Summary: The many mysteries of Old Testament prophecies come together pointing to Jesus as Messiah.
Sermon: "Mystery Hidden for Ages Past"
2 Sam. 7:1-11,16; Ro. 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
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Listen again to these fascinating words
inspired upon the lips of the Apostle Paul by
the omniscient Holy Spirit:
25 Now to him who is able to establish you
by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus
Christ, according to the revelation of the
mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but
now revealed and made known through the
prophetic writings by the command of the
eternal God, so that all nations might
believe and obey him..." (Romans 16 NIV)
I have called these "fascinating words"
because they speak of the whole Christ event
as if it had been moving forward from the
beginning of human history, and yet veiled...
hidden... obscured from human understanding until Jesus Christ was born into time and space.
This morning we are going to look back into
the OT and watch the mystery unfold... for
what was once shrouded in mystery is fully
revealed to us.
The mystery has a beginning. The first
prophecy came from God Himself just after the
Fall of Adam and Eve into sin. God made the
first prediction of the Messiah when He said
to the Serpent: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he
will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." (Genesis 3:15)
Here the mystery begins... and it does so
more deeply than first a first glance
reveals. Note that God speaks of the woman’s
"seed"--OT practice is to speak of the seed
in reference to the Father, and not the
mother. This is no doubt a veiled reference
to the virgin birth.
The other thing to note is that the word
"seed" is in the singular. God is not
predicting future generations warring against
the power of evil, but of a singular person--
again, a hidden pointer to Jesus.
Finally, God indicates that this seed would
be injured--but the injury would be to the
"heal" and therefore not deadly. The injury
to Satan would be to the "head" and therefore
a deadly blow. This is an extremely hidden
pointer to the Messiah. On Calvary’s
mountain it would have appeared that the
opposite had taken place.
When the Christ was crucified, it appeared
that Satan had survived and the Messiah had
been destroyed. But then came Easter morning
and everything became reversed--- the
prophecy proved true! Satan was destroyed on
Easter morning, and Jesus now lives and
Genesis gives us the first great veiled
prophecy concerning the coming of the Christ
of God-- Savior of the world. Well, as I was
preparing my message for today, after this
prophecy my work became very difficult.
There are so many prophecies--some estimates
go over 300!--what ones should I highlight to
you? I confess, I was forced to simply
choose a few--and these are the ones I was
led to share with you.
First, when would be the date of the
Messiah’s ministry. Do you know that the
date of our Lord’s ministry was predicted to
the year within the OT?
In the book of Daniel we read of the coming
anointed One of God. Daniel says that from
the rebuilding of Jerusalem to the coming of
the "anointed one," there will be 7 weeks
plus 62 weeks. These "weeks" are symbolic of
years, so we have 69 week years from the time
of the rebuilding of Jerusalem to the coming
of the Anointed One.
69 week years =’s 69 x 7 (number of "days in
a week) which gives us 483 years from the
time of the rebuilding of Jerusalem to the
So when did the rebuilding of Jerusalem take
place. It was under the direction of Ezra so
we go to his inspired book to see if he dates
the beginning of the project. He does. We
read in Ezra 7:7: “Some of the Israelites,
including priests, Levites, singers,
gatekeepers and temple servants, also came up
to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King
Artaxerxes.” (Ezra 7:7 NIV)
Temple construction for Jerusalem began in
the 7th year of King Artaxerxes. Secular as
well as sacred study tells us that the reign
of Artaxerxes began in 465 BC. So we
subtract 7 years from 465 BC because the OT
time-line declines. Therefore the
restoration of Jerusalem began in 458 BC.
Now, if we start with the year 458 and move
forward in time 483 years we might calculate
this by subtracting 458 from 483 which would
give us to 25 AD. But we have made an error.
There is no 0 when calculating the calendar
year between 1 B.C. and 1 A.D., so instead of
24 months we have 12 months... gain one more
year... and the actual date for the coming