Out Of Egypt

One of the incredible examples that fully validates the assertion that the writers of the New Testament were telling the truth regarding the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus; is the corroboration of Hebrew prophecies that are seen as fulfilled in the New Testament.

Here in Hosea 11:1, we see a prophecy that was written seven hundred years before Jesus was born, describing the Messiah coming out of Egypt. Luke confirmed that what Hosea wrote, is applicable to Jesus. In this prophecy, Hosea describes the Messiah when He will be taken to Egypt as a child, in order to save His life. We will see by Matthew’s response that he believed that Jesus fulfilled this prophecy when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Egypt—as instructed by the angel.

The Prophecy:

Hosea 11:1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.”

Jesus Fulfillment:

Matthew 2:12-15 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Matthew understood that when the angel told Joseph and Mary to take Jesus to Egypt, that it was for the express purpose of fulfilling this prophecy from Hosea.

Herod, the king of Israel, was an extremely paranoid individual. He was certain that someone would seek to take his kingdom from him. When the Magi from the East crossed the border into his kingdom, following the star that they believed foretold the birth of the King of Israel, Herod was immediately suspicious. The prophet Micah spoke of the birth of a King, who would be the true ruler of Israel. It was in response to Micah’s prophecy, that Herod’s fears became insurmountable.

Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

Herod inquired from the Magi where this new king would be born, in confirmation of Micah’s prophecy. When he learned that the child was born in Bethlehem, Herod dispatched soldiers to kill every child under the age of two. In doing so, he fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 31:15 Thus says the LORD: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.”

Jeremiah predicted that when the Messiah is born in Bethlehem, an attempt will be made on His life while He is still young and defenseless. The prophecy speaks of “lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children…”

Jeremiah’s prophecy vividly records, not only the vicious acts of Herod’s soldiers, but also the very words of sorrow and great grief that the mothers of these precious babies felt when their infants were killed before their eyes.

It was in response to this threat by Herod—in fulfillment of Jeremiah and Micah’s prophecies, that the angel warned Joseph to take Jesus and flee to Egypt, also fulfilling this prophecy from Hosea 11:1.

Matthew 2:13 “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

By these events, the Lord records His great power over every king, government, and tiny detail of our lives. Nothing happens during the course of human history apart from the sovereign will of God. He permits individuals to make their own decisions and bear the consequences of those actions, while He equally controls the events of history to fulfill every word that He has spoken.

These events of prophecy are recorded for our learning—that we might understand that God has told us these things to validate His word. He has written of all the details that will concern the life of His Son—whom He will send to earth to complete our salvation. It is by our awareness of these many prophecies that we can comprehend His plan for our lives.

There is no other document of antiquity that has so accurately predicted all of the major events of mankind in greater clarity, than the Bible. Many people have tried to predict future events. At their best, they have achieved no more than a 25-50 percent success rate.[1] The Bible, on the other hand, has a one hundred percent record of accuracy in every prediction that it has made.[2]

All of the prophecies that are contained within this publication, have existed in Hebrew literature for more than 3,500 years. They have been examined by Hebrew scholars, and are verified as valid prophecies. The book of Joshua, penned around 1400 B.C., verifies that none of the prophecies that God gave to the ancient Hebrew prophets has failed.

…And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed. Joshua 23:14

The prophet Isaiah, writing 700 years before the recording of the 131 prophecies that He wrote for the Messiah, said that what God has said, He will perform.

Who has performed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? “I, the LORD, am the first; And with the last I am He.” Isaiah 41:4

These specific prophecies that were written more than 700 years before Jesus was born, were recorded by honest men just like the writers of the New Testament. These men have told us the truth; receiving the words that they wrote from the Lord—for the express purpose of validating Jesus as the Messiah.

A person might seek to discount the narrative of the New Testament as a myth, but what do we do with the fact that these events were predicted hundreds or thousands of years before they took place? When we read the prophecy of Hosea 11:1 and compare this text with what Matthew wrote in chapter 2 of his gospel, they are virtually identical. If Matthew’s intent was to contrive his story then how do we explain that what He claim to have seen and heard Jesus do, is precisely what Micah also predicted?

[1] Out of 35 predictions that were made in the calendar year, 2015, by Scott Alexander, only 9 were fulfilled. This is a .025714 percent success rate.
Predictions fulfilled are indicated in bold
Many people are making predictions for the new year around now. I see fewer people going back and grading the accuracy of their predictions about last year, even though that obviously has a lot of relevance for how seriously we should take this year’s predictions.
In keeping with the SSC tradition, here are the results for my (late) predictions for 2015. Successful predictions are normal-looking, failed predictions are crossed out:
World Events
1. US will not get involved in any new major war with death toll of > 100 US soldiers: 70%
2. North Korea’s government will survive the year without large civil war/revolt: 95%
3. Greece will not announce it’s leaving the Euro: 60%
3. Neither Russia nor Qatar will lose their World Cups: 80%
4. Ebola will kill fewer people in second half of 2015 than the in first half: 95%
5. No terrorist attack in the USA will kill > 100 people: 90%
6. Assad will remain President of Syria: 70%
7. Israel will not get in a large-scale war (ie >100 Israeli deaths) with any Arab state: 90%
8. Syria’s civil war will not end this year: 80%
9. ISIS will control less territory than it does right now: 70%
10. ISIS will continue to exist: 80%
11. Iran will reach a deal with the West on nuclear weapons: 80%
12. No major civil war in Middle Eastern country not currently experiencing a major civil war: 90%
13. Iraq’s situation not to get any worse (eg gov’t collapse, new rebellion): 60%
14. Obamacare will survive the year mostly intact: 60%
15. Hillary Clinton will be the top-polling Democratic Presidential candidate: 95%
16. Jeb Bush will be the top-polling Republican candidate: 50%
17. Trans-Pacific Partnership to pass at least mostly intact: 60%
18. US official unemployment rate will be less than 7% in Dec 2015: 95%
19. Bitcoin will end the year higher than $200: 95%
20. Oil will end the year greater than $60 a barrel: 50%
Personal Life
21. SSC will remain active: 95%
22. SSC will get fewer hits in the second half of 2015 than the first half: 60%
23. At least one SSC post in the second half of 2015 will get > 100,000 hits: 70%
24. Shireroth will remain active: 90%
25. I will remain at my same job through the end of 2015: 95%
26. There will be no further ramifications or lawsuits from either side over the flooding of my house: 80%
27. I will reach my savings target: 90%
28. I will get a score at >95th percentile for my year on PRITE: 50% (unknown, haven’t gotten score back)
29. I will be involved in at least one published/accepted-to-publish research paper by the end of 2015: 60%
30. I will not break up with any of my current girlfriends: 80%
31. I will not get any new girlfriends: 50%
32. I will not finish [project]: 60%
33. I will attend NYC Solstice ritual: 80%
34. I will flake out of my plan to lead some kind of Solstice Ritual myself: 60%
35. I will be living in the house I’m currently trying to arrange to rent: 70%
[2] When qualified persons who have the necessary knowledge and background to examine, understand, and evaluate these prophecies; the prophecies of the entire Bible, these predictions have been found to be one hundred percent accurate, by scholars, for more than 3,500 years. Critics who do not believe that God exists, nor that it is possible to predict the future events that are described in the various prophecies of the Bible, state that these prophecies were written “after the fact.” This assertion has been impeached by demonstrating that these prophecies existed in manuscripts of the original text, hundreds of years before the prophecies were fulfilled. Source: “Prophecies of the Messiah,” 2015, by Robert Clifton Robinson, Published by Teach The Word Ministries, Inc