The Certainty Of Christ’s Fulfillment Of Prophecy
Book of Luke 18-19
Focus Luke 19:28-44
Prophecy simply means the foretelling of future events.
It can be said that prophecy is the writing of history before it happens.
The truth is only God can write true prophecy:
Isa 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Isa 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
We are to accept the prophecies in the Scriptures as they came from God, because they did:
2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
There are some others who make predictions of future events and it is true that some of those things may even come about but all, every last one of the prophecies of God will be fulfilled just as they are written.
A true prophet will never be wrong!
The greatest event of prophecy in the Old Testament was fulfilled with the coming of the Messiah and the use of prophecy to tell of His coming by preparing the world for this event.
Today we find Jesus returning to Jerusalem for the last time.
You can search the Scriptures but on this day as Jesus began His last week of His life we find Jesus riding a donkey rather than walking.
This is the day known as Palm Sunday.
We can be sure that in this act of the Lord, He was claiming to be King but not the type of King that the Jews expected.
On this day the Lord Jesus Christ was claiming to be the King of Peace, the King whose Kingdom is not of this Earth.
*****Luk 19:28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
Jesus had come to this earth to die on a cross and it was now time to do so.
In all the Bible we will see that God is not so much concerned with time as He is with the timing of events.
One day to the Lord is as a 1000 days to us.
It was now the fullness of times and the Lord Jesus took the lead of this multitude to make sure they moved at His pace.
Jesus was on a mission to suffer and to die, not for Himself but because of us, all mankind.
This was also was a fulfillment of prophecy:
Isa 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
It was the will of His Father that Jesus do all these things and He was not about to fail.
Psa 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
Psa 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
Psa 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
Psa 40:13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
There was also another thing that must take place.
Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
*****Luk 19:29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
Luk 19:30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
Luk 19:31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
We must clearly understand that prophecy will be fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ in every minute detail!
Those that have already taken place are examples of those that have not yet taken place!
Even this ride into Jerusalem had a specific meaning!
The instructions Jesus gave to His disciples had to be followed precisely.
Notice there are no small task when proclaiming Christ as King!
The disciples knew what Jesus was doing even though they could not understand what His death had to do with anything.
Bethphage or (House of figs) was a suburb of Jerusalem even at that time.
In this city was home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha, friends who shared their home with Jesus when He was in town.
Jesus had no home of His own at this time because except for His mother Mary, none of the family of Jesus believed on Him at this time.
In those days the donkey and the mule were noble animals.
A donkey was the animal that would carry the burdens of men but this animal was also used by kings and their emissaries when they were entering a city in peace.
King David had a great warhorse but his prize animal was the King’s mule which even Solomon rode as he was crowned King.
A conquering King would ride into any city on a war horse.
The Lord Jesus Christ when He returns for a second time will ride in on a powerful white stallion.
Jesus was about to show the people of Jerusalem that He was certainly the promised King, the Messiah.
Jesus was also about to show those same people He was not coming as they expected Him to come.
Even the government of Rome should have understood these things which I believe Pilate did.
**That young colt was a sure sign of peace!
**That young colt also symbolized service, as service to mankind and to carry man’s burdens. Jesus came to carry the burdens of sin for all mankind.
**That young colt also symbolized sacredness. This colt had never been ridden before. Animals used for religious purposes must not have ever been used for any other purpose or they were not acceptable in the ministry.
Deu 21:3 And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke;
Everything Jesus did that day and that last week, had a specific purpose!
AND, The two disciples that went after the colt found things were just as Jesus had said.
*****Luk 19:32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
Luk 19:33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
Luk 19:34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
Here we have a prime example of the providence of God.
The Lord had a need for this colt that far surpassed what the owner of that colt had.
We may not understand why God seems to take some on home to Heaven in their prime but that answer is we must not question God but realize that God had a specific need for them far beyond our own needs of them to be here with us.
It is only the Lord that we worship as God, that has these powers!
We should clearly understand that if God is so careful to fulfill even the smallest detail in prophecy then just how wonderful will be that home that He has gone to prepare for us, down to the most minute detail for our home-going.
And If God is so careful to count the hairs on our head would He ever miss a bruise or a cut or a laceration, or a heart problem or a cancer?
If God is so minded of the birds in the air would God ever be careless with the lives of those He has redeemed by the blood of His own Son?
There is a purpose for all those names that are written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life and the Lord has a need for each and everyone of them!
*****Luk 19:35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
Luk 19:36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
Luk 19:37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Luk 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem is one of the most noted scenes in the “Gospel”.
In typology, it is but fore-gleam of that soon coming day when Jesus will be enthroned to sit as King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s, that will also take place in Jerusalem.
**We first see enthusiasm to serve Christ. We are only at our best when we are enthusiastic.
What the Church lacks today is that enthusiasm to serve the Lord!
Christians should be excited about serving the Lord!
These people praised God. In our day we would say, they rolled out the red carpet as they cast their cloaks down to to cushion the Lord’s pathway.
They had just witnessed many miracles including the blind man Bartemaus and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Excitement was in the air, for they knew that Jesus had the power to do anything He chose to do.
What were Jesus’ credentials? He had come in the name of the Lord.
What are the blessings that will come with our King Jesus? “Peace” in Heaven and “Glory” in the Highest.
Jesus had come to bring the Kingdom of God to this earth but not in the way that these people had expected.
**They thought that Jesus had come to free all nations from Roman domination.
This thing is still in our future!
Jesus had first come to free all nations from the bondage of sin.
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; “that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil”;
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil”.
**They thought that Jesus had come to set His throne in Jerusalem from which a reign of righteousness would be executed.
But Jesus had first come to rule and reign in our hearts and restore our broken relationship with God.
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
**They thought that Jesus had come to establish Israel as the leading nation of this earth as He removed the domination of Rome.
Mar 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
Mar 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
Hosanna means to “save now”.
Psa 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psa 118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
They had failed to see that Jesus was riding a donkey colt which meant He was coming in peace.
Luk 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
Luk 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
They failed to see that Jesus was riding an animal of burdens, coming as the Savior and Redeemer who would carry the burdens of all mankind.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
They failed to see that Jesus was riding a young colt that had never been ridden which symbolized sacredness, as Jesus came to save souls and not bodies.
Eph 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
This was the hour to “save” there will be another hour for “wrath”.
Joh 12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
They failed to see the Jesus was riding an animal that symbolized meekness as Jesus is King of meekness.
Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
They had not taken a good look at Jesus because they could only think of their own personal problems, in which they could only see Jesus as the means to allow them to live as they wanted to, which has never been what God has commanded.
God did not save any of us so we could do what we wanted to do!
But there are always those who see the enthusiasm of Christians to serve the Lord as a threat to their own world view.
*****Luk 19:39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
Luk 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
The majority of those that followed Jesus that day could only see the end of the rule of Rome and a new world ruled by the Messiah.
They wanted Jesus to rule as King of Israel and put a stop to the tyranny of Rome and we should not be confused, Rome ruled as tyrants.
The truth is, that the religious rulers of Israel such as the Pharisees were rewarded by Rome if they could maintain the control of the people.
They had already given their word that they would hunt Jesus down and arrest Him but that would be impossible with such a great multitude surrounding Him at this time.
And,We should be very clear God will never rebuke any one that is offering Him true praise.
The Bible says “clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph”
The Bible says that “everything that has breath should praise the Lord”.
In other words if you cannot praise the Lord then die because you are breathing God’s air.
God will never go against His own Word and the praise of God should never be a solemn event.
After all, if the people will not praise the Lord, then God would get the rocks and the stones to call out His name.
To all those that say Jesus was not courageous and was not a pure Preacher of the Word of God, they certainly do not read the Word of God.
Jesus stepped on more toes than any preacher I know!
Jesus only humbled to the religious leaders when it came time for the cross and He had no fear even at that time.
Joh 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Jesus had to be willing to lay down His life, to fulfill the will of His Father in Heaven or our sin debt could never have been paid.
No man on this earth could have taken the life of Jesus if He so wished not to give it!
Jesus explained to these Pharisees that it was not they that were in control of this situation and that it was He who ruled His own creation.
The Word of God does tell us that nature did cry out loudly when Jesus said “it is finished”.
Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Mat 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Mat 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Mat 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Jesus came to seek and to save, and that mission is still ongoing today through the true Church but that also will soon end and the day of salvation will be over with the Church Age ending.
It was all these things that caused the Lord Jesus to weep as the city of Jerusalem came into His sight.
*****Luk 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Luk 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
Who is the greatest Prophet in this world, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Who is also the Lord of Compassion, it is the Lord Jesus Christ!
It should be very clear, Jesus has a great love for all people but He also has a great love for the city of Jerusalem and it is a foolish world that does not acknowledge that fact!
Jesus prophesied the doom of that people in that day because they had rejected Him.
Jesus’ answer to all that refuse to believe was on full display May 14, 1948 when Israel once again became a nation and in the 6 day war when Jerusalem came back into the hands of the Jews.
Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem that day.
This weeping was in full view of all those that were with Him that day.
To weep means He burst into tears, He wept out loud, He sobbed, He wailed, and He mourned.
The Lord Jesus Christ was truly heart broken for what would soon happen to Jerusalem.
Jesus could obviously see the city as it existed that day but Jesus could also see the coming destruction and this is what caused Him to weep so much knowing He could stop it but He could not break His own Word.
On that day the city of Jerusalem was the most festive city in all the world, as Jerusalem was prepared for the Passover Feast. But while these people were celebrating the reason they were celebrating, The Lord Jesus that saved them then and could save them now, was on the adjacent hillside weeping and mourning for them all and the city.
On this day, no one in the city of Jerusalem realized, the only thing that would bring everlasting peace to this great city was weeping because they would reject Him.
They had lost their opportunity!
Our president of today had a prime opportunity to bring peace to America and to this world but He has squandered his opportunity for foolish reasons that only he knows the truth of.
It is only the “Gospel Blessings” that are conducive to true peace!
The blessings of “Grace”.
The deliverance from the bondage of sin.
The deliverance from condemnation.
The deliverance from the fears of guilt.
All the blessings of “Glory”!
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And then came the terrible prophecy of Jerusalem out of the mouth of God.
Jerusalem by it’s name is to be the city of “Peace”.
Up unto this day we live, the city of Jerusalem has never known true peace.
Peace means free from troubles.
Peace means experiencing things that are good.
Peace means enjoying the very best in life.
Peace is more an internal feeling than an external reality.
There is the “Peace of God” which is a deep peace from within.
It is peace of mind that is more than feelings. More than attitude and more than thought.
Then there is the “peace of the world” which is refusing to face reality!
True peace is always hidden from the eyes of those that reject the Lord Jesus Christ!
There is no peace of assurance to those that reject the Lord Jesus Christ and the world continues to come up with it’s own methods and methods that will always fail.
*****Luk 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
Luk 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Jesus Christ Himself prophesied that Jerusalem would not be at peace until He returned again.
The Jerusalem of the time of Jesus would soon be destroyed!
Jerusalem had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar but a greater destruction than that lay ahead.
There would be a trench dug around the entire city. The trench and the dirt that was piled on the side of it would provide safety for the Roman army of Titus.
Jerusalem would feel the full might and power of the Roman army, which was relentless in war.
Jerusalem would be utterly destroyed, completely demolished not one stone was to be left upon another.
The people within the walls of Jerusalem would be personally judged by Rome.
“And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee”.
The city of Jerusalem would be judged but it was the people who were at fault.
America will one day be judged and part of that may be happening now but it is the people who are at fault.
History teaches us that Titus brought his army to Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and this prophecy of Jerusalem was fulfilled.
History teaches us that over 1 million people died within the walls of Jerusalem with another 97,000 taken captive.
Josephus the Jewish historian describes the many horrors that took place.
Josephus wrote that nothing from the beginning of creation even resembled what was done to these Jews.
This is a picture of all the nations that reject the Lord Jesus Christ but nations never learn from history.
Earthly leaders in their quest for power never look back at the past and learn from the things that lead to war.
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
We can be sure, God does not make idle threats. God simply warns us that the decisions we make have consequences!
Rejecting the Messiah brings tragic results.
It is true that God has more love than He does wrath but we cannot ignore that just a moment of the wrath of God brings devastation like we have never seen!
Joh 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
Joh 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
God had always visited Jerusalem but they had rejected a very personal visit from the Messiah, God in human flesh.
There was no excuse for what these Jews did and they had understood the Scriptures.
The day of Israel’s salvation had come and they preferred to take their chances with the world and they lost.
Israel will get one more opportunity but God does not make this promise to any other nation that rejects Him.
Luk 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
Luk 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
If we believe all the Scriptures of salvation and the love of God, then we certainly cannot deny that God has a side of wrath that we simply do not want to see!
This truth is just as true as all the Word of God and cannot be denied!