315: Hosea 11:1
365 Prophecies: Prophecy 315
The Messiah shall be called out of Egypt.
Old Testament Prediction:
Hosea 11:1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 2:12-15 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
Is the Lord actively involved in every detail of our lives? Does He control each event and place us in the precise locations that we need to be, in order to accomplish His will? This appears to be the specific purpose for this 315th prophecy—to demonstrate the Lord’s great power over all the affairs of human beings.
Matthew apparently understood that when the angel told Joseph and Mary to take Jesus to Egypt, it was for the express purpose of fulfilling prophecy.
The king of Israel was an extremely paranoid individual. He was certain that someone would seek to take his kingdom from him. When the Magi from the East crossed his boarders following the star that they believed foretold the birth of the king of Israel, Herod became immediately suspicious. The prophet Micah spoke of the birth of the king of Israel, who would be the ruler of Israel. It was in response to Micah’s prophecy, that Herod’s fears became insurmountable.
Prophecies 321, 322, 323
Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
Herod inquired from the Magi where the new king would be born in confirmation of Micah’s prophecy. When he learned that the child was born in Bethlehem, Herod dispatched soldiers to kill every child under the age of two. In doing so, he fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 31:15 Thus says the LORD: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.”
Jeremiah predicted that when the Messiah is be born in Bethlehem, an attempt will be made on His life while He is still young and defenseless. The prophecy speaks of “lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children…”
Jeremiah’s prophecy vividly records not only the vicious acts of Herod’s soldiers, but the very words of sorrow and great grief the mothers of these precious babies felt when their infants were killed before their eyes.
It was in response to this threat by Herod—in fulfillment of Jeremiah and Micah’s prophecies, that the angel warned Joseph to take Jesus and flee to Egypt, also fulfilling this 315th prophecy from Hosea 11:1.
Matthew 2:13 “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
By these events, the Lord records His great power over every king, government, and tiny details of our lives. Nothing happens during the course of human history apart from the sovereign will of God. He permits individuals to make their own decisions and bear the consequences of those actions, while He equally controls the events of history to fulfill every word that He has spoken.
These events of prophecy are recorded for our learning—that we might understand that God has told us these things to validate His word. He has written of all the details that will concern the life of His Son to whom He will send to earth to complete our salvation. It is by our awareness of these many prophecies that we can comprehend His plan for our lives.
There is no other document of antiquity that has so accurately predicted all of the major events of mankind to a greater dimension, than the Bible. Many people have tried to predict future events. At their best, they have achieved no more than a fifty percent success rate. The Bible, on the other hand, has a one hundred percent record of precision and accuracy in all of the predictions that it has made.
Joshua 23:14 … And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.
Isaiah 41:4 Who has performed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? “I, the LORD, am the first; And with the last I am He.”
This book details 365 of these prophecies and demonstrates how they have been fulfilled by God precisely as He described them to us in the Bible. The Lord does not predict the future; He simply reports to us what He has seen. The Lord has been present in advance of every event of history that has taken place. The reason that a knowledge of these prophecies found in the Bible are so crucial to our understanding of God—they confirm that only He has the ability to tell us what is going to happen in the future as a validation of His claim to be God—the only sovereign King of the universe.
A second and similar prophecy to this 315th prediction is found in Prophecy 38.