365 Prophecies: Prophecy 60
The Messiah will be called The Anointed One. In Hebrew, He will be called the Meshichiah (Messiah) or in Greek, The Christ.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 2:2b “The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed…”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Luke 4:18-21 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me …“Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
The Book of Isaiah Chapter 61 details the works of the coming Messiah or Anointed One.
Isaiah 61:1-2 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God…”
See Prophecies 279-282 for a complete study on the amazing details of Isaiah 61:1-2.
In the New Testament, Luke records that Jesus entered the temple at Nazareth on the Sabbath and was handed the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah. As Jesus begins to read from Isaiah Chapter 61, He does something remarkable:
Luke 4:18-21 “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.” (Jesus stops here) 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.”
Jesus stopped mid-sentence at: To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord…
The entire verse from Isaiah 61 reads as follows:
“To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God…”
Jesus purposely omitted the text which describes the day of vengeance of our God…
Why? Because at Jesus’ first arrival on earth, His objective was to fulfill the Suffering Servant of Isaiah chapter 53. It will not be until Jesus returns the second time, at the end of the seven-year tribulation period, that He will come as a conquering King who will forcefully rule over the earth for one thousand years. Jesus comes first to earth the first time as a Lamb and the second as a Lion.
As Jesus finished reading this text from Isaiah, He closed the book and said to those who were listening to Him in the synagogue: “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing…”
Those who heard Jesus make this statement were both shocked and amazed. This verse from Isaiah Chapter 61 could only be fulfilled by the coming of the Messiah. By making the declaration to those in attendance that “today this scripture is fulfilled,” Jesus was claiming to be the promised Messiah who was anointed by God to bring both the acceptable year of the Lord (Salvation) and day of vengeance of our God (Judgement).
Jesus clearly claimed to be The Anointed, the Meshichiah (Messiah), spoken of throughout the Old Testament scriptures.