365 Prophecies: Prophecy 19
The right to all future rulership over the earth and heaven shall be given to the Messiah.
Old Testament Prediction:
Genesis 49:10c The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
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.”
1 Corinthians 15:24 “…Then comes the end, when Jesus delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”
As Christians, it is easy for us to forget where our roots are. Jesus came first for the Jews, then for the rest of the world. Throughout the 39 books of the Old Testament, God was preparing one line of descendants to bring forth the Messiah. Before Jesus was the Savior of the world, He was the promised Messiah to the Jews.
When Jesus finally arrives in the New Testament, John records the fact that the Lord had always planned to take the flock of Israel and the flock of Jesus church, and combine them into one family that would live together and enjoy fellowship with the Lord forever.
John 10:16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
Paul devotes the entire text of Romans Chapter 11 to the fact that God first offered salvation to Israel. In the heart of God, He always had in mind to save the whole world through Jesus’ death and resurrection. When the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah, it was not because there was a lack of proof. It was because they refused to see, and their blindness was made complete by God who has made it impossible for them to see from that time to the present day.
When anyone hears the good news about Jesus and rejects that truth, the next time they hear about Jesus, their heart becomes increasingly hardened. In each progressive denial of Jesus’ claim to be Lord and Savior of a person’s life, they will find it increasingly more difficult to receive Him during future opportunities.
Eventually, if a person is persistent in rejecting Jesus as Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit will not continue in seeking to persuade that person to receive Him. God gives the persistently unwilling what he asks for. He withdraws His Spirit and gives that person, who will not hear, over to a debased mind that is no longer capable of receiving the truth.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting…
No one is saved apart from the leading of the Holy Spirit. As Israel was unwilling and turned away from Jesus, God gave them over to the deception and blindness that they insisted upon. Knowing that this was the course Israel would take even before Jesus came, God planned all along to give the whole world the opportunity to find salvation. After the fullness of the Gentile world has had their opportunity to hear about Jesus and be saved, God will, in the last days, turn back to Israel and offer Jesus once again. He will open their eyes to the truth of who Jesus is and the fact that He has proven this by the fulfillment of all the Old Testament Prophecies concerning the Messiah. These 365 prophecies are a testimony to the truth of what God has promised and are hopefully a useful tool that can persuade the intellectually honest seeker of God.
Romans 11:1 I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not!
Romans 11:25 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.
Romans 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved...
There will come, in the last days, a man who will capture the imagination of the entire world. He will be a charismatic individual who will bring peace to Israel and the surrounding nations. He will allow the Jews to rebuild their temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Bible calls this new world leader: the antichrist, the beast and the son of perdition.
At the mid-way point of the Tribulation period, when the antichrist announces to the world that he is God, the eyes of the Jews will be opened and they will believe that Jesus is their Messiah. Jesus warned the Jews who will be alive during this time in Jerusalem to be prepared to flee when they see the abomination of desolation.
Matthew 24:15-22 “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.”
The proclamation by this new leader that he is God is the abomination of desolation that both Daniel and Jesus spoke of. This event will be the trigger for the last three and one-half years of the seven-year Tribulation, called The Great Tribulation.
As Israel realizes that the new world leader is not God and that he is not their Messiah as they had first believed, they will reject him and the worship of him. This rejection will apparently invoke the wrath of the antichrist against Israel, and he will send his armies to pursue the Jews as they flee Israel for the wilderness of Petra.
Revelation 12:6 Then the woman (Israel) fled into the wilderness (Petra?), where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
Unless Jesus had shortened the time of the antichrist’s reign to just the last 3 1/2 years, Israel, as the elect of God, would not survive.
Matthew 24:22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
At the present time, God has turned His attention to the entire world to offer Salvation to whosoever will believe that Jesus is the only Savior of the world. This is the Times of the Gentiles, described by Jesus and alluded to by Daniel’s four Great Beasts in the Book of Daniel Chapter 7. When the Rapture takes place, the time of the Gentiles will end, and God will once again turn His focus back to Israel.
In Romans Chapter 11, Paul declares that since Israel’s rejection of Jesus, and the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D., the eyes of the Jews have been blinded so that they cannot see that Jesus is the Messiah.
Romans 11:7-9 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Just as it is written: God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.
Today, the church of Jesus Christ enjoys the amazing blessings that God intended for Israel. It is the purpose of God that as Israel observes how blessed those who have received Jesus as their Messiah are, that they would be provoked to jealousy.
Romans 11:11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.
By this jealousy, the Lord will speak to Israel to take a fresh look at Jesus and whether He is qualified to be the Messiah. I believe that the prophecies of the Old Testament given long ago to the children of Israel will be one of the chief methods used by God to open the eyes and convince all those who are of Israel to receive Jesus as their Messiah.
We should remember that John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah, had his voice silenced by the Lord when he would not believe God, as He announced that he would have a son in his old age. It was not until after his heart was changed and he believed the word of the Lord that his mouth was opened, and he was able to speak once again. The first words out of Zechariah’s mouth were a confirmation of what God had said.
Luke 1:59-64 So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.” But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God.
In the same way, because Israel would not receive Jesus when He came the first time, God blinded their eyes to see who He really is. As Israel, in the last days, will begin to understand the true identity of Yeshua through a sincere evaluation of their own scriptures, God will open up the Old Testament prophecies and confirm, by His word, that the One whom they formerly rejected is the Messiah whom they have waited for. As each Jew obeys the word of the Lord and confesses that Jesus Christ is the true and only Messiah, they will have their hearts and minds opened to understand all the wonderful things that God has prepared for them in the last days.
Paul’s goal was to publicly display to the world who Jesus is and to persuade many to turn from their sins to Jesus Christ and be saved. His intent was to provoke the Jews to jealousy, as they witnessed the world being saved and the blessings that came to those who did receive Jesus.
Romans 11:14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them.
This final aspect of the many promises of Genesis 49:10 is that the Lord has always wanted to save both Jew and Gentile and combine the two flocks into one. When this occurs, the totality of Genesis 49:10 will be fulfilled: To Him (the Messiah) shall be the obedience of the people…