Our Coming King

December 12th

The coming Branch

“In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel

Isaiah 4:2

Daily Devotional

December 12th

Of whom does Isaiah speak? He speaks of the Messiah, as many ancient rabbis concluded. The second verse of Isaiah 53 makes it crystal clear. The figure grows up as “a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground.” The shoot springing up is beyond reasonable doubt a reference to the Messiah, and, in fact, it is a common Messianic reference in Isaiah and elsewhere.


Centuries before the birth of Jesus, God spoke through the prophets of the Old Testament and they prophesied that Jesus would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, 700 BC), that He would be born at Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, 685 BC), that He would be God in flesh (Isaiah 9:6-7). 

The prophets spoke of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (Zechariah 9:9, 520 BC). They prophesied that He would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12). 

They prophesied His Death, Burial, and Resurrection (Isaiah 53, 700 BC; Daniel 9:25, 550 BC; and Psalm 22, 1000 BC). 

The prophets spoke not only of His mission of salvation with His first coming, but also of His second coming to judge the world in righteousness (Isaiah 61:1-3, Daniel 7:13-14). 

When the Kingdom of Judah was cut down like a tree, the prophets spoke of Jesus as the coming “Branch” from the line of David: 

700 BC Isaiah 4:2 (The Beautiful Branch)

700 BC Isaiah 6:13 (The Branch from the stump of Judah)

700 BC Isaiah 11:1 (The Branch from Jesse’s household)

(On the community of the Branch–Isaiah 60:21 & 61:3)

600 BC Jeremiah 23:5-6 (The Righteous Branch)

600 BC Jer 33:15-16 (The Righteous Branch)

590 BC Ezekiel 29:21 (The horn that will “sprout”)

520 BC Zechariah 3:8 (My Servant the Branch)

520 BC Zechariah 6:12 (The man whose name is The Branch)

Matthew 2:23 (He shall be called a Natsarene)

Acts 24:5 (The Natsarenes—followers of Jesus)

Hundreds of prophecies were given anticipating His coming. Every time in the New Testament that Jesus is called “Christ” it is a reference to His fulfillment of all that the prophets foretold.

Dr. K. Kilpatrick

Kingdom of God in Focus (Copyright: EngraftedBranches Press, 2021)

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