All right, here we are at The Door. I'm Michael Pearl. This is question number 13 and it is, a reader writes,
So he wants to know who Jesus is in the Old Testament. Was that him in the fiery furnace?
When there were three in there and Nebuchadnezzar looked into the fiery furnace, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were walking around not being burnt up. And there was a fourth one in the fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:25 “He answered and said, "Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt. And the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. There's a heathen king."
Now, I don't think Nebuchadnezzar was using biblical terminology in referring to it as saying that, "I think that's Jesus Christ." Even Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn't have that much revelation. But what he was obviously saying was that the fourth one looked like the Son of God in his imagination. If God had a son, that's what he'd looked like. So there's something special and striking about that figure.
Now, Herod spoke up, and the Bible said he did it by God. He didn't know what he was saying. Pilate spoke, didn't know what he was saying. The high priest spoke, didn't know what he was saying. Often, the heathens speak, and it is by the spirit of God. You remember when Jesus was being crucified, one of them said, "It is better for one man to die for the people than for everybody to die." (John 11:50) And the Bible said He spoke that by the Holy Ghost, he didn't mean to. And it was perfect Bible doctrine.
So no doubt Nebuchadnezzar was speaking this by the Holy Ghost and speaking the truth. And we do know that the fourth man was the Son of God walking around in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Now John 5:39, the questioner said, "Is this the son of God? Can we find Jesus in the Old Testament?" Can you find trees in the woods?
John 5:39, "Search the scriptures," Jesus said. "Search the scriptures." That's not the Quran, that's the scriptures. 66 books. "Search the scriptures." Of course, he's referring to just 39 of them at the time. There was no New Testament written yet. "Search the scriptures, for in them you think ye have eternal life, and they are they, which testify of me." So Jesus said the Old Testament, all those stories, were testimonies of him.
And then Luke 24:27, he says, "And beginning at Moses," this is after his resurrection. He's walking along. To the disciples, he's so fresh and new looking after his resurrection, they didn't recognize him. And he's got his hood on. It's a dusty street. And he's walking along and he's talking to two disciples that had just spoken with him hours before, three or four days before. And here he is resurrected and they don't know it's Jesus. And he says, "Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded under them in all the scriptures, the things concerning himself." So all the scriptures in the Old Testament, Jesus taught himself out of those Old Testament scriptures.
So is the Son of God in the Old Testament? Absolutely. For the scriptures tell us, when God spoke to Job, he said, "Job, tell me, what is God's son's name? Do you know what is his son's name?" So God, the Father, referred to his own son, yes. Yes. "Job, do you know?" Job didn't know it.
Later, he says, "They shall call his name Emmanuel," which being interpreted is "God with us." Another the time he said, "He shall be called wonderful. He shall be called the Mighty God. He shall be called the Prince of Peace. He is the Lord of glory. He's the King of Kings. He said, I am the great. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end."
In John 1:1 it says, "In the beginning was the Word." He's the Word. The logos of God, the speak, the speech of God. There is no other. He is the one who speaks of God. He's the prophet. There is no other prophet. He's the last. “And the word was with God, and the word was God.” Says, Jesus is God. “The same was in the beginning with God and all things were made by him.” All things were made by Jesus, the Son of God. “And without him, “ Jesus, the Son of God, was not anything made that was made. That's the Book of John, chapter 1 through 3.
All right, that answers your question, Aku Lalu. Sorry I can't pronounce your name. I have enough time with English, but sound like a great name in Saudi Arabia. All right, let's answer your questions.