Scriptural Topics

The Scriptures are all powerful in breaking down strongholds, raising up those who are pressed down, and guiding us into experiencing the Lord’s victory over all things. In this segment we set forth a series of subjects with appropriate Scriptures that strengthen faith, and lead to overcoming in the Lord.

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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
Gen 3:15-16.


In this prophecy, God is addressing the serpent, who was Satan’s instrument in deceiving Eve, and so in effect, it is God pronouncing His judgment on Satan. Here, Eve represents the Church, which has continual enmity towards Satan and his hosts of wickedness. Eve’s seed is Jesus Christ, who was to bruise Satan’s head, or authority and power. Jesus announced the fulfillment of this prophecy in Luke 10:18, when He said, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’
God also prophesied that Satan would bruise Christ’s heel, or departure from this earth. Satan used those under his power to orchestrate the agonising ordeal of the cross.


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; a Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and batter the brow of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult” Num 24:17.


Balak, a Moabite king, hired Balaam, a prophet from Israel, to curse Israel, so that he might bring about their downfall. But every time Balaam opened his mouth, God used it to pronounce a blessing on Israel. This is the fifth blessing, which prophesies the coming of Jesus the Messiah, and the downfall of Moab.


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isa 7:14.


This prophecy foretells the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary by the Holy Spirit. Its fulfilment is declared in Matthew 1:18, After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. This prophecy also proclaims Christ’s divinity - and shall call His name Immanuel, which means, God is with us.


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, according to all you desired of the Lord your God…” Deut 18:15.


The Jews were well aware of this promise of a prophet from God, asking John the Baptist if he was the coming prophet. Its fulfillment in Jesus Christ is found in John 6:14. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him”.
Isa 53:2.


Jesus was planted in Israel, which is aptly called dry ground, for that was its spiritual state. His physical appearance was not to be strikingly handsome, or even particularly noticeable. He was not to be desired and lauded in the manner of our present-day notables.
The Jewish crowds were offended by His humble origin, saying, Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? So they were offended at Him. Mark 6:3.


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son.”
Hos 11:1.


Whilst the infant Jesus was in Bethlehem, Herod sought to kill Him, but Joseph was warned to escape to Egypt. When Herod died and the danger was past, Joseph was told to return to Israel. The fulfillment of this prophecy is recorded in Matt 2:14-15.
“When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt I called My Son.”


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“Surely He has borne our griefs [literally - sicknesses]
And carried our sorrows [literally - pains];
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”
Isa 53:4-5.


This reading prophesies that Jesus would bear the punishment for our sins in His own body on the cross, thereby removing every legal right of Satan to lay sickness upon us. Peter confirms this in the following reading, but putting it in the past tense as an atoning act already accomplished.
“…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24-25.


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“They also gave me gall for my food,
And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
Ps 69:21.


At the point of death Jesus cried out, ‘I thirst.’ What followed is recorded below, fulfilling the prophecy in Psalm 69:21.
“Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:29-30.


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.”
Zech 9:9.


The fulfillment of this prophecy is recorded in John 12:14-15.
“Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:
Fear not, daughter of Zion;
Behold, your King is coming,
Sitting on a donkey's colt.”


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“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”. Zech 11:13.


Judas received thirty pieces of silver for betraying Jesus. When smitten with remorse he tried to return the money to the High Priests. However, they refused to take it, using it to buy the potter’s field, which was used to bury strangers.
But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood. And they consulted together and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. “Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day”. Matt 27:6-8.


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“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me”
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting”.
Mic 5:2.


The prophet Micah prophesied that God’s promised spiritual ruler over Israel would be born in Bethlehem of Judea. Matthew 2:1 records the birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah, in Bethlehem.
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?’ For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matt 2:1-2.


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“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” Zech 12:10.


This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. Towards the end of the age, God will pour out on the Jewish nation a Spirit of grace and supplication, and they will be convicted that they crucified the promised Messiah. Many will be saved and grafted into the Church.


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“I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.”
Ps 22:14.


This portion of Psalm 22 clearly relates to the agony Jesus suffered when His body weight was suspended on the cross by the nails driven through His hands.


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“All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him”.
Ps 22:7-8.


This is another picture of the suffering Jesus endured on the cross – not only physical but the sneering and mocking abuse of the crowd below Him.
“And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, "You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross”. Matt 27:39-40.


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.
For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet”.
Ps 22:15-16.


This is another graphic portrayal of the debilitating agony and stress Jesus endured on the cross, predicting the nailing of His hands and feet to the cross.


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Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ


“I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.
They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”
Ps 22:17-18.


The fulfillment is recorded in Mark 15:24.
“And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take”.


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