43: Deuteronomy 18:19a


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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 43

The Prophet who is like Moses will not be received by those to whom He comes.

Old Testament Prediction:

Deuteronomy 18:19a …And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 1:10-11 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

Jesus claims to be “That Prophet” Moses spoke of:

John 5:45-47 “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Application:

The Religious leaders who heard Jesus say, For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me, did not believe that He was the Prophet whom Moses wrote of. Instead of evaluating His words and works in light of what Moses said, they rejected Him altogether. Jesus’ indicted the leaders of Israel because they did not believe His words, and rejected Him, also a prophecy spoken by Moses.

The men who were with Jesus, recorded the facts of His works in great detail. They were astonished by His ability to heal the sick, open the eyes of the blind, make the disabled walk, and raise the dead—with only a few words. These were the signs described by the prophets of the Old Testament—which would confirm the arrival of the Messiah. The Pharisees witnessed for themselves these incredible acts of Jesus, yet they did not believe that He was the Prophet Moses described, nor the Messiah who was promised. This is a stunning reality of human nature. Even when faced with the reality of facts, people will choose not to accept the evidence and remain in unbelief. Facts alone do not convince people of truth. There must first be a willingness of the heart to believe—otherwise presenting proof serves only to harden the heart even further.

Today, the deceitfulness of sin and our own stubborn resistance to God’s claim upon our life, are most often what prevents us from repentance and a desire to follow Jesus. These realities were no different during the time when Jesus was physically walking the earth and seeking to persuade men and woman to accept His offer of Salvation and Eternal life. Although there are many people who have seen more than enough reasonable and credible evidence for the existence of God and the fact that Jesus Christ is the only valid candidate for the title of Savior of the World—they still choose not to believe.

Salvation is not a matter of evidence; it is a matter of the will.

The human mind

From the beginning of time, men and women have seen all that has been created and the delicate balance which exists to make life possible here on the earth. We observe an incredible and organized creation of stunning beauty, with mankind as the pinnacle of all creation—possessing a brain of incalculable capacity. A mind that houses a consciousness that remains a mystery to the present day. Jesus defined the mind as a separate and distinct entity from the soul of man.

Mark 12:30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

We often think of ourselves as a body, soul and spirit, but Jesus defines us in terms of a fourth component—the mind.

The human mind is the place of cognitive faculties that provides a means of consciousness, and permits our perception of the world, our thinking, our judgement, and the residency of our memory. These are characteristics which are unique to the human species.[1] We are self aware and have knowledge of what is good and what is evil. We are able to choose between the two and bear an inner consciousness that either affirms or convicts our choices. The conscience is an important indicator of our origin—demanding the conclusion that we were created with this ability—not that we learned to distinguish between the consequences of our moral decisions by an evolutionary process.

Our mind is similar to the mind of our Creator. It has the ability to create, order, design, engineer, control and destroy. In this manner—we were made in His image, with a mind, consciousness and spirit—which are eternal.

An impossible universe

Those who conclude that the universe simply came into existence on its own have failed to consider the implications of that conclusion. The number of conditions that must be present in order for advanced life forms to exist—are impossible apart from a transcendent intervention.

According to Peter D. Ward, Paleontologist and Donald Brownlee, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington, advanced life forms on any other planet in the universe must be extremely rare—if not impossible.

“…not only intelligent life, but even the simplest of animal life, is exceedingly rare in our galaxy and in the Universe. We are not saying that life is rare—only that animal life is. We believe that life in the form of microbes or their equivalents is very common in the universe, perhaps more common than even Drake and Sagan envisioned. However, complex life—animals and higher plants—is likely to be far more rare than is commonly assumed.”[2]

In fact, advanced life forms on earth could not have occurred by the very long process of evolution. According to Paleontologist, Dr. Peter Ward, when we examine the Fossil record of earth—we observe the emergence of man—suddenly, not over the long course of an evolutionary processes. Man appeared on the earth precisely when the environment was perfect for him to survive on this planet. This is indicative of a moment of creation—rather than a long process of evolution which clearly was not possible for an advanced life form such as man.

“New ways of more accurately dating evolutionary advances recognized in the Earth’s fossil record, coupled with new discoveries of previously unknown fossil types, have demonstrated that the emergence of animal life on this planet took place later in time, and more suddenly, than we had suspected….Although life may have formed nearly as soon as it could have, the formation of animal life was much more recent and protracted. These findings suggest that complex life is far more difficult to arrive at than evolving life itself…”[3]

The following are only a few examples of the categorical requirements necessary for human life to exist on our planet:

Earth is the right distance from our star, which provides an environment necessary for complex life and the presence of liquid water. Any closer and Earth’s oceans would boil away, any farther and our planet would be locked in a perpetual winter.

The Earth has the correct planetary mass, which retains atmospheric gases necessary for human life, with oceans that provide a hydrologic cycle that waters the planet and sustains all life. Our planet is the perfect size to sustain heat for tectonic plate movement, with a solid and molten core that produce an electromagnetic force field over the Earth—shielding the inhabitants of the planet from dangerous gamma rays produced from our star.

The correct balance of plate tectonics, also provides the proper ratio of land to water, enhancing biotic diversity.

Our Sun, is the correct age in its lifespan to provide Earth with the precise amount of ultraviolet Sunlight. If Earth was either younger or older, no life would be possible.

The large planet Jupiter is an Asteroid killer. Without the massive gravitational force of Jupiter in our Solar System, earth would be continually bombarded by planet killing rocks from space.

The ratio of ocean to land on Earth is precisely what is necessary to sustain life. If the seas of the Earth were just slightly larger or smaller—no advanced forms of life could exist.

Earth enjoys a perfect and stable planetary orbit around the Sun. This is due to the placement of Earth and its Moon—in relationship to the Sun. If the size of our Moon was changed even slightly, or the distance of our planet from the Sun was increased or decreased, no advanced life would be present on our planet.

Earth has a rare and unusually large Moon which provides the perfect axis tilt for our planet to sustain the four seasons we observe. If the Moon was slightly larger or smaller, this axis tilt would vary considerably and make the season of our planet unfit for human life.

Finally, we just happen to inhabit the precise kind of Galaxy that allows the Earth to contain heavy elements which provide a perfect orbit around the Sun. If our planet was not in its precise location of the Milky Way Galaxy, no advance life could survive on this planet.

The fact that these many requirements for life are present to allow Earth to provide a home for human life—is truly extraordinary. The likelihood that any other planet in the entire universe would have the necessary parameters for advance life forms—is highly unlikely. Although life may be present on billions of other planets, even under harsh and difficult environments—intelligent life forms can only exist when very strict and constant factors exist.

These are empirical and scientific facts of the universe which point to an intelligence as the source of all life on our planet. Without intelligence and powerful engineering—there would be no planet for human life to exist. The Bible describes this great being as God—the source and reason behind the universe and human life. God created us for Himself and it is our purpose to glorify Him with our life and enjoy Him forever. Until we discover this truth personally, we will always be unfulfilled and fail to attain the purpose for which we were created.

Science has arrived at a place today where there is deep understanding that human beings are not the product of chance. Too many important details are required to make life possible—without which—Earth would not have the capacity to sustain human life. It is a fact of human existence that our advanced form of life—also defines us as extremely sensitive to the conditions which surround us. We require tremendous balance in all our environment in order to live. Change any part of our habitat—even slightly—and we die.

The chance that this precise environment—necessary for human life—could have evolved, is impossible. There was an outside force which acted upon the engineering of the universe to ensure that every minute detail required for delicate human life, was present—before we appeared on the earth. The fingerprints of this Creative genius are observed in every corner of the Cosmos.

An inner witness

All human beings have an intense curiosity in understanding the true meaning of life and the purpose for which we exist. We are inherently aware of the wonder of our being with an inner knowledge that our true purpose here is greater than the knowledge we currently possess. The reality of death and the end of our existence are foreign concepts which our mind and soul cannot accept. The heart of man understands that he must live on past the death of his body, although the mind does not understand how this is possible. In these mysteries–science is of no help. Scientists can tell us how the universe has developed but it cannot tell us why it exists in the first place. Despite the theories of evolution and its explanation for how species change over long periods of time, no scientists has been able to tell us how life originally began. Many theories are postulated but not a single definitive answer has been given for how a planet with such a hostile environment—could have become perfect for for human existence.

What we find is that life is infinitely more complex and unlikely than any naturalistic hypothesis can demonstrate. The mind and consciousness of man is a deep mystery that cannot be answered by evolution or adaptation of species. A human brain has some 200 billion neurons and 125 trillion synapses in its cerebral cortex alone.[4] We are a highly complex species—made from common elements that originated in stars. How this material obtained consciousness and self awareness, is a mystery that science cannot answer.

The Bible provides us with the only rational and reasonable explanation for human existence and purpose. We were created—perfect by God. A moral defect called “sin”—ruined our perfect existence and turned mankind inward towards self consumption and destruction.

It is irrational and unreasonable to conclude that the universe and the planet which we live on could have happened by mere happenstance, or as a product of random mutations over billions of years. The real question is: “Why does the universe exist at all? Since we know today that the Cosmos had a beginning, we can no longer dismiss its existence as coming from nothing, with no purpose. In the words of philosopher, Bertrand Russell, “the universe is just there and that’s all.” [5]This is an incorrect statement. The universe in not just “there”; it came into being. The universe is dependent on a beginning which cannot be explained by a purely natural processes. When the universe suddenly exploded into a mass of gases which formed the stars, planets and galaxies, where did this matter come from? Scientists have stated that just prior to the expansion of matter at the beginning of the big bang, all the present matter of the universe was compressed into a tiny particle of incredible density.[6] If this is true, then where did this tiny particle come from? Since all things, other than those which are eternal, must have a first cause—what was the cause of this tiny particle in the beginning?

We cannot explain the existence of anything by simply stating that “it just is,” and leave it at that. The human mind is not satisfied with an answer which is no answer at all. This particle of infinite density did not exist prior to its explosion, neither did space itself. Both came into existence and exploded at a fixed moment—and began time itself. During the first Picoseconds of the universe—the expansion was controlled to exact a specific outcome that would allow for advanced life much later. The cause of this event was an entity that was external to the event itself—and this entity acted upon that event to cause its outcome.

Any entity which exists that is eternal, demands that it is uncaused, incorruptible and indestructible; otherwise, it would not be capable of existence.[7] Following this line of reasoning, since the universe had a beginning, it is without the essential component of eternity. For this reason, the universe must come from a transcendent source. This is to say, that someone with unlimited wisdom and power caused the universe to exist. To deny this is to fall upon the absurdity that the universe came into existence from nothing, by no cause, with no purpose, which is impossible.

These are empirical facts of the universe which point to a Creator as its source. We can prove the existence of God from science by the evidence of the universe itself. The fact that it began suddenly from nothing preexisting and was controlled to exact an outcome—demands an intelligent source.

Facts past and present

In the same regard—the religious leaders of Israel during the time that Jesus appeared in ancient history—did not pay attention to the facts which empirically proved His identity. A callous disregard for facts—past and present—is an ancient blunder of mankind which has prevented many intelligent people from discovering the Being who is the source of all things.

Evidence demands the conclusion that Jesus is the Messiah

I use this exercise in logic to point to the fact that those who examined Jesus upon His arrival in Jerusalem, denied that He was the Messiah, even though He presented them with all the correct evidence.

By the time that a person carefully studies through each one of these 365 Prophecies from the Old Testament and understands how precisely Jesus fulfilled each of these predictions in great detail, there remains no credible excuse to deny that He is the true Messiah. Though the vast majority of people who discover what Jesus has done will not proceed to receive Him as their Savior and Lord, they cannot deny Him, strictly based on the evidence.

An increase in knowledge does not always bring a person into a greater awareness of God nor His word. In fact, higher education and advanced degrees will often remove any prior belief which a person may have had in God and cause their heart to be completely hardened to His word. After four years of professors drilling into the minds of students that God is an archaic and juvenile concept—many young people abandon the faith they learned as a child. This is not due to incorrect first conclusions—but through the mental persuasion of those who do not themselves believe in God.

I have met hundreds of people who once believed in the Bible as the inerrant word of the Eternal God, who after the completion of their advanced degree, no longer believed in God at all. The religious “brain washing” that is alleged by secular institutions—is the very method they make use of to brain wash their students into a Godless world view.

The prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:18-19, describes the Messiah as rejected by the leaders of Israel, not due to a lack in evidence but a lack of will. This book is a testimony to the amazing proofs for Jesus’ identity.

The record of events which Jesus accomplished to confirm His true identity is beyond impeachment. As you go through this entire book of some 3,000 pages, you will be presented with some of the most amazing and compelling evidence which has ever been assembled in one publication. Although the evidence is overwhelming, the statistics of history demand that about half of those who are made aware of this evidence will not believe it. Of the other 50 percent who receive the evidence, only about 10 percent will go on to believe in Jesus and be saved. These statistics are based on 39 years of presenting the Gospel and its evidence to thousands of people. About 1 out of 10 who hear the message of Jesus Christ are genuinely saved.

I sincerely hope that you respond to Jesus and are able to enter into the eternal life He opens to all those who are Born again by the Spirit of God.


NOTES:
[1] 1. From dictionary.com, “mind”: “1. (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind. 2. Psychology. the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities. 3. intellect or understanding, as distinguished from the faculties of feeling and willing; intelligence.”
2. Google definition, “mind”: “The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness..”
[2] Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe, Peter D. Ward Donald Brownlee, Copernicus Books, 37 East 7th Street New York, NY 10003 http://www.copernicusbooks.com, ISBN 0-387-95289-6 (pbk.: alk. paper), Page 18.
[3] Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe, Peter D. Ward Donald Brownlee, Copernicus Books, 37 East 7th Street New York, NY 10003 http://www.copernicusbooks.com, ISBN 0-387-95289-6 (pbk.: alk. paper), Page 24
[4] Micheva, K. D., Busse, B., Weiler, N. C., O’Rourke, N., Smith, S. J (2010). “Single-Synapse Analysis of a Diverse Synapse Population: Proteomic Imaging Methods and Markers”. Neuron 68 (4): 639–653. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2010.09.024
[5] The universe is “just there, and that’s all” , Betrand Russell, page 175
[6] Stephen Hawking, George Ellis, (1973). The Large-Scale Structure of Space-Time. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-20016-4.
[7] John Hick, “God as Necessary Being,” Journal of Philosophy 57 (1960): 733-34.

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