Messianic Prophecies - Central to Gospel Writers Testimonies


1. Born of Virgin/Called Immanuel - nkjv@Matthew:1:22-23 (nkjv@Isaiah:7:14)


There often dual implications then and now to prophecies of this type. The now can be expected because the then was so well fulfilled. The sheer weight of what has been lends much credence to what is to be.


2. ?Out of Egypt - nkjv@Matthew:2:14-15 (nkjv@Hosea:11:1)

Parallelism Matthew is making is whom "I (Father) loved (child=Israel/Messiah)" both called out of Egypt

In summary, Hosea 11:1 is not a Messianic prophecy in the same way that prophecies such as Isaiah 9:6 are. Rather, it is a pictorial prophecy; that is, there are similarities in the Old Testament passage to a New Testament truth about Christ. This Old Testament “picture” of Christ is called a “type.” Matthew 2:15 can be seen as an analogy. Matthew is providing a connection between Jesus and God’s people of promise. As a Jew writing for primarily Jewish readers, Matthew found it important to point out many of the similarities between the nation of Israel and their Messiah, the One to fulfill the Prophets (Matthew 5:17).http://www.gotquestions.org/Hosea-11-1-Messianic.html


3. ?Nazarene - nkjv@Matthew:2:23 (kjv@Judges:13:5)

http://carm.org/did-ot-prophesy-jesus-coming-nazareth

Similtude

There is no direct Old Testament citation that prophesies the Messiah would be called a Nazarene. In fact, Nazareth (approx 1800 people at the time of Christ) is not mentioned anywhere in the Old Testament or in the apocrypha. But, we have two possible explanations:

First, Matthew does not say 'prophet,' singular. He says 'prophets,' plural. It could be that Matthew was referring to several Old Testament references to the despised character of Jesus (i.e., Psalm 22:6, 13; 69:10; Isaiah 49:7; 53:3; Micah 5:1).

(evidence of Roman garrison stationed Nazareth/Galilee of Gentiles already despised (ex=Phillip "can anything good come from..."))

Second, there could be a play on words that Matthew was referring to.

(equating the branch of Jesse to the "branch (Heb=NZR)")


4. Galilee/Great Light nkjv@Matthew:4:13-16 (nkjv@Isaiah:9:1-2 740BC+-)


Often prophecies have separate physical and spiritual fulfillments. Typically physical fulfillments have preceeded the spiritual. This may be a case where there spiritual has happened and because of that the physical is about to.

    Interesting that in these 3 consecutive references Matthew gives, we are left with a picture of what was going on in Israel even before the child spoke his first words.
  1. He was sent to Egypt because of King Herod's bloody rage (and the public's fear of what Herod might do).
  2. He was also despised simply for where he was from, the history of that surrounding area.
  3. As Gentiles we can see Messiah as an outsider to normal circles in Jerusalem and while having come for the house of Israel first he stationed himself in the middle ground between Jew and Gentile.
  4. The child Messiah later becomes this great light seen by all in this area but, remember that this area soon turned from/against that light.

The difficulty always presented by prophecy lays in man's heart, what he is willing to accept or refuse. Israel has historically been shown to suffer from this difficulty described by some scripture writers as "blinders" or a "veil" covering their vision.


5. Himself took our infirmities nkjv@Matthew:8:16-17 (nkjv@Isaiah:53:4 720BC+-)


The are few extraordinary prophecies that only have spiritual fulfillment. Often these extraordinary prophecies are accused of being added in after the fact, there is no other way for the critic to rationally dispose of them. This particular prophecy outlines not only God's entire plan of redemption but also His very means of achieving it. It is no wonder that it is attacked as much as it is.


6. Servant/Well Pleased/Gentiles will trust nkjv@Matthew:12:16-21 (nkjv@Isaiah:42:1-4 740BC+-)


There is very little dispute that the Jews of that day were fully aware of there coming a Messiah and knowing of many of the details to watch for (example "Born in Bethlehem"). Here we have even indications of His personal mannerisms. The prophetical details turned out to be exactly right yet, because of their choosing darkness over light they refuse to see this as such.


7. Open mouth in parables nkjv@Matthew:13:34-35 (nkjv@Psalms:78:2 Asaph, time of David 1050BC+-)

nkjv@Psalms:78:1-2 @ Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,


Jesus asked why He spoke in parables:

kjv@Matthew:13:13-14 @ Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (nkjv@Isaiah:6:9-10), which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:


8. On a colt nkjv@Matthew:21:4-5 (nkjv@Zechariah:9:9 500BC+-)


Appropriate reason for daughter of Zion to rejoice?


9. Christ deserted by disciples nkjv@Matthew:26:56 (implied from many scriptures)



10. Cast lots nkjv@Matthew:27:35 (nkjv@Psalms:22:8)


Others Gospels:

nkjv@Luke:24:44; all things Moses/Prophets/Psalms said of me
nkjv@John:12:38; Isaiah:53 who hath believed
nkjv@John:15:25; hated without cause
nkjv@John:17:12; kept all but son of perdition
nkjv@John:19:24; cast lots

nkjv@Acts:3:18; ;shewn before that Christ must suffer/fulfilled
nkjv@Acts:13:29; ;fulfilled all written of him


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