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Sunday, May 22 2016

John 12: The Journey Of Prophecies

"That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

The Messiah's life was a journey of fulfilling many prophecies that, as the LORD God, He declared to His prophets centuries before (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour). His birth (see Bethlehem In History And Prophecy and The Messiah's Levitical Birth), His life (see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth), His Ministry (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?), His Sacrifice (see David's View From The Cross), His Resurrection (see Jonah: Three Days And Three Nights), His return to the Father in Heaven (see The Ancient of Days) were all prophesied in amazing detail.

The anointing at Bethany provided multiple fulfillments, including a fulfillment that is fulfilled by everyone who reads it (see A Passover Prophecy That You Are Fulfilling Right Now).

A Lady

"12:1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 12:2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

12:4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

12:7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. 12:8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

12:9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. 12:10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; 12:11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus." (John 12:1-11 KJV)

The famous "Triumphal entry" fulfilled two prophecies in a short distance: "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Psalm 118:25-26; see also Psalm 118: How Are The Dead Raised?) and "Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt" (Zechariah 9:9; see also Zechariah 9: The Siege Of Tyre).

"12:12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried,

Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

12:14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

12:17 The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. 12:18 For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. 12:19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him." (John 12:12-19 KJV)

So too, the prophecies of the Crucifixion - as it happened, the means by which the Lamb of God was Sacrificed (see Isaiah's Prophecies Of The Crucifixion)

"12:20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: 12:21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 12:22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 12:28 Father, glorify thy name.

Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

12:29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

12:30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 12:33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.

12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them." (John 12:20-36 KJV)

The Crucifixion

Even the unbelievers were prophesied (Isaiah 6:10) and fulfilled, as recorded below: "He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them" (see the Fact Finder Question below).

"12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake,

Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

12:39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

12:41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

12:44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 12:45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." (John 12:37-50 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did the Messiah use "parables"?
See The Meaning Of Parables

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This Day In History, May 22

334 BC: Alexander the Great of Macedonia (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) defeated Darius III of Persia (see The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat) at the Battle of the Granicus.

337: Roman Emperor Constantine died. Constantine was the creator of the Church of Rome and its "sun day" worship (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

853: A Byzantine fleet destroyed Damietta in Egypt.

Constantine with Sol Invictus 1176: Hashshashins (an Arabic word, meaning "hashish eaters," from which the word assassin originated; see Assassins) attempted to assassinate Saladin (the Muslim sultan of Egypt; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) near Aleppo.

1200: King John of England and King Philip II of France signed the Treaty of Le Goulet to settle the claims that the Norman kings of England had as Norman dukes on French lands.

1246: Henry Raspe was elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.

1377: Pope Gregory XI declared five papal bulls (see Papal Bull) against English theologian John Wycliffe.

1455: The opening battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses took place at St. Albans. The Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists.

1541: In Germany, the Ratisbon (Regensburg) Conference ended, its mission to reunify the Catholic Church having failed. From that time on, the Protestant movement became permanent (doctrinally, there is little difference between Roman Catholic and "Protestant" Antichristians; see also Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?).

1629: The Peace of Luebeck was signed to end hostilities between the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark.

1807: A grand jury indicted former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.

1826: HMS Beagle departed on its first sea voyage (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

1840: The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony was ended.

1939: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Why Does Satan Love Liars?) and Benito Mussolini (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?) signed a "Pact of Steel" committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance.

1941: The German battleship Bismarck entered the high seas for the first and last time.

1960: An earthquake measuring 9.5 on the Moment Magnitude Scale, now known as the Great Chilean Earthquake, struck southern Chile. It is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.

1967: Egyptian President Nassar again (as he did in 1956, which led to the Sinai War; see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century) blockaded the Gulf of Aqaba by closing the Tiran Straits to Israeli shipping. It led to the Six Day War (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1968: The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion and its crew of 99 was lost in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles southwest of the Azores (Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 miles west of Portugal).

1972: Under its new constitution, Ceylon became a republic and changed its name to Sri Lanka.

1990: North and South Yemen united to form the Republic of Yemen.

2002: A jury in Alabama convicted former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry for the 1963 bombing of a Baptist Church in which four girls were murdered.

2008: 235 tornadoes during that week struck 19 U.S. states and one Canadian province.

2011: An EF5 Tornado strikes Joplin, Missouri killing 161 people. It was the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since record keeping began in 1950.


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