The Old Testament Prophets

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Hi J____,
Thank you for your questions. I will comment in the body of your letter, and embolden my comments.  

No, the Old Testament prophets spoke way ahead of their own understanding and the scriptures make this very plain:

1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [ that should come] unto you:
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that
not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
1Pe 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

If “the salvation of your souls… of which the prophets inquired” had been available to them, then Peter would not have said “not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things which are now reported to you by them that have preached the gospel…”

Peter is simply confirming what Christ taught:

Mat 11:11  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

There is something “better for us” than what was promised to the Old Testament prophets and that “something” is the salvation that is in Christ only:

Heb 11:39  And these all [ Old Testament men of faith], having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Heb 11:40  God having provided
some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Yes, every Word is presently applicable. That is not to deny the was or the future application, but it is meant to keep the “is” and the “I Am” always primary in applying God’s Word in our lives. Ten is the number which signifies the perfection of the flesh. Read the study notes and listen to the audio of that number. Ten times ten times ten is ten to the third power. It is the final perfection of our flesh. Yes, 1,000 years simply signifies that phase of fleshly perfection which we must all live just before we are brought down to powder and become willing to die to the flesh.

Look at all these verses which all say that we must all “live by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Rev 1:3  Blessed [ is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Rev 22:7  Behold,
I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And
in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

Our spiritual ‘millennium’ is that period of time just prior to being humbled to the point of being able to truly die to the flesh and seeing the fruit of having Christ sitting on His own rightful throne in our hearts.


As I pointed out above, the  “many called” but not chosen, those who ate Christ’s loaves and fishes and then called for His crucifixion, could not see the witness of the scriptures without the coming of the holy spirit into their lives.

There was a physical resurrection of “many of them that slept in their graves” right after Christ’s resurrection. Just look at the uproar caused by Lazarus’s resurrection. These were not people who died one hundred years ago. These were people who had known Christ and who had heard Him speak and were now telling their families that they had been raised from the dead to testify to the authenticity of Christ as the Son of God. Imagine the power of a hundred Lazaruses being raised from the dead all at one time:

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.

This event gave great credence to Christ and His message and gave this new church a real shot in the arm in preparation for what would take place later on the day of Pentecost.


Christ was  God ‘s first creation. God created Christ and through Christ said “Let us make man in our image.” I cannot say it any clearer that Paul says it:

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16  For
by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [ they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And
he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church:
who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Col 1:19  For
it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Christ Himself told the Jews that He was a son of God just as we are sons of God.

Joh 10:35  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
Joh 10:36  Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said,
I am the Son of God?

Thank you for your teachable attitude. Believe me when I tell you that God will not tolerate even the least bit of pride in the hearts of His elect. We have nothing of ourselves in which to glory.

Your brother in Christ.

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