Baby Boomers, the Blessed Hope and Messianic Prophecy
- From: Wings of a Dove <noahdove7@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:09:14 -0800 (PST)
Many of the Baby Boomer generation are moving into their retirement
years or have already passed away.
As people reach old age their bodies start to break down like old
cars. Some hope that modern medical research will be extend life or
discover the secret to longevity. Is there a fountain of youth? Is
there anything to look forward to besides the grave? So far scientist
to stop the aging process and death.
Yet, there is hope, but this hope in not in man but is what God has
promised. Please take the time to ponder the following
inspirational words and you will see there is something to hope for
beyond this life and the grave.
 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto
her, Give me to drink.
 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou,
being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the
Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of
God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou
wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living
 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this
water shall thirst again:
 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall
never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a
well of water springing up into everlasting life.
[ Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed,
 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for
the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
must put on immortality.
 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass
the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ.
 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that
your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good
thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal
life: and they are they which testify of me. - Jesus
 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou
hast the words of eternal life.
 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his
life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give
eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for
us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the
which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but
the things which are not seen are eternal.
 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens.
 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life.
 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation
unto all them that obey him;
 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood
he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal
redemption for us.
 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God?
 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that
by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were
under the first testament, they which are called might receive the
promise of eternal inheritance.
 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear
witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the
Father, and was manifested unto us;)
 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal
 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no
murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of
the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that
ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an
understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him
that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and
 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed
and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall
wipe away all tears from their eyes.
 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be
any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of
promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God
to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge
to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and
stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning
them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have
 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them
also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which
are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent
them which are asleep.
 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead
Christ shall rise first:
 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord.
 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the
great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
I've found the Pearl of greatest price,
My heart doth sing for joy;
And sing I must, for Christ is mine;
Christ shall my song employ.
Christ is my Prophet, Priest and King;
A Prophet full of light,
My great High Priest before the throne,
My King of heav'nly might.
For He indeed is Lord of lords,
And He the King of kings;
He is the Sun of righteousness,
With healing in His wings.
Christ is my Peace; He died for me,
For me He gave His blood;
And as my wondrous Sacrifice,
Offered Himself to God.
Christ Jesus is my All in all,
My Comfort and my Love,
My Life below, and He shall be
My Joy and Crown above.
Words: by John Mason, 1683.
The Blessed Hope and Messianic Prophecy
Messianic Prophecy: A Definition
The term "Messianic prophecy" refers to a compilation of over one
hundred predictions (conservative estimate) in the Old Testament
regarding the Messiah. They have undeniable accuracy even though these
prophecies were recorded by numerous writers into various books over
1000 years. We are assured that these prophecies were not conspired
after the fact due to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint. These items
are existed prior to Jesus' time on earth.
Messianic Prophecy: The Fulfillment
Jesus Christ fulfilled the Messianic Prophecy foretold by the Old
Testament authors. Study the prophecies yourself and consider the
probability of just one person fulfilling even a few of these specific
prophecies! Luke 24:44 says, "Then he said, 'When I was with you
before, I told you that everything written about me by Moses and the
prophets and in the Psalms must all come true.'"
Consider these Old Testament prophecies and the New Testament
fulfillment by Christ:
Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7)
Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23) as a descendant of
Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16), of the
tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14), and of
the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1)
Herod killing the infants (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)
Taken to Egypt (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:14-15)
Heralded by the messenger of the Lord (John the Baptist) (Isaiah
40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1-3)
Anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17)
Preached good news (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:14-21)
Performed miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35)
Cleansed the Temple (Malachi 3:1; Matthew 21:12-13)
Ministered in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-16)
Entered Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew
First presented Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree to
rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25; Matthew 21:4-11)
Rejected by Jews (Psalm 118:22; 1 Peter 2:7)
Died a humiliating death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) involving: rejection
(Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; 7:5,48), betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9;
Luke 22:3-4; John 13:18), sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah
11:12; Matthew 26:14-15), silence before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7;
Matthew 27:12-14), being mocked (Psalm 22: 7-8; Matthew 27:31), beaten
(Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26), spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 27:30),
piercing His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:31), being
crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38), praying for His
persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34), piercing His side (Zechariah
12:10; John 19:34), given gall and vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21,
Matthew 27:34, Luke 23:36), no broken bones (Psalm 34:20; John
19:32-36), buried in a rich man's tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew
27:57-60), casting lots for His garments (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24).
Rose from the dead! (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31)
Ascended into Heaven (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9)
Sat down at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3)
Messianic Prophecy: Part 2. (Read Part 1 First!)
Messianic Prophecy - The Odds of Fulfillment
We can understand the power of Messianic Prophecy when we consider
statistical odds that one person fulfilled all of them. If we study
just seven of the specific prophecies, that were later fulfilled in
the Person of Jesus Christ, we are amazed by the impossibility!
To illustrate, here are some conservative "odds" next to seven
Messianic Prophecy Odds Without
Jesus would be a descendant of David.
104 (1 in 10,000)
Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.
105 (1 in 100,000)
Jesus would be a miracle worker.
105 (1 in 100,000)
Jesus would present Himself as King riding on a donkey.
106 (1 in 1,000,000)
Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver.
106 (1 in 1,000,000)
Jesus would be crucified.
106 (1 in 1,000,000)
Jesus would first present Himself as King 173,880 days
from the decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem.
106 (1 in 1,000,000)
Total Probability (without God)
1038 (1 in a 100 billion, billion, billion, billion)
Messianic Prophecy - The Importance!
This Messianic prophecy is unparalleled evidence that sets God's Word,
the Bible, apart from the other "holy books." Take time to study the
Old Testament prophecies and the parallel New Testament fulfillments.
What you discover is potentially life-changing!
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