Jesus in Prophesy
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
The sheer volume of prophesies that predicted Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection and return are overwhelming. I’ll discuss just a tiny volume of the prophecies of Jesus’ birth and life. There are over 300 according to one source I read. Over 730 years before his birth, Isaiah predicted that Jesus’ mother would be a virgin when she conceived Him. That was about 2,500 years ago. The Bible is astounding.
Moses wrote in Deuteronoomy18:15, “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;” This is an obscure reference unless you understand that the entire Bible from the first page to the last is about Jesus. Moses’ prophesy was inspired by God and written down by Moses about 1,300 BC, over 3,300 years ago.
Zechariah 9:9 predicts that not only would Jesus (the King) righteous and victorious, yet humble, would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, but also predicted that it would be a donkey colt. Zechariah’s prophesy was fulfilled about 30 AD, but was predicted about 520 BC, some 2,535 years ago. The odds of that happening in addition to the circumstances and predictions in Matthew 21:4-10, about how they would find the donkey colt make random chance completely impossible.
One of the most profound and specific prophecies are located in Isaiah 53:8, which states, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.” (Isaiah 53:7-8) Again, this was written hundreds of years before Christ’s birth. I pity those that believe the Bible is just some old book of stories, because the preponderance of evidence for the true history within the Bible is overwhelming. The prophecies within the Bible that have already come true make the Bible completely unique in literary history. It is the only Holy Book.
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”
Don’t be foolish, believe.