Messianic Prophecy And Its Fulfilment -- By: George Lindley Young

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 086:342 (Apr 1929)
Article: Messianic Prophecy And Its Fulfilment
Author: George Lindley Young


Messianic Prophecy And Its Fulfilment

George Lindley Young

We are believers in God. We are believers in a God who has not forgotten man, not forsaken him in his sin, not abandoned him to his own destruction. We are believers in a God of love, of saving grace. And so we are believers, not alone in God, but also in Jesus Christ his Son, whom the Father sent to be the Savior of the world. We are, therefore, believers in a God of revelation, in a God, “having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets” (Heb. 1:1).

“In the prophets”! There were, then, those who were rightly termed prophets, men divinely called, specially equipped, Spirit filled and inspired; men who had visions of God and who, under divine inspiration, saw and heard what ordinary mortals did not hear and see. These prophets were heaven’s spokesmen. As said Micaiah: “What Jehovah saith unto me, that will I speak” (1 Kin. 22:14). And Isaiah: “That which I have heard from Jehovah of hosts have I declared unto you” (Isa. 21:10). And Ezekiel: “The word of Jehovah came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest” (Ezek. 1:3).

Under heavenly guidance these prophets delivered messages of various kinds, covering many subjects, circumstances and needs. But what we are now especially interested in is this, that they caught glimpses of the future and of redemption.

There thus is one phase of prophecy that is so rich and full, and which has been so richly and fully certified by subsequent historical facts, that we cannot but do well if we contemplate it. We may well say that this particular phase of predictive truth is the most important of all. Moreover, among different classes of expositors there has been a certain agreement as to its general meaning and

accomplishment; though, to be sure, there are dissentient voices. But to all it is Messianic prophecy.

Professor Briggs has said that “Messianic prophecy is the prediction of the completion of redemption through the Messiah. It is the highest and the essential phase of predictive prophecy.”1 And Professor G. S. Goodspeed speaks of Messianic prophecy as “the very essence and life of the Old Testament book. It is the vital breath, the ideal inspiration of the Old Testament life.”2

Messianic prophecy has sometimes been separated into two phases, the broader and the narrower. The broader ...

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