Prophecy and the Bible

For quite a few years now, I’ve been very interested in prophecy from a purely Biblical point of view.   Some Christians say that the Bible has to be taken purely on faith.   For those who have been able to do so from the very start of their Christian walk, they are blessed.   After accepting the Lord as my Saviour, it was some time before leaving a church that was preaching false ‘prosperity gospel’ and had gotten into the junk teaching of the like of Kenneth Copeland and Rodney Howard Brown and similar misguided false teachers.   Under some good teaching at a good church and reading such good books as “The Seduction of Christianity” by Dave Hunt, I came to realise that much of what I had been learning was false.   Nevertheless, I found it difficult going in the Old Testament due to my westernised understanding of the Bible.   It was not until running across the teaching of Jacob Prasch and his teaching of the Bible from the ‘Midrash’ point of view that it began to open up to me and I began to see the Messiah prefigured in these Old Testament books.   Chuck Missler has an excellent short article describing Midrash in this article.   Once I began to understand with the Spirit’s help that the whole Bible is ALL about the Messiah and that He is indeed the very Word of God I started to get quite excited by what I was seeing.    So much of prophecy on the OT is patterns and ‘types’ of Christ.  
One of the classic types of Christ is the life of Joseph.   Chuck Missler explains it much better than I in the article linked above.

Joseph as a Type
The life of the Messiah was prefigured by Joseph, the son of Jacob, in Genesis.9  
As Joseph was betrayed by his Jewish brothers into the hands of Gentiles and God turned that betrayal around and made it the means for all Israel and all the world to be saved, so too Jesus was betrayed by His Jewish brothers into Gentile hands with the same – but more cosmic – result.  Joseph was betrayed by his brother Yehuda (Judah) for twenty pieces of silver.  Jesus, the son of Joseph, was also betrayed specifically by Yehuda (Judas) for thirty pieces of silver.10    Joseph and Jesus were both condemned with two criminals – one of whom lived while the other died.11   Joseph was taken from a place of condemnation to a place of exaltation – after a three-day interval – as was Jesus in His resurrection.12   Upon his exaltation, every knee bowed to Joseph as every knee shall one day bow to Jesus.13
Upon his exaltation, Joseph took a Gentile bride – as does Jesus as the Bridegroom.  Joseph was not recognized by his Jewish brothers at his first coming, but at the second they wept over him.  Jesus was not recognized by His Jewish brothers at His First Coming, but at the Second they, too, shall weep.
Joseph was beloved of his father – as is Jesus. Joseph was despised for his prophetic gift; Jesus was despised for who He claimed to be.  Joseph was falsely accused at an unfair trial, as was Jesus.  Joseph’s cloak was taken as proof that he was no longer in the pit, as Jesus’ burial cloak was taken as proof that He was no longer in the tomb.”
What an accurate description, many centuries before the fact.

Then there’s the over 300 prophecies which Jesus fulfilled with His birth, life and sacrificial death – ALL of which was for our benefit, but far more importantly brings glory to God.   That is our main purpose here after all – to bring glory to Him by being guided by His Word and His Spirit.   It’s not about us, it’s all about Him.

Those over 300 prophecies were fulfilled to the letter, as one might expect from a miraculous book.    Sixty six books by forty authors, and yet they fit together perfectly.   Recent discoveries made possible by the advent of computers have proven that the Bible has a coded imprint that proves its divine origins.    The code of sevens for instance.  Once again I’ll let Chuck Missler explain in
this article on the heptadic structure of the scriptures.   It is like God’s fingerprint, if you will.

All this and similar have served to strengthen my faith.   I have no doubt that God is who he says He is in the Bible, that Jesus is the risen Son of God – God in the flesh.

To anyone who does not believe in Christ as your Saviour, I would warn:  when you stand before Jesus when He returns as King of all, you will be judged on one thing – did you know Him as your Redeemer?    We cannot get into Heaven via good works, though those have their place as a result of faith in Him.   No.   Salvation is by the grace of God through faith alone, and ONLY through Jesus, the Messiah.    New Agers claim that there are many paths to God.    Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life;
no one comes to the Father but by Me.   (John 14:6)

I find the whole subject of prophecy fascinating, but only because of Who it points to.

It has had the result of making a relationship with Him closer.


9 thoughts on “Prophecy and the Bible

  1. I have to say that learning the Hebrew roots of our faith and the differences between western(Greek) thought and Hebrew thought has had the greatest impact on our understanding of scripture, too. It has been quite a process and is still growing in us (plurality indicating our household – particularly my husband and myself.) It is encouraging to me how Father is doing this all over the earth. We can start to feel alone since there are not many up close and personal that we know who are coming to this understanding, but then Father shows us that He has “7000 that have not bowed the knee to Baal.”
    I can tell you that learning to see the scriptures from a Hebrew mindset has been quite shaking to my whole life, but that shaking has been good. In that shaking He has enabled me to stand. I have found myself on the Rock, the solid foundation of the Living Torah. HalleluYah!
    The thing that has most led “christianity” astray has been the belief that the “Old Testament” is not for today. That through out the foundation and the ability to understand the whole of scripture. What it has resulted in is a sycretized religion that in no way resembles the Real Thing, though so many insist on clinging to that religion and asserting it as the real thing. I’m glad that He is taking us back to the ancient paths in light of the Cross.
    Love and shalom,

  2. Morris & Serena (and Rick too!): I want to thank you both for being who you are. When I was thinking about starting my own blog not too long ago, I never thought that I would have friends like you. Y’all (and Billy too) are like big brothers and sister to me. 🙂
    Anyway, I agree with what you both wrote here. I’ve been having problems finding a church home for the past few years, and at the same time, I’ve felt that the Lord was pulling me in this direction of studying His Tanakh and Brit Chadasha in the way He intended. Every time I think about who the Messiah was, my mind returns to the image of a rabbi, teaching in the synagogues, fellowshipping with the lost and hurting, healing the sick. Where did this perception of Yeshua as a long-haired, Gentile-looking, blue-eyed, Torah-breaking pacifist come from? No wonder I’ve had a hard time finding a church.

    I also want to give you a heads-up that I will probably be posting on something very exciting and possibly life-changing for me in maybe a few days, but I’m still kinda thinking about it. It’s very overwhelming, so say a prayer for me please, if you would:)

  3. hey Morris..excellent post and it looks as though I could not top anything said. The ladies have done it.

  4. Morris, that was an excellent post! Fantastic. This exemplifies why I blog, and how I learn so much from all of my blog friends.
    You guys have taught me much in the past few years. So many different perspectives on Christianity, so many opinions, and facets of the Word, I can’t begin to thank all of you enough.
    Someday, when I meet you with the Lord, I will.
    G-d bless you.

  5. I knew I liked you, Morris. This post really gives me a strong feeling of kinship! It’s so wonderful to have “met” so many people from so many places that feel so much like family! Silly me – y’all are family. Maybe not physically, but certainly spiritually!

  6. Wow, this is like coming into a party late.
    Morris, excellent post brother! I love how the OT points to our Messiah. I don’t think I’d ever read that about Joseph before. Very, very interesting.
    I’m going to have to link you!

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