Special Note From Bro Stef:
Please try not to get overwhelmed with the information provided.
I know it can seem like a lot at times. What I have found over
the years is God is the Master "multi-tasker." The Lord seems to
work through the political, social, economical and spiritual
spheres of life to produce and bring about His plans. Therefore,
when you read through reports like this and try to see how it
fits into God's plan and what it means to you and your family,
try to keep in mind that the Lord is in "complete" control of
all events period at all times. He's got it all under
control... remember that song, He's got the whole world in His
hands? Its true He does.
Greatest Prophecies Ever Written...
Those of us
who provide prophetic analysis of the news often spend the
majority of our time looking at current stories and events.
Often we are so preoccupied by current events that we miss some
of the greatest truths that God has given us in scripture.
The life and
"ultimate" sacrifice of our Messiah contains some of the
most powerful fulfilled prophecies that are contained in
scripture. Our Lords life is evidence of just how powerful and
forward looking scripture is. The prophecies given about the
suffering Messiah were given in most cases 700 - 800 years in
advance of His life! Wow - amazing.
It's in this
spirit, wanting to remind us all of how much Yeshua did for us
and how the Holy Spirit of God announced His coming ahead of
time so that the people of His day would be prepared, so I
wanted us to keep in mind, that by remembering the prophecies of
Christ's life, events before and after, we can find
encouragement that God is still in the business of forewarning
of the imminent return of our Messiah and King are all around
us. Please read the information below prayerfully and with an
attitude remembering that God has not forgotten about this
generation and He will see us all through every challenge that
we all are sure to face in the days, months and years to come!
Ministering to the Poor and Needy
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath
anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent
me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the
captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of
vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn
In the early part of His ministry, Jesus entered the synagogue
in Nazareth on the Sabbath day and read this prophecy. Upon
finishing, He closed the book, gave it to the minister, and sat
down. As all eyes turned to Him, He said: "This
day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears" (Luke
The years that followed demonstrated the truth of His statement.
The poor and needy came to Him and He received them. Lepers were
cleansed. The blind were given sight. Lame men walked. Grieving
people had loved ones restored to life, Even little children
were not overlooked; He laid His hands on them and prayed for
The Messiah was a man of compassion, seeing people as sheep
without a shepherd and longing to gather them to Himself as a
hen gathers her chicks when sheltering them from danger. The
rich and self-righteous were often bitter about His holy life
and resented His authority in preaching, but the common people
heard Him gladly.
He is despised and rejected of men... (Isaiah 53:3).
Desire sometimes colors judgment. Prophecies concerning the
Messiah should have prepared the people both for His suffering
and for His earthly kingdom of peace and justice. But the
majority of Jews thought only of the glories of the messianic
reign and the benefits it would bring to Israel.
Ignoring prophecies concerning the Messiah's meekness and mercy
and concentrating only on His might and power, Jewish leaders
formed a picture of the Promised One that did not fit the gentle
Jesus who went about ministering to the sick and taking time for
little children. Their dreams of liberation and political power
caused them to be blind to the total message of their prophets
about the Messiah.
When He came, they despised Him.
They taunted Him with questions, hoping to embarrass Him
publicly. They incited the people to riot and persuaded them to
attempt His murder by stoning. They slandered Him with subtle
comments about His virgin birth. They mocked His claims to deity
and demanded He show some sign of His authority. They attributed
His miracles to the devil. Finally, they collaborated with one
of His disciples to betray him for thirty pieces of silver,
another fulfillment of prophecy: "And
I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if
not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of
silver" (Zech. 11:12).
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for
our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and
with his stripes we are healed
The suffering and death of Christ should not have come as a
surprise to those who awaited the coming of the Messiah. Isaiah
referred to Him as a lamb brought to the slaughter. He also
described the suffering and shame the Messiah would be subjected
to just before His death on the cross: "I
gave my back to the smiters and my cheeks to them that plucked
off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting"
This same prophet wrote of the silence of the Savior before His
persecutors and revealed that His grave would be with the wicked
and the rich. Jesus was crucified between two thieves and buried
in the tomb of the wealthy Joseph of Arimathea. Isaiah described
the death of Christ and explained its significance seven hundred
years before it took place.
Daniel foresaw the Messiah's death and prophesied that He would
off, but not for himself" (Dan. 9:26).
Zechariah wrote of the piercing of Jesus' body and said He would
receive wounds in His hands: "...and
they shall look upon me whom they have pierced..."
(Zech. 12:10). "And
one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands?
Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the
house of my friends" (Zech. 13:6).
Perhaps the most remarkable prophecy having to do with the
Messiah's death is David's description of crucifixion given in
Psalm 22. Here the coming death of Christ on a cross is depicted
about eight hundred years before that method of execution was
used by the Romans. The Jews knew nothing of crucifixion at that
time; capital punishment was carried out by stoning.
Beginning with the very words the Messiah would cry from the
cross ("My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"), this Psalm
accurately expresses the agonies of that awful death. In his
Christ in the Psalms, the late Dr. William
Pettingill calls Psalm 22 the "Psalm of Sobs," saying it is a
picture of our Lord's crucifixion written a thousand years
before the event.
The footnote given in the
Scofield Reference Bible on Psalm 22 is excellent:
Psalm 22 is a graphic picture of death by crucifixion. The bones
(of the hands, arms, shoulders, and pelvis) out of joint (v.
14); the profuse perspiration caused by intense suffering (v.
14); the action of the heart affected (v. 14); strength
exhausted, and extreme thirst (v. 15); the hands and feet
pierced (see v. 16); partial nudity with the hurt to modesty (v.
17), are all associated with that mode of death. The
accompanying circumstances are precisely those fulfilled in the
crucifixion of Christ...
Article Written By: Jack Van Impe Ministries International
June 28, 2010
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world
gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
Romans 10:8-11: "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and
in your heart,"
that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:
That if you confess
with your mouth, "Jesus is LORD,"
in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
As the Scripture says, "Anyone who
trusts in Him will never be put to shame." (NIV)
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"Many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain
of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His
ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go
forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. - Mic 4:2
forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do
not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I
prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy." Psalm 137:5,6
(Peace and love in Yeshua
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watchman's hand.' Ezekiel 33:6
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to
one another, And the Lord listened and heard
them; So a book of remembrance was written
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