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Saturday, June 30 2012

Comings Of The Christ

The birth (specifically by a virgin, in Bethlehem; see also Bethlehem In History And Prophecy), righteous life, betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection of The Messiah were all plainly prophesied in numerous "Old Testament" Hebrew Scriptures. Examples:

Bethlehem

"7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive [see also The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth], and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14 KJV)

"5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah [see Where Is The Messiah's Royal Line?], 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." (Micah 5:2 KJV)

"11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse [see Jesse The Bethlehemite], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 11:2 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" (Isaiah 11:1-2 KJV)

"41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me [see The Long Shadow Of Judas]." (Psalm 41:9 KJV)

"11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 11:13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them [see The High Priest's Deal With The Devil]. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD." (Zechariah 11:12-13 KJV)

"50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting [see Who Was Their Messiah?]. 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed." (Isaiah 50:6-7 KJV)

"22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me [see Looking Up To The Messiah: How And When?]. 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture." (Psalm 22:16-18 KJV)

"16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul? and Where Is Hell?]; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." (Psalm 16:9-10 KJV)

"And He began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears"

The Messiah's life and purpose were in direct fulfillment and manifestation of the Word of God. When He quoted Isaiah 61:1-2 (see The Prophets: Isaiah), He knew that He was fulfilling it.

Nazareth

"4:16 And he came to Nazareth [see Why Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth And Capernaum?], where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel [see The True Gospel Of Christ] to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

4:20 And he closed the book [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?], and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:16-21 KJV)

The Messiah could not only read about His first coming as it was happening (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah), He could also read about His return - that His first coming prepared for (see Parables Of The Messiah's Return and the Fact Finder question below). Jesus of Nazareth never taught some sort of "liberal" or "reform" philosophy; He taught directly from the Word of God, without variation or deviance (see God The Conservative, Satan The Liberal). It's the reason that He could make these sorts of promises to His followers - and be absolutely certain that they will be fulfilled.

"14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father's house are many Mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3 KJV)

"14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." (John 14:28 KJV)

The Mount Of Olives

See how plainly that, just as His first coming was prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures (as quoted in the verses above), so too was His return, and rule, prophesied in the same Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus read the verses below from Zechariah (see The Prophets: Zechariah) and Micah (see The Prophets: Micah) just as surely as He read the verses from Isaiah (as well as all of the great many other Messianic prophecies that are written throughout the Hebrew Scriptures).

"14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives [see also Could Christ Return Tonight?], which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

14:6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 14:7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD [see Appearances Of The LORD God], not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

14:8 And it shall be in that day, that Living Waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one." (Zechariah 14:4-9 KJV)

"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace and The Church: Mission Accomplished], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-4 KJV)

Fact Finder: What information does the LORD provide regarding the time of His return?
See The Two Signs Of Christ's Return


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This Day In History, June 30

350: Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), was defeated and killed by the forces of Magnentius.

1097: The Crusaders (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum.

1422: The Battle of Arbedo between the forces of the duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons.

1520: Montezuma II, the last Aztec emperor, was killed during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

1548: The Augsburg Interim, a temporary doctrinal agreement between German Catholics and Protestants, proclaimed in May 1548 at The Diet of Augsburg, became Imperial Law.

1643: The Battle of Adwalton Moor (also called Atherton Moor) in the English Civil War took place. The Royalists under the Earl of Newcastle defeated the Parliamentarians.

1690: In the War of the Grand Alliance, a combined British and Dutch fleet fought the French at the Battle of Beachy Head.

1859: Watched by 25,000 people, Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls from the United States to Canada on a tightrope.

1886: The first transcontinental train trip across Canada began from Montreal.

1894: London's Tower Bridge across the River Thames was officially opened.

1894: Korea declared independence from China.

1908: The "Tunguska Event" - an explosion equivalent to a 10 megaton hydrogen bomb erupted in the sky above the Tunguska River in central Siberia. With a great roar, the shock wave flattened trees over an area of several thousand square kilometers. No one was killed in the uninhabited area, although a man standing 40 miles away was knocked down unconscious by the shock wave. Seismometers around the world recorded it. The event is believed to have been caused by a comet or asteroid that shattered and exploded about 5 miles above the earth's surface.

1963: Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was enthroned as Pope Paul VI.

1971: The three crew members of the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz II died on re-entry due to a drop in air pressure. They had just set a space endurance record of 570 hours, 22 minutes.

1974: Mrs. Alberta King and a church deacon were slain by a gunman in Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church where her son, the assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King, once preached.

1984: John Turner was sworn in as Canada's 17th Prime Minister.

1990: East and West Germany merged their economies, with the East adopting the Deutschemark as its currency.

1994: Following months of negotiations to ensure protection for Jerusalem's Roman Catholic shrines (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), the decision was reached to exchange ambassadors between Israel and the Vatican (see The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today, A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation and What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).

1997: Britain ended 156 years of colonial rule in Hong Kong by turning control of the colony (it was the 68th colony that Britain relinquished in the 20th century alone) over to communist China. Six hours after the handover, China sent in 4,000 troops by ship, helicopter and armored vehicles.





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