Two Arrivals of the Messiah

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Many of the most significant prophecies which concern the Messiah and the Last Days, have two parts: an earlier fulfillment, as well as a later fulfillment. This is particularly observed in the Prophecies contained within Isaiah chapter 61. Jesus demonstrated how this earlier and later fulfillment of the same prophecy is possible as He opens the scroll of Isaiah in the city of Nazareth.

Isaiah 61:1a “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me.”

There are four prophecies from Isaiah Chapter 61:1-2 that speak in detail of the Messiah’s introduction to the world. They are undoubtably some of the most amazing predictions that are given to us by God, in the Bible.

As Jesus comes into Nazareth, He arrives at the synagogue to serve on a specific Sabbath as the guest speaker. He is handed the scroll from the Prophet Isaiah, which has apparently already been unrolled to the portion of scripture that would be read on that specific day.[1] Amazingly, the verses of scripture which has been chosen for Jesus to read from is Isaiah 61:1-2:

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed, To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,…” Then He closed the book. —Luke chapter 4

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The Point When Salvation is Impossible

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The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 363

The Messiah’s new covenant will purge all those who believe, from their sins.

Old Testament Prediction:

Malachi 3:2-3 But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire 3. And like launderers soap.He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 1:76-77 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins…

Acts 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins…

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…

Application:

Malachi asks the question: “Who can stand on the day of the Messiah’s arrival?” The question would be: “Which arrival is the prophet referring to?”

Jesus said that the purpose of His first arrival on earth was not for condemnation—yet, His presence here did bring judgment to all those who have rejected Him and the sacrifice He has made for their sins.

John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 9:39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.

John 3:18 (Jesus speaking) He who believes…is not condemned; but he who does not believe (in Jesus) is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Those who come to Jesus for salvation—through the forgiveness of their sins, will not be condemned. However, those who refuse Jesus, have judged and condemned themselves, because they have rejected the only way by which God has ordained that we can be saved. Those who make themselves blind to the truth of salvation that is only possible through Jesus Christ, affirm their blindness. Much in the same way that the Pharaoh of Egypt suffered from a very hard heart in accepting that the God of Israel was the only true God. Because Pharaoh was persistent in his obstinance, God confirmed the hardness of his heart, making it impossible for Pharaoh to believe.

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