365 Prophecies: Prophecy 120
The Persecution of the Messiah Predicted.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 69:26 “For they persecute the ones You have struck, And talk of the grief of those You have wounded.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 17:22-23 Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful.
Matthew 20:18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
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.’ ”
It is widely accepted that Psalm 69 was written for the Messiah. Assurance of this fact comes from the many references to this Psalm found in the New Testament. Although David is writing to recount his own personal experiences when he suffered under the oppression of Saul, David is also a prophet; therefore, everything that he writes must be studied carefully for its prophetic application to the coming Messiah.
It is interesting that many of the same emotions that David felt when he wrote this Psalm were also attributed to the feelings of the Messiah, during His own suffering.
The fact that the Savior of the world will be rejected by those He came to save is well established in the Old Testament prophetic word.
Eleven Prophecies describe the Messiah’s Rejection:
Psalms 31:11 The Messiah will be a reproach among His friends. Those who observe His suffering will stand at a distance.
Psalms 38:11 The friends and family of the Messiah will stand at a distance and watch Him die.
Psalms 69:4:The Messiah will be hated for no just cause, even though He is dying for the sins of the world.
Psalms 69:7-8 The Messiah will come to His own people—the Jews—but they will not receive him.
Isaiah 49:7 The Messiah will be despised and abhorred by the leaders in Israel.
Isaiah 53:1 Even among the Messiah’s own people—the Jews—they will not believe that He is the promised One.
Isaiah 53:3 The Messiah will be despised, hated, looked down upon as worthless and irrelevant.
Isaiah 53:3 The Messiah will be rejected by men.
Zechariah 11:9 The Messiah will take the Kingdom from those who reject Him, and offer it to others. Those who have rejected Him will find their house a desolation. The people who are left in Jerusalem will starve and eat their dead in order to survive.
Zechariah 11:10-1 As a result of the Jews’ rejection of their Messiah, God will break His covenant with them and give them into the hands of their enemies
Zechariah 11:12-13 The Messiah will be rejected by Israel.
Psalms 69:26 speaks of the Messiah whom God will send to die for the sins of the world, being struck and persecuted for His good deeds. In most cases, when a person performs an act of kindness for another, that person is grateful for the help that was given to him. In the case of Jesus Christ, though He was dying for the very people who were putting Him to death, they did not turn and thank Him. Instead, they mocked, ridiculed, hated, despised and rejected Him.
If you have studied these first one hundred and twenty prophecies, you already have sufficient evidence to believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah. If you do not receive Him, it will not be due to insufficient evidence; it will be an unwilling heart that will prevent your salvation.
The eleven predictions listed above were written from 600-1,000 years before Jesus came to earth. They speak in detail of an event that should never have happened. That God would send His Son into the world to save it from sin, and the world would reject Him, seems impossible. It is a paradox of the Messiah, that He would come to help the very people who would reject Him. It is extraordinary that God would send His Son to us—knowing in advance that most of the world would not receive Him. This is the love of God, which He has displayed to the whole world; that Jesus suffered and died—even for those who would refuse to be saved.
Instead, those who are present when He offers salvation to the world will brutalize, torture, and condemn Him to death.
Jesus scolded the religious leaders of Israel for their past record of persecuting and killing the very prophets whom God had sent them. Standing now before scribes and Pharisees was the Son of God, whom they also did not recognize nor receive. These men would repeat their ancestors’ former vicious acts, by persecuting their Messiah and put Him to death.
Matthew 23:29-31 (Jesus speaking) “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.”
Matthew 23:34-39 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”
Not long after this indictment on those who should have received Him, Jesus was beaten, brutalized, pierced with great nails, and placed on a cross to die. The world did not receive God’s Lamb when He came the first time, and His rejection continues. Though Jesus gave all that He had and poured out His precious life unto death, He is still not given the rightful place that He deserves in the hearts of people today.
In Matthew 24:39 above, Jesus said that Israel will see their Messiah no more, until they repeat the words spoken by the 118th Psalm, called the Hallel:
Psalms 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
The Hallel are a group of Psalms: 104-106, 111-118, 120-136 and 146-150, recited in times of praise and thanksgiving to God. During the feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, Israel recited these Psalms, as they remembered the way in which the Lord has saved His people on so many occasions in the past, during their Exodus out of Egypt.
During Passover, the people sang Psalms 113-118. As the people approached the temple for worship, they would recite these words in song format.
During the Seder, a Jewish family would recite Psalms 113-114 before dinner, and Psalms 115-118 after the meal had concluded.
Jesus and His disciples most likely sang many of the verses from Psalms 115-118, as they departed Jerusalem for the Mount of Olives.
Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The Great Hallel was sung from Psalms 120–136, 135–136, or 136. These verses contain praise for the Lord for His provision in the past and a hope for His continued provision in the future.
The persecution of the Messiah is well documented in the Old Testament and historically fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. The fact that God has told us in advance that we would not receive His Son, is an astonishing prediction. People today clamor that there is “no proof for God’s existence.” Yet, when He pierced the veil of time and revealed Himself, He was not recognize, nor received. God has shown Himself to us. He has revealed His heart, His will, and His purposes for our lives. The Book of Hebrews declares the most stunning exhibition which God has performed in revealing Himself; the person of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote that God has proven His existence, as He has spoken to us today, through His Son.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds…
Jesus told Phillip that anyone who has seen Him has seen the Father. In essence, Jesus was stating that by seeing Him, we have seen God.
John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
These Prophecies of the Old Testament, stand as a stunning reminder of the precision and intent that God has, in allowing us to know who He is; a God, unknown by human wisdom, yet simply revealed by the arrival of His Son. Unless this Great God was willing to reveal Himself to us, we could not know Him. The body of Prophetic scripture that are in our custody today, are intended by Him, as the only method by which we can see a glimpse of this amazing, unlimited, and eternal being. Prophecy is the method, whereby, He has chosen to validate His word as authentic. It is our obligation to read and study what He has written—through the Holy men whom He chose to record these truths. If we fail to find God, it will not be for His unwillingness to show Himself to us. It will be due to the failure of those who would not search Him out, through the scriptures which He has left for all of us.
 Alfred Edersheim has commented extensively on Psalm 69 as a certain prophecy of the Messiah: 69.Ps. 2:4 But to return is Messianically applied in the Talmud (Abhod. Z. u. s.). Ps. ii.6 is applied to the Messiah in the Midrash on 1 Samuel xvi.1 (Par.19, ed, Lemberg, p.45 a and b), where it is said that of the three measures of sufferings  one goes to the King Messiah, of whom it is written (Is. liii.) He was wounded for our trangression.’ They say to the King Messiah: Where dost Thou seek to dwell? He answers: Is this question also necessary? In Sion My holy hill (Ps. ii.6). (Comp. also Yalkut ii. p.53 c.)