Essay about Prophecies Regarding The Identity Of The Coming Messiah

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Throughout the Old Testament, there are prophecies concerning the Identity of the coming messiah. The combination of all these conditions established how the people would recognize the King, but it also made it so only one could ever fit the role perfectly. One of the conditions the coming messiah had to fit was that he had to be from the tribe of Judah. Genesis 49 prophecies the coming messiah’s tribal relation by saying “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his” (Genesis 49:10, New International Version). The coming messiah had to be from the tribe of Judah or He would actually be the Messiah, but Jesus was. The prophesy was fulfilled by Jesus as described by John in Revelation 5 when He says “Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5, NIV). Not only is Jesus referred to a lion in both the prophesy and the fulfillment verse, in both he is described as being from Judah. The tribal condition placed on the messiah limits the possibilities of mistaking someone else as the messiah when Jesus is the only one who possessed the power to save.
Although being from the tribe of Judah very much lowers the potential messiah pool, there are still a lot of people who could potentially fill that requirement. So the…

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