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Imagine the ability to explain to your children the wonders and power of Jesus Christ with guidance and excellence. With our recent book review, 30 Prophecies: One Story by Christian Focus my children and I had the pleasure of identifying 30 different prophecies throughout the Bible about Jesus Christ.
Each prophecy walks you through that particular one through timeline, dates, what the prophecy was, and how the prophecy was fulfilled. Any family with a desire for more knowledge regarding the prophecies in the Bible about Jesus Christ will love 30 Prophecies: One Story as much as we did.
About 30 Prophesies: One Story
We received a beautiful, colorful hardback book in the mail that showcases its waxy-like cover and highlights various points of Jesus’ life through illustrations.
The book is in the age range for children to read it themselves or have someone read aloud to them. Age 5-11 is the ‘Read To Me’ suggested range and age 6-12 is the ‘Read Myself’ suggested range.
The author, Paul Reynolds, wrote this book in order to help children grow in their love for Jesus Christ by helping them understand the importance of Him and how the prophecies throughout the Bible point to Him.
The book explains 30 prophecies of Jesus Christ in the following order:
From the Fall of David
- Jesus: He defeated the devil’s work
- Jesus: A prophet like Moses
- Jesus: A priest like Melchizedek
- Jesus: Rejected by his brothers
- Jesus: His bones were not broken
- Jesus: Rejected by his father
- Jesus: Mocked and challenged
- Jesus: Spoke in parables
- Jesus: Betrayed by a friend
- Jesus: He died and rose from the dead soon afterwards
- Jesus: People watched Him die
- Jesus: The son of David
- Jesus: Rejected without reason by his enemies
- Jesus: Rejected by the religious leaders
Major and Minor Prophets
15. Jesus: He died and rose again three days later
16. Jesus: Born of a virgin
17. Jesus: Meek and humble
18. Jesus: He cast out demons and healed people
19. Jesus: Born in Bethlehem
20. Jesus and His family escaped to Egypt
21. Jesus: The Son of man
22. King Herod killed the children in Bethlehem
23. Jesus: His disciples were scattered
24. Jesus: The King
25. The price of betrayal
Prophecies Made By Jesus About Himself
26. Jesus: He predicted Peter’s denials
27. Jesus: He predicted His death (the first time)
28. Jesus: He predicted Hi death (the second time)
29. Jesus: He predicted his death (the third time)
30. Epilogue: Jesus will come again
+ 10 Key Memory Verses about Messianic Prophecy
The Prophecy Timeline
The book also includes a prophecy timeline so that you and your children can follow along with the prophecies according to the dates. Since each chapter, or prophecy, includes Dates, you can note it on the timeline and follow along with how the story and prophecies of Jesus unfolds.
Sections/Elements of Each Prophecy
Each prophecy includes the following sections in order to fully understand it:
Prophet/Dates – Who was God’s Messenger, taking the prophecy to the people, and when did it happen?
Prophecy Made & Prophecy Fulfilled – Direct quotes from the Bible of the prophecy itself and its fulfillment.
Then & There – What the prophecy meant to the original hearers
Prophecy Fulfilled – How Jesus fulfills the prophecy
Scarlet Thread – How does this prophecy fin in with what God is saying about His ‘One Story’? The story of how He is saving people from satan and keeping them safe to be with Him forever?
Application – So you’ve learned about the prophecy, the fulfillment, and how it ties in to God’s one story…But what does that mean for you?
Prayer – There are many things you could pray about after learning about one of these prophecies. The prayer given is an example of something you could pray in response to what you have just learned or been reminded of.
Although there are 30 prophecies, I chose Jesus: Born of a Virgin to illustrate one example of one of the prophecies. As you can see, the elements listed above are within the prophecy, and this is how it is with every prophecy, or chapter, throughout the book.
How We Used 30 Prophecies: One Story
Every morning my children and I have Morning Time, where we pray over our homeschool, our day, and anything else that comes to mind. We also include memorization and bible in our Morning Time. We chose to read one prophecy a day and discuss its importance.
One of our favorite parts of the book is the “Then & There” section. We were interested in the overall summary of the importance of the prophecy and little details that were included.
For example, in the prophecy Jesus: He Defeated the Devil’s Work, the “Then & There” section was interesting to us and it explains this prophecy in easy-to-understand terms that children can comprehend. Here’s only part of the “Then & There” section of Jesus: He Defeated the Devil’s Work:
“…The best news in history came right after the worst thing that ever happened. Evil entered the world for the first time when Adam and Eve ate the fruit that God told them not to eat, after Satan tempted them. God’s promise to defeat Satan and evil came right after that.…
Satan is a symbolized by the snake, and all the people are represented by ‘the woman’ (Eve). When it talks about the ‘offspring’ of ‘the woman’ it’s mainly talking about all people, but especialy Jesus – God Himself – who was born of a woman and who, according to this prophecy, would on day crush Satan. It couldn’t be talking about an ordinary person because Satan is stronger than all of us. Satan even convinced Adam and Eve that God was holding back his best from them and they should disobey him. If Satan convinced them of a great nonsense like that, it’s no surprise that we so often give in to the lies of temptation…”
Isn’t that just amazing how the author explains this particular prophecy? It’s like that in all of the prophecies, where he explains the prophecy and its details.
We truly enjoyed getting a deeper look into the 30 prophecies regarding Jesus Christ. It helped my children understand the life of Jesus and how it traveled throughout time to today.
It also equipped me with the words I needed to further explain different details of the prophecies to my children. Although I could have explained the basis of the prophecies to my children, I would have undoubtedly missed some of the important highlights of each prophecy.
In the “Scarlet Thread” and “Application” sections, it dives deeper into the prophecy and how it related to our lives. I just loved how the book explains all the facets of a Christian and what it means to be a child of God.
The Second Coming of Christ
The last chapter was especially interesting, called Epilogue: Jesus Will Come Again. It differs from the other prophecies in the book as those prophecies have been fulfilled, yet this one will be fulfilled in the future – it is yet to come! It explains the prophecy for Jesus’ second coming, pulling Bible scripture verses and prophecies to support this prophecy from Daniel 7:13-14, Matthew 25:31, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, and John in Revelations 22:12-13, 16.
Because of this chapter, it provided me an opportunity to discuss salvation with my children further and how Revelations prophecies the second coming of Christ. It guided me to explain being ready for Jesus as He will come “like a thief in the night.” We had wonderful conversations that I know will be ingrained in their hearts and minds forever. Because of this book, I am so blessed with how well laid out it is and how organized each chapter/prophecy is for easy understanding.
30 Prophecies: One Story Review
Overall, this is an extremely important book for children to have on their bookshelves while they learn all about the biblical historical events of Jesus and all of the prophecies surrounding Him. The book 30 Prophecies: One Story explains very well so much about each prophecy that it overflows with brilliant details and connects the prophecy to how we can apply it to our lives.
If you liked my review on 30 Prophecies: One Story by Christian Focus, check out the other reviews on the Homeschool Review Crew blog, where other homeschoolers reviewed not only this book but two other books from Christian Focus!