First And Second Comings In Isaiah
The Old Testament is sometimes regarded primarily as a great collection of Bible History by Christians who look more, or only, to The New Testament for Jesus Christ. At the same time, (non-Christian) Jews generally say that there is no mention of "two comings" of the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures. Well, the fact is, in the Old Testament can be found very plain references to both the first, and the second, coming of the Messiah. Examples just from the book of Isaiah:
The First Coming
This describes an ordinary human, rejected by His Own people, brutally slaughtered like a lamb, buried in a rich man's grave, the Savior Who paid the penalty for the sins of humanity. It describes Jesus Christ perfectly:
"For He grew up before Him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He had no form or comeliness that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not." (see What Did Jesus Look Like?)
"Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with His stripes we are Healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to His own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (see How Did Jesus Christ Die?)
"He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?" (see The Lamb Of God)
"And they made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, and there was no deceit in His mouth. Yet it was the will of The Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief; when He makes Himself an offering for sin, He shall see His offspring, He shall prolong His days; the will of The Lord shall prosper in His hand; He shall see the fruit of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and He shall bear their iniquities." (see Joseph Of Arimathea and The Garden Tomb)
"Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He poured out His soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53:2-12 RSV) (see The Lamb Of God)
The Second Coming
This describes the supernatural return of the Messiah, after the sacrifice of the human Savior, Who will arrive as a conquering King of kings, and Who will reign and judge upon the earth:
"For behold, The Lord will come in fire, and His chariots like the stormwind, to render His anger in fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire will The Lord execute judgment, and by His sword, upon all flesh; and those slain by the Lord shall be many." (Isaiah 66:15-16 RSV) (see The Return Of Jesus Christ)
"For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me, says The Lord; so shall your descendants and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me, says the Lord. "And they shall go forth and look on the dead bodies of the men that have rebelled against Me; for their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh." (Isaiah 66:22-24 RSV) (see The Kingdom of God)
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This Week's Bible Quiz
1. Who succeeded Moses as leader of Israel?
2. Who succeeded King David as king of Israel?
3. Who replaced the traitor Judas Iscariot among The Twelve Apostles?
4. Who was the actual firstborn son of Jacob/Israel?
5. Who is the only known daughter of Jacob/Israel?
6. Who was the first human to see Jesus Christ after He was resurrected from the dead?
7. Of the Twelve Apostles, who was the only one that lived to old age?
8. Who was the cousin of Jesus Christ who "prepared the way" for Him?
9. Who is the oldest recorded human being?
10. Who was the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth?
For the answers to this February 20 2001 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page