Prophecy in act signs of the New Covenant are observed in what we know as the Last Supper, the Lord’s Supper, Communion, Breaking Bread or Eucharist.
The bread, wine and lamb of the first Passover feast were prophecy in act signs God gave His people Israel when He delivered them from Egyptian bondage (Ex 12). The signs were given to help them remember their delivery from bondage. These Passover prophecy in act signs also pointed far ahead to the future suffering and triumph of Messiah Jesus to deliver all who believe in him from the bondage of sin. Messiah Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples and turned the old covenant Passover feast into the prophecy in act signs of the new covenant.
Jesus was a prophet.
Jesus said and did many prophetic things that fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. After John the baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan and God baptized him in the Holy Spirit, “Yeshua, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry” (Lk 4:1-2). Jesus resisted the devils temptations by speaking God’s word (Lk 4:3-13).
14 Yeshua returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and news about him spread through all the surrounding area. 15 He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
16 He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened the scroll, and found the place where it was written,
- 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
- because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
- He has sent me to heal the broken hearted,*
- to proclaim release to the captives,
- recovering of sight to the blind,
- to deliver those who are crushed,
- 19 and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”✡
20 He closed the scroll, gave it back to the shammash, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began to tell them, “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:14-21
Jesus healed the centurions servant who was sick and about to die (Lk 7:1-10). Soon after, he raised one who was dead.
11 Soon afterwards Messiah Jesus healed the, he went to a city called Nain. Many of his disciples, along with a great multitude, went with him. 12 Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold, one who was dead was carried out, the only born son of his mother, and she was a widow. Many people of the city were with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Don’t cry.” 14 He came near and touched the coffin, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” 15 He who was dead sat up and began to speak. Then he gave him to his mother.
16 Fear took hold of all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet ( Lk 4:24; Lk 24:19; Dt 18:15) has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited his people!” 17 This report went out concerning him in the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region. Luke 7:11-17
Jesus ate the Passover with his apostles.
14 When the hour had come, he sat down with the twelve emissaries. 15 He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, 16 for I tell you, I will no longer by any means eat of it until it is fulfilled in God’s Kingdom.” 17 He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves, 18 for I tell you, I will not drink at all again from the fruit of the vine, until God’s Kingdom comes.” 19 He took bread, and given when he had thanks, he broke and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” 20 Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 The Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man through whom he is betrayed!” Luke 22:14-22
Paul gives us this inspired insight.
The cup of blessing which we bless, isn’t it a sharing of the blood of Messiah? The bread which we break, isn’t it a sharing of the body of Messiah? Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread. Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don’t those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 1 Cor 10:16-18
Natural man cannot begin to comprehend the prophecy in act signs of the New Covenant. We can.
- 9“Things which an eye didn’t see, and an ear didn’t hear,
- which didn’t enter into the heart of man,
- these God has prepared for those who love him.”✡
10 But to us, God revealed them through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except God’s Spirit. 12 But we received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God. 13 We also speak these things, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things. 14 Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him; and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he should instruct him?” ✡ But we have Messiah’s mind. 1 Cor 2:9-16