• 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.

  • 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.

  • After Death, Is Jesus God?, Rob Robinson, Why does God allow suffering?

    Posted on October 23rd, 2013

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    The Timing of the Lord in Prophecy

    The Timing of the Lord in Prophecy

    The testimony of John is that Lazarus was Jesus’ friend and that He loved him. The reasonable question would be why the Lord waited until His friend was dead before He came to him. Upon hearing that Lazarus was very sick, Jesus remained in Jerusalem for two days before departing the two-mile journey to Bethany. Most of us, when we have learned that a close friend or relative is very sick and may die, we would stop whatever we are doing and go to our friend immediately. Instead, Jesus waits. When the Lord arrived at the home of Mary and Martha, Lazarus had already been dead for four days. This can only mean that Jesus had intentionally stayed in Jerusalem until Lazarus had died.

    By the time that Jesus arrives in Bethany, Lazarus’ body was already in a rapid state of decomposition. The Lord wanted to make sure that all those who were there, as well as those who would read this story later, would understand that Lazarus was really dead. Jesus had a greater purpose for Lazarus than saving him from death. He wanted to demonstrate that He is the Messiah and that He has the power to resurrect to life all those who place their complete trust in Him.

    A delayed answer is often the Lord’s will

    A second important point that we should understand from this event: The Lord will often delay an answer to our pleas for help so that He can do an even greater work in our life. The sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, had lost hope when their brother had died. As Jesus came into Bethany, Martha ran to meet Jesus; while Mary sat alone in the house. Everyone believed that it was too late, but Jesus wanted all of us to know that nothing is too hard for Him. When the circumstances of our life seem hopeless, this is when the Lord can do His greatest work. We should never give up in trusting the Lord. We don’t know what He might want to do even when we see no possibility of a solution. Remember that the Lord always has your best interest at heart. Everything which He brings you to, He will also bring you through. Though it might seem hopeless, you serve a God in whom all things are possible.

  • Excerpts from the Book, Fulfilled Prophecy, Jesus v. Everything, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 12th, 2013

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    The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Humility

    The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Humility

    It is a fact that all of the other “so-called” gods are very prideful, arrogant, demanding, and intolerant of human frailties.

    One of the most attractive qualities of Jesus is His humility. Though He is described by the Bible as being the eternal God who fashioned the universe, He came to us under the most humble and destitute of conditions. The deep compassion and care that He exercised in dealing with sinners, the sick, the outcast, the lost, and the broken, speak volumes for who He is.

    I personally find that His gentle and humble character makes Him undeniably identifiable as the most incredible being the world has ever known.

    Jesus voluntarily left His glory, power, and dominion behind, when He submitted His life as a sacrifice for our sins. He took upon Himself the unimaginable horrors of sin and death that should never have been a part of His life as the eternal God.

    He allowed evil men to torture and brutalize Him, and take away even the smallest portion of human dignity that remained. He hung naked before the world as those who sneered and mocked Him, also taunted Him to come down from the cross—knowing not that His suffering was paying for the evil whereby they were assaulting Him.

    He loves us all so much; He could do nothing else.

    Love and humility are the two qualities of Jesus’ character that are perfected in Him. The ability to know in advance that many of the people He was dying to save would never turn and thank Him. He cared not for His own life or reputation. He was concerned only for the glory of the Father and the debt that we owed. He poured out His life unto death and held back nothing from us then, and forever.

  • 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…

  • Excerpts from the Book, Rob Robinson, The Prophetic Parables of the Messiah

    Posted on August 15th, 2013

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    The Prophetic Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

    The Prophetic Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

    A primary requirement for salvation is humility. No one who believes that they are basically a good person can find the humility necessary to be saved. Unless we believe sincerely that there is no good thing in us and that our sins have completely separated us from God, He can do nothing to cleanse us and grant eternal life.

    The pride of the Pharisee is seen in his words. He is glad that he is not like other men, when in fact—he is exactly like all other men who are not saved. He cites his own works as evidence for his righteousness, to his own ruin. No work that any human being does for God, or for others, is merit enough for eternal life.

    The tax collector, on the other hand, has come to a deep sense of his own destitution. Some internal conflict or external force has been laid upon him that have caused a good result. He is keenly aware that he desperately needs a Savior. All he can muster is the heartfelt words: God be merciful to me a sinner. It is not the words, whether they are many or few, that allow us to experience salvation. It is the broken heart and humble attitude behind those words which brings us to a private room where God will hear us and grant the forgiveness of our sins.

  • Excerpts from the Book, Fulfilled Prophecy, Rob Robinson

    Posted on August 15th, 2013

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    The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Mercy

    The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Mercy

    Whenever the Rabbis were teaching their students and it was apparent that a student was missing the true meaning of a verse, the Rabbi would say: “Go and learn.” What he meant by this was that the student needed further study to gain the true intent of that particular scripture. Jesus may have been a little sarcastic in His remarks to the Pharisees who were often void of all understanding when it came to the word of God and how to rightly apply it to a given situation.

    In the Hebrew language, mercy is hesed, which is “love by covenant.” It is a love which is exercised in the real and practical terms of action towards another person. If someone is hungry, mercy is shown to that person. Unlike the Pharisaical law of the Sabbath, no matter what day it is, a hungry person is given food. A person caught in a terrible abusive marriage does not need the pastor’s recitation of the divorce and adultery clause of the law; that person needs mercy. A woman caught in the act of adultery, with a large group of stone throwing angry men, does not need a lecture on adultery. Someone needs to save her from the horde who is seeking to take her life. After the mob is gone, Jesus tells the woman that she is not to sin in this regard again.

  • Excerpts from the Book, Rob Robinson, The Prophetic Parables of the Messiah

    Posted on August 7th, 2013

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    The Prophetic Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

    The Prophetic Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

    The Lord expects fruit from His people. He desires righteousness and truth in the lives of those who claim to be His children. When the Lord looked for these things in His vineyard—Israel, He found none. He also is looking for fruit in our lives, and He will accept nothing less. Are we bearing fruit? Are we growing in good deeds and putting away the sins that so easily beset us? Is the constant expectation of our heart the arrival of Jesus? Is the ever present earnest desire of our life to know Jesus and be with Him?

    We should be working every day to further Jesus’ kingdom. He is coming soon, and with Him—judgment. The time is far spent, and we do not have many more days in which we can make Jesus known by whatever means possible.

    Jesus gave us this parable to encourage us to be a fruitful people. When He arrives, He will reward us according to whether or not we took His words seriously. The rulership and authority that He will give to us will be based completely on our faithfulness to what He has called us to, right now. We may see our life as small and insignificant; but in reality, every day you and I have opportunities to do something for Jesus and produce fruit for Him. If we are a student, a mother or father, have a career or are still looking for one, we should do everything as if we are doing it for the Lord. For it is Jesus whom we serve, and from Him will come our reward.

  • Prophecy of the Messiah: The Spirit Shall Rest on Him

    Prophecy of the Messiah: The Spirit Shall Rest on Him

    With this infinite might contained within Jesus as Creator, He has the ability to generate or destroy anything by simply speaking: We can only speculate what Jesus could have done in this situation, if He chose to annihilate rather than create, Pilate and the universe itself could have ceased to exist in a massive heat death. The New Testament is full of examples where Jesus could have used His might as God to destroy those in opposition to Him. Instead, He chose to use His great power to subdue His rights as God. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the Father, giving up His life to die in order to pay for the sins of all people.

    Philippians 2:7-8 but (Jesus) made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

    It is amazing to consider that although Jesus was laying down His life for us as a servant, He was still Lord of the universe and in control over absolutely everything.

    The foal of a donkey submits to His authority (Matthew 21:7).
    The wind and the waves are calmed at His command (Mark 4:39).
    The dead return to life by His word (John 11:43).
    Death itself has no power over Him (John 11:25).
    Sickness and disease cannot overcome His authority (Luke 18:42).
    The demons fall at His feet in submission (Luke 4:35).
    The devil cannot defeat His wisdom and power (Matthew 4:10).
    All History cannot resist His sovereign will (Matthew 26:56).
    Every kingdom of this world will submit to His rulership (Matthew 19:28).

    Eventually, every knee will bow to Jesus and every tongue will confess that He is the Lord.

  • Prophecy of the Messiah: Born to Die

    Prophecy of the Messiah: Born to 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.”

    In order for God to be seen as Just, He must do what He has said and punish sin with the death of the guilty. God did not overlook man’s sin; He punished it just as He promised. This was accomplished by a provision in the law of God that allowed an innocent mediator to stand in the place of the guilty and take the punishment demanded by the law. We see this established in the Lamb that was offered at Passover and the animals that were brought to the priests in the Old Testament sacrifices. These were shadows of what was to come when God would send His Son to die as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

    The law of God allowed for the substitutionary death of someone whose life was perfect and had sufficient value to stand in the place of the guilty. Only the perfect, eternal, and Holy life of Jesus was of sufficient worth to pay for the sins of the entire world.

    In order for Jesus to be qualified to die for us, He had to become one of us. He then had to live on the earth as a man and be perfect, without sin. Jesys met all of the requirements for the substitutionary death of the guilty; and therefore, He was allowed to offer His life for all of us.

    By successfully completing the plan of salvation for all people, Jesus fully vindicated God and showed all creation that God is Loving, Merciful, and Just.

  • Whose Son is He?

    Whose Son is He?

    Psalms 110:1a The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

    As Jesus presents their own scriptures which clearly prove that the Messiah will be both a human being—as He is David’s descendant—and the Lord of heaven, the Pharisees are confounded. They realize that Jesus is claiming to be the one whom David speaks of. As a result, these men are perplexed as to what they should do with Jesus. He accurately interprets David’s true intent when He wrote this Psalm—Yet the reality that Jehovah could be standing before them in the form of a man, was beyond their ability to accept or understand.

    Today, many people are faced with a similar dilemma. How can God become a human being? Why would He, and to what end? This is the great paradox of salvation—that God would create us, knowing ahead of time that we would require a Savior, which would necessitate His death. According to the blueprint for redemption that is found in the Book of Ruth, only a close relative could fulfill the role of a redeemer (Prophecy 47). In order for God to be able to redeem all human beings from the penalty of their sins, He would have to become one of us. He would have to be born without a sin nature, by virgin birth, and continue to live without sin for His entire life. Only if He could meet these requirements would He qualify to offer His life in exchange for all other human lives.

  • The Prophecy of a Shepherd

    The Prophecy of a Shepherd

    “I shall not want”.

    Once we have submitted our life to Jesus as “Lord”, He then can lead us. The results of being led by the Lord is that we will have no “want”. We will be content, and the longing of our heart for love and a purpose in our life will be satisfied. All the needs we have will be taken care of, as long as we keep the Lord first as Lord and Shepherd of our life.

    Though the Lord is our Shepherd, we will still suffer losses during our life. Those we love will die, friends will come and go, and material blessings will be gained and lost. There will be suffering, pain, and sorrow, but in all these things, there will be a knowledge that we are loved by God, and that we have a Shepherd who is caring for us, tending to our injuries, and comforting us in our losses. There will be no “want” for answers to life’s problems and difficulties, if we abide in and stay close to our Shepherd. There will be a confidence about us, though doubts will come, and fears will never cease. If the Lord is our Shepherd, we will always come back to a place of peace, knowing that God is for us and the He will never leave us or forsake us. In these things we will have no “want” for answers, for the Shepherd will be our abiding provider and will guide us through all of life’s perils.

  • Prophecy of the Messiah: “You are a Priest Forever”

    Prophecy of the Messiah: “You are a Priest Forever”

    Many years ago, a young man approached me immediately after I had concluded teaching the word of God on Sunday morning, and he said to me: “Pastor you have the best job in the world, you only have to work one day a week”.

    He did not realize that being a servant of God is a lifetime appointment, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

    When Jesus took the body of a man at Bethlehem, He did not become a servant to the Father on our behalf for only thirty-three and one half years, He became “a priest forever”.

    Hebrews 5:4-6 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”

    The responsibility of becoming our High Priest was not something that Jesus took upon Himself, he was “appointed” to this position by the Father.

    The term “You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” in verse 6, is a very strange indeed. The priesthood described in the Old Testament, came from the Tribe of Levi, Jesus came from the Tribe of Judah. Here in Hebrews chapter 5, we see that Jesus is not the same type of priest as those from the tribe of Levi. Jesus is a High Priest after the likeness of Melchizedek.

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

    Posted on January 24th, 2013

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    Prophecy: “Let Them Be Driven Backwards”

    Prophecy: “Let Them Be Driven Backwards”

    It is amazing to consider that although Jesus was laying down His life for us as a servant, He was still Lord of the universe, and in control over absolutely every event that we read in the four Gospels.

    The foal of a donkey submits to His authority. (Matthew 21:7)
    The wind and the waves submit to His authority. (Mark 4:39)
    The dead submit to His authority. (John 11:43)
    Death submits to His authority. (John 11:25)
    Sickness and disease, submit to His authority. (Luke 18:42)
    The demons submit to His authority. (Luke 4:35)
    The devil submits to His authority. (Matthew 4:10)
    All History submits to His authority (Matthew 26:56)
    All the kingdoms of this world will submit to His authority (Matthew 19:28)

  • Prophecy: The Messiah Will Thirst While Being Crucified

    Prophecy: The Messiah Will Thirst While Being Crucified

    As we examine this list from Psalm 22, what can we assume by what is being described?

    It appears that someone was present at the crucifixion of Jesus and recorded the events that surrounded His death. The only problem with this assumption is that David was not there when Jesus died on the cross. He wrote this description in Psalm 22, about 1,000 before the events took place. Crucifixion did not exist when David wrote these things, and neither he, nor anyone that he knew, had been ever been crucified. The terrible method of execution by crucifixion would not be invented for another 600 years. These facts stand as conclusive proof that David was writing these words as he was directed by a transcendent being that lives outside of time. A being who knows all the events of human history, and conveyed the knowledge of what Jesus would endure, to the mind of David so that he could write the words of Psalm 22.

  • Doctrine, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Fulfilled Prophecy, Rob Robinson

    Posted on January 17th, 2013

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    Prophecy: The Curse Has Been Removed

    Prophecy: The Curse Has Been Removed

    The Bible is clear that all men since Adam are under a curse. From the moment that Adam disobeyed God, he was under the judgment of sin and death. Because all men are descended from Adam, all human beings have inherited this curse.

    We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners.

    The propensity towards sin comes from the fact that we are inherently flawed in our basic spiritual DNA. We commit sin because that is what we do best. It is not really possible for any human being to not sin. Although we may try very hard to be a better person, at some point we will always fail. This is true for those who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, as well as those who do.

    The advantage that a person who has come into a relationship with Jesus possesses, is that Jesus is now dwelling within us, giving us the power to overcome sin. Before a person comes into a relationship with the Lord, the Bible describes this person as being “slaves” to sin. After we come into this new relationship with Jesus we can become slaves to righteousness.

  • Prophecy: God Proves His Existence Through His Son

    Prophecy: God Proves His Existence Through His Son

    An amazing fact is that nowhere in the Bible does God seek to prove to us that He exists.

    In the 1st chapter of Romans, the Holy Spirit tells us why:

    Romans 1:19-20 …because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

    First; God created each human being with an inner awareness that He exists (“what may be known of God is manifest in them” Romans 1:19). The evidence of this is universally seen all over the earth. Human beings have a desire to worship. They will worship many and various gods, objects, passions, and pleasures, even self. There is no other explanation for why all people have a desire to direct their affections so fervently towards something, except that God created us with a desire to worship. God made us for Himself, and it is through our worship of Him that we find our joy and satisfaction. Not until we truly begin to worship the one true God, will we find inner peace and contentment. People spend their entire life trying to fill up the emptiness they feel inside with everything they can. Only when a person comes into a personal relationship with God, through His Son Jesus Christ, is that emptiness fully and completely filled.

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