Old Testament prophecies of the wise men
The question is asked: “Is there anywhere in the Old Testament that predicts the coming of the wise men to see the Christ?”
Yes. In Isaiah 60:3 God records, “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”
This beautiful Messianic prophecy in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah not only foreshadows the “wise men” who came “from the East,” but compares the coming of Christ to the rising of the sun.
The rest of this chapter in Isaiah seems to stress His coming in glory at the future end of the age. For we read, “the LORD shall be thine everlasting light” — Isaiah 60:20. But our verse had at least a precursive fulfillment when the wise men from the east came to Bethlehem to honor Jesus soon after His birth.
Other Messianic prophecies used a similar metaphor. For example, there is Malachi 4:2: “Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings.” Christ Himself made the same comparison. ”I am the light of the world: he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”) John 8:12).
Jesus would not serve as the light for only the Jews — He is the light of the whole world. The theme of global light through Christ is often found in the Old Testament.
“I the LORD … will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. … It is a light thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel. I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation unto the end of the earth” (Isaiah 42:6; 49:6).
All of this will all be perfectly and eternally fulfilled in the New Jerusalem. “For the glory of God did lighten it and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it … for there shall be no night there” (Revelation 21:23-25).
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