To understand God’s word it helps to establish a timeline that starts in the Garden of Eden with Adam and continues forward in time culminating in the book of Revelations with the events that bring us to eternity.
The Old Testament Prophets knew nothing of Christ’s death and resurrection. Their prophecies were the revealed word of God, brought to the Jewish Nation, Israel, and that nation looked forward to the kingdom promised by the prophets. They knew the bible, they knew the fathers of their nation; Abraham, Jacob and Isaac, and they looked forward to the coming of the Messiah that would rule for 1000-years.
To understand the bible everything must be put into perspective and properly divided. The entire bible, prior to Christ’s death and resurrection, was directed to the Jewish nation, Israel. After the crucifixion and resurrection, the resurrected Christ chose the one man with the greatest hatred for the believing Jew, Saul of Tarsus, as the disciple to the gentiles.
God’s plan for humanity took on a new focus from mankind’s perspective and the entire population of the world is included in redemption through Christ’s shed blood, death on the cross and resurrection, and offered salvation through the simple belief in his word. The timeline known to the old testament believers was interrupted while God introduced the church age and gentiles were offered a heavenly eternity attained through the simple belief in his word through which the Holy Spirit would intercede and alter the very life of the true believer.
**** next week: The prophet Isaiah ****
Posted on Sun, July 21, 2013
by Dale Swanson filed under