The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 313
The Messiah will return to the earth a second time in a glorified body.
Old Testament Prediction:
Daniel 10:5-6 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man (1.)clothed in linen, whose (2.)waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! 6. (3.)His body was like beryl, (4.)his face like the appearance of lightning, his (5.)eyes like torches of fire, his arms and (6.)feet like burnished bronze in color, and (7.)the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Revelation 1:13-16 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, (1.)clothed with a garment down to the feet and (2.)girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His (5.)eyes like a flame of fire; 15 (6.)His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and (7.)His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and (4.)His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Revelation 4:2-3 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He who sat there was like a (3.)jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.
It is evident by comparison that Daniel’s Old Testament Prophecy of the “Son of Man” and John’s New Testament description of Jesus in heaven, from the Book of Revelation, are both speaking of the same person.
Please check the following descriptions—first in the Book of Daniel,10:5-7, followed by the same description of Jesus in the Book of Revelation, 1:13-16 and 4:2-3 above. They are exactly the same.
1. Clothed in Linen: Daniel 10:5 Clothed with a garment down to the feet (Revelation 1:13)
2. Waist girded with Gold: Daniel 10:5 Girded about the chest with a golden band (Revelation 1:13)
3. His body was like Beryl (blue/green stone): Daniel 10:6 He who sat there was like a jasper (green stone) and a sardius stone (Revelation 4:3)
4. His face like the appearance of lightning: Daniel 10:6 His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength (Revelation 1:16)
5. His eyes like torches of fire: Daniel 10:6 His eyes like flames of fire (Revelation 1:14)
6. His arms and feet like burnished bronze: Daniel 10:6 His arms were like fine brass (Revelation 1:15)
7. The sound of His words like the voice of a multitude: Daniel 10:6 His voice as the sound of many waters (Revelation 1:15)
A perfect match.
Could anyone deny that these two descriptions are the same? Both prophetic views of the Messiah were written more than 700 years apart; yet, they detail the exact same characteristics.
In the gospels, both Matthew and Mark recount similar descriptions of Jesus when He was transfigured before their eyes. The apparent purpose of this event was for Jesus to give the Apostles a future view of the kingdom age when He would return to the earth a second time to establish His kingdom.
In the final verse of chapter 16, Matthew writes that this transfiguration came from Jesus in response to His statement in verse 28.
Matthew 16:28 Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.
Matthew 17:1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
Mark 9:2 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.
The reference, “after six days,” may have an implied prophetic application. The Old Testament has several places where the term day is used interchangeably with years.
Ezekiel 4:6 “…I have laid on you a day for each year….”
The New Testament also makes reference to a day being “as a thousand years.”
2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
It is interesting that Peter was the author of this comment. He was one of the three disciples whom Jesus took up on the mountain, in the above verse from Matthew 17:1, to witness the transfiguration. The testimony of Matthew may be intended as a futuristic view of Jesus on the earth during His Millennial glory. It has been “six days,” otherwise known as six thousand years, since man was placed on the earth. The thousand-year reign of Jesus would be the 7,000th year the Sabbath rest of the earth.
This principle of six and one is well established in the Old Testament.
6,000 years of man’s slavery to sin, the 7000th year—we are free.
Exodus 21:2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing.
6,000 years of labor on the earth, the 7000th year—we rest.
Exodus 23:10 “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow…”
This 313th prophecy describes the Messiah returning to earth at the end of the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy in a glorified body, to rule over the earth. The Book of Acts contains a small three-verse hint that tells us exactly where Jesus will return—The Mount of Olives.
Acts 1:9-12 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.
The prophet Zechariah confirms the arrival of the Messiah—the second time, at the Mount of Olives.
Zechariah 14:3-4 Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
For a detailed look at the return of Jesus at the end of the seven-year Tribulation at the Mount of Olives, see Prophecy 301.