A number of studies on this website deal with prophecies which Yeshua (Christ's Hebrew name, which
means God's salvation) fulfilled. The list includes No. 79, "Isaiah 53, The Suffering Servant," No. 69,
"Psalms 22, Christ's Crucifixion," and No. 67, "Feed My Lambs." Each of these studies is completely about
Yeshua the Messiah. For this reason, I will include none of their content in this study.

Two of the studies mentioned above are mostly explained by their titles. No. 79, "Isaiah 53, The Suffering
Servant" is an overview of Christ's ministry. No. 69, "Psalms 22, Christ's Crucifixion" is about Christ's
ministry and specifically about His crucifixion.

No. 67, "Feed My Lambs" explains how Christ fulfilled the signs which God gave to Moses to prove to the
children of Israel that God sent Moses to them. Fulfilling these signs should be expected of the Messiah,
since God told Moses that a prophet like him would come after him.

Here is what God said to Moses. "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee,
and will put My words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall
come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which he shall speak in My name, I will
require it of him." (Deut. 18:18). Because Christ was like Moses, He fulfilled the signs that God gave
Moses.

The most important messianic prophecy is the time prophecy of Daniel 9. It is a small part of another web
page, so instead of referring you to that web page I will reproduce the relevant portion here.

The explanation of this prophecy has been understood in the Christian church for many years. V. T.
Houteff explains the prophecy particularly well. Note that each week is seven years. This comes from the
day as a year principle given in Ez. 4:6, "I have appointed thee each day for a year." Houteff's explanation
follows:

""Dan. 9:24 --"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the
transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in
everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy."

""Since Gabriel is here explaining the vision of chapter 8 -- the things that were to take place during the
2300 days -- the seventy weeks are therefore a part of the 2300 days."

""The seventy weeks are actually 490 years. Mark that during these 490 years, Daniel's people, the Jews,
were to make an end of sin and make reconciliation for their iniquity, or else be hopelessly given up. Next
Daniel was told where the 70 weeks begin:"

""Dan. 9:25 --"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore
and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two
weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times."

""From the commandment to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem to Messiah the Prince, to Christ, there
were to be 7 weeks (49 years), and 62 weeks (434 years) -- 69 weeks in all, or 483 years. History shows that
the decree to rebuild the ancient city went forth in 457 B.C. Hence 483 years from 457 B.C. bring us to 27 A.
D., to the year Christ, the Messiah, was baptized. (This incident, too, proves that the 2300 days are
computed a day for a year, and that the seventy weeks are the first block of time from within the 2300
days...) We should now remember that after cutting off the 69 weeks from the 70 weeks there is yet one
week left. What takes place during this week is told in the verses that follow:"

""Dan. 9:26, 27 -- "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and
the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall
be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And He shall confirm the
covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the
oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even until the
consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

""Just what was to take place during the first seven weeks or 49 years I am not prepared to say, but in the
end of the next 62 weeks, or 434 years the Messiah was to be cut off, crucified. During the remaining
week, the 70th, He was to confirm the covenant with many, and in the midst of it He was to be cut off,
crucified; that is, there were to be 3 1/2 years from His baptism to the crucifixion, and 3 1/2 years after the
crucifixion in which He was to confirm the covenant. This completes the 70 weeks and brings us to the
time the apostles were commanded to go out and preach the Gospel to the Gentiles: One named
Cornelius (a Gentile), and Peter (a Jew and an Apostle) were both given a vision: Cornelius was instructed
to see Peter and Peter was commanded to meet Cornelius. See Acts, chapter 10. The Jews as a nation
failed to make an end of sin and were therefore rejected, given up."

""Christ's own sacrifice at the end of the first 3 1/2 years replaced the sacrificial ceremonial system, and
thus He caused the sacrifice to cease in the midst of the week. All this, time and event, you see, took
place exactly as Gabriel predicted."" (V. T. Houteff, Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 33, 1948).

I have added to Houteff's comments, so next I'll quote myself. ""Note that the destruction of Jerusalem
which took place about 70 AD was prophesied here. The Jews continued with animal sacrifice and
oblations even though Christ had ended them and that was an abomination. So was the persecution of the
first Christians. The people of Judah are to be made desolate and punished as God determines. "... for the
overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that
determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Dan. 9:27)."

""The first seven weeks, 49 years, was the time from the decree to restore Jerusalem to the first Jubilee,
which the Jews failed to keep. Since they should have known that the commandment to restore and
rebuild Jerusalem would take place in a Jubilee year, this was a sin to them and a proof to God that the
Babylonian captivity had taught them nothing."" (No. 35, "The Judgments Of Isaiah 5").

Zechariah 11 contains a prophecy of the breaking of the bonds between Judah and Israel and the betrayal
of Christ. The whole chapter is explained on this web site, see No. 44, "Zechariah 11, Estranging Israel."
Here is the relevant portion from that web page. Note that God takes over the flock Himself, because
"their own shepherds pity them not." (Zech. 11:5).

""And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the
one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock." (Zech. 11:7). So the Lord decided to
feed the remnant of Israel, the flock of Judah, Himself, "and I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O
poor of the flock." Staves, overlaid with metal, were used to bear the holy objects in the temple. "And
thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put the staves into the
rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. The staves shall be in the rings of the
ark: they shall not be taken from it." (Ex. 25:13-15). The staves of this scripture are also holy."

""God sent His only begotten Son, Christ, to minister to the flock, "I took unto Me two staves; the one I
called Beauty." Beauty was Christ, not for His physical self, but for His spiritual self. "For He shall grow up
before Him (God) as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground (away from the land of His birth,
Judah): He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him,
there is no beauty that we should
desire Him
. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid
as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our
griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was
wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was
upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
" (Is. 53:2-5)."

""Bands is often used in the scriptures to mean bonds. "I drew them with cords of a man, with
bands of
love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them." (Hosea 11:
4). Here it means a loving bondage, the Law of God. "Thou shalt keep therefore His statutes, and His
commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after
thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever."
(Deut. 4:40). Keeping the Law of God gives His people a claim on His mercy, He is "shewing mercy unto
thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments." (Ex. 20:6)."

""In the days of Christ, this message of God's Law was revived by John the Baptist, the other stave, that
was called Bands. "Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor
of Judaea... Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of
Zacharias in the wilderness. And
he (John the Baptist) came into all the country about Jordan, preaching
the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins
; as it is written in the book of the words of Esaias
(Isaiah) the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make His paths straight." (Luke 3:1-4)."

""Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and My soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred
Me." (Zech. 11:8). The three shepherds were the three men most influential in causing the crucifixion of
Christ, Annas and Caiaphas (spiritual shepherds), who took Christ to Pontius Pilate for judgment, and
Pontius Pilate the governor (a secular shepherd), who found no fault in Christ and condemned Him to
death. "Now Annas had sent Him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest. Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas
unto the hall of judgment... Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this
man? Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring Him forth to you, that ye may
know that I find no fault in Him. When the chief priests therefore and officers saw Him, they cried out,
saying, Crucify Him, crucify Him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye Him, and crucify Him: for I find no fault in
Him... Then delivered he (Pilate) Him (Christ) therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus,
and led Him away." (John 18:24,28,29; 19:4,6,16)."

""Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and
let the rest eat every one the flesh of another." (Zech. 11:9)." After John was beheaded and Christ was
crucified, God ceased to guide and protect the people of Judah. This led to their banishment from the
Holy Land and eventually the Holocaust."

""And I took My staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break My covenant which I had made
with all the people." (Zech. 11:10). Christ was crucified, "and I took My staff, even Beauty, and cut it
asunder." God abhors innocent blood, "And also (condemned) for the innocent blood that he shed: for he
filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon." (2 Kings 24:4). The innocent
blood of Christ, the Son who walked with God in perfect holiness, was enough to break God's covenant
with all of Judah, "that I might break My covenant which I had made with all the people."

""And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon Me knew that it was the
word of the Lord." (Zech. 11:11). The covenant was broken on the day Christ was crucified, "and it was
broken in that day." The risen Christ appeared to those who loved Him and had given up all material
possessions to be His disciples and who were waiting for God to bring forth His Kingdom, and He taught
them how He had fulfilled the scriptures, "so the poor of the flock that waited upon Me knew that it was
the word of the Lord."

""And He (the risen Christ) said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet
with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and
in the psalms, concerning Me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the
scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the
dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all
nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of
My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
(Luke 24:44-49)."

""And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price
thirty pieces of silver." (Zech. 11:12). Judas, one of Christ's disciples betrayed Him to the priests for thirty
pieces of silver. "Then one of the twelve (disciples), called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
and said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver Him unto you? And they covenanted with him
for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him." (Matt. 26:14-16)."

""And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took
the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord." (Zech. 11:13). The
fulfillment of this prophecy is described in Matthew."

""Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that He (Christ) was condemned, repented himself,
and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I
have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down
the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took
the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of
blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that
field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy
(Jeremiah) the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was valued,
whom they of the children of Israel did value; and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed
me." (Matt. 27:3-10).
The actual prophecy that was fulfilled was not in the Book of Jeremiah (which has no
mention of thirty pieces of silver), but is this one in Zechariah 11. I can only assume that God allowed the
error as part of breaking the bonds between the tribe of Judah and the scattered ten tribes
."

""Then I cut asunder Mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and
Israel." (Zech. 11:14). The Christian church was formed in Judah by Christ's disciples on the day
(Pentecost) that they received power from heaven. Once formed, the church was walking in God's Law."  

""In order to break the Bands, the Christian church had to cease to follow God's Law. So God caused the
Christian church to break covenant with Him on the matter of circumcision. "This is My covenant, which ye
shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that
is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy
house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and My covenant shall be in
your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is
not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant." (Gen. 17:10,12-
14)."

""The Apostle Paul taught that circumcision was unnecessary. "But as God hath distributed to every man,
as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Is any man called being
circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be
circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the
commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called." (1 Corr. 7:17-20).
This early teaching among the Christians was the beginning of breaking the bond, "then I cut asunder
mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel." (No. 44,
"Zechariah 11, Estranging Israel.")

The message of Christ, which the Jews mostly rejected, found the lost tribes in the Gentile lands. "The
Lord sent a word (from the mouth of Christ) into Jacob (to the two tribes still in the Holy Land), and it (the
message of Christ) hath lighted upon Israel (the scattered ten tribes). And all the people (both Judah and
the scattered tribes) shall know (of Christ's message), even Ephraim (royal house of the lost tribes) and
the inhabitant of Samaria (homeland of the lost tribes), that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, the
bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will
change them into cedars (who think to change the commandments, statutes and judgments of God)." (Is. 9:
8-10).

The rising, if persecuted, movement in the Christian church to return the lost tribes to the Holy Land is
also an indication of where the scattered tribes will be found. This brings us to another messianic
prophecy found in Ezekiel 37, a prophecy of reconciliation between the known Jews (Judah) and the lost
tribes (Israel).

"And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the
heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to
them all: and they shall be no more two nations (Judah, the known Jews and Israel, the ten tribes, found in
the Christian church), neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: neither shall they
defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their
transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will
cleanse them: so shall they be My people, and I will be their God. And David My servant shall be king over
them; and
they all shall have one shepherd (Christ): they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My
statutes, and do them (all follow God's Law)." (Ez. 37:21-24).

In the end time, the estrangement between Judah (the known Jews) and the scattered ten tribes is
healed. The known Jews accept Christ and the scattered tribes are taught God's commandments, statutes,
and judgments and are gathered to return to Israel.

The judgment upon Judah for refusing the Messiah is the beginning of a world wide judgment found in
Jeremiah 25. The wine cup is a symbol of God's fury, which falls first on Jerusalem and Judah. The sword
is the message of Christ, which leads to another messianic prophecy, which I will explain after this one.

"For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at My hand, and cause all the
nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad,
because of the
sword that I will send among them
. Then took I the cup at the Lord's hand, and made all the nations to
drink, unto whom the Lord had sent Me: to wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof,
and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this
day..." (Jer. 25:15-18).

Part of this judgment has already taken place, on "Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings
thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as
it is this day." The city Jerusalem was destroyed (made a desolation) about 70 AD for refusing Christ's
message. The cities of Judah (the known Jews) and their great and rich men and their sons became an
astonishment as six million Jews were destroyed in the Holocaust. The known Jews were hated in
Palestine, they became a hissing, as they formed the nation Israel. And finally the known Jews are
now
under a curse, "
as it is this day," because after God gave them back the Holy Land, they allowed a heathen
temple to stand in the most holy place on earth. As Christ prophesied of their spiritual leaders, "Ye blind
guides, which strain at a gnat (the desecration of the temple that caused the Maccabees to revolt), and
swallow a camel (the Dome of the Rock)." (Matt. 23:24).

The sword that caused the madness of the Jews was the message of Christ. "Listen, O isles, unto Me; and
hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called Me from the womb; from the bowels of My mother hath
he made mention of My name. (The Lord created Yeshua to be the Messiah.) And
he hath made My mouth
like a sharp sword (God put His words in Christ's mouth)
; in the shadow of His hand hath He hid Me (God
hid Him from the leaders of Judah), and made Me a polished shaft; in His quiver hath He hid Me (the image
of the rod and arrow point to later fulfillments of this prophecy); and said unto Me, Thou art My servant, O
Israel, in whom I will be glorified (Christ's message, His resurrection and the church He raised all glorify
God). Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent My strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely My
judgment is with the Lord, and My work with My God (in three and one half years of teaching and doing
miracles, Christ only raised a small flock, then was crucified). And now, saith the Lord that formed Me from
the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob again to Him, though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be
glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and My God shall be My strength (the ultimate purpose of God is to
reunite the tribes and establish His Kingdom on earth under His Law, this was not accomplished in
Christ's days on earth). And He (God) said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be My servant to raise up
the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give Thee for a light to the Gentiles,
that thou mayest be My salvation unto the end of the earth (Christ's message has gone to Israel and
heathen alike, one third of the people on earth are nominally Christian). Thus saith the Lord, the
Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to Him whom man despiseth (Christ was despised and rejected), to
Him whom the nation abhorreth (the nation Judah put Him to death), to a servant of rulers (Christ
submitted Himself to the judgment of Pontius Pilate, Rome's governor), Kings shall see and arise (many of
the royals of the earth now worship Christ), princes also shall worship (as do their sons), because of the
Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and He shall choose Thee (to be the Shepherd of all His
people). Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard Thee (God heard Christ's lamentation on
the cross, see Matt. 27:46, and let Him die), and in a day of salvation have I helped Thee (God resurrected
Him): and I will preserve Thee (God took Christ to be with Him in heaven), and give Thee for a covenant of
the people (a message to return God's people to righteousness), to establish the earth (and to bring forth
the Kingdom of God on earth), to cause to inherit the desolate heritages (and to recreate the earth as the
Garden of Eden)... " (Is. 49:1-8).

Also in Isaiah 5 there is another prophecy of the judgment of Judah for refusing the Messiah. God willing I
will cover that next week in Part 2.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden
YESHUA AND THE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES
Part 1