• 365 Prophecies, Fulfilled Prophecy, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on November 23rd, 2013

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    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Dwelling Place

    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Dwelling Place

    It is well known in the study of antiquity that the Jews kept impeccable records for the genealogies of their citizens. Unless a man could prove by his lineage that he was of pure Jewish descent, he forfeited his right to be called a Jew and a member of God’s chosen people. We see an indication of this importance in the autobiography of Flavius Josephus, the most famous of all Jewish historians. In establishing himself as an authority in the history of the Jews, Josephus first confirms his genealogy.

    “Thus have I set down the genealogy of my family as I have found in the public records.”1

    In matters of the priesthood, before any man could be approved to serve in the Temple, he had to provide proof of his genealogy all the way back to Aaron. If he was married, his wife would also have to prove that she was a Jew by genealogy, back five generations.

    When the Jews were released from Babylon to return to Jerusalem, Ezra records that upon a search of the genealogies of the Jews, there were certain men who were unable to prove their descendancy from Aaron and were therefore, excluded from serving as priests in the Temple

    Ezra 2:1 Now these are the people of the province who came back from the captivity, of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away to Babylon, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his own city.

  • 365 Prophecies, Is Jesus God?, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson, The Wrath of God

    Posted on November 15th, 2013

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    The Lamb of God and the Warrior King

    The Lamb of God and the Warrior King

    The term “Lord” in the phrase, The Lord is at Your right hand, is the Hebrew word Adonay (Adonai) and is only used in reference to God. The King who is the subject of Psalm 110 is most certainly the Messiah. He is described as a conquering king at God’s right hand.

    When Paul wrote to Timothy, he spoke of Jesus being our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, dwelling in unapproachable light. These are terms that can only be ascribed to God and the Adonay of Psalms 110:5-7, as well as the Messiah.

    1 Timothy 6:13-16 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

    It is clear from Paul’s description of Jesus Christ that he believed Him to be the object of all the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah, such as Psalm 110, where Adonay is spoken of as executing His wrath in the day of Judgment. The Book of Revelation gives us further disclosure of Jesus’ identity in regards to His future judgment during and after the seven-year Tribulation period.

  • 365 Prophecies, Is Jesus God?, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on November 12th, 2013

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    The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Suffering

    The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Suffering

    Psalms 88:14-18 speaks of the Messiah being ready to die from my youth. It was the purpose of Jesus’ birth that He should die for the sins of the world. He suffered the terrors of God’s fierce wrath for all of us, as He took upon Himself the punishment and death that we deserved.

    A difficult principle for the world to understand is the wrath of God. How can a God of love be reconciled with a God of wrath? The two seem to be incompatible. What we learn from the Bible is that God’s love is closely connected to His Righteousness. Because God is always good, He can do nothing else but what is right and just.

    We should understand that our Great God of Love is also a Great God of Justice.

    The Lord could not possibly be Righteous if He did not punish sin. It is morally wrong to allow the guilty to go unpunished. At the Cross, the Lord showed to us the ultimate example of Love and Justice together at the same time: We were guilty; God judged our sin by punishing His own Son. In doing this, He maintained His righteousness by carrying out a just punishment for our sins while at the same time, showing us His Great Love.

  • Prophecy 24: Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken

    Prophecy 24: Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken

    There is a goal in the lives of those who endeavor to be great men of faith to attempt something so impossible, that without God causing it happen, it is certain to fail.

    Imagine a prophecy that has a component which is so impossible to fulfill, that should it actually happen, it would be unmistakable evidence that the one who satisfied the requirements of that prophecy must be the Messiah.

    Despite the normal procedure for a crucifixion in which the legs of a man would be broken to hasten his death, Jesus’ legs are not broken during His crucifixion. How could someone engineer his own death by crucifixion, yet none of his bones would be broken, as was common during crucifixions of that day?

    Of course, it would be impossible to set up in advance the events that would happen during the final hours of a person’s life. No sane person would purposely engineer a grotesque and vicious death by crucifixion for himself. If Jesus wanted to deceive the world into believing that He was the Messiah, would He go so far as to ensure that He was killed by such a horrific event? Under normal circumstances, only a deranged person would do such a thing.

  • 365 Prophecies, Fulfilled Prophecy, Is Jesus God?, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on November 1st, 2013

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    The Impossible Requirements for the Messiah

    The Impossible Requirements for the Messiah

    According to Hebrew tradition, it is through the father that sin is transmitted to a baby, not through the mother. If God were to implant the Seed of His own Son in the body of a human being, that Seed would be the Son of God. The Messiah would be both God and Man together in a single human body.

    Prophecy 1 in the Bible not only promises a Savior; it predicts that this Savior will be born of a Virgin, a woman who has not conceived by the seed of man but by the Seed of God. This would enable the Savior to bypass the inherited sin nature imparted to all human beings from Adam and be born without sin.

    The eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ birth found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke describe the fact that Mary was a virgin who had known no man. She was found to be pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. The child within her was fully human but was also fully God—the perfect candidate to take man’s place and die for his sin.

    If God did not become a human being like us, He could not die for us. If a candidate for the Messiah had any trace of sin which came from Adam, he could not be the savior of all men. The account of Jesus’ birth and life is that He was perfect and without sin. The testimony of Jesus’ sinless life proves that He met all the qualifications for being the Messiah, the Savior of all men.

  • Fulfilled Prophecy, Is Jesus God?, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on November 1st, 2013

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    A Name Above All Other Names

    A Name Above All Other Names

    In order for salvation to be possible for all human beings, the infinite counsel of God conceived a plan of redemption before the universe was created. God, who knows all things, was aware of all the events which would transpire on the earth. He knew before the moment of creation that if He made man in His image and woman in the likeness of man, they would use their power of choice with catastrophic consequences.

    The probable outcome of creating man with the ability to determine his own destiny was that he would use this great power incorrectly. Man is made like his Creator with the ability of creation, order, design, beauty and self-determination for his life. The negative results of an incorrect choice by Adam has caused all those who came after him to inherit his moral defect, which the Bible defines as “sin.”

    Imagine a world where every person is continually seeking the welfare of other people. Love is not a slogan; it is a way of life. People really love each other and they demonstrate their sincere love consistently by right behavior towards each other. No one hurts or takes advantage of anyone else. The pursuit of life is not the accumulation of money or possessions. Everyone lives for relationships: first, with God; second, with all other human beings. This was the glorious ideal that God determined for all of us when He fashioned Adam as the first man upon the earth.

  • Fulfilled Prophecy, Is Jesus God?, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on October 20th, 2013

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    Prophecy of a Sinless Messiah

    Prophecy of a Sinless Messiah

    According to Hebrew tradition, it is through the father that sin is transmitted to a baby, not through the mother. If God were to implant the Seed of His own Son in the body of a human being, that Seed would be the Son of God. The Messiah would be both God and Man together in a single human body.

    Prophecy 1 in the Bible not only promises a Savior; it predicts that this Savior will be born of a Virgin, a woman who has not conceived by the seed of man but by the Seed of God. This would enable the Savior to bypass the inherited sin nature imparted to all human beings from Adam and be born without sin.

    The eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ birth found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke describe the fact that Mary was a virgin who had known no man. She was found to be pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. The child within her was fully human but was also fully God—the perfect candidate to take man’s place and die for his sin.

    If God did not become a human being like us, He could not die for us. If a candidate for the Messiah had any trace of sin which came from Adam, he could not be the savior of all men. The account of Jesus’ birth and life is that He was perfect and without sin. The testimony of Jesus’ sinless life proves that He met all the qualifications for being the Messiah, the Savior of all men.

  • The Claims That Jesus Made About Himself

    The Claims That Jesus Made About Himself

    All religious men and women seek to direct us to a set of ideals, a religion, or a set of teachings. Jesus is unique, in that He consistently seeks to direct all of our attention to Himself.

    Others seek to teach certain truths; Jesus said that He is the truth.

    John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

    Other religious leaders try to point us to the light; Jesus said He is the light.

    John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

    Others tell us where we can find satisfaction; Jesus said that only He can truly satisfy us.

    John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.

    The various religions of the world try to tell us how we can have eternal life; Jesus said that He is the bestower of eternal life.

    John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

    Normally, anyone who would make such brazen claims would be viewed as a person who is beyond eccentric; they would be classified as insane.

  • Prophecy of the Messiah’s “Little Flock”

    Prophecy of the Messiah’s “Little Flock”

    Luke 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

    The words of Jesus in describing all of us who are a part of His church as a “little flock,” are intended as a term of endearment. How greatly the Lord loves us all who have placed ourselves under His care. When the Lord describes us as His “little flock,” He uses this term affectionately and with great compassion. Sheep are the most helpless and often the dumbest animals in the world. They will follow each other single file, right off the edge of a cliff, to their death. Sheep must have a shepherd to lead them, otherwise they will not be able to find water or food; and they will die. It is well known among shepherds that if a sheep falls over, it often cannot get back up without help. A term that shepherd’s frequently use to describe a sheep that has fallen over and is unable right itself is downcast. When David wrote in Psalms 42:5, “Why are you downcast O my soul,” he was remembering the many times that he had to help one of the sheep turn itself back onto its feet. In David’s personal hour of discouragement, he was referring to a moment when recovery seemed impossible.

    Psalms 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

    As a shepherd who had spent many days and nights alone with the sheep, David was well acquainted with their frailty. He had see the sheep who had fallen over and felt deep compassion for their vulnerable condition. In observing the sheep, David likely considered his own helplessness when times of discouragement arrived and he felt hopeless. As he prayed, the Lord would turn him right side up and remind him of the Love of God.

    Have you ever fallen in this world and found it hard to get back up again? David was in a place of discouragement and despair when he was asking this question of his soul: Why are you cast down? Get back up and trust in the Lord.

  • Catholic Church, For Christians, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Jesus v. Religion, Prayer, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 21st, 2013

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    The Messiah Reveals the Correct Model for Prayer

    The Messiah Reveals the Correct Model for Prayer

    As the Messiah, Jesus defined the true meaning and intent of prayer in a way that none of us had know previous to His great example of prayer. It is certain that a large part of Jesus ministry was empowered by His voracious prayer life. When all others were fast asleep, Jesus was on His knees before the Father, interceding for us.

    The model for effective prayer is found in the habit and method of Jesus as He demonstrated how, and to whom we should pray.

    The Pharisees were known for their pretentious public prayers that they conducted before the public eye. The fact that the religious leaders felt it necessary to allow the public to observe their prayers, gives us an indication of where their true motives resided. Jesus defined those who pray in this manner as hypocrites. He said that they conducted their prayers in public so that they would be seen by others, not so that they might obtain fellowship with God. Jesus contrasted how the true servant of the Lord should pray; go into your room and pray to the Father in a secret place. Secondly, when we speak to the Father, we talk to Him as if He is an intelligent being, who hears us the first time we speak. We do not need to conduct our prayers in repetition as is the practice of the pagan nations who do not know God.

  • Abiding in Jesus, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 19th, 2013

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    Prophecy: Messiah Will Come From a Long Line of Sinners

    Prophecy: Messiah Will Come From a Long Line of Sinners

    I believe that God chose the line of David because of his heart after God. David genuinely loved the Lord, although he was a terrible sinner. David’s love for God commanded his spirit to worship and praise Him from a sincere heart. In every sense of the phrase, David worshipped God “in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:24).

    If the Bible only contained examples of men and women who were perfect, then none of us would be able to identify with these servants of God. Because most of those who are listed as “great men and women of faith” are also terrible sinners, we can understand that God will accept anyone who has committed any sin, as long as they are willing to turn from those sins and come to God in sincere repentance.

    If we examine the people who are described in Hebrews Chapter 11 as men and women of great faith, we see that they are often fallible and unqualified individuals whom God uses to accomplish His will.

    From Hebrews 11 and the Old Testament:

    Noah: a drunk
    Abraham: fearful, doubting God, a liar
    Sarah: doubting God
    Jacob: a deceiver
    Moses: a murderer, anger problems, doubting God
    Rahab: a prostitute
    Gideon: fearful, doubting God
    Samson: lustful, prideful
    David: an adulterer, murderer, liar

  • Doctrine, Forgiveness, Fulfilled Prophecy, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 18th, 2013

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    Prophecy: Messiah Will “Swallow Up Death Forever.”

    Prophecy: Messiah Will “Swallow Up Death Forever.”

    In order for our sins to be forgiven by God, they must be atoned for. This is to say, a penalty must be exacted against the sinner. Ezekiel 18:4 describes the method by which sins are atoned for by the death of the offending party. According to the Old Testament law of sacrifice, an innocent animal could be brought to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle or Temple (See Prophecy 332). The sinner would lay his hand upon the head of the animal and figuratively transfer his guilt to the innocent sacrifice.⁠3 In this way, God was illustrating the time when the Messiah would come as the Lamb of God who would offer up His perfect and eternal life, for the sins of all people.

    All of the stories and examples found in the Old Testament are intended as illustrations of spiritual truths that are revealed to us in the New Testament. Jesus came as the Messiah in fulfillment of all these real-life stories from the Hebrew scriptures, in order to give us an understanding of their true purpose.

    Those who brought their animal to the priest for a sacrifice, did so by faith. They believed that if they came with a perfect sacrifice, God would transfer their gilt to the innocent animal as he was put to death and their sins would be covered. These sacrifices were intended as a temporary solution that would last only until the Messiah would arrive and make His life the one perfect sacrifice for all sins, forever.⁠4 Once Jesus died, all sins were fully atoned for and there remained no need for the former sacrifices of the Old Testament to be continued.

  • Fulfilled Prophecy, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Is The Bible the Word of God?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 16th, 2013

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    Prophecy: The Fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

    Prophecy: The Fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

    Luke 19:43-44 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.

    Matthew 24:34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

    The context of Jesus’ revelation to the disciples, in Luke 19:29-21:24, is directly after Palm Sunday, 32 A.D. Jesus is describing the judgment that will come upon Israel for her rejection of Him as the Messiah. The fulfillment of this prophecy occurred within one 40-year generation, in 70 A.D., as Titus brought his army against Jerusalem, sacked the city, and destroyed the Temple, leaving “not one stone was left upon another,” just as Jesus had predicted.

    Matthew Chapter 24 is essentially the same account that Luke records, as Jesus is seen at the Temple with the disciples. He tells those in attendance that “not one stone shall be left upon another….” This took place exactly as Jesus had predicted.

  • Prophecy: Messiah Will Make Us As If We Never Sinned

    Prophecy: Messiah Will Make Us As If We Never Sinned

    The process of justification is a singular act of God whereby He removes the sins of a person and causes them to exist as if they had never sinned before. Justification and the resulting effects of this legal procedure declares a person “not guilty.” In the very essence of the word, “Justification” carries the Idea of perfection. If we dismantle the word, we see that it states within itself what it does: “Just-as-if-I-had-never-sinned.” The complete process of Justification transforms a guilty sinner into a morally perfect being, resulting in a standing before God that causes them to exist as if they had never sinned at any time throughout their life.

    Justification is the only means by which a Holy God can accept a sinner and cleanse him of his sin so that he is fit for heaven. When anyone places his complete trust in the finished work that Jesus accomplished on the Cross, God justifies him and makes that person completely and perfectly righteous forever.

    The process of justification does not mean that the sins of a person are swept aside or ignored. In order for justification to occur, a penalty must be executed upon the guilty person who has committed the sins. The penalty for sin is death. Therefore, no sin can be forgiven or removed until the death of the guilty has taken place.

    The process of justification does, however, allow an innocent substitute to assume all of the failures of the guilty person and take the penalty himself. A large part of the plan of God in allowing Jesus to suffer for the sins of all men was that God would have a righteous basis to forgive our sins. The pronouncement of God was that the soul that sins will die.

    Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”

  • After Death, Excerpts from the Book, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson, The Wrath of God

    Posted on August 27th, 2013

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    Prophecy: Messiah Will Bear The Sins of Many

    Prophecy: Messiah Will Bear The Sins of Many

    The theme of the Messiah, bearing the sins of many, is recurrent throughout a large portion of the Old Testament. The fact that the Holy Spirit repeatedly makes this declaration in the prophecies of the Messiah makes it certain that the Lord desires that we understand He has sent His Son to die for each one of us.

    When God says something once, we should sit up and take notice. When He repeats a principle a second time, we should rise up and begin to study why. If there should be numerous occasions when the Lord declares a point to us, it should become for us an anthem.

    You will notice that throughout the study of these 365 Prophecies, specific principles are repeated. This is by design, as the Lord is seeking to remind us of certain important points that pertain to our salvation.

    2 Peter 1:15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things…

    It seems that the purpose of this repetition of the Messiah as the “sin bearer” is to balance the constant and often overlooked fact of man’s total depravity. In this modern society where it is politically incorrect to call someone a “sinner,” the church has become ineffective at conveying the message of repentance for salvation.

    There is no salvation without repentance. There is no eternal life without first the death of pride and self. There is no reward for the life that we live for the Lord if there is not first a foundation of utter helplessness and dependance on the complete work of Jesus’ cross.

  • Prophecy: Messiah Will Pray For Those Who Execute Him

    Prophecy: Messiah Will Pray For Those Who Execute Him

    The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, were all in agreement for how, when, and by what method the Messiah would die for the sins of the world. The people who put Jesus to death were not only guilty of a lifetime of personal sins against God; they were now adding the most hideous crime: murdering the Son of God. As Jesus is suffering unimaginable pain, His thoughts run to the men causing His pain. Not of retribution or malice but compassion, love, and concern. These men were exercising their own free will in choosing to kill Jesus. Whether by order of the Roman Government, pressure by the Jewish authorities, or by personal hatred of Jesus’ as he was suffering before them, they heaped their sins high. Even while being tormented by these men, Jesus was not willing that any of those men who punished Him, should perish themselves, eternally.

    Unbelievably, Jesus asks the Father not to hold these sins of murder and torture against those who were killing Him. Jesus was reminding the Father that this death that He was dying, was for the very men who were killing Him. Father, forgive them were the words Jesus spoke. The Lord understood that most of what we do against God is in ignorance. If we truly understood who Jesus is and what He has done for us, many of us would fall before Him in great adoration and honor. It is because we are ignorant of God and His plans and purposes for this world, that we ignore Him, often blaspheme Him, and even worse—reject Him in our life. It is my hope that this book might serve as a help to those who were not aware of who Jesus is, and what He has done.

  • Prophecy: He Will Heal All Your Scars, His He Will Keep Forever

    Prophecy: He Will Heal All Your Scars, His He Will Keep Forever

    It is clear that after Jesus suffered through the scourging, beating in His face, and crucifixion, His body was torn to shreds. It was well known that 39 lashes from the scourge would leave a man with a body that was a medical catastrophe. As the flesh has been torn from the body, the muscles and ligaments are exposed, often leaving vital internal organs exposed to the outside elements. Many a man died after just 10 or 15 lashes from the scourge. The fact that Jesus survived all 39 lashes is an indication of His strength, but also sure proof that His body was barely recognizable as a human being.⁠1

    We know that after Jesus rose from the dead, He bore the scars from the torture He suffered against His body. When the frightened disciples gathered together after the death of Jesus, suddenly the Lord appeared in the room where they were hiding, in fear of the local authorities. Thomas was apparently not with the other men when Jesus appeared, and so one of the disciples told Thomas later that Jesus had appeared alive before them. Thomas was skeptical that the Lord could be alive after such a horrific death that He had suffered. Later, as Thomas is with the other disciples, Jesus appears again and asks Thomas to touch the scars which are still in His body to confirm that He is in fact Jesus.

  • Prophecy: All History Shall Be Centered on the Messiah

    Prophecy: All History Shall Be Centered on the Messiah

    The king of the entire world was reduced to rubble and driven mad by attempting to withstand the utter grace and power of God. Today, many foolish individuals rashly claim that Jesus did not raise from the dead on the third day, as the scriptures declare (Prophecy 319). They state that Jesus had no effect on humanity whatsoever, and that His presence here on earth is meaningless and insignificant.

    Whenever I hear comments like these, I always laugh to myself. At any given time of the year, such as this moment, when I look at my calendar and see that it is September 25, 2012, I am reminded of the profound impact that Jesus life has had on the entire world. For the past 2,000 years, the dating of our history is marked by the presence of Jesus of Nazareth on the earth. Both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, which mark the passage of time for which all human civilization is ordered, is based on the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Today is, September 25, 2012, which is designated by the inclusion of the initials: A.D., which stands for Anno Domini, Latin for The year of the Lord.⁠3

    Which Lord? Jesus Christ, the Lord of all creation…

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