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Appearances and Prophecies Concerning Christ

Christ was prefigured, He was pre-announced, His coming was foretold, right from the very start, in the Garden of Eden, and in so many other ways. No other person in history was foretold, except Christ! Does this show that He is divine? Yes, it does!

“Let us cry out in great voice with Isaiah, ‘Behold, a virgin shall conceive in her womb and bear a Son, Emmanuel, which means God is with us.’”


Genesis

1:1-13 God creates the world with His Word (Ps. 33:6-9, 2 Mac. 7:28) | Vespers
3:15 “… her seed… shall bruise your head…”
12:1-3 “I will make you a great nation…”
14:18-20 Melchizedek, a messianic figure (Ps. 110:4, Heb. 7:1-17)
18:1-4ff. Symbolic appearance of God in the form of three men
37:3ff. Joseph, a typos of Christ
49:8-12 From the tribe of Juda shall arise a king, “the expectation of nations” (LXX)

 Exodus

3:2 and ff.
The Holy Virgin and Lord with Moses, Aaron, Isaiah and Jacob. The work of Emmanuel Tzanes Bounialis. Tempera. ~1651. From St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mt. Sinai.

“And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed…. God called to him out of the bush… and He said: ‘I am the God of your father… I have come down to deliver them… I will be with you…  I AM WHO I AM’”

4:22 “Israel is my first-born son” (predilect among all nations)
13:21 “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light…”
14:24 “And in the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down upon the host of the Egyptians…”

 Numbers

24:17 “A star shall come forth out of Jacob, and a scepter [a man LXX] shall rise out of Israel” (Jer. 23:5; Mt. 2:2) | Vespers

Deuteronomy

18:15 “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I commanded him. And whoever will not give heed to my words which he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him”
32:43 “Rejoice, ye heavens, with Him, and let all the angels of God worship Him”(LXX) (cf. Heb 1:6) “Rejoice ye Gentiles, with His people” (cf. Rom. 15:10)

 Judges

13:17.18.22 “And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, ‘What is your name?’… And the angel of the Lord said to him, ‘Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?’” (cf. Is. 9:6) “We shall surely die, for we have seen God”

 2 Samuel

7:12-15.16 “I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth 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. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men; but I will not take my steadfast love from him… And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before  me; your throne shall be established forever”

 Psalms

2:2.7 “… the Lord and His Christ”(cf. Acts 4:25-30) “You are my Son, today I have begotten You” (cf. Acts 13:27.32-33; Heb. 1:5) (Son of God and World Ruler)
8:4-6 “What is man that Thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that Thou visitest him? Thou madest him for a little while less than the angels, Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor, and Thou hast set him over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet” (LXX) (cf. Heb. 2:6-9)
22:1.22 “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” (cf. Mk. 15:34) “I will proclaim Thy name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will praise Thee” (cf. Heb. 2:12) (The Innocent One suffers)
45:7 “Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows”(cf.  Heb. 1:8-9) | 1st Hour
46:5.7.9 “God is in the midst of her” [the city of God] “The Lord of hosts is with us” “He makes wars cease” (Establishment of God’s Kingdom of peace) | 1st Hour
67:1-2 “God be merciful to us and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us. That men may know Thy way on the earth, Thy salvation among the nations” (All peoples praise God) | 3rd Hour
69:9.21 “For zeal for Thy house has consumed me” (cf. Jn. 2:17) “They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (cf. Mt. 27:34.48; Mk. 15:36; Lk. 23:36; Jn. 19:29)
72:11  “May all kings fall down before Him, all nations serve Him!” (Prince of peace establishes His Kingdom) | 6th Hour
86:9 “All the nations Thou hast made shall come and bow down before Thee, O Lord, and shall glorify Thy name” | 9th Hour
87:3 “Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God” | 3rd Hour
89:27-28.29 “I will make him the first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth. My steadfast love I will keep for him forever… I will establish his line forever and his throne as the days of the heavens”
91:11-12 “For He will give His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone” (cf. Mt. 4:6; Lk. 4:10-11) | 6th Hour
102:25-27 “Of old Thou didst lay the foundation of the earth…” (Quoted in Heb. 1:10-12)
104:4 “Who makes the winds Thy messengers, fire and flame Thy ministers” (Quoted in Heb. 1:7)
110:1 “The Lord said to my Lord: ‘Sit on my right, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool” (Quoted in Mt. 22:44; Acts 2:34; 1 Cor. 15:25; Eph. 1:20; Heb. 1:3.13) | 9th Hour
111:9 “He sent redemption to His people” (Christmas Communion hymn) | 9th Hour
132:6-7 “Lo, we heard of it in Ephrathah, we found it in the fields of Jaar. Let us go to His dwelling place; let us worship at His footstool!” | 6th Hour

 Proverbs

9:1.5 “Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven pillars” “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed”

 Song of Solomon

4:7.12 “There is no flaw in you” “A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a fountain sealed”

 Isaiah

2:2-4 “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains… and all the nations shall flow to it  They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord”
7:14 “Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Emmanuel” [that is God is with us] (LXX) (Quoted in Mt. 1:23) | 6th/Vespers
8:10 “For God is with us”
9:2.6-7 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over His Kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore” | 9th/Vespers
11:1-10 “There shall come forth a shoot from the root of Jesse… In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; Him shall the nations seek, and His dwellings shall be glorious” | Vespers

 Jeremiah

23:5-6 “The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’”

 Micah

5:2 “But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.”

Prophecy Links

 http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Christ+prophecies+fulfilled&btnG=Google+Search

http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/messiah.htm

http://www.greatcom.org/resources/areadydefense/ch19/default.htm

http://www.godonthe.net/evidence/messiah.htm

http://www.scripturecatholic.com/messianic_prophecies.html

Article graphics and editing: Tony Hatzidakis

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