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"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven and giveth life unto the world." John 6:32-33




Subject Prophecy Fulfillment
The Messiah would be a King. Numbers 24:17 John 19:19



The Messiah would be a King.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Numbers 24:17
"I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth."
John 19:19
" And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS."

1 Timothy 6:13-16
" 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 2:2,  21:5,  27:11,  27:29,  27:37,  Mark 15:2,  15:9,  15:12,  15:26,  Luke 1:33,  19:37-38,  23:3,  23:38,  John 1:49,  12:12-13,  18:39,  19:14,  Revelation 1:5,  17:14,  19:16,
Notes

Although at His first coming Jesus' "kingdom" was not of this world (John 18:33-37), this verse mainly looks to His kingship upon earth at His second coming and His glorious millennial reign as King Messiah. The word "Star" was well established in the Eastern culture of the time to mean a prince or ruler, one with dignity, glorious power, and majesty. The fact that the word "Star" refers to a ruler is further supported by the subsequent use of the word "Scepter" immediately following. The word Scepter here represents a symbol of authority and dominion. Numbers 24:14-19 is a continuation of the theme established in Genesis 49:10, which references "scepter" when speaking of "Shiloh," the Messiah to come. See Genesis 49:10, "The Messiah would be a King."

In addition to the people of "Moab" in Numbers 24:17, verse 18 also goes on to reference victory over "Edom." While King David had success against Moab and Edom, this verse cannot refer to him because he did not fully complete their destruction in his victories. In addition, in Numbers 24:14 Balaam says that his prophecies are to be realized "in the latter days." Jeremiah 48-49 also speak of God judgement of Moab and Edom in the latter days 1. Moab and Edom are symbolic of all nations at war or against the nation of Israel 2. Genesis 12:3 says "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee."

Numbers's 24:17 speaks of the "Star out of Jacob," and in Revelation 22:16 Jesus refers to Himself as "the bright and morning star." John 8:12 says "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Through his saving act of sacrifice and substitution, Jesus defeated death for Israel and all that accept him, and has been exalted with glory and power to the right hand of God the Father. Jesus' first coming was a mission of grace, his second coming will be one of judgement and splendid dominion. For more details on the exaltation and victory of the Messiah, see The Resurrection & Victory of the Messiah.

The Star and the Wise Men
Some point to the star the wise men followed to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1-2) as a fulfillment of Numbers 24:17. The birth of royalty was believed by many in ancient times to be preceded by an appearance of a star or comet. While it is interesting that a star did indeed direct the magi to the baby Jesus, Numbers 24:17 is better understood to be speaking of the Messiah Himself, "... the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."

1. Dr. James Smith, "What the Bible Teaches About the Promised Messiah" page 62
2. Ibid., page 62