Jesus the Prophet Page 9
1-Prophecies that Have Already Come True
The Prophecy about the Temple
Matthew 24: 1Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2“Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
*“Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.
*6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
*9“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
*10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
*11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
*14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
2-Prophecies we are not sure if they have already passed or not
*16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
*17Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.
*18Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.
*19How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!
*20Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
*21For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
*22“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
*23At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.
*24For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
*25See, I have told you ahead of time.
*26“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.
*27For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
*28Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
*29“Immediately after the distress of those days “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
*30“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.
*31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
*32“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
*33Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
*34Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
*35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
*37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
3-Events Couldn’t be Prophesied about
4- Instructions Connected to the Prophecies
a- Direct Instruction
Matthew 24: 4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.
Matthew 24: 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.
b- Indirect Instruction
Matthew 24:15“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—
+Concerning the Land of Zebulun and Naphtali in Galilee
Prophecy of Isaiah 9:1 “Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan–.”
Matthew 4: 12When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah
The Desciples were from the land of Zebulun and Naphtali
Matthew 4: 18As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20At once they left their nets and followed him.
Matthew 13: 34Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
Matthew 20: 17Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”
Matthew 21: 1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.3If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: