123: Psalms 72:17a
365 Prophecies: Prophecy 123
The Messiah shall have sons, who will come after Him. Literally, those who believe in Him—that will be His descendants. Because of this, His name shall continue forever.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 72:17a “His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
John 1:12-13 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
John 17:18-20 (Jesus Speaking ) “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…”
John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
Ephesians 1:4 “…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…”
1 Peter 1:20 “He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you…”
In the Jewish Targum, seven things are described as created before the foundation of the world. One of these designates the Messiah, existing forever, as: the Son of God. They call Him by the name, “Yinnon.”
A common phrase used by Jewish scholars is: Before the sun was, His name was Yinnon. This is clearly a reference to this 124th Prophecy found in Psalms 72:17. His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun.
By the name Yinnon, scholars mean that the Messiah—the Christ—existed before the sun.
Yinnon can also mean that He shall be called “The Son,” forever; through the sons who will believe in Him for their salvation.
The idea here is: the Messiah will have a continuing posterity forever; through those who believe in Him as their Savior.
Even in the Old Testament, the Messiah had sons (believers) who looked forward to His appearance. By their faith and trust in His future arrival as the Savior of the world, they wrote of His coming at Jerusalem in these many prophecies, and thereby made His name continue forever.
In the New Testament fulfillment of this prophecy from Psalms 72:17, Jesus is described as the one to whom this prophecy was written. Jesus is Yinnon. His origination as the Son of God did not occur at Bethlehem. The Apostle John writes that Jesus has no beginning; He has always existed as God:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
At the Jordan river where Jesus was baptized by John, immediately thereafter, a voice came from heaven: Matthew 3:17 This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Jesus did not begin at Bethlehem, and He did not end at the cross. When the Rapture occurs and He returns to take His church back to heaven, He will continue to be the Son of God, Yinnon, forever.
A significant change occurred for the Son of God at Bethlehem. Being God, the Son, in Spirit—for eternity, He took the body of a human being, and then continued to live as God, the Son—in the body of a man, forever.
The implication of this fact is staggering
Today, sitting on the throne of God in heaven, is a man. It is apparent that the plan of God was not simply to prepare a body for the Messiah to offer it for the sins of the world, but to prepare a body for Him to dwell in forever. There are no scriptures that declare, at some point, that Jesus will put off His human body and return to Spirit only. The entirety of scripture describe Jesus as our High Priest forever.
Hebrews 6:20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 7:24-25 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Ephesians 3:21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
From eternity, the only begotten Son of the Father—was God. He did not cease to be God when He took the body of a human being. The purpose of God in putting on human flesh was to become one of us, so that He could offer His Life as a sacrifice for all of us.
Jesus died for human beings. He did not die for the angels or any other created being. Long after the redemption of man is complete, for all those who want to be saved, Jesus will continue to be the Son of God, and the Savior of all those who have believed upon Him for their salvation.