(a) Direct predictions of events ? as in Old Testament prophecies of Christ?s birth, suffering and subsequent glory.
(b) General prophecy of the Kingdom in the Old Testament, and of its gradual triumph.
(c) Historical types in a nation and in individuals ? as Jonah and David.
(d) Prefigurations of the future in rites and ordinances ? as in sacrifice, circumcision, and the Passover. 6. Special Prophecies uttered by Christ.
(a) As to his own death and resurrection.
(b) As to events occurring between his death and the destruction of Jerusalem (multitudes of impostors; wars and rumors of wars; famine and pestilence).
(c) As to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish polity (Jerusalem compassed with armies; abomination of desolation in the holy place; flight of Christians; misery; massacre; dispersion).
(d) As to the worldwide diffusion of his gospel (the Bible already the most widely circulated book in the world).
The most important feature in prophecy is its Messianic element; see
<422407> Luke 24:7 ? ?Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself?;
<441043> Acts 10:43 ? ?to him bear all the prophets witness?; <661910>Revelation 19:10 ? ?the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.? Types are intended resemblances, designed prefigurations: for example, Israel is a type of the Christian church; outside nations are types of the hostile world; Jonah and David are types of Christ. The typical nature of Israel rests upon the deeper fact of the community of life. As the life of God the Logos lies at the basis of universal humanity and interpenetrates it in every part, so out of this universal humanity grows Israel in general; out of Israel as a nation springs the spiritual Israel, and out of spiritual Israel Christ according to the flesh, ? the upward rising pyramid finds its apex and culmination in him. Hence the predictions with regard to ?the servant of Jehovah? ( <234201>Isaiah 42:1-7), and ?the Messiah? ( <236101>Isaiah 61:1;
<430141> John 1:41), have partial fulfillment in Israel, but perfect fulfillment only in Christ; so Delitzsch, Oehler, and Cheyne on Isaiah, 2:253. Sabatier, Philos. Religion, 59 ? ?If humanity were not potentially
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