To You - With Love
You are My child and I love you. It's just that simple. No matter what you've done or what you haven't done, I love you! You have an eternal spirit living within you, and I know your spirit intimately, and I love you. You are on this Earth, living your life, making your decisions, trying to find out what's the best thing to do and how to do it--how to live, how to survive--and it's a struggle. I know this and I understand, for this is the struggle of life. But all of this can be made easier if you will just connect--spiritually connect--to Me. For though your life carries on and you age and then die, your spirit never ages. It never dies. The real you, the you that now dwells within the confines of your body, will live forever.
This is why the things of the body, the material things of this world, are not the things to strive for, because one day you must leave them behind. The things that truly matter are those of the spirit: love, kindness, mercy, understanding, giving. These are the things that make you rich--rich in spirit. These are the things that make you strong--strong in spirit. When the day comes that you shed the garment of your flesh, the strength of your spirit will be all that counts. So do good. Show love. Give love. Love your family. Love your friends. Love your neighbors. Love those you meet. Show mercy, kindness, and compassion. For by sharing these things--by showing love--you show Me to others. For I, God, am Love, and I love you. I want to spend Eternity with you.
When you come to the door at the end of the road, at the end of your life, you will need the key to open the door, to enter into My Home where everything is Love. But you don't have to work for that key--just hold out your hand right now and I will place it there. The Key is My Son, Jesus. I hold out this Key to you now and say, "It can be yours, because I love you." It is as though I am offering you the key to My treasure vault, saying, "This is yours, just because I love you." With this key you can open the vault and find it is full of treasure.
So receive My Key--the Key to living with Me forever. Just say, "Yes, God, I want the Key to life. I want Your Son, Jesus, the Key to Your vault. I receive it. I accept it." Then this Key will be yours forever. I love you. You are My child, and I give you the Key to My inheritance, the Key to My vault, the Key to Eternity! He is yours, if you will just receive Him.
With love everlasting,
Your Heavenly Father
Proof That Jesus Is The Messiah!
Hundreds and even thousands of years before
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Old Testament Prophets predicted His
coming. Their predictions were not just general ones that "a Messiah, a
Savior, will come" etc., but specific prophecies about places, times and
events that have been fulfilled in only one person who has ever lived-Jesus
of Nazareth! In this brief lesson we have chronologically arranged several
of the most outstanding Old Testament Messianic prophecies in the actual
verbatim text of the Scriptures and followed them with their New Testament
Prophecy: Nearly 750 years before Christ's birth, the Old Testament
Prophet Isaiah prophesied: "The Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold,
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name
Fulfillment: In exact fulfillment of this prophecy, Mary was a young
virgin engaged to be married to Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth, when the
Angel Gabriel appeared to her saying that she would bear a child. "Then Mary
said to the Angel, `How shall this be, seeing I have not laid with a man?'
And the Angel answered, `The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power
of the Highest shall overshadow you! Therefore that holy One which shall be
born of you shall be called the Son of God."--Luke 1:26-35. (Immanuel means
"God with us", and for those of us who have received Jesus into our hearts,
that's Who He is: God is with us!)
Prophecy: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: And
the government shall be upon His shoulder: And His name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of
Peace!"--Isaiah 9:6. (Prophecy given 740 B.C.)
Fulfillment: This shows that the ancient Jews, unlike most modern
ones, believed that God had a Son--Who was to be born in the flesh and Whom
the prophecy said was to be called "The Mighty God".
Prophecy: Micah, prophesying in the eighth century B.C., predicted
the exact village where the Messiah would be born: "You, Bethlehem, though
you are small among the clans of Judah, yet out of you shall He come forth
unto Me that is to be ruler over Israel; Whose existence has been of old,
from everlasting."--Micah 5:2. (Prophecy given 710 B.C.)
Fulfillment: The Gospel says "Jesus was born in Bethlehem of
Judea."--Matthew 2:1. Although the Jews knew that their Messiah was to be
born there (Matthew 2:4-6), they didn't, as a nation, accept Jesus as their
ruler. Nonetheless, the prophecy says that He "Is to be ruler". This takes
place spiritually now for those who voluntarily accept His Messiahship, and
will soon take place literally by force at His Second Coming!
Jesus' existence, as the prophecy says, "has been of old, from everlasting".
Jesus said, "Before Abraham was (around 2,000 B.C.), I Am."--John 8:58. He
was here referring to Himself as the eternal God Who revealed Himself to
Moses in the burning bush as: "I Am that I Am" (Exodus 3:14), the eternal
Son of God! (See also John 1:13,14.)
Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem
Prophecy: The Prophet Zechariah commanded the people by the Spirit of
the Lord to: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of
Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes unto you: Righteous, and having
Salvation; meek, and riding upon a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a
donkey."--Zechariah 9:9. (Prophecy given 487 B.C.)
Fulfillment: Five days before His crucifixion, as Jesus neared
Jerusalem, He told His disciples, "Go into the village ahead of you, and at
once you shall find a donkey tied there, and her colt with her: Untie them,
and bring them to Me. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded
them, and brought the donkey and the colt...and Jesus sat on them...and the
multitudes that went ahead, and those that followed, shouted, saying,
`Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the
Imagine!--The King of kings, God in the flesh, came riding into Jerusalem,
meekly sitting on the lowly colt of a donkey, just as God's Prophet,
Zechariah, had predicted over 500 years earlier!--And not only did Jesus
fulfill this part of the prophecy, but the multitudes of Jerusalem who
"rejoiced greatly" and "shouted" praises to Him as He entered the city were
further proof that indeed, Jesus of Nazareth was "the King" of whom
Zechariah had prophesied!
Prophecy: Again Zechariah predicts: "And I said unto them, if you
think good, give me my price; and if not, keep it. So they paid me thirty
pieces of silver."--Zechariah 11:12. (Prophecy given 487 B.C.)
Fulfillment: "Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to
the chief priests, and said to them, 'What will you give me, if I deliver
Him to you?' And they counted out for him thirty pieces of sliver."--Matthew
Prophecy: "And the Lord said unto me, `Cast it unto the Potter!--The
handsome price at which they priced Me!' And I took the thirty pieces of
silver, and cast them to the Potter in the House of the Lord."--Zechariah
11:13. (Prophecy given 487 B.C.)
Fulfillment: "Then Judas, which had betrayed Him (Jesus), when he saw
that He was condemned, repented, and returned the thirty pieces of silver to
the chief priests and elders...And he cast down the pieces of silver in the
Temple, and went away and hanged himself. And the chief priests picked up
the silver pieces, and said, "It is against the law to put this into the
treasury, because it is the price paid for blood. So they decided to use the
money to buy the Potter's Field, to bury foreigners in."--Matthew 27:3-6.
The thirty pieces of silver were literally "Cast to the Potter...in the
house of the Lord"!
Prophecy: "By arrest and judgment He was taken away: And who shall
speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living:
For the transgression of my people was He stricken."--Isaiah 53:8. (Prophecy
given 712 B.C.)
Fulfillment: Jesus was arrested by the soldiers of the High
Priest.--Matthew 26:57. After judging Him in their religious court and
condemning Him to death, they bound Him and handed Him over to Pilate, the
Roman Governor.--Matthew 27:1-2. "While Pilate was sitting in judgment...the
chief priests and elders persuaded the crowd...to have Jesus
executed."--Matthew 27:19-20. "Finally Pilate handed Him over to them to be
Pilate himself knew that Jesus was innocent and had done nothing worthy of
death, and that the Jewish religious leaders only wanted Jesus executed
because of their religious jealousy, yet the religious leaders used their
political leverage to force Pilate to have Him crucified anyway.--John
18:28-40;19:1-16; Luke 23:13-25; Matthew 27:18.
Prophecy: Around 1,000 B.C., King David prophesied: "Dogs have
surrounded Me: A band of wicked men have encircled Me: They pierced My hands
and My feet. I can count all My bones. People stare and gloat over Me. They
divide My garments among them, and cast lots upon My clothing."--Psalm
22:16-18. (Prophecy given around 1,000 B.C.) (See also Zechariah
Fulfillment: That was written by King David, who died a natural death
(recorded in 1Kings Chapter 1), so he wasn't talking about himself. But
being a Prophet, he predicted the type of death that Christ would die! As it
says in the New Testament, "then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus
(pierced hands and feet), took His garments, and divided them into four
parts, a part to every soldier; His undergarment remained. Now this garment
was without seam, woven in one piece from top to bottom. They said therefore
to one another, Let us not tear it, but let us cast lots for it, to see
whose it shall be."--John 19:23,24.
Crucifixion, incidentally, was not practiced by the Jews of David's time.
(They killed criminals by stoning!)--But David predicted this type of death
for the Messiah--a method of execution that was to become one of the
principal means of execution by the Roman Empire ten centuries later!
Prophecy: Here is another prophecy by David regarding "The
Righteous", or the Messiah: "Many are the afflictions of The Righteous,
but...He (God) keeps all His bones: Not one of them is broken."--Psalm
34:19-20. (Prophecy given about 1,000 B.C.)
Fulfillment: Many of God's righteous servants have had their bones
broken, especially in their martyrdom--But Jesus was "The righteous", "My
righteous Servant", as God called Him, Who through His death would "justify
many" or make them righteous.--Isaiah 53:11-12. And to prove that He was
"The Righteous" Who would "justify many", God didn't let any of His bones be
Jesus was crucified on the eve of the feastday of the Passover. To ensure
that the bodies of the two thieves and Jesus wouldn't be hanging there on
the cross during the Jews' holy day (death by crucifixion sometimes took
days), they broke the legs of the thieves, causing their bodies to sag,
cutting off their respiration and bringing a quick death. "But when they
came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they did not break His
Jesus was "the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the World" (John
1:29), and was crucified at the time of the Jewish Passover, a religious
festival when all the Jewish households killed a lamb as a sacrificial sin
offering. Right at that same time, Jesus, "The Lamb of God", died for the
sins of Mankind. The Lord had commanded that none of the Passover lamb's
bones were to be broken (Exodus 12:46), and Jesus' death fulfilled this
specific point also!
Prophecy: "And He was given a grave with the wicked, and with the
rich in His death."--Isaiah 53:9.
Fulfillment: In the eyes of His bitter religious enemies, Jesus was a
criminal, a wicked man, and as He died, there were "two robbers crucified
with Him".--Matthew 27:38. After His death, "a rich man...named
Joseph...went to Pilate and pleaded for the body of Jesus. And when Joseph
had taken the body, he...laid it in his own new tomb"--A grave with the
Prophecy: "For You will not leave My soul in hell (the grave, death);
neither will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption (decay)."--Psalm
16:10. (Prophecy given around 1,000 B.C.)
Fulfillment: King David, who gave the prophecy, died and was buried
in a grave and his flesh saw corruption and decay. But Jesus was raised from
the grave and hell three days after His death, and "His soul was not left in
hell (or in the grave), neither (did) His flesh see corruption
(decay)."--Acts 2:27-31. As the Angel said to the mourners who came to
Jesus' tomb, "He is not here, but is risen! Why do you seek the living among
the dead?"--Luke 24:6,5.
Jesus is alive! The Scriptures show that He walked the Earth for 40 days
after His Resurrection and was seen by hundreds of followers!--Acts 1:3;
1Corinthians 15:4-6. He then ascended up to Heaven where He sits at the
right hand of the throne of God.-Mark 16:19.
Exact Year Of His Crucifixion
Prophecy: "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree
to restore and to build Jerusalem until the Messiah the Prince shall be
seven sevens, and 62 sevens (or a total of 69): The street shall be built
again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. And after 62 sevens shall
the Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself."-Daniel 9:25,26. (Prophecy
given 538 B.C.)
The city of Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the armies of Babylon when
the Jews went into captivity and exile in 586 B.C. But 133 years later, in
453 B.C., Artaxerxes Longimanus, King of the Persian Empire, gave the Jews
the commandment to go forth (from captivity into the land of Israel), "to
restore and to build Jerusalem".
We know his decree was issued in 453 B.C., and that Jesus was "cut off" in
30 A.D. Therefore, if we add the 453 years B.C. to the 30 years A.D., it
equals 483 YEARS. Let's see now if Daniel's specific time prophecy coincides
The prophecy predicted that from the time of this decree until the death of
the Messiah the Prince would be--how long?--"7 sevens plus 62 sevens"--or 69
sevens. 69 sevens would be 69 x 7, which equals 483. So Daniel predicted
that 69 sevens of years, or 483 years, would pass between the issuing of the
decree to build Jerusalem and the "cutting off" of the Messiah.--And that's
exactly how many years did pass between 453 B.C. and Jesus' death in 30
A.D.!--What an amazing exact fulfillment of prophecy! And this astonishing
prophecy was given in the year 538 B.C.--almost 600 years before Jesus the
Messiah was crucified! It's also interesting to note that this 483-year
period was divided into two periods: First a period of 7 sevens (49 years),
then a period of 62 sevens (434 years). History reveals that it did take the
Jews 49 years from the time the decree was issued to "rebuild the walls and
streets of Jerusalem". Once Jerusalem was rebuilt, it was exactly 434 years
(62 sevens) later that Jesus the Messiah was crucified!
Daniel's prophecy continues with undeniable proof that this Messiah had to
Destruction Of Jerusalem After His Coming
Prophecy: "At the end of 62 sevens shall the Messiah be cut off, but
not for Himself: And the people of the ruler that shall come shall destroy
the city (of Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (the Jewish Temple)."--Daniel
9:26. In other words, according to this prophecy, after the Messiah's
death, the city of Jerusalem and the Jews' Temple would be destroyed! Was
it? Yes! Only 40 years later!
Fulfillment: After Jesus was cut off (or crucified in 30 A.D.), "not
for Himself", but for the sins of the world, do you know what happened to
Jerusalem and to the Jews' Temple? In 70 A.D., the Roman legions of the
Emperor Vespasian ("the people of the ruler"), under his son, General Titus,
marched in and burnt Jerusalem to the ground and so utterly destroyed their
Sanctuary that not one stone was left upon another!
Jesus Himself, in a set of amazingly detailed prophecies given 40 years
before these catastrophic events, predicted exactly what would happen! (See
Matthew 24:1-2; Luke 19:42-44;21:20-24.)
Shutting Of East Gate After His Coming
Prophecy: "Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the
sanctuary, the one facing toward the east; and it was shut. Then the Lord
said unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man
shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered in by
it, therefore it shall be shut."--Ezekiel 44:1,2. (Prophecy given 572 B.C.)
Fulfillment: When Jesus ("the Lord, the God of Israel") made His
triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of the colt of an ass, He came
from the Mt. of Olives and entered into Jerusalem's East Gate (Matthew
21:9-12), the gate which led into the Temple Courts, as it says here, "the
outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east."
In 70 A.D., the city of Jerusalem was utterly destroyed and it remained in
ruins for centuries after. But in 542, the Moslem Sultan Sulieman rebuilt
the walls of the city. Because the Jews who had rejected Jesus believed
their Messiah was still to come and was yet to make His triumphal entry into
Jerusalem, Sulieman (who wanted to avoid the Jews rallying around a
"Messiah" and rebelling) walled the "East Gate" completely shut, and thus
unwittingly fulfilled the ancient prophecy of Ezekiel, "It shall be
shut...because the Lord (Jesus), the God of Israel, has entered in by it."
And the East Gate remains sealed shut until this very day!
Most Jews believe that the Messiah has not yet come, but according to these
two fulfilled historical facts: 1) The destruction of Jerusalem, and 2) The
walling up of the East Gate, the Messiah has already come!--And if it wasn't
Jesus of Nazareth, who was it?
Who else was born of a virgin in Bethlehem, was called God, rode
triumphantly into Jerusalem on an ass, was betrayed for thirty pieces of
silver, was proclaimed innocent yet condemned unjustly to be crucified while
soldiers parted His garments, was associated with the wicked in his death,
was buried in a rich man's tomb and rose from the dead--all in fulfillment
of Messianic prophecy! The answer, of course, is no one else but Jesus
Christ!--And the prophecies that we have quoted here are only a few out of
nearly 300 specific Old Testament prophecies which Jesus fulfilled!
Why (did Jesus die on the cross)?
Why did Jesus die on that cross?--Because He loved you! He loved you enough
to take your punishment, to die and be separated from His Father for a while
so that He could bring you the Love of God and Eternal Life! As another
prophecy says, "All we like sheep have gone astray; each of us have turned
to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. There
was no deceit in His mouth, yet it was the Lord's will to crush Him and
cause Him to suffer. HIS soul (Jesus') shall be made an offering for sin,
and by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify (make righteous)
many; and He shall bear their iniquities!"--Isaiah 53:6,9-11. (Prophecy
given 750 B.C.)
Jesus died for you!--And God gave all these prophecies and had them written
down and preserved down through the centuries and millenniums so that your
faith might be strengthened by them enough to believe that "God so loved the
World, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life."--John 3:16. Do you?
God loves you and Jesus is just waiting at your heart's door for you to open
to Him. He says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: If any man hear My
voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and
he with Me."--Revelation 3:20. Would you like to receive Jesus into your
heart? If you would, sincerely pray from your heart this simple prayer: Dear
Jesus, I know that I've done wrong things and I'm sorry. I believe that You
died for my sins and I ask You to please come into my heart and forgive
me.-And please help me to live for You and others by reading Your Word and
telling others about Your Love!--In Jesus' name, amen.
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