Gen. 12:3 π Gen. 49:9-10 π Dt. 18:18-19 π Psa. 16:9-10 π Psa. 22:16 π Psa. 22:18 π Psa. 68:18 π Isa. 7:14 π Isa. 50:6 π Isa. 53:3 π Isa. 53:5-8 π Hos. 11:1 π Mic. 5:2 π Zech. 9:9 π Zech. 11:12-13 π Mt. 1:21 π Mt. 1:23 π Mt. 2:1 π Mt. 2:15 π Mt. 5:17 π Mt. 26:15 π Mt. 26:67 π Mt. 27:3-5 π Mt. 27:22 π Mt. 27:35 π Mt. 28:7 π Mk. 15:25 π Mk. 16:19 π Lk. 2:15 π Lk. 16:31 π Lk. 19:28-40 π Lk. 23:34 π Lk. 24:5-6 π Acts 3:22-26 π Rom. 8:9 π Rom. 15:4 π 1 Cor. 2:14 π 2 Tim. 2:15 π 1 Pet. 1:10-13 π 1 Pet. 1:18 π Rev. 5:5 π Rev. 22:15 π Rev. 22:18
There are various forces and groups, some under the label of religion, who are trying to keep God from setting up His kingdom in Israel, and also to ridicule the battle of Armageddon, which will trigger the reign of Almighty God during this millennial rule of all nations of the earth.
These same forces are trying to undermine Scriptural truths by casting doubts concerning the authenticity of the Old Testament and the nation of Israel, plus parts of the New Testament. By using intellectual arguments, they fail to rightly divide the word of truth (see 2 Tim. 2:15; top ); they are destroying their only chance of salvation. They have created their own god of intellectualism, and are worshipping this god.
Scripture can only truly be understood by the Spirit of truth in a person via the route of deep repentance and spiritual conversion; otherwise itís futile to comment on it - it only promotes vanity, unto more ungodliness. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned ( 1 Cor. 2:14 ), and if you do not have the Spirit of Christ, you are none of His ( Rom. 8:9; top ), and your spiritual discernment is zero.
The book of Revelation tells us that unbelievers, those that have added to or subtracted from Scripture, those who have promoted and been practicers of the occult and witchcraft, and those who have put their philosophies as idols ahead of God of Scripture will never inherit eternal life. ( Rev. 22:15 , 18; top )
You cannot treat the Scriptures, either Old or New Testament, as a cafeteria, and just pick out what you like or what will support your philosophy.
A multitude of Old Testament people - apostles, prophets and believers - will inhabit the New and Holy Jerusalem, whose gates and foundations will be named after the 12 tribes of Israel. Who, then, can negate the standards, statutes and credibility of the Old Testament?
Many Old Testament prophets told prophetically of the times we are living in, with amazing accuracy, plus explaining a whole host of New Testament spiritual acts already fulfilled.
These prophets predicted:
- The new covenant, with all its blessings.
- The fullness of God's grace and mercy.
- The fullness of the Holy Spirit anointing upon believers.
- The fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- The fruits of the Spirit.
- The entire plan of redemption, of which the Old Testament was a forerunner.
- The way of holiness by the blood of Jesus.
- The power and authority of every believer to do the acts of Jesus.
These, plus many other truths, were given to the Old Testament prophets.
1 Pet. 1:10-13 (top) confirms, supports and establishes the above truths, given by Old Testament prophets.
The validity of the Old Testament is constantly being confirmed by the numerous referrals to it in practically every book in the New Testament. Jesus said He came not to destroy the Old Testament, but to fulfill it. ( Mt. 5:17 ) It was preordained before the foundation of the world, and of course He did it to perfection. His perfect sacrifice on the cross released the merciful forgiveness of an all-holy God to us who were under the judgment of sin. We were not redeemed with corruptible things. ( 1 Pet. 1:18; top )
The Old Testament reveals the New Testament Jesus with many prophetical confirmations. The following Scriptures are Old Testament prophecies; the verses listed after each Scripture indicate the New Testament fulfillment:
Gen. 49:9-10 : He would be of the tribe of Judah. ( Rev. 5:5; top )
Mic. 5:2 : He would be born in Bethlehem. ( Mt. 2:1 , Lk. 2:15; top )
Isa. 7:14 : He would be born of a virgin. ( Mt. 1:23; top )
Hos. 11:1 : He would be called out of Egypt. ( Mt. 2:15; top )
Dt. 18:18-19 : He would come as a prophet. ( Acts 3:22-26; top )
Zech. 9:9 : He would make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem. ( Lk. 19:28-40; top )
Isa. 53:3 : His own people would reject Him. ( Mt. 27:22; top )
Zech. 11:12-13 : He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. ( Mt. 26:15 , 27:3-5; top )
Isa. 53:5-8 : He would carry the sins of us all. ( Mt. 1:21; top )
Isa. 50:6 : They would spit on His face. ( Mt. 26:67; top )
Psa. 22:16 : His hands and feet would be pierced. ( Mk. 15:25; top )
Psa. 22:18 : Soldiers would cast lots for His clothing. ( Mt. 27:35 , Lk. 23:34; top )
Psa. 16:9-10 : He would be raised from the dead. ( Mt. 28:7 , Lk. 24:5-6; top )
Psa. 68:18 : He would ascend into Heaven. ( Mk. 16:19; top )
In light of present-day conditions of the conflict in and around the country of Israel, and our governmentís foreign policy for this area, we seem to have lost sight of our need to support Israel. Scripture clearly states that God will bless them that bless or support Israel; and conversely, reject those that reject Israel. ( Gen. 12:3 ) Judgment as a result of our rejection of Israel is coming upon us. If men donít heed Moses and the Old Testament prophets, then they wonít change, even though one rises from the dead. (Jesus, in Lk. 16:31 , also Rom. 15:4; top )
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