Everyone is amazed when someone is able to predict something and it actually comes true. The general feeling is one of awe, one of amazement. I mean….predicting the future must be incredible, then it coming true is all the more amazing. What if I were to tell you that I have read multiple predictions, and those predictions came true some 700 years after it was written. What would you say to that? Forget 10 years, where one could easily trend a prediction and get it right. We are not talking about the prediction that Mizzou would have beaten Oklahoma this year in football. We are talking the equivalent of King Edward the II making a prediction that Obama would become president in 2008. We are talking about pin point accuracy. Nothing like the two SS of Nostradamus’s famous Hitler prediction. Pin point accuracy about where Obama was born. The predictions would have been written about 1310 or so, and would have been 100% accurate. Can you imagine that? America had not even been discovered. The renaissance had not begun. Flying was for the birds. The sun revolved around the earth. Newton had not yet described universal gravitation, or the three laws of motion! Can you imagine this for one second?
I have read such a document, and you can too. These predictions or prophecies can be found generally in 7 books in the Bible. These are the key messianic prophesies in the Old Testament. These are the Bible verses that foretold the coming of Christ:
3:15 Messiah to reconcile men to God; fully human, born of woman, he will utterly defeat Satan.
22:18 He will be of the family of Abraham
49:10 He will be of the Kingly tribe of Judah
18:15 He will be a prophet who, like Moses, revealed the Word of God.
2:1-2 he will be tried by gentile rulers and condemned by his on people
16:10 Through resurrection, by the Father, Jesus’ body will not see corruption
22:1 He will experience the rejection of the Father at his death
22:6 – 7 He will be mocked at his crucifixion
22:22 Christ will glorify God in his church after His resurrection
40:6-8 Christ delighted in all the Fathers will
69:7-12 Christ would be rejected by men
89:4 Christ will be of the eternal seed of David
89:26-28 Christ will be God’s eternal son, his unique first born
110:1 He will ascend to the right hand of the Father and be coronated
110:4 His priesthood will be eternal, after the manner of Melchizedek
132:11 He will be of the lineage of David.
7:14 Christ will have a virgin birth, he will be called Immanuel
7:15-16 He will grow up in a land dominated by a foreign power
9:1-2 He will minister in Galilee
9:7 He will be of the line of David, but his kingship will be eternal and he will be the Son of God.
11:2 He will be anointed with The Holy Spirit
11:4 He will minister perfect justice regarding the poor and the meek.
24:16 Christ will offer salvation to the entire world
40:3 He will have a forerunner
42:1 Christ will be the great anointed Servant of Yahweh
42:2 His ministry will be gentle
42:6 Christ will be the fulfillment of God’s covenant
49:6 Christ will be a light to the Gentiles
52:14 He would be disfigured by the abuses he suffered prior to crucifixion
53:4 Christ will bear all our diseases
53:5 He will provide atonement for sin
53:9 He will be buried in a rich man’s tomb
53:10 The Father will prolong Christ’s days by resurrecting him from the dead.
9:24 His public ministry to being in AD 26. He would be crucified 3 ½ years later.
5:2 Jesus would be born in Bethlehem
9:9 He would enter Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt
11:12 Christ would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver
12:10 He would be pierced for our transgressions.
Is this pretty amazing or what? Try to go through that list and find one criteria that Christ did not fulfill.
Remember these words were written anywhere from 2000 years to 500 years before Christ was born.
There is only one explanation for this, God. Divine revelation to these prophets. Incredible.
I just wanted to write a quick post for this. Everyone, I am sure, has heard about the four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates. They were taken hostage while sailing around the world handing out Bibles for those in need.
Word comes this morning that all four Americans have been killed, and the Somali Pirates have either been captured or killed.
While it is not clear that the murder of these missionaries rises to martyrdom, it is clear that they were murdered while fulfilling the great commission. It appears that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time when the yacht was overrun by pirates.
We should pray for the family members to be able to find solace with our Lord. We should rejoice for our brothers and sisters for finding peace with our Lord. And, we should pray that we should be so bold as to try to fulfill the great commission as our fallen brothers and sisters were.
This should serve as a reminder that we need to be praying for our missionaries that place themselves in harm’s way . We should also be praying for the pirates, and that they can be reached by the saving grace of our Lord.
The names of the Americans killed:
Dr. Bob Riggle, Phyllis Macay
Jean and Scott Adam