The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 297
The Messiah shall be a “Branch” out of the line of David.
Old Testament Prediction:
Jeremiah 33:14-15 “Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: “In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 3:23-31 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli… the son of Nathan, the son of David…
Matthew 21:15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that Jesus did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant…
Jeremiah describes a day in which the Messiah will arrive on the earth to perform that good things which the Lord has promised to Israel and Judah. A Branch of righteousness will come from from the line of David who will impart the very righteousness of God Himself, upon each person who places all of their trust in the sacrifice of the Messiah for their sins.
The Bible has firmly established that the righteousness which all human beings have, in and of themselves, is not acceptable to God. Jesus came to be The LORD, our righteousness. When we place all of our trust in the completed work of Jesus Christ, His righteousness becomes our righteousness. Our sins become His sins. An exchange takes place in regard to these two important points that will forever determine our standing and state before God. When our sins are removed and the righteousness of Jesus is placed to our account, we are perfect in the sight of God and fit for heaven.
The Messiah is also called “The Branch” in Isaiah 4:2 (Prophecy 159), and 11:1 (Prophecy 180), Jeremiah 23:5 (Prophecy 290), Jeremiah 33:15 (Prophecy 297), Zechariah 3:8 (Prophecy 331) and 6:12 (Prophecy 332).
Notice that the Lord in speaking through Jeremiah, says: I will perform that good thing which I have promised…
This statement is really the key to an understanding of these many Old Testament prophecies. The Lord wants to perform “good things” for us, by fulfilling these prophecies. In showing us that He has control over the history of all mankind, and that He knows what is going to happen to us in the future, He has told us of these things in advance. The fact that not one word of all God’s promises has ever failed, should give us great confidence in the word of God and His ability to do what He has promised in all of His word.
Joshua 23:14 Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.
The following is a summary of the prophecies which describe the Messiah as the Branch out of David’s line.
The Messiah, the “Branch,” shall be seen by Israel as beautiful and glorious on the day that her eyes are opened, and she receives Him as her Savior.
Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have escaped.
“That Day,” referenced in Isaiah 4:2 above, is the seven-year Tribulation in which Israel will receive Jesus as the “Branch of David.”
The Messiah shall come as a Branch out of David’s lineage, the Netzer, a Nazarene.
Isaiah 11:1-2 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
The prediction of Isaiah 11:1 describes the Messiah as coming from a “Branch” in David’s line. The Hebrew word for Branch is Netzer, from which the word “Nazarene” could be inferred. This is a Hebrew play on words that seems to imply that the Messiah will come from the line of David and that He will be referred to as The Nazarene. Seventeen times in the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as being Jesus of Nazareth.
John 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
The Messiah will be a descendant (a son) of David.
Jeremiah 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;”
There are at least sixteen Old Testament references to the Messiah as a descendant or “son of David”. The consistent theme of all these prophecies is that David’s house, kingdom, and throne will be established forever.
The Messiah will be known as “The Branch”, and “My Servant”.
Zechariah 3:8 “Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, You and your companions who sit before you, For they are a wondrous sign; For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH.
The “Branch” will be instrumental in the deliverance of the nation of Israel from the threats of obliteration by the antichrist during the seven year Tribulation.
The tribulation is a period of time spoken of by the Old Testament, in which God will bring Israel to salvation. During this seven years, Israel will believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and be saved.
The Messiah will be both a Priest and a King when He returns to build the Millennial temple and rule the nations.
Zechariah 6:12-13 Then speak to him, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, saying: Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, And He shall build the temple of the LORD; Yes, He shall build the temple of the LORD. He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” ’
The Aramaic Targum, the Jerusalem Talmud, and the Midrash all regard this verse from Zechariah 6:12-13, as Messianic. Zechariah is describing the Messiah returning to earth, to build the final Millennial temple in Jerusalem and reign over the whole earth.
Prophecy 332 includes an in-depth study on the true purposes of each individual part of the Tabernacle and the Temple that you may find interesting.