FROM THE BOOK: CHAPTER 3 – THE MID TIMES – MANY PROPHECIES FULFILLED, OTHER
The Mid Times
A.D. stands for Anno Domini (in the year of our Lord – Latin) and not After Death. You may read Jesus died at 33.5 years or 34.5 years. The reason for this is whether you count 0 to 1 as a year or not. Years of life is also controversial. The date seems irrelevant and no-one knows for sure because the year was never written down. 30 years is also used. There is great disagreement among historians regarding the date of crucifixion. Even Christmas is off, as far as the first one is concerned. Based on some Gospel verses concerning the shepherds and sheep with grass to eat, March would be a good correlation. The date of December 25th was set by Rome and simply replaced a nasty sexual holiday celebration of the time.
Although many writers feel Jesus the Christ God lived for 33.5 years, there is a belief in the Jewish community that J’shua (Jesus) lived for 30 years from Passover to Passover. This is based on J’shua’s Bar Mitzvah, which is written about in Lu 2:42 “When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. (Note – the Feast would have been the Passover and although the age of thirteen would have been the time for the Bar Mitzvah, it is entirely possible J’shua’s was a little early.)
“43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.”
So J’shua may have been 13 years old at the time).
Sometimes you will see a book with BCE being used (Before Common Era) and CE is used instead of AD. CE stands for Common Era.
Jesus the Christ was baptized in the Holy Spirit at the river Jordan after His water baptism, one supposes water baptism necessary because of being born of a human woman who had sin in her previous generations, (i.e. Baptism follows Repentance and Jesus didn’t have anything to repent about, -but He said to John the Baptist He was there “to fulfill all righteousness”).
John the Baptist saw The Holy Spirit come upon Jesus the Christ in the form of a dove. Because He then was “filled” with The Holy Spirit of God, He became a major threat to Satan, the near third of the angels and “demons”, (you know, the kind Jesus kicked out of people, one’s that made them sick, or deaf and dumb ones). So Satan really went after Jesus when He was in the desert, tired and very, very hungry after 40 days.
The reader must note that Satan did not lead Jesus out there. The Bible is clear on that point. Holy Spirit God led Him out there. Satan quoted a lot of Deuteronomy to tempt Jesus. This is interesting in that it shows Jesus was fulfilling the commands of the Father God to His chosen people, which His chosen people were not able to do for forty years in the wilderness. Jesus used Deuteronomy right back to Lucifer only in the correct perspective.
Prophecy Fulfilled by Jesus the Christ
In addition, Jesus fulfilled a multiplicity of prophecies dating back to Genesis. There are hundreds of prophecy sites on the Internet dealing with past and current prophecies. The following was a download from the Internet, http://www.godonthe.net/evidence/messiah.htm. The scripture is clearly listed:
“What is a prophecy?” A prophecy is the future told in advance by God through a prophet. Isaiah 48:2-5  I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.  For I knew how stubborn you were; the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze.  Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, `My idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’
PROPHECY FULFILLED: “Isn’t ‘fulfilled prophecy’ just a guess or luck or coincidence?”
2 Peter 1:19-21  And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
“Does the Old Testament contain any prophecies about the Messiah?”
“Yes! The Old Testament contains about FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE prophecies about the Messiah. Here is a small sample (in roughly chronological order):
GOD WOULD COME TO EARTH – BE BORN AS A HUMAN MALE
Isaiah 9:6-7  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.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. … 700 B.C.
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
John 1:1-3, 14  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
BORN OF A VIRGIN
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. 700 B.C.
Matthew 1:20-23  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” –which means, “God with us.”
FROM THE HOUSE OF JUDAH
Isaiah 37:31 Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. 700 B.C.
Matthew 1:1-2, 16  A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son [descendant] of David, the son of Abraham:  Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,  and [a later] Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
FROM THE ROOT AND STUMP OF JESSE
Isaiah 11:10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. 700 B.C.
Isaiah 11:1-5  A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.  The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD–  and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;  but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.  Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. 700 B.C.
Romans 15:12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.”
Matthew 1:1-2a, 5-6, 16  A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:  Abraham was the father of Isaac, …  … Obed the father of Jesse,  and Jesse the father of King David.  and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
FROM THE HOUSE OF DAVID
Isaiah 16:5 In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it–one from the house of David–one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness. 700 B.C.
Matthew 1:1-2A, 6, 16  A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:  Abraham was the father of Isaac, …  and Jesse the father of King David.  and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
BORN IN BETHLEHEM EPHRATHAH
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. 700 B.C.
Matthew 2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
Over the years there have been a number of “Bethlehem’s” in Israel. At the time of Jesus’ birth, Bethlehem Ephrathah, referred to in Matthew as “Bethlehem in Judea”, was a village about five miles south of Jerusalem, and there also was a town named Bethlehem about seven miles northwest of Nazareth. (Per footnote Matthew 2:1 of the Zondervan NIV Study Bible, 10th Anniversary Edition, (c) 1995)
BE FROM NAZARETH OF GALILEE
Isaiah 9:1-2  Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan —  The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 700 B.C.
Matthew 2:22-23  But when he heard that Archelaus (Antipas) was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,  and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”
Matthew 4:13-16  Leaving Nazareth, he [Jesus] went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali–  to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:  “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles —  the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
HIS BIRTH WOULD TRIGGER A MASSACRE OF INFANT BOYS
Jeremiah 31:15 This is what the LORD says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.” 625 B.C.
Matthew 2:16-18  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.  Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:  “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
(An interesting side note: most people think that Herod killed thousands of babies. However, Bethlehem was “in the boondocks.” The chances are that less than thirty babies were killed. Still horrendous.)
COME OUT OF EGYPT
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
Matthew 2:14-15  So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,  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.”
MISSION WOULD INCLUDE THE GENTILES
Isaiah 49:6 He [the Lord] says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” 700 B.C.
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6  “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;  he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.”  “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, 700 B.C.
Matthew 12:14-21  But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.  Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,  warning them not to tell who he was.  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:  “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.  He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.  In his name the nations will put their hope.”
Note that in Biblical usage the Gentiles are often referred to as “the nations.”
MINISTRY WOULD INCLUDE MIRACULOUS HEALINGS
Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. 700 B.C.
Isaiah 35:5-6a  Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. [6a] Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. 700 B.C.
Luke 7:20-22  When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, `Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’ “  At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.  So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”
MINISTRY WOULD DELIVER SPIRITUAL CAPTIVES
Isaiah 61:1-2  The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 700 B.C.
Luke 4:16-21  He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.  The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him,  and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Not too shabby, considering it was His first sermon!
DESPISED AND REJECTED BY MEN
Isaiah 53:3 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. 700 B.C.
The Crucifixion narratives in all four Gospels show this prophecy fulfilled.
HATED WITHOUT CAUSE
Psalm 69:4 Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal. 1000 B.C.
Isaiah 49:7 This is what the LORD says– the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel– to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” 700 B.C.
John 7:48-49 “Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?  No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law–there is a curse on them.”
John 15:24-25  If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.  But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: `They hated me without reason.’
REJECTED BY RULERS
Psalm 118:22 The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone [cornerstone of a building];  the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. before 400 B.C.
Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:” `The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’ ?
John 7:48-49 Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?  No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law–there is a curse on them.
REJECTED BY HIS OWN BROTHERS
Psalms 69:8 I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother’s sons 1000 B.C.
(Mark 3:20-21  Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.  When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
John 7:1-5  After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.  But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near,  Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.  No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.”  For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
BETRAYED FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER
Zechariah 11:12 I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. 500 B.C.
Matthew 26:14-15  Then one of the Twelve–the one called Judas Iscariot–went to the chief priests  and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.
SILVER USED TO BUY POTTER’S FIELD
Zechariah 11:12-13  I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.  And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”–the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter. 500 B.C.
Matthew 27:3-10  When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.  “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”  So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.  The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.”  So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.  That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.  Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel,  and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”
DISCIPLES WOULD SCATTER
Zechariah 13:7 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!” declares the LORD Almighty. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.” 500 B.C.
Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’”
ENDING OF SAMPLING OF PROPHECIES CONCERNING BIRTH OF JESUS THE CHRIST GOD (See reference Web address above and here http://www.nowfaith.tv/jesus_425_prophecies.html:).
Multiple references of the prophecies announcing Jesus The Christ are available, however, “Isaiah 53 Explained” by Mitch Glaser, (a Jew) published in 2010 by Chosen People Productions seems very well written. In addition Sid Roth’s book, “They Thought for Themselves” (available at Sid Roth’s Web site http://sidroth.org/:) consists of Jews who found Jeshua as the Messiah, as did thirteen Rabbi’s in “Rabbi’s who found the Messiah” published in November 2004 by Good News for Israel. http://www.messianicjewish.net/store/products.php?pid=1332&detail=true
Odds of Prophecy Fulfilled by Jesus the Christ
Viking and Green Bay Packers
To pick the Vikings is one chance in two.
But what will the final score be? Assuming the score is between 1 and 50,
And say the Vikings will have 42 points – the odds are 1 in fifty.
To say that Green Bay would have 42 points is also 1 in fifty odds.
The formula possibilities are 2 X 50 X 50 which equals 5000 possible score totals. So there is one chance in 5000 that we can correctly predict the precise final score.
There was a periodical called “The Shattered Crystal Ball”, which was published over a 3 year period from 1976 -1979- regarding published predictions.
98% of all predictions were totally incorrect. Only 2% of predictions were fulfilled. Some predictors were terrible. Some “psychics” were wrong 100% of the time.
The prophecies about the Messiah and the Laws of Probability are as follows:
One chance in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 to the first power
One chance in 10 billion times a billion.
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