362: Malachi 3:1c
The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 362
The Messiah will bring the message of a new covenant between God and man.
Old Testament Prediction:
Malachi 3:1c “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Hebrews 10:10-12 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God…
What is the basis for God to allow us admission into heaven when we die?
This is one of the most important questions of a person’s life. Just as there are thousands of religions, with millions of churches who claim to have the answer to this question, how can we know who is correct?
I am often asked why I believe the study and knowledge of Bible prophecy is so important.
The issues that I have discovered that are most significant:
How can we test the reliability of claims that are made about eternal matters? How can we know for certain what is acceptable to God? How do we know that what is taught in churches and synagogues is the truth?
If we understand that truth is absolute and always very narrow by definition, then we understand that the truth about what God requires will also be very narrow. The Bible declares that there is One God, One Church, and just one way to heaven. Jesus claimed that He is that way.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Jesus proved this claim by raising Himself from the dead after He was brutally put to death, fulfilling all 365 of the Old Testament prophecies listed in this book. For any person to accurately claim that they are the promised Messiah, they would have to demonstrate that they had fulfilled each one of these prophecies—flawlessly.
One of the well established prophetic requirements of the Messiah that is described in various places of the Old Testament, is His resurrection from the dead, after He is crucified.
There are 56 Old Testament prophecies listed in this book that specifically state that the Messiah will die for the sins of the world. See the chapter: The Death of the Messiah.
There are 11 Old Testament prophecies listed in this book that specifically state that the Messiah will be raised from the dead. See the chapter: The Resurrection of Jesus.
The prophecies that describe the Messiah’s death and resurrection are fulfilled by Jesus Christ, as attested to by the prophecies detailed in this book.
It is by predictive and fulfilled prophecy that we know that the Bible is the only reliable set of documents that prove that they are the word of God. Sixty-six books written by forty authors, over a period of more than one thousand five hundred years, yet containing one unified message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”
No other publication in the history of mankind has the record of predictive and fulfilled prophecy that is contained within the Bible. One hundred percent of every prediction that God has made—in the Bible, has been fulfilled with perfect precision by the Life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was the intent of God that by fulfilled prophecy, we would understand that the words of the Bible are from God, not from man.
Deuteronomy 18:21-22 And if you say in your heart, “How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?”—22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
Romans 4:17 God, who… calls those things which do not exist as though they did…
The test for whether a word spoken by someone who claims to be a prophet of God, is a true prophet, is whether the words that they speak come to pass exactly as they said. Only someone with knowledge of every event that would take place in the history of the world could accurately predict future events with one hundred percent accuracy.
Not one prophecy of the Bible has ever failed to be fulfilled—exactly as God has spoken. Only a transcendent being with infinite knowledge, who lives outside of time, could tell us what will happen hundreds or thousands of years before the events they describe, take place.
It is for this reason that we should trust only the words of the Bible and not the words of men—who do not speak for God. The Bible claims that “Holy men of God” spoke, as the Spirit of God gave them understanding. The test for whether or not God spoke the things that are written is whether these things actually came to pass over the process of time.
The following verse written by Peter, is the theme of this book.
2 Peter 1:19-21 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
True prophecy that originates from God will always be confirmed by the events of history. No prophecy that is contained within the Bible has its origin in the mind or heart of a man. The words of these prophecies came from the eternal mind and unlimited knowledge of the Living God. He spoke to the hearts and minds of men who had set themselves apart for God so that He could speak through them. They recorded the words of God in the Bible for us so that we would be able to test whether these words are the words of God. If any prophecy of the Bible had ever failed, we would not need to listen to the words of the Bible—for they would not be the words of God.
Those prognosticators today, who make predictions of future events, have only about a fifty percent success rate. According to the Bible, anyone who claims to make predictions that God has allegedly spoken, are tested, for their validity, by whether their predictions actually took place later. If any prediction spoken does not occur precisely as that prophet has spoken, he is defined as a “false prophet”; and no one should listen to them.
“… when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously…” —Deuteronomy 18:22
The Bible has been proven over and over again that it is the only trustworthy representation of the words of God. This is due to its record of perfect accuracy in the area of prophecy.
The new covenant that Jesus brought to us, in which this 362nd prophecy describes, is that God will accept us if we come to Him through the one perfect sacrifice that Jesus has made for our sins. The way in which we know for certain that Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecies that predict who the Savior will be—is by His resurrection from the dead—which fulfilled the requirements set forth by the Hebrew scriptures.
The Old Testament requires that in order for sins to be forgiven by God, those sins must be “atoned” for. This is to say—a penalty must be exacted against those sins. The penalty required by the Bible is—death.
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.
The blood of an animal that was shed for the sins of those persons who brought their sacrifice to the priest, did so by faith. They believed what God said: if they came with a perfect sacrifice, God would receive them and forgive their transgressions. These sacrifices were brought continuously, until Jesus came and made His one perfect sacrifice that was costly enough to pay for the sins of the entire world.
In doing this and by fulfilling all of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah, Jesus has proven that only He is qualified to be the Savior of the world.
The following prophecies describe the Messiah and the sacrifice that He will make—which will cleanse the whole world of sins—if each individual person will receive this sacrifice personally.
Prophecy 44: The Messiah is the only way to heaven—why and how He does it.
Prophecy 45: The fourteen prophecies Jesus made that prove that He is “that prophet” whom Moses spoke of.
Prophecy 61: The Messiah will be the Savior, Judge, and King of the earth.
Prophecy 98: The real reason that the world rejects the Messiah—because people love their sin more than God.
Prophecy 145: The Messiah is the only one who has the power to bring us to God.
Prophecy 204: God is both loving and just in punishing sin and making salvation possible.
Prophecy 276: The Messiah is uniquely qualified to be the Savior of the world because His life is perfect, and He is God.
See the following articles for more information:
Why God Chose Only One Way to Heaven
How Could The Death of One Man Pay For the Sins of the World?
Who God Has Chosen For Salvation: Everyone
After Death, There is No Second Chance of Salvation
Religious Frauds and Pretenders