365 Prophecies: Prophecy 62
The Messiah shall be placed by the Lord as the King of Jerusalem from where He will reign over the whole earth through the power of Holiness.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 2:6 “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Mark 14:61-62 But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Romans 1:3-4 “concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
John 8:46 “Which of you convicts Me of sin?”
Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, “These things says He who is holy, He who is true, ‘He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.’ ”
The right of rule for the Messiah comes from His qualifications.
He is God: Prophecy 20
He made all things: Prophecy 132
He is Eternal: Prophecy 155
He is Holy, without sin: Prophecy 164, the subject of this 62nd Prophecy.
The Messiah’s perfect Holiness is described by the Bible as the source of His power which He exercises in judging the world.
Romans 1:4 (Jesus) declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
If we think about it, only someone who is without sin could rightly judge those with sin. A sinner could not stand in judgment over other sinners. The reason is that the very things we might judge as being wrong in another person are likely a sin that we have committed ourselves.
Romans 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
This Illustration in the Messiah’s holiness is seen in His likeness to the Passover Lamb of the Old Testament. The Lamb had to be perfect.
Prophecy 21 The Messiah will be the Passover Lamb who is without blemish.
Exodus 12:3-5 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: “On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
1 Peter 1:18-19 “…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
Prophecy 164 The Messiah must be Born of a virgin, giving Him a nature without sin.
In order for the Messiah to be perfect and without sin, He would have to be born without sin. This is only possible if He was conceived by a virgin, through a supernatural conception by the Holy Sprit. This would enable the Messiah to be born without the sin nature that all normal human beings acquire, by being a descendant of Adam. According to the book of Genesis, our sin nature came from Adam and was passed to all future generations.
1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death…
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die…
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world…
Since Jesus was born by a union of Mary and the Holy Spirit, He was born without sin. This is the purpose of the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14—that a virgin will conceive and bear a Son.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin (Almah) shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 1:30-35 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
If Jesus was not born of a virgin, then He could not be the Savior of the world.
In order for anyone to be the Savior of all people, that person would need himself to be without sin. Only a spotless Savior could offer his life to save all other men. The value of the sacrifice which would be required to pay for all of the sins of every person, for all time, is beyond comprehension. An ordinary man who is himself a sinner could not possibly bear the sins of anyone else since he also would need a Savior.
It would take a sacrifice of eternal and infinite value to redeem the lives of all people, for all time. This sacrifice would have to be so costly that it could satisfy the righteous requirement of God’s law in punishing and removing the sins of the whole world, from the time of Adam to the end of the age.
The one making the sacrifice would therefore have to be perfect in every way.
This is why Isaiah predicted that when the Messiah came, He would be perfect, beginning with His birth and continuing without sin for the rest of His life.
On this basis alone is no other person in human history who could make a valid claim that he is the way to heaven. Since all men are born sinners, no man could be the savior of any other man. Only Jesus Christ, who has the undeniable testimony that He was without sin, is qualified.
Think of a person whom you have known for an extended period of time. How long did it take for you to recognize that this person was not perfect? Within just a few hours or days, you were well aware that your friend was a sinner, just like you and every other person who has been born. The disciples of Jesus walked with Him everywhere He went. They woke in the morning with Jesus and they slept near by Him at night. Not one of these men ever testified that they had personally observed any sin in Jesus. In fact, Peter was so overwhelmed with the complete sinlessness of Jesus. He said this to the Lord:
Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
The ability to sin came from Adam, who then gave this predisposition to sin to everyone who came after him. According to the Bible, sin is transferred to the child through the father, not the mother.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
This does not mean that a female human being is not a sinner; only that she does not have the ability to transfer the sin nature to her child; this comes from the father. Mary had a sin nature, but she could not transfer this nature to Jesus.
Joseph was not Jesus’ birth father. It was the Holy Spirit who caused Mary to conceive and bear Jesus. For this reason, Jesus was born without the sin nature.
Being born without the sin nature was not enough for Jesus to be qualified to be the Savior of all men. He would have to live the rest of His life without sin. If there was any testimony that Jesus had sinned even a single time, He would be disqualified and could not be the Messiah. Because this is of such great importance, I will restate this point again:
The significance of Isaiah’s prophecy requires that the Messiah must be born of a virgin:
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
First: The Savior must be born from a Virgin. This is perhaps the most important and primary prediction of the coming Messiah. The virgin birth is what separates Jesus from all other human beings who have been born with the nature to sin.
The Old Testament required the Passover Lamb to be free of defects, in order to be qualified as an acceptable sacrifice.
Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year.
Jesus was born without sin, and He lived His entire 33 years upon the earth without committing a single sin. This is what uniquely qualifies Him to be the only Savior of the world. He is the only man who was born without sin and has never sinned during His entire life.
Consider the immensity of this fact.
A person who is born without sin and continues their entire life without sin–is an insurmountable requirement that no human being could meet. The inclusion of this fact, as a prerequisite for the true Messiah, disqualifies all human being, except one–Jesus.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
John 8:46 (Jesus speaking) “Which of you convicts Me of sin?”
No one answered this challenge by Jesus because no one had ever seen or heard Him commit sin.
This is why only Jesus is qualified to be the Savior of the world.
Every other person who has been born and claimed to be the way to Heaven was a sinner. According to the Bible, a sinner cannot ever be a Savior. That is why we worship and serve only Jesus because only He is without Sin.
Jesus repeatedly refers to Himself as “Holy and without sin, the Son of David, and the Christ.” All of these terms are direct fulfillments of the Old Testament verse found in this 62nd Prophecy from Psalm 2:6. When read in their entire context, Psalm 2 makes many inferences to the character, nature, work, and purpose of the coming Messiah. All of these attributes and works of the Messiah are fulfilled in Jesus Christ at His first and second coming.
The reign of the Messiah from Jerusalem, spoken of in Psalm 2, is to take place during the promised one thousand-year reign, a future event. Jesus claimed that He has both the qualifications and the right to reign as the Messiah during this period of future history.
The prophecy of Psalm 2 specifies that the Messiah shall reign from Zion, which is Jerusalem, in Israel. During the one thousand-year reign of the Messiah on the earth, all rulership, judgment, and the law itself shall come from Jesus, from the new capital of the world—Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2:2-4 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD’S house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
Matthew 25:31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.”
The beauty of Matthew 25 is that it shows the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prediction of the coming Messiah, at the end of the age, to set up His kingdom. Jesus will rule and reign over the whole earth from Jerusalem. He will appoint those who were a part of His church before the Rapture took place as co-rulers with Him. They will reign over certain cities, depending upon their faithfulness to Jesus during the life they lived while in their mortal bodies on earth.
Jesus fulfilled this 62nd Prophecy by being the Holy and sinless Son of God who has the power and right to reign over all creation.