PROPHECY of the MESSIAH
BEGAN IN GENESIS
The whole of the Scriptures speak of Jesus Christ. His coming and His ministry, His purpose, were not secrets. The Bible speaks much even of His incarnation. We celebrate His coming to this world on Christmas, and it is supposed to be a great, marvelous, well understood celebration.
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures, the things concerning Himself."
Even Genesis spoke prophetically of Christ. Moses wrote of Christ in Genesis, and Jesus emphasized that truth as recorded in John 5:45-47:
"Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father; there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me; for He wrote of Me. But if ye believed not his writings, how shall ye believe My words."
The Bible tells us that the natural man does not understand the things of the spiritual nature, and it tells us that "except a man be born again, he cannot see." Many cannot see truths that are very evident to the person who has a relationship with the Lord. As you stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit will reveal more and more truths to you amidst the Scriptures.
I Corinthians 2:14
"But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned."
II Corinthians 4:3-4
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost."
The incarnation was not a hidden mystery, it was a revealed fact. The timing was not well hidden, for signs announcing it were given, days were numbered as to how many before certain events, so the age was well foretold.
THE FIRST PROPHECY of JESUS’ INCARNATION.
"And I (God) will put enmity between thee (the devil) and the woman (Eve), and between thy seed (the Antichrist) and her seed (Jesus Christ); it (Jesus Christ, the Promised Seed of Eve) will bruise thy head (the devil's), and thou (the devil) shall bruise His (Christ Jesus') heel."
Note that there is a prophecy of a declaration of war between those who follow the Lord, and those who are cohorts of the devil. There is war between the devil and mankind in general in fact. The fall in the garden was only the first skirmish. When death first started to take effect on mankind, the Lord promises eventual victory. The devil may have scored what seemed like a victory in the garden, but God promises that He is already at work, and has already foreseen eventual victory over the devil and his cohorts.
"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound."
Genesis 3:15 also shows a promise of a "virgin birth" for the Promised Messiah. It refers to the "seed of woman" and does not mention a "seed of man." the virgin birth is one of the most attacked doctrines, but it is well documented in Scripture.
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel."
The idea of the virgin birth, is that the Lord was not simply a man, but was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and thereby could be one of the Eternal Godhead, in the form and image of mankind.
The name "Immanuel" means "God with us" and emphasizes what God wants us to realize from the virgin birth.
The "seed" of the devil is mentioned, and is a prophecy of the "son of perdition", the "man of sin", i.e. the "Antichrist." Genesis 3:15 prophesies of a final struggle. Right after the first battle of Satan against man, wherein Satan seemed to win, God wanted all to know, that the war is not over, and the eventual winner is already foreknown, God will win!
Between the first battle of Genesis 3, and the last battle of Revelation 20 is a history of struggle. Some worry about the "bruising" of the heel. But this refers to the crucifixion of the Lord.
"...wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities."
This bruising is a victory, not a defeat by being bruised for our iniquities, the Lord secured out victory too. We do not need to fear any defeat by the devil. We are winners with Jesus. A bruising of the heel is not a fatal blow, but the bruising of the head is a fatal one. Jesus was bruised because of our sins, but He rose again. Satan will be bruised and his will be a total defeat, and he will eternally be defeated. He will not step forth from the bruising of his head to any victory. He is the ultimate loser.
There are many other prophetic pictures in the Genesis. The incarnation and the ‘Seed’ are the first of many prophetic pictures in Genesis.
Some of the other prophetic revelations are:
This rib was taken from him, like the church is a part of the body of Christ. Eve is therefore a type of the church. Adam loved Eve, and Jesus loves the church. Love caused Adam's sin, and Love caused Jesus to give His life for the church.
This sacrifice prophesied of the Lamb that would shed His blood for man's sin. Cain's sacrifice prophesied of man's works totally being unable to atone for sins. The act of murder against Abel by Cain prophesy of the antagonism, hatred, and abuse of those who have a religion of works against those who sustain a faith in a Lord Who gave Himself for mankind.
THE ARK OF NOAH
The ark prophesies of God's protection of the 144,000 Jews who are sealed by God from the judgments of the tribulation. The flood is a type of judgment, and the ark is a type of salvation. The one door is Jesus. The Bible tells us that the last days will be "as in the days of Noah." The people sealed by God in the last days will need to keep looking up through the "one window" to the heavens.
The son of promise is a type of Jesus, Who is also the Promised Seed, Who was promised long before He arrived. Isaac came in God's time, not man's. We long and await the Promised Lord to come, as Abraham long awaited the promised son, Isaac.
BRIDE OF ISAAC
Isaac represents the Lord Jesus Who awaits the marriage, and the bride of Christ is the New Jerusalem, so Rebekah is a type of the New Jerusalem. The veil she puts upon herself as she sees Isaac in the distance is representative of the church who is the pure, spotless garment of the bride.
Jacob wrestled with the Lord as a type of Israel's struggle with the Messiah. Our sinful nature wrestles with the Christ-like nature.
Joseph was the deliverer who saved those who rejected him many years earlier. Jesus will save the rebellious nation of the Jews during the tribulation, and bring them safely into Petra, wherein He shall deal gently with them to bring reconciliation.
THE GREATEST PROPHET OF THE GENESIS PERIOD WAS ENOCH.
He was the seventh generation from Adam in Seth's lineage. Enoch walked with God, and was a great prophet. He knew of the promised ‘Seed’ from Eve’s descendants, and prophesied about Jesus’ second coming, adding to the prophecy of Jesus’ first coming:
"Enoch also the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these saying, 'Behold, the Lord comes with 10,000's of His saints, to execute judgment upon all and to convince all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds.'"
This prophet, Enoch, preached the second coming of the Lord Jesus, even though he was the seventh generation from Adam. The book of Enoch reveals many other astonishing prophetic truths taught by Enoch.
"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death and was not found because God had translated him, for before his translation, he had this testimony, that he pleased God."
The rapture of Enoch before the flood is a type of the promised rapture of the saints in the last days before the tribulation. Enoch's ministry is not yet done, and he will return in the tribulation period to minister. He will be one of the last two people to be raptured (Enoch and Elijah, the two witnesses). He was the first one raptured, and will be a last one also. "The first shall be last, and the last shall be first."
ABRAHAM WAS A GREAT PROPHET AND FOREKNEW OF THE FIRST COMING, THE SECOND, AND EVEN OF THE HEAVENLY HOME WE ARE TO INHERIT WHEN JESUS COMES THE SECOND TIME.
God called Abraham a great prophet. We often forget that Abraham was a prophet:
"...for he is a prophet."
Abraham knew of the New Jerusalem, and was searching for that city when the Lord took him to the promised land. He was not content with earthly riches, and left, gave away, or ignored the riches of this earth. Though greatly blessed with prosperity, he really was only interested in one thing, the heavenly city:
"...he (Abraham) looked for a city, which hath foundations, Whose Builder and Maker is God."
more to come...