365 Prophecies: Prophecy 48
The Messiah shall be King over the whole earth and defeat all of His adversaries.
Old Testament Prediction:
1 Samuel 2:10 “The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to His king, And exalt the horn of His anointed.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
John 12:15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”
Revelation 17:14-16 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Although Jesus arrived the first time as a humble servant who laid down His life for all mankind, at His return to earth He will come with great power as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
During His first appearance, Jesus came in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies which describe the Messiah, as making His life an offering for the sins of all people. At His second coming, Jesus will fulfill the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah to subdue and overthrow all governments of men and replace them with His righteous rule.
The Book of 1 Samuel develops the principle of one King as ruler over all of God’s people. This 48th prophecy from 1 Samuel 2:10 elevates this concept to its fulfillment, bringing the righteous kingdom of God’s Messiah to earth. It has been the eternal purpose of God that all people be ruled by Him alone. Jesus claimed to be the Messiah and the only one worthy to rule the earth.
Authors note: Although it is grammatically correct to capitalize the name “satan,” I will not give honor to this fallen being. It is therefore by design that I have not capitalized satan’s name, or the antichrist, anywhere in this book.
According to the word of God, the present kingdoms of this world are ruled by satan, his principalities and powers. This explains why there is so much suffering, destruction and depravity in the world today. This is not the world that God intended for us. We cannot blame God for the evil that men do, nor the suffering caused by their actions.
Jesus said that satan is “the ruler” of this world:
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
Paul said that satan is the “god of this age”:
2 Corinthians 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
The god of this age is satan. Not in the sense of absolute authority, for that title belongs to God alone. The Lord has allowed satan a limited rulership of the earth subject to God’s sovereignty. Originally, God gave Adam the authority to have dominion over the whole earth.
Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
This right of rulership was won by satan when Adam heeded his voice to disobey God and forfeited his right to rule over the earth. The terrible effects of this transfer of power has been felt by man since that time.
The right to rule
Absolute sovereignty to rule over the universe belongs to God since He created it. When the Lord gave the right of rulership over the earth to Adam, he forfeited it to satan by his disobedience to God. The devil has continued as a limited ruler of the earth to the present day. Although Jesus won the right to redeem the earth from satan at the cross, the Lord will not assume this place of absolute power and authority until He returns to the earth at the end of the seven year Tribulation period.
Revelation 5:5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
We see the place in the Bible where Jesus is described as coming to take back the rule of the earth that He has won. Revelation Chapter 4:2 describes a throne in heaven with One sitting on this throne..
Revelation 4:2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.
In the Book of Revelation Chapter 5, we see Jesus coming from the midst of the throne of God in heaven. He takes a scroll from the right hand of the One who sits on the throne. He is described as being “a Lamb as though it had been slain.”
Revelation 5:6-7 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
This scroll appears to be the title deed to the earth that has provisions within each of the seven seals to redeem the earth by 21 judgments. Jesus opens the first of the seven seals, causing the seven-year Tribulation to begin.
Revelation 6:1-3 Now I watched when the Lamb (Jesus) opened one of the seven seals (title deed), and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, Come! 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider (the antichrist) had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. (ESV)
We know that this is Jesus who takes the scroll, by the description given of this one who comes from the midst of the throne of God: The Lion of the tribe of Judah and a Lamb as though it had been slain. Both the “Lamb” and the “Lion” are clear descriptions which can only be ascribed to Jesus Christ. As Jesus takes the scroll, we see that it has certain provisions or requirements written on it for the redemption of the earth. Whenever a piece of property was mortgaged, in the Old Testament, it always had a clause for the redemption of that land.
Leviticus 25:23-24 The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me. And in all the land of your possession you shall grant redemption of the land.
The requirements for redemption were written on the scroll. As the seal is broken, each of the requirements are read. If the redeemer can fulfill the requirements set forth in the deed, he may take back the land as his own again.
All the earth belongs to God and everything in it. Notice Leviticus 25:23 above, the Lord says: “The land is Mine.” God made the earth. He can give it to whomever He chooses to rule over it, to use it, to act as a steward over what is His. No human being really owns anything. God simply allows us to use what is His for a limited time. You might think that you own your home, or property, but God holds the title to everything because everything comes from Him. If you think that you own the things you possess, consider that when you leave this world—you will not be taking anything with you.
1 Timothy 6:7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we cant take anything with us when we leave it. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 4:7 …What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift? (NLT)
God gave dominion of the earth to Adam. This dominion was lost to satan. Since Adam sinned and was cast out of the garden, satan has had the right of dominion over the earth, in the capacity that Paul describes as the god of this age.
The second Adam
When Jesus began His public ministry, there were three temptations that satan brought to Him. Jesus came as the second Adam; therefore, He had to be tempted in all of the same areas that the first Adam was tempted. If Jesus could not pass this test, He could not be the Savior of the world.
Matthew 4:1-2 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
These trials came to Jesus when He was at His very weakest point as a man. After having gone without food for forty days, His body was emptied of all physical power.
Medical experts state that in days 1-3 of a fast, the human body is using up the remaining food which is left in the intestines. It is in these first three days of a fast that a person will experience intense, gut-wrenching hunger pains with headaches, body aches, and even joint pain. The body is ridding itself of all the toxins which have been stored inside the body. From days 4-39, a human body will use the fat that it has stored up during past periods of feeding. It is during days 4-39 that a person may feel no hunger or desire for food at all. Most people do not begin to feel intense hunger pains again until around the 40th day of a fast. After this forty-day period of time, there are no longer any stored nutrients and so the body begins the process of death.
Here in Matthew’s gospel, after forty days without food, Jesus is beginning to die.
This was the moment that satan came to Jesus. Temptations to sin will often arrive when we are at our weakest point. Lack of sleep or during times of hunger and in the presence of pressure and stress, these are some of the points of contact that satan uses to bring temptations to sin into our life.
There are three main temptations which are described in the Bible:
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
The Lust of the Flesh
The Lust of the Eyes
The Pride of Life
We first see these three temptations in the Garden of Eden:
Genesis 3:1-61 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (1. “the Lust of the Flesh”) 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, (2. “the lust of the eyes”) that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise (3. “the pride of life”), she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Jesus First Temptation: The Lust of the Flesh.
Matthew 4:3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
In the original language, the term, “if you are the Son of God,” is more closely understood as “Since you are the Son of God…”
“Since you are the Son of God, use your power to change these stones into bread.”
After 40 days without food, the flesh is literally dying. Jesus has the power to turn the desert into a bakery, if that was His desire. The Judean wilderness was known to have large round stones which probably looked to Jesus at this moment of intense hunger, like large loaves of hot bread, baking in the afternoon sun.
The temptation to grant the flesh its lust for food by using the power Jesus has, as the Son of God, was tremendous. I am sure that the Lord listened to satan, looked at the stones, and thought about how good hot buttered bread would taste. With a strength that came from 40 days of prayer, and a focus on the glory which was ahead for all of us whom He would save, Jesus gave an answer to the tempter which is a model for all those who feel their own intense temptation while in their trials: It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
Even if we grant our flesh every desire that it has, we will still not be satisfied. The real hunger which the human soul longs for is not satisfied by anything that this world has to offer. Our insatiable yearning can only be satisfied by the Living God. David described this longing of the heart perfectly:
Psalms 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
One of the strongest desires that a human being can experience is the need to satisfy intense hunger. Most of us are familiar with the trauma our body feels after missing a meal or two. Few of us could imagine the agony that Jesus’ body was going through after having gone without food for 40 days. The Lord did not give in to the lust of His flesh to satisfy the hunger that wracked His body. Jesus was tested in ways that no other man has been tested, and yet He did not sin or give into temptation. The Lord demonstrated that it is possible to overcome even the most difficult and stressful trials of life, while remaining Holy. Because Jesus was tested in all points in which we are also tested, He is able to understand our weakness and failures under trial.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Second Temptation: The Lust of the Eyes
Matthew 4:5-7 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ ”
It is interesting that in the account of this event, Matthew describes satan bringing Jesus up into the holy city. Then he says that satan set Him on the pinnacle of the temple. Apparently, Jesus allowed satan to carry Him to the top of the temple. The purpose of this was so that Jesus could observe with His “eyes” the majesty of the temple and the city of Jerusalem. In the emotion of that moment as Jesus gazed out onto all that was before Him, satan again tempts Jesus to demonstrate His power as God, by jumping off the temple pinnacle and yet be unharmed. An added element to satan’s tactic is the way that he uses the word of God to convince Jesus to use His power.
“For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
The verse that satan quotes from is Psalm 91:
Psalms 91:11-12 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone
This is Prophecy 133 from this book.
One of the interesting aspects of the 133rd prophecy is that satan acknowledges the fact that Psalm 91:11-12 was written for the coming Messiah. Jesus also acknowledges that this Psalm was written for Him.
What I find truly remarkable about satan’s quotation of Psalms 91:11-12, which was written about Jesus a thousand years before He was born, is that the devil does not continue with the rest of the verse, which deals with his future destruction by the one whom the Psalm was written about, the Messiah:
Psalms 91:13 You (Messiah) shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and (satan) the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
Jesus corrects satan’s misuse of God’s word and rightly states the proper application of Scripture for this situation: You shall not tempt the LORD your God. This is a reminder to satan that Jesus is still LORD of the universe, though for a short time satan has been given some degree of rulership over the present age. This is a subtle hint for us that Jesus is reminding satan that whatever he is allowed to do, it is by God’s sovereign will, for His own purposes.
Very soon, the rest of the Messiah’s work from Psalm 91 will be accomplished: The serpent will be trampled underfoot.
Third Temptation: The Pride of Life
Matthew 4:8- 11 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
In Luke’s gospel, he records this event as being the second that occurred; Matthew records it as the third event. Luke also adds the detail that satan said to Jesus: All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
Luke 4:5- 8 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
Finally, the opportunity is presented by satan to Jesus that He can have all of the glory and power right now, without going through the pain and suffering of the cross, if Jesus will only bow in worship to satan.
There is a claim made here by satan, in Luke 4:6, that he has the right of rule over all the kingdoms of the world. Notice that nowhere does Jesus dispute this fact that satan has the right to have dominion over the earth. Jesus argues only that worship and adoration belongs to the living, eternal God, and not to any of His creatures.
Why does God permit so much suffering?
The answer: satan has won the right to exercise dominion over the earth from man, dating back at the Garden of Eden. Adam was given this dominion and under his righteous leadership, there was no pain or suffering in the world. When satan deceived Eve, and Adam disobeyed God, he lost this right of rulership to satan. Since that time, the world has been under the dominion of satan who is called the god of this age. This is what the world is like when satan has dominion over our planet. If God did not contain and limit satan’s power, he would completely destroy every person on the planet and destroy the earth.
Though satan has a limited reign that will soon end, he does so being greatly limited in what he is permitted to do. Those who belong to Jesus, are untouchable by satan, unless God should permit it for the purpose of chastening. Those who do not belong to Jesus are not under the protection of God. The Bible describes those who are not in a personal relationship with God as being under the control of the evil one.
1 John 5:18 We know that Gods children do not make a practice of sinning, for Gods Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. (NLT)
The fact that the whole planet remains under the power and influence of satan is exactly what we see in the world today: Motivated by greed and lust, mankind hurts and kills, decimates and destroys the earth, being directed by the father of lies and the destroyer of human life.
Imagine what satan would do to the earth if there were no controls placed on his evil. We see an example of this in the first chapters of the Book of Job.
Job 1:12 And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Job 2:6 And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”
God is sovereign over all of the affairs of men on this earth. All kings and kingdoms are placed where they are, for God’s own purposes. The lesson of this truth was hard-learned by one of the most powerful kings the world has ever known: Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.
God told Daniel to write the following:
Daniel 4:17 …That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.
The Lord demonstrated this fact in the life of Nebuchadnezzar:
Daniel 4:25 They shall drive you (Nebuchadnezzar) from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.
This same principle is echoed by Paul in the New Testament:
Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Men are influenced by evil with the source of all evil originating from satan. Because men will not submit their lives to the true and living God, they are under the dominion of satan’s kingdom. There are only two kingdoms in the universe: The kingdom of light under God and the kingdom of darkness under satan. Every person is serving under one of these two kingdoms whether by choice or by ignorance of this fact. If a person will not surrender his life to the authority of God, he is automatically defaulted to the kingdom of darkness under satan. Those who do not serve the Lord Jesus Christ are serving satan.
Matthew 12:30 (Jesus Speaking) He who is not with Me is against Me…
There is no neutral ground when it comes to spiritual matters as determined by God. A person who is not with Jesus is with satan. A person might think that they are serving neither God nor satan, but according to the word of God this is not possible. To reject Jesus as Lord of our life, is to place ourselves under the dominion of satan.
Who’s fault is it?
This is what the Bible teaches, and the reality of God’s word is observed everyday in the world. Everything that God says about mankind and the world is fulfilled in the lives of people who inhabit this planet. Man’s constant thought and intent is towards evil continually (Genesis 6). As a result of man’s preponderance towards sin and satan’s influence over man, we see the great evidence of these things as preeminent facts of human life. These realities are lived out in the daily lives of human beings, all over the face of the earth.
1 John 5:19 …and the whole world lies under the influence of the wicked one.
It is not God’s fault that there is so much suffering in the world today. It is man’s fault. Before we blame Adam for all of the suffering in the world, we must look at ourselves and ask the question: “Am I fully surrendered to God’s will in my own life?” Are we living lives of righteousness as required by God? Most of the suffering that happens in the world today is caused by people, not by God.
Why would we imagine that a truly loving God would deprive those whom He has created the right of self-determination and free will? It would not be loving of God to force men to obey Him in this present dispensation of Grace. Today, men have the free choice to either love and serve God or to disobey Him. Only until Jesus returns to set up His kingdom on the earth for one thousand years, will men be allowed to continue in their choice to carry out evil. It is because of this present reality of evil in the world that all of us suffer. During the world to come in which Jesus will rule as the absolute Lord over all creation, no one will hurt or kill anyone ever again; the earth and everyone who lives upon it will enjoy a perfect environment, free of sin and the influence of satan and the evil of men, forever.
The assurance of heaven, today
Those who submit their life to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior have the assurance from the word of God that when they die, they will have heaven as their home. This is because Jesus has already paid for all of their sins and has taken the penalty that they once deserved for their sins. When any person exercises their option to submit their life to Jesus’ authority and believes upon Him for their salvation, they have passed from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
In this 48th Old Testament Prophecy of the Messiah’s right to rule the earth, Jesus has fulfilled this prophecy by defeating our great adversary—the devil. Jesus was tempted in all points, yet He did not sin. For this reason, He alone is worthy to receive the title: King of kings and Lord of lords.
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