Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Messianic Prophecy, part 3.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
e*paggeliva [epaggelia] noun. 53 occurrences; 1 announcement. 2 promise. 2a the act of promising, a promise given or to be given. 2b a promised good or blessing.
“Messiah”- transliteration = “the anointed one” or a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint).
Greek equivalent - Christos = the anointed one or the Messiah; where our Lord gets His title “Christ.”
“Messianic prophecy” = a compilation of over one hundred predictions (conservative estimate) in the Old Testament promising the Kingdom of God and salvation through the future King or Messiah of the Jewish people.
Jesus Christ, in His person, work, and kingship, is the fulfillment of all of the promises that God gave the “fathers” or the nation of Israel.
For us, Messianic Prophecy is the study of the Old Testament prophecies about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with particular emphasis on Christ’s work on the Cross.
“What do you think of Christ, whose Son is He?”
The promises that are magnified here in Romans 9 are what we call Messianic prophecies, the promises made to Israel concerning the Messiah, the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
2CO 1:20 For as many as are the promises of God [including all the O.T. covenants and types and prophecies], in Him [the Son of God, Christ Jesus] they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.
One of the profound manifestations of the faithfulness of God to Israel consists of the tremendous and incessant prophecies and pleading that the Lord made on Israel’s behalf.
ISA 5:4 What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?
We are going to do a little study of all that the Lord did for His vineyard Israel in the realm of Messianic prophecy.
God has temporarily set aside Israel as His chosen vessel until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in. That will occur at the Rapture when the Royal Family will be complete.
Did God provide them in their Hebrew Scriptures with the facts concerning Christ so that they are without excuse?
Did Old Testament believers look forward to Christ, and was this Jesus recognizable as their Messiah when He came?
Point 1. The New Testament scriptures, which are all God-breathed just like the Old Testament, dogmatically state that the Old Testament scriptures point to Christ and His work on the cross.
The apostles made the same use of the Old Testament as the LORD did to apply the prophecies to Christ who came, lived, died, and rose again according to the Scriptures.
This man Agrippa was an expert in the details of Jewish religious belief and practice.
Here, Paul is before a Jewish judge by the name of King Agrippa; he presented his credentials as the most Jewish of Jews in that generation.
If there were any loopholes in the story of these Galileans that the Christ had come, suffered and died, and rose again on the third day, in fulfillment of Scripture, Paul would most assuredly have discovered it!
ROM 9:4 -
He points to the Old Testament Messianic prophecies and declares that because Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, He now is the embodiment and proof that the Jews will receive everything promised.
Everything Paul has declared concerning the Person and Work of Jesus Christ was anticipated in the Messianic prophecies of Moses and the Prophets.
“Must the Messiah suffer?”
“Must He rise from the dead?”
“Must He bring the light of salvation to both the people of Israel and the Gentile nations?”
ISA 49:6 “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
LUK 2:32 “A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
God promised the Gospel, the Good News that the Messiah and Savior, the God-Man, would die for our sins, beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures!