2 Samuel 4-8, Psalm 88
In today’s readings, we see an amazing prophecy in 2 Samuel 7:12-16, which tells of David’s kingdom lasting forever, fulfilled in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. We read, “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” Prophecy is not present to stimulate our curiosity, but when we read of fulfilled prophecy in pinpoint accuracy, it should solidify our faith. So, when we read of prophecy that has not yet come to pass, we look at it with expectation from a God who always keeps His promises.
The genealogies listed in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 confirm that Jesus was indeed from the line of David. We know that the genealogies were all destroyed when the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 A.D. This means that the Messiah had to come on the scene prior to this day, in order for it to be proven. We know that the line of actual kings from David prior to Jesus, ended with the Babylonian captivity, so this prophecy was indeed fulfilled in Jesus (which will be fully manifested in the Millennial Kingdom, Revelation 20). Though Solomon fulfilled a portion of this prophecy in building God’s house, he along with the kings that succeeded him as mentioned above ended around the year 600 B.C.
There are a number of Messianic prophecies which had to be fulfilled at the time of Jesus’ first coming. We know from Deuteronomy 18:20-22, that if the words of a prophet does not come true 100% of the time, he is not to be respected as a prophet, or if during his lifetime his prophecies prove false, he is to be put to death. Some of these prophecies which had to be fulfilled during Jesus’ first coming are:
Daniel 9:24-27, which predicted the coming of the Messiah on the exact day that Jesus presented Himself King on the Palm Sunday road. Both the Talmud and the respected Rabbi Maimonides 12th century AD acknowledged that this had to be fulfilled during the time of Jesus.
Genesis 49:10, states that the Messiah (Shiloh) had to come before the Jewish people lost their ability to enforce capital punishment according to Mosaic law, which occurred somewhere between 6-12 AD. So real was the failure of this to have come true (since the Jewish priests did not realize that the young Jesus was already born), that both the Talmud and the historian Josephus record that the members of the Sanhedrin ran through the streets in ashes and sackcloth mourning and wailing that they believed that this prophecy did not come true.
Haggai 2:6-9, which declared the glory of the 2nd temple would be greater than that of the first. This was only fulfilled because Jesus Himself entered the 2nd Temple. Otherwise, there was no proof that the glory of God was ever present in the 2nd Temple (Ezekiel 10 depicts the glory of God departing from the first Temple), and it was less impressive from the point of view of an architect. And as mentioned previously, the 2nd Temple was destroyed in 70 AD.
We Know that Jesus was indeed our Messiah for many reasons, these prophecies along with so many more point to this truth and should encourage us as we step out in the truth of our faith. We know that faith is defined in Hebrews, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” God has given us His prophetical proof, which is His signature on the Word of God. These fulfilled prophecies along with so many others that have already been fulfilled make it evident that God is who He says He is, and that His Word is what He says it is.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: