“Prophecies Literally Fulfilled at the First Coming.”
“If He came and literally fulfilled the prophecies of a suffering Messiah, Psa. 22, Isa. 53, etc., will He not as surely come and likewise fulfill the prophecies of a glorified Messiah reigning in victory and majesty? Psa, 2; 72; Dan. 7: 13-14, Isa. 9; 11; 60, etc. Think of the many prophecies descriptive of a suffering Messiah, which we have seen literally fulfilled, and upon which we rest, as such strong evidence for the truth and inspiration of the Word, to wit:
- Isa. 7:14—Born of a virgin.
- Mic. 5:2—At Bethlehem.
- Jer. 31:15—Slaughter of the children.
- Hos. 11:1—Called out of Egypt.
- Isa. 11:2—Anointed with the Spirit.
- Zech. 9 :9—Entry into Jerusalem.
- Psa. 41:9; 55: 12-14—Betrayed by a friend.
- Zech. 13:7—Disciples forsake Him. “11:12—Sold for thirty pieces of silver. “11:13—Potter’s field bought.
- Isa. 50:6—Spit on and scourged.
- Ex. 12:46; Psa. 34:20—Not a bone broken.
- Psa. 69 :21—Gall and vinegar.
- Psa. 22—Hands and feet pierced.—Garments parted—lots cast.
- Isa. 53—Poverty, suffering, patience, and death. And many other passages.
All these were literally fulfilled when Christ came. Do not, then, reject the literal fulfillment of those numerous prophecies which describe His future coming, and His glorious reign upon the earth. Namely:—
“Prophecies to be Literally Fulfilled at the Second Coming.”
- That He shall come Himself,— 1 Thes. 4:16.
- That He shall shout,— 1 Thes. 4:16.
- That the dead will hear His voice,— John 5:28.
- That the raised and changed believers will be caught up to meet Him in the air,— 1 Thes. 4:17.
- That He will receive them unto Himself,— John 14:3.
- That He will minister unto His watching servants,—Lu. 12:37.
- That He will come to the earth again,— Acts 1:11.
To the same Mount Olivet from which He ascended,— Zech. 14:4. In flaming fire,— 2 Thes. 1:8. In the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,- Mat. 24:30; 1 Pet. 1:7; 4:13. And stand upon the earth,— Job 19:25.
- That His saints (the Church) shall come with Him,—Deut. 33:2; 1 Thes. 3:13; Jude 1:14.
- That every eye shall see Him,— Rev. 1:7.
- That He shall destroy <the> Antichrist,— 2 Thes. 2:8.
- That He shall sit in His throne,—Mat. 25:31; Rev. 5:13.
- That all nations will be gathered before Him, and He will judge them,— Mat. 25:32.
- That He shall have the throne of David,—Isa. 9:6-7; Lu. 1:32; Ezek. 21:25-27.
- That it will be upon the earth,— Jer. 23:5-6.
- That He shall have a kingdom,— Dan. 7:13-14.
- And rule over it with His saints,—Dan. 7:18-27; Rev. 5:10.
- That all kings and nations shall serve Him,—Psa. 72:11; Isa. 49:6–7; Rev. 15:4.
- That the kingdoms of this world shall become His kingdom,— Zech. 9:10; Rev. 11:15.
- That the people shall gather unto Him,— Gen. 49:10.
- That every knee shall bow to Him,— Isa. 45:23.
- That they shall come and worship the King,—Zech. 14:16; Psa. 86:9.
- That He shall build up Zion,— Psa. 102:16.
- That His throne shall be in Jerusalem,— Isa. 33:20-21. Jer. 3:17.
- That the Apostles shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel,—Mat. 19:28; Lu. 22:28-30.
- That He shall rule all nations,— Psa. 2:8-9; Rev. 2:27.
- That He shall rule with judgment and justice,— Isa. 9:7.
- That the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,— Isa. 40:5.
- That the wilderness shall be a fruitful field,— Isa. 32:15.
- That the desert will blossom as the rose,— Isa. 35 :1-2.
- And His rest shall be glorious,— Isa. 11:10.
“And many more we might mention.”
Surely, there is no symbolism in these plain prophecies, which gives us any authority to “spiritualize” them. Rather let us expect that He will as literally fulfill these as He did the others at His first coming.”–Evangelist William E. Blackstone; (1841-1935) 1878.