102: Psalms 40:9


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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 102

The Messiah will first offer salvation to the nation of Israel.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 40:9 “I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 1:29-31 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel…”

Luke 24:47 “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Matthew 10:6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Matthew 15:24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Application:

It has been the eternal plan of God to offer salvation to all people of the earth. From Abraham, the Lord promised that He would bless all of the families of the earth by a future Seed who would be the Messiah.

Genesis 12:2-3 “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Genesis 22:18 “In your seed (the Messiah) all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

It was at Jerusalem where Jesus first arrived, in fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy of seventy weeks (Prophecy 308), that salvation was first offered to the nation of Israel. When the Jews rejected their Messiah, God was free to expand His offer to the whole world. Today, no matter who you are or what you have done, any person can experience the forgiveness of sin and receive assurance of eternal life.

This is the “Good News” that Prophecy 102 declares.

When Jesus arrived in fulfillment of these many Old Testament prophecies, He came first to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 10:6). Jesus preached the Gospel of God’s kingdom to the Jews, and He was rejected. His rejection originated, not only from the religious leadership of Israel, but the general population as a whole. Only a remnant believed in Him and obtained eternal life, in fulfillment of the scriptures (Prophecy 115).

John 19:15 But the crowd cried out, “Away with Jesus, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!

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 rejected, Jesus pronounced upon the entire nation of Israel: Your house will be left to you desolate.

Matthew 23:37-39 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

Just 38 years after Jesus spoke these prophetic words, Titus sacked the city of Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple.

The following are three of the fourteen predictions Jesus made regarding God’s offer of salvation, first to the Jews, and their subsequent rejection of that offer.

Prediction 12: Jesus predicts the encirclement of Jerusalem, and the destruction of the Temple. These events would happen within one generation (40 years) of those who heard this prophecy.

Luke 19:43-44 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.

Matthew 24:34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

The context of Jesus’ revelation to the disciples in Luke 19:29-21:24, is spoken directly after Palm Sunday, 32 A.D. Jesus is describing the judgment that will come upon Israel for her rejection of Him as the Messiah. The fulfillment of this prophecy occurred within one 40-year generation, in 70 A.D., as Titus brought his army against Jerusalem, sacked the city and destroyed the Temple, burning it to the ground. Literally, not one stone was left upon another, just as Jesus had predicted.

Matthew Chapter 24 is essentially the same account that Luke records, as Jesus is at the Temple with the disciples when He tells them that not one stone shall be left upon another. When Titus destroyed the Temple at Jerusalem the soldiers pried up each stone of the structure and rolled them down into the valley below, just as Jesus had predicted.

Matthew 24:1-2 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Prediction 13: Jesus predicts that during the taking of Jerusalem, the Jews will be scattered over the face of the earth.

Luke 21:24 And they (those in Jerusalem and Judea, vs 20-21) will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Jewish historian Josephus describes the destruction of Jerusalem, the murder of 1.1 million Jews and 97,000 others taken as captives of war. Thousands more were sold as slaves, with many others dispersed all over the world. This entire event was recorded in his “Book of Wars,” Book 5, Chapter 22, Sections 1-3.[1]

Jesus warned His disciples ahead of time to flee Jerusalem before the siege began. He told them to watch for this sign:

“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled… There will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:20-24).

The Jews who had believed in Jesus as their Messiah evacuated Jerusalem after its first siege in 66 A.D., ahead of the final Roman siege of 70 A.D. Just as Jesus had predicted, there was a massive slaughter of those who remained in Jerusalem and did not believe the words that He had warned them by. [2]

The Roman army general Titus, who later became the Emperor, came with his second in command, Tiberius Julius Alexander. Titus brought his army to the western side of Jerusalem: three legions of soldier from 5th Macedonica, 12th Fulminata, and 15th Apollinaris. On the east side of Jerusalem, Titus brought 10th Fretenis, near the Mount of Olives.[3]

The strategy was simple: cut off the food and water supplies to Jerusalem and starve the people into submission.

Many people died of starvation during this siege of Titus, as the food supplies of the Jews inside the city of Jerusalem were depleted. Some people resorted to eating the flesh of their dead in order to survive. This was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah 11:9, “Let those that are left eat each other’s flesh.”

During Passover, Titus allowed the pilgrims to enter Jerusalem in order to celebrate Passover, but later refused to allow the worshippers to depart. A few attacks by the Jews on the Roman soldiers killed some of Titus’ men. In an insightful move by Titus, he dispatched his men to bring the Jewish historian, Josephus into the city to reason with the Jews that they should surrender peacefully. Instead, the Jews put an arrow into Josephus, viewing him as a traitor for seeking the surrender of Jerusalem to the Romans.[4]

In one of the attacks by the Jews, Titus was nearly killed.

About the middle of May, 70 A.D., Titus ordered the construction of a siege wall all around the city of Jerusalem and destroyed the newly built third wall of Jerusalem with a battering ram. The Antonia Fortress of Herod was taken just north of the Temple Mount. As fighting ensued inside Jerusalem, the Jews were forced into the Temple, as a second attempt at negotiating a cease fire failed.[5]

One of the Roman soldiers threw a burning spear into the wall of the Temple, setting it on fire. Titus did not plan to destroy the temple, but we should remember that Jesus had predicted that not one stone would be left upon another, when He pronounced judgement on the Jews for their rejection of Him as the Messiah. Titus had planned to take the Jewish Temple and turn it into a Roman place of worship, dedicated to the emperor. The fire spread throughout the Temple building and quickly destroyed the entire structure.[6]

As the fire accelerated into an intense heat, the Jews trapped inside the Holy Place were burned alive. The gold that lined the entire inner structure of the Holy Place melted and ran into the cracks of the foundation stones. In their greed, the Roman soldiers, seeing the melted gold—now cooled and laying between the stones of the temple, pried up one stone after another until the Temple was obliterated. In this way the literal words of Jesus, not one stone shall be left upon another, was fulfilled.

According to 2 Chronicles, 3:8, the gold that lined the entire inner structure of the Holy of Holies was about 23 tons. At $1,500.00 per ounce, this would place the value of the gold inside the Holy place at 1 Billion, 104 million dollars.[7]

The first and second Temples were destroyed on the same day

On Tisha B’Av, (August 9th) of 70 A.D., the second temple was destroyed. By September 7th, of 70 A.D., Jerusalem was completely under control of the Romans. Amazingly, the first temple was also destroyed by the Babylonians on the same date, August 9th of 586 B.C.[8]

Although this prophecy was fulfilled in 70 A.D. by the Roman siege on Jerusalem and the burning of the temple, there appears to also be a later fulfillment of this same prophecy. During the midway point of the seven-year Tribulation, the antichrist will come against Jerusalem to destroy the Jews, and they will also flee the city for what many believe to be—Petra.

Prediction 14: Jesus states that from the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, the land of Israel will be ruled and overrun by the Gentiles.

And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).

Jesus warned the citizens of Israel that their denial of Him as their Messiah would leave their land desolate. Titus’ siege upon Jerusalem did in fact leave the city in ruins and allowed for the further fulfillment of Luke 21:24: Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” This happened just as Jesus predicted: “Because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Since 70 A.D., Jerusalem has been under Gentile domination for almost 2,000 years. Not until 1967 have the Jews had rulership over Jerusalem. Complete rulership over the city will not take place until the Rapture of the church occurs, which will begin the seven-year Tribulation and end the times of the Gentiles. Jesus’ prediction that Jerusalem would be trampled by the Gentiles, was literally fulfilled, just as He said.

The facts of history do not lie. Every event that Jesus described in detail came to pass precisely as He said they would. The fourteen prophecies Jesus described and their fulfillment leave us with sufficient evidence to conclude that Jesus is: a Prophet like me, whom Moses spoke of.

Acts 3:22-26 For Moses truly said to the fathers, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.

For more information on Israel being offered salvation first, their rejection of the Messiah, and the verses above in which Jesus references their desolation and the fulfillment of these words in 70 A.D., see the following Prophecies:

Prophecy 18
Prophecy 19
Prophecy 341
Prophecy 346
Prophecy 347
Prophecy 353


NOTES:
[1] 1. Flavius Josephus. The Wars of the Jews or History of the Destruction of Jerusalem. Containing The Interval Of About Three Years. From The Taking Of Jerusalem By Titus To The Sedition At Cyrene. Book V Chapter 22, sections 1-3.
2. Flavius Josephus. The Wars of the Jews or History of the Destruction of Jerusalem. BOOK VI. Containing The Interval Of About One Month. From The Great Extremity To Which The Jews Were Reduced To The Taking Of Jerusalem By Titus.. Book VI. Chapter 1.1.
[2] Levick, Barbara (1999). Vespasian. London: Routledge, pp. 116–119. ISBN 0-415-16618-7
[3] Ibid.
[4] Flavius Josephus. The Wars of the Jews or History of the Destruction of Jerusalem. BOOK VI. Containing The Interval Of About One Month. From The Great Extremity To Which The Jews Were Reduced To The Taking Of Jerusalem By Titus.. Book VI. Chapter 1.1.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Ibid.
[7] According to the New Living Translation by Thomas Nelson, Open Bible Commentary, Page 580.
[8] Flavius Josephus. The Wars of the Jews or History of the Destruction of Jerusalem. BOOK VI. Containing The Interval Of About One Month. From The Great Extremity To Which The Jews Were Reduced To The Taking Of Jerusalem By Titus.. Book VI. Chapter 1.1.

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