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The Reality of Jesus

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Just some of the reasons I believe in Jesus Christ, (The Anointed One), The Only Begotten of the Father, and His Holy Word.

There are many many prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament. I chose just a few for this study.

One, the prophecy:
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man[1] in our image[2], after our likeness[3]: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1 "MAN": 120. 'adam, aw-dawm'; from H119; ruddy, i.e. a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.):--X another, + hypocrite, + common sort, X low, man (mean, of low degree), person.

2 "IMAGE": 6754. tselem, tseh'-lem; from an unused root mean. to shade; a phantom, i.e. (fig.) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, espec. an idol:--image, vain shew.

3 "LIKENESS": 1823. demuwth, dem-ooth'; from H1819; resemblance; concr. model, shape; adv. like:--fashion, like (-ness, as), manner, similitude.

One, the fulfillment:

The fulfillment of the prophecy is obvious, we're here. In verse 26, I believe God made mankind, the species.

Two, the prophecy:
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Note, male and female. God made Jesus in His own Image. The Man, (Ha Adam). Also see Green's Interlinear Bible, (the man), singular. This might be the first prophecy of Jesus Christ, (God in the flesh). A little later God takes a curve from Adam and makes him a wife, Eve.

Two, the fulfillment:
Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

Luke 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

Luke 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Luke 1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Luke 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Jesus confirming the fact:
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The Word made flesh means that this was God in the flesh. Sound a little strange? A little mystifying? Well, there is a mystery to God. There are some things about Him that we'll just have to wait till the seventh angel sounds the trumpet in order to find out. This might just fit in that category.

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Three, the prophecy:
Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

This is a figure of speech meaning that Satan would be thought of as the lowest of low, in the minds of all. Isn't that how he's viewed? The old saying, (lower than a snake's belly)?

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Here's another prophesy of Jesus Christ. How Satan would bruise his heels, (nailed on the cross), and that Jesus will bruise his head. Meaning Satan will be destroyed.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children[1]; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

1 "CHILDREN": 1121. ben, bane; from H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of lit. and fig. relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., [like H1, H251, etc.]):-- + afflicted, age, [Ahoh-] [Ammon-] [Hachmon-] [Lev-]ite, [anoint-]ed one, appointed to, (+) arrow, [Assyr-] [Babylon-] [Egypt-] [Grec-]ian, one born, bough, branch, breed, + (young) bullock, + (young) calf, X came up in, child, colt, X common, X corn, daughter, X of first, + firstborn, foal, + very fruitful, + postage, X in, + kid, + lamb, (+) man, meet, + mighty, + nephew, old, (+) people, + rebel, + robber, X servant born, X soldier, son, + spark, + steward, + stranger, X surely, them of, + tumultuous one, + valiant[-est], whelp, worthy, young (one), youth.

Note conception, (singular), a particular conception. Through another conception, Eve would bring forth the line, which Jesus Christ, (The Anointed One), would come.

Part of the prophecy:

Psa 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Three, the fulfillment:
Mat 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

Here's the part about ,"thou, (Satan's seed), shalt bruise his heel." The New Testament doesn't directly state that Jesus was nailed to the cross, but, it was part of crucifixion in those days, therefore, needing no direct statement of such. In Psalms 22:16, (see below), it directly states that Jesus would be nailed to the cross. The verses below, is Jesus visiting His disciples after His resurrection, showing to them the evidence of being nailed to the cross. Both His hands and His feet. Bruising not only His feet, but His hands also.

Psa 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Luke 24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Luke 24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

Luke 24:38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Luke 24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Here's the part about "it, (Eve's seed), shall bruise thy head." The head of the Serpent. Satan hasn't met his destruction yet, but he will. It's described in the next verse.

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Four, the prophecy:
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin[1] shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel[2].

1 "VIRGIN": 5959. 'almah, al-maw'; fem. of H5958; a lass (as veiled or private):--damsel, maid, virgin.

2 "IMMANUEL": 6005. 'Immanuw'el, im-maw-noo-ale'; from H5973 and H410 with suff. pron. ins.; with us (is) God; Immanuel, a typ. name of Isaiah's son:--Immanuel.

Four, the fulfillment:
Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Luke 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

There are some who claim that Mary was not a virgin but just a young girl. They get that from the Strong's definition of the word virgin, as it is used in Isaiah 7:14. I guess those who do that, have never read Luke 1:34, or maybe they just dismiss it altogether, therefore not believing in The Holy Conception. It's Mary herself, stating, "I know not a man." Meaning, that she is a virgin. Read Two, the fulfillment: above for more detail. It's the same story.

Five, the prophecy:
Five, the fulfillment:

Psalms 22 is a very detailed prophecy of the crucifixion of Jesus. Foretold almost 1,000 years before the fact. I've included some of the scriptures. The left-most verses are the prophecy. The indented verses are the fulfillment.

Psa 22:1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Psa 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Psa 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Psa 22:8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

Mark 15:29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

Mark 15:30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.

Mark 15:31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

Mat 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

Psa 22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

Mark 15:29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

Psa 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

Psa 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Psa 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Luke 24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Psa 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;

Psa 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

John 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

The famous historian Josephus, who was born in 37 AD, made reference to Jesus in his writings stating that Jesus was crucified and rose the third day.

I want to add what the apostle Paul said of Jesus.

1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

1 Cor 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

1 Cor 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

1 Cor 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

Shouldn't this many witnesses be proof and stand up in any court in the entire world?

1 Cor 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

1 Cor 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Paul saw Jesus alright. On the road to Damascus. That's where Paul saw the light. See Acts chapter nine.

1 Cor 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

I have dealt with just a few of the prophecies of Jesus from the Old Testament. As I stated at the beginning, there are many many more. They're lots and lots of prophecies in both the Old and New Testament, regarding other events, that have come true already. Assuring us that those yet to come to pass, surely will.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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