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PROPHECIES

RELATIVE TO CHRIST.

I

THAT CHRIST SHOULD COME.

I will put enmity be When the fulness of tween thee and the wo- the time was come, God man, and between thy sent forth his Son, made seed and her seed; it shall of a woman, made under bruise thy head, and the law.-Gal. iv. 4. thou shalt bruise his heel. For this purpose the -Gen. iii. 15.

Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.-1 John iii. 8.

The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.-Rom. xvi. 20.

There shall come a

Now when Jesus was Star out of Jacob, and a born in Bethlehem of sceptre shall rise out of Judea in the days of HeIsrael.-Num. xxiv. 17. rod the king, behold,

there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews? for we have seen

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his star in the east, and are come to worship him. -Matt. ii. 1, 2.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and

stood over where the young child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.Matt. ii. 9, 10.

Read Gen. iii.

II

THE TIME OF CHRIST'S COMING.

The sceptre shall not Then saith Pilate unto depart from Judah, nor him, Speakest thou not a lawgiver from between unto me? knowest thou his feet, until Shiloh not that I have power come; and unto him shall to crucify thee, and have the gathering of the peo- power to release thee? ple be.Gen. xlix. 10. Pilate saith unto them,

Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cæsar.-John xix. 10, 15.

I will shake all na And he came by the tions, and the desire of Spirit into the temple : all nations shall come: and when the parents and I will fill this house brought in the child with glory, saith the Jesus, to do for him after LORD of hosts.

the custom of the law, The glory of this lat Then took he him up ter house shall be greater in his arms, and blessed than of the former, saith God, and said, the LORD of hosts: and Lord, now lettest thou in this place will I give thy servant depart in peace, saith the LORD of peace, according to thy hosts.--Hag. ii. 7, 9. word :

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.Lu. ii. 27–32.

The Lord, whom ye And he went into the seek, shall suddenly come temple, and began to cast to his temple, even the out them that sold theremessenger of the cove- in, and them that bought; nant, whom ye delight Saying unto them, It in: behold, he shall come, is written, My house is saith the LORD of hosts. the house of prayer : but -Mal. iii. 1.

ye have made it a den of thieves.

And he taught daily in the temple.—Lu. xix.

45-47.

Seventy weeks are de Thus it is written, and termined upon thy peo- thus it behoved Christ ple and upon thy holy to suffer.—Lu. xxiv. 46. city, to finish the trans Christ also hath once gression, and to make suffered for sins, the just an end of sins, and to for the unjust, that he make reconciliation for might bring us to God, iniquity, and to bring being put to death in the in everlasting righteous- flesh, but quickened by ness, and to seal up the the Spirit.—1 Pet. iii. 18. vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

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 weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself.—Dan. ix. 24– 26*.

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* See Ezra ii. 11. for the decree of Artaxerxes, from which time, to our Lord's crucifixion, was seventy weeks of years, that is, four hundred and ninety years.

III.

THE PLACE OF CHRIST'S BIRTH.

But thou, Bethlehem Now, when Jesus was Ephratah, though thou born in Bethlehem of be little among the thou- Judea, in the days of Hesands of Judah, yet out rod the king.-Matt. ii. of thee shall he come 1. forth unto me that is to All went to be taxed, be ruler in Israel ; whose every one into his own goings forth have been city. from of old, from ever And Joseph also went lasting.--Mic. v. 2.

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from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David :)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife.

And so it was, that, while they were there, she brought forth her first-born son.-Lu. ii. 3–7.

Unto us a child is born, Fear not: for, behold, unto us a son is given, I bring you good tidings and the government shall of great joy, which shall be upon

his shoulder. be to all people. Of the increase of his For unto you is born government and peace this day in the city of there shall be no end, David a Saviour, which is

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