118-103 Prophesies About Jesus Prophesies
The Virgin Birth of Jesus
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
This Prophecy was written by Isaiah approximately 700 years before the birth of Jesus. This prophecy was given at the refusal of King Ahaz to ask God for a sign. God answered by giving a sign to Ahaz. The prophecy was far more reaching than Ahaz could have imagined. It spoke of a child being born to a virgin woman. The Hebrew word for virgin is “almah” and means an unmarried woman and a virgin. The Child’s name shall be Immanuel and means “God with us.”
This prophecy was fulfilled around the year 5 AD. An angel came to a virgin named Mary, who was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, and said to her, “The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.” (Luke 1:30-31) When Joseph found that Mary was pregnant he was perplexed. The angel came unto him and explained the good news to him. “But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21) Because this child was conceived by the Holy Spirit of God He is the Son of God. He is God incarnate and therefore is God with us.
There has been argument among scholars that the Hebrew word “Almah,” which is the word for virgin means young maiden. They say that Mary was not necessarily a virgin. In the Jewish culture a young unmarried woman was expected to be a virgin. This according to the Word of God that a woman is to remain pure until she has been given in marriage. We read in Luke that God had found favor with Mary and it would be obvious that she would have been a virgin.
Jesus Born in Bethlehem
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” (Micah 5:2)
The prophecy was written by the Prophet Micah around 750 Years before the birth of Jesus. Bethlehem was a small town south of Jerusalem. Bethlehem is also the town where Ruth and Naomi settled. “So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, “Is this Naomi?” (Ruth 1:19) There Naomi gave birth to Obed who was the father of Jessie. Jessie was the Father of David who became the second King of Israel. “The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:17) Jesus when He returns the second time will take the Throne of David. “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” (Luke 1:32-33)
This prophecy was fulfilled when Joseph and Mary had to return to the city of Bethlehem because of a degree of Caesar Augustus for a census. Each citizen had to return to the city of their birth. (Luke 2:1-3) The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is recorded in Luke. “Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.” (Luke 2:4-6) Jesus’ birth is also recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem.” (Matthew 2:1)
The Messiah Will be of the Tribe of Judah
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.” (Genesis 49:10)
The prophecy came as Israel was blessing his sons. When Israel blessed his son Judah he said that his descendants would be rulers and that the ultimate ruler would come from him. This is what is meant by “The scepter will 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 is his.” When Jesus establishes His Kingdom it will have no end. Around 2000 thousand years after Israel gave this prophecy Jesus was born. The Ancestry of Jesus can be traced back to Judah the son of Israel. (Matthew 1-16)
The Messiah Would Come From the House of King David
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.” (Jeremiah 23:5)
This prophecy was written sometime between 626-586 BC. Both Matthew and Luke trace the genealogy of Jesus back to King David. (Matthew 1-16 Luke 3:23-38) Matthew give Jesus’ bloodline through his adoptive father Joseph. Luke’s bloodline of Jesus is through his mother Mary.
A Forerunner to the Messiah
“Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3)
This prophecy was written by the Prophet Isaiah around 701-681 BC. The prophet is speaking of one who comes from the desert or the wilderness to prepare the way for the Lord. This prophecy was fulfilled in about 27 AD when the Prophet John the Baptist laid the groundwork for the ministry of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of Matthew we read, “Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:1-2)
In Isaiah 40:1-5, 9 we see that the forerunner is to comfort God’s people. “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.” That their hard service has been completed and their sin debt has been paid in full. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her warfare has ended, That her iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the LORD’s hand Double for all her sins.” It is now time to prepare the way for their Lord and make straight His path. God’s people are now to see the glory of the Lord. “A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.” They are to clear the obstacle of sinful living and return to the precepts of God’s Word. “Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley.” This is the Lord’s Herald to make ready for the coming of their salvation. “Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” The people are to proclaim to all the people, Here is your God. “Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
The Messiah Would Work Miracles
“Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.” Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the Arabah.” (Isaiah 35:4-6)
Isaiah wrote this prophecy between 701-681 BC. Isaiah is speaking of a time when God would come and heal the eyes of the blind, open the ears of the deaf, a voice to the speechless and mobility to the lame. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy in both a Spiritual sense and a Physical sense. There are 37 miracles recorded that Jesus performed during His 3 year ministry.
|Water into Wine||2:1-11|
|Heals an Official’s Son||4:43-54|
|Drives Out an Evil Spirit||1:21-27||4:31-36|
|Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law||8:14-15||1:29-31||4:38-39|
|Heals Many Sick at Evening||8:16-17||1:32-34||4:40-41|
|First Miraculous Catch of Fish||5:1-11|
|Cleanses a Man With Leprosy||8:1-4||1:40-45||5:12-14|
|Heals a Centurion’s Servant||8:5-13||7:1-10|
|Heals a Paralytic||9:1-8||2:1-12||5:17-26|
|Heals a Man’s Withered Hand||12:9-14||3:1-6||6:6-11|
|Raises a Widow’s Son in Nain||7:11-17|
|Jesus Calms a Storm||8:23-27||4:35-41||8:22-25|
|Demons into a Herd of Pigs||8:28-33||5:1-20||8:26-39|
|Woman in the Crowd||9:20-22||5:25-34||8:42-48|
|Raises Jairus’ Daughter to Life||9:18,23-26||5:21-24,35-43||8:40-42, 49-56||8:40-42, 49-56|
|Heals Two Blind Men||9:27-31|
|Heals a Man Unable to Speak||9:32-34|
|Heals an Invalid at Bethesda||5:1-15|
|Walks on Water||14:22-33||6:45-52||6:16-21|
|Heals Many Sick in Gennesaret||14:34-36||6:53-56|
|Woman’s Demon-Possessed Daughter||15:21-28||7:24-30|
|Heals a Deaf and Dumb Man||7:31-37|
|Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida||8:22-26|
|Heals a Man Born Blind||9:1-12|
|Heals a Boy with a Demon||17:14-20||9:14-29||9:37-43|
|Temple Tax in a Fish’s Mouth||17:24-27|
|Heals a Blind, Mute Demoniac||12:22-23||11:14-23|
|Heals a Crippled Woman||13:10-17|
|Man With Dropsy on the Sabbath||14:1-6|
|Cleanses Ten Lepers||17:11-19|
|Raises Lazarus from the Dead||11:1-45|
|Restores Sight to Bartimaeus||20:29-34||10:46-52||18:35-43|
|Withers the Fig Tree||21:18:22||11:12-14|
|Heals a Servant’s Severed Ear||22:50-51|
|Second Miraculous Catch of Fish||21:4-11|
One like Moses
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him. “This is according to all that you asked of the LORD your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.’ “The LORD said to me, ‘They have spoken well. ‘I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15-18)
After Moses there were many prophets but none like Moses. There were similarities between Moses and Jesus. Both in their infancy were delivered from death. Both were able to perform miracles and they were both leaders of the people. Both Moses and Jesus were intermediaries between God and His people. Moses offered to die for his people’s sin. (Exodus 32:30-33) Jesus did willingly die for the sins of all men. None of the other prophets was as much like Jesus as Moses. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy between 2 BC and 31 AD.
The Messiah Would Enter Jerusalem on a Donkey
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)
Zechariah prophesized this between 520 and 518 BC. Zachariah spoke of the Messiah coming into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Jesus did this in about 31 AD and presented Himself as the Messiah and the King. “As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord has need of it.” They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:33-38)
The name Jesus means salvation. 2424 Iēsoús – Jesus, the transliteration of the Hebrew term, 3091 /Lṓt (“Yehoshua”/Jehoshua, contracted to “Joshua”) which means “Yahweh saves” (or “Yahweh is salvation”). (Strong’s Concordance) Therefore the Prophet Zachariah states that the Messiah is Just and Endowed with Salvation.
Jesus is the Messiah
“The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John 4:19-26)
Jesus clearly stated that He was the promised Messiah the Prophets of the Old Testament had spoken of. In Matthew we read, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17) No other person in history has been taken seriously who has made this claim.
A Son Called God
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Isaiah wrote this prophecy between 701 and 681 BC. He is telling the people of Judah that a son will be given to them. A son that will be a Wonderful Counselor a Mighty God an Eternal Father. He will reign on the throne of King David forever. It was King David, the man who searched after the heart of God. Luke recorded in Acts this, “After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.” (Acts 13:22) In the Psalm we see that David was humble Psalm 62:9, reverent Psalm 18:3, respectful Psalm 31:9, trusting Psalm 27:1, loving Psalm 18:1, devoted Psalm 4:7, recognizing Psalm 9:1, faithful Psalm 23:6, obedient Psalm 119:34, and repentant Psalm 25:11. This by his own writing is a beautiful roadmap of how we are to live our lives to honor God. King David reigned on his throne from 1050 to 1010 BC. God had promised King David that the reign from his throne would be everlasting. Jesus Christ fulfilled this promise who is a descendant of King David. At the Second Coming of Jesus He will take the throne of King David and His Kingdom will be everlasting.
The Anointed Will Be Rejected
“Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:1-3)
Isaiah wrote this prophecy between 701 and 681 BC. Written about 700 years before Jesus the Prophet Isaiah foretold that the servant of God would be rejected of men. Jesus was rejected and despised by the people living in Israel and was eventually crucified by the Romans.
About 530 years before the birth of Jesus the Prophet Daniel spoke of the anointed one who would be rejected.
Daniel predicted when an anointed one would be rejected. “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.” (Daniel 9:24-26)
Daniel was exiled to Babylon during the Babylonian captivity. The Babylonians after the third deportation destroyed the Temple and Jerusalem. During this time Daniel gave much prophecy about what would happen during the centuries until the end time. Daniel spoke of how a decree would go out from the Persian king that Jerusalem would be rebuilt. The Temple would also be rebuilt. Then the Messiah would come and then be cut off, meaning that he would be killed. Then again Jerusalem and the Temple would be destroyed. All of these events have come to pass and we are now in the gap between the 69th week and the 70th. The Age known as the Church age.
Messiah betrayed By a Friend
“Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.” (Psalm 41:9)
About 1000 years before Jesus David wrote this verse in Psalm. This Psalm was a prayer that David wrote asking God for mercy in his last days. Shortly after the last meal that Jesus and His disciples shared together this event took place. From verse 9 which foreshadows what happened to Jesus many years later when He was betrayed by a close friend. As we read in Matthew, “While He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.” Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.” (Matthew 26:47-50) Judas a close associate and disciple of Jesus betrayed Him and shortly after Jesus was crucified by the Romans.
The Price of 30 Pieces of Silver
“I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.” (Zechariah 11:12-13)
The Prophet Zechariah wrote this prophecy between 520 and 518 BC. Zechariah was speaking of the price of a good shepherd whose work was brought to an end. It is foreshadowed of what happened to Jesus 500 years later. In Matthew we read, “And said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.” (Matthew 26:15) This is the price that Judas received for his betrayal of Jesus. Judas led the Romans to the place where Jesus could be found and pointed Him out with a kiss. In remorse for what he had done he tossed the 30 pieces of sliver back into the Temple. The money was used to buy a potter’s field that was used to bury foreigners. “And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.” And they conferred together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers.” (Matthew 27:5-7)
Beaten and Spat Upon
“I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6)
Isaiah wrote this prophecy between 701 and 681 BC. Isaiah was speaking of a servant of God who was abused by sinful people. The servant offers no resistance to the abuse. 700 hundred years later Jesus offered no resistance to those who beat Him, spit upon Him and mocked Him prior to His crucifixion. Matthew gives us a glimpse of the abuse that Jesus received at the hands of the Romans. “Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him, and said, “Prophesy to us, You Christ; who is the one who hit You?” (Matthew 26:67-68)
Jesus Would be Silent
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)
Isaiah wrote this prophecy between 701 and 681 BC. Chapter 53 in the Book of Isaiah is about a servant of God. Many say that this Chapter is about the life of Christ. Here we see the servant of God, Jesus, remaining silent before his accusers. Isaiah also said that Jesus would be led as a lamb to the slaughter. Mathew records these events which occurred 700 years after this prophecy. “And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the governor was quite amazed.” (Matthew 27:12-14)
The Messiah Would Die For All Sin
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-6)
Isaiah wrote this prophecy between 701 and 681 BC. The good servant of God in Isaiah Chapter 53 was punished for the sins of others and they were healed by his wounds. All four Gospels explain that Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world, and yet He was sinless. Christians believe that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for the cleansing of peoples sin. Those who accept this truth that Jesus is their Savior can be accepted into the Kingdom of God. By the wounds of Jesus we are healed of the ravages of sin.
Jesus’ Crucifixion Was Prophesized
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10)
The Prophet Zechariah wrote this prophecy between 520 and 518 BC. Zechariah speaks of the time the people of Jerusalem will weep for one who was pierced as they would for a firstborn. We see this verse as speaking of Jesus who came and was pierced by His crucifixion on a Roman Cross.
Numbered With the Transgressors
“Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)
Isaiah wrote this prophecy between 701 and 681 BC. Jesus not only bore the sins of many but He suffered the crucifixion in the midst of two transgressors. “At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.” (Matthew 27:38)
Placed in a Rich Man’s Tomb
“His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9)
Isaiah wrote this prophecy between 701 and 681 BC. Isaiah writes about a man without sin put to death with the wicked. Yet he was buried with the rich. 700 hundred years later Jesus was put to death between to criminals but was buried in a tomb belonging to a rich man. “When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.” (Matthew 27:57-60)
The Temple is Destroyed
“Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” (Matthew 24:1-2)
Jesus told of the Temple being destroyed and that not one stone would remain on top of another. This prophecy was fulfilled 40 years after it was spoken. In the year 66 AD the Jews of Judea rebelled against their Roman masters. In response, the Emperor Nero dispatched an army under the generalship of Vespasian to restore order. By the year 68, resistance in the northern part of the province had been eradicated and the Romans turned their full attention to the subjugation of Jerusalem. That same year, the Emperor Nero died by his own hand, creating a power vacuum in Rome. In the resultant chaos, Vespasian was declared Emperor and returned to the Imperial City. It fell to his son, Titus, to lead the remaining army in the assault on Jerusalem.
The Roman legions surrounded the city and began to slowly squeeze the life out of the Jewish stronghold. By the year 70, the attackers had breached Jerusalem’s outer walls and began a systematic ransacking of the city. The assault culminated in the burning and destruction of the Temple that served as the center of Judaism.
Exile for God’s Chosen People
“And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)
Jesus told that the Hebrew nation would be forced into exile. The Romans destroyed the Jerusalem and the Temple in the year 70 AD. And again in 135 AD. Josephus, a historian of the first century, claims that 1.1 million Jews died and hundreds of thousands were forced out of the country and into slavery. Cassius, a second century historian, states at the second destruction 580,000 Jews lost their lives and 50 of their fortified towns and 985 villages were destroyed. The Jewish people were dispersed throughout the Roman Empire and then re-scattered throughout the world.
The Reason of Jerusalem’s Destruction
“Luke 19:41-44 When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. “For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:41-44)
The reason for their destruction is because of their rejection of their Messiah. Jesus came to save the lost people of the House of David. But they rejected Him. “But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matthew 15:24) When the hour of our visitation is missed the result is catastrophic.
Zion Plowed Like a Field
“Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, “Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us.” Therefore, on account of you Zion will be plowed as a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins, And the mountain of the temple will become high places of a forest.” (Micah 3:11-12)
Micah’s prophecy was written about 730 BC. Micah said that Jerusalem would be destroyed and Zion the central part of Jerusalem would be plowed like a field. Jerusalem was first destroyed in 586 BC by the Babylonians and by the Romans in 70 AD. The Romans then destroyed it again in 135 AD to once again crush a Jewish rebellion for independence.
In a text in the Gemara Turnus Rufus a Roman officer ran a plow over Zion in the Jewish month of Ab. The Jewish people fast on the ninth day of the month of Ab in remembrance of this event of the plowing of Zion. The Romans built a city of the name Aelia Capitolina on the site of Jerusalem.
Destruction of Israel foretold in The Bible
“The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you shall not understand, a nation of fierce countenance who will have no respect for the old, nor show favor to the young. “Moreover, it shall eat the offspring of your herd and the produce of your ground until you are destroyed, who also leaves you no grain, new wine, or oil, nor the increase of your herd or the young of your flock until they have caused you to perish. “It shall besiege you in all your towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land, and it shall besiege you in all your towns throughout your land which the LORD your God has given you.” (Deuteronomy 28:49-52)
Moses wrote these words as early as 1400 BC and it was fulfilled in 70 AD. There are several prophecies in the Bible which speak of the destruction of Israel. This Prophecy in Deuteronomy is more to the specifics of the way that the Romans destroyed the land of Israel.
The land of Israel was ruled by the Romans for a century before the Jews waged two wars for their independence. The first rebellion was in 67AD and the second in 132 AD. Both attempts ended in great destruction to the land of Israel. The destruction of Israel was recorded by a first century historian named Josephus and he wrote that the Romans were complete in their destruction of the Land of Israel.
The prophecy speaks of an eagle that would swoop down upon Israel. The Romans marched with standards that had the figure of an eagle in flight above their heads. At the time the Romans also had armies scatter throughout parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is said that to subdue the Israelites armies had to come from as far as the British Isles.
Israel is Laid Waste
“All its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, unsown and unproductive, and no grass grows in it, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger and in His wrath.” (Deuteronomy 29:23)
Moses also wrote this prophecy around 1400 BC. As recent as the early 1900’s Israel has been described as a sparsely populated wasteland. In 1987 Mark Twain wrote the following. “Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes… the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies… Palestine is desolate and unlovely… It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land.”
Jesus Will Come to Judge the Quick and the Dead
“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. “And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” (Matthew 24:29-31)
In Matthew 24:29-31, as well as in other places within the New Testament, Jesus revealed about 2000 years ago that he will return in the future to judge the living and the dead. This is a core Christian belief that is reflected in the Apostles’ Creed, which is a summary of Christian beliefs that was written many centuries ago. The Apostles’ Creed is recited by Christians during Christian worship services.
None Will Know the Hour or Day of His Return
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.“ (Matthew 24:36-37)
During the ministry of Jesus He explained that no one knew the hour of His return, no one but the Heavenly Father. Throughout history many have claimed that they knew the time of His return but they have all been incorrect.
When Jesus lived in the land of Israel about 2000 years ago, he gave a very simple and concise answer when someone asked him when he would return: He explained that no one knows the hour or the day, except for God the Father (Matthew 24:36).
The Return of Jesus Will Be Unexpected
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” (2 Peter 3:10-12)
The Apostle Peter tells us that the day of the Lord’s return will come as a thief. Peter warns us as Christians we are to live a righteous life.
Before The End the Gospel Will Reach the Entire World
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
Before the return of Jesus the Bible says that the Gospel message will reach the entire world. For some time now the Gospel has reached every part of the world. Today with television and the internet it is even now more accessible. Other End Time prophecies have also been fulfilled and time of His return is very near.
There Will Be Many False Messiahs before His Return
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:23-25)
There have been many false Messiahs throughout history.
A Day of Unequaled Destruction and Suffering
“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” (Matthew 24:21-22)
The times will continue to become worse until the final tribulation of man. Yet no matter how bad the times become those who have placed their faith in Jesus will receive salvation.