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Dear Fred

When did the O.T. prophecies about the coming of the Jewish Messiah become the prophecies of our Christian Messiah?

Fred's Response

As you know, I am a businessman and not a theologian. So I asked one of the best Bible teachers I know, Bob Deffinbaugh of Richardson, Texas, for some help. Here is what he said: "I think the answer to your question is that all the Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah were prophecies of our Christian Messiah. Note this text from Luke 24, and especially verse 27. 13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were conversing with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 And it came about that while they were conversing and discussing, Jesus Himself approached, and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 And one of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him up to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21 “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 “But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. 24 “And some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures (Luke 24:13-27). In Galatians chapter 3:16, Paul says that Jesus is the “seed” that was promised to Abraham in Genesis (see Genesis 13:15; 22:18). 15 Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ (Galatians 3:15-16). We can safely conclude that every prophecy pertaining to the Jewish Messiah was a prophecy about Jesus, who is the Jewish Messiah, who came to save all who trust in Him, both Jews and Gentiles. " Hope this helps, Bob