365 Prophecies: Prophecy 260
The Messiah will look forward and see those whom He shall redeem by His sacrifice.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 53:10c Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
When Jesus was contemplating the cost of the Cross and the depth of sin that He would partake of, He also looked ahead and saw all those who would believe in Him and commit their lives to Him. It was this joy—ahead that Jesus looked to, not only as He moved towards the Cross, but even before He spoke the universe into existence.
As I am writing at this particular point in the book, I have drifted from my writing to thoughts of Jesus. I began this morning having my breakfast in the booth of a Denny’s restaurant here in Phoenix, Arizona. As I wrote these words, I began to imagine the excitement that the Lord must be feeling at this time, knowing that He is about to return to earth to remove His bride and bring to a conclusion, all the events that these prophecies describe.
We all understand the excitement that comes from knowing that a particularly enjoyable event is about to happen. As the day draws near, our excitement, anticipation, and joy is greatly magnified. When the day finally arrives, we can hardly wait to rise in the morning and experience all that we are hoping for. In this life most of the time, our anticipation is rarely met by the reality of the event. Seldom do our expectations find satisfaction. In fact, it is a plague of our life that we are seldom satisfied by this world.
Imagine knowing all things, seeing every event that will transpire during the course of all human life here on the earth. Understanding that the creatures that you are going to bring into being with the wonderful privilege of choice will, in large numbers, choose not to love you or receive you. In order for this creation to become all that you had planned, you will have to depart your home in heaven, lay aside your rights and privileges as God, and allow the very people whom you have created, to torture, humiliate, and pierce your body on a cruel Roman cross.
When this hard work of redemption is accomplished, you must wait before you can complete the salvation you came to make possible. After more than 2,000 years and much patience and long-suffering you can finally return to earth and take your loved ones back to heaven.
Isaiah writes: …He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days…
Isaiah saw the Joy of the Messiah as He looked ahead to behold all those who would be saved by Him—as well as a great gap in time when He would wait to return from heaven to complete all redemption.
The fulfillment of this 260th prophecy is found in Hebrews 12:2.
Jesus saw all these events, ahead of time, when He came to earth to die for us. It was this joy that was set before Him, that allowed Him to endure the cross.
We will all have our moments of trials that will require our endurance while we wait for the return of our Lord. There will be many difficulties, hurts, sorrows, and losses during this time. If we hold steadfast and remain immovable in our constant trust of Jesus, then when He appears, we will rise to meet Him at the Rapture. As Jesus endured the cross, He looked forward to the time when all these trials would be over and our time here on earth would be at an end. Because Jesus endured, we must also endure. Because Jesus trusted in the Father to sustain Him and raise Him from the dead on the third day, we must also count on Him also to sustain us until He comes again. Jesus promised to take care of all our needs and keep us as we make our commitment to Him certain.
If we should die before Jesus comes for us at the Rapture, we must trust that the Father will also raise us from the dead when the Lord arrives and gives to us the glorious new and eternal body that He promised all those who love Him and eagerly await His return.
Jesus saw each one of us from the cross and He endured the suffering that was required so that we might never have to endure the wrath of God against our sins. He is waiting now from heaven, for the final number of those who will believe in Him. When this number is complete, He will come again to earth and take all those who love Him and are waiting for His return—back to heaven. On that day, our redemption will be complete and the number of those who can be saved, will be accomplished. Until that time, we patiently wait for the return of our wonderful Lord.
Come quickly Lord Jesus!