287: Isaiah 65:1
The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 287
The Messiah will offer salvation to the Gentile nations upon Israel’s rejection of her Messiah.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 65:1 “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Romans 11:11 I say then, have they (The Jews) stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.
Romans 11:25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
The great Grace of the Lord is seen in this 287th prophecy of Isaiah. The Old Testament scriptures are filled with God’s promise to send the Messiah to Israel for her salvation and deliverance. God, knowing all things, saw in advance that the Jews would not recognize nor receive the Messiah when He arrived. Therefore, the Lord also planned, from the beginning, to offer salvation to the whole world after He first gave Israel an opportunity. The Bible describes the world in terms of two groups of people: Jews and Gentiles. It was through the Jews that God followed a specific line of descendants that would bring about the birth of a Savior. God chose this line because of Abraham’s faith in the Lord’s ability to do what He had said, despite impossible circumstances.
The way in which the Lord displays to the world that His word is reliable and that He is the source of its revelation, is by predictive and fulfilled prophecy. As we have thus far examined 286 of these Old Testament predictions, we already have great confidence that what the Lord has spoken, He has also fulfilled.
Jesus arrived at the precise time that all the scriptures predicted the Messiah would come. He said and did everything that the Messiah was expected to speak and accomplish. Though He was clearly the fulfillment of all that Israel should have expected, they did not recognize Him nor receive Him.
The Lord spoke in advance of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah that when this occurred, the Lord would call out a new group of people from the earth called—The Church. Birthed by the Spirit of God, based upon the fulfillment of hundreds of Old Testament scripture, testified to by the witness of those who saw and heard the things that Jesus had done; this new living organism of people would be the method by which the Lord would make the Messiah known to the world.
The Bible describes a period of time called, The Times of the Gentiles. An interval of history in which the newly identified Messiah called Jesus of Nazareth, would empower all those who believe in Him to be His messengers.
Matthew 16:15 15 And then Jesus told them, Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (RCR)
It is apparent that when the total number of those who will believe in Jesus as their Savior is complete, the Lord will close the door on the Times of the Gentiles. When this number is complete, the Rapture will occur, and the seven-year Tribulation will begin. Once the church has been removed from the earth at the Rapture, the Lord will turn His attention back to Israel once again, and save a remnant who remain on the earth during the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7).
For further information on this subject, please see the chapter: The Rapture of the Church.
When Jesus came in fulfillment of all 365 of these Old Testament prophecies, He was rejected not only by the religious leadership of Israel but also by the common, everyday ordinary people, who lived during that time.
Rejected by the Chief Priests:
John 19:15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”
Rejected by the people:
Matthew 27:22-25 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”
Because this great salvation was first offered to the Jews and then rejected, Jesus pronounced that their house will be left to them desolate.
See Prophecy 102 for detailed information on the desolation that Israel experienced, just 38 years after Jesus made this prophetic declaration to Israel. This prophecy was fulfilled by the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, under the Romans in 70 A.D.
For more information on how God offered salvation to Israel before the Gentiles and their resulting desolation—a prophecy fulfilled in 70 A.D., see the following Prophecies: