The Prophecies of Jesus

The disciples of Jesus were mistaken about the kingdom’s appearance both pre-crucifixion and (some) post-crucifixion; but, not because Jesus said Israel would be restored in the first century. In fact, Jesus gave the parable of the 10 Minas to show there would be an era where disciples needed to manage their gifts in faithful service (see Lk. 19.11-27).

Also, Jesus never prophesied His immediate 2nd appearance, since, the Father determined the times and seasons of when the Son would reappear on earth for His people’s salvation: He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority” (Acts 1.7 NIV).

Jesus did prophesy certain crucial events by which He fulfilled the promise of “another prophet like Moses.” Just 40 years after His crucifixion, the temple was destroyed according to Jesus’ words: For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us (Acts 6.14 NIV). This was just what was prophesied in Dan. 9.26 and Jer. 31.31-34. Jesus only reiterated these promises in Mt.23.38. Lk. 21.6 concerning the destruction, and, also promised the Spirit on the basis of the New Covenant.

In Mt. 13. 24-50, Jesus also prophesied several mysteries of the Kingdom which suggest a lengthy time for these aspects to be fulfilled. All the prophecies have proved true: therefore, Jesus was the Prophet like Moses: I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name (Dt. 18.18-19 NIV).

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