Can Jesus Christ Be Found in the Old Testament?

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Can Jesus Christ Be Found in the Old Testament?
By Nathan Jones

Tim Moore: This week marks the beginning of an all-new Christ in Prophecy teaching series focusing on Jesus in the Old Testament. Befitting the name of our show, we’re going to be highlighting — Christ in Prophecy!

Nathan Jones: For 19 seasons now, our television program has been proclaiming the soon return of Jesus Christ. We believe that glorious event will take place in the near future with the Rapture of the Church. In that regard, Jesus is coming soon for those who have put their faith in Him. It’s an imminent event, meaning that the Rapture could happen at any moment. Are you ready?

Tim Moore: That’s right! The focus of this program is Christ in prophecy. But, while we wait for what Paul called our “blessed hope,” we believe we should dive into the Old Testament to learn what the Bible teaches about our soon-returning King.

Nathan Jones: Prophetic clues pointing to Jesus are sprinkled throughout the Bible, in both the New Testament and the Old. In the Old Testament alone, there are 300 general prophecies foretelling Jesus’ First Coming, all of which came true by the way, and a whopping 500 general prophecies prophesying about His Second Coming.

Tim Moore: So, in order to better understand our great God and Savior — the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End — we’re going to spend this week’s episode laying the foundation. And then, in our next episode, we’ll travel to the very beginning, starting in Genesis 1, where the triune God testifies that He is our Creator.

Three Categories of Christophanies​

Nathan Jones: Tim, when thinking about Jesus in the Old Testament, what are some of the more common examples that come to your mind?

Tim Moore: I think the most recognizable ones are Jesus the Messiah as the Suffering Servant, as outlined in Isaiah 53. Psalm 110 refers to the Lord’s Anointed being a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, referenced all the way back in Genesis. Then there’s the blood of the Passover Lamb found in the book of Exodus and remembered even today in Passover seders.

Nathan Jones: Those are all excellent examples. How interesting that each of your examples falls into what’s called a Christophany. Christophany means an appearance or manifestation of Christ.

For the first category, the Isaiah 53 reference to the Messiah as being the Suffering Servant falls into probably the broadest category that most people think of, and that is called the Prophetical Christophanies. The Prophetical category includes the outright prophecies that prophesy about the Messiah.

Tim Moore: The second category would be the Historical, referencing actual people who foreshadowed the coming Messiah. Those would include people like Adam who was the first man, and the preacher of righteousness Noah who was delivered from God’s wrath in the Flood. Also, Moses was a deliverer of his people from captivity. King David was a man after God’s own heart. Solomon was full of wisdom. And, one of my favorite Christophanies — Joseph who was rejected by his brethren, was sent into a foreign Gentile land, and yet, he delivered his people from starvation and ended up being Israel’s savior, if you will, in a time of crisis.

Nathan Jones: The third Christophany category is called Ceremonial, as in what is used in religious ceremonies. Back to Jesus, who is our Passover Lamb, the sacrifice of the Passover lamb points to Jesus who died on the cross in our place. Just like the blood that was brushed over the doorpost of the Jewish slaves’ houses in Egypt, Jesus’ blood covers over our sins so that the angel of eternal death passes over us.

One of my favorite examples of Ceremonial Christophanies is the Brazen Serpent. During the Exodus, while the Israelites wandered around the desert and were plagued by snakes, God commanded that the Brazen Serpent be forged and lifted up over the people. When the people looked at it, they were healed. Likewise, Jesus was lifted up on the cross, and when mankind looks to Him in faith, He heals us of our sin.

Another example of Ceremonial Christophanies is the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant was designed to be a physical representation of Jesus Christ.

Then there’s the Feast of Tabernacles. The whole feast points to the promise that one day our Messiah will be living with us, meeting with us, tabernacling with us, during the Millennial Kingdom.

And then there are all of the ceremonies and cleansing rituals involving the Temple and the priesthood that point to the Messiah cleansing us of all of our sins.

The Importance of the Big Picture​

Tim Moore: So many Christophanies in the Old Testament point us to Jesus Christ, which is why it’s such folly for those Christians who proclaim themselves to be only “New Testament Christians,” as if we could dismiss the entire Old Testament when it points right to Jesus Christ. The Old Testament likewise holds relevant lessons that impact our lives today. People often don’t realize that Jesus and the Apostles cited the Old Testament because it was the only Scripture that they had. And again, they were citing it because time and time again it pointed to the coming Messiah. The overall Bible tells the story of God’s plan of salvation.

But, sadly, too many contemporary Christians see the Old Testament as a collection of disjointed stories. We teach our children about Noah and the Ark, David and Goliath, Jonah and the Whale, but we do so as stand-alone stories of faithfulness and triumph without providing their Big Picture context into God’s plan of redemption. The result is that too many young people equate these disconnected stories from the Bible with fairy tales that begin “Once upon a time…” They don’t see these true stories as part of God’s overarching narrative, just as isolated stories. Lately, there’s been a dramatic falling away of young people from the Christian faith, and I believe their abandonment is directly tied to the poor communication the Church has often used to communicate God’s own testimony throughout history — His-Story.

Nathan Jones: Absolutely true. For instance, let’s look at the story of Jonah and the Whale, or the Big Fish, that most people believe is merely a children’s bedtime story. Parents decorate their nurseries with pictures of the animals in the Ark. But, Jesus pointed out that the story of Jonah was actually a sign. Jesus said in Matthew 12, “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jonah was swallowed by the big fish and seemed to have “died” for three days, and then once vomited on the land, Jonah come “back to life.” Jesus provided this Christophany at the time to those who were questioning His messiahship. Jesus instructed the people to look for the sign of Jonah, saying to the effect, “When I am in the ground three days and come back, then you’ll know that I am the Messiah.”

To begin your journey finding Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, watch Christ in Prophecy!

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Bethlehem57

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I was just reading, as part of a Bible study, Genesis 1. It’s incredible to me how every time I open God’s Word, how I find something else that relates directly to it such as this post.

Here’s what I read and is the first mention of the Trinity that I know of:

26Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

How deep the Father’s love!
 

Rocky Rivera

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When God came to the Garden of Eden in the "cool of the day", I'm sure He temporarily took on a human form so that Adam and Eve could interact with Him. There's no indication in Scripture that the first humans, though sinless, could see angels because Satan needed to employ the serpent's physical form so he could be heard by Adam and Eve. Therefore, God came down in human form in the cool of the day.

When Abraham entertained certain "guests", one of them said that at an appointed time the following year, He would give Abraham a son. This mysterious Guest even knew Sarah was laughing even though she tried to hide it! He even shared with Abraham His plan to destroy Sodom and Gommorah. A mere man -- even the ruler of a nation -- could not do these things. This must have been the pre-incarnate Christ.

When Moses met with the "Angel of the LORD", he worshipped Him. This was no ordinary angel at all, because Lucifer got kicked out of Heaven for trying to receive such worship. The fact that this angel wasn't immediately damned for accepting worship indicates that the Angel of the LORD was the pre-incarnate Christ.

The LORD has always wanted a relationship with human beings, and He comes to us at certain times for certain reasons. I wonder if He still does this kind of thing nowadays. I'm not worthy, but I do wish He would come over and walk with me, talk with me like He did that one time on the road to Emmaus...

Two men are approached quickly by another person, who asks them, "So, what are you all talking so intensely about?"
One of them turns and says to Him, "Are you the only man in Jerusalem who hasn't heard?"
The stranger replies, "About what?"
"About Jesus", he says, "A good man powerful in word and deed before God and all the people."
"Yeah", says his friend, "He got crucified on some trumped-up charges by the high priest and our religious leaders. That was two days ago, and now some women we knew say that He rose from the dead, but what do women know?"
"And we really thought He would be the one to deliver Israel!" laments the former.
"Whoa, you guys are really slow! Slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!" says the Stranger, laughing.
"Why, what do you mean..."


So slow, in fact, that they didn't even notice who they were talking to! Might He do this every now and then to us and we don't even notice?
 

Salluz

Aspiring Man of God
One of my favorite examples of Ceremonial Christophanies is the Brazen Serpent. During the Exodus, while the Israelites wandered around the desert and were plagued by snakes, God commanded that the Brazen Serpent be forged and lifted up over the people. When the people looked at it, they were healed. Likewise, Jesus was lifted up on the cross, and when mankind looks to Him in faith, He heals us of our sin.

This is one of my favorites too. It's also connected with John 3:16!

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g] 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

The picture of the snake-bitten hebrews is a perfect picture of everyone's position before accepting Christ. Just like they were in mortal peril from the venom of the snakes and had to look at the bronze snake to be saved, every person is in eternal peril from their sins until they look to Jesus who became sin for us on the cross
 

Rocky Rivera

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How about the 4th being in the firey furnace of the book of Daniel, I always thought that was probably Christ pre-incarnate. Saved from certain death for their unflinching devotion.
There was some kind of innate spiritual instinct built into Nebuchadnezzar that caused him to recognize that the fourth Man in the fiery furnace was the Son of God. Lo, I see four men, and they are not hurt; and the form of the Fourth is like the Son of God!"
 
There was some kind of innate spiritual instinct built into Nebuchadnezzar that caused him to recognize that the fourth Man in the fiery furnace was the Son of God. Lo, I see four men, and they are not hurt; and the form of the Fourth is like the Son of God!"
I believe it wasn't spiritual. He must have seen something different and glorious about the fourth man that man cannot attain.

It is how I understand it and cannot prove it!
 

Endangered

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I believe the national debt will come crashing down very soon after the Rapture. There will be fewer taxpayers to pay but the debt will still be sky high. The Dems will take over politically. And the crumbling morals will just get worse.
But we RFers will be safe with God.
 
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