• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

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

    Posted on August 16th, 2013

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    The Messiah Will Define the True Meaning of God’s Law

    The Messiah Will Define the True Meaning of God’s Law

    You have heard that it was said… But I say to You…

    The Pharisees had developed their own interpretation of the law of God, that was described as their traditions. See Prophecy 192.

    Jesus informs the leaders of Israel that their understanding of the law was not correct. In saying this, He was elevating His authority above all other authority. Only God has the right to make law and the ability to correctly interpret those laws. This is a seldom noticed section of scripture which really speaks to the identity of Jesus. By stating, but I say to you, Jesus is claiming that He is God, the architect of all laws.

    Isaiah writes that upon the arrival of the Messiah, He will clearly define and explain what the true meaning of God’s law is. Perhaps none of the elders of Israel who had read this verse of prophecy really understood its correct meaning. It certainly appears that Isaiah was describing the law as being misunderstood until the arrival of the Messiah; He would exalt the law and make it honorable.

    It was not until Jesus arrived as the Messiah, and spoke these words to the Pharisees, that anyone correctly understood their intended meaning. By His authoritative expounding of the scriptures, Jesus identified Himself as the author of these laws.

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

    Posted on August 14th, 2013

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    That God Would Die for Us

    That God Would Die for Us

    Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (ESV)

    Because Psalms 90:2 describes the one who made all things as God—this paired with Colossians 1:16-17, John 1:1, and Hebrews 1:1-2 (above), describing Jesus as the agent of all creation and revealed to us as the Messiah—we understand that Psalms 90:2 is prophetic. This verse of scripture defines the Messiah who died for us as the same One who created us as well as the entire universe.

    How is it that God, who made all things, would be willing to die for the creatures He made? This is the great mystery revealed to us by these many prophecies of the Old Testament scriptures. God’s love is so vividly displayed in the person of Jesus Christ, that we are able to see Him clearly and understand who He is, by the things He has done for us.

    We know and understand who God is—by His Son. We live and move and have our being by Him and through Him, and because of Him (Acts 17:28). All that has been, and all that will be, are determined and ordered by our great God and His Messiah, Jesus Christ.

  • 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.

  • Prophecy: The Power of the Messiah Comes Through Holiness

    Prophecy: The Power of the Messiah Comes Through Holiness

    Very often, when a particular point is of the utmost importance to the Holy Spirit, we will see a principle repeated more than once. In stating once again that the Messiah will find His power to save all men through the Holy life He lives, we see just how important Jesus being without sin is to our salvation. As I have previously stated, if Jesus had yielded to a single sin throughout His life, He could not have been the Savior of anyone.

    In order for Jesus to be the Savior of all people, He would need to be perfect, just as the Passover Lamb from the book of Exodus had to be “without spot or blemish.”

    As Jesus’ life is examined under careful scrutiny, it can be seen that there was not a single failure on His part to keep the entire law of God perfectly. Jesus came to submit His life to God under the Law, so that by perfectly fulfilling the law He could transfer His righteousness to us, if we would believe upon Him for our Salvation.

  • Prophecy is Directed Towards Fulfillment by God’s Sovereignty

    Prophecy is Directed Towards Fulfillment by God’s Sovereignty

    In examining the Old Testament prophecy that the Messiah will be betrayed by a friend for thirty pieces of silver. We find that God is intentionally causing the prophecy to be difficult to fulfill, by the addition of impossible requirements

    Zechariah 11:12-13 Then I said to them, “If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.

    When we arrive at the New Testament fulfillment of these words, we find that the circumstances surrounding this fulfillment are trull stunning

    Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

    Israel sold her Messiah for the price of a slave who had been gored by an ox.

    Exodus 21:32 If the ox gores a male or female servant, he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

    This is all that Jesus was worth to the Jews and the religious leaders of Israel. The thirty shekels that the chief priest paid Judas for the Lord’s betrayal was intended as an insult towards Jesus. Though He created everything that exists, and He came first to His own people, they insulted, rejected, and butchered Him on a Roman cross.

  • Fulfilled Prophecy, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on October 11th, 2012

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    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Name Meaning “Salvation”

    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Name Meaning “Salvation”

    At the time that Jesus lived, there was a great anticipation that the Messiah would arrive to “redeem” Israel from the oppression of the Roman government. It was believed that the Messiah would either accomplish this by a change in the law, or by force. There was however, no anticipation that the Messiah would come to give His own life as a ransom for the sins of all men. It is interesting how the culture of the day, or the traditions that men hold at the time, can either greatly influence a person to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, or reject Him altogether. Such was the case at the time that Jesus came to earth the first time. This is sadly also the environment that the Jew finds themselves in today. It is culturally unacceptable today to receive Jesus as the Messiah, therefore, most Jews will not investigate whether Jesus meets the criteria, by His fulfillment of the Hebrew scriptures. Men and woman are being lost eternally today, because they listen to the words of others, rather than investigate and decide for themselves.

    When the facts are evaluated, when the Old Testament prophecies are read and understood, and then compared with what Jesus has said and done, it is unmistakable that He is the One to whom they were written.