The Study of Last Things
by James T. Bartsch

Learning about the Future to Live Better Today

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

The Belief of Israel

Devout Jewish people believed for centuries that the ultimate Anointed One, the Messiah, the King would come to Israel and deliver the nation from her enemies. See, for example, the prophecies of Isaiah (Isa. 2:1-4; 9:6-7; 11:1-10); see the promise made to Mary (Luke 1:31-33); see also the prophecy of Zacharias, father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:67-71).

What these faithful sons and daughters of Israel did not understand at all was that the Messiah’s coming would occur in two stages. He would come the first time to be the Suffering Savior of Israel and of the world (Isaiah 53; 1 John 4:14). He would come the second time to be the Conquering Sovereign of Israel and the world (Psalm 2:7-9; Zechariah 14:9, 16-19; Rev. 19:11-20:15).

(Scripture quotations taken from the NASB 1995.)

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Updated March 23, 2021