Over the past few weeks I have been involved in taking an online course on Messianic prophecy. The course is part of the Institute of Jewish Studies, an online education program provided by the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry.
It has been an interesting study, It has really stimulated my thinking as we have considered the Old Testament prophecies regarding the promised Messiah. One of the things that has really challenged me is learning how different the Jewish people's view of the Messiah is from our understanding. Most Jews have little interest in the idea of a Messiah at all. But those who do are still not looking for someone to deal with sin, but they are still looking for a Messiah who is not divine but rather a human being who is a powerful leader and mighty military man.
The Old Testament has so many prophecies which point so clearly to the person of Jesus Christ. I encourage everyone to read slowly and carefully Psalm 22 and Isaiah 52:13-53:12 and see how many references you find to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
At the same time as taking this course it has been interesting to watch what is going on the Middle East. the nations surrounding Israel seem more determined than ever to destroy the nation of Israel. I will comment more on this topic in a future post.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.