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Matthew 11:13-14 – Matthew Henry & a verse in Daniel

Still contemplating Matthew 11:13-14.

Matthew 11:13-14 (ESV)

13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,

14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.

Here is some more food for thought.

The ministry of John was the beginning of the gospel, as it is reckoned, Mk. 1:1; Acts 1:22. This is shown here in two things:[1.] In John the Old Testament dispensation began to die, v. 13. So long that ministration continued in full force and virtue, but then it began to decline. Though the obligation of the law of Moses was not removed till Christ’s death, yet the discoveries of the Old Testament began to be superseded by the more clear manifestation of the kingdom of heaven as at hand. Because the light of the gospel (as that of nature) was to precede and make way for its law, therefore the prophecies of the Old Testament came to an end (finis perficiens, not interficiens—an end of completion, not of duration ), before the precepts of it; so that when Christ says, all the prophets and the law prophesied until John, he shows us, First, How the light of the Old Testament was set up; it was set up in the law and the prophets, who spoke, though darkly, of Christ and his kingdom. Observe, The law is said to prophesy, as well as the prophets, concerning him that was to come. Christ began at Moses (Lu. 24:27); Christ was foretold by the dumb signs of the Mosaic work, as well as by the more articulate voices of the prophets, and was exhibited, not only in the verbal predictions, but in the personal and real types. Blessed be God that we have both the New-Testament doctrine to explain the Old-Testament prophecies, and the Old-Testament prophecies to confirm and illustrate the New-Testament doctrine (Heb. 1:1); like the two cherubim, they look at each other. The law was given by Moses long ago, and there had been no prophets for three hundred years before John, and yet they are both said to prophecy until John, because the law was still observed, and Moses and the prophets still read. Note, The scripture is teaching to this day, though the penmen of it are gone. Moses and the prophets are dead; the apostles and evangelists are dead (Zec. 1:5), but the word of the Lord endures for ever (1 Pt. 1:25); the scripture is speaking expressly, though the writers are silent in the dust. Secondly, How this light was laid aside: when he says, they prophesied until John, he intimates, that their glory was eclipsed by the glory which excelled; their predictions superseded by John’s testimony, Behold the Lamb of God! Even before the sun rises, the morning light makes candles to shine dim. Their prophecies of a Christ to come became out of date, when John said, He is come. [2.] In him the New-Testament day began to dawn; for (v. 14) This is Elias, that was for to come. John was as the loop that coupled the two Testaments; as Noah was Fibula utriusque mundi—the link connecting both worlds, so was he utriusque Testamenti—the link connecting both Testaments. The concluding prophecy of the Old Testament was, Behold, I will send you Elijah, Mal. 4:5, 6. Those words prophesied until John, and then, being turned into a history, they ceased to prophecy.


Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary: Matthew 11

Does this verse also apply to the verse in Matthew 11:13?

Daniel 9:24  (ESV) “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.


MacArthur on Matthew 11:13

I still haven’t gotten far in trying to understand Matthew 11:13 and the phrase “until John“.

Matthew 11:13-14 (ESV)

13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,
and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.

Here is a comment John MacArthur made about the verse in a sermon on John the Baptist – True Greatness.

Then verse 13, John is the culmination of everything, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” He is the culmination. Everything from Genesis to John is moving along to the moment that he pointed to Christ. And it was all one message from Genesis to John was one message – The Messiah’s coming, the Messiah’s coming, the Messiah is coming. And he was the culmination. He was it.

What a commendation. He is the focus … everything is swirling around him. The kingdom is moving violently through the godless, human system. And eager, vigorous people are pressing into it. Why? Because this is the climax, everything has built up to John.


Prophets and the Law … until John

Matthew 11:13-14 (ESV)
13  For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,
14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.

Luke 16:16 (ESV)  “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.

Why do the majority of translations say “until John“? (The Message did not use “until John” but then it isn’t a translation and worthless for Bible Study in my opinion.)

Until, to me, implies something that proceeds and then stops at certain point.

NT:2193  Until –

(A)  Until, used as a prep. meaning unto, as long as, marking the continuance of an action up to the time of another action …

(B) By implication, meaning as long as, while, during the continuance of another action until it ends …

The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament © 1992 by AMG International, Inc. Revised Edition, 1993

So what does “until John” mean?