Jesus is a prophet like Moses

After posting about the Meek and Mild Servant of Isaiah 42, I was reminded that so many still believe that the current church age, or church dispensation was completely hidden to the Old Testament prophets.  I have found this to be untrue.  There are Old Testament prophecies which the New Testament writers quote as being fulfilled in the church.  The illustration that I hear so frequently is that the OT prophets saw both comings of the Messiah as one coming, like two mountain peaks in the distance not realizing there is a valley in between them since they were looking straight on.  Those of you who have heard the illustration know what I’m talking about.
 
Anyway, my last post reminded me of this study that I did some time ago, perhaps ten years?  Here it is with a few new comments woven in.
 
Jesus is the Christ, Messiah, Anointed One. What does it mean to be
the Anointed One? Among other things, to look at the anointed
offices in the Old Testament can provide much insight.

As Fanny Crosby put it, "Crown Him, Crown Him, Prophet and Priest
and King"

There are three anointed offices in the Old Testament.
Each one has an order to be fulfilled in the Messiah.
Jesus is a Priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Jesus is a King after the order of David.
Jesus is a Prophet after the order of Moses.

What does it mean to be a Priest after the order of Melchizedek?
The writer to the Hebrews simply takes the pattern of Melchizedek’s
life and shows the pattern for the life of Christ. Without father,
without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days,
nor end of life, both a king and a priest, superior to the Levitical
priesthood by rite of receiving tithes from Abraham.

What does it mean to be a Prophet after the order of Moses? In the
same way we can take the pattern of Moses’ life and show the pattern
for the life of The Prophet (Jesus).

First of all, Moses prophesied that another prophet would come that
would be like him. Deuteronomy 18:15-22

Secondly, Peter preached that Jesus is the fulfillment of that
prophecy. Acts 3:12-26

Let’s take the pattern of Moses’ life and see Jesus.

Birth~Saved from the slaughter of the babies. Exodus 2:1-10
0-40~Mighty in words and deeds. Acts 7:22
First Appearance to His People~Rejected by his own people. "Who
made you a prince and a judge over us?" Exodus 2:11-15
40-80~Exiled to a far country.
80~Burning bush (a flame of fire)
Second Appearance to His People~Accepted and believed on by his own
people. Exodus 4:29-31

Deliverance~God’s wrath poured out on those who persecuted His
people. Delivers God’s people from Egypt through wonders and
signs. Rules them.

Here’s Jesus
Birth~Saved from the slaughter of the babies. Matthew 2:10-18
0-33~Mighty in words and deeds. Luke 24:17-19
First Appearance to His people~Rejected by His own people. "We will
not have this man to reign over us." "We have no king but Caesar."
Matthew 21:33-46, Luke 19:11-27, John 19:1-16
Exiled to….Luke 19:12
Return in glory~A flame of fire. II Thessalonians 1:8
Second Appearance to His People~Accepted and believed on by His own
people.
Deliverance~God’s wrath poured out on those who persecuted His
People. Delivers Israel from the nations through wonders and
signs. Rules them.

When Jesus walked with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, He told
them, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets
have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to
enter into his glory?" When it says He began at Moses, I think He
actually began with the life of Moses to explain the pattern of the
life of the Messiah. Some may say that referred to the law of
Moses, I won’t argue. I simply think the way He referred to the law
of Moses was in explaining the life of Moses as the pattern for His
own life.

Stephen preached this theme long before I was born. Acts 7:17-37

Acts 7:35 is quite telling of the theology that Stephen had concerning the Messiah and the pattern that the Messiah had to fulfill in accordance with the life of Moses.  He states, "This Moses whom they refused (rejected) … the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer."  Stephen was basically saying that the rejection of Jesus by the people proved Him to be the very prophet after the order of Moses that they claimed to look for.  This same Jesus who was rejected will be the same One who is the Ruler and Deliverer of Israel.  The prophet after the order of Moses had to be rejected first just like Moses was rejected.  Only after his rejection and exile did Moses return to rule and deliver.  It is the same with the Prophet after the order of Moses whom we know to be Jesus of Nazareth.  He must first be rejected by His own people, then exiled, then after this He will return with wonders and signs to rule and deliver.

One by-product of a study like this is to refute the Pre-Trib
teaching that the church age, or rejection period, was hidden in the
Old Testament and never revealed. I hear the illustration quite
often of the prophets only being able to see the two mountain peaks
and never see the hidden valley between them. That’s simply not the

case. The pattern was clearly revealed in the life of Moses.
Just before Jesus’ final rejection at Calvary, the disciples were
beginning to catch on to this as well, hence the question that
sparked the Olivet Discourse. Pre-Tribbers will argue that the
prophets speak of both comings as one event. No, they just speak of
the same Messiah for both comings. The New Testament writers also
speak of Christ’s rejection and glory in the same passage.
Philippians 2:5-11. Why? Because they are writing about the same
person. It was the same for the Old Testament prophets as well,
they wrote about the same person for both comings. The reason why

this is important to me is that their next step is extrapolation to
say that the church cannot be here during Daniel’s seventieth week.

A second by-product of a study like this is to see that God’s plan
for dealing with Israel at the second coming is to exempt them from
the seven last plagues.
Beginning with the plague of flies, God put a division between His
people and the people of Egypt. Exodus 8:20-32.
In the next plague, none of the cattle of the children of Israel
died. Exodus 9:1-7.
They were supernaturally protected from the hail. Exodus 9:26.
During the plague of darkness, Israel had light in their dwellings.
Exodus 10:23.
Passover…you know.

God has a plan to supernaturally preserve Israel through His wrath.
Israel must inherit the land. The formation of the church some
hundreds of years later did not negate all the prophecies made
concerning Israel. Here I think we can safely apply the principle
found in Galatians 3:17-18. Israel was promised that land. God has
a plan for His Son to come again and lead Israel into that land.
The formation of the church subsequent to that cannot disannul that
covenant to make it of none effect.

This second point I am making here is a disagreement that I have with many classic PreWrathers who disagree with Rosenthal concerning the timing of the sealing of the 144,000 in relation to the rapture.  I’ll most likely post on this in a separate post.

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman

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