Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino - 15 Para

Out of Egypt (35:1)

Verse from Old Testament (35:2)

When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. (hos 11:1) (35:3) see

Predictions (35:4)

Predictions? This prophecy speaks in the past tense - "was", "called", "loved". How could anyone know that this was even a prophecy? How could we assume that this was speaking about the future? (35:5)

As far as I can see, there is no help for the seeker, here, before fulfillment (35:6)

Fulfillment (35:7)

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him (35:8)

When He arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: (35:9)

And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. (mat 2:13-15) (35:10) see

Commentary (35:11)

Once again, in this prophecy, we see that in the same sentence, the word of God as revealed through Hosea, goes from speaking symbolically: referring to Israel as a child, to using literal language: referring to His Son coming out of Egypt. However, the words of the Old Testament, give no clue to the reader that would have helped him know which parts to take symbolically, and which literally (35:12)

This clearly shows that prophetic language follows no rules of past, present, or future tense. The word of God, while seemingly referring to the past, can be referring to a future time. What clearer demonstration could there be of the difficulty in understanding prophetic language before fulfillment? These words would, no doubt, have been overlooked by someone looking forward to the future Christ (35:13)

After their fulfillment, however, these words of Hosea stand out above his other words as a jewel that God had set in the scriptures, awaiting the time for their beauty to be revealed. With the coming of Christ, the hidden meaning of these words were revealed. From the actual fulfillment of this prophecy, we get a picture of the omnipotent, benevolent Father watching over His Son. We can see from these words that at no time was Christ in danger, for His Father had known, even from the beginning of time, that there would be those who would seek to take His life, and He had made a plan for His protection (35:14)

In these simple words of Hosea, great meaning is contained. But who could have known? (35:15)

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Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino