The Messiah - Part 4

 
Prophecy given to Jacob, later named Israel

And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 28:14

The promise of the seed of the coming Messiah was given to Abraham, Isaac and then Jacob (Israel). The lineage is narrowing down to show forth God's eternal plan to save mankind since the fall.

I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. Numbers 24:17

Here we do observe a prophecy of a coming Messiah who shall deliver God's people from their enemies. We see a warrior here as opposed to the one we describe as Jesus who came to deliver from sins.

So we now ask, Is Jesus the Messiah? Is Jesus the one who fulfills this prophecy. We know that Jesus came from the lineage of Jacob but when he came he did not deliver Israel from any enemies. In fact Israel as a country came to an end a few years after Jesus died on the cross.

This is where Israel has stumbled and failed to recognize their own Messiah. Jesus came first as I shall prove in later prophecies, to die for our sins. The sin question and reconciliation back in a right relationship with God has to come first before any victory over enemies in the natural.

Before Jesus Christ can help Israel or any other oppressed nation, they must first recognize Him as their Messiah. Israel has not done that yet as a nation. There may be individual Messianic Jews who have received Jesus as the savior and Messiah but the nation itself has not.

In these studies I shall bring out the fact that Israel will one day recognize the savior their ancestors rejected. In that day Israel will be delivered and saved from all enemies that reject them as a nation and that reject Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

God alone will deliver Israel from total destruction. I may be wrong but I do not believe that even the United States will help in the final hour that Israel is surrounded by enemies and threatened with total annihilation before God sends His Son Jesus Christ back to save them. Something will happen either to turn the United States against Israel or else the United States becomes no longer a power to be able to save Israel. God will be the one to save them. It could be that God will use the United States but I really can't see that in bible prophecy unless it is hidden from my understanding at this time.

As a citizen of the United States I truly hope that we as a nation do not become part of the enemies of Israel because surely the judgment of God will fall upon us if that is the case. How do I know that? Purely from studying bible prophecy. When I read about Israel in the Old Testament I do not as some have done, replace Israel with the church. To me Israel is Israel and the church is the church and one does not replace the other. Even though God judged Israel for sins time and time again, He also judged any nation that oppressed or came against Israel. However, He did that when Israel repented and turned back to God.

Israel rejected Jesus Christ and is now apart from fellowship with God but that will change. God stills has plans to redeem Israel through Jesus Christ and get them back to himself just as the plan of salvation which is repenting of sin and receiving Jesus Christ gets each individual (Jew, Gentile etc.) back to God now.

Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city. Numbers 24:19

This is another prophecy of the Messiah coming through the seed of Jacob. Every word of God is true and will come to pass. No matter how things look to the contrary, it will come to pass.

Fulfillment:

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Revelation 22:16

Messiah Index





Son of Abraham

part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5

The Anointed One
part 1
part 2
part 3

The Messiah's Birth
part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5

The Forerunner
part 1
part 2
part 3

The Son of God
part 1

part 2

His Ministry
part 1
part 2
part 3

part 4

Prophet & Priest
part 1
part 2

Suffering Messiah
part 1

part 2
part 3
part 4

Death & Resurrection
part 1
part 2

 

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