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Saturday, July 30 2011

The Prophecies Of Jesus

The LORD's true prophets were often unappreciated, even hated, by their own people because, in most cases, it was their own people to whom they were, at first, sent to tell them to repent of their wrong ways. Prophets were sent, by God, to tell people what they needed to hear, not what their self-righteous ears wanted to hear (e.g. see The Prophet's Chains). That rejection applied even to the Son of God.

"13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? [see Mary's Other Children] Whence then hath this man all these things? 13:57 And they were offended in him.

But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief." (Matthew 13:54-58 KJV)

"Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people"

The Messiah was a greater prophet ("This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee" Matthew 21:11 KJV) who fulfilled much of what earlier prophets had been sent to proclaim ("All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet" Matthew 21:4 KJV).

A Prophet

"21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 21:3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass [see The Messiah's Triumphal Entry Into The Temple].

21:6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strowed them in the way. 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David [see also David's Prophecies Of The Christ]: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves [see also Christian Doves and Nests], 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." (Matthew 21:1-13 KJV)

Although the religious leadership of Judah rejected Him (making themselves the mis-leaders of the people), as they had to do in order for the Lamb of God to be sacrificed (see Why Can't 'The Chosen People' See?), many of the common people did recognize Him as a prophet of God and the Messiah.

"24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

24:17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

24:18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

24:19 And he said unto them, What things?

And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people" (Luke 24:15-19 KJV)

Jesus Christ is the ultimate Apostle, High Priest ("3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus" Hebrews 3:1 KJV) and Prophet ("21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee" Matthew 21:11 KJV) and as such is the "chief corner stone" of the spiritual Temple of God.

"2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together [see The LORD's Plumb Line and Mansions] groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." (Acts 2:20-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did the Messiah prophesy about the Temple that men had made into a place of their own religion?
See What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?

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This Day In History, July 30

30 B.C.: Mark Antony, claimant to the Roman throne while involved with Cleopatra, committed suicide when faced with defeat by his rival Octavian (Octavian is known in the Holy Bible as Caesar Augustus).

579: Pope Benedict I died during a siege of Rome by the Lombards (see also The Struggle For The Papacy and listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

762: Caliph Al-Mansur commissioned the beginning of the construction of the city of Baghdad.

1178: Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire) known as Barbarossa, was crowned King of Burgundy.

1502: During his fourth exploratory voyage, Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands of Honduras.

1578: British explorer Martin Frobisher landed at Anne Warwick Island in the Canadian Arctic while trying to discover a Northwest Passage. While there, the ship's chaplain conducted the first Thanksgiving service celebrated in North America.

1629: 10,000 people died in an earthquake in Naples, Italy.

1656: Charles X of Sweden defeated the Poles at the Battle of Warsaw, two days after invading the country.

1793: John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, began clearing the lakeshore (Lake Ontario) site for the city of York, today known as Toronto. He called it York in honor of the Duke of York's victories in Europe during the war against Napoleon.

1898: Otto von Bismarck died at age 83. He was the founder and first Chancellor of the German Empire, the "First Reich" (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1933: The Vatican, under Pope Pius XI, signed a concordat with Nazi Germany, protecting the rights of the Roman Church under the Third Reich (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: The U.S. cruiser Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine, with a loss of 883 men. It was returning to the U.S. after having just delivered the nuclear material for the atomic bomb that would later be dropped on Japan.

1974: During the Watergate criminal investigation, U.S. President Richard Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings, as ordered by the Supreme Court.

1975 Union leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was never seen again.

1980: The Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed the Jerusalem Law, also known as "Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel."

2003: The last original-design Volkswagen Beetle was manufactured, at a Volkswagen plant in Mexico.


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