The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 293
The Messiah shall be born as a descendant of David. He will be raised up (literally, raised from the dead) and be Israel’s King in the future.
Old Testament Prediction:
Jeremiah 30:9 For my people will serve the Lord their God and their king descended from David—the king I will raise up for them. (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 28:6 He is not here; for He is risen, just as He said He would.
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world…”
Matthew 21:9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
Jeremiah’s prophecy describes the Messiah as in ruling over Israel as her King. This will not occur until Jesus returns to earth, at the end of seven-year Tribulation. At that time, the Lord will judge the nations and set as kings and priests over the earth—all those who have received Him, before the Tribulation begins. The promise of Jesus to all those who keep watch for His return—they will all have a special place of rulership with Him when He establishes His kingdom on the earth.
Matthew 25:23 His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
Luke 19:17 And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.”
There is a subtle nuance that may be missed in Jeremiah’s prophecy, where he states: whom I will raise up for them. In the literal Hebrew language, the idea here is “Raised up by Resurrection.” This sheds new light on the meaning of Jeremiah’s prophecy. The One to rule over Israel will not only be a “King” from the Line of David, but He will also be one who is resurrected from the dead. This defines Jesus Christ and His resurrection three days after He was crucified, as the clear object of Jeremiah’s prophecy. Jeremiah is predicting the Messiah’s resurrection almost 600 years before Jesus is born.
The Old Testament predicts, at least eleven times, that the Messiah will be raised from the dead.
Prophecy 64: Psalm 2:7-8
In the original Hebrew language that Psalm 2 was written, it is implied in the language structure that the “Son” who is “Begotten” will be killed and then resurrected from the dead in order to receive the kingdom that is promised to Him.
Psalms 2:7-8 “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.’ ”
Prophecy 69: Psalm 16:9-11
The Messiah, though He will be killed, His body will be Resurrected.
Psalms 16:9-11 “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Prophecy 85: Psalm 22:22
It will be by the death and resurrection of the Messiah that the whole world will learn of the Grace and Love of God.
Psalms 22:22 “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.”
Prophecy 91: Psalm 30:3
The Messiah will not be left in the grave; He will be resurrected to life.
Psalms 30:3 “O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.”
Prophecy 100: Psalms 40:2-5
Although the Messiah will go into the lower parts of the earth at His death, He will be raised to life again with great joy over all those who will know Him after His resurrection.
Psalms 40:2-3 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.
Prophecy 109: Psalms 49:15
The Promise of Resurrection given to the Messiah.
Psalms 49:15 “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, For He shall receive me.”
Prophecy 147: Psalms 117:17-18
The Messiah shall be resurrected from the dead.
Psalms 118:17-18 I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the LORD. The LORD has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death.
Prophecy 190: Isaiah 26:17-20
The Messiah’s Rapture and Resurrection of those who believe in Him, predicted.
Isaiah 26:17-20 As a woman with child Is in pain and cries out in her pangs, When she draws near the time of her delivery, So have we been in Your sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain; We have, as it were, brought forth wind; We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen. Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, And the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.
Prophecy 260: Isaiah 53:10
The Messiah will look forward and see those to whom He shall redeem by His sacrifice.
Isaiah 53:10 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.
Prophecy 272: Isaiah 53:3
The Messiah is given the promise of resurrection by God, called “The sure mercies of David.”
Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—The sure mercies of David.
Prophecy 293: Jeremiah 30:9 (this prophecy).
Jeremiah 30:9 9 For my people will serve the Lord their God and their king descended from David—the king I will raise up for them. (NLT)
The Resurrection by empirical proof
The eyewitness accounts of those who saw Jesus alive after He was viciously beaten, crucified, and pierced by a Roman spear, describe a historical event of such profound magnitude, that the course of the entire world has been altered by their occurrence.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a fact of history that is well documented in over 24,000 copies of New Testament manuscripts that have survived the past two thousand years. In addition, there are numerous extra-biblical documents which are a part of the Jewish and Roman archives for this period in history (see Prophecy 245).
All of the circumstances surrounding the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection were written by honest and reliable men, who recorded these events and distributed them to the local churches in Asia at that time. The entire gospel account was compiled and canonized as authentic scripture and a true account of Jesus death and resurrection, before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
As many as 30 additional gospels were presented to the Christian church to be included in the New Testament. All but four were rejected by the church as non-authoritative due to their origin not coming from the Apostles who actually witnessed the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is early empirical proof from shortly after the events took place, that the four gospels which are in our New Testament today, were considered an accurate and authoritative narrative of the transmitters who recorded the events of the crucifixion and resurrection.
As further evidence of the authority of the New Testament as scripture, all of the Christian churches in Asia copied extensively, these letters which documented Jesus’ death and resurrection and distributed them to other churches.
The Resurrection proven by prophecy
An often overlooked fact of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and whether or not this event actually took place is the corroboration of a Resurrection that was promised and predicted in the Old Testament prophecies of the Bible.
I listed eleven references which fully support the Old Testament’s affirmation that the Messiah would be raised from the dead. These predictions come from the Psalms the prophet Isaiah, and one from Jeremiah. When Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, the men who had been with Him for three and one half years, all began to search the scriptures for the details of those earlier predictions. They discovered that each part of Jesus’ actual resurrection was predicted by these many Old Testament prophecies. The fact that the large body of Old Testament scriptures speak of a resurrected Messiah, is corroborating evidence that a resurrection was expected of the coming Messiah. Every detail of these prophecies was fulfilled by Jesus and recorded in the New Testament, by eyewitnesses, who saw Him alive after He was crucified.
If today, we had nothing more that the New Testament which details the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we would hold all the authority that is required to prove empirically, that Jesus rose from the dead.
When we add more than 365 Old Testament predictions of a coming Messiah who will be crucified and then resurrected from the dead, all fulfilled by Jesus Christ in the authoritative account of the four gospels—we cannot possibly detach the resurrection from the four gospels as a myth, nor consider their testimony as anything less than an absolute certainty of history.
For additional information on this subject, please see the chapter: Empirical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and The Certainty of the Resurrection.
 1. “Will raise,” from Strong’s Hebrew Concordance, word # 6965, and the Hebrew word Pa’al: to arise, and from Brown-Driver-Briggs: Jeremiah 25:27, used to describe one who has been killed, who is risen.
2.From the Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Regarding Jeremiah 30:9, “The person indicated here is the future ideal King, the so- called second David (cf. “last Adam” and “second man” [1 Cor 15: 45- 47]). The messianic regent is a scion of the house of David (cf. Ezek 37: 24- 25). The Targum, though interpretative, is correct in identifying this ideal King as “Messiah, the son of David.” Among the Jews the name David came to be used of royalty, much as Pharaoh, Caesar, or Czar, but only in the highest and final sense.”
3.From Fausett and Brown Commentary: The Son of David, Messiah, must therefore be meant; so the Targum (compare Isa 55: 3, 4; Eze 34: 23, 24; 37: 24; Ho 3: 5; Ro 11: 25- 32). He was appointed to the throne of David (Isa 9: 7; Lu 1: 32). He is here joined with Jehovah as claiming equal allegiance. So Christ was raised up as the antitypical Deliverer (Ps 2: 6; Lu 1: 69; Ac 2: 30; 13: 23).
 “It was not too long after Jesus’ earthly ministry that the Synoptic Gospels were written (most likely, all before the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70). Originally, the four Gospels disseminated independently of one another. Their individual status as Scripture is usually not debated.” Kellum, L. Scott; Köstenberger, Andreas J.; Quarles, Charles L (2009-08-01). The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown (Kindle Locations 739-741). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
 1.”The other Gospels were rejected on the grounds that they did not agree with the commonly accepted four canonical Gospels. This implies not only antiquity but also the authority of the transmitters.” Kellum, L. Scott; Köstenberger, Andreas J.; Quarles, Charles L (2009-08-01). The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown (Kindle Locations 744-746). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
2.R. Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses:The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006). Emphaisis on the eyewitness accounts of the four Gospels, establishing that the Apostles acted as an “authoritative collegium” in the Gospels’ preservation of eyewitness testimony regarding Jesus in the Gospels.