365 Prophecies: Prophecy 44
The one who rejects the words of this Prophet/Messiah will bear his own sin.
Old Testament Prediction:
Deuteronomy 18:19b “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:
Jesus claimed that—to not believe that He is the Messiah will mean eternal death.
John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
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.”
Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Jesus is making the bold assertion that only He has the right to be called the Messiah, the Savior of the world. He is claiming that He alone has the right to forgive all sins and grant eternal life to those who receive Him.
If these things are true, then how we respond to His affirmation is of eternal importance. If what Jesus says is true, then all other churches, religious leaders and religions that claim to be ways to God are lies and we should pay no attention to them.
These are bold statements and brazen claims. Yet, these declarations by Jesus are supported by a life of power unlike any other life which has been lived before. If Jesus is deranged, or worse yet, a liar or charlatan, how could He raise a person from the dead who had been in the grave for four days? (John 11:39) How could He allow evil men to falsely charge Him with crimes He did not commit and condemn Him to death without uttering a single word in His own defense? (Matthew 27:14) Why would He be willing to die for a group of people who have done horrible and unspeakable and sinful acts over the course of human history on the earth? (John 3:16) How could Jesus proclaim to us that “all of our sins are forgiven” and then state that because He is God, He has the power to set us free from all of our sins, if He were not who He claimed to be? (Matthew 9:6) How could Jesus raise Himself from the dead three days after He was brutally crucified if He was not the eternal God who has power over life and death? (John 10:18)
Jesus lived His life consistent with everything that He claimed about Himself. His goal was to lay down His life in one complete and perfect sacrifice for us so that we would have the opportunity to be justly forgiven and live with Him and behold His glory forever and ever. It is this knowledge that He has left with us so that we can decide whether we believe what He said or not.
Salvation is based in part, on knowledge:
The criteria that God will use to judge each one of us is our knowledge of what Jesus has said concerning sin, salvation, and eternal life.
If you have read the Bible, been to a church, or spoken to a friend who has told you that Jesus Christ is the one to whom God has chosen to reconcile the world to Himself and forgive sins, then you are responsible for what you do with that knowledge. If you chose to reject what Jesus has said, ignore His words, or pretend that you didn’t know what you were supposed to do, then you will stand before Him, with no excuse, on the day He judges your life.
Matthew 12:36-37 “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
Romans 5:15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense (Adam) many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Those who have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ are not held accountable for their lack of knowledge of the written Gospel. Their judgment is based on a seldom known and often misunderstood criteria—the internal knowledge that God has hardwired into the heart of every human being. God has created us with a knowledge of Himself so that we are without excuse.
Romans 1:20-21 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, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Those who have never heard the Gospel will be judged based on what they did with the internal knowledge that God has created inside their heart; the conscience that tells us that God exists and that we are all accountable to Him.
God has placed Eternity in our heart
The reason that God will not accept the excuse that we didn’t know that He exists, or what He requires, is that He created us with a knowledge that there is a God and that we are sinners in need of a Savior.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 …He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
Those who have never heard
Certain isolated tribes of people who have been found in remote corners of the world, where no outsider has ever intruded, have spoken of their knowledge that God exists and that they knew they needed a Savior. When Missionaries had finally arrived to deliver the message of Jesus Christ, the missionaries were told by these remote people that they were already aware that God exists and that they were in need of His salvation; they simply did not know His name.
These people who have been cut off from the rest of civilization for centuries and have never seen a Bible, or spoken to anyone about Jesus Christ, already knew about Him and what He requires. They knew these things because God had placed a knowledge of Himself in their hearts when He created them. These people are a law unto themselves, much like the Centurion who declared to Jesus, principles of faith that even the Jews did not have in their hearts (Matthew 8:10).
It is only in societies where there are so many attractions and distractions, that people deny they know God exists and that they are in need of the forgiveness of their sins. Nevertheless, God declares that all of us are without excuse before Him (Romans 1:20).
Those without the capacity to understand
To those who are born mentally incapacitated or who die as children, they are covered by the Grace of God through the sacrifice that Jesus has made for their sins. The mentally retarded have no knowledge of their sin, nor God’s requirement for those sins to be atoned for. Therefore, God, in His mercy, will grant them the forgiveness of their sins, in Jesus Christ, and admission into heaven.
For the rest…
There is an opportunity to hear the words of God’s Messiah today and be saved. Very soon this allotted time of grace will expire and then it will be too late. As with all great offers, they have an expiration date. The Expiration date for the forgiveness of sins and the availability of eternal life will soon come to an end. If we should die in these bodies without receiving Jesus Christ as the atonement for our sins, there will be no second chance. There is no hope of eternal life after death has occurred. God has given us the limited time of one life here on the earth to decide. The consequences of our action or inaction are determined by the decision that we make regarding Jesus, while we are alive. That decision is sealed and eternal at the moment of death.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
There will be no reincarnation (we will die only once), soul sleep, or second chance after death. This is the day, now is the time, that God will hear us. The reward for receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is eternal life. The punishment and consequences of rejecting Jesus Christ is eternal death. Both the reward and the punishment are equal; both last forever. It is fair and just for God to make the consequences of our actions equivalent to each other, by eternal duration.
God’s Messiah has come to earth and He has made His life the One sacrifice for all of our sins. God has accepted the death that Jesus has died upon the cross, as payment in full for the sins of all people, for all time. However, this forgiveness is not credited to our account until we willingly respond to God’s offer and then continue to live the rest of our lives for Jesus.
Romans 10:8-11 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
This prophecy of Deuteronomy 19:18-19, reveals that when Moses spoke to the people and they ignored him or refused to believe what he said, they died. In the same way, when anyone today refuses to hear the One whom Moses spoke of—Jesus, that Prophet, and they refuse to hear Him, they will also die eternally.
Deuteronomy 18:18-19 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.
Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”
These are the words of this 44th Old Testament Prophecy of the Messiah. Whoever will not hear and obey the words of God’s Messiah, God will require the life of that individual—Eternal death. Whoever hears the words of the Messiah Jesus Christ, repents of his sins and follows Jesus for the rest of his life, will be saved.