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Tony and Marge Abram have been sharing God's Good News for over 58 years!

Here are seven predictions about Jesus that came true
on the first Easter (Resurrection) weekend!

VOL. 54 - No. 4

We call our monthly mission report ‘GOOD NEWS’ but this month is the best GOOD NEWS WE CAN EVER REPEAT,
JESUS IS ALIVE!

The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus were predicted many times and in many ways before they actually happened. This fact lends even more credibility to the historicity of what we as Christians claim to be the most significant weekend in human history.

If it were not for what Jesus did, we would not do what we do and have done. He continues to do the same things today as He did when He walked on the earth. 

We go to the nations because He is alive and is the same yesterday, today and forever - Hebrews 13:8.


Tony and Marge in Moscow

We believe that: THE MIRACLE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST IS STILL GOD’S INDISPENSABLE METHOD FOR WORLD EVANGELISM!

Prediction #1:  “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.” (Psalm 41:9)
Who said it?  King David.
When?  1000 BC
Fulfillment:  “Judas Iscariot betrayed him.” (Matthew 10:4)
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Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve chosen associates or ‘disciples’ as they were called. He made a deal with Jewish leaders who hated Jesus. He traded inside information about Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. This betrayal was predicted by King David over 1,000 years before it happened.

Prediction #2: "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth…” (Isaiah 53:7)
Who said it?  The prophet Isaiah.
When?  700 BC
Fulfillment:  “But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.” (Matthew 27:12)
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The prophet Isaiah wrote many predictions about Jesus in his writings. This particular prediction spoke of Jesus as one who would not use words to defend himself or as a means of rescue from affliction. This is exactly the case as the events of the first Easter unfold in Matthew chapter 27 of the bible.

Prediction #3:  "they have pierced my hands and feet…(Psalm 22:16)
Who said it? King David.
When? 1000 BC
Fulfillment: “there they crucified him…” (Luke 23:33)
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At the time when this prediction was written, crucifixion had not yet been invented by the Romans. But 1,000 years later the Romans had mastered this torturous technique of judgment. Part of the process involved piercing the hands and feet of the victim with metal spikes that would fix the individual to the wooden beams beneath them.

Prediction #4:  “And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, 'See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death…'” (Matthew 20:17)
Who said it?  Jesus.
When?  33 AD
Fulfillment: “When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.” (Matthew 27:1)
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Jesus told his twelve disciples who would be behind the conspiracy to kill him. He, as always, was right because He is the Way, Truth and Life always.

Prediction #5:and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified…” (Matthew 20:17)
Who said it?  Jesus.
When?  33 AD
Fulfillment:  “And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor… And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.”  (Matthew 27:2,31)
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Jesus told his disciples that the Gentiles would also be involved in his death, not just the Jewish leaders. It was Pontius Pilate to be precise, the Roman governor of Judea. He had Jesus handed over to his soldiers who made sport of Jesus before his crucifixion.

Prediction #6: “and he will be raised on the third day.”  Matthew 20:17b
Who said it? Jesus.
When? 33 AD
Fulfillment: “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.”  Matthew 28:16
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Jesus told his disciples before it happened that he would not stay dead. He had already raised a number of individuals from the dead during his ministry, but now he would perform this miracle on himself.

Prediction #7: “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.”  Psalm 16:10
Who said it?  King David.
When?  1000 BC
Fulfillment:  “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.”  Matthew 28:16
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The body of Jesus is no longer in a grave. In fact, shortly after his death this was confirmed by the Roman soldiers who were charged with guarding the tomb. They were not able to locate the body and reported this to the Jewish leaders who paid them to spread a rumour that his disciples had stolen it. Jesus was reported to have been seen by his remaining eleven disciples and as many as 500 other followers over the next 40 days after his reported resurrection on the first resurrection morning.

That's what the resurrection does. It takes our fear, our worry, our hurt, our sadness...and it puts it all into perspective. The fact that Jesus is risen from the dead, that he was victorious over death and sin, is reason to celebrate. It's that fact that gives us joy despite our circumstances and through whatever we may face.

What happened on that first Resurrection Day still brings us joy and it still changes lives today. Rejoice and sing as we celebrate how Jesus still changes lives today. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

The Lord Jesus, through his cross and resurrection, has destroyed the power of sin and death and brought us into His life. Christ has won for us victory over the grave. Because Jesus died and rose from the dead, we no longer have to fear sin and death.

The victory has been won in Christ.

We wanted to share this with you this month as we feel that the Resurrection of Jesus is the most important event in history. Because He lives we can live also!  He will be returning soon we believe and on that day...

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)

God bless you and yours remain as our daily prayer.

Tony and Marge Abram

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