58: Job 19:25-27

COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 58

The promise of resurrection as Job sees his Redeemer, the Messiah, standing on the earth in His resurrected body during the last days.

Old Testament Prediction:

Job 19:25-27 “For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion

John 5:24-29 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?

Application:

Job looks into the last days and see himself alive in his flesh with his Redeemer who is standing on the earth. This is an amazing prophetic view of the Messiah at His return to earth in the last days, having raised to life all those who died believing in His resurrection from the dead.

The Book of Revelation Chapter 14:1 describes Jesus as a Lamb, standing on the earth as the Messiah in the last days with His redeemed.

The Hebrew word for Redeemer is Goel, who is a defender of the accused in both a civil and criminal trial. In the Book of Numbers, the Goel is the avenger of a murdered relative. He is described as seeking justice on his behalf, not revenge.

Numbers 35:12 They shall be cities of refuge for you from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation in judgment.

In the civil trial, the Goel is the vindicator and redeemer who will buy back the lost inheritance of the deceased relative who is in danger of losing his birthright or land. This is illustrated by the redemption story of Boaz who marries Ruth, the widow of his near relative Mahlon, in order to redeem the land that would be lost without his help. See Prophecy 47.

The Redeemer described in the Book of Ruth is the Messiah whom Job sees in his vision of the last days, who is standing on the earth with the power of resurrection for all those who place their trust in Him.

Here we have these three prophecies of the Old Testament closely linked together to give us an understanding of the Messiah.

Prophecy 47, The principle of a Kinsman Redeemer.
Prophecy 49, Ruth seen in the Genealogy of Jesus.
Prophecy 58, The Goel, the Redeemer who is our vindicator and defender.

This is the wonderful privilege that we have today in being able to see all of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah being linked together. This panoramic view allows us to see the incredible way in which Jesus is a part of every one of these prophecies from the first to the last.

The Redeemer whom Job sees in the last days standing on the earth is Jesus, who said that He has the power to raise to life all those who place their trust in Him. Consider how amazing this promise is and how difficult it would be to fulfill if Jesus were not the promised Messiah, which is the subject of this 58th prophecy.

Jesus’ statement that He has the power to resurrect all those who believe in Him from the dead is either a bold and true assessment of His identity and power, or it is the claim of a raving lunatic or liar.

John 11:25-26 … “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…

It is our task to examine carefully the evidence that has been left to us by the record of history and determine if Jesus is the true Messiah.

The Lord’s timing

John tells us that Jesus waited four days, until Lazarus had died, before departing to see him and his family. Standing before Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus commands him to come forth. Immediately, Lazarus steps out from the tomb alive, still covered with the linen cloth that he was wrapped in upon his death.

John 11:1-7 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”

John 11:39 39 Roll the stone aside, Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead mans sister, protested, Lord, he has been dead for four days. (NLT)

John 11:43-44 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

The testimony of John is that Lazarus was Jesus’ friend and that He loved him. The reasonable question would be why the Lord waited until His friend was dead before He came to him. Upon hearing that Lazarus was very sick, Jesus remained in Jerusalem for two days before departing the two-mile journey to Bethany. Most of us, when we have learned that a close friend or relative is very sick and may die, we would stop whatever we are doing and go to our friend immediately. Instead, Jesus waits. When the Lord arrived at the home of Mary and Martha, Lazarus had already been dead for four days. This can only mean that Jesus had intentionally stayed in Jerusalem until Lazarus had died.

By the time that Jesus arrives in Bethany, Lazarus’ body was already in a rapid state of decomposition. The Lord wanted to make sure that all those who were there, as well as those who would read this story later, would understand that Lazarus was really dead. Jesus had a greater purpose for Lazarus than saving him from death. He wanted to demonstrate that He is the Messiah and that He has the power to resurrect to life all those who place their complete trust in Him.

A delayed answer is often the Lord’s will

A second important point that we should understand from this event: The Lord will often delay an answer to our pleas for help so that He can do an even greater work in our life. The sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, had lost hope when their brother had died. As Jesus came into Bethany, Martha ran to meet Jesus; while Mary sat alone in the house. Everyone believed that it was too late, but Jesus wanted all of us to know that nothing is too hard for Him. When the circumstances of our life seem hopeless, this is when the Lord can do His greatest work. We should never give up in trusting the Lord. We don’t know what He might want to do even when we see no possibility of a solution. Remember that the Lord always has your best interest at heart. Everything which He brings you to, He will also bring you through. Though it might seem hopeless, you serve a God in whom all things are possible.

By allowing the death of Lazarus and the decomposition of his body to take their course, Jesus was able to demonstrate His true power over death. Not only can He save people’s lives by forgiving their sins, restoring sight, causing the lame to walk, or casting out demons, Jesus also has power over death itself. When we are dead, He has the power to raise us back to life, even after we have been in the grave four days or four thousand years.

John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?

This 58th prophecy of Job 19:25-27 confirms that there is a redeemer who lives, who also has the power to raise our dead bodies back to life. Jesus fulfilled this prediction in a real and dramatic way. He raised Lazarus from the dead, as He raised to life the widow’s son. When evil men put Jesus to death, He also raised Himself back to life. Jesus said that no man could take His life from Him but that He has the power to lay His life down when He wants, and He has the power to take it back again in resurrection.

John 10:17-18 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

As Jesus was on the cross, the full wrath of God was poured out upon Him for all our sins, and the work of salvation was finished. It was at that precise moment that Jesus dismissed His Spirit.

Matthew 27:50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and dismissed His spirit.

The idea here is that Jesus’ Spirit could not leave His body until He allowed it to depart. After the Lord had finished paying for all of our sins during the horrific six hours that He was nailed to the cross, He allowed His Spirit to leave His body, and He died. Jesus truly had the power to lay down His life at the precise moment that He chose.

There has never been anyone in the history of the world who could speak to the dead and command them to return to life. Jesus said that because He has power over life and death, all those who believe in and continue to follow Him, will also be resurrected to life at the Rapture, never to die again.

This is the Redeemer that Job saw in this 58th prophecy of the Messiah.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s