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and being questioned, he opened not his h. As a lamb he was led to the slaughter ; as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he ed not his mouth. In his humiliation his emnation was extorted: and the men of his ration who will be able to describe for his as cut off from the earth; through the wickedof my people, was he smitten to death. he was placed with wicked men in his , and with a rich man in his sepulchre. Algh he had done no wrong, neither was guile 1 in his mouth; yet, it pleased Jehovah to
him with affliction.' ehovah is now introduced again, foretelling exaltation and future glory of the Messiah, the extent and universality of his authority; h,' says Mr. Belsham, 'necessarily implies, gh it does not directly express, his resurrecfrom the dead.' 'Since he is made an offering in, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his - and the gracious purpose of Jehovah shall Der in his hand. Of his labour, he shall see ruit and be satisfied. By his knowledge, my ent shall turn many to righteousness, and their nities he shall bear away. Therefore I will ibute to him the many for his portion, and the aty, he shall share as a spoil, because he gave elf up to death, and was numbered with gressors, and he took away the sins of many, made intercession for the transgressors.' ere, then, is a prophecy, written many hun
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nistry and death. With respect to some of those passages in the prophets, which are usually applied to the Lord Jesus, it might be objected, perhaps, that they are of a too figurative, vague, and doubtful character, to be received in evi. dence, as predictive of him, or of any other person; but against this passage there can be no such objection raised, for it received its complete folfilment in Jesus, and can be applied to no other being whatsoever,
Before quitting the subject of the prophecies that were fulfilled in the Lord Jesus, we cannot but remark upon that passage in the book of Daniel, which particularized the period of the Messiah's advent. The prophet, after praying to God on behalf of his captive countrymen, had a vision in which an angel appears to him, and addresses him thus: "Seventy complete yearsof of rest (or desolation) have been upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to check the revolt, and to put an end to sin, and to bring back the righteousness of ancient times: and to seal the divine oracle, and the prophet (that is, to authenticate the prophecy of Jeremiah), and to anoint the most holy things' (that is, to purify and consecrate the holy place, Jerusalem and the temple).
•The angel interpreter proceeds to announce the advent of the Messiah, and the season when
this great event should take place.' And -thou shalt know and understand, that from the going forth of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem, unto Messiah the prince, shall be seventy and seven weeks, and three-score and two years: it shall be rebuilt, still enlarging itself, and becoming more and more considerable, even amidst times of distress.'
• From the decree of Cyrus,' says Mr. Belsham, which was dated A.C. 536, seventy-seven-weeks of years reach down to A. D. 4, and 62 years more extend to A.D. 66, which was the year in which the war with the Romans broke out. During this period, Jerusalem.flourished, notwithstanding the wars in which the Jews were engaged, and it became a large, a strong, and an opulent city.'
* And after the times seventy and seven and three-score and two, Messiah shall cut off from belonging to him, both the city and the sanctuary.* The prince that shall come shall destroy the people, and the cutting off thereof, shall be with a flood (or hostile invasion), and unto the end of a war carried on with rapidity, shall be desolation. But he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week. And in the midst of the week, he shall cause the sacrifice and the meatoffering to cease: and the abomination of desolation shall be upon the border (encompassing and pressing closely upon the city), and an utter end, even a speedy one, shall be poured upon desolate.'
* See Note upon the passage. Summary View.
* The war lasted seven years: the Christians, warned by Christ, escaped from the calamities of their country; in the midst of the war, A.D. 70, Jerusalem was taken, sacked, and pillaged, the temple was completely demolished, and a final period was put to the temple service.'
The prophecies which I have thus quoted, namely, that of Moses, to the children of Israel in the desert, that of Isaiah, in the fifty-second and following chapters, and that occurring in the ninth chapter of the book of Daniel, I deem to be sufficient for our purpose. They afford, as it seems to me, unquestionable evidence of the divine mission of the Lord Jesus, and point him out, as the scriptures assert him to be, the beloved Son of God. Yea, let the unbeliever dispose of the whole remaining mass of prophecy as he pleases, yet these must remain splendid monuments of the truth of Christianity ; invulnerable to his attacks, and immoveable from his efforts...
I pass on from the prophecies which foretold the coming of the Messiah, and which were so entirely accomplished in the Lord Jesus, briefly, to notice a few of those which he himself uttered; the remarkable fulfilment of which, has tended so powerfully to confirm the faith of the Christian.
In the twentieth chapter of his Gospel, Matthew thus records our Saviour's prediction of his approaching sufferings, death, and resurrection, And Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, behold we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son
of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death; and shall deliver him to the Gentiles, to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. These things he repeatedly foretold, at various periods of his ministry. He predicted that the hypocritical Judas should betray him : that Peter should deny him, and afterwards repent of his sin: that all his Apostles should desert him and fleé, yet, that, afterwards, they should return and adhere to his cause. He foretold the persecutions and sufferings of his disciples: They shall put you out of the synagoguès: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doeth God service.'** He predicted, that, when the hatred of all nations should fall on them for his name's sake, then should many be offended, and betray one another:'+ and, from the pages of the profane historian, we learn, that, when several Christians were at first apprehended, a multitude of others were convicted, and cruelly put to death, in consequence of their discoveries. He predicted that, after his death, many false prophets should rise, * saying, I am Christ; and should deceive many.'' Accordingly we find, that, soon after the crucifixion of Jesus, such was the hope excited in the minds of the Jews, by the prophecies, and such their impatience to be delivered from the yoke of their haughty and idolatrous conquerors, that
* John, xvi, 2.
+ Matt. xxiv. 10,
Matt. xxiv. 5.