The Jesus of Prophesy

Posted: April 4, 2012 in Apologetics, Harvest Youth

Isaiah is an OT book that was wrote somewhere between the sixth and eighth century BC. I say the sixth to eighth because liberal critics of the Word date the book at two different time periods by two different men. However there is no justification for this in the text, and no copies of Isaiah 1-39 have been found separate from 40-66.

No scholars, no matter how liberal, date Isaiah past the 6th century, and this is very important for several reasons. The book of Isaiah prophesies about the coming of a Messiah who is born of a virgin.

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

We now know (as Christians) this virgin to be Mary, and this Messiah to be Jesus Christ, but the Jews are still waiting on this messiah. To the Jews, Jesus was just a rabbi, a teacher, or perhaps a bad man for leading people astray.

Most Jews know the Torah very well, and the OT, but they miss Jesus in the text.

Martin Luther said that there are two aspects of the Word; Law and Gospel.

We all have the law. That is why is almost every culture we know that murder is wrong; stealing is wrong, and so on. How is it that we all have this universal way of telling right from wrong? I’ll tell you, we are made in God’s image, and even though we have fallen very far, we still have the knowledge of right and wrong.

That is what Luther called Law. That is something we all have, whether we want to or not, and that is something you can read about in the Bible.

Gospel, however, is when we encounter Jesus in the text. Luther said that the reason why the Bible was so perfect and so infallible, was not because the church picked out what books went into it, but because it was Jesus Christ. John 1 says that the Word is God, and Luther claimed that if you did not encounter Jesus in the text, you really were just reading the Law. You missed the whole point of the Bible.

The point is to illuminate Jesus Christ.

And so we have this one prophesy about Jesus that the Jews miss. They miss the point; they miss Jesus.

Is 9:6-7
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. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Once again a text written 6-800 years before Christ prophesies that a ruler will be born that will forever sit on the throne of David. We know that Jesus is the offspring of David, because Joseph was in the bloodline of David. The book of Luke shows us this when we read all the sons of.

Isaiah says that there would be no end to the rule of the Messiah, and there is none. He reigns over all, He rules over all, He controls all.

Isaiah is a good witness for the Lord, but how about Moses. Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Torah. Moses wrote these books sometime between 1200 and 1330 BC, most likely, although there are those who say that Moses did not write them, that someone later wrote them around 400-600 BC.

So these writings are around 1300 years before Christ came, and look at what God says right after the fall. (Explain the fall to them)

Gen 3:15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, 
and between your seed and her seed. 
He will strike your head, 
and you will strike his heel.

This is the first prophesy of Jesus Christ. You will strike his heel means that they will crucify Jesus, like they did. He will strike your head means that Jesus will defeat Satan, and he did.

Satan has been defeated with the cross, but he has not yet been destroyed.

Jesus was prophesied about over a century before He came to earth! These are just three verses I picked, there are many more. The only way that we cannot see Jesus in the scriptures is if we suppress the truth.

Rom 1:18
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth

Don’t suppress the truth. Don’t be like the atheist who denies God, or the Jehovah’s Witness who denies the deity of Jesus Christ, or the Mormon who claims that Jesus was born of a virgin goddess, or anyone who denies the fact that Jesus Christ came, died and rose again in the flesh.

We have enough scriptures to back our Christological theories that we know them to be true.

John 21:24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

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