124: Psalms 72:17b

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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 124

The prediction of an everlasting kingdom for the Messiah, with all the nations calling Him “Blessed.”

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 72:17b “His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 1:32-33 “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.

Application:

In this 124th prophecy, a promise by the Lord; that all men shall be blessed in Him, the Messiah. Those who survive in the seven-year Tribulation will go into His one thousand-year reign over the earth and receive great blessing under His righteous rule.

“And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed.”

Much in the same way that the Book of Ephesians describes all of the amazing blessings that are available today for the believer in Jesus, as having their source—in Him.

Jesus chose us “in Him” before the foundation of the world.

Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…

“In Him,” we have redemption.

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…

All of us will be gathered together “in Him.”

Ephesians 1:10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.

We will receive an eternal inheritance “in Him.

Ephesians 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will…

“In Him” we trust, which is the hope of our salvation.

Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise

“In Him” by faith, we have access to the Father, and by no other.

Ephesians 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

The Postal route of the Seven Churches in Asia

When Paul wrote this epistle that has the signature “Ephesians” attached to it, he may not have written this letter specifically to the church at Ephesus. In three of the early manuscripts that are ascribed to this church, the name Ephesus does not appear on the title.[1] Paul wrote this letter while he was in prison and designated it to be distributed to all of the churches in Asia at that time. As Ephesus was the first church to receive this letter from Paul, they would write their name at the top. The letter would then be copied and sent to the next church, Smyrna, who would place their name at the top and deliver it to Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and finally Laodicea.[2]

Map of the seven Churches[3]

The list of churches named in the Book of Revelation, Chapter two and three, tells us the order of the major churches that were in a circular postal route. You will notice in the map above that Ephesus would have been the first stop. This would explain why the name Ephesus appears first on the letter. This may be why some of the manuscripts of Ephesians bears their name and some do not.

This letter from Paul, displaying the name “Ephesus,” has the longest sentence without a period, in the Bible. From chapter 1, verse 3 to verse 14, this text was originally written in Greek as one continuous thought. When this letter was translated from Greek into English, the translators placed periods at verses 6, 10, and 12; but these periods did not exist in the original Greek. The entire thought was one continuous blessing from the Lord, with no breaks.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved, In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace, which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him, In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory, In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”

As we read this entire text, notice the underlined verses that describe many of the blessings that the Messiah—Jesus came to bestow on all those who commit their lives to Him.

Ephesians 1
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

It is worth noting here: this longest sentence in the Bible contains the greatest number of blessings prescribed by God, anywhere else in the scriptures. By design, the Lord wanted to tell us, without interruption, all of the blessings that Jesus made possible for us In Him.

These are the blessings described by David in this 123rd Prophecy from Psalms 72:17.

See Prophecy 121 for a list of 33 predictions from the Old Testament that describe the Messiah’s enduring, eternal kingdom.


NOTES:
[1] Hoehner, Harold. Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary. Baker Academic, 2002. ISBN 978-0-8010-2614-0
[2] NIV application commentary; Klyne Snodgrass; p. 21
[3] Illustrated Map by Rob Robinson

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