The Jewish Torah, as many people know include the first five books of the Old Testament (Covenant), which are also found in the Christian Bible. These five books are sometimes called the five books of Moses, or the Pentateuch. One of those books is the book of Deuteronomy, which contains an amazing prophecy, spoken by the Lord, through Moses about the coming of a prophet. Here are three verses from chapter eighteen of the book of Deuteronomy:
The LORD thy GOD will raise up unto thee a PROPHET from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto HIM ye shall hearken; (Deuteronomy 18:15)
I will raise them up a PROPHET from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will PUT MY WORDS IN HIS MOUTH; and HE shall speak unto them ALL THAT I SHALL COMMAND HIM. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will NOT hearken unto MY WORDS which HE SHALL SPEAK IN MY NAME, I WILL REQUIRE IT OF HIM. (Deuteronomy 18:18-19)
Who is this prophet that Moses was talking about? The answer can be found in the New Testament book of Acts. In this next passage of scripture, Peter, the Jewish apostle of Jesus Christ is speaking to the people of Israel, after a mighty miracle of healing which had taken place before their very eyes. Lets pick it up right there:
And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of ISRAEL, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The GOD of ABRAHAM, and of ISAAC, and of JACOB, the GOD of our fathers, hath glorified his Son JESUS; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And KILLED the Prince of life, whom GOD hath RAISED from the DEAD; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which GOD before had shewed by the mouth of ALL HIS PROPHETS, that CHRIST should suffer, he hath so FULFILLED. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the LORD; And he shall send JESUS CHRIST, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which GOD hath spoken by the mouth of ALL HIS HOLY PROPHETS since the world began. (Acts 3:12-21)
Peter told the people that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of their fathers had glorified His Son Jesus through that healing miracle. Peter went on to tell them that they had killed him (Jesus, the Prince of life), but that God had raised that same Jesus from the dead. Not only that, but Peter told the people of Israel that they were witnesses to his (Jesus) being raised from the dead! Peter then went on to tell the people that it was by simple faith that this man was healed before them all. Peter told the Jewish people that he knew that they put Christ to death through ignorance, but that the prophets of old had prophesied that very thing. Peter then told the people to repent and be converted, that their sins might be blotted out. This shows us the awesome mercy of God, toward all people including the very people who put Christ to death.
Now catch this! Here is the connection between the Jewish Torah, and the New Testament. Listen to what the Jewish apostle Peter tells the people of Israel:
For MOSES truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the LORD your GOD raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be DESTROYED from among the people. Yea, and ALL THE PROPHETS from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the COVENANT which GOD made with our fathers, saying unto ABRAHAM, And in thy seed shall ALL the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first GOD, having raised up his Son JESUS, sent him to BLESS YOU, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. (Acts 3:22-26)
Did you catch that? Peter told the people of Israel that Moses spoke about a prophet whom God was going to raise up, and he was speaking about Jesus Christ. Peter was referring to that very prophecy from the book of Deuteronomy, which I quoted at the beginning of this article. What did Peter say would happen to those who would not “hear that prophet” (listen to him)? They would be destroyed, from among the people! Not only that but Peter referred to his listeners as “children of the prophets” after telling them that the prophets had foretold of the very days of which they were then living! Peter was basically telling them that the prophets were in FULL agreement with what he was telling them about Christ!
Now to ABRAHAM and his SEED were the promises made. He saith NOT, And to SEEDS, as of many; but as of ONE, And to thy SEED, which is CHRIST. (Galatians 3:16)
The promised “seed” (descendant) who was promised to father Abraham was none other than the person of Jesus Christ.
There is neither JEW nor GREEK, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all ONE in CHRIST (MESSIAH) JESUS. And IF ye be CHRIST’S, THEN are ye ABRAHAM’S SEED, and heirs according to the PROMISE.(Galatians 3:28-29)
There is no difference between the Jew and the Gentile (non-Jewish) according to the scriptures. Any person from any part of the world is offered salvation in the person of Jesus Christ. Those who choose to refuse Christ, will be destroyed even as the scriptures tell us. Ultimately that fits in with what Jesus Christ said after He rose from the dead.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that BELIEVETH and is baptized shall be SAVED; but he that BELIEVETH NOT shall be DAMNED. (Mark 16:15-16)
The beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it is offered to every person in the entire world, and there is still only one way and one name to be saved.
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of ISRAEL, that by the name of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, WHOM YE CRUCIFIED, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there SALVATION in any other: for there is NONE other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be SAVED. (Acts 4:10-12)
Not forgetting Genesis 3:15 “the seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent”, this was the first Torah prophecy of Messiah. Namely, that Messiah would be born of a virgin i.e. ‘seed of a woman’ (woman naturally has no seed, it is always a man). So we see that right from the beginning God was showing us His coming Son.