Bible study series: The Beginning and the End - Genesis and Revelation
The Genesis Promise (the redeemer and the two seeds)
by I Gordon
|A male, born of a woman
|Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.
|This is the verse previously discussed. It doesn't give the whole game away but the promise of a male child, born to a woman is there. So He will be human. And a man. That rules over 50% of the world population just there!
|One of Abraham's descendants
|Gen 22:18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
|In Galatians 3:16 Paul shows that this promise was to a single 'seed' - Christ. So we have narrowed it down a little. The Redeemer will be a male descendant of Abraham!
|Tribe of Judah
|Gen 49:10 "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
|Narrowed down further - Judah is to be the ruling tribe and Shiloh (a title for the Messiah) shall come from that tribe and rule for all times over all nations.
|Born of a virgin
|Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
|Well... this narrows things down dramatically! The Messiah would be born of a virgin and be 'Immanuel - God with us'.
|Come as a child, yet be God!
|Isa 9:6 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.
|The Messiah will be born as a child is. And yet He has the title Mighty God! Wow - both man and God!
|Descendant of David
|Isa 11:1-2 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
|Another clue - he Messiah would be the Son of David! And would be full of the Spirit
|Born in Bethlehem
|Mic 5:2 "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."
|Another clue... The ruler, who 'goings forth' have been from eternity, will be born in Bethlehem.
|Messiah will be rejected
|Isa 53:3-5 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our grief's He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
|All of Isaiah 53 is incredible. It paints a crystal clear portrait all by itself of the Messiah's rejection, death and resurrection! It requires an entire study by itself.
|Messiah would be valued at 30 silver coins
|Zec 11:12-13 I said to them, "If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!" So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them." So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
|The price of the betrayal of the Messiah was even foretold! 30 silver shekels.
|Would come before the destruction of the 2nd temple and die!
|Dan 9:25-26 "So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks... the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.
|The amazing prophecy of Daniel's 70 weeks pinpointed the timing of the Messiah's coming. Scholars have shown that this prophecy ended on the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem and presented Himself as their Messiah. But this also says that the Messiah will be cut off and die! And that it happens before the city and sanctuary are destroyed!
|Type of death prophesied
|Psa 22:16-18 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
|Wow - Specific details right from the cross are contained right throughout Psalm 22, but none more important than this - The Messiah would die by having His hands and feet pierced!
|The Messiah will return to His place
|Hos 5:14-15 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away... I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
|The Messiah would return to where He came from, Heaven, until the Jewish people acknowledge their guilt and seek Him! (All history is moving towards that now!)
Mat 1:5 Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab
|The first that stood out was Rahab. She is the first female mentioned in a long list dominated by men. And what a story that is. Firstly she's a prostitute. Strike one. Secondly she is a gentile. Strike two. Thirdly the city she lives in, Jericho, is about to be utterly destroyed by the Israelites. Strike three - you are out! And yet, through faith, she, along with her family, were able to be saved. And not only saved, but are found here, in the line of the Messiah! Not bad for a one time gentile prostitute! And what is the mark of redemption in her story? The scarlet thread! She had to tie a scarlet thread outside her home which indicated to the Israelites that her household were to be saved. That scarlet thread weaves itself throughout the Bible story speaks of the coming blood sacrifice of the Messiah - the Passover Lamb.
Mat 1:5 ... Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth
|Argh, Ruth. The next female, the next gentile in the line of the Messiah. And who could forget her story? What a wonderful book that is, full of types and pictures of the coming Messiah and the redemption He would bring. Ruth, you will remember, was a Moabite. Moabites, at the time, were under a curse and were not allowed in the assembly of Israel (Deu 23:3). And yet, in tremendous faith and commitment, Ruth utters those famous words to Naomi, her mother in law -llow the genealogy down, becomes the great grand-mother of King David! And further down, the redeemer Himself, Jesus.And in the course of time this gentile cursed widow meets Boaz, a wonderful type of Christ, who becomes her redeemer... he pays the price of redemption and marries our lovely Ruth. And she, as we fo
Mat 1:10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh
|Manasseh! Are you sure? That wicked King? Yep! The same Manasseh that made his sons pass through the fire? Yep. The very same Manasseh who practiced witchcraft, divination, dealt with mediums and spiritists? Yep, that Manasseh! What is he doing in the line of Jesus? Well, he pictures salvation and redemption in a wonderful way - that even the most wicked can turn back to the Lord and find grace. For we read:
I haven't got time to go in any depth into my own story but part of it revolves around a dysfunctional father and, because of that, a dysfunctional family. My father had epilepsy all his life since setting himself on fire, accidently, at age 11. The drugs that he was on to try and control his epilepsy had 'psychotic side effects' we were finally told near the end of his life. Thanks for finally letting us know Doc! It certainly helped explain a lot of what we had seen in the previous 30-40 years. I won't go into detail about what things were like growing up, other than to say there were some crazy times. My Mother told me about a time when I was young and she was in the kitchen, in tears, because she didn't know how we could go on as a family. She didn't know how she could cope and how we as kids could cope. But the Lord gave her a promise and a command from the book of Jeremiah. Here it is:
To make a long story short, this was all fulfilled. It took nearly 20 years later but in 1990, my Father, my brother and I were all saved! We were all living in different areas and didn't really have a part to play in each others salvation. It was just God. It was a miracle that it would happen to any of us, let alone all three! It was the redeemer fulfilling His promise from 20 years earlier, to my Mum!
A counterfeit virgin birth of some type (Gen 3:15)
A counterfeit Messiah that the whole world will wonder after (Rev 13:3-4).
A counterfeit trinity in the dragon, the Antichrist and the false prophet. (Rev 13:2,11)
A likely counterfeit resurrection where the beast is said to have come back from a fatal wound (Rev 13:11-14)
For more information on the redeemer and creation, including Revelation 5 see https://jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/Isaiah59-18.htm - I will probably quote from there a little. ↩
Read Jeremiah 32:1-15. This is the key passage for helping us understand what Revelation 5 is all about. Do that now. I'll wait...
Right. So Judah was under siege by the mighty Babylonians led by their king, Nebuchadnezzar. Zedekiah, king of Judah, doesn't really like that Jeremiah, the Lord's prophet, says that they are going to be defeated and that Zedekiah himself will be led away. So he does what most kings do when they don't like the message. He attacks the messenger and has Jeremiah locked up! While locked up, Jeremiah's cousin comes and asks him to buy his property! J.Vernon McGee comments:
'At the darkest hour in Judah's history, Jeremiah buys real estate - this was the time to be selling real estate! I imagine that the real estate men in Jerusalem and the surrounding country were dumping all the real estate they possibly could. Why did Jeremiah buy this piece of land at this time? It was to show the people he believed God when He said that they were going to return to the land. This is very remarkable.'
Jeremiah's cousin comes and says 'have I got a deal for you Jerry! A fantastic property, low maintenance, great views... you are a close relative - you redeem it, you buy it.' God had already instructed Jeremiah to buy it. And so though they were getting attacked by the Babylonians and would be exiled, through his actions Jeremiah would show that he had faith that God would one day bring them back to this land. Now verses 10-15 hold the important part for us. When the redeemer paid the price for the land, a deed on a scroll was written and it was sealed up. This is the title to the property. Normally on the inside was written what the purchaser had redeemed - that is, what they would take possession of. On the outside were the conditions that were to be meet to take possession. Now this document was very important because it proved who had the right to the land. So it had to be protected and stored in a safe place. Now remember Jeremiah's current situation - the Babylonian army is about to take control of the city and it is likely that the inhabitants will be killed or taken into exile. Jeremiah himself was later taken into exile down in Egypt... so he never got to use this land for himself. But he commanded the deeds to be put in a safe place, in an earthenware jar, so they would last a long time and even if he didn't get to take possession, a close relative could. This then is the background to understanding Revelation chapter 5. The scroll or book that is opened in heaven contains the title deed to this earth! Before all the judgements can begin, we get this scene in heaven where the true owner of this world has to be found. Is there a redeemer? Is there someone who can legitimately step forward and take possession of the title deed to this earth? We shall see! ↩
H A Ironside writes: 'You often hear of the angels singing. But it is remarkable that when you go to the Bible (King James version) there is only one place where you read of angels singing; it is in Job 38. The morning stars there are angels, and they sang together when this world in its pristine beauty sprang from God's hand. But that ancient song was stilled. Sin came in and marred that beautiful creation, and from the time that sin came in we never read again that angels sang. At the birth of our Lord Jesus a multitude of the heavenly hosts praised God, saying, 'Glory to God in the highest' (Luke 2:14); but we do not read that they sang. It is the redeemed that sing, and they sing a new song-the song of redemption. Will you be able to sing that song?' ↩