38:11His friends would stand afar offAnd all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee, were standing at a distance, seeing these things. Luke 23:49
I also have become a reproach to them; When they see me, they wag their head. Psalm 109:25People shook their heads at HimAnd those who were passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads. Matthew 27:39
They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. Psalm 22:18They divided His garments and cast lots for themThe soldiers, therefore, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. They said: "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be..." John 19:23,24
And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21He was to suffer thirstAfter this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst". John 19:28
They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21They offered him gall and vinegar to drinkThey gave him wine to drink mingled with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink. Matthew 27:34
"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Psalm 22:1He cried aloudAnd about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani," that is, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46
Into thy hands I commit my spirit. Psalm 31:5He committed His SpiritAnd Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into thy hands I commit My Spirit." Luke 23:46
He keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken. Psalm 34:20His bones were not broken…but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. John 19:33
…they will look on Me whom they have pierced. Zechariah 12:10His side was pierced…but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear. John 19:34
"And it will come about in that day" declares the Lord God, "that I shall make the sun go down at noon and make the earth dark in broad daylight. .." Amos 8:9And darkness came over the landNow from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. Matthew 27:45
His grave was assigned to be with wicked men, yet with a rich man in His death. Isaiah 53:9He was buried in a rich man's tomb..there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph…and asked for the body of Jesus…and Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb. Matthew 27:57-60
Adapted from content by Josh McDowell and Stan Telchin

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