39: Numbers 24:17a

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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 39

The Messiah will come out of eternity, Himself being eternal.

Old Testament Prediction:

Numbers 24:17a “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near…

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.

Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”

John 7:3-6 His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.” For even His brothers did not believe in Him. Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.”

Application:

Balaam continues his prophecy of the coming Messiah in Numbers Chapter 24 by proclaiming that the Messiah will come out of eternity. I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near.

Balaam stated that he could see the Messiah, but His arrival would be later, not now. He could behold Him” (cap-H), but it was for the later days, not near.

This language indicates that the Messiah was known to God from eternity, but that He will not make His entrance into time, until later. The Messiah will arrive at a moment chosen by God before the foundation of the world. Balaam also indicates that the Messiah will be God Himself because He is eternal, coming out of eternity (“I seem Him, but not now.”)

For those who live within the constraints of time, it is difficult to conceive of eternity where everything happens apart from the passage of time. Before the Lord spoke the heavens and the earth into existence, He designed within linear time, a specific moment in human history when the Messiah would make His entrance.

It was clear that Jesus was organizing everything that He said and did within the requirements of each Old Testament prophecy that He was fulfilling. There was an appointed time and place for everything that Jesus would accomplish. He was carefully following the Father’s plan so that He would be fulfilling all of the prophetic word made concerning the Messiah.

What knowledge did Jesus reveal of future events which would give us reason to believe that He is from outside time?

Jesus demonstrated repeatedly that He has advanced knowledge of events that would take place in the future. Some of Jesus’ predictions were fulfilled in a very short period of time; others took many years to fulfill. The corroboration for the fulfillment of the predictions that Jesus made is submitted to us by the eyewitness testimony of those who heard Jesus make these predictions, then recorded for us in their own words–how He fulfilled His word.

Luke, the physician, documents the events which occurred on the morning of Jesus resurrection. As the disciples arrive at His tomb, they are met by two men (angels) who speak to them. The angels reminded the disciples that Jesus had predicted His crucifixion by sinful men and His resurrection on the third day. It was at this moment, the disciples remembered what Jesus had said and how He knew well in advance what would take place.

Luke 24:4-8 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” 8 And they remembered His words.

John records a similar event that took place just after Jesus instructed His disciples to go to Bethphage and untie the foal of a donkey and bring him to Jesus. John remembered–at that time–none of them understood what Jesus was doing until after after He was glorified (risen). Prophecy 338

John 12:14-16 Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.” 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him

Jesus predicted 14 separate events which were all fulfilled:

Prediction 1: The words of Jesus would last forever, an attribute that can only be ascribed to God.

Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

Prediction 2: Mary of Bethany and her great act of Love.

Matthew 26:11-13 “For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

Prediction 3: Jesus will be betrayed by one of His closest friends.

Matthew 26:21-25 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?” He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.” Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.

Prediction 4: On the night that Jesus is arrested, all His disciples will abandon Him.

Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ ”

Prediction 5: Peter will deny three times that he knows Jesus.

Matthew 26:33-34 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.

Prediction 6: Jesus prophesied that the elders and chief priests would cause Him to suffer many things.

Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

Prediction 7: Jesus tells His disciples that He will be killed at Jerusalem.

Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

Prediction 8: Jesus predicted that He would die by Crucifixion.

Matthew 26:1-2 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

Prediction 9: Jesus said that He would die on Passover.

Matthew 26:2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

Prediction 10: Jesus said that He would be Resurrected three days after His death.

John 2:18-22 So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

Prediction 11: The Coming of The Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

Prediction 12: Jesus predicts the encirclement of Jerusalem, and the destruction of the Temple. These events would happen within the generation of those who heard this prophecy.

Luke 19:43-44 “For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Prediction 13: During the taking of Jerusalem, the Jews will be scattered over the face of the earth.

Luke 21:24 “And they (those in Jerusalem and Judea, vs 20-21) will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Prediction 14: From the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, the land of Israel will be ruled and overrun by the Gentiles.

And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)

For complete details of the above 14 predictions of Jesus, see the article: “The Predictions of Jesus.”

Other words and actions of Jesus, which corroborate His claim to be the Eternal God:

Jesus claimed to be the Great I AM, the eternal God.

John 8:56-58 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

The term I AM is the eternal name for God, as established in the Old Testament. In the Hebrew language, I AM is Ehyeh asher ehyeh. This term is usually translated into English as  I am that I am, but it can also be translated as I-shall-be that I-shall-be. The idea behind this name is that the Lord will become whatever you need. I AM… whatever you need in your life… I will become… whatever you need in your life…

In the name I AM, God is stating that He has no beginning and no end; He simply exists and always has. All other things in the universe have a point of beginning–while God does not require a beginning–being eternal. See Prophecy 20.

John testified that Jesus’ origin was not at Bethlehem, He came out of eternity:

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Paul describes Jesus as the agent of all creation:

Colossians 1:16 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

The Old Testament describes the Messiah as the Eternal God:

Prophecy 132
The Messiah will be the eternal One who made all things.

Prophecy 155
The Messiah existed eternally as God but from eternity in His wisdom, decided that He would offer His life for the sins of all men

Jesus is described as: The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. The meaning of this verse is staggering. It appears that before God created the universe and placed man upon the earth, He already knew that Adam would sin. The results of that sin would consign all those after him to a life of sin and separation from God. Jesus volunteered in eternity to come to earth as a man and die for all of us so that we could be redeemed by His sacrifice. Before time began, Jesus existed as: the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).

We should never forget that it was the Eternal God who came out of eternity and entered time at Bethlehem, to become our Savior. Jesus took the body of a man forever to fulfill all of the Old Testament prophecies regarding the Messiah and did so with extreme precision.

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