7. THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN.
There is a pattern to life and history and things go around in circles. That which has happened before will happen again, there is nothing new under the sun. Because of this never ending pattern to life, many Bible prophecies draw on past events to explain future events.
Matthew 24 37 “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Before the coming of Jesus Christ, the Jews of 2,000 years ago, in reading prophecies about the coming of the Messiah (Jesus Christ), the Jews failed to understand that the Messiah was coming twice. But in hindsight, we can look at these same prophecies, and not only see that Jesus Christ is coming again, we can also see a breach in the prophecies of about 2,000 years or more. The best known of these prophecies with a breach in it is found in Isaiah chapter 61 and read by Jesus in Luke chapter 4.
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news of the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and the recovery of sight to the blind, to send away ones having been oppressed with deliverance, 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 Then he closed the book, and he gave back to the minister and sat down. And the eyes of all who that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, “Today is this scripture fulfilled in your hearing.”
As we look at what Jesus read from Isaiah, we can say: “Yes! Jesus Christ fulfilled all of this during His first coming.” But what Jesus read was only a small part of a much larger prophecy, about the coming Messiah (Jesus Christ). For in Isaiah 61:2b – 7, the prophecy continues without a break, proclaiming things that will be fulfilled by Jesus during his second coming. So Instead of Just reading the first one-and-a-half verses of this prophecy, let us read the first 4 verses.
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the humble; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To preach the acceptable year of the LORD, (The breach is this prophecy) and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn, 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” 4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. (Words in italics added.)
In verse 2 of this prophecy, it is stated that two things will be preached.
“The acceptable year of the Lord.” This Jesus Christ declared fulfilled during His first coming.
“The day of vengeance of our God.” This will Jesus Christ will not declare fulfilled until his Second Coming.
Therefore in this prophecy, as well as being able to see that Jesus Christ must come again, to fulfil the second part of this prophecy. We can also see that there is an unannounced breach in the prophecy of over 2,000 years between these two proclamations. Later on in verse 4 of this prophecy, one of the things spoken of that will be fulfilled during the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, is the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
Isaiah 61:4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.
You could look at this verse and say it has already been fulfilled, not once, but twice. After Isaiah wrote this prophecy, the cities of Judea were destroyed by the Babylonians, and later rebuilt before the first coming of Jesus Christ. Then again after the first coming of Jesus, the armies of Rome destroyed the cities of Judea, and again they were rebuilt.
Yes! But neither of these reconstructions of the cities of Judea took place during the time of the Lord’s coming. So before the Lord Jesus Christ returns, the cites of Judea will again have to be destroyed, so that this prophecy can be fulfilled in full this time, by the cities being rebuilt during the time of his coming.
What of the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by the prophet Daniel? Again we can look at back in history and say that this has already happened. Both during the time of Greek rule and the time of Roman rule, idols of pagan gods were placed in the temple. But in order for the prophecies about the ‘abomination of desolation’, to be completely fulfilled, this has to happen in the middle of the last week of seven years, spoken of in Daniel chapter 9.
According to Jesus Christ, the generation that sees the ‘abomination of desolation’, (Matthew 24:15) followed by the great tribulation (verse 21) and the darkening of the sun and the moon, immediately after the tribulation of those days (verse 29), will not pass away before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (verse 34).
These things have all happened before and they will happen again. But in order to fulfil the prophecies in full, they must all happen in the right order and within the lifetime of one generation.
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