Prophecies of Jesus Years Before His Birth That Were Fulfilled in His Life
All of the Below Prophecies Were Written 400-750 Years Before the Birth of Christ
[The prophets of old were] searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify,
when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
|Prophecies from the Old Testament
||Record of the Fulfillment of Prophecies
He says, 'It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the ends of the earth.' Isaiah 49:6. [Isaiah lived 778 years before Christ]
I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the Gentiles, Isaiah 42:6
And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and there was nothing made without him.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
This man came as a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of the Light.
Which was the true Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world. John 1:1-9
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life." John 8:12
|Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:1
[Isaiah lived 778 years before Christ was born.]
Thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. Isaiah 49:22
Then you shall see, and flow together, and your heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto you, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto you. Isaiah 60:5
Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto you the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. Isaiah 60:11
And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Isaiah 62:2
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. Isaiah 11:10
For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, said the LORD of hosts. Malachi 1:11
WE ALL KNOW THAT JESUS HAS BEEN WIDELY ACCLAIMED BY THE GENTILES, but the letters of Paul and John in New Testament scriptures confirm it happening throughout Asia and the Roman Empire, writing to churches in Corinth, Colossae, Ephesus, Rome,Galatia, Philippi, Thessalonia, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.
And other sheep I have [Gentiles], which are not of this fold [Jews]: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. John 10:16
[Paul] he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.
Delivering you [Paul] from the [Jewish] people, and from the Gentiles, to whom [the Gentiles] I [Jesus] now send you,
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin's slavery, and an inheritance among those who are sanctified and purified by faith in me. Acts 26:17-18
Peter said: in every nation whoever fears him and works righteousness is accepted by him. Acts 10:35
|Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
|For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7
||And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God. And listen! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great (eminent) and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His forefather David, And He will reign over the house of Jacob throughout the ages; and of His reign there will be no end.
|But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2
||Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Matthew 2:1
|Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Jeremiah 31:15
||Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
|When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. Hosea 11:1
||When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: Matthew 2:14
| For zeal for Your house has eaten me up. Psalm 69:9
||And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” John 2:14-17
|I will open my mouth in parables; I will declare high sentences of old. Psalm 78:2
||And the disciples came [to Jesus] and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
He [Jesus] answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Matthew 13:10-13
Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Mark 12:1
|Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:9
[They] Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written.
|Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.
||On Palm Sunday Jesus entered Jerusalem through the Golden Gate. When you go to Jerusalem look at the Golden Gate, it is shut with stone and cement, and with a Muslim cemetery in its front, through which a Jewish Messiah will never pass.
|Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9
||Jesus.. was troubled in spirit and said, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, one of you will deliver Me up. .So when He had dipped the morsel of bread [into the dish], He gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot's son. John 13:21-26
And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, [a disciple of three years time] went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. Mark 14:10
|And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:12
||And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15
|And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"-the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter. Zechariah 11:13
||The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money." So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners.
|When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
||And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
|Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. Psalm 27:12
||But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, and said, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.'"
|He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. Isaiah 53:7
But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!”
And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.
Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing.
|I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. Isaiah 50:6
||Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands. Mark 14:65
|he was so disfigured [that] he no longer looked like a man; Isaiah 52:14
Then they struck him again and again on the head with a staff, Mark 15:19
Then they spit on him, and took the staff and hit him repeatedly on the head. Mat 27:30
The men who held Jesus mocked him and beat him. When they had blindfolded him, they repeatedly hit him in the face and asked him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" Luke 22:63-64
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Isaiah 53:3
Thus says the LORD, The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him whom man despises, To Him whom the nation abhors, To the Servant of rulers: “ Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the LORD who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You.” Isaiah 49:7
But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people. Psalm 22:6
Then he said he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death... Matthew 26:38
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. John 1:10-11
Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again. Luke 18:31-33
|Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it. Psalm 69:4
||He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.' John 15:23-25
|They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots. Psalm 22:18
||Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, Matthew 27:35
|Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me,
they have pierced my hands and my feet. Psalm 22:16
They will look on me, the one they have pierced, Zechariah 12:10
|Then they crucified Him, ..
Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. Matthew 27:35-36
[Thomas] said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
|he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors, Isaiah 53:12
Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Matthew 27:38
|My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. Psalm 22:15
||Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty."
|They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst. Psalm 69:21
||There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. Matthew 27:34
|he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Psalm 34:20
||The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. John 19:32-34
But I am a worm, and no man; I am the scorn of men, and despised by the people.
All who see me laugh at me and mock me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying. He trusted and rolled himself on the Lord, that He would deliver him. Let Him deliver him, seeing that He delights in him! Psalm 22:7-8
|And those who passed by spoke reproachfully and abusively and jeered at Him, wagging their heads. If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.
In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, made sport of Him, saying, He rescued others from death; Himself He cannot rescue from death. He is the King of Israel? Let Him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in and acknowledge and cleave to Him.
And the robbers who were crucified with Him also abused and reproached and made sport of Him in the same way.
|They will look on me, the one they have pierced, Zechariah 12:10
|| one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear,
|My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? Psalm 22:1
||About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46
|Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
||When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases." Matthew 8:16-17
|He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Isaiah 53:9
||As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
|Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
|when he had scourged Jesus. Mat 27:26
they struck him on the face. Luke 22:64
Then he said he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death... Matthew 26:38
|When You make His soul an offering for sin, Isaiah 53:10
the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
|The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
Caiphus, the High Priest said: it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. John 11:49-51
|Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
|"You will all fall away," Jesus told them.
Peter declared, "Even if all fall away, I will not." After denial:
Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times." And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:27-72
|After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Hosea 6:2
||He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' Luke 24:6-7
|But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. Isaiah 26:19
||The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. Matthew 27:52-53
|When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious— that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.
|When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.
|The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." Psalm 110:1
||who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:3
|Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the [new] covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:1
I [John the Baptist] indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I [Jesus] is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire. Luke 3:16-17
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
|Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. Malachi 4:5
||For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.
|I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Psalm 2:7
||And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17
|In Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Isaiah 9:1-2
||And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, [land of Galilee]. Matthew 4:13-16
|[Moses said]: The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear. Deuteronomy 18:15
||Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” John 6:14
|He is despised and rejected by men, Isaiah 53:3
||He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
|Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Isaiah 35:5
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; Isaiah 61:1
|When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’” And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.
|Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: [69 total weeks] the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
69 weeks x 7 days/week=483 days
(Num 14:33-34, Eze 4:4-6), shows us how a day is a year.
Daniel prophesied the time to be 483 years.
The Jewish year was 360 days; so adjusting for our calendar years, the time calculates: 483 years x 360 days/year=173,880 days/365.25 days/year=476 years.
The 444 BC decree from Artaxerxes (465-425BC.) in the 20th year of his reign to Nehemiah (see Nehemiah 2:1-8) authorized the rebuilding the wall. We count 443 years before the birth as the first of the 476 years because there is no 0 year; the dates go from 1 BC to 1 AD. That leaves the prophesied date to be about 476-443=33 AD "the coming of the Messiah or Prince." Scholars have no agreement on the exact years of Christ's life; Wikipedia shows his birth ranging between 7 BC and 2 BC, and death ranging between 25 AD and 36 AD.
But we know the Messiah has come, and is not coming thousands of years later; and Jesus is obviously the only historical figure that could possibly have fulfilled the prophecy.
To still be waiting on the Messiah, is to label Daniel a false prophet - who obviously was a true prophet, even recognized by the heathen king Nebuchadnezzar.
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How Jesus Fulfilled the Jewish Expectations of Messiah
According to Jewish scripture and belief, the true Messiah must meet the following requirements:
How Jesus Fulfilled the Expectations of Messiah
|Be an observant Jewish man descended from the house of King David
||Before His ministry began, Jesus was so respected as an observant Jewish man that He was regularly taught and read scriptures in His synagogue's Sabbath meeting.
Jesus was by both his Father and Mother a direct descendant of David, Joseph through Solomon (Matthew 1:7-15), thus inheriting the legal right to the throne of David, and Mary through David's son, Nathan (Luke 3:23-31), her line thus carrying the seed of David, since Solomon's line had been refused the throne because of Jechoniah's sin.
|Be an ordinary human being (as opposed to the Son of God)
||Jesus was the Son of God, who humbled Himself to become an ordinary man to die on the cross. He was looked on as just the carpenter's son, an ordinary man.
|Bring peace to the world
||As He does bring peace to anyone in the world who accepts Him and follows Him to the cross, to receive peace as the fruit of the spirit.
|Gather all Jews back into Israel
||As He does gather all real Jews, those with a circumcised heart, into spiritual, heavenly Israel.
|Rebuild the ancient Temple in Jerusalem
||As He does rebuild the temple in New Jerusalem, the heavenly, spiritual Jerusalem; Jesus and His saints being the temple, each saint being a living stone, each overcomer of the world and its lusts being a pillar in the temple.
|Unite humanity in the worship of the Jewish God and Torah observance
||1) Certainly He unites true believers from all nations, particularly the Gentiles, in worship of the Jewish God. The Jewish God is acknowledged as God by billions all over the world.
2) Jesus preached observance of the law, and He even strengthened the law.
And so His true believers, who have crucified their lusts and affections on the inward cross of self-denial, observe the law, even exceeding the law by walking in the royal law of love:
A man who walks in the royal law of love, is prompted and energized by God what to say and what to do, so that his every action and word is from loving obedience to God; truly such a man loves the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
Deu 6:4-5; such a man greatly exceeds the law.
- Owe no man anything, but to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments: "you shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, you shall not covet," and any other commandments, are all briefly summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love works no ill to his neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Rom 13:8-10.
- For all the law is fulfilled in one command, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Gal 5:14
- Do we then render inoperative the law through faith? Absolutely not, instead we establish the law. Rom 3:31.
The Jews condemned Jesus because he admitted he was the Son of God. So they killed him because they said he had violated their law and blasphemed. They considered Jesus to be claiming equality with God by claiming he was the Son of God, and to claim equality with God was blasphemy; but the real reason was they feared the loss of their religion and nation. The Jews believed that the Messiah would only be a man, and they acted like they had never heard of the Son of God, yet their own Scriptures, from the Old Testament, speak of the Son.
Old Testament Book of Proverbs, says:
Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell? Proverbs 30:4
In the Old Testament Book of Psalms, King David spoke very, very reverently of the Son, ascribing to him the power of God:
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you perish from the way for his wrath is quick to be kindled. Blessed are all those who put their trust in him. Psa 2:12
In the Original Old Testament Book of 4 Esdras*
The bride shall appear, and he shall come forth and be seen, that now is under the earth: for my Son Jesus shall appear with those that be with him, and those who remain shall rejoice within four hundred years; and after these same years shall my Son Christ die. 4 Esdras 7:27-29
I, Esdras, saw upon the Mount Zion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.
And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marveled at greatly.
So I asked the angel, and said, "Sir, what are these?"
He answered and said unto me, "These are those who have put off the mortal clothing, put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God; now are they crowned, and they receive palms."
Then said I unto the angel, "What young person is it who crowns them and gives them palms in their hands?"
So he answered and said unto me, "It is the Son of God, whom they have confessed in the world." Then began I to greatly admire those who had stood so rigidly for the name of the Lord.
Then the angel said unto me, "Go your way, and tell my people what manner of things and how great wonders of the Lord your God you have seen." 4 Esdras 2:42-48
*The Book of Esdras is so unfamiliar to most. It was in the original Old Testament and King James Bible, but was later removed. Parts of the books are in Ezra and Nehemiah. This book still appears in the Latin Vulgate Bible. Because George Fox quoted from this Book, it is included on this site. See Esdras, Chapter 1 Introduction for more on Esdras.
In the Old Testament Book of Daniel, even the heathen King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, could recognize the son of God:
And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spoke, and said to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
He answered and said, "Look, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not harmed; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." Daniel 3:23-25
Further in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, Daniel himself saw Jesus coming on the clouds: I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven. Dan 7:13
Jesus referred to himself as the Son of Man:
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels;
and then he will reward every man according to his works. (Not just a particular generation.)
Some standing here shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom. Mat 16:27-8,Mar 8:38,9:1,Luk 9:26-27
Those not purified, to see Jesus' coming, (appearing in their hearts), before death, see him as they die, as all peoples, all nations, all generations do.
Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye will see him, and also those who pierced him: (also, the Jews 2000 years ago)
and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:7
2000 years ago, to the Jewish High Priest and the Pharisees at his trial, Jesus said..
you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62
The Jews accusations were baseless. Their own Old Testament scriptures testified in multiple of books to the existence of a Son of God and the Son of Man. The Jews, incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures, rejected Christ, expecting a physical King to appear and re-establish an earthly Jewish kingdom. Similarly, one hundred generations of Christendom, incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures, have rejected listening to and obeying Christ within them, expecting an outward appearance; expecting Christ to physically appear to be King of the whole world, thereby missing the possibility of preparing for his inward, individual spiritual appearance in them. This is a major deception with disastrous consequences to those so deceived.
SCRIPTURES ON THE DIVINITY OF JESUS
- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word [Jesus] was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14
- He [Jesus] is the sole expression of the glory of God , and He is the perfect imprint and very image of nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.
- Who [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature, Colossians 1:15
- For by him [Jesus] all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together - so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself (God the Father) all things, whether things on earth or in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Col.1:16-20
- Who, [Christ] although being essentially one with God and in the form of God, did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but stripped Himself, so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:6-8
- Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father; then we shall be satisfied. Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the (His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power). John 14:8-10
- In the last of these days He has spoken to us in Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time. Heb 1:2
- As the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them,
even so the Son quickens whom he will;
for the Father judges no man; but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all
men should honor the Son, even as they
honor the Father. He that does not honor the
Son, does not honor the Father which has
sent him. John 5:21-23.
- Speaking at the last supper, just before his crucifixion, Jesus said: And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. John 17:5
God is light. God is a consuming fire. God is a spirit. In the beginning, the light, fire, and spirit called God, created the first-born (Jesus) of all the creation, so that all God's fullness could dwell in him, (Jesus) and then by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together - so that in everything he might have the supremacy. He is essentially one with God and in the form of God.
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live, . Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD. The Father has purposed that Jesus Christ be our God and Lord, deliberately giving preimmence to him.
Below is an extract of a letter written by George Whitehead, the great statesman of the early Quakers, who brilliantly interfaced with four kings of England in his long service of 71 years as a minister of Truth. This portion of the letter addresses the Divinity of Christ:
Let us consider the
only begotten Son of God, our blessed Lord
Jesus Christ, and what confession and honor
is given unto him in holy Scripture, both respecting his eternal Deity and perfect manhood;.. and to prevent all occasions of doubts or disputes about the some matter,
I refer you and all concerned to the following Scriptures:
Isa. 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (written 650 years before Christ's earthly birth)
A prophecy of Jesus Christ, respecting his
birth of the virgin, as a man child, and his
being Immanuel, God with us, or in us.
Isa 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (written 650 years before Christ's earthly birth)
An excellent prophecy and testimony of
Jesus Christ, respecting his birth as a man
child, and his divine wisdom and Deity, as
Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, etc.
Mic 5:2. and Mat 1:23, 2:1 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Michah wrote this prophecy 700 years before Christ's earthly birth)
Showing that Christ existed, as to his Divinity, before he was born in Bethlehem in
John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Rom 1:3-4. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made 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: And Rom 9:5. Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever.
Therefore, that Jesus Christ his being truly
man and the Son or God, and God over all,
first, respecting his manhood,
is said of him, Luke 2. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
And when twelve years old, and was
found in the temple among the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions, all that
heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers, Luke 2:40, 42, 46-47, and Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and
stature, and in favour with God and men. O
wonderful child! And most excellent heavenly man! He has left us a blessed example,
in order to follow him, and to grow in his
grace and wisdom, by the help of his Holy
Spirit and power.
Consider also, that by the wondrous works
and miracles, that Christ wrought on earth by
the power of God, he had great adoration and
honor in many hearts; and so do his great
and spiritual cures, which by his divine light
and power, he has wrought and worked on
many souls in this day; glory and honor to
his name forever. See: Isa 42:6-7, John 11:25-26,42-44, Eph 2:1, and Psalm 147:7 and Psalm 103.
There is no cause to question Christ the
Son of God, whom he has highly exalted,
having a name given him above every name,
unto which every knee shall bow,... Phil 2:9. Surely, the mighty God or God over
all..., is a name, yes, a power divine,
above every other name.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world
has been hidden in God, who created all things
by Jesus Christ. Eph 3:9. For by him
were all things created, that are in heaven
and that are in earth, visible and invisible, Col 1:16. ...
As God created all things in heaven and
in earth, visible and invisible, ... by Jesus
Christ; this speaks of his being the eternal Wisdom, Power, and Word or God, Rev 19:13, John 1:3,
See likewise Heb 1:1-2: God who at
sundry times, and in divers manners, spoke
in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
has in these last days spoken unto us by his
Son, whom he has appointed heir of all
things, by whom also he made the worlds.
Then the Son of God was before the worlds
were made; to which agrees, Heb 11:3:
Through faith we understand, that the worlds
were framed by the Word of God.
See also, John 5:21-23. As the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them,
even so the Son quickens whom he will;
for the Father judges no man; but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all
men should honor the Son, even as they
honor the Father: he that honors not the
Son, honors not the Father which has
How can any so honor the Son, who count
him only a mere man? John 17:5. And now, 0 Father! Glorify
thou me, with your own self, with the glory
which I had with thee, before the world was. These were Christ's own words and testimony,
in his prayer to the Father.
See 1 John 5:20. How [the true God and
Eternal Life] is ascribed to the Son as well
as to the Father, - who are one: John 10:30. It is also observable, The children of Israel,
who were all baptised unto Moses, in the
cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the
same spiritual meat; and did all drink of the
same spiritual drink, for they drank of that
spiritual Rock that followed them, (or went
with them) and that Rock was Christ; 1 Cor10:2-4.
And this was long before Christ came in
the flesh; Christ was and is the Rock of Ages,
and Foundation of many generations, both
before and after his coming in the flesh.
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