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"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:17-18




Subject Prophecy Fulfillment
The Messiah would be a Prophet. Deuteronomy 18:15-19a John 6:14
The Messiah would speak with words of authority given to Him from God. Deuteronomy 18:15-19b John 12:48-50
Those who refused to listen to the Messiah would be judged. Deuteronomy 18:15-19c John 12:48-50
The Messiah would be the subject of angels' worship. Deuteronomy 32:43 Luke 2:13-14



The Messiah would be a Prophet.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Deuteronomy 18:15-19a
" 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. 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 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. 19 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."
John 6:14
"Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world."

Matthew 21:11
"And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."

John 4:19
"The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 21:46,  Mark 6:15,  Luke 7:16,  13:33,  24:19,  John 7:40,  9:17,  Acts 3:22-23
Notes

A Prophet Like Moses
There are many ways in which Moses and Jesus were alike as Moses was a model of the Messiah to come. Both were prophets, both were intercessors, and both performed great miracles. However, the fundamental similarities which Moses and Jesus uniquely have in common can be seen as:

1) Both had a direct relationship with God (Moses Deuteronomy 34:10, Jesus: John 6:46, Luke 10:22)
2) Both were mediators (Moses: Exodus 20:18-21, Jesus: 1 Timothy 2:5)
3) Both were deliverers (Moses: Exodus 3:1-10, Jesus John 1:29, 8:31-32, 1 Corinthians 15:56-57)
4) Both were lawgivers (Moses: the Mosaic Law, Jesus: the New Covenant)

It's interesting to note some of the other typological ways in which Moses and Jesus are similar, both survived attacks on their life when they were infants, both left a home of royalty to be a servant of the people and God, both were raised by a step-father, and both were rejected by the nation Israel at their first coming.

Verse 16 - Horeb
Horeb is another name for the Mt. Sinai area. Reference Exodus 20:18-19, at the giving of the ten commandments at Mt. Sinai the people of Israel expressed their great fear of hearing the voice of God, and asked that God's communication be given to them through Moses.

A Prophet, or a Succession of Prophets?
Some commentators understand the word "prophet" as used in Deuteronomy 18:15, 18 to refer to the "prophetic order" or successive line of prophets that would come after Moses. The context of the passage seems to be harmony with this view, but there are several compelling reasons why this scripture points an individual and not a collective body. First, looking at Deuteronomy 34:10-12, the meaning of the phrase "like unto thee" from Deuteronomy 18:15, 18 is expounded upon, " 10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, 12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel." This prophet is to come from the people of Israel, he is to have a face-to-face relationship with God, he is to publicly perform wondrous miracles, he is to deliver the people from bondage, he is to be a servant sent from God to be a witness to all people, and he is to act with authority over the people. While all the prophets were servants commissioned by God, none had the unique relationship that Moses had with God, most did not perform miracles like Moses, and none were delivers of the people as Moses was. However, Jesus supremely embodies all of these qualifications, being the Son of God who was with Him from the beginning, who performed greater miracles, who was completely obedient to God, even unto death, and who and provided a greater deliverance - offering everlasting life and freedom from the bondage of sin and eternal damnation to all that would receive Him as Savior.

Numbers 12:6-8 further supports the view that Deuteronomy 18:15-19 speaks of an individual prophet versus a succession of prophets, " 6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. 8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"

So while other prophets would come, Moses was set apart from them in his special relationship with God. And yet while Moses uniquely saw the rays of the glory of God, a "similitude" or "form" of the Lord, Jesus has a superior relationship with the Almighty. In John 6:46 Jesus speaking of Himself says, "Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father." The point is that the word "prophet" in Deuteronomy 18:15, 18 cannot be speaking solely of a prophetic order or successive line of prophets that come would after Moses, because none except Jesus truly had the relationship with God that Moses was blessed with.

At the time of Jesus, the premise that the "prophet" would be an individual is clearly seen in passages such as John 6:14, and 7:40. Although John 1:20-25 indicates that though they understood the prophet "like unto me" to be an individual, it appears not all had made the connection that this special prophet would also be the Messiah. In Acts 3:22-23 Peter specifically attributes Deuteronomy 18:15-19 to Jesus.

The Messiah would speak with words of authority given to Him from God.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Deuteronomy 18:15-19b
" 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. 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 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. 19 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."
John 12:48-50
" 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak."
More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
John 8:26,  14:10,  14:24,
Notes

Jesus' statements in John 12:48-50 are a further affirmation of His undeniable credentials as being the Prophet spoken of in Deuteronomy 18:15-19. Just as God told Moses what to say, so Jesus is empowered with authority through the words given to Him directly from His Heavenly Father. Just as God spoke to Moses through a cloud (Exodus 24:16) at Mount Sinai, so He spoke of the authority of Jesus through a cloud (Mark 9:7), "And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him." These words "This is my beloved Son: hear him," spoken to the people of Israel during the time of Jesus are just as valid for us today. Oh that we would just "hear him." In John 14:15 Jesus says "If ye love me, keep my commandments," and in John 15:10 He says, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Fathers commandments, and abide in his love."

Those who refused to listen to the Messiah would be judged.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Deuteronomy 18:15-19c
" 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. 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 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. 19 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."
John 12:48-50
" 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak."

Acts 3:22-23
" 22 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. 23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 10:32-33,  John 3:18,  3:36,  8:24,  Romans 11:20-21
Notes

In John 3:17-18 Jesus says, " 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Again in John 8:24 Jesus says, "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." Acts 4:12 records, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

The Messiah would be the subject of angels' worship.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Deuteronomy 32:43
"Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people."
Luke 2:13-14
" 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Hebrews 1:6,  1 Peter 3:22
Notes

While the King James Version of the Bible has no reference to angels in Deuteronomy 32:43, the text "And let all the angels of God worship him" was later found the Dead Sea Scrolls. 1  The writer of Hebrews references the phrase in Hebrews 1:6, and applies it to Jesus.

1. J. Barton Payne, "Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy"