I started my reformednazarene blog nearly a year ago, just this past January. Ironically, it was a result of a suggestion by someone who actually asked me to drop them off my email list. I have to thank that person for the suggestion, because I may not have thought of doing something like that for a while. Little did I know what would come my way after my first posting on January 27, which was not without controversy, as I immediately took to task Nancy Pelosi and then-new President Obama for their constant support of abortion- what many call a Culture of Death. But amidst all the controversy that came my way, even more good things came along, which I believe always comes when you trust in God completely.
So during this Christmas season I look back and it’s been an interesting year. But it’s been a blessed year as we stayed in God’s word and looked to Him for guidance more and more. I am especially thankful for all the new friends that I met from all across the country, who have blessed my life with their encouragement, Bible knowledge, advice, and their examples of steadfast trust in God and His word. I pray for each one of them often. Some are Nazarene, some are not, but we all share the same common desire, to serve God, to trust in His word fully, and to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” You know who you are, and I truly appreciate you. I’ll have more on this past year’s experience sometime in January. I have even recently become friends with some Nazarenes across the world, including from Argentina, who have a great burden for the Nazarene church there and in other neighboring countries. More on that situation next month.
This is my last posting until after Christmas. May you all be blessed with the true spirit of Christmas- the great news that was announced over 2,000 years ago to ordinary shepherds- that a Child was born- a special Child who was God Himself, come down to earth to live among us. And the reason He came is the true and only reason we ought to celebrate Christmas. He came to save us from our sins. John 3:16 says it best- that He came to give salvation and everlasting life to all who repented and believed in Him. I am most grateful for this gift that can never be repaid by me.
I hope you enjoy this short summary of some of the Old Testament prophecies of Christ’s coming. God is a sovereign God. He is a God who knows the past, the present, and the future. Every hair of our heads is numbered; there is nothing that escapes His notice. He knew each one of us while we were in our mother’s womb. He created everything with His spoken word. He never makes a mistake, because He is God! And he loved us so much that He sent His Son as a sacrifice i our place, for our sins. Thank you Jesus. Merry Christmas to all. May He truly touch your heart and bring you to a true relationship with Him, if you do not have that yet.
I share with you some notes about the prophesies regarding Christ’s coming:
Where does the Old Testament predict the coming of Christ?”
There are many Old Testament prophecies about Jesus Christ. Some interpreters place the number of Messianic prophecies in the hundreds. The following are those that are considered the clearest and most important.
Regarding Jesus’ birth—Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Micah 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Concerning Jesus’ ministry and death—Zechariah 9:9: “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Psalm 22:16-18: “Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”
Likely the clearest prophecy about Jesus is the entire 53rd chapter of Isaiah. Isaiah 53:3-7 is especially unmistakable: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
The “seventy sevens” prophecy in Daniel chapter 9 predicted the precise date that Jesus, the Messiah, would be “cut off.” Isaiah 50:6 accurately describes the beating that Jesus endured. Zechariah 12:10 predicts the “piercing” of the Messiah, which occurred after Jesus died on the cross. Many more examples could be provided, but these will suffice. The Old Testament most definitely prophesies the coming of Jesus as the Messiah.