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Christ's Resurrection: Prophecy or Hoax? Part 2

Our last blog began the discussion on whether the Resurrection of Christ was a conjured up legend, or an event divinely prophesied by prophets who never knew each other personally. Beginning with Genesis, there were instances that give prophecy to a future deliverer who would rise again from the dead. We now look to the time of King David.


God’s Covenant with King David

David, the shepherd boy who defeated the Philistine giant Goliath, became the second king of Israel, as well as the writer of many psalms. In Psalm 16, David spends time praising the Lord, his Provider. Concluding the psalm he prophesies,


Psalm 16:9-10

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.


The confidence that his future human heir would rise from the dead was exuding from David. He knew that this heir would be anointed by God, calling the heir God’s “Holy One”, Who will not experience the decay that happens to a corpse.

Isaiah’s Prophecy of the Suffering Messiah

Approximately three hundred years after David, the prophet Isaiah gives a prophecy under God’s direction. It is very precise concerning the future Messiah of Israel. In Isaiah 53, you will find very specific prophecies about the Messiah, including details about his suffering and death. In verse 10, Isaiah goes on to talk about what the Messiah will do after His death:


Isaiah 53:10

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.


In order for one’s days to be prolonged, one must be living. Isaiah told of a Messiah Who would live again after His suffering and death.


In addition, in verse 12, it is prophesied that God will “divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong.” This was a cultural picture, depicting a general who won a great victory, taking away with him the captives, and taking hold of the spoil of the defeated foe, and dividing it among his men.[1] How can God’s righteous servant, the Promised Messiah, win the victory after His death, if He died and remains dead? To be victorious as Isaiah said, He had to be alive!


Conclusion

The Seed of the Woman would deliver a death blow to Satan. Job’s Redeemer will stand at the end-times, meaning that He cannot be dead. For the future human Davidic heir to have a kingdom with no end must mean that as a man He must be alive. For the Suffering Messiah to win a great victory after His death demands that He is living in victory. The Old Testament gives prophecies of Christ’s Resurrection over a period of about 3500 years by men who did not know each other at all.


Can a hoax or legend be put together like that?

[1] The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testament, 1109.

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