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.