227: Isaiah 52:7


COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 227

The Messiah shall come as a messenger from God with the Good news that man’s captivity to sin has come to an end, bringing salvation to all who desire it.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!

New Testament Fulfillment:

Romans 10:13-15 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!

Luke 4:14-21 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.

Application:

In Romans Chapter 10:13-15, Paul quotes from Isaiah 52:7, in this 227th Old Testament Prophecy of the Messiah:

How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news…

The Gospel or good news of salvation shall come from the feet of the Messiah who will declare that the time of God’s favor is upon all people.

There is nothing that is more pleasant than receiving good news from a friend. Whether you have had a good day to that point or not, once a smiling face makes its approach, you know for sure that your day is going to be much better because your friend has brought you good news.

Imagine the excitement of God as the day arrives that He has been planning—before time began. A messenger was coming to earth to bring the best news that man has ever heard: Your captivity to sin is over.

All of these 365 Old Testament prophecies declare the same event: A Savior will come who will take away all of the sins of the world and place them upon Himself—to pay the cost required to satisfy the justice of God, and allow us to go free.

When Jesus arrived at Jerusalem to declare that God had fulfilled His promise of the Messiah, Israel was at a low point in their history. The Jews had lost their right to self-rule, under the Roman occupation. The hope and enthusiasm of the people in Israel towards God was in decline. The religious leaders were more interested in maintaining their positions of authority than watching for the predicted arrival of the Messiah. In fact, the Scribes and Pharisees probably hoped that He would not arrive at all, for they feared that His coming would mean the loss of their coveted positions and great wealth. The truth of the matter is, when Jesus was announced as the Messiah, He was viewed as a threat to the security and way of life of the Jewish Sanhedrin. The faster they could eliminate this threat, the happier they were going to be (or so they thought).

Had it not been for God choosing twelve unlikely men to be witnesses of Jesus’ life to the world, the Jews might have succeeded in suppressing Jesus’ message. It has always been the plan of God to allow evil men to place their hands on Jesus and put Him to death.[1] Though they viewed His death as a victory, the reality was—Jesus crucifixion validated His claim to be the Messiah. Three days later, in fulfillment of the scriptures, Jesus rose from the dead and affirmed His declaration that He is the eternal God who created the heavens and the earth and the only Savior of the world (See Prophecy 319).

Today Jesus stands alone and without equal before any other person of history. Those who had their sight, hearing, limbs and lives restored, are an eternal testimony to the truth that Jesus is unlike any other. This good news was predicted by Isaiah’s prophetic word in this 227th Old Testament Prophecy and fulfilled perfectly by Jesus, in the New Testament.

Romans 10:13-15 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”


NOTES:
[1] Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;

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