331: Zechariah 3:8


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 331

The Messiah will be known as The Branch and My Servant.

Old Testament Prediction:

Zechariah 3:8 Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, You and your companions who sit before you, For they are a wondrous sign; For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, (The BRANCH).

John 17:4 (Father) I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.

Philippians 2:5-8 Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Application:

Additional references that speak of the Messiah as “The Branch” are found in:

Prophecy 159: The Messiah, the “Branch,” shall be seen by Israel as beautiful and glorious on the day that her eyes are opened, and she receives Him as her Savior.
Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have escaped.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Romans 11:25-27 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”

Matthew 24:15-27 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Revelation 12:13-16 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

This 159th Prophecy speaks of the Branch as being instrumental in the deliverance of the nation of Israel from the threats of obliteration by the antichrist during the seven-year Tribulation.

The tribulation is a period of time spoken of by the Old Testament in which God will bring Israel to salvation. During these seven years, Israel will believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and be saved.

In Matthew Chapter 25, Jesus takes detailed steps to inform Israel of what will happen when the beast seizes power over the world. At the beginning of the seven years, there will be a peace plan signed by Israel and the surrounding nations. Midway into these seven years, the antichrist (the beast) will break the peace and cause the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel Chapter 9 and Matthew Chapter 24.

An idol of the beast will be placed in the Holy of Holies at the newly rebuilt temple in Jerusalem. This idol will come to life and command the world to give its worship to the beast.

Revelation 13:14-17 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Jesus warns Israel, in Matthew 25, that when they hear this command to worship the beast, they should flee Israel as quickly as possible. Their journey out of Israel will most likely be to the rock city of Petra in Jordan, where the Lord promises to protect the fleeing inhabitants of Israel for the final three and one half years of the Great Tribulation. See Prophecy 159.

Revelation 12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

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During the time of Israel’s flight from Jerusalem, the beast will dispatch his armies to destroy the fleeing Jews. God will supernaturally open a fissure in the earth to swallow the armies of the beast. This miraculous event by supernatural power from God will open the eyes of the Jews and cause them to finally receive Jesus as their Messiah.

Matthew 24: But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

The woman: Israel (Revelation 12:1)
Two wings of a great eagle: Carried by the Lord (Deuteronomy 32:11)
The Wilderness: Petra (Isaiah 16:4)
A time and times and a half time: 3 ½ years (Daniel 7:25)
The serpent: satan, the beast, the antichrist (Revelation 12:9)
The Flood: A great army: “when the enemy comes in like a flood” (Isaiah 59:19).
The Earth opened its mouth: A fissure in the earth (Numbers 16:32)

At the moment of Israel’s realization that Jesus is their long-awaited Messiah, they will see Him as beautiful and glorious, as Isaiah predicted in chapter 4:2. This will be the fulfillment of this 331st prophecy.

Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have escaped.

Prophecy 180: The Messiah shall come as a “Branch” out of David’s lineage, the Netzer, a Nazarene.

Isaiah 11:1-2 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 2:1-5 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

The prediction of Isaiah 11:1 describes the Messiah as coming from a Branch in David’s line. The Hebrew word for Branch is Netzer, from where the word Nazarene could be inferred. This is a Hebrew play on words that seems to imply that the Messiah will come from the line of David and that He will be referred to as The Nazarene. Seventeen times in the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as Jesus of Nazareth.

John 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

The reason that this title is so important is that most Jews during the time of Jesus did not believe that “anything good could come from Nazareth.” There was a Roman army garrison that was stationed in Nazareth. Because the Roman soldiers were constantly exercising their authority over the citizens of that area, the people began to hate and despise the rulership of the Romans. We can see how despised Nazareth was, by the statement of Nathanael, when he is told by Phillip that the Messiah has been found and He is called “Jesus of Nazareth.”

John 1:46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

It is fitting that the one who was predicted by Isaiah the prophet, to be the Messiah, would be despised and rejected partly because He was from the hated and despised town of Nazareth.

The Messiah will be “Despised and Rejected,” as predicted in Isaiah 53:3, Prophecy 236 and Prophecy 237.

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men…

The Messiah will not come to earth with great pomp and circumstance as most kings of that day would make their entry into a city. He will come humbly as a Branch out of David’s flawed and withered kingdom to bring new life and great joy to the whole world.

When the Lord called David to be the king of Israel, David was not even with his older brothers. He is found high in the mountains attending to the needs of the sheep.

As the oldest son of Jesse, Eliab comes before the prophet Samuel. He must have looked like a king because Samuel proclaimed: “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!” The Lord told Samuel that the Lord “does not look at the physical appearance of a man; He looks at the heart.” The oldest son of Jesse was rejected by God because He was looking for a man “after His own heart.”

David’s heart was to tend the sheep high up on the mountain. All alone, always reflecting on the goodness and grace of the Lord, David was the type of a humble man that God described as being after His own heart. The Lord loves humble men and women who feel that they are far too weak and unqualified to do anything for God. The Lord delights in the powerless, the weak, the poor, and the fearful. All these, the Lord can transform and make into an instrument of power to do great things.

Most people might imagine that the “King of kings” would make His introduction to earth with a great company of soldiers, musicians, and entourage. Jesus came to us in a humble stable, being born in the company of farm animals. Jesus came as the Messiah by an unpretentious introduction so that even the lowest of the low on the earth would never feel that they were beyond the reach of this great King.

Jesus came to a place where they had no room for Him at the local lodging house. He was born to poor parents, who had to make the 80-mile journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem by donkey. His welcoming committee were humble shepherds who were tending their flocks.

He came as the fulfillment of Isaiah 11:1-2. In this 180th prophecy, the Messiah will be known as the Netzer, the Nazarene. He was hated and despised by those who wanted to kill Him; but to us who love Him, He is the reason for our existence and the One to whom we place all our hopes and dreams.

Prophecy 291: The Messiah shall be a descendant of David, who is called “THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
Jeremiah 23:5-6 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. Jeremiah In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David…

Luke 3:23-31 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathiah, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, the son of Joannas, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er, the son of Jose, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”

The Biblical principle of righteousness is that all human beings do not posses it. According to the Lord, if a person will be seen as Righteous, this righteousness must come from the Lord.

Psalms 14:3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

When anyone places all of their trust in Jesus Christ, they exchange their unrighteousness for Jesus’ perfect righteousness.

In the 291st Old Testament Prophecy, God’s promise to us is that He will send us a Savior who will not only take away all of our sins, but He will also give us perfect righteousness in the sight of God.

One of the names of God from the Old Testament is Jehovah-Tsidqenuw, “The Lord, Our Righteousness.”

According to this 331st Prophecy, the Lord will raise up a Branch from the line of David, who will be called THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

An additional reference to the Messiah as The Branch is found in Prophecy 180, Isaiah 11:1.


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