FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF #1 — THE HOLY SCRIPTURES POINT TO JESUS
by Pastor Mike Fortune
January 4, 2014
- The NT points to Jesus (Matthew 1:1; Revelation 22:21)
- The OT points to Jesus (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3; Malachi 4:2; Luke 24:44; Mark 1:11)
- Prophecy points to Jesus (2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 22:16; Daniel 9:24-27)
1 This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah.
21 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's holy people.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
2 But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.
44 Then he said, 'When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.'
11 And a voice from heaven said, "You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy."
2 Peter 1:19
19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.
16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.
24 "A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place. 25 Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed One—comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, despite the perilous times. 26 "After this period of sixty-two sets of seven, the Anointed One will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing, and a ruler will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple. The end will come with a flood, and war and its miseries are decreed from that time to the very end. 27 The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him."
John MacArthur (2005)
If Daniel's "weeks" (literally, "sevens" in the Hebrew) are understood as seven-year periods, Daniel is describing a period of 483 years total: "seven weeks" (forty-nine years) plus "sixty-two weeks" (434 years). The command to restore and build Jerusalem seems to be a reference to the decree of Artaxerxes (Neh.2:1-8), which was issued 444 or 445 BC. If the years are reckoned by a lunar calendar of 360 days, Daniel's timetable would put the appearance of "Messiah the Prince" around AD 30, which was the year of his triumphal entry. — John MacArthur, Twelve Extraordinary Women, pp.129-130.