84: Psalms 22:20-21


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 84

The devil will seek to kill the Messiah at the cross and end His plan for the salvation of men.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 22:20-21 “Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog. Save Me from the lion’s mouth And from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me.

New Testament Fulfillment:

1 John 3:8 “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Hebrews 2:14 “…that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil..”

1 Corinthians 2:7-8 “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.


In order to properly understand the origin and application of this prophecy, we must remember the source of hatred towards the Messiah. Throughout the Old Testament satan has sought to destroy or corrupt the line of descendants—from where the Messiah would come.

From the first prophecy of the Messiah in the Bible, Genesis 3:15, God predicted this hatred and the certain future of the devil as he will be crushed underfoot by the sacrifice of the Messiah.

Genesis 3:15 And I will cause hostility between you (satan) and the Descendant of woman (Messiah), and between your descendants and her descendant. He (Messiah) will strike your head (fatally), and you will strike his heel (crucifixion).

From the moment of Adam’s sin and his forfeiture of earth’s dominion, God promised a Savior who would bring redemption. The first prophecy in the Bible describes the Seed of a woman who would bruise the head of satan and take from him what was formerly lost by Adam.

Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.

For a complete discussion of this subject, please see Prophecy 1 in this book.

The Messiah would bruise the head of satan—a term used to describe a fatal blow, which will destroy the devil and his works forever. Before this blow is dealt to satan, he will attempt to destroy God’s Messiah. The effect of satan’s efforts will be only to bruise the heel of the Messiah.

At the cross, it is certain that satan believed he had ended God’s plan of salvation for all people. From the beginning of the creation of man, satan has been in opposition to man’s dominion of the earth and rulership over creation. As we follow the line of descendants from Adam to Christ, we see that satan was constantly working to disqualify, kill, or make impossible, this line of descendants that would bring forth the Messiah.

We are presently in the midst of the prophecies of Psalm 22, which by now you have come to understand, were written to describe the crucifixion of the Messiah. Psalm 22:20-21 makes reference to the Messiah’s plea to “deliver me from the sword,” “the power of the dog,” “save me from the lion’s mouth,” and “the horns of the wild oxen.” These are poetic verses which describe the fact that the Messiah will constantly be under the attack of satan to destroy Him. It was specifically at the cross that Psalm 22 describes satan’s most vicious attack.

Certain verses which speak of the birth of the Messiah, give us an indication of satan’s early plans to try and kill the Savior at His birth and early childhood. Jeremiah the prophet speaks of the Messiah under the threat of death from His birth, in Prophecy 290.

Jeremiah 31:15 Thus says the LORD: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.

Herod learned from the Magi who had journeyed to Judea from the East, that they were following an astronomical sign in the heavens. They told Herod that this sign spoke of a great King who would be born. In fear of losing his rulership, Herod set out to kill all the newborn babies of two years and under who had been born in Bethlehem.

Prophecy 294

Jeremiah 31:15 Thus says the LORD: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.”

Fulfilled in Matthew Chapter 2:

Matthew 2:16-18 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.

This evil plan by Herod was not by his own scheme. The desire to kill the Messiah was inspired and planned by satan for the destruction of the Savior—before He had a chance to fulfill His ministry. It was understood by satan that should the Messiah succeed, he would relinquish his dominion of the earth—back to God, that he had formerly won from Adam.

Psalm 22:20-21 is the description of the Messiah’s prayer to the Father, to deliver Him from the evil plans of satan. This was fulfilled in the New Testament account of Jesus, where it declares that He came for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8 “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil…”

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