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Prophecy series #7: God’s Promises

The Old Testament is full of God's promises of things that will happen in the future. God spoke them directly and through His prophets. Let me share just a few key promises with you.

In the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve had disobeyed God and led the entire future human race into sin, God made a promise to Satan and we are privileged to overhear it and thus know what is going to happen and how it is all going to end.

The Seed Plot of the Bible
In Genesis 3:15 God declares war on Satan. In this declaration, God lets us know that Satan will have a temporary, limited victory over God and ultimately God will have a final and eternal victory over Satan. " I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman. Thou shalt bruise His (Jesus) heel and He shall bruise thy head, Satan."

Satan bruised God's heel when Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later. God will fatally bruise Satan's head at the end of the Millenium when Satan is cast forever into the Lake of Fire. Actually, Jesus bruised Satan's head when He died on the cross for our sins. Jesus' death on the cross was the absolute worst thing that could ever have happened to Satan. It spelled the beginning of the end for Satan. In fact, Paul in I Corinthians 2:8-9. speaks of God's hidden plan to allow Satan to stir up the people against Jesus so that He would die on the cross to save sinners and thus build Christ's Church. This plan resulted in the ultimate destruction of Satan and the end of his power over humanity. If Satan had understood this, he never would have plotted the death of Jesus.

The Abrahamic Covenant
God called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees to be the father of a new race. Genesis 12:1-3 God promised Abraham his own land, the land of Palestine, and innumerable descendants. Genesis 13:14-17 God also promised him a Promised Seed, the Lord Jesus Christ, who would bless the world Genesis 22:16-18 Galatians 3:16.

The Davidic Covenant
One thousand years later David, the son of Jesse, was born of the line of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Judah. He eventually was anointed as King of Israel. God made a promise to King David, known as the Davidic Covenant. It was God's promise that David's throne would be eternal and that one day a king from his line would reign eternally. That covenant is found in II Samuel 7:12-16 and Psalm 89 tells us more about that coming reign.

True, that covenant warned that those kings who rejected God, would be punished, as would the nation of Israel; but in spite of set-backs, a promised king would appear who would eventually rule the world in righteousness, justice and peace. Reading the Gospels it does not take long to learn that the promised King is Jesus.

Christ's earthly Kingdom described
The Old Testament is filled with promises and descriptions of Christ's coming Kingdom. Some of the outstanding promises are found in Isaiah 9:6-7 Isaiah chapters 11, 35, 40 and 60. Jeremiah 23, Ezekiel 34-39, Daniel 2 and 9. Zechariah 12-14 In these chapters you will read of the righteousness and peace that we will enjoy during Christ's thousand year reign. Even the wild animals will be tame.

Dear reader, does your heart cry out, "Thy Kingdom Come. Thy will be done. " "Even so come Lord Jesus"? Do you personally know Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Do you desire His Lordship in your life right now?

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June 3, 2006 - Posted by | Prophecy Series

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