Christ and Prophecy II

I can understand placing significant apologetic weight on explaining the empty tomb and the resurrection of Christ (given it’s centrality), but the more I am studying the Old Testament, the more impressed I become in regards to prophesy. Besides the Messianic Psalms, and other such depictions hinted earlier (and offered below), stuff like this is simply so rich in evangelistic and apologetic value, that I had to share with those who may not have already invested in such an exploration:

Taking the prophetic weeks of Daniel 9:25-26 (483 years), and starting the count from “the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem” (Dn 9:25) of Artaxerxes in his seventh year of rule (found in Ezra 7:6-7, 9:9), we arrive to A.D. 26/27, time of Christ’s ministry (and 3 years before the crucifixion)! This is when the “Messiah the … Prince” of Daniel 9 comes to “bring the rebellion to an end, to put a stop to sin, to wipe away injustice, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophesy, and to anoint the most holy place.” (Dn 9:24). “The Messiah will be cut off [crucifixion]” (Dn 9:26), and “will put a stop to sacrifice and offering,” (Dn 9:27). Then go and compare this to the figure in Dn 7:13-14 (“son of man”) and Isaiah 9:6-7 (“a child will be born…he will be named Mighty God, Eternal Father”).

To guide someone through this while witnessing it such an advantage. Add to this reading through Isaiah 52 and 53 (Isaiah’s suffering servant), and I would not want to simply undermine such tools as anything near insignificant. And this only gets one started! Ps 2:2, Mc 5:1, Ps 22:16, Ex 12:46, Zch 12:10, Ps 110:1 flesh out the case even more. Take all these together, and for the average Joe, given you explain to them the historical fact that some guys didn’t simply get together and write the bible, and what a case you have!

Then move into the historicity of the gospels and the character of Jesus, and then the question of the empty tomb, and WHAM! Where else could reason take you besides to conclude something miraculous is occurring?

To support the claim, you could read through this earlier given list, and ask the non-believer: “Who does this sound like?”

  • “Those who hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs on my head,” (Ps 69:4)
  • “The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and His Anointed One” (Ps 2:2)
  • “Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me” (Ps 41:9)
  • “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered” (Zch 13:7)
  • “Then I said to them, ‘If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.’ So they weighed my wages, 30 pieces of silver. ‘Throw it to the potter,’ The LORD said to me–this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the LORD, to the potter” (Zch 11:12-13)
  • “They are striking the judge of Israel on the cheek with a rod” (Mc 5:1)
  • “I gave My back to those who beat me, and My cheeks to those who tore out my beard. I did not hide My face from scorn and spitting” (Is 50:6)
  • “They pierced my hands and my feet” (Ps 22:16)
  • “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Ps 22:1)
  • “Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads: ‘He relies on the LORD; let Him rescue him; let the LORD deliver him, since He takes pleasure in him” (Ps 22:7-8)
  • “They gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Ps 69:21)
  • “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed; my heart is like wax, melting within me” (Ps 22:14)
  • “Yet He Himself bore our sickness, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted” (Is 53:4)
  • “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth” (Is 53:7)
  • “They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing” (Ps 22:18)
  • “He submitted Himself to death” (Is 53:12)
  • “He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels” (Is 53:12)
  • “You may not break any of its bones” (Ex 12:46)
  • “He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken” (Ps 34:20)
  • “They will look at Me whom they pierced” (Zch 12:10)
  • “They made His grave with the wicked, and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully” (Is 53:9)
  • “For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see the Pit” (Ps 16:10)
  • “You ascended to the heights, taking away captives; You received gifts from people, even from the rebellious, so that the LORD God might live there” (Ps 66:18)
  • “The LORD declared to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool'” (Ps 110:1)

To this list I would add:

  • “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isa 7:14)
  • “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.” (Mic 5:2)
  • “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)
  • “he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isa 49:6)
  • “Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” (Isa 49:7)
  • “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psa 2:12)
  • “For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.” (Isa 53:2)
  • “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isa 53:3)
  • “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” (Isa 53:4)
  • “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isa 53:5)
  • “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned– every one–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa 53:6)
  • “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.” (Isa 53:7)
  • “By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?” (Isa 53:8)
  • “And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.” (Isa 53:9)
  • “Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isa 53:10)
  • “Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.” (Isa 53:11)
  • “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.” (Isa 53:12)

I hope this comes as edifying. God’s Blessings!


One thought on “Christ and Prophecy II

  1. Great post, Leonard! It was edifying indeed. I learn more & more from you with each passing day. Thank you.

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