Tuesday, May 3, 2016

All the prophets testified of Christ

When Abinadi tells King Noah and the wicked priests about he Messiah and how the Law of Moses was to remind of Christ and spiritual duty, he says this:

33 For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah, and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began—have they not spoken more or less concerning these things?
34 Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?
35 Yea, and have they not said also that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, and that he, himself, should be oppressed and afflicted? (Mosiah 13:33-35)

Okay, every time I read that, I would wonder where in the Old Testament prophets testified of Christ, so this time I decided to go to the Topical Guide and look at “Jesus Christ—prophecies about” and see what could be found there. (I should have done this long ago, but you know how things can get put off until they become burning questions..)

So here’s what I found:

Genesis 3:15 – God tells the serpent (Satan) that Eve’s seed would bruise the serpent’s head
Genesis 49:10 – the scepter shall not depart from Judah until Shiloh comes
Genesis 49:24—from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel
Numbers 24:17—there shall come a star out of Jacob 
Deuteronomy 18:15—raise up unto thee a Prophet
Psalms 2:7—Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee
Psalms 22:1—My God, why hast thou forsaken me
Psalms 22:16—they pierced by hands and my feet
Psalms 24:10—who is this king of glory?
Psalms 34:20—He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken
Psalms 68:18—thou hast led captivity captive
Psalms 69:9—zeal of thine house hath eaten me up
Psalms 69:21—In my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink
Psalms 110:4—priest forever after the order of Melchizedek
Psalms 118:22—the stone which the builders refused is become the head
Psalms 132:17—make the horn of David to bud
Isaiah 7:14—a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son.. Immanuel, God with us
Isaiah 11:1—there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse
Isaiah 24:9 – this is our God; we have waited for him
Isaiah 28:16—I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone
Isaiah 40:3—prepare ye the way of the Lord
Isaiah 42:7—To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners
Isaiah 50:6—I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks
Isaiah 53:6—he was wounded for our transgressions  [The whole of Isaiah 53 is about Christ]
Isaiah 59:20—Redeemer shall come to Zion
Isaiah 61:1—anointed me to preach good tidings
Jeremiah 23:5—Raise unto David a righteous Branch
Ezekiel 37:12—I will open your graves
Daniel 9:24—to make reconciliation for iniquity
Daniel 9:26—shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself
Hosea 11:1—I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt
Hosea 13:14—I will redeem them from death
Jonah 2:6—thou brought up my life from corruption
Micah 5:2—Beth-lehem… out of thee shall come forth unto me
Habakkuk 3:13—Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people
Zechariah 3:8—I will bring forth my servant the Branch
Zechariah 9:9—thy King cometh unto thee…riding upon an ass
Zechariah 11:13—I was prised at…thirty pieces of silver
Zechariah 13:6—I was wounded in the house of my friends
Malachi 3:1—Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple

When looked at in isolation, they are pretty clear, but when you look at their context, it seems odd that they would be prophecies of Christ.  That makes me think there may be many more that can be found if we look for them, and there must have been many that were plain, but were removed deliberately to obscure that testimony.