During his earthly ministry Jesus Christ served as Prophet. He predicted his own betrayal and denial at the hands of close friends (John 13:21-38), his own sacrificial death by crucifixion (Matthew 26:2; Luke 24:7), his miraculous resurrection in an exact period of time (John 2:19, Luke 24:7), the complete destruction of the temple (Luke 21:5-7), and the gift of the Holy Spirit who would tabernacle among his followers and orchestrate the Father’s mission in the world (Acts 1:4-8). Each one of these prophecies took place just as Jesus predicted and are well documented by eyewitnesses.
Jesus also made predictions of future events which are still anticipated by his church. He predicted the Gospel being preached in the whole world before the end comes (Matthew 24:14; Luke 24:47). Jesus predicted his bodily return and physical reign on the earth (Matthew 25:31). He predicted that the existing heaven and earth would pass away, but that his words would remain forever (Luke 21:33). In fact, one of the final statements written in Scripture is Jesus’ triumphant and prophetic declaration, “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done” (Revelation 22:12 NIV). Those of us who hope in Christ by faith and embrace his precious promises declare with John the Apostle, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20 KJV).
Keith West is the founding President of Latitude GLC, a non-profit ministry in Rockwall, Texas. Keith believes his calling is to be a "Barnabas" to the next generation of spiritual leaders.