The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 282
The Messiah shall proclaim an acceptable time of grace when salvation will be available from the Lord.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 61:2 the LORD has anointed Me… To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…
New Testament Fulfillment:
John 5:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
2 Corinthians 6:2 For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
In the Old Testament, the Lord describes a period of time in which He would accept man’s repentance and turning to the Messiah’s sacrifice for his salvation. This offer of pardon has a fixed and finite time when it is valid. God has given all people the limit of their lifetime to make a decision whether they will believe and accept what God has said regarding salvation or to reject His offer. If a person should die without receiving the Messiah’s sacrifice as the payment for his sins, this person will be lost forever, with no hope of redemption.
Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
The Grace of God, though it is far-reaching, long in duration, and with great patience, it does have a limit. God will not strive with us over our sins and our great need for salvation, forever.
The time period in which God will hear a sinner’s repentance and plea for salvation is now—before any of us die—before the Lord Jesus returns to make final judgment on the world. If anyone should be obstinate and refuse the Lord’s generous offer of forgiveness, there will come a time when it will be too late, and there will be no right of appeal.
Isaiah 61:2 is the proclamation by God that the acceptable time of salvation is now. The Messiah has come, and He has finished His sacrifice. The time to repent and receive Him is today. To put off the decision, even for an hour, is to jeopardize our eternal life, as we do not know if we will still be alive even a moment from now. God holds each one of us responsible to hear and respond to His offer of salvation.
To those who have never heard of Jesus Christ, God will rely on the witness of Himself that He has placed in the heart of all people. He will hold each person accountable for the internal knowledge that we are guilty of our sins and in desperate need of salvation. This is a truth that God has placed within the heart of every person and is perceived by our conscience and the awareness of our sins. There is also a secondary proof for God’s existence, being observed by the things that He has made, so that all of us are without excuse.
Romans 1:19-21 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse...
By these two immutable truths, even those who have a very limited knowledge of the Bible, or Jesus Christ, will still be held accountable for what they do know internally in their heart as well as externally, in creation.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 … He has put eternity in their hearts…
Psalms 98:2 The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
There will be no excuses validated when a person stands before God without the covering of Jesus’ sacrifice. There is evidence in the Bible that when a sinner stands before God, he will be speechless and not have the ability to say anything. The unsaved will be aware of their guilt and the fact that there is no valid excuse for why they refused God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.
In the Book of Revelation, John is taken to heaven to see the events of the Tribulation period that will occur on the earth. As John stands before Jesus, he falls before the feet of the Lord, unable to utter a single word.
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.”
When the Angel Gabriel tells Zechariah that he is going to have a son and that he will be the forerunner of the Messiah, Zechariah does not believe the words of the angel. Because of his unbelief, he is not able to speak until after John is born.
Luke 1:20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.
The day of salvation is today. The time when the Lord is ready to hear our prayer of repentance and our turning to Jesus Christ, is now. God loves us all. He has proven this fact beyond any doubt by giving us His only Son to die in our place. His patience, though it is long and enduring, will not last forever. There is a finite period of time in which God will hear the prayer of the sinner. There is an expiration date appointed for all of us. I pray that you will make your decision for Jesus and receive Him as your Savor, before the time allotted to you has expired.