PROPHECY ABOUT MESSIAH

"For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you (Acts 3:22).

Leslie M John

“For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you (Acts 3:22).

Peter points to Jews that it was prophesy about Jesus, who was their Messiah, yet they did not believe Him.

Stephen points to the Old Testament where we find the history of the children of Israel journeying from Egypt to the Promised Land, Canaan. He quotes prophesy from Deuteronomy 18:18 that God would raise from among them a deliverer who would speak the Father’s words.

While on their journey the Children of Israel had received instructions and commandments from God through his servant Moses, who was their leader. Moses offered intercessory prayers on behalf of the children of Israel to forgive them of their transgressions, murmurings, and their bowing down to the idols.

Moses conveyed to the children of Israel commandments from the LORD. He said to them (Deut.18:15,18) that the LORD would raise up for them a Prophet from out their people, and from among their brethren, the One, who is just, and he would deliver them from their sins, just as Moses himself was raised to deliver the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery.

Stephen quotes the prophesy from Deuteronomy 18:15,18 and says to the high priest that the children of Israel rejected Moses as their leader, and in similar manner the people, scribes, and the elders, and the high priest, before whom he stood, rejected Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. This is where Stephen brings in the term ‘Church’ and calls it ‘Church in the wilderness’, which in itself was not a ‘Church’ in true sense. The New Testament Church is the ‘body of Christ’.

The children of Israel in whole, who were called out to be the peculiar people of the LORD, were called the “church in the wilderness” and their leader was Moses (Acts 7:38). That was indeed an imperfect Church, which was a shadow of the perfect Church that was to be formed of believers in Christ, with Lord Jesus Christ as the head of the Church. In the wilderness it was mere collection of people with human leader, but the Church that Jesus built was of lively stones with Jesus being the head corner stone.

Whoever confesses his/her sins to God and believes that the Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ, died for his/her sins, and is his/her personal Savior, and acknowledges that God raised him from the dead on the third day, will be saved and will be the member of this perfect Church. All those believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, will only be ‘Christians’; not anyone who bears a Christian name or says formally with mouth that he is a Christian.

“While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him”. (Matthew 17:5)


"For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you (Acts 3:22).  SECOND COMING OF JESUS

This book deals with the facts about the second coming of Lord Jesus Christ and intriguing questions about “Rapture”, “The Restrainer”, “Antichrist”, “The Two Witnesses”, “Armageddon Battle”, “New Jerusalem”, Israel and the Church, which are two distinct entities, and various Temples described in the Bible.

The sacrifices of Old Testament period are restored to the Israel during millennial kingdom. God promised that David’s kingdom will be everlasting. The temple in the millennial kingdom is the promise of God and He will fulfill His covenants viz., Old Covenant, New Covenant, Abrahamic Covenant. Solomon’s prayer and answer to his prayer by God, have much significance to understand the plan of God for Israel and the Church.