298: Ezekiel 17:22
The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 298
The Messiah shall be from the “Highest Branches.”
Old Testament Prediction:
Ezekiel 17:22 Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will take also one of the highest branches of the high cedar and set it out. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and will plant it on a high and prominent mountain.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 22:42-45 Jesus… saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?”
Matthew 27:54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Luke 1:30-33 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
David, as the King of Israel, was the highest branch of government. Here in this 298th prophecy, Ezekiel describes the Messiah as the “topmost Branch,” the highest of David’s line. When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, His fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah—proved conclusively that He is the Son of David, a Branch even higher than the kingdom of David—the Living God.
It will be from this highest place of authority that Jesus, as the Messiah, will rule over the earth for one thousand years, beginning shortly after the end of the seven-year Tribulation.
Ezekiel’s prophecy of the Messiah—originating from the House of David is a well documented fact of the Hebrew scriptures. Ezekiel’s prophecy is unique in that he describes the Messiah’s rule as a “Theocracy,” where God rules over the affairs of men. Of greater importance is the fact that the Messiah will be more than just a descendant of King David; He will also be the First King, from eternity—the King of all kings and Lord of the universe.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
How many times—when we have a need, a doubt, a prayer request—do we realize that the one to whom we are communicating is the Lord of the Universe? We are addressing the Creator who spoke everything into existence and controls all the events of human history by the word of His power. If we would remember this truth and the fact that He loved us so much that He was willing to give His life for us, we should never be afraid of anything, ever again.
The following additional prophecies of the Old Testament further substantiate this 298th prophecy of Ezekiel 17:22. As the Messiah will rule from the highest authority in the universe, His reign will be absolute and without remonstrance. Jesus is not coming to bring a democracy to the earth; He is returning to rule with the absolute authority and righteousness of God Himself.
No successful opposition will be mounted against Jesus government of righteousness. Every knee will bow to His authority and every tongue will confess that He is worthy of the title of “Lord.”
Psalms 2:6 The Messiah shall be placed by the Lord as the King of Jerusalem, from where He will reign over the whole earth through the power of Holiness.
Psalms 2:9-12 The Messiah will rule His kingdom with absolute power and authority.
Psalms 72:1-11 The future reign of the Messiah, predicted as being a worldwide kingdom.
Psalms 72:12-16 In the future kingdom of the Messiah, He shall care for and bless all the people of the nations of the earth, as they have an abundance, and prosper.
Psalms 72:17 The prediction of an everlasting kingdom for the Messiah with all the nations calling Him “Blessed.”
Psalms 110:1 The Messiah will overcome every enemy and reign supreme over the earth.
Psalms 110:5-7 The Messiah will be a Warrior-King who will conquer all nations and leaders to rule supreme.
Psalms 132:13-18 Jerusalem shall be the dwelling place of the Messiah, from where He shall reign upon David’s throne over the whole earth forever.
Isaiah 2:2-4 The Messiah shall rule the earth from Jerusalem, judging the nations and bringing peace to the whole world.
Isaiah 9:6-7 The Messiah will come to earth to establish a kingdom with no end.
Isaiah 45:23 The Messiah shall be given all authority to judge, and every knee will bow to Him.
Daniel 2:44-45 The Messiah will establish a kingdom in the last days that will never end.
Daniel 7:13-14 The Messiah will be given a kingdom on the earth in which He will rule over all people, nations, and languages.
Daniel 7:27 The Messiah shall give rulership in His everlasting kingdom to those who have waited and watched for His return.
Micah 2:12-13 The Messiah shall gather all the nations and the remnant of Israel when He comes to earth to establish His kingdom.
Micah 4:1-8 In the “latter days,” the Messiah’s kingdom will be established on the earth above all other kingdoms, and all the nations will come to hear Him and walk in His ways. All people will dwell together in peace and safety—the implements of war turned instead to instruments of industry. Every sickness and disease will be healed, and all the outcasts of Israel will be united as one people.
Haggai 2:6-9 The Messiah, “The Desire of All Nations,” will shake heaven and earth one more time in the last days, and His glory will fill the Millennial Temple.
Haggai 2:6-9 The Messiah is called “The Desire of All Nations.”
Haggai 2:6-9 The Messiah will build the Millennial Temple and fill it with His Glory. It will be a greater Glory than all four of the previous Temples.
Amos 9:11-12 The Millennial kingdom of the Messiah predicted.
Habakkuk 2:14 When the Messiah returns to earth the second time as King, the knowledge and glory of the Lord will cover the earth.
Zechariah 2:10-13 The Messiah will come and dwell in the midst of His people during the Millennial kingdom.
Zechariah 6:12-13 The Messiah will be both a Priest and a King when He returns to build the Millennial temple and rule the nations.
 Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.