Sent To Save

The entire purpose of the Bible is salvation. All of the people and events that are described in the pages of the Hebrew and Greek scriptures, are a detailed road map for how any person can experience the forgiveness of their sins and gain eternal life as a free gift.

One of the mysteries of the Old Testament is its hidden agenda for the salvation for the whole world. It was always the plan of God to offer salvation to every person. When God first spoke of a plan of redemption to Abraham, He did so with the descendants of this aging patriarch as the objects of God’s Grace.

Beginning with the ancient prophets, God begins to speak in language that describes redemption for “those who did not ask…” We see a vivid description of this in Isaiah 65:1

Isaiah 65:1 “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Romans 11:11 I say then, have they (The Jews) stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.

Romans 11:25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

For The Whole World

The great Grace of the Lord is seen in this prophecy of Isaiah. The Old Testament scriptures are filled with God’s promise to send the Messiah to Israel for her salvation and deliverance. God, knowing all things, saw in advance that the Jews would not recognize nor receive the Messiah when He arrived. Therefore, the Lord also planned, from the beginning, to offer salvation to the whole world after He first gave Israel an opportunity. The Bible describes the world in terms of two groups of people: Jews and Gentiles. It was through the Jews that God followed a specific line of descendants that would bring about the birth of a Savior. God chose this line because of Abraham’s faith in the Lord’s ability to do what He had said, despite impossible circumstances.

The way in which the Lord displays to the world that His word is reliable and that He is the source of its revelation, is by predictive and fulfilled prophecy.

Jesus arrived at the precise time that all the scriptures predicted the Messiah would come. He said and did everything that the Messiah was expected to speak and accomplish. Though He was clearly the fulfillment of all that Israel should have expected, they did not recognize Him nor receive Him.

The Lord spoke in advance of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah that when this occurred, the Lord would call out a new group of people from the earth called: “The Church.” Birthed by the Spirit of God; based upon the fulfillment of hundreds of Old Testament scriptures; confirmed by the witness of those who saw and heard the things that Jesus had done; this new living organism of people would be the method, whereby, the Lord would make the Messiah known to the world.

The Bible describes a period of time called: The Times of the Gentiles. This is an interval of history in which the newly identified Messiah, called Jesus of Nazareth, would empower all those who believe in Him, to be His messengers.

Matthew 16:15 15 And then Jesus told them, Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (RCR)

It is apparent that when the total number of those who will believe in Jesus as their Savior is complete, the Lord will close the door on the Times of the Gentiles. When this number is complete, the Rapture will occur, and the seven-year Tribulation will begin. Once the church has been removed from the earth at the Rapture, the Lord will turn His attention back to Israel once again, and save a remnant who remain on the earth during the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7).

When Jesus came in fulfillment of all that the prophets had written, He was rejected, not only by the religious leadership of Israel, but also by the common, everyday ordinary people who lived during that time.

Rejected by the Chief Priests:

John 19:15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”

Rejected by the people:

Matthew 27:22-25 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”

Because this great salvation was first offered to the Jews and then rejected, Jesus pronounced that their house will be left to them desolate.

When we seek to determine the authenticity of the New Testament accounts of Jesus, we should keep in mind that what Jesus was saying and doing, was planned before the universe was created. Jesus is referred to as “The Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.”[1]

It is interesting that up to this point, Jesus had refused all requests by His disciples to announce that He is the promised Messiah. Jesus had repeatedly told them: “My time has not yet come.”

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.”

Jesus was waiting for one specific day, when the prophecies of Daniel and Zechariah predicted that the Messiah would come to Jerusalem.

From His response, we can see that Jesus was aligning His life with the prophetic word. Everything that He said and did was centered around the predictions that had been made regarding the coming of the Messiah. We observe that Jesus had knowledge of events that were going to happen. He knew the precise moment when He was supposed to reveal Himself as the Messiah at Jerusalem.

This is the subject of this book: To demonstrate that Jesus was not only seeking to fulfill the prophecies of the Messiah, but that He did in fact fulfill all of them, perfectly.

When the time came for Jesus to fulfill this prophecy of Isaiah 59:20, He determined to put things in the order that they should be. He accomplished each part of every prophecy with extreme precision. He did this so that all that was written about Him would turn out precisely as it was spoken by God—through the Old Testament prophets who recorded these events.

On the precise day required, at the exact time, Jesus instructs His disciples to go to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives and find a donkey tied together with her colt. This will set into motion the precise fulfillment of the Messiah coming into Jerusalem (Zion), as Isaiah predicted.

Matthew 21:1-9 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, “The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

What Jesus asked of the disciples caused the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah coming to Zion, as well as Zechariah’s prophecy of the Messiah coming to Zion on the foal of a donkey:

Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Each part of Zechariah’s prophecy that describes the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah’s revealing at Jerusalem, is detailed in each of the following prophecies:

The Messiah will be revealed at Jerusalem.
Zechariah 9:9a “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you…”

The Messiah will be proclaimed as “King” and “The Son of David,” at Jerusalem.
Zechariah 9:9b “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you…”

The Messiah will bring Justice.
Zechariah 9:9c … He is just…

The Messiah will bring Salvation.
Zechariah 9:9d …having salvation…

The Messiah will come “lowly” (humbly).
Zechariah 9:9e …Lowly…

The Messiah will come to Jerusalem, riding on the foal of a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9f …riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Notice how the words of both prophets work together in perfect harmony, though they wrote nearly 200 years apart.[2]

Isaiah: 740-680 B.C.
Zechariah: 520-518 B.C.

The specific details of the Messiah’s arrival on one predetermined day that was predicted by Daniel—is found in the chapter: Arrival of the Messiah.

As Judah has been in captivity in Babylon for 70 years, Daniel realizes from reading the prophecies of Jeremiah, that the time of their captivity is nearing an end. In response to this knowledge, Daniel begins to pray for his nation and people. Before Daniel has concluded his intercession, the angel Gabriel comes to reveal the greatest and most amazing prophecy in the Bible.

Gabriel informs Daniel that from the moment that he determined to pray for his nation and people, God had heard him. Gabriel was dispatched by God to give Daniel the final set of prophecies concerning Israel and the last days—which would usher in the arrival of the Messiah at Jerusalem. These prophecies would include the death of the Messiah and the destruction of Israel in 70 A.D.

At the death of Messiah there will be a break in the further fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy. Beginning at verse 27 of Daniel chapter 9, the prophet is looking ahead to the final seven years of the present age, called the Tribulation period. During this time, a world leader, described as the antichrist and the beast, will institute a peace plan between Israel and the surrounding nations for seven years. In the midst of the seven years (3 ½ years), the antichrist will break this treaty and announce to Israel, and the world, that he is God. This event is described by both Jesus and Daniel as: The Abomination of Desolation. This event will place into motion, the 21 judgments described by chapters 6-18 in the Book of Revelation. After Seven-Seals, Seven-Trumpets, and Seven-Bowl judgments are finished—at the end of 1,260 days—Jesus will return with His church, to destroy the antichrist and his waiting armies.

The timing of Daniel’s prophecy

Daniel is told that from the issuing of the command to return to Israel and rebuild the city and the temple, there will be “seventy-seven” sets of weeks, or 483 years, until the Messiah arrives in Israel.

We will explore these prophecies, in-depth and their future fulfillment, in the chapter: “The Son of Man.”

[1] All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8
[2] According to the Scofield Study Bible Notes on each of these two prophets.