Chapter Five

His Spiritual Anointing

The ancient Israelites in the Old Testament would anoint their Kings, Priest , and Prophets with oil, but Acts 10:38 above says Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power. Oil is symbolic for the Spirit of God. Isaiah 61:1-3 is an Old Testament Prophecy, which prophesies about Jesus being anointed with the Spirit of God, and verse three speaks about the oil of joy. Jesus refers to this prophecy as being fulfilled in him in Luke 4:17-21.

Isaiah 61:1-3 "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; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he mught be glorified."

Luke 4:17-21 "And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias (Isaiah). And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

Two more prophecies of the Spirit of God upon him are found in Isaiah 11:1-5 and Isaiah 42:1. I urge the reader to read Isaiah 11:1-5 carefully, because it will be a window giving insight into the magnitude of his authority as Judge, which could most likely, reflect one of his functions as King or Lord.

Isaiah 11:1-5. "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of council and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins." The phrase "a rod out of the stem of Jesse" refers to him as being the seed or offspring of Jesse. Jesus was the seed of David as we will see in later chapters, but Jesse was the father of David, so Jesus was also the seed or descendant of Jesse. Remember that verse ten of this same chapter prophesies that the Gentiles would seek after the root of Jesse, which we already studied in a previous chapter, so this prophecy of Jesus continues throughout this chapter, and doesn’t end with verse five.

Isaiah 42:1 "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles." This prophecy is quoted in Matthew 12:17,18 as pertaining to Jesus Christ. Matthew 12:19 quotes the next verse (Isaiah 42:2) as pertaining to Jesus Christ as well. This prophecy does not end with verse one, but continues through verse six which prophesies he will be a light to the Gentiles, which we also studied in a previous chapter.

We should also remember Psalm 45:7 given in a previous chapter in this book, and also Hebrews 1: 9 which is quotes Psalm 45:7 as pertaining to Jesus Christ. Psalm 45 verses 6 and 7 were both given in a previous chapter, and also Hebrews 1 verses 8 and 9 were both also given which quote Psalm 45:6,7. I will only give Psalm 45:7 here, because it prophesies of his anointing, but the reader can look up both these references, and read both verses from both chapters to get the proper context, and refresh his or her memory from the previous chapter concerning this prophecy.

Psalm 45:7 "Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." The reader might remember here that God is anointing God, which means God is anointing Jesus Christ his Son, who is also God. Remember also that Hebrews 1:8,9 quotes this as pertaining to Jesus Christ, but read Psalm 45:6.7 together and Hebrews 1:8,9 together.

Psalm 2:2 and Acts 4:27also refer to his anointing, but these were also given previously in chapter three, so I will not give them here. I will give a prophecy referring to his anointing as King from 1 Samuel 2:10, which has not been given yet.

I Samuel 2:10 "The adversies of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed." This prophesies that he will give strength unto his King, and exalt the horn of his anointed. This is the first reference in the Bible which speaks of an anointed King. The Bible did speak about anointed priests before this time. Many believe this to be a messianic prophecy of Jesus Christ, because Israel never had a king before this time, because Saul was their first king who would come soon later. There was no reigning king in existence at the time this prophecy was given. Therefore it is believed to be a prophecy of a future king. Remember that Christ and Messiah both mean Anointed One, so the word anointed would indicate a future Messiah or Christ. Jesus Christ is the eternal Anointed King and Messiah of Israrel, so this prophecy is regarded as a messianic prophecy of Jesus Christ.

The next prophecy of Jesus Christ is found in Daniel 9:24,25. It refers to the Messiah, and is the only place in the Old Testament where the actual word Messiah is used, but we should understand that Messiah means Anointed One, and other Old Testament prophecies do prophesy about God’s Anointing or Spirit upon Jesus Christ as we already have seen. So several Old Testament prophecies of Jesus collectively put together would add up to Jesus Christ or Jesus the Messiah or Jesus the Anointed One. All Old Testament prophecies of Jesus Christ would not necessary refer to his anointing, but refer to other things fulfilled by Jesus Christ such as the three offices he held, his sufferings, or even his blood line, which means his ancestry or those he was a descendant of. All the Old Testament prophecies of Jesus Christ collectively put together actually would identify him as the one prophesied about throughout Old Testament scriptures, because he is the only one who has fulfilled or will fulfill all the Old Testament prophecies in the Old Testament regarding the future coming Messiah, who Israel is still looking forward to at this time. Some of these prophecies were fulfilled when he came the first time, and some will be fulfilled at his second coming.

Daniel 9:24,25, and part of verse 6. "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: ..."

There is much that could be said about Daniel 9:24 - 27, because most Bible Scholars who speak about end time prophecies would most likely begin with this passage of scripture. I actually have to hold myself back from writing about end time prophecies with this scripture, because end time prophecies is of great interest to me. It’s just that I would have to write a whole book explaining it, so I will stick to the part that prophesies about he Messiah himself. I would like to say that this is where I would start if I were to write a book on end time prophecies.

Notice in the scripture above that it first speaks about seventy weeks, and later it speaks about seven weeks, and then threescore and two weeks following the seven weeks. It then it speaks about the Messiah being cut off after the threescore and two weeks. The seven weeks and the threescore and two weeks are all part of the seventy weeks. A score is equal to twenty, so threescore would equal sixty. So it is saying seven weeks with sixty and two weeks following the seven weeks. This adds up to seven weeks + sixty weeks + two weeks which add up to sixty nine weeks total. These sixty nine weeks are all part of the same seventy weeks. It also says the Messiah shall be cut off after the threescore and two weeks. Threescore and two weeks add up to sixty two weeks, which actually follow the seven weeks, so it’s actually a total of sixty nine weeks when the Messiah will be cut off, when we add the seven weeks to the sixty two weeks. The idea I’m bringing the reader to is that the Messiah would be cut off after sixty nine prophetic weeks from the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem.

It should be understood that sixty nine weeks also equals four hundred and eighty three days. ( Sixty nine weeks times seven days in a week). One day equals one prophetic year in prophetic language. Some have referred to Ezekiel 4:6 as a basis for this. Ezekiel 4:6 "And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty years: I have appointed thee each day for a year." The significant part of this verse is the last statement, which says "I have appointed thee each day for a year." This might not have any thing to do with the prophecy in Daniel chapter 9 in itself, but it’s just an example in scripture where God appointed one day for a year.

Most Bible Scholars will agree that the sixty nine weeks in Daniel equal four hundred and eighty three days, and that the four hundred and eighty three days can be interpreted as four hundred and eighty three years in prophetic language. This becomes very significant when applying this prophecy of the Messiah to Jesus Christ, because the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem was given about 445 B.C. This commandment was given by Artaxerxes to Nehemiah in Nehemiah 2:5,6. Others would say that the order was given in 458 B.C, when Artaxerxes gave the decree to the people of Israel to assist Ezra on his return to Jerusalem in Ezra 7:13, and still others would say the degree was given by Cyrus in Ezra 1:1-3., when he made the proclamation to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, which dates back to 538 B. C.. This one is interesting because God called Cyrus by name over one hundred and fifty years before Cyrus gave the order in Isaiah 44.28. God called him by name in the days of Hezekiah, who reigned from 716 B.C to 686 B.C. This means that God prophesied or foretold beforehand Jerusalem and the temple would be rebuilt in Isaiah 44:28, and called Cyrus his shepherd, who he would use to do it. This is only another example of a prophecy given, that only God himself could have given, which adds support to the inspiration of the scriptures.

The summary of all this is that Bible Scholars will calculate the 483 years from the time the order to rebuild Jerusalem was given, and place the fulfillment or the end of the 483 period to the time of Jesus Christ, when the Messiah would be cut off in Daniel 9:26. Most all Bible Scholars will agree that the Messiah being cut off refers to the death of Jesus on the cross. Some Bible Scholars have calculated that this 483 years ended the same day Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, which was just a few days before he was crucified. Others believe it ended at his Baptism etc. Sometimes it’s hard to know who is correct, but I personally believe the 483 years ended somewhere in the life time of Jesus Christ. I also have no doubt he is the Messiah which Daniel 9:25,26 prophesies about.

I want to end this chapter by stating again that much more could be said regarding end time prophecies relating to Daniel Chapter 9, but again a book could be written on it, and I don’t want to get away from the prophecies relating directly to Jesus. It also isn’t necessary that I write about end time prophecies, because numerous books have already been written about end time prophecies, and they are already available on the market to the reader who wants to seek them out. I don’t find as many books written about the prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ, so I feel a greater need to write this book. There have been some written on this subject, but I don’t see as many written on this subject as I see written about end time prophecies. This saddens my heart a little, because New Testament writers were always writing about prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ, and it saddens my heart to know that more books are not written on this subject, when Jesus Christ himself should be the center of every Christians’ heart. It also saddened the heart of Jesus, when the people of his time were ignorant of the Old Testament prophecies referring to himself. I believe all scripture points to Jesus Christ, and I believe God planned it that way, so we would know our Messiah and Lord when he came. It was these Old Testament prophecies of Jesus Christ that gave me confidence and faith in the inspiration of the Old Testament, and I believe that was also part of God’s plan, and that is why he did prophesy about things before they came to pass, so we could know it was him who inspired the scriptures. Remember what Jesus said in John 5:39,40 "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me, and ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." I hope the prophecies given in this book will help encourage the faith of the reader in Jesus Christ and the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, and I also hope this book will give the reader a deeper understanding about who Jesus Christ is, while moving the reader into a deeper and closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 14:6 that he is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father but by him. He also said that he came that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly in John 10:10. He has the power to grant us eternal life, for he is the resurrection and the life in John 11:25,26 "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?"

Chapter Six

The Seed

I wrote in chapter two of this book that Genesis 3:15 prophesied about Jesus being the seed or offspring of the woman Eve, who would come out of the human race to be a Savior, who would save his people from their sins. There are still other prophecies, which prophesy about him being the seed of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, and David. We will be looking at them in this chapter, and this chapter will also be setting the stage for prophecies which refer to the office of King, which Jesus Christ holds, and we will get deeper into prophecies of Jesus regarding his office as King in chapter seven which follows.

The first prophecy here will be in regards to Jesus being the seed of Abraham. We find this prophecy in Genesis 22:18. "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice." The Lord told Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. There were times when God was referring to the collective seed of Abraham such as the whole nation of Israel, which came through Isaac and Jacob, or even the spiritual seed of Abraham such as the church, whenever God was giving promises unto Abraham. (See Genesis 17:7,8) Abraham’s seed could also be applied to one individual, who would be the seed or offspring of Abraham. Jesus was the seed of Abraham recorded in both genealogies of the ancestry of Jesus in Matthew 1:1 and Luke 3::34. Paul refers to the promises God made to Abraham and his seed, and applied the seed of Abraham directly to Jesus Christ in Galatians 3:16 "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as one, And to thy seed, which is Christ."

Jesus is the seed of Abraham in whom all the nations of the earth are blessed. The earth is also blessed through the collective seed of Abraham which is the church, but Jesus Christ is the head of the church. Paul teaches in Romans chapter four and Galatians chapter three that we receive the promises God made to Abraham through faith in Jesus Christ. Paul says in Galatians 3:26 "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ." He says in Galatians 3:29 "And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise." Therefore! It is the spiritual seed of Abraham who will inherit the promises God made unto Abraham through faith in Jesus Christ, and it is the church who is the spiritual seed of Abraham. The whole nation of Israel would be the blood descendants of Abraham through his son Isaac and grandson Jacob, and there were also other blood descendants of Abraham through his other son Ishmael, and also his other grandson Esau who was the brother of Jacob. God promised Abraham he would be the father of many nations in Genesis 17:5, so Abraham had many blood descendants creating several nations.

Paul refers to Genesis 17:5, where God said to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations in Romans 4:17. The point Paul teaches is that those who put their faith in Jesus Christ will be the spiritual seed of Abraham, who are those who make up the church, who are of all nations of he earth. Therefore! Abraham became the father of many nations through his spiritual seed the church. All the nations of the earth shall be blessed through the seed of Abraham, who is Jesus Christ, and it is not just the nations who stem from the blood line of Abraham who shall be blessed. See also Genesis 15:5

God said to Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 12:3 "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."

Galatians 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

1 Corinthians 12:13 "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into the body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."

God speaks to Abraham’s son Isaac in Genesis 26:3-5, and passes the promise he made to Abraham unto Isaac. Genesis 26:3,4,5 "Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws."

This next prophecy will be about a Star who shall come out of Jacob, and a Star out of Jacob would indicate an offspring or descendant of Jacob. Jacob was the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham.

Numbers 24:17 "I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth."

The two statements "There shall come a Star out of Jacob" and "A Scepter shall rise out of Israel" should be considered in this prophecy. A Star can figuratively symbolize a Prince or Ruler with power and authority, who shall come out of Jacob. A Scepter is a rod or staff, which symbolized the authority of a ruler such as a king. Also the statements "I shall see him" and "I shall behold him" would indicate a person associated with a Star and a Scepter. This prophecy is not speaking about a star like the three wisemen seen in Matthew chapter two at the birth of Jesus, because Jacob was not capable of producing a star like the three wise men seen. Jacob was capable of producing offspring, so this prophecy is speaking about a Prince or Ruler who shall come out of Jacob. The Scepter is a rod or staff this Prince or Ruler will use to smite the corners of Moab, and destroy the children of Sheth. We might think about the Staff Moses would hold out, when God brought all the plagues unto Egypt. Revelation 19:15 says Jesus will smite the nations, and rule them with a rod of Iron.

Revelation 19:15,16 "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." It should also be pointed out that Jesus is called the Word of God in verse thirteen of this chapter, and Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. Revelation 1:16 says a two edged sword went out of his mouth, and the scripture above says he will smite the nations with a sharp sword from his mouth. Therefore he shall smite the nations with the Word of God, which shall proceed out of his mouth. I believe the Scepter that shall rise out of Israel in Numbers 24:17 above is the Word of God, which God brought forth through the nation of Israel, and this is the Scepter or his Word which he shall smite the nations with.

An angel is speaking to Mary in Luke 1:33, and told her that Jesus shall reign over the house of Jacob. Jesus said in Revelation 22:16 that he is the bright and morning star. Numbers 24:17 above is considered by most Bible Scholars to be a messianic prophecy of a future Messiah, which finds it’s fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

Remember that this chapter is setting the stage for the office of King which Jesus holds, so Numbers 24:17 above put together with a couple more prophecies will reveal a Ruler of Israel, whom is prophesied about in these prophecies. The nation of Israel interprets these prophecies as being messianic revealing a future Messiah who shall rule over them in the end. This next prophecy from Genesis 49:10 fits together with Numbers 24:10 above.

Genesis 49:10 "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." The scepter in this prophecy once again means a rod or staff, which rulers would hold between their feet symbolizing their authority. Jacob is prophesying over his son Judah, and Jacob is actually prophesying that the rulership of Israel would not depart from Judah’s descendants until Shiloh comes. David was an example of one of Judah’s descendants who became Ruler or King over Israel later on in history. This simply means that the future Rulers or Kings of Israel would be descendants of Judah.

Jewish Scholars and most Bible Scholars consider the phrase "until Shiloh come" as a prophecy of the future coming Messiah, and interpret this phrase as meaning "until he comes to whom it belongs." The New International Version of the Bible (N.I.V.) translates that phrase as "until he comes to whom it belongs." It has been paraphrased in some Jewish text "until the time when the King Messiah come to whom it belongeth." There is another prophecy in Ezekiel 21:27 which perhaps will shed some light on this.

Ezekiel 21:27 "I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him." The phrase "until he come whose right it is" could have been Ezekiel’s interpretation of the phrase "until Shiloh come" in Genesis 49:10, while Ezekiel was making reference to the future Messiah.

I will now remind the reader of Micah 5:2, which was already given in this book as a prophecy of Jesus Christ, but it fits in with these prophecies, because it prophesies about a future Ruler in Israel.

Micah 5:2 "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting." Remember that Matthew 2:6 quotes this as a prophecy of Jesus at the time of his birth in Bethlehem.

All of these prophecies prophesy about a future Messiah who shall rule over Israel, and they all point to Jesus Christ. Revelation 5:5 refers to Jesus as being the "Lion of the tribe of Judah." Hebrews 7:14 says "it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah"

Jesus was also the seed of David, but we will start with him being the seed of David in the next chapter, because there will be over a dozen prophecies connecting Jesus Christ to the throne of David. We will be looking at these as well as many scriptures from the New Testament connecting Jesus Christ to David or the throne of David. David was a king who judged righteously, and Jesus Christ is a King who's liken unto David.

I will conclude this chapter by reminding the reader that Jesus Christ is KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS in Revelation 19:16. He has supreme sovereignty and authority in his office of King and Lord. He is our Creator in John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, and Hebrews 1:2 as we learned in chapter one in this book. His words are empowered with the full authority of the Almighty God, and he himself is called the Word of God in John 1:1 and Revelation 19:13. We should receive the words of Jesus in this light as we read through the Gospels. Those who reject him will be judged by his word in John 12:48, but those who receive him will be given power to become the sons and daughters of God in John 1:12. Just a few reminders and words of thought for the reader.