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Prophecies of the Messiah
by Lisa Clewis
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Prophecies of the Messiah

The coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was foretold long before his birth. His birth was announced by angels and was written in the stars. Jesus is truly our savior, our redeemer, our strength, and our hope. Jesus Christ is the sweetest name that I know.

The prophet Isaiah whose ministry seems to extend from about 740 BC to about 695 BC, was a major prophet. He prophesied of the coming of our savior Jesus Christ the Messiah. Isaiah lived during the time that the Assyrian empire was pushing its power westward, and coming into aggressive contact with the other great power of that time, Egypt. The book of Isaiah precedes Ezekiel, Jeremiah and the Book of the Twelve in the Hebrew Bible. It is first of the Latter Prophets. In the Christian Bible, The Holy Bible, Isaiah precedes Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel.

Isaiah foretold the birth of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 11:1-5 KJV 1. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4. But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Micah who is one of the twelve minor prophets, lived somewhere between 740 BC and 700BC. Micah was a native of Moresheth and prophesied in days of Hezekiah the King of Judah. Most of Micahís messages were directed chiefly toward Jerusalem.
Micah foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem of Judaea. Micah 5:2 KJV (The Holy Bible, King James Version) 2. But thou, Bethlehem, Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Isaiah prophesied that the mission of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, is to be the salvation of his people and all mankind. Isaiah 49:6, 7 KJV 6. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. 7. Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would be despised and rejected by his people. He would be wounded for menís transgressions, bruised for their iniquities and by his stripes men would be healed. Isaiah 53 KJV 1. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6. We like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8. He was taken from prison and from judgement: and who shall declare his generation? for he was not cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

The prophet Daniel is one of the major prophets. Daniel was born in the seventh century. Daniel lived in Babylon during the period of the exile. Ezekiel makes mention of him and he is also cited in the New Testament. The Book of Daniel is ranked as one of the greater prophets in the Christian Bible, however, in the Hebrew canon it is classified with the miscellaneous portions of scripture called the Hagiographa and placed next to Esther. In the Holy Bible Daniel precedes Hosea, Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah. Daniel foretold that the Messiah would be given an everlasting dominion, glory, and a kingdom. And that all people, nations and languages should serve him. Daniel 7:13, 14 KJV 13. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and there was given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Jesus Christ was foreordained before the foundations of the world and an angel of the Lord announced his birth. The Apostle Peter was one of Jesusí twelve disciples. The Roman Catholic Church claimed Peter as its first pope. Simon Peter was a strong leader in the Jewish Christian movement and he along with the other disciples of Jesus Christ spread the gospel and provided the beginning structure for the early Christian Church. Peter was a native of Bethsaida and settled in Capernaum. The Books of Peter precede the books of John, Jude, Revelation.
The Apostle Peter to Godís people, the elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. 1 Peter 1:18-25 KJV 18. Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers, 19. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20. Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21. Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The Apostle Luke was one of Jesus Christ twelve disciples. Luke was identified with Saint Paulís ďLuke, the beloved physicianĒ (Colossians 4:14). It is believed that Luke was born Greek and a Gentile. In the Book of Luke, the Third Gospel in The Holy Bible, Jesus is presented as the compassionate, Saviour, healer, and redeemer. Luke 2:9-15 KJV 9. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10.and the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

The birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, was written in the stars. The Apostle Matthew was one of Jesus Christ twelve disciples. Matthew was born in 34 AD in Hierapolis, Turkey. Matthew was born in Capernaum, Israel. The Gospel of the Book of Matthew is the first book in the New Testament of The Holy Bible. The Gospel of Matthew gives the complete story of Jesusí ministry, death, and resurrection. It is clear that Matthew wrote expressly to set forth to the Jews the truth that Jesus of Nazareth was their long-expected Messiah.

Three wise men, who studied the stars, visited Jesus while he was a young child in Bethlehem. Matthew 2:1-12 KJV 1. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3. When Herod the King had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4. And when he had gathered all the chief priest and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6. And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9. When they heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

It is my wish that all peoples accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior I salute you my brother or sister in Christ. May you see Godís grace at work in you and your life.


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