THE GOOD NEWS MINISTRY AND
PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS OF THE SOON RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST!
Revealing God's Sure Word Of Prophecy In The Bible!
"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:19).
1. "TAKE HEED"
God speaks to us personally when He says: "ye do well that ye take heed." There are many people today, both without and within the church, who are greatly troubled as they look out upon this modem world in which we live. Those without the church are troubled in the sense that they are prevented from believing the Gospel, and those within the church because their faith is being shaken. That is why we must take heed to prophecy.
The average person on the street, even the religious person, is in much doubt and confusion regarding God's plan and program for this age and the ages to come. Every now and again one will express his concern to me saying, "I would like to believe the Gospel, but I can't. It seems to me that the Gospel has failed. You talk about the Son of God coming into this world, and about the power of the Holy Spirit, you claim the Gospel is supernatural, you say all this has been working for nearly two thousand years. Yet, look out into the world, look at the state of society, look at the godlessness and anti-Bible philosophy prevalent everywhere, look at the storm clouds gathering on the horizon and the uncertain future! How can you say the Gospel is so powerful in the light of present world conditions?"
Many within the church are discouraged by the same facts. They are troubled and confused. They see fewer and fewer people going to True Bible Churches. They see divisions, the confusion of differing Bible versions, the lack of separation from the world, religious apostasy, and little power in the services and prayer meetings. Their faith as Christians is being shaken.
What is the answer to all these problems? The answer is the hope of the imminent coming of our Lord. God has set forth a plan for this age and the ages to come. It is not a matter of God adjusting Himself to the changes of history, but rather that He writes history. No matter what plans men may have, or that Satan may try to carry out, neither he nor man will ever frustrate God's sovereign will. Some, looking at things on the surface, might be inclined to say that there is no indication in the affairs of men that God is sovereign. Remember that with God time is not an important element. We should study God's plan as He has revealed it in the Word, and then look around us to see if that plan is being fulfilled.
It is therefore important that we take heed to prophecy. If we do not take heed, we do not well. The reason why we must take heed to prophecy is found in 2 Peter 1:20,21: "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
Prophecy is a special work of the True Holy Spirit. It was the True Holy Spirit who moved these "holy men of God!", therefore the True Spirit is the author of the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Prophecy is such a truly divine work, that its Author calls our particular attention to it.
No one else could write prophecy but the True Spirit of God Himself-, for He is God, and only He knows the thoughts of God, the purposes of God, the plans of God, and the coming triumphs of God. We are reading the words of God when we read prophecy. We are listening to His voice.
To help us understand prophecy God has made a most wonderful arrangement. He has appointed the Author of prophecy to be our Teacher. Jesus told us this would happen. John 16:13: "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come."
At Pentecost God sent down His True Spirit to dwell in every heart cleansed by the blood of Jesus, who, through a True and Genuine Faith, through a True and Genuine Repentance, through a True And Genuine Biblical Baptism, inhabits our body, mind and soul. (Acts 2:37-39) The True Holy Spirit dwells as a permanent Resident in every person who is truly and genuinely born again, redeemed by the precious blood, and He is the Teacher and Revealer of Prophecy. We live every moment with our Teacher who knows all about us and all about the things of God. This fact alone should encourage us to take heed to prophecy that it may be well with us.
The school of God, where the True Holy Spirit faithfully teaches us His Word, forms a most important part of our daily life. Since our Teacher dwells within us, how we live will affect what He is able to teach us. Whatever lessons He wants us to learn from His prophetic Word should be part and parcel of our life.
That is why we are instructed to '"Walk in the Spirit" (Gal. 5:16). We are to place our entire life at His disposal. He should be able to do whatever He pleases. This Is what the Bible means when it says we are to be "led of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:18). "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Rom. 8:14). We are also to be "filled with the Spirit" (Eph. 5:18). The True Holy Spirit will fill us when He finds our heart at His disposal.
When we take heed to prophecy we will find our faith in the Bible strengthened. Hundreds of Old Testament prophecies have been fulfilled in the New Testament. For example, we have prophecies relating to the coming of Messiah - His birth, His life, His work, and His great salvation wrought for us on Calvary's Cross. When we see so many prophecies already fulfilled, it increases our confidence in the Word of God.
No prophecy is bolder than that which foretells Christ's birth of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." The fulfilment of this is recorded in Matthew 1:21-23.
When the Wisemen from the East came seeking Jesus, the chief priests and scribes told Herod, without any hesitation, that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem. Why? Because more than seven hundred years earlier the prophet had foretold (Micah 5:2) that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem. Matthew notes the fulfilment of this in Chapter 2:1-6.
The deity of Messiah was prophesied in Isaiah 9:6 and the fulfillment is seen in John 20:28-29. The substitutionary death of our Lord is set forth in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22. The fulfilment is seen in John 1:29 and 1 Peter1:18-19. The bodily resurrection is predicted in Psalm 16:10 and the fulfilment is declared in Acts 2:25-31.
The study of prophecy is an incentive to Pure, Holy living and faithful service to our Lord . 1 John 3:2-3: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth Himself, even as He Is pure."
How we need this emphasis on the pure and Holy life. If we really believe the Lord is coming, we will clean up our lives. Dr. R. A- Torrey had this testimony: "The truth of the Lord's coming transformed my whole idea of life; it broke the power of the world and its ambition over me, and fined filled my life with the most radiant optimism even under the most discouraging circumstances."
The study of prophecy contains a special blessing for believers. The Book of Revelation was personally dictated by our Lord Jesus Christ. This was His last message and it contained this promise: "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein" (Rev. 1:3).
I am waiting for the dawning Of the bright and blessed day; When the darksome night of sorrow Shall have vanished far away: When for ever with die Saviour, Far beyond this vale of tears, I shall swell the song of worship Through the everlasting years.
I am waiting for the coming Of The Lord who died for me: O! His words have thrilled my spirit, "I will come again for thee."I can almost hear His footfall On the threshold of the door, And my heart, my heart is longing To be His for evermore.
I am looking at the brightness, (See it shineth from afar,) Of the clear and joyous beaming, Of the "Bright and Morning Star'; Through the dark grey mist of morning Do I see its glorious light 'Men away with every shadow Of this sad and weary night.
We should study prophecy because our Lord wants us to know something about the future. Psalm 25:14: "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant." In days of old, "He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel," (Psa. 103:7). God warned Abraham of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He told Noah of the coming flood. He has forewarned us of the apostasy of these last days.
The study of prophecy will make us better soul-winners. As we look for the coming of the Lord day by day, we are to be faithful in witnessing to others. We are to "occupy" until He comes. We are to live with eternity's values in view and to lay up our treasures in Heaven. Remember, whatever we are going to do for Christ we must do now!
2. GOD'S PLAN OF THE AGES
Prophetic events adhere to a divinely ordained program established by the Lord for the working out of Life's own purposes. To enjoy prophecy we should be acquainted with His plan. God has caused the stream of time to flow in a succession of ages, -governed by a distinct order or economy.
The Bible is divided into seven ages or dispensations. A dispensation is an era of time during which man is tested in respect to obedience to a definite revelation of God's will.
1. - INNOCENCE. Man was created innocent and stood in the glory and power with which God had endowed him that he might rule the earth. In Eden, Adam had constant fellowship with God. Though he was without sin, he had the ability to sin. God gave him a simple test (Genesis 2:16-17). Adam could enjoy all the blessings of creation and every tree of the garden except the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil." God warned of the result of disobedience. Man failed the test and in Romans 5:19: we read ".... by one man's disobedience many were made sinners." Although God restored Adam and Eve to fellowship and provided coats of skins to cover them (Gen. 3:21), the dispensation of Innocence ended with man's expulsion from the garden (Gen. 3:23-24).
2. - CONSCIENCE. The testing of this dispensation took place outside the gates of Eden's garden. By the fall, Adam and Eve acquired and transmitted to their offspring the knowledge of good and evil. This gave conscience a basis for right moral judgement and added a new responsibility to do good and depart from evil. Man was accountable for his sin and was to come before God through sacrifice. The result of this testing was complete degeneration. "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. . . . for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth" (Gen. 6:5.12). The dispensation of Conscience ended with the judgement of the flood (Genesis Chapters 6-9).
3. - HUMAN GOVERNMENT. God now authorized man to punish wrongdoing, even to the Judicial taking of life for life. Genesis 9:6: "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." Thus God provided a deterrent for sin. in defiance of God, Nimrod and his subjects built the city of Babel or Babylon, which the Book of Revelation tells us is the mother of all idolatry and the whore church of the coming Antichrist. They built a tower to reach Heaven and this defiance brought about God's judgement. So man failed again. In Genesis 11 we find the human race divided into many groups, each spreading its own language and forming a separate nation. Human Government, which began at the Flood, is still going on.
4. - PROMISE. This dispensation began with God's covenant with Abraham. In Genesis 12:1-3 we find God choosing one family out of all the families of the earth, and to this family He made great and wonderful promises. Some of the promises were unconditional and will be or have been literally fullfilled. Other promises were conditional upon the faithfulness and obedience of the Israelites. This dispensation also ends in failure. We find the chosen people of God away from the land of promise and staggering under the load of slavery in Egypt.
The Book of Genesis which opens with the words: "In the beginning God", closes with "in a coffin in Egypt." This is a picture of man's failure and need of a Saviour.
5. - LAW. The greater part of Scripture is taken up with this fifth dispensation which reaches from Sinai to Calvary. The law, which was given at Mount Sinai, deals only with Israel. This nation became a giant object lesson to the rest of the world. The test of (Exodus 19:5-8) was to see whether the Jewish nation would honour and obey a just and righteous code of laws which God Himself would give. The history of Israel in the wilderness and in the land is one long record of flagrant, persistent violation of the law. God finally closed the testing of man by Law in judgement by driving them out of the land. In due time, Christ came "made under the law" (Gal. 4:4) and both Jews and Gentiles conspired to put Him to death.
6. - GRACE. Today man is under the dispensation of Grace. The death of Christ on Calvary's Cross and the coming of God's True Holy Spirit at Pentecost, ushered in this sixth dispensation of Grace or of the True Church or of the True Holy Spirit. God now deals with man on the basis of unmerited favour. God's requirements under Mosaic Law were rules, regulations and sacrifice, while today man may be absolutely pardoned and made completely righteous before God by, surrendering and humblily bowing down in true and genuine repentance, by accepting by a true and genuine faith the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and receiving in Him the priceless gift of eternal life. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
The primary purpose of this age is given in Matthew 28:1820: "GO therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" The Gospel, based on the death, burial, and the resurection of our Lord Jesus Christ, is the Good News for sinful men. Our Lord is now building His True Church which will be made up of all truly and genuinely born again believers. The characteristics of this Gospel Age are outlined in a series of seven parables in Matthew 13. These parables teach that while some are saved, the "many", the 'majority" are not. In fact, only a small portion of the peoples of the world will trust Christ as personal Saviour. Along with a true Gospel testimony will arise a false church, large and powerful. This false church is on the increase today and through different movements will head up to the church of Antichrist which is the whore church of Revelation 17. The predicted end of the testing of man under Grace is the apostasy of the professing church and the subsequent judgments of God upon it.
7. - THE KINGDOM. This is the last of the ordered ages regulating human life on the earth, previous to the eternal state. This period of time is called the period of God's Kingdom which ends with the final judgement of God upon Satan and upon sin. After the rapture of the Church, we may expect the fulfilment of the events of the Seventieth Week of Daniel. Great events are to take place: The Great Tribulation will begin; Antichrist "the man of sin" will be revealed; 144,000 Jews will go throughout the nations preaching the "gospel of the kingdom". All this will be followed by the return of Christ with His own. Satan will be bound for a thousand years and Christ will reign on earth. This ends with the Great white Throne Judgment.
Sinner friend, there's an awful day coming for those who reject Christ as Saviour. many of you have the opportunity now of forsaking sin and truly receiving Christ as Saviour. Will YOU face your soul's need before God? You have a choice to make. To truly receive Christ is the way that leads to peace and joy and life eternal- to reject Him means Hell and eternal separation from God.
If you have been drawn to God by His True Holy Spirit and want to become a True and Faithful Christian, what should you do? The inspired answer was given by the Apostle Peter during the Very First Sermon ever preached on the first New Testament day of Pentecost. This set the stage for the whole New Testament Era.
After coming to realize the enormity of their sins, the repentant assembly asked Peter and the rest of the Apostles: "Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, REPENT, and let every one of you be BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call" (Acts 2:3739).
If you will bow your head and heart right now and ask the Lord to save you, He will, according to His Own word: John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
3. ORDER OF EVENTS
The Bible divides the future into three great periods: the Day of Christ, the Day of the Lord, and the Day of God. Unfulfilled prophecy fits into one or more of these future events.
THE DAY OF CHRIST
This is the time when Christ transforms the whole church into His likeness and catches it up to be with Him that he may judge it and present it to the Father.
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:14-17).
There will be much happiness when the saints shall thus meet and remain together for ever: but the principal happiness of heaven is to be with the Lord, to see Him, live with Him, and enjoy Him for ever.
Philippians 3:20,21: "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body..."
After the Rapture, the true believers will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ: "For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in the body, according to that he hath done. whether it be good or bad' (2 Cor. 5:10).
The Judgment Seat of Christ is the reward seat when every true believer will appear before the Lord to give an account of the deeds done in the body, and to receive the due reward of his faithful service. "if any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. if any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer -loss; but he himself shall be saved: yet so as by fire" (I Cor. 3:14,15).
When the Lord has put everything in order in the church, He shall present the glorified church to the Father, for His use in judging and governing the world and angels.
"That He might- present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Eph. 5:27).
Then we read in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3: "Do ye not know that the saints shall Judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels . . . ?"
THE DAY OF THE LORD
While the raptured saints begin to enjoy the bliss of heavenly life, terrific events take place on the earth. The period called The Great Tribulation begins. This is the time of the Lord's judgments upon the world. The Bible emphasizes the importance of this period, in that almost the entire Book of Revelation is occupied with a description of the frightful happenings of those days.
This period opens with the emergence of a sinister figure whom the Scriptures call the Antichrist, "that man of sin" (2 Thess. 2:3). He becomes the head of a one-world government, a one-world economic system, and a one-world ecumenical church. So terrible will be the judgments of that time that men and women will earnestly seek to the "and death shall flee from them" (Rev. 9:6). This will be the most dreadful time the world has ever known. Men, loving their sins, will refuse to repent and will worship a false Christ. The end of the Great Tribulation ushers in the Battle of Armageddon.
After the Battle of Armageddon the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth to establish His Kingdom and to subdue all His enemies. His glorious church will rule and reign with Him. "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory" (Col. 3:4). 'For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet" (1 Cor. 15:25).
The Lord will deal first with His three great enemies: the the beast or Antichrist, the false prophet, and Satan. "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet ... These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone ... And I saw an angel come down from heaven ... And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit it..." (Rev. 19:20-20:3).
The Lord will then reign for a thousand years. He gathers and judges the Jewish nation. He gives the promised land to the saved remnant of the nation. He also judges the Gentiles as seen in Matthew 25:32: "And before Him shall be gathered all nations: I and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats."
Finally, comes the Great white Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:12-15: "And I saw the dead. small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works... And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast Into the lake of fire."
May the Lord help us to see how serious it is to be lost, and to do all we can in His power to "rescue the perishing, care for the dying."
THE DAY OF GOD
Now the Lord will bring in the new heaven and the new earth: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away-, and there was no more sea. . . . And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God' (Rev. 21:1-3). The Bible describes this eternal home as the city of "no mores" (Rev. 21). Their shall be no more sea, no more death, no more sorrow, no more crying, no more pain, no more temple, no more sun, no more moon, no more night, and no more sin. And in Chapter 22:3, no more curse.
In Revelation 5:8-14 and 19:6 we read that the redeemed shall worship God in Heaven. We will serve Him there (Rev. 22:3). We shall see our Lord's face (Rev. 22:4). In eternity God will be all and in all (1 Cor. 15:28).
This is the plan and program of God which the Lord is going to accomplish. It is the only right plan for settling all the problems of the world. It is the plan that will bring the richest blessing to men and the highest glory to God. God purposes that He and redeemed men will live together in love, harmony, and joyous activities for all eternity. And as God has the best plan for the ages, He has the best plan for our individual lives. Let us yield to His will and live for His glory.
4. PROPHECIES ALL FULFILLED
Who can deny that the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is one of the chief themes of the Bible? No one can deny this doctrine who studies the Word of God. Bible students may differ as to the manner and the meaning of prophecy, yet they all agree that it is in the forefront of God's message to man.
Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself had great respect for the Word of God. In Matthew 5:17 He told His Jewish hearers: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Christ came not to bring some new way of righteousness and salvation to the world, but to fulfil in deed that which was prophesied by the figures of the law.
Our Lord also said in Matthew 5:18: "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Jesus says clearly that the smallest Hebrew letter, the "jot" shall be fulfilled. The "tittle" is a small sign or dot used in the Hebrew language like an accent mark. All of the Bible is divine, infallible, and will come to pass. "The word of the Lord endureth for ever" (1 Pet. 1:25). "Forever, 0 Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven" (Psa. 119:89). "Thy word is true from the beginning' (Psa. 119:160).
You remember how the disciples on the Emmaus Road were heartbroken because they failed to understand that the Scriptures were being fulfilled. Jesus said unto them: "O fools (foolish ones) and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself' (Luke 24:25-27).
Later that night, when these two disciples had returned to Jerusalem and joined the eleven, the risen Lord appeared to them all and had more to say to them about prophecy. First He patiently proved to them that He was not a spirit, (ghost) but their own Messiah and Lord risen in the body. Then He enlightened them concerning the scriptures. "And He said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that ALL THINGS MUST BE FULFILLED, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" (Luke 24:44,45).
The Old Testament prophecies set forth clearly all that the Jewish people needed to enable them to recognize their Messiah when He came. The outstanding events which were predicted and fulfilled are five in number:
1. - The place of His birth.
2. - His virgin birth.
3. - His deity.
4. - His sacrificial death and blood atonement.
5. - His bodily resurrection.
Let us now look at some of these prophecies and their fulfilment:
The place of the birth of Messiah was foretold in Micah 5:2: "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."
The fulfilment is recorded in Matthew 2:1-6: "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel."
The virgin birth of Christ was prophesied in Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel."
The fulfilment is recorded in Matthew 1:21-23: "And she (Mary) shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
The deity of Messiah was prophesied in Isaiah 9:6: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
The fulfilment is seen in John's Gospel and we shall read John 20:28-29: "And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto Him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
The substitutionary death of our Lord is clearly set forth in Isaiah 53. This chapter has been called "The blueprint of the New Testament." We could also mention Psalm 22 which is a very accurate prophecy of the death of Christ on the Cross, including those awful words, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (vs. 1).
The fulfilment is clearly seen in John 1:29: "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Also 1 Peter 2:24: "Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
The bodily resurrection is predicted in Psalm 16:10: "For thou wilt not leave my soul in bell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."
The realization of this promise is presented in Acts 2:25-31: "For David speaketh concerning Him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me Freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, He would raise up Christ to sit on His throne; he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, neither His flesh did see corruption."
If we had time we could point out no less than 25 Old Testament prophecies bearing on the betrayal, trial, death, and burial of the Lord Jesus Christ, uttered by many different writers during the five centuries from 1000 B.C. to 500 B.C. All of these prophecies were literally fulfilled within 24 hours at the time of His crucifixion. The fact is that men and women are related to God according to the way they accept or reject the plain teaching of prophecy.
Paul told of the failure of the Jews to accept prophecy at Antioch in Pisidia: "For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew Him not (Jesus Christ), nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath day, they have fulfilled them In condemning Him" (Acts 13:27).
By contrast, the aged priest Zacharias rejoiced in his knowledge of Old Testament prophecy and had the privilege of becoming the father of John the Baptist (Read Luke 1:5.6,13,67-75, compare with Malachi 3:1 3:1; 4:5-6).
The aged Simeon believed the Old Testament prophecies and he had the joy of seeing the child Jesus. (Read Luke 2:25-32 and compare with Isaiah 42:6,7).
The aged Anna, herself a Godly Matron, had studied the Old Testament prophecies and rejoiced to see the Lord (Luke 2:36-38).
Jesus said: "All shall be fulfilled." Already many predicted prophecies have been just as literally fumed. The remaining prophecies are still before us but will be just as literally fulfilled as the days go by.
Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!