To: en & more
From: Su Min
Subject: Messianic Prophecies
My dearly beloved,
Inasmuch as I am aware that En leaves UK for Singapore soon, I am keen to continue this regular sharing as much as for wws (Sawadeee!) and his family as for our Singapore based family.
As a build up to Christmas I am led to review references to The Prophetic Christ as seen in the Old Testament:
Some 33 references are given, stretching from Genesis to Malachi.
There are 10 Messianic references in Isaiah
We begin at the beginning
- 8 in Psalms,
- 6 in Zechariah,
- 3 in Genesis and
- one each in Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Daniel, Micah, Haggai and Malachi.
In Genesis 1:1 we read In The beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 25 verses later, in Gen 1:26, we read Then God said Let us make man in our image, in our likeness."
and from this we begin to learn that God is a plurality set singular: it is an intimation to us of the triune nature of God: God the Father, God the son and God the holy Ghost. So when we look back to Gen 1:1 with foresight, we can see reference to the pre-existing Jesus.
Right in the middle of the story of Adam and Eve, we come to a more specific reference in Genesis 3:15, where God says to the serpent
"I will put enmity between you and the womanWho was this offspring that God spoke about in Gen 3:15? None less than Jesus the son of God and the son of man. He was struck in the heel, as they nailed his feet to the cross. A nail driven into the heel, between the ankle bones, one single long crude metal nail to fix both feet of the crucified to the vertical limb of the cross. Indeed it was my sin that nailed his feet to the cross. But praise be to God, that although Jesus was crucified and died a horrible death on the cross, and although he was wrapped in spices and burial clothes and buried laid in the tomb, 3 days later, as predicted prophesied and promised, Jesus conquered death, crushed the head of satan (who you can recognise as the devil who goes around with a Jesus sized footprint on his face), and rose from the dead, to a new eternal life, to sit at the right hand of God, to reign forever and ever, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
and between your offspring and hers
he will crush your head and you will strike his heel"
The Amplified makes the reference to Jesus more obvious:
- The next reference we come across is in Genesis 22:17-18 (Amplified) where God promises to Abraham after Abraham has not balked at sacrificing Isaac: In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies. And in your Seed [Christ] shall all the nations of the earth be blessed and [by Him] bless themselves, because you have heard and obeyed My voice.
- The next reference we come across is in Genesis 49:10, where Jacob is blessing is 12 sons. The NIV reads "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations are his."
"The sceptre or leadership shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shiloh [the Messiah, The Peaceful One] comes to Whom it belongs, and to Him shall be the obedience of the people."Clearly these passages speak of the coming of Jesus.
Let us close in prayer.
Father in Heaven, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.(Love Dad)
We thank you Father for your plan for redemption of our eternal lives.
We thank you for Jesus who was obedient even unto death
We thank you for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and all the other patriarchs who even though they slipped up occasionally, were faithful to you in the end.
In the name of Jesus.
Amen and amen.
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