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A SIGN FOR MORE THAN ONE GENERATION


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1 - INTRODUCTION

2 - HOW TO CONCLUDE EVIDENCE

3 - ISAAC-SACRIFICIAL REHERSAL

4 - JACOB-DESTINY CONFIRMING IMAGES

5 - LEAH AND RACHEL-A SURPRIZE THAT CAN'T BE EARNED

6 - JOSEPH-THE BAD TURNS OUT FOR THE GOOD

7 - THE CUPBEARERS

8 - MOSES-LEADERSHIP REJECTED BUT DELIVERANCE BROUGHT

9 - SAMUEL AND JESUS-MIRACULOUS BIRTHS AND ONLY SONS GIVEN FOR GOD'S PURPOSES

10 - SEVEN THEN SEVENTY SEVEN OF VENGEANCE VERSUS SEVEN THEN SEVENTY SEVEN OF FORGIVENESS

11 - KING DAVID WROTE ABOUT JESUS' THOUGHTS WHILE ON THE CROSS

12 - ISAIAH-PROPHECY IN WORDS YET STILL MYSTERIOUS

13 - ALL JEWS-REJECTED BY THEIR OWN AND CUT OFF FROM THE LAND

14 - JESUS-THE PASSOVER LAMB

15 - MIRACULOUS CONFIRMATION


1 - INTRODUCTION

Matthew 12:38-40
38-Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you."
39-He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40-For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

If you can get past the rebuke then Jesus gave them just what they wanted, but they didn't see it. Jesus did use the word "except" and then he gave the most evidence producing sign ever.

I don't believe that Jesus used the word generation by chance. Why didn't Jesus just use the word people instead of generation? I think that Jesus wanted to give a sign, but not just for the eyes of that generation.

If Jesus had done a great miracle, like parting the Sea of Galilee for example, it would have been evidence only for those who witnessed it or their friends or family who believed them. It would not have provided evidence for me because I wasn't there, but it would have been a great sign for that generation of people.

It would have provided no more evidence for future generations than Moses parting the Red Sea.

Jesus did even better than performing a great miracle for that generation only. I believe Jesus gave the key to understanding evidence that all generations forward could benefit from. Jesus revealed how prophecy works.

Hidden by the rebuke is the revelation that there is prophecy that was put forth by experiences and not words. Old Testament people prophesied about Jesus by living events that were similar to events in his life. There was role playing prophecy.

There isn't anything wrong with wanting to know that God is for real and wanting to see evidence but, virtually everyone was not faithful at the study of prophesy so they were missing the signs that were already before them. The wickedness and unfaithfulness was in not knowing the evidence of prophecy from the scriptures which is timeless.

They also failed to realize that the miracles that Jesus was performing were signs.

I don't think that Jesus was using a rebuke just to shame people, but I do think he used the rebuke to hide the sign from those who are not destined to see past the rebuke.

Jonah being in the belly of a huge fish for 3 days like Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days may not be strong evidence by itself, but since it is an example and there are more people in the Old Testament like Jonah then this example is a key to understanding powerful evidence. It reveals that there are prophetic experiences and not just prophetic words in the Bible.

I have identified about 11 Old Testament people who went through events that were similar to the things that Jesus experienced. I believe their experiences were prophetic. I believe they were pointing to future events.

In order for a person to understand the evidence of prophecy and it's fulfillment I believe it helps for a person to learn how to use a process of elimination to rule out theories of coincidence or that he was an imposter.

I plan on doing all I can to debunk false theories or claims that Jesus was an imposter and show what rules out coincidence and fraud when it comes to the prophecy he fulfilled.

No matter how good I am at explaining the evidence, a person will not be able to understand it unless the person is born again and filled with the Holy Spirit.

In the Bible, in the 3rd chapter of John we are told how Jesus tried to explain the difficulty of understanding the things he was teaching to Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a member of the Jewish ruling council and was Israel's primary teacher yet he was not able to understand the earthly things that Jesus was teaching let alone the things of God.

Jesus didn't reveal everything about Jonah because He did not directly say that Jonah died while he was in the belly of the huge fish and He didn't directly say that Jonah was resurrected on the 3rd day. Do you think a man could live for 3 days underwater?

I believe that Jonah died and was resurrected on the 3rd day just like Jesus, but many people even believers don't ever consider whether Jonah died in that fish.

It's easy to miss the mysteries and tricks of the Bible and I don't think that people can benefit much from this book unless they are already Christians when they read it. I have tried to explain these things to unbelievers and it just didn't register with them.

When they asked Jesus why He spoke in parables he made it clear that it is not given everyone to know the mysteries of God.

Luke 8:10
10-He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’

If you are already a Christian then I think this book could boost your faith and help teach you how to defend the faith.

My first major boost in faith came when I learned the mysterious prophesy about Jesus. It made quite a difference in my life. I was a Christian before that, but I was unhappy and weak in faith. I also sinned a lot.

When I was 30 years old I read a book by Zola Levitt titled, "The Prophesied Messiah." It helped me to accept the reality of God like I had not been able to before. Learning the mysterious prophecy about Jesus did the trick.

Seeing with your eyes does not necessarily mean you believe it when it comes to the things of God. I saw Jesus holding a star in his hands when I was 15 years old yet I was not able to accept the reality of it. The Israelite slaves saw all the plagues God placed on Egypt and the Red Sea parting yet doubted God when they were in the desert.

My life changed when I started to see with my desire and passion, not just my eyes and head. Once I got to the point that I was sick of being an unhappy weak Christian then I started to study the bible. I had gone to church for about 8 years before I really got serious about seeking understanding.

If you are serious about wanting to increase your faith then I believe this book can give your faith a great boost.

Faith doesn't emanate from a person's own self.

Ephesians 2:8-9
8-For by grace are ye saved, through faith- and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God-
9-Not of works, lest any man should boast.

If a person says that you just have to have faith, then that person is confused about what faith is. Faith is not something that you can bring out from inside yourself. Faith comes from understanding God's word.

Romans 10:17
17-So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

In this context hearing means understanding.

Faith is more than wishful thinking. Faith is more substantial than just hope and it is more tangible than just things that can't be seen.

Hebrews 11:1
1-Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is substance and evidence that comes from understanding God's word.

Some things in the Bible are better at bringing about more faith than other things. I think that prophecy about Jesus is the most faith building part of the Bible.

I know what a difference reading Zola Levitt's book made in my life.

I hope to make this book similar to Zola's book, "The Prophesied Messiah," only expanded to include more prophetic types and greater explanation of the basis and processes used for establishing understanding of evidence.

I dedicate this book to Zola Levitt.


2 - HOW TO CONCLUDE EVIDENCE

Learning that the prophesy about Jesus is mysterious and that it was prophesied through experiences, not just words, is one part of understanding the evidence that Jesus is the Savior. Even the prophecy about Jesus that is in words is mysterious and hides revelations. There would not be a religion (Judaism) that can't find Jesus in their scriptures if the prophecy of Jesus were not hidden.

One of the most important links in the chain of evidence that shows that Jesus is the Savior is the fact that the prophecy about him was written hundreds of years before his life on earth.

A skeptic might wonder how we are supposed to know or verify that anything about Jesus was written in advance. To a skeptic the Old Testament and the New Testament may have been written by the same group of people. There is plenty of evidence that they were written hundreds of years apart so they could not be the invention of the same group of people.

There is historical evidence to verify that the Old Testament was written before the New Testament. The Septuagint which is a Greek translation of the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) was written hundreds of years before Jesus during the 3rd through 1st centuries BC. The Septuagint included all the books in western canons of the Old Testament.

There is also some situational evidence to show that the Old Testament was written before the New Testament. The fact that most religious Jews believe in the Tanakh (Old Testament) yet do not believe in the New Testament proves that the Old Testament books were written long before the New Testament books came into existence.

Judaism's unbelief in Jesus is temporary and beneficial to Christianity. It proves that the Jews had the old books (Tanakh/Old Testament scriptures) and were using them in the practice of their religion long before Jesus was born.

Romans 11:25
25-I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not think you are superior: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,

A basis of perceiving the evidence of prophecy and its fulfillment is to understand that the Old Testament was written hundreds of years before the New Testament.

Once it's established that the New Testament could not have been written by the writers of the Old Testament then an additional part of understanding evidence is to rule out the theory that Jesus was an imposter Messiah.

Since the prophecy of Jesus is mysterious it prevents him from pretending to be the Messiah. Jesus could not have read what was prophesied and arranged events in his own life to fulfill it because a mystery is a type of code. If Jesus were an imposter then he would not have known that events in the Messiah's life are for-told through experiences, not just words. An imposter could not know the mystery of hidden prophecy.

Since much of the prophecy of Jesus is about the events of his death it prevents him from being an imposter. Jesus would have to arrange his own death in order to be an imposter. He would have nothing to gain from arranging his own death.

Another part of understanding evidence is to rule out the theory that similarities between events in the Old Testament (Tanakh) and the New Testament are coincidence.

The amount of similarities in-between events in the Old Testament and the events in the New Testament is more than enough to convince me that it can't be coincidence.

Let me give a hypothetical example of how a large amount of similarities can rule out coincidence.

Imagine if a person said that there was going to be an earthquake tomorrow in California and then it happened.

It would not be hard to pass it off as coincidence because there were only 3 things that were similar:

  • earthquake
  • tomorrow
  • California

What if a person said that there was going to be an earthquake tomorrow in California, at 1:21 PM? Now, suppose this person also said it would measure 7.8 on the Richter scale and that its epicenter would be at Santa Rosa. Imagine if the person went on to claim that it would kill 24 people and damage 359 homes and it all came true.

In the second example any reasonable person could rule out coincidence by the amount of things that were similar (8):

  • earthquake
  • tomorrow
  • California
  • 1:21 PM
  • 7.8 on the Richter scale
  • epicenter in Santa Rosa
  • killed 24 people
  • damage 359 homes

I have identified about 11 people in the Old Testament who had events (experiences)in their lives that I believe foreshadowed Jesus' life. As I explain about them in this book I hope to show that there are too many of them for it to be coincidence and that it's too mysterious for an imposter to decipher.

I also plan on explaining the mysteries of the prophecy about Jesus that is in words. I hope to show that it is tricky and would have been way too difficult for an imposter to decipher.


3 - ISAAC-SACRIFICIAL REHERSAL

Please read here (from the Bible) about what happened to Isaac then I will explain how it foreshadowed Jesus.

Genesis 22:1-14
1-Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied.
2-Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."
3-Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.
4-On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.
5-He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you."
6-Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,
7-Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"
8-Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together.
9-When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
10-Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11-But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied.
12-"Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."
13-Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.
14-So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."

I believe that God told Abraham to sacrifice his son in order to for-shadow the sacrifice of Jesus. This was like a rehearsal for what happened 2,000 years later.

Both stories have many things in common. Here is a list of similarities:

  • Both Isaac and Jesus faced sacrifice.
  • The location (Moriah) that Abraham took Isaac to be sacrificed was the same place that Jesus was sacrificed.
  • From the time God told Abraham to sacrifice his son to the time he stopped him was 3 days. It was a 3 day journey. Isaac escaped the appointment of death on the 3rd day. Jesus escaped actual death on the 3rd day when he was resurrected.
  • Isaac is Abraham's only son and Jesus is God's only son. Abraham had another son (Ishmael) through the bond woman (Hagar) but apparently God doesn't consider him Abraham's son in this sense because he called Isaac his "only son" in Genesis 22:2. It may be that God was referring to a begotten son when he called Abraham's son Isaac his only son. I'm not sure what begotten means but it may be different than begat and have something to do with being born by a miracle. Abraham's wife Sarah was too old to have children without a miracle. Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin and he is referred to in the Bible in John 3:16 as God's only begotten son. Isaac was referred to as Abraham's only begotten son in Hebrews 11:17.
  • There was substitution sacrifice in both cases. A ram was substituted for Isaac. Jesus was a substitute for those who accept and believe in him.
  • "The Lord will provide" is a hint that this episode is ultimately not about Isaac. Jesus is the Lamb of God.


4 - JACOB-DESTINY CONFIRMING IMAGES

Please read here (from the Bible) about what happened to Jacob then I will explain how it foreshadowed Jesus.

Genesis 27:1-29
1-When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son." "Here I am," he answered.
2-Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.
3-Now then, get your weapons — your quiver and bow — and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.
4-Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die."
5-Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back,
6-Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,
7-'Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.'
8-Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:
9-Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.
10-Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies."
11-Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "But my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I'm a man with smooth skin.
12-What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing."
13-His mother said to him, "My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me."
14-So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.
15-Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob.
16-She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
17-Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.
18-He went to his father and said, "My father." "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it?"
19-Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing."
20-Isaac asked his son, "How did you find it so quickly, my son?" "The LORD your God gave me success," he replied.
21-Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not."
22-Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, "The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau."
23-He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him.
24-"Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.
25-Then he said, "My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing." Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank.
26-Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."
27-So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, "Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.
28-May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness — an abundance of grain and new wine.
29-May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed."

When Jacob covered himself with lamb (young goat) skins and took on the image of his brother Esau I believe it was a prophetic story that represents Jesus taking on our sin and becoming a substitute or covering for our sin.

I believe the Jewish Day of Atonement holiday and the Passover were instituted by God to represent (prophesy about) what Jesus did through similarities.

On the Jewish Day of Atonement holiday one goat was sacrificed for sin and the people's sin was transferred to the scape goat that carried it away.

Leviticus 16:8-9
8-He is to cast lots for the two goats—one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat.
9-Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD and sacrifice it for a sin offering.
10-But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat.

Through substitution and atonement Jesus is the Passover Lamb of God who atoned for and carried away our sins.

For the Passover the Israelites were allowed to choose a lamb from among the sheep or goats.

Exodus 12:1-6
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt,
2 "This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.
3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.
4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.
5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.

Jesus is known as the Lamb of God and I don't think it is coincidence that he entered into Jerusalem on the (Palm) Sunday before the Passover. Since the Passover is on the 14th day that Sunday would have been the 10th day of the first month. That is the day the Passover lambs went in and lived with the families of Israel.

I also don't think it is coincidence that Jesus was crucified 4 days later on Thursday the fourteenth which was the Passover.

I believe that Jesus was crucified on Thursday not Friday for the following reasons:

  • The Bible tells us that Jesus was resurrected on Sunday - The Bible also tells us that he spent 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the earth - Matthew 12:40 - That would have to include Thursday night to total 3 nights
  • Jewish days don't begin at midnight - They begin at sunset the day before
  • The day after Passover is a special Sabbath (first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread) and Jesus could not have been crucified on a Sabbath because it is a day of rest - This special Sabbath would have begun on Thursday after sunset if the Passover meal was on Wednesday after sunset
  • The Bible tells us that Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples the night before his crucifixion - The meal would have been Wednesday after sunset if the Passover was on a Thursday
  • If Jesus was crucified on Friday there would be one day missing from the Biblical narrative of what he did that whole week.

Jesus' timeline matched up with the Passover Lamb and Jesus is called the Lamb of God in the Bible.

John 1:29
29-The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Revelation 5:6
6-Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center before the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits (That is, the sevenfold Spirit) of God sent out into all the earth.

Revelation 5:8
8-And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God's people.

Revelation 7:10
10-And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."

When we accept Jesus substitution sacrifice for our sins then we put on Christ and cover ourselves with the sacrificial Lamb of God just like Jacob covered himself and put on a substitution.

Galatians 3:27
27-For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

By putting on Christ, God recognizes Jesus instead of us in the same way that Isaac thought it was Esau instead of Jacob. God accepts his substitution (atonement) and no longer remembers our sins.

Isaiah 43:25
25-"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

By covering himself and through this substitution Jacob confirmed his destiny even after the fact. God for-knew that Jacob would value the blessing and birthright and that Esau would trade them away because he didn't value them. God sent an Angel to Jacob's mother before they were born to tell her that the younger would be greater and she is the one who made Jacob pretend to be his older brother.

Romans 9:10-13
10-Not only that, but Rebekah's children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac.
11-Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad — in order that God's purpose in election might stand:
12-not by works but by him who calls—she was told, "The older will serve the younger."
13-Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."

This passage makes it clear that this Old Testament story is an example of Christian principals.

We need to make sure our election (confirm our destiny) as Christians in this same way, which is not by our own merit, but by accepting Jesus substitution for us at Calvary.

2 Peter 1:10
10-Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.

We need to be conformed to Jesus' image through the Holy Spirit like Jacob was destined to take on the image of his brother Esau.

Romans 8:29-30
29-For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
30-And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Jacob also did something that confirmed the destiny of some sheep.

Genesis 30:37-39
37-Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.
38-Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink,
39-they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.

I believe that when Jacob cut stripes on the branches he set up an image that confirmed the sheep's offspring would be destined to belong to him. Jacob had made a deal with his uncle that he would get all the streaked or speckled or spotted sheep for his labor.

This destiny confirmation is similar to what happens to Christians when we accept Jesus the "Branch" who was striped for our sins. Our destiny is confirmed and we receive the Holy Spirit and are then "in Christ."

Galatians 3:28
28-There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

The image of the branches with stripes from 3 kinds of trees could represent Jesus. I believe the 3 kinds of trees represent the Trinity.

There are several Old Testament passages that use branches to represent the coming King (Messiah).

Isaiah 11:1-2 and 10
1-A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2-The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—
10-In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

Jeremiah 23:5
5-"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up for David (Or up from David's line) a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land."

Jeremiah 33:15
15-"In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David's line; he will do what is just and right in the land."

I believe the stripes on the branches represented the stripes on Jesus back when he was lashed with straps that had bits of metal tied to them so that they would rip flesh.

Isaiah 53:5
5-But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

1 Peter 2:24
24-Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

This powerful image of striped branches worked a miracle that confirmed the destiny of the sheep. I believe that if we accept the righteous branch from David's line who was striped (Jesus) then we will make sure our election and destiny to belong to him and be with him in heaven.

I believe the blemishes on the sheep represents sins of people and we need to belong to Jesus so that we can be forgiven and be with him in heaven. The scriptures teach us that we are like sheep that have gone astray and that Jesus bought us with his blood.

Acts 20:28
28-Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

I think the reason that God required animals with no blemishes (defects) for sacrifice is because the blemishes (defects) represent sins on people and a man who has sinned could not be a substitute for somebody else because the man would be paying for his own sin.

I'm sure that God would care less if a spotted animal was used for sacrifice except for the principal that he wants us to understand. Spots on an animal don't mean anything but sin would keep a man from being able to be a substitution sacrifice. He could not pay for himself and somebody else at the same time because the "wages of sin is death" and he could not die twice.

Romans 6:23
23-For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jacob originally asked for the spotted sheep as payment.

Genesis 30:32
32-Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages.

As Christians we are the sinful spotted sheep that the Shepherd has purchased with his blood and gathered unto himself. The striped branches made the blemished sheep proliferate and come under Jacob's ownership.

1 Peter 2:25
25-For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

I'm sure that God (like Jacob) doesn't mind spotted sheep and so the requirement by God for unblemished animals for sacrifice for-shadowed the fact that there would be a man who had never sinned that would be sacrificed. An animal can't sin and I don't think God would be superficial about what animals look like. I'm sure God loves blemished animals just the same amount as unblemished animals.

I believe that Jacob's destiny confirming substitution for Esau and the destiny confirming images of lamb coverings and striped branches for-shadowed God's plans through Jesus.


5 - LEAH AND RACHEL-A SURPRIZE THAT CAN'T BE EARNED

Please read here (from the Bible) about what happened with Leah and Rachel then I will explain how it foreshadowed Jesus.

Genesis 29:14-27
14-After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,
15-Laban said to him, "Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be."
16-Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17-Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful.
18-Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."
19-Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me."
20-So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
21-Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her."
22-So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.
23-But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her.
24-And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter as her maidservant.
25-When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?"
26-Laban replied, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.
27-Finish this daughter's bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work."

I believe that Jacob's failed attempt to gain Rachel through 7 years of work represents Israel's failed attempt to attain righteousness by works. Israel tried to attain salvation and their Messiah (Savior) through obedience to God's laws but salvation is not gained through human merit.

Romans 9:30-32
30-What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;
31-but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
32-Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."

Romans 11:5-7
5-So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
6-And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7-What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did.

Ephesians 2:8-10
8-For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
9-not by works, so that no one can boast.
10-For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

This passage makes it clear that works result but do not save us. Rachel could not be earned but she was given to him to marry a week later. He then worked another 7 years but it could not have been to obtain her because they were already married.

I suppose some would consider her payment in advance but I don't think that Jacob was obligated. He was already married to her before the second 7 year period began and with Laban having defaulted on his original agreement Jacob would have been justified if he had left with Rachel right after he married her.

If she was not a gift then why didn't Jacob object to her being called a gift by Laban like he did when Laban tried to give him the livestock in order to get him to stay on?

Genesis 30:31-32
31-And he said, "What shall I give thee?" And Jacob said, "Thou shalt not give me anything: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock.
32-I will pass through all thy flock today, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire."

When it came to livestock Jacob was particular to clarify that what he was going to receive from Laban would not be a gift but that it would be payment for his hire. Jacob was not this particular when Laban told him he would give Rachel to him.

Jacob himself may have thought he was working for her that 2nd seven years but she was already his wife at the time.

Israel tried to earn salvation by obeying God's laws but salvation isn't obtained that way just as Jacob failed to earn Rachel.

Jacob was expecting a wife but did not get the wife he expected just as Israel was expecting a savior (Messiah) but what they got was not what they were expecting.

Israel was expecting a mighty conquering ruler who would free them from Roman control and subjection. They were looking for someone who would rule immediately on his arrival.

Jesus was not what they were expecting. They were not expecting a lowly humble teacher who would be a sacrifice for them and who would not rule right away.

Jesus was a surprise like Leah and a gift like Rachael.

For Christians works come apart from salvation and it is not so much us doing the works as it is God doing works through us. This passage is worthy of repeating:

Ephesians 2:8-10
8-For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
9-not by works, so that no one can boast.
10-For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Just as with Jacob the works are prepared for us to do, but they don't gain us the gift.


6 - JOSEPH-THE BAD TURNS OUT FOR THE GOOD

I believe that there are many aspects of the story of Joseph that are similar to what happened to Jesus.

Please read here (from the Bible) about what happened to Joseph then I will explain how it foreshadowed Jesus.

Genesis 37:1-36
1-Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2-This is the account of Jacob. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
3-Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.
4-When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
5-Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
6-He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:
7-We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it."
8-His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?" And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
9-Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me."
10-When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?"
11-His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
12-Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,
13-and Israel said to Joseph, "As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them." "Very well," he replied.
14-So he said to him, "Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me." Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived at Shechem,
15-a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"
16-He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"
17-"They have moved on from here," the man answered. "I heard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.' " So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan.
18-But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19-"Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.
20-"Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams."
21-When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said.
22-"Don't shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the desert, but don't lay a hand on him." Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.
23-So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the richly ornamented robe he was wearing
24-and they took him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
25-As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
26-Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?
27-Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood." His brothers agreed.
28-So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29-When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.
30-He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"
31-Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.
32-They took the ornamented robe back to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son's robe."
33-He recognized it and said, "It is my son's robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces."
34-Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.
35-All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. "No," he said, "in mourning will I go down to the grave to my son." So his father wept for him.
36-Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.

After being sold to Potiphar Joseph was put in charge of his household. He ruled over everything except his wife.

Potiphar's wife tried to get Joseph to lay with her but Joseph told her he would not because her husband had been so good to him.

She turned the truth around and made false allegations that Joseph tried to rape her which resulted in Joseph being in prison.

While in prison Joseph interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh's cupbearer and baker. Then he interpreted the Pharaoh's dreams.

Genesis 41:1-57
1-When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,
2-when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds.
3-After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank.
4-And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
5-He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk.
6-After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind.
7-The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.
8-In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.
9-Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.
10-Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.
11-Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.
12-Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.
13-And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was hanged."
14-So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
15-Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."
16-"I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."
17-Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile,
18-when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds.
19-After them, seven other cows came up — scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt.
20-The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first.
21-But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.
22-"In my dreams I also saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk.
23-After them, seven other heads sprouted—withered and thin and scorched by the east wind.
24-The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none could explain it to me."
25-Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
26-The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream.
27-The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.
28-"It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.
29-Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt,
30-but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.
31-The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe.
32-The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
33-"And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.
34-Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.
35-They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.
36-This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine."
37-The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.
38-So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God"
39-Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.
40-You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you."
41-So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt."
42-Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.
43-He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and men shouted before him, "Make way!" Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
44-Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt."
45-Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.
46-Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
47-During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully.
48-Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it.
49-Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
50-Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51-Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, "It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household."
52-The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."
53-The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,
54-and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food.
55-When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph and do what he tells you."
56-When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt.
57-And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world.

Here is a list of similarities between Joseph and Jesus:

  • Both Joseph and Jesus were especially loved by their fathers.

    Matthew 12:18
    18-Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

    Mark 9:7
    7-And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son: hear him."

  • God's Spirit was strong on both Joseph and Jesus and they both prophesied and amazed people with what they knew and said.
  • Both Joseph and Jesus were destined to be great rulers eventually but rejection set them back for a while.
  • Both Joseph and Jesus were rejected by their own people. Joseph's rule was rejected by his own brothers who sold him into slavery. Jesus was rejected by his own people the Jews who yelled crucify him when Pontius Pilate wanted to release him.
  • Joseph had a striped ornamental coat that was torn and bloody which could represent Jesus' back that was striped when he was whipped with straps that had bits of metal tied to them.
  • There is forgiveness, reunion and recognition in both cases. Joseph forgave his brothers and they were reunited and then his brothers recognized he is their ruler just as his dreams indicated. God forgave and restored the Jews to the Promised Land even though they profaned his name and the Bible prophesies about the time when they will recognize that Jesus is Lord.

    Ezekiel 36:22-25
    22-"Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.
    23-I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.
    24-For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.
    25-I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;' "

    Jesus was the name they profaned but he brought them back to the Promised Land and they will recognize him and then mourn for him.

    Zechariah 12:10
    10-"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."

    John 9:37
    37-And again another scripture saith, "They shall look on him whom they pierced."

    That other scripture John was referring to is Zechariah 12:10 and it is a quote from God. The context of John's passage is that he was writing about Jesus. These passages (Zechariah 12:10 and John 9:37) reveal that Jesus is God by saying that he was the one they pierced.

    The use of the words "only son" is another hint that this passage is about Jesus.

    Don't let the fact that God referred to himself in the 3rd person by using the word "him" take away from the fact that he said, "Me whom they have pierced" because this is only one place of many where the Bible indicates that Jesus is God. See my book "A Promise Can't Have Conditions" for more on this issue.

  • Jesus restored the Jews to the Promised Land just as Joseph moved his brothers to a special land when he forgave them.

    Genesis 45:8-11
    8-"So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
    9-Now hurry back to my father and say to him, 'This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don't delay.
    10-You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have.
    11-I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.'

  • In both cases (what happened to Joseph and Jesus) the bad things that happened to them turned out to save all mankind.

    If Joseph had not been sold into slavery he would not have gone to Egypt. If he didn't go to Egypt then he would not have been falsely accused of rape and been in jail with the Pharaoh's cupbearer. If he was not in jail with the Pharaoh's cupbearer then he would not have interpreted his dream. Then he would not have interpreted the Pharaoh's dreams and they would not have stored up grain during the years of plenty before the famine. Then most of the people of the whole world would have perished in the famine.

    If Jesus was not crucified then he would not have died for the sins of those who accept his sacrifice. No sin would be forgiven and nobody would be reconciled to God.

    In both cases the rejection and bad things that happened to them led to the deliverance of the whole world.


7 - THE CUPBEARERS

The Pharaoh's cupbearer foreshadowed Jesus.

Genesis 40:9-13
9-So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, "In my dream I saw a vine in front of me,
10-and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes.
11-Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh's cup and put the cup in his hand."
12-"This is what it means," Joseph said to him. "The three branches are three days.
13-Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer.

The Pharaoh's cupbearer was restored on the third day just as Jesus (our cupbearer) was resurrected on the third day.

Jesus prayed asking for a cup to pass from him if possible. This made Jesus a cupbearer in a symbolic sense.

Matthew 26:39
39-And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

The Pharaoh's cupbearer was not the only cupbearer in the Tanakh to for-shadow Jesus.

Jacob's son Judah offered himself as a replacement for his brother Benjamin so that he was willing to pay the penalty for Joseph's cup that was planted in Benjamin's knapsack.

Genesis 44:17-18 and 33
17-But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace.”
18-Then Judah went up to him and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, let me speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself.
33-“Now then, please let your servant (Judah was speaking of himself) remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy (Benjamin) return with his brothers.

Judah offered to make atonement for his brother and by doing so he offered to become a cupbearer in a symbolic sense.

If we are Christians then Jesus is our atoning cupbearer.

Nine of the brothers were freed from prison on the third day just as Jesus was resurrected on the third day.

Genesis 42:16-19
16 Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!”
17 And he put them all in custody for three days.
18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God:
19 If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households.

I believe that all of the bible's recounts of restoration on the third day are way too much for it to be a coincidence just as there are too many cupbearers for it to be coincidence.

Nehemiah 1:11
11-"Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." I was cupbearer to the king.

Nehemiah was another cupbearer who went to Jerusalem and on the third day he began to resurrect it.

Nehemiah 2:11-18
11-I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days
12-I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.
13-By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.
14-Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through;
15-so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate.
16-The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.
17-Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”
18-I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.


8 - MOSES-LEADERSHIP REJECTED BUT DELIVERANCE BROUGHT

Moses was sent to be a ruler and deliverer over Israel yet he was rejected by his own people just as Jesus was rejected by his own people.

When the disciple Stephen was on trial he explained some of the similarities between Moses and Jesus including how they both performed signs and wonders and were rejected by their own people.

Please read this excerpt from Stephen's speech at his trial and then I will explain how Moses prophesied about Jesus through his actions and what happened to him.

Acts 7:20-42
20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family.
21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.
22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23-“When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites.
24-He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian.
25-Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.
26-The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’
27-“But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?
28-Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’
29-When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
30-“After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.
31-When he saw this; he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say:
32-‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.
33-“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
34-I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’
35-“This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
36-He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.
37-“This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’
38-He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us.
39-“But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.
40-They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’
41-That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made.
42-But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets: “‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?

There were many similarities between Moses and Jesus.

Both Moses and Jesus were initially rejected by their own people. Since Moses was the adopted son of the Pharaoh's daughter he could possibly have been in line to become the Pharaoh.

When Moses tried to assert his leadership by breaking up a fight his leadership was rejected. You would have thought they would have said, "Sure Moses, we'll stop fighting and do whatever you say because you're the man. You proved that you are on our side when you slew that Egyptian and don't you worry about that getting out. We'll never tell anyone what you did."

That's not what they said or thought and I'm sure that their rejection of Moses resulted in his being cut off from the land. He had to flee because he couldn't trust them to keep quiet about what happened.

I don't think it is coincidence that Isaiah prophesied about somebody (Jesus) who would be cut off from the land of the living.

Isaiah 53:8
8-By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.

I'm sure that the 53rd chapter of Isaiah is about Jesus and that Isaiah used the words "cut off from the land" to draw a correlation between Jesus and other characters in the Scriptures who would for-shadow Jesus or post-shadow Jesus by their being cut off from the land.

Moses was cut off from the land just as Jesus was cut off from the land of the living.

Both Moses and Jesus spent periods of 40 before and after their deliverance ministries.

Moses spent 40 years in Midian before the Lord used him to deliver the slaves from bondage in Egypt and Jesus spent 40 days praying and fasting in the wilderness before he started to preach and heal men.

Matthew 4:1-2
1-Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2-After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness after God used him to deliver the Israelites from slavery and Jesus spent 40 days appearing to his disciples after his resurrection and before his ascension.

Acts 1:1-3
1-In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
2-until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
3-After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

There seems to be a recurring theme of 40 before and 40 after in the Scriptures and another example would be that during the flood it rained 40 days before the sun went down and 40 nights after the sun went down.

Both Moses and Jesus escaped infanticide. The Pharaoh of Egypt and King Herod ordered the mass killing of infant boys and both Moses and Jesus avoided being murdered.

Exodus 1:22
22-Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

Moses escaped the mass murder of infant boys when he was put in a basket on the Nile River and the Pharaoh's daughter found him.

Exodus 2:3-10
3-But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.
4-His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5-Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it.
6-She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
7-Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
8-“Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother.
9-Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.
10-When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

King Herod failed to locate Jesus through the Magi so he ordered the killing of all male boys 2 years and under in an attempt to kill Jesus.

Matthew 2:16
16-When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

Jesus escaped the killing of infants at Bethlehem after being warned to leave.

Matthew 2:13-15
13-When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14-So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,
15-where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Both Moses and Jesus were called out of Egypt and performed great wonders and signs.


9 - SAMUEL AND JESUS-MIRACULOUS BIRTHS AND ONLY SONS GIVEN FOR GOD'S PURPOSES

The Prophet Samuel and Jesus both had miraculous births and they both were only sons who were given away by a parent in order to resolve problems and fulfill God's purposes.

Read the story of Samuel's birth and then I will explain the similarities further.

Samuel 1:1-28
1-There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
2-He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
3-Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD.
4-Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.
5-But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb.
6-Because the LORD had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.
7-This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.
8-Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
9-Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the LORD’s house.
10-In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly.
11-And she made a vow, saying, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
12-As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.
13-Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk
14-and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”
15-“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.
16-Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
17-Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
18-She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.
19-Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her.
20-So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.”
21-When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow,
22-Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD, and he will live there always.”
23-“Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
24-After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh.
25-When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli,
26-and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD.
27-I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.
28-So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.

Just as a child (Jesus) can't be born of a virgin (Mary) without a miracle so also in this case Hannah's womb was closed and without a miracle she could not have a child. God miraculously opened her womb and she had a miracle child just as Mary and Abraham's wife Sarah (who was too old to have children) also had miraculous child bearing.

Hannah offered to give away her son in order to resolve the problem of her being ridiculed by her husband's other wife. God accepted her offer and gave her a son in return for her giving that only son away. Once Samuel was weaned he no longer lived with his mother Hannah but became a great Prophet.

Samuel's miraculous birth and sacrificial life for the LORD for-shadowed Jesus and is another example of a sign for more than one generation.


10 - SEVEN THEN SEVENTY SEVEN OF VENGEANCE VERSUS SEVEN THEN SEVENTY SEVEN OF FORGIVENESS

What started out as a seven of vengeance became a seventy seven of vengeance and what started out as a seven of forgiveness became a seventy seven of forgiveness.

When Cain complained to God that his punishment was too great God promised to avenge the descendants of Cain times seven but a descendant of Cain named Lamech turned it into a vengeance of seventy and seven.

Genesis 4:13-24
13-Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear.
14-Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
15-But the LORD said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.
16-So Cain went out from the LORD’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
17-Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.
18-To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.
19-Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.
20-Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock.
21-His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes.
22-Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.
23-Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.
24-If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.”

In stark contrast to Lamech's seventy seven of vengeance Jesus turned a seven of forgiveness into a seventy seven of forgiveness.

Matthew 18:21-22
21-Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22-Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."

It is important to understand that forgiveness is the exact opposite of vengeance. Either you avenge something that happens against you or you forgive the person and don't do anything about it.

It is more than a little amazing that Jesus was able to turn another 7 into a seventy seven. He would have to know in advance that he was going to be presented with a seven of forgiveness in order to come up with the exact opposite contrast to Lamech. No normal person could have thought fast enough and realized fast enough to make this astounding comparison.

This shows reversed role playing and it is powerful evidence that Jesus came to fulfill righteousness and God's purposes. Lamech's role was to foreshadow Jesus with a seven that turned into a seventy seven only his was an evil boast.


11 - KING DAVID WROTE ABOUT JESUS' THOUGHTS WHILE ON THE CROSS

This Psalm written by King David has a lot in common with the story of Jesus' crucifixion.

King David wrote this as though he were talking about his own experiences but there are no other records of him being in a situation like this.

Read the 22nd Psalm and the I will explain the similarities with Jesus' experiences.

Psalm 22:1-31
1-My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
2-My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.
3-Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.
4-In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
5-To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6-But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7-All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8-“He trusts in the LORD,” they say, “let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
9-Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10-From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11-Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
12-Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13-Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me.
14-I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me.
15-My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
16-Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet.
17-All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.
18-They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.
19-But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20-Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21-Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22-I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you.
23-You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24-For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
25-From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows
26-The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him — may your hearts live forever!
27-All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
28-for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
29-All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him — those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30-Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
31-They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!

Even though King David wrote this as though he were writing of his own experiences he could not have survived this situation yet we know he died in bed. If his enemies had stripped him naked and split up his clothes then pierced his hands and feet he would not have died a natural death in bed unless he was miraculously delivered from this situation.

There is no account in the Bible of King David being in a predicament like this but many things here match what happened to Jesus.

If this is about David then why would David talk about himself in the third person in verse 24 where he speaks of the afflicted one.

Several parts of this Psalm indicate that this fiasco is part of God's plans. In verse 24 it says that God did not despise this suffering. In verse 26 it indicates that this situation would result in the poor eating and being satisfied. In verse 31 it says that he (the LORD) has done it.

In verse 27 it indicates that this ordeal would bring people of all nations to the LORD.

If this ordeal seems like a really big deal that's because it is.

King David was writing as though he was Jesus in this Psalm.

When Jesus was on the cross he asked the question, "Why has though forsaken me?"

Mark 15:34
34-And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

Jesus' clothes were divided and lots were cast for one of his garments.

John 19:24
24-“Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did.

While stretched out on the cross Jesus was in a position like mentioned in verse 17 where all his bones would be on display.

I believed that in verse 16 when David wrote about hands and feet getting pierced it was prophecy about Jesus being nailed to the cross.

There are too many similarities in this Psalm for it to be coincidence to what happened at Calvary.


12 - ISAIAH-PROPHECY IN WORDS YET STILL MYSTERIOUS

I believe that the 53rd chapter of Isaiah has some direct prophecies about Jesus and also some indirect hidden prophecies about Jesus which are in words.

Read the 53rd chapter of Isaiah about the suffering servant and then I will explain how it is about Jesus.

Isaiah 53:1-12
1-Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2-For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3-He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4-Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5-But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6-All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7-He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8-He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9-And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10-Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11-He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12-Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

It is important to understand that these scriptures were written a long time before Jesus was born.

Somebody might think that Jesus read these scriptures and arranged for events in his own life to correlate to them but if you remember at the beginning of this book I explained that the mysteriousness of the prophecies would prevent him from being an imposter.

Some things in this passage of scriptures are not mysterious or hidden and it would be hard to dismiss the imposter theory that Jesus might have read these passages and arranged his story to be similar based on these openly transparent correlations.

The prophecy that he would bare the sin of many is an example of prophecy that is not hidden and that an imposter could read and arrange his story to correlate to it.

Another example of prophecy that wasn't hidden is in verse 9 where it says the servant made his grave "with the rich" in his death.

Matthew 27:57-60
57-As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
58-Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.
59-Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60-and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

This prophecy directly says that he had a rich man's grave so it wouldn't be hard for an imposter to make up a story about himself being buried in a rich man's grave.

Except for these 2 examples of direct transparent prophecy everything else in this chapter is hidden or indirect and would be impossible for an imposter to decipher. Most of this chapter is indirect and has to be pieced together in order to understand it.

If the prophecies are hidden then they can't be read because they are too concealed to understand.

In verse 1 when it says "arm of the LORD" that is a tricky way of indicating that the servant of this chapter has deity. This servant is an extension of God and a part of him. An arm is a part of a person.

In verse 5 when it says stripes it was hundreds of years before the Romans invented leather straps that had bits of metal tied on to rip open peoples backs. A person who lived before the Romans would not know what stripes are.

Even more important, the 53rd chapter of Isaiah hides hints that this suffering servant is God's son and that he was raised from the dead.

In verse 10 when it says "prolong his days" that is a tricky way to prophecy that he would be raised from the dead. Somebody may think that the LORD is giving him longer life before death but in the context of saying that the LORD was "pleased" to make him an "offering for sin" and that he was "cut off from the land of the living" it appears that he was already dead before his days were prolonged.

In verse 10 when it says "his seed" it is referring to the LORD's seed or son but to realize it you have to eliminate it being the seed of the suffering servant of this passage so that "his" by default has to be referring to the only other person of this chapter which is the LORD.

In verse 8 the suffering servant not having any children is hidden in the question "who shall declare his generation for he was cut off from the land of the living." This secretly reveals that he died before his generation could be manifested.

It's a little complicated to understand but his not generating means that he didn't have children.

The original Hebrew word used in this passage that was translated into "generation" is defined as a period of time that begins with a person's birth and ends with the birth of their first child. He didn't have anyone to declare his "generation" because he was "cut off from the land of the living" before having a child.

There are only two persons in this chapter and since the servant doesn't have a seed when it says "his seed" in verse 10 by default it has to be the LORD's seed and we know it's a boy because it says "his days".

If an imposter was able to piece this mysterious prophecy together and determine that God has a son who is the suffering servant of this chapter then he would try to claim it for himself.

The theory that Jesus was an imposter doesn't make sense because he never claimed to be the Son of God. It's not like Jesus went around telling people that he is the Son of God.

If an imposter was able to decipher that verse 10 is about God's son then I'm sure he would tell people that he was the Son of God because he would want it to be known.

I know that Jesus is the Son of God but he never told anyone except to acknowledge what the Father in heaven had revealed.

Matthew 16:13-20
13-When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14-They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15-“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16-Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17-Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
18-And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
19-I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
20-Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Jesus called himself the "Son of Man" and there is no record of him ever telling anyone that he is the Son of God except to acknowledge it to those who already knew.

In verse 17 Jesus made it clear that the revelation of him being the Son of God did not come from flesh and blood and that the church would not be based on flesh and blood revelation but rather on the people who had revelation from the Father.

In verse 20 Jesus ordered his disciples not to tell anybody who he is. That is not something an imposter would do.

At his trial when asked if he is the Son of God Jesus said, "You have said so, but" and then he prophesied about the "Son of Man" and never admitted to being God's son.

Matthew 26:62-65
62-Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”
63-But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
64-“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65-Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.

Jesus refused to defend himself and did not answer the charges though he duped them into thinking that he said it. The context of "Son of Man" with "sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One" made them jump the gun and think they heard a claim by Jesus, but it didn't happen.

An imposter would openly be trying to convince people that he was the Son of God and the Messiah. Jesus called himself the Son of Man and only acknowledged being the Son of God to a few disciples.

Jesus' refusal to speak against the charges and defend himself fulfilled the prophecy of Hebrews 53:7 about the servant's silence.

In Isaiah 53:12 when it says that "he was numbered with the transgressors" right after saying that he "poured out his soul unto death" it prophesied in a roundabout way that the servant would die for sin.

Having been "numbered with the transgressors" means that he could not have been a transgressor himself.

If he was a transgressor himself then it would have said so and not indicated that he was counted among transgressors.

Even when Jesus prophesied about what was going to happen to him it was very obscure.

Luke 22:35-37
35-Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered.
36-He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
37-It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

Jesus hinted that he would soon be leaving them to die for sin but he didn't say it directly. What Jesus said was extremely obscure.

A fraud wouldn't be so obscure in telling people how he was fulfilling prophecy. If somebody were trying to be an imposter Messiah they would be telling lies very directly.

In just the same way that the 53rd chapter of Isaiah is hidden and secretive so too were Jesus' own prophecies about himself.

The 53rd chapter of Isaiah is all about Jesus yet it hides it very well.


13 - ALL JEWS-REJECTED BY THEIR OWN AND CUT OFF FROM THE LAND

Most evidence that points to Jesus is foreshadowing prophecy that is in the form of similar actions, experiences, or role playing reflections.

Here are a few examples:

  • Isaac foreshadowed Jesus' escape from death and sacrifice.
  • The cupbearers foreshadowed the one who said, "If it be possible, let this cup pass from me."
  • Joseph's rejection by his own brothers which put him in a position to deliver the world from the famine foreshadowed Jesus' rejection by his own people that put him in a position to bring deliverance from sin to this world through sacrifice.
  • Jonah's foreshadowing role was to be resurrected from the belly of the whale on the third day like Jesus was resurrected from the belly of the earth.

I believe that there is some evidence that points back to Jesus that is post-shadowing. I believe that the Jews as a people reflect similarities to Jesus through rejection and the position that they have been in since shortly after Jesus ascended.

Throughout history the Jews have been the most rejected and reviled people of any race or creed. Even though they are flesh and blood human beings you can't tell it from the way they have been treated. This is a huge example of mankind rejecting its own.

In 70 AD they were driven from their land and in most every place they tried to settle they were persecuted, robbed and eventually forced out or killed.

There are many Jews who abandoned everything in order to escape persecution only to relocate to another country that wasn't much better.

Don't think that the Jews would have returned to the land God gave them by the millions if they were doing alright in the places they came from. They wouldn't give up their whole life just to start a new one unless they had no choice.

I think that the horror of the Holocaust is a shadow of the horror of Jesus' crucifixion and I don't think it's done yet.

The Jews are God's people chosen to be the first among races and yet it is as though they are the last and least.

Deuteronomy 7:6
6-For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

Jesus said that the "first will be last" and both he and the Jews have experienced it.

Mark 10:31
31-But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Jesus also indicated that the first and last position included him.

Revelation 2:8
8-“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again."

The main thing that makes me think that the Jews are a reflection of Jesus is that they were cut off from the land.

Isaiah 53:8
8-He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

I don't think it is coincidence that the term "cut off out of the land of the living" is used to prophecy about Jesus. I think God arranged for people to have similarities with Jesus that would reflect what happened to him and give evidence supporting him.

Here is a list of God's people who were "cut off out of the land":

  • Jacob was cut off from the land when he fled because his brother Esau sought to kill him.
  • Joseph was cut off from the land when his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt.
  • Moses was cut off from the land when he slew an Egyptian and fled because he realized he could not trust his people to keep it secret.
  • David was cut off out of the land while King Saul sought to kill him.
  • All the Jews spent a period of 40 years cut off out of the Land in the Sinai desert while God made them wait to enter the Promised Land.
  • All the Jews were cut off out of the land when they were taken captive by Babylon.
  • All the Jews were cut off out of the land that God gave them in 70 AD when the Romans invaded them.

Jesus was cut off to serve God's purpose ("for the transgression of my people") and so were the Jews. Somebody might think that it was for their sin or unbelief but that only justified their being cut off and it was not the only reason.

The Romans who conquered the Jews had even more sin and unbelief but God needed to cut off the Jews so that when he fulfilled prophecy by bringing them back to the land it would be powerful evidence to his reality.

The Jews reflect their Messiah Jesus through their living sacrifice of being cut off with nowhere to escape their separation unto God's purposes.

Matthew 8:20
20-Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

I'm sure Jesus was speaking figuratively about how he could not escape the hardship of what God was having him do.

The Jews also have not been able to escape the hardship of being separated unto God and the persecution that comes with it.

Deuteronomy 28:65
65-Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart.

Some people may think that the Jews are no longer God's people for rejecting Jesus and that God is finished with them but there are many scriptures to prove otherwise.

In the book of Ezekiel God calls them his people when he prophesied about their return from being cut off.

Ezekiel 36:8
8-"But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home.

This was fulfilled in mass numbers starting at the end of World War 2 so it is clear that the Jews are still his people even though the Christians are his people also.

In the 36th chapter of Ezekiel The Lord went on to explain that he would return the Jews to the land that he gave them in spite of their actions and ignore that they profaned his name in order to prove himself holy and keep his promises.

Ezekiel 36:19-24
19-I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions.
20-And wherever they went among the nations they profaned my holy name, for it was said of them, ‘These are the LORD’s people, and yet they had to leave his land.’
21-I had concern for my holy name, which the people of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone.
22-“Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.
23-I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.
24-“‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.

In verse 23 where it says, "then the nations will know that I am LORD" God reveals that he is doing this for evidence among other reasons.

The Jews restoration to the land and their rebirth as a nation is a reflection of resurrection and the born again principle. The resurrection of the nation of Israel is one of the greatest miracles and evidence of God that there has ever been.

In the 37th chapter of Ezekiel God compares Israel's rebirth as a nation to resurrection.

Ezekiel 37:1-14
1-The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
2-He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
3-He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
4-Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
5-This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
6-I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”
7-So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8-I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9-Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”
10-So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
11-Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’
12-Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.
14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’”

This is not only a comparison to resurrection but because Israel's restoration it is in two parts it is also a reflection of spiritual rebirth and the born again principle.

Notice in verse 8 that tendons and flesh appeared on the bones but that there was no breath in them. Then later they are given life through God's Spirit.

I believe the first part of Israel's restoration is returning to the Land but the Jews don't have life because most of them have not received the Holy Spirit which is only given to Christians.

I believe the time will come when all the Jews realize that Jesus is the Messiah and that will fulfill the second part of this prophecy when God puts his Spirit in them.

It is a very important principle to understand that until we become Christians we are spiritually dead. That is why I think God told Adam and Eve that they would die on the day they ate the fruit of the forbidden tree.

Genesis 2:17
17-But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

This does not refer to physical death because God made garments from fig leaves for Adam and Eve and they were cast out of the garden but they continued to live by our normal definition of death.

The words "in the day" hide the fact that without God we are spiritually dead and Jesus taught that we need to be re-born or we can't enter God's kingdom.

It was Jesus who taught about our failure to realize that we are spiritually dead.

John 3:1-8
1-Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.
2-He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3-Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
4-“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5-Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
6-Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7-You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
8-The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus didn't understand that Jesus was talking about spiritual re-birth and he didn't understand that even though there are people walking around that doesn't mean they are not dead.

Recognizing our spiritual death is so important that at the fall I believe God re-arranged nature to give evidence of the need of spiritual re-birth. A seed has to be buried in order to come back to life and a burial acknowledges death.

I believe that nature now gives evidence to the born again principle and that we need to realize that we are spiritually dead and accept Jesus' atonement in order for God to give us his Holy Spirit.

I believe that God miraculously imparts life to a dead seed once he sees it in a position that represents acknowledgement of its dead state (once it is buried).

Somebody may think that a seed is alive and just in a dormant state but if you think about what constitutes life it seems unlikely that that a fallen seed would live long. But a seed can be separated from light and water for a long time and yet still come back to life once it is buried.

Jesus spoke about seeds being dead before they can rise again.

John 12:23-24
23-Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24-Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

The Israelites being cut off from the land and their two part flesh then spirit restoration in the 36th and 37th chapters of Ezekiel are a reflection of Jesus being cut off from the land of the living and his resurrection and the born again principle.

There are prophecies about the time when the Jews will recognize that Jesus is LORD and God will pour out his spirit on them.

Zechariah 12:10
10-"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."

Once Israel's hardness towards Jesus has served its purpose and the LORD reveals himself to them then they shall all be saved.

Romans 11:25-32
25-I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,
26-and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27-And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
28-As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,
29-for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.
30-Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,
31-so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you.
32-For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

God is not finished with the Jews yet and in the meantime their hardness benefits Christians in several ways. It gives proof that the Old and New Testaments were written at different times and could not be a coordinated scheme. It separates the Jews which led them towards a sacrificial role and restorative role that point to Jesus.

I think the story of Philip and the Ethiopian demonstrates that blindness to the prophecies are not a matter of lack of wanting or merit.

Acts 8:26-39
26-Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
27-So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake which means “queen of the Ethiopians”. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
28-and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet.
29-The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30-Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31-“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32-This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
33-In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34-The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”
35-Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36-As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”
37-Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38-And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
39-When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

The Ethiopian Eunuch had gone all the way to Jerusalem to worship and he was reading the scriptures so it's not like he wasn't trying but until Philip explained it to him he couldn't see it.

Being able to understand the evidence about Jesus is a gift that is not deserved.

The prophecies are so hidden that without somebody to point them out they can't be seen or understood and it prevents somebody from being an imposter Messiah.

The hardness on the part of the Jews towards Jesus exists because the prophecies are mysterious and hidden and they are not raised by Christians who could point to the evidence and show it to them.

As Christians we don't need the Jews to testify for Jesus because their scriptures do just that.

It humbles me to realize how that the Jews inability to see Jesus in their scriptures opens my eyes to the powerful evidence of hidden prophecy and its fulfillment in Jesus Christ and Christian teachings.


14 - JESUS-THE PASSOVER LAMB

I believed that God established the Passover sacrifice of lambs to foreshadow Jesus' sacrifice.

The origin of the Passover was in Egypt when God sent Moses to Tell the Pharaoh to release his people (Israelites) from slavery.

The Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go so God sent numerous plagues but after nine plagues he still would not relent.

There was a final tenth plague in which every firstborn of Egypt died that didn't have Lamb's blood on the door frames of the houses where they ate the lambs.

This final plague killed the Pharaoh's firstborn and he finally relented and released the Israelites from their bondage.

Here are the Passover instructions that God gave to Moses and his brother Aaron.

Exodus 12:1-13
1-The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt,
2-“This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.
3-Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.
4-If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.
5-The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
6-Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.
7-Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.
8-That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.
9-Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs.
10-Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it.
11-This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.
12-“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD.
13-The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

The inhabitants of the houses were saved through the sacrifice of the lambs and the blood on the door frames.

God also instructed them not to break any of the lamb's bones.

Exodus 12:46
46-“It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.

Jesus didn't have any broken bones.

John 19:31-33
31-Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.
32-The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.
33-But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.

God also instructed them that the lambs should not have any defects. I believe he did not want any defects because they represent sin.

I don't think God would be bothered by a defect except that he wanted to contrast the fact that a substitute sacrifice for sin would require an innocent substitute otherwise the substitute would be paying for his own sin.

I believe God's plan was for his sinless son to be a sacrifice and the no defects rules foreshadowed the plan of a sinless human sacrifice. Since animals can't sin a defect is meaningless except for what it could represent in human contrast.

I think God could care less about some spots on animals except to give evidence of a human sacrificial plan.

The Apostle Paul likened Jesus to our Passover lamb.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8
6-Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?
7-Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
8-Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Israelites were instructed to select a lamb on the 10th day of the first month and the take care of it until the 14th when it was to be slaughtered.

Just as the sacrificial lambs went in to live with them on the 10th, Jesus made his entry into Jerusalem on the 10th day of the first month.

The Passover is considered to be on the 15th day of the first month even though the Lambs are slaughtered on the 14th day of the first month at twilight. The days began at sunset and ended at sunset, not midnight like modern days.

Jesus entered Jerusalem on Sunday the 10th, five days before the Passover and one day after going to Bethany.

John 12:1
1-Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

The day after Jesus was at Bethany he entered into Jerusalem on a donkey's colt just as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9

John 12:12-16
12-The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.
13-They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”
14-Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written (Zechariah 9:9):
15-“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”
16-At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

This entry into Jerusalem was not just an ordinary visit because it was the fulfillment of several prophecies. It was the prophesied time of God's visitation.

Luke 19:41-44
41-As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
42-and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
43-The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.
44-They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

It is true that anyone could have entered Jerusalem on the 10th day of the first month, but you need to realize that not everybody can calculate Daniel's prophecy about the appearance of the Messiah so as to know when to make an appearance.

In Daniel's vision of the seventy sevens it prophesied about when the Anointed One (Messiah) would come and it calculates to the 10th day of the first month in 33 AD.

Daniel 9:25-26
25-“Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.
26-After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.

This prophesied that the Messiah would come after a total of 69 sevens (seven sevens and sixty two sevens) from the date of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem.

This prophecy is extremely difficult to figure out then calculate because it has to be calculated in days then converted to our calendar.

First, I had to determine what time period the "sevens" are and I believe they are sevens of years.

When the scriptures refer to seven or seventy it is usually in reference to years. The Israelites were in captivity for 70 years which is one year for every Sabbath year they failed to observe. Sabbath years were every seven years.

Daniel 9:2
2-in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.

Seven years times 69 equals 483 years.

The period of 483 years should not be thought of in terms of our years which have 365 days to a year except on leap years because the Bible always uses 360 day years. I think we should apply a 360 day calendar because of Bible references that calculate to 30 day months.

In Revelation 12:6 there is a 1,260 day period which relates to the three and a half year period mentioned in Revelation 12:13-14 and in Daniel 9:27. If you divide 1,260 days by 30 it comes out to 42 months which is three and a half 12 month years.

I think the scriptures are using a "prophetic" calendar which has 360 days in a year because ancient calendars were based on a lunar year of 12 months. Each month in a lunar calendar has 30 days.

If 483 years is multiplied times 360 days it comes out to 173,880 days from the day the decree went out to the appearance of the Messiah.

To apply these 173,880 days to our calender in order to figure out when it was fulfilled I divided the 173,880 days into years of 365.25 days which equals 476 of our years.

The 476 year period began with the decree given to Nehemiah.

Nehemiah 2:1-8
1-In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before,
2-so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.” I was very much afraid,
3-but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?”
4-The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven,
5-and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it,.”
6-Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.
7-I also said to him, “If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah?
8-And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.

There is no day of the month specified, so according to the Jewish custom the date is understood as the first day of the month, which would be Nisan 1, 444 BC which is March 5, 444 B.C. according to our calendar date.

From March 5 of 444 BC to March 5th of 33 AD there are 476 years. I added 444 years + 33 years = 477 years then I subtracted 1 year to get 476 years. It went straight from 1 BC to 1 AD so that is why I subtracted 1 year.

I then multiplied 476 times 365 days in a year for a total of 173740 days which is 140 short of the 173880 that I got when I multiplied 483 (69 times 7) times 360 prophetic year days.

Then I divided 476 by 4 to find out how many leap years there were and it comes out to 119 minus 4 because centennial years are not leap years. There are 115 total leap years.

The difference of 140 days is made up by the 115 extra days of leap years and the 25 days from the 5th of March to the 30th of March.

Daniel's prophecy of 69 sevens from the decree to the coming of the Messiah calculates to March 30, 33 AD.

March 30th of 33 AD was on the 10th day of the month of Nisan which is the day the Jews brought the sacrificial lambs in to live with them.

It isn't just Christianity that makes the Messiah out to be the Passover lamb. The Old Testament Prophet Daniel also had the Messiah coming on the day of the Passover lambs.

Jesus had no control over the prophecy of Daniel who lived centuries before him and the difficulty in calculating it prevents Jesus from being an imposter.

The one question that everyone should be asking is: If Jesus isn't the Messiah of this prophecy then who is? The time of it's fulfillment has long passed.

Some Christian scholars think that we can't know if the decree went out on Nisan 1 of 445 BC or Nisan 1 of 444 BC because the 20th year of the reign of King Artaxerxes ran from 445 BC to 444 BC.

I know it was 444 BC because about 4 months before the decree in the month of Kislev also of the 20th year, Nehemiah heard news that caused him to pray and be sad. King Artaxerxes asked him why he was sad just before granting him the decree.

The Nisan of the 20th year had to be after the month of Kislev of the 20th year so it was 444 BC not 445 BC.

Nehemiah 1:1-3
1-The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa,
2-Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.
3-They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

We don't know for certain the exact year that Jesus entered Jerusalem from New Testament scriptures but it does come close to 33 AD.

The New Testament book of Luke has John the Baptist begining his ministry in 29 AD. The 15th year of Tiberius would be in 29 AD because his reign began in 14 AD.

Luke 3:1-3
1-In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene
2-during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.
3-He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

At some point in time Jesus came to John to be baptized then went into the wilderness for forty days and after that he began a 3 year ministry.

Mark 1:9-13
9-At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10-Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
11-And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
12-At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness,
13-and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

If Jesus came to be baptized by John one year after John started his ministry in 30AD (29AD + 1) then after his 3 year ministry that would place Jesus' entry into Jerusalem in 33AD on the 10th day of the first month of Nisan.

Jesus was crucified on Thursday the 14th not Friday and his body was ate (by representation) by the disciples during a Passover meal the evening before of the same day since their days began and ended at sunset.

Some Christians believe he was crucified on Friday and even celebrate Good Friday but Jesus prophesied that he would be resurrected after 3 days and 3 nights and the scriptures say that he rose on the first day of the week which would be Sunday.

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

If Jesus was crucified on Thursday then he spent Thursday night - Friday night - and Saturday night in the tomb and was resurrected on Sunday.

I believe that he was sacrificed on Thursday, the 14th day of the first month the same day as God instructed for the sacrifice of the Passover lambs.


15 - MIRACULOUS CONFIRMATION

About 22 years ago in 1989, after I started to come up with what I considered to be prophecy about Jesus in the Old Testament, I had an interesting experience while asking God if I was correct about my perceptions.

I was concerned with whether or not the similarities between Old Testament people and Jesus was just my imagination or coincidence so I asked God about it.

I was working as a security guard at a new account (3 story building) and was given a pager that morning that was just activated.

I was told to go around to all the tenants and give them my pager number and tell them to page me with their suite number if they see anything suspicious.

I went to all the suites which were numbered according to the floor they were on (1st floor-100s, 2nd floor-200s and 3rd floor-300s.

After I finished going around to all the suites I began to think about all the propecy about Jesus that I had perceived.

I knew for certain that Jonah's experience was a prophetic situation and that it prophecied about Jesus because he said it was a sign for the Son of Man.

However, I had no way of knowing for certain if all the other Old Testament people that I came up with were like Jonah.

I didn't want to be mistaken so I asked God for confirmation. I asked God if I was just imagining things and if it was just coincidence or was I on the right track.

While praying I said, "Am I on the right track. Did Old Testament people have events in their lives that prophecied about Jesus. Did you use the numbers 7 and 3 combined with role playing to prophecy about Jesus?"

Just after I asked God if he used the numbers 7 and 3 in propecy about Jesus my pager beeped me.

I looked at the screen on the pager and it read 777. I gasped!

We didn't have a seventh floor in the building I was working.

I checked all the suites in the entire building asking people if they had paged me.

When I got to the last suite on the 3rd floor I found a man that had paged me.

I asked him if he put in his suite number and he said, "No, I just pushed a button a few times."

I said, "Why did you page me?" He said, "I was just testing it."

I said, "Well, if you don't put your suite number in it then I won't know where to go. Why didn't you put in your suite number?" He said, "I don't know. I don't really know why I paged you?"

I said, "That's ok, I think I know why you paged me."

I think that God used him to answer my prayer and confirm that I was on the right track.

I think this was too much coincidence for it to be coincidence.

There are also too many similarities between the things that happened to Jesus and also to many Old Testament people for it to be coincidence.

That is why I believe it is a sign and not just for me or the people of Jesus' generation, but for anyone who would search the Old scriptures looking for traces of Jesus.

I believe that the sign is more than just Jonah's similar experience to Jesus.

Many Old Testament people had experiences that fore-shadowed Jesus and all together I believe they are a sign for more than one generation.