Posts Tagged "Temple"

Monday Morning Prophecy #39 – The Messiah Would Be Consumed with Zeal for the Temple

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Introduction

Last week, we looked at the prophecy that God’s temple would become a den of robbers. The Old Testament also prophesied that the Messiah would be consumed with zeal for God’s temple.

Old Testament Prophecy

for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me. [Psalm 69:9 NIV]

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Monday Morning Prophecy #7 – The Timing of the Messiah’s Birth

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This morning’s Monday Morning Prophecy is a little bit different.  Last week, we looked at the prophecy that the Messiah would be called from the womb. This morning we will look at a couple of Old Testament passages which generally indicate the timing of the coming of the Messiah.  While neither verse indicates that exact date the Messiah would come, they both provide some general framework for the approximate timing.  Let’s have a look at the first verse from Malachi 3:1:

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.  [Malachi 3:1]

This verse indicates that the Messiah would visit the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem.  That temple was destroyed by the Roman General Titus in 70 A.D.  Accordingly, this verse indicates that the Messiah had to be born before the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. or he would not have been able to visit the temple before it’s destruction.  Furthermore, John 2 (amongst other passages) tells us that Jesus did indeed visit his temple:

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