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50 Reasons to Trust God's Word!

By Glen Walker

 

 

 

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People everywhere are plagued with insecurity and questions! They cry out for answers! "Where did I come from?" "Why am I here?" "Where am I going?"  "Is there life beyond the grave?" The Word of God, the Bible, has an answer to these questions. But you ask, "Can I trust it?"

In this chapter we will give you fifty great reasons to trust the Bible. These fifty reasons are fifty prophecies that identify the Messiah of Bible prophecy in great detail. Their pinpoint accuracy provides every thinking person with overwhelming evidence that they can trust the entire Bible completely.  

Just how convincing are these Messianic prophecies?   In his book Science Speaks,  Professor Peter Stoner says that by using the modern science of probability in regards to just eight of the scores of  Messianic prophecies "we find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1017."  "That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000."  

In order to help us understand these amazing odds, Stoner explains it by imagining that "we take 1017 (ten to the seventeenth power) silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas.  They will cover all of the state two feet deep.  Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one.  What chance would he have of getting the right one?  Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom."  Remember there are over six times that number of fulfilled messianic prophecies in this chapter alone. In other words, these fifty fulfilled prophecies provide overwhelming evidence that the Bible is the Word of God and can be trusted. You can know and love the Messiah of Bible prophecy. You can trust God. You can understand the future as God has revealed it in the Bible books of Daniel and Revelation.  You can find security in an insecure world!

You may ask. "When did you first begin to trust the Bible and its prophecies?" I was eighteen when I got a job as a salesman.  My job required me to constantly meet and talk with many people. One of these people, Matt Byers, led me to a knowledge of God and the Messiah through the Biblical prophecies-- something I will be eternally grateful for.

Where did I come from? Why am I here? And where am I going? The answers to these three basic questions of life are vitally connected to prophecy. It seems as though the majority of people never get these questions answered in their entire lifetime.

I too had these questions as a child. I asked them over and over, and God listened and answered my questions. I did not know God, but God knew me and answered the cry of my heart. God knows where you and I came from, why we are here, and where we are going! He is the author of all true prophecies--the non-tabloid prophecies--of His book, the holy Bible!

All true prophecy is connected to the first major prophecy of the Bible, Genesis 3:15. This is the first prophecy dealing with the promised Messiah. The promises of the coming Messiah were made throughout the Old Testament portion of God’s holy book, the Bible.

 

1. SIN, SUFFERING, SORROW AND DEATH! WHAT IS THE ANSWER?

The Sacrifice of lambs began when Adam and Eve first sinned and lasted for four thousand years. Each lamb was a symbol of the coming Messiah, God's answer to man's problem of sin, sorrow and death.

The Messiah would live a sinless life and pay the full penalty for sin which is death. He would shed His blood in order to take the death we deserve and give us the life He deserves. The Messiah was to be "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!' John 1:29.

THE PROPHECY

Faith in the future Messiah was shown each time an innocent lamb was slain in place of the guilty sinner. The lamb pointed forward to the life and death of the coming Messiah who would be the true "lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." Below are some of the examples of those who offered lambs that pointed forward to the coming Messiah.

"Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering." Genesis 4:4

"Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied.

"The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"

Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together. Genesis 22:6-8.

"On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn-both men and animals-and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt." Exodus 12:12.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

John the Baptist pointed to Jesus and said "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29.

Every death of every lamb in the sacrificial service was to represent the future death of the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Because the Messiah was sinless, He could pay the penalty for our sinful lives and give us the gift of eternal life. In Exodus 12 God used plagues to free His children from slavery in Egypt.

 


 

2. WHAT EVENT REVEALED THE COMING MESSIAH AS THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM OF DEATH?

In Exodus 12 The only protection and safety from the plague of death was through (1) sacrificing a lamb, representing the death of their future Messiah, and (2) painting the door frame of their house with the lamb's blood.

The oldest male child in those families who did not slay the lamb and put its' blood on the door frames of their homes died that very night. On the other hand, the oldest male child of those families who did put the blood on their door frames found safety. This is a prophecy that the Messiah would shed His blood to save His people from death.

THE PROPHECY

"When He sees the blood the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your house. At midnight the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt." Exodus 12:23, 29 NKJV.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed." 1 Corinthians 5:7.

John the Baptist said "Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29.

 


 

3. WHAT EVENT REVEALED THE COMING MESSIAH AS THE ONE WHO WOULD RESTORE THE LOST COMMUNICATION BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH?     

THE PROPHECY

Jacob "dreamed, and behold a ladder was setup on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. . . . in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed." Genesis 28:12-14 NKJV. The Messiah was revealed to Jacob as a ladder between heaven and earth. He would restore the lost communication between heaven and earth that sin had brought!

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

Jesus claims to have fulfilled this prophecy.  Jesus said! Nathanael, "hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." John 1:51 NKJV

In claiming to fulfill this prophecy was Jesus a liar, a lunatic, or was He, and is He, Lord of all creation?

 


 

4. HOW WAS THE MESSIAH TO COME TO PLANET EARTH?

He would be born to a Jewish virgin.

THE PROPHECY

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel - (God-With-Us)." Isaiah 7:14.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. . . . You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus." Luke 1:26, 27, 31.

 


 

5. WHERE WAS THE COMING MESSIAH TO BE BORN?

He would be born in Bethlehem.

THE PROPHECY

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel." Micah 5:2, NKJV.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the time of King Herod, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem." Matthew 2:1.

 


 

6. WHEN WOULD HE COME TO PLANET EARTH?

He would be baptized in 27 A.D.

The word Messiah means "anointed one." The true Messiah would be baptized or "anointed" in the year 27 A.D. and be "Cut Off" or killed in the year 31 A.D. This time prophecy of Daniel, written more than 500 years before it happened foretold the exact year of the coming Messiah's death.

THE PROPHECY

Read this amazing precisely accurate time prophecy in chapter nine of this very book -- Prophecy Made Easy.

 


 

7.  WHAT LINE OF ANCESTORS WOULD THE MESSIAH CHOOSE?

The Messiah would be in the descendant line of King David

THE PROPHECY

"The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke: 'One of your own descendants I will place on your throne," Psalm 132:11, NKJV.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham. . . . David was the father of Solomon, Solomon the father of Rehoboam . . . and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of who was born Jesus, who is called Christ (Messiah)." Matthew 1:1-16.

 


 

8. WHERE WAS THE MESSIAH TO LIVE?

He would live in Galilee and often teach in Galilee.

"Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan--The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." Isaiah 9:1, 2.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali--to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 'Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles––the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."

 


 

9. HOW WOULD GOD INTRODUCE THE MESSIAH TO THE WORLD?

He would be introduced to others by a great wilderness prophet.

THE PROPHECY

"A voice of one calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed. . . . For the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Isaiah 40:3-5.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"John the Baptist came preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: 'A voice of one calling in the desert, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him' saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord: Make His paths straight." Matthew 3:1-3.

 


10. HOW ELSE WAS THIS PERSON DESCRIBED?

A great prophet would prepare the way for the coming Messiah.

THE PROPHECY

"Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me." Malachi 3:1.

"See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse." Malachi 4: 5 - 6.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"For this is the one about whom it is written: I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before You." Matthew 11:10

"Jesus replied, 'I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. in the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.' Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist." Matthew 17:12-13.

John the Baptist called the nation to repentance several months before Jesus Christ was baptized. Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan river and the Spirit came down on Christ in the form of a dove.

 


11.  WOULD THE MESSIAH BE A "JEWISH MESSIAH" OR A MESSIAH FOR ALL PEOPLE?

The Messiah was to live, teach, serve, and die for everyone, both Jews and non-Jews, the Gentiles.

THE PROPHECY

"I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles." Isaiah 42:6

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.  "The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him." Luke 2:25-33.

 


12. WHAT KIND OF A PERSON WOULD THE MESSIAH BE LIKE?

The Messiah would have the gentle spirit of a servant.

THE PROPHECY

"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight: I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope." Isaiah 42:1-4.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets." Matthew 12:18, 19.

"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'" Matthew 3:16, 17.

"While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!'" Matthew 17:5.

 


 

13. HOW WOULD THE MESSIAH GET PEOPLE TO ACCEPT HIM?  WOULD HE FORCE THEM TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIM?

The Messiah would not draw attention to Himself. To many people He would be as unnoticed as an unseen stone that people stumble over.

THE PROPHECY

"He will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare. Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured." Isaiah 8:14.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against." Luke 2:34.

"He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed." Matthew 21:44.

 


 

14. WHAT STYLE OF TEACHING WOULD THE MESSIAH USE?

He would teach with parables, story illustrations.

THE PROPHECY

"I will open my mouth in parables." Psalm 78:2.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable." Matthew 13:34.

 


 

15. WHAT WOULD THE MESSIAH DO ABOUT HUMAN SUFFERING?

The Messiah would restore eyesight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and make the lame to walk.

THE PROPHECY

"In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see." Isaiah 29:18.

'Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy." Isaiah 35:5, 6.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Which is easier: to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Get up and walk'? Then he said to the paralytic, 'Get up, take your mat and go home.' And the man got up and went home. As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, 'Have mercy on us, Son of David!' When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, 'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' 'Yes, Lord,' they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, 'According to your faith will it be done to you'; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, 'See that no one knows about this." Matthew 9:5-7, 27-30.

 


 

16. HOW WOULD THE MESSIAH TREAT THE POOR, THE SAD, AND THOSE ADDICTED TO SINFUL LIFE STYLES?

The Messiah would preach to the poor. He would comfort and heal those who mourned in sorrow over their sinful life styles and bring discomfort to the careless.

THE PROPHECY

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn." Isaiah 61:1, 2.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'" Matthew 3:16,17.

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:18,19.

 


 

17.  WHAT WOULD THIS COMING MESSIAH TEACH ABOUT HELPING OTHERS WITH THEIR PHYSICAL NEEDS SUCH AS FOOD, SHELTER, AND CLOTHING?

The Messiah would teach people to take care of the hungry and the needs of others

THE PROPHECY

"Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?" Isaiah 58:7.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'" Matthew 25:35-40.

 


 

18.  WHAT WOULD THIS COMING MESSIAH TEACH ABOUT TRUE HEART OBEDIENCE TO GOD IN CONTRAST TO A RELIGION OF MAN-MADE RULES?

Most religion, like that of the Jews when the Messiah actually came is based on man-made rules. The Messiah would speak against these man-made rules.

THE PROPHECY

"The Lord says: 'These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men." Isaiah 29:13.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men." Matthew 15:8,9

"He replied, 'Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men." Mark 7:6, 7.

 


 

19. HOW WOULD THE MESSIAH ANNOUNCE HIS COMING AS THE KING OF KINGS?

He would enter Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey.

THE PROPHECY

"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." Zechariah 9:9.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, 'Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.' This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: Say to the Daughter of Zion, `See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'"

 


 

20. WHAT WOULD PEOPLE SAY TO WELCOME THEIR MESSIAH?

People would shout "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."

THE PROPHECY

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD." Psalm 118: 26.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, 'Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" Matthew 21:9

"The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, 'Hosanna to the Son of David!' 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!' 'Hosanna in the highest!'" Matthew 21:6-10.

 


 

21. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF THE MESSIAH?

The Messiah would go through suffering that would change His appearance.

THE PROPHECY

"His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man." Isaiah 52:14.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." Luke 22:44.

 


 

22. HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD RECOGNIZE THE MESSIAH AND BELIEVE IN HIM?

He would be unrecognized by many who would see "no beauty or majesty to attract us to him."

THE PROPHECY

"Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him." Isaiah 53:1, 2.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him." John 6:66.

 


 

23. WHAT EVENT IN THE BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE FORETOLD THE MESSIAH'S REJECTION AND ULTIMATE VICTORY?

He would be rejected and judged unfairly by the religious leaders. Isaiah lets us know that the Messiah would be rejected by most people like the stone that was at first rejected in building the temple in King Solomon's day. It later was found to be perfect size for the most important part of the foundation -- the cornerstone.

THE PROPHECY

"The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone," Psalm 118:22, NKJV.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Jesus said to them, Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone?" Matthew 21:42, NKJV.

 


 

24. WHO DID THE PROPHET DAVID PREDICT WOULD "GATHER TOGETHER AGAINST" THE MESSIAH?

Kings and rulers would "gather together against" the Messiah.

THE PROPHECY

"The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One." Psalm 2:2.

The word Messiah means "Anointed One"

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death." Matthew 26:59.

"Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death." Matthew 27:1

"Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed." Acts 4:27-31.

 


 

25. WHO DID THE PROPHET ISAIAH PREDICT WOULD "REJECT" THEIR MESSIAH?

The Messiah would be rejected by the very people He would come to help. He would go through suffering in order to save us.

THE PROPHECY

"He is despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Surely he... carried our sorrows." Isaiah 53:3, 4.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. Matthew 26:3, 4.

"And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." Luke 22:44.

The weight of the sins of all mankind was crushing out His life. He would have died right in the garden before being nailed to the cross if an angel had not come to give him strength to endure the weight of the sins of the world.

 


 

26. WHAT WOULD THE MESSIAH'S FOLLOWERS DO WHEN OTHERS CHOSE TO "WOUND" THE MESSIAH?

People would oppose the Messiah physically and wound Him. When that would happen His followers would run away.

THE PROPHECY

"If someone asks him, 'What are these wounds on your body?' he will answer, 'The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.' 'Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!' declares the LORD Almighty. 'Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'" Zechariah 13:6, 7.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Then Jesus told them, 'This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ‘‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'" Matthew 26:31.

"Then all the disciples deserted him and fled." Matthew 26:56.

 


 

27. WHAT WOULD ONE OF THE MESSIAH'S FOLLOWERS DO TO HIM?

The coming Messiah would be betrayed by a follower, a friend.

THE PROPHECY

"Even my close friend whom I trusted, He who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me." Psalm 41:9.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests, and said, What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you? " Mt. 26:14-16.

 


 

28.  HOW MUCH MONEY WOULD THE MESSIAH'S BETRAYER TAKE AND WHAT WOULD HE DO WITH THE MONEY? 

THE PROPHECY

"I told them, 'If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.' So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, 'Throw it to the potter'-the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter."  Zechariah 11:12, 13.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests and asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?' So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over."  Matthew 26:14, 15.

"When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 'I have sinned,' he said, 'for I have betrayed innocent blood.' 'What is that to us?' they replied. 'That's your responsibility.' So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests picked up the coins and said, 'It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.'  So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners." Matthew 27:3-7.

 


 

29. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE POSITION LEFT VACANT BY HIS BETRAYER?

The betrayer of the Messiah would be replaced by another person.

THE PROPHECY

"May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership." Psalm 109:8.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Then they cast their lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles." Acts 1:26.

 


 

30. WHAT WAS TO HAPPEN TO THE MESSIAH JUST BEFORE HIS DEATH?

The Messiah was to be taken as a prisoner and unjustly judged worthy of death.

THE PROPHECY

"He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken," Isaiah 53:8, NKJV.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?" But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge--to the great amazement of the governor. Now it was the governor's custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd."

"At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered,

Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him. While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him." But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they answered. "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!" "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!" When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!" All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. " Matthew 27:11-26.

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15: 3.

 


 

31. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO HIS PHYSICAL APPEARANCE?

The Messiah would go through suffering that would change His appearance.

THE PROPHECY

"His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man." Isaiah 52:14.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." Luke 22:44.

 


 

32. WHAT KIND OF RECEPTION WOULD THE MESSIAH RECEIVE BY THOSE WHO WOULD CLAIM TO "KNOW" GOD?

The Messiah would be rejected by the very people He would come to help. He would go through suffering in order to save us.

THE PROPHECY

"He is despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Surely he... carried our sorrows." Isaiah 53:3, 4.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. Matthew 26:3, 4.

"And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." Luke 22:44.

The weight of the sins of all mankind was crushing out His life. He would have died right in the garden before being nailed to the cross if an angel had not come to give him strength to endure the weight of the sins of the world.

 


 

33. WHAT KIND OF A DEFENSE WOULD THE MESSIAH PRESENT TO THOSE WHO WOULD JUDGE HIM WORTHY OF DEATH?

The Messiah would be silent in His own defense.

THE PROPHECY

"He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth." Isaiah 53:7.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?" But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge--to the great amazement of the governor." Matthew 27:12-14.

"He went back inside the palace. 'Where do you come from?' he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer." John 19:9.

 


 

34. HOW WOULD THOSE WHO WOULD CLAIM TO "KNOW" GOD TREAT THEIR MESSIAH?

They would beat, mock, and spit upon their Messiah .

THE PROPHECY

"I offered my back to those who beat me, And my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard: I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting." Isaiah 50:6.

Remember that Isaiah wrote nearly 700 years before Jesus the Messiah was born into this world.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Then they spit in His face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him, and said, Prophesy to us Christ! Who hit you?" Matthew 26:67.

"Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified." Matthew 27:26.

 


 

35. WHAT ELSE WOULD HAPPEN TO THE MESSIAH BEFORE HE DIED?

The Messiah would be whipped. That whipping would bring us healing to sinful mankind.

THE PROPHECY

"By His stripes (blows that cut in) we are healed." Isaiah 53:5, NKJV.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

" For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3,4.

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." 1 Peter 2:24, 25.

"The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth. The eunuch asked Philip, ‘‘Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about. . . ? Then Philip began with that very . . . Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus." Acts 8:32-35.

Remember that this prophecy from Isaiah was written nearly 700 years before Jesus the Messiah was born into this world.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Then they spit in His face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him, and said, Prophesy to us Christ! Who hit you?" Matthew 26:67.

 


 

36. WHAT WOULD HIS SUFFERINGS DO TO THE MESSIAH'S APPEARANCE?

The Messiah would go through suffering that would change His appearance.

THE PROPHECY

"His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man." Isaiah 52:14.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." Luke 22:44.

 


 

37. WHAT YEAR DID THE PROPHET DANIEL FORETELL, 500 YEARS IN ADVANCE, THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD DIE?

The Messiah would be "cut off" -- nailed to a cross in the year 31A.D.

See chapter 9 of this book, Prophecy Made Easy for this prophecy from the book of Daniel predicted 500 years in advance. The word Messiah means "anointed one." The true Messiah would be baptized or "anointed" in the year 27 A.D. and be "Cut Off" or killed in the year 31 A.D. This time prophecy of Daniel, written more than 500 years before it happened foretold the exact year of the coming Messiah's death.

THE PROPHECY

Read this amazing precisely accurate time prophecy in chapter nine of Prophecy Made Easy.

 


 

38. WHAT WOULD THE DYING MESSIAH BE OFFERED TO DRINK?

The type of drink that was to be offered to the dying Messiah was foretold.

THE PROPHECY

"They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink." Psalm 69:21, NKJV.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"They gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink." Matthew 27:34, NKJV.

 


 

39. WHO PREDICTED THE DEATH OF THE MESSIAH BY THE PIERCING OF HIS HANDS AND HIS FEET?

The Messiah would be nailed to the cross.

King David around the year 950 B.C., predicted that the true Messiah would die the death of the cross.

THE PROPHECY

"They have pierced My hands and My feet." Psalm 22:16. Remember that David wrote nearly a thousand years before Jesus, the Messiah, was born into this world.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"They crucified Him." Mark 15:24.

 


 

40. WOULD THE MESSIAH DIE A DIGNIFIED DEATH WITH HIS CLOTHES ON?

The Messiah would be stripped naked.

King David around the year 950 B.C. predicted that the true Messiah would not only have his hands and feet pierced but also die naked. His clothing would be divided up among those who would be there at his death.

THE PROPHECY

"They divide my garments among them, and cast lots for my clothing." Psalm 22:18.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 'Let's not tear it,' they said to one another. 'Let's decide by lot who will get it." John 19:23-24.

 


41. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE MESSIAH'S BODY?

The Messiah would be pierced.

THE PROPHECY

"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a Spirit of grace and supplication; They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son." Zechariah 12:10.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Instead one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water." John 19: 34.

Peter said "you with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead. . . . When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?' Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:23, 24, 37-38.

 


42. HOW WOULD THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE TREAT HIM IN HIS DYING MOMENTS?

People would stare at the Messiah.

THE PROPHECY

"People stare and gloat over me." Psalm 22:17.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there." Matthew 27:36.

 


43. WHAT ELSE WOULD THE PEOPLE AROUND THE DYING MESSIAH DO TO  HIM?

A. The Messiah would be insulted by people who were shaking their heads.

THE PROPHECY

"I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads." Psalm 109:25.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Those who passed by hurled insults at Him shaking their heads and saying, 'You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!'" Matthew 27:39 & 40.

 

B. King David predicted that The Messiah would be ridiculed by people coming up and shaking their heads and saying "He trusted in the Lord, Let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him."

THE PROPHECY

"All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying. ‘‘He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him." Psalm 22:7, 8, NKJV.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, I am the Son of God." Matthew 27:43, NKJV.

 


44. WHAT WOULD ACTUALLY CAUSE THE DEATH OF THE MESSIAH?

He would carry the weight of the sins of the world until they crushed out His life.

THE PROPHECY

"Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him (bruise him) and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his day, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many and he will bear their iniquities... he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." Isaiah 53:10-12.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24

 


45. WHAT WOULD THE MESSIAH SAY BEFORE DYING?

He would cry out "My God My God, why have you forsaken Me?

THE PROPHECY

"My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" Psalm 22:1.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'My God my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34.

 


46. WHAT ELSE WOULD HE SAY?

He would cry out "into Your hands I commit my spirit."

THE PROPHECY

"Into your hands I commit my spirit." Psalm 31:5.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Jesus called out with a loud voice, 'Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.' When he had said this, he breathed his last." Luke 23:46.

 


47. WAS THE MESSIAH TO HAVE ANY BROKEN BONES AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH?

The Passover lamb, a symbol of the Messiah, was to have no broken bones in its death. In the same way the Messiah was to have no broken bones in His death.

THE PROPHECY

"He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken." Psalm 34:20.

"It must be eaten inside one house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones." Exodus 12:46.

"Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, 'This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.'" Exodus 24:8.

"The Lord's Passover. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They shall leave none of it until morning, nor break one of its bones." Numbers 9:10-12.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead. They did not break his legs." John 19:32, 33.

 


48. WHO WAS THE MESSIAH TO DIE WITH?

The Messiah would die with criminals and a burial site would be provided by a rich person.

THE PROPHECY

"And they made His grave with the wicked But with the rich at His death." Isaiah 53:9, NKJV.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Two robbers were crucified with Him, one on his right and one on his left." Matthew 27:38.

"As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away." Matthew 27:57-60.

 


49. WOULD THE BODY OF THE DEAD MESSIAH ROT AND DECAY AWAY LIKE A NORMAL PERSON DECAYS AND RETURNS TO THE SOIL?

He would be raised from the dead before His body had begun to decay.

THE PROPHECY

"I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay." Psalm 16:8-11.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact." Acts 2:31, 32.

 


50. WHO WOULD THE MESSIAH TAKE BACK TO HEAVEN WITH HIM TO ASSURE OTHER BELIEVERS THAT THEIR BODIES ALSO WOULD ALSO BE RAISED FROM THE GRAVE?

He would take many back to heaven with him some of those who died and would at that time be especially resurrected from the dead.

THE PROPHECY

"When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train." Psalm 68:18.

The Fulfillment of Prophecy

"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; The earth shook, and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life." Matthew 27:50-53.

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. Acts 1:9.

 


 

As you may already have noticed. David in the book of Psalms and Isaiah in the book of Isaiah were the two prophets who spoke often of the coming Messiah!  King David wrote his prophecies of the Messiah in the book of Psalms nearly three thousand years ago. Isaiah wrote his prophecies of the Messiah more than two thousand seven hundred years ago. Let's find out who the Messiah of Psalms and Isaiah is.  

 

Who  does the Prophet King David,

in the Book of Psalms, Identify as the Messiah of Prophecy?

 

Just as a detective gathers clues to find out who did a particular crime, the Bible, in contrast, gives us prophetic clues of whom the Messiah of the world would be. Let’s examine those clues that David wrote down for our benefit. David foretold many different characteristics of the Messiah so that everyone who would read his words would know beyond the shadow of a doubt who the real Messiah would be.

Jesus of Nazareth quoted more frequently from Psalms and Isaiah than from any of the other Old Testament books. No other Old Testament books are so frequently quoted in the New Testament as the books of Psalms and Isaiah.

 

The Messiah was like the stone that was rejected in building the temple

The prophet king David wrote psalms about 950 B.C. In the book of Psalms he tells us that the Messiah would be born into this world to one of his own direct descendants. David predicts that the Messiah would be rejected, like the huge stone that the builders of the temple rejected in building it.

An immense stone was taken to the building site of the temple in Solomon’s day. The builders took one look at it and wondered why on earth anyone would bring such a stone to their building site. They pushed the stone aside. They rejected it. That huge stone was in their way and was very annoying.

Finally the day came when the workmen needed a very large and very strong stone that would serve as the cornerstone of the foundation to the temple. They looked everywhere and could not find a stone that was strong enough and of the right size and shape to be the cornerstone for the foundation of the temple. Days dragged by and then weeks dragged by as they searched for the right-sized stone with the right amount of strength.

Finally someone suggested the rejected stone. They found it to be exactly the right size and shape. The rejected stone became the most important stone in the building of the temple. David predicted that the Messiah would be rejected by most people just as that stone was at first rejected but later became the most important stone in the building of the Temple in King Solomon’s day.

     The Prophet King David predicted about 950 B.C. that the future Messiah would:

 

  1. Be rejected like the rejected stone.

  2. Be a teacher of parables. - 

  3. Be welcomed to Jerusalem by people shouting, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD."

  4. Be betrayed by a trusted friend after they ate together.

  5. Be judged unfairly by earthly rulers.

  6. Be offered a drink containing gall.

  7. Die naked on a cross. 

  8. Be stared at.

  9. Have part of his clothing divided between those at the cross.

  10. Lose the other part of his clothing to those who would gamble for it.

  11. Be ridiculed by people shaking their heads and saying "He trusted in the Lord--let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him.

  12. Cry out. "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?" before dying.

  13. Speak these last words: "Into Your hand I commit my spirit."

  14. Die without any broken bones

  15. Be raised from the dead before His body started to decay

  16. Bring others to life and take them home with Him after being resurrected.

 

"The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke: 'One of your own descendants I will place on your throne," Psalm 132:11, NKJV.

 

1.   "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone," Psalm 118:22, NKJV.

 

2.   "I will open my mouth in parables."   Psalm 78:2.

 

3.   "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD." Psalm 118: 26.

 

4. "Even my close friend whom I trusted, He who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me."   Psalm 41:9.

The betrayer would later be replaced by another 

"May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership."   Psalm 109:8.

 

5. "The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One."  Psalm 2:2.

 

6.   "They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink."   Psalm 69:21, NKJV. 

 

7.  "They have pierced My hands and My feet." Psalm 22:16. Remember that David wrote nearly a thousand years before Jesus, the Messiah, was born into this world.

 

8.   "People stare and gloat over me."   Psalm 22:17.

 

9.   "They divide my garments among them, and cast lots for my clothing."   Psalm 22:18.

 

10.   "They divide my garments among them, and cast lots for my clothing."   Psalm 22:18.

 

11. "All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying. ‘He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him."  Psalm 22:7, 8, NKJV.

 

"I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads." Psalm 109:25.

 

12.   "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"   Psalm 22:1.

 

13. "Into your hands I commit my spirit." Psalm 31:5.

 

14. "He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken." Psalm 34:20.

 

15.  "I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay." Psalm 16:8-11.

 

16.   "When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train." Psalm 68:18.

 

 


Who is the Messiah,

As Identified by the Prophet Isaiah in the Book of Isaiah?

 

 

Isaiah the prophet wrote the book of Isaiah around 700 B.C.

He tells us that the Messiah would be born to a virgin and be a direct descendant of King David. Isaiah uses the same story that David uses in the book of Psalms to describe the predicted rejection of the Messiah. He reminds the people of the story they all knew--the story of the rejected stone.

The Prophet Isaiah, about 700 B.C. predicted that the future Messiah would:

  1. Be rejected like the rejected stone in the building of the temple.
  2. Have His way prepared by a wilderness prophet.
  3. Spend time in Galilee teaching the people of Galilee.
  4. Warn others to avoid hypocrisy.
  5. Restore eyesight to the blind and hearing to the deaf.
  6. Make the lame walk.
  7. Be a gentle spirit-filled servant.
  8. Teach both Jews and Gentiles.
  9. Teach people to take care of the hungry and the needs of others.
  10. Preach to the poor and would do a work of healing to comfort those in sorrow and to bring discomfort to the careless.  
  11. Be taken a prisoner and unjustly given the death penalty.
  12. Be silent in His own defense when others would seek to kill Him.
  13. Go through suffering that would change His appearance.
  14. Allow others to whip His back
  15. Allow others to spit in His face.
  16. Die, not from the mistreatment of the people but rather from the weight of the sins of the entire world crushing out His life. The Messiah would be ‘crushed’ to death by the weight of your sins and mine--the sins of the world.
  17. Die with criminals
  18. Have a burial site provided for by a rich person.

From these many clues from the prophet Isaiah in the book of Isaiah, who is the promised Messiah?

 

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel - (God-With-Us)."  Isaiah 7:14.

"Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this."  Isaiah 9:7.

 

1.  "So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed."  Isaiah 28:16.

1.  "He will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare. Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured."  Isaiah 8:14.

2.   "A voice of one calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.  And the glory of the Lord will be revealed. . . . For the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Isaiah 40:3-5.

3.  "Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan--The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."  Isaiah 9:1, 2.

4.   "The Lord says: 'These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men."  Isaiah 29:13.

5.  "In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see."  Isaiah 29:18.

6.  'Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy." Isaiah 35:5, 6.

7.  "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight:  I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope."  Isaiah 42:1-4.

8.  "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.Isaiah 42:6

9.  "Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"  Isaiah 58:7.

10.   "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn."  Isaiah 61:1, 2.

"He is despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.   Surely he... carried our sorrows."  Isaiah 53:3, 4.

11.  "He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken," Isaiah 53:8, NKJV.

12.  "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth." Isaiah 53:7.

13.  "His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man."  Isaiah 52:14.

14. "By His stripes (blows that cut in) we are healed." Isaiah 53:5, NKJV.

15.  "I offered my back to those who beat me, And my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard: I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting."  Isaiah 50:6.

16.  "Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him (bruise him) and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his day, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many and he will bear their iniquities... he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."  Isaiah 53:10-12. 

17. "And they made His grave with the wicked But with the rich at His death."   Isaiah 53:9, NKJV.

18. "And they made His grave with the wicked But with the rich at His death."   Isaiah 53:9, NKJV.

 

 


 

Who is the true Messiah of Bible prophecy according to the other prophets?

Other Prophets predicted that the future Messiah would:

  1. Come to Planet Earth to restore communication between heaven and earth
  2. Be born in a certain small town called Bethlehem.
  3. Be born into the Jewish race.
  4. Have his way prepared by a powerful prophet, like Elijah, (John the Baptist).
  5. Be baptized "anointed" in the year 27 A.D.
  6. Enter Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey.
  7. See His followers run away when He was mistreated.
  8. Die a bloody death like a sacrificial lamb.
  9. Die ("be cut off") in the year 31A.D.
  10. Not have any broken bones.
  11. Allow His body to be "pierced" by those He came to save.
  12. Die and that afterward, some of the "inhabitants of Jerusalem would grieve over what they had done.

 

1. Jacob "dreamed, and behold a ladder was setup on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. . . . In your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed."  Genesis 28:12-14 NKJV.

2. "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel."  Micah 5:2, NKJV.

3.   Abram "in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."   Genesis 12:3

4.  "Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me."  Malachi 3:1.

"See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse."  Malachi 4: 5 - 6. 4.

5.   The word Messiah means "anointed one." The true Messiah would be baptized or "anointed" in the year 27 A.D. and be "Cut Off" or killed in the year 31 A.D. This time prophecy of Daniel, written more than 600 years before it happened foretold the exact year of the coming Messiah's death. Read this amazing precisely accurate time prophecy in chapter nine of Prophecy Made Easy.

6. "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."  Zechariah 9:9.

7.   "If someone asks him, 'What are these wounds on your body?' he will answer, 'The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.'  'Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!' declares the LORD Almighty. 'Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'"  Zechariah 13:6, 7.

8.  "When He sees the blood the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your house.  At midnight the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt."  Exodus 12:23, 29. NKJV.

"Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, 'This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.'"  Exodus 24:8.

"The Lord's Passover. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They shall leave none of it until morning, nor break one of its bones."   Numbers 9:10-12.

"He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."  Genesis 3:15, NIV.

"He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." Genesis 3:15, NKJV.

9. The word Messiah means "anointed one." The true Messiah would be baptized or "anointed" in the year 27 A.D. and be "Cut Off" or killed in the year 31 A.D. This time prophecy of Daniel, written more than 600 years before it happened foretold the exact year of the coming Messiah's death. Read this amazing precisely accurate time prophecy in chapter nine of Prophecy Made Easy.

10. "It must be eaten inside one house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones."  Exodus 12:46.

"Let him offer his cheek to the one who would strike him."   Lamentations 3:30.

11.  "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a Spirit of grace and supplication; They will look on me, the one they  have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son."  Zechariah 12:10.

12.   "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a Spirit of grace and supplication; They will look on me, the one they  have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son."  Zechariah 12:10.

Between 500 to 1,000 years ahead of time old Testament Bible Prophets made the following predictions concerning the promised Messiah

The  Old Testament Prophets predicted that the future Messiah would:

   Be born a Jewish male child to a Jewish virgin in Bethlehem

   Be an unpretentious man who taught both Jewish and Gentile people in parables.

   Live in Galilee and often teach in Galilee.

   Restore eyesight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and make the lame to walk.

   Have the gentle spirit of a servant.

   Be introduced to others by a great wilderness prophet.

   Be baptized in 27 A.D.

   Enter Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey while people shouted "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

   Be betrayed by a friend.

   Be rejected and judged unfairly by earthly rulers.

   Be silent in His own defense.

   Be beaten with a whip.

   Allow people to spit in His face.

   Be nailed to a cross in the year 31A.D.

   Be stripped naked, nailed to the cross and watched as others divided up part of His clothing and gambling for the other part of His clothing.

   Be laughed at by people coming up and shaking their heads and saying    "He trusted in the Lord, Let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him."

   Carry the weight of the sins of the world until they crushed out His life.

   Cry out on that cross "My God My God, why have you forsaken Me?

   Cry out "into Your hands I commit my spirit."

   Be beaten and die without any broken bones. 

   Be raised from the dead before His body had begun to decay.

   Take many back to heaven with him who were specially resurrected from the dead.

Jesus Christ is the only individual in all of History who fulfills all of these prophecies!

 

BIRTH

Between 2,500 and 6,000 years ago, the ancient prophets including Moses, Isaiah, David, Daniel, Micah, Solomon, Zechariah, Malachi and others predicted that a Messiah, a Savior, a King, would come. The prophets predicted that He would be born a male Jewish descendant of King David to a virgin in the little town of Bethlehem.

LIFE

They predicted that He would live in Galilee and that the Messiah would be introduced to the world by a great wilderness prophet. They said that the Messiah would be baptized in the year A.D. 27 and would restore eyesight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and make the lame walk. He would be a gentle Spirit-filled servant and be rejected by the majority.

TEACHINGS

These prophets also predicted that the Messiah would be an unpretentious man. He would teach both Jewish and Gentile people in parables and warn the religious people to avoid the religious hypocrisy of saying one thing and doing another. He would teach people to take care of the hungry and those in need. He would preach to the poor and would do a work of healing to comfort those in sorrow and bring discomfort to the careless.

LAST WEEK

The ancient prophets further predicted He would announce Himself a king by entering Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey while people shouted "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." And they predicted that He would be betrayed by a trusted friend for thirty pieces of silver, after they ate together

LAST DAY

These ancient prophets predicted that the Messiah would go through suffering that would change His appearance.  They predicted that He would be taken a prisoner and unjustly judged by earthly rulers as guilty of death, that He would say nothing in His own defense, and would allow others to whip His back and spit in His face.

DEATH

 

 

Prophet Daniel predicted the exact year Messiah would be crucified 

They predicted what would happen to the very clothes worn by the Messiah on that day.  They predicted that some of His clothing would be divided up between those who were there and another part of His clothing would be gambled for.

They said He would be offered a drink containing gall. They predicted that people would pass by shaking their heads saying "He trusted in the Lord, Let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him." Not only were the words of the people foretold but the actual dying words of the Messiah were also foretold. They predicted that the Messiah would cry out on that cross "My God My God, why have you forsaken Me? And also the words "into Your hands I commit my spirit." They predicted that He would die without any broken bones.

His death, they predicted, would not be from the mistreatment of the people but rather from the weight of the sins of the entire world crushing out His life. The Messiah would be "crushed" to death by the weight of your sins and mine--the sins of the world. He would die with criminals and He would have a burial site provided for by a rich person

RESURRECTION

The ancient prophets predicted that He would be raised from the dead before His body started to decay and would bring others to life and take them home with Him after being resurrected.

Were these prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ?  Did everything the prophets predicted would happen, happen?  Absolutely! Everything they said would happen to the Messiah happened to Jesus Christ. Read the first four books of the New Testament and see the fulfillment of all the Messianic prophecies in Jesus Christ. These are just some of the Messianic prophecies that convince me that Jesus Christ is the true Messiah. Do you know of another Jewish person, in all of history, who was baptized in A.D. 27 and crucified in 31 A.D. that was born of a virgin in Bethlehem?

There are many Messianic prophecies in the Holy Bible but there is no other person in history who fulfills even these five Messianic prophecies. No one else fulfills all the many prophecies mentioned in this book--Prophecy Made Easy--or even just the five mentioned in the previous paragraph. Jesus Christ is the only one who meets every one of these pinpoint prophecies exactly. He came to live a sinless life and to love and teach and reestablish his church on correct principles. But most of all He came to carry your sins and mine and to pay the penalty for our sins.  Sin separated everyone from eternal life.  The Messiah, Jesus Christ, came to bridge the gulf that sin makes with His own broken, bleeding body

God loves you and me. He wants us to have evidence for our faith in Him.  The evidence for God's existence and His love is GIGANTIC.  The Messianic prophecies and their fulfillments are irrefutable evidence!  They are evidence that cannot be overthrown by reason!  Only our sinful desires can overcome this evidence.  Reason alone would have to be on the side of the overwhelming evidence that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah. 

Those who are out of harmony with God can choose to not believe this evidence by ignoring it, neglecting it, or by choosing to close their eyes for fear of the cost of following Jesus Christ.  This choice is a foolish choice, however, because the Messiah will return the second time.  He will then invite us to sit with Him upon His throne.  We will explore the  universe with greater powers than superman ever dreamed of--powers similar to that of the angels of God. We will build houses that will last forever--and we will plant and eat and travel.  We will never know pain or suffering or loneliness ever again.  What will you  do with this  evidence?  The choice is yours.  You can accept Jesus Christ as your Messiah, your Savior from sin, and live forever--or you can choose to not believe, you can choose death.  See Revelation 3:21.

 

What stronger evidence could you have for God's existence and love?

 

God gave pinpoint-accurate prophecies of how the promised Messiah would be born--how He would live and teach and heal and serve and suffer and die and be resurrected. Prophecy predicted when it would happen, where it would happen, where He would be born, where He would live, what He would teach, what year He would be baptized, what year He would be crucified, how people would treat Him, and how a friend would betray Him. Also how much money the friend would get for betraying Him, what the people around him would do and say, and what the Messiah Himself would say. Prophecy predicted how His burial costs would be taken care of, when He would be resurrected and what would happen after that. What more could God do to prove His existence and His love?

Every one of these Messianic prophecies was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  This chapter has limited itself to some of the Messianic prophecies.  There are others.  They all point to Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Bible prophecy as well. 

All of this information is given by the prophets predicting the coming Messiah more than 600 years in advance. These are all Old Testament prophecies. Not one of these identifying pieces of prophetic information came from the New Testament. We include the New Testament to show how each prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

The blindness of the people who lived during Christ's appearance as the Messiah should not surprise us. It is not a question of race--it is a question of human nature. God says that modern man is no less blind to spiritual truth than the people who lived at that time. God says to modern man "You say, I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing. But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see."  Revelation 3:17, 18.

The prophets Moses, Isaiah, David, Daniel, Micah, Zechariah, and Malachi are a few of the prophets whom God used to pass on clues to the true identity of the Messiah. God expects us to gather these clues like a detective.  When we do, the overwhelming evidence points with absolute accuracy to Jesus Christ as this world's Messiah.

I repeat. In his book Science Speaks, Professor Peter Stoner says that by using the modern science of probability in regards to just eight of the scores of  Messianic prophecies "we find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1017." "That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000."

In order to help us understand these amazing odds, Stoner explains it by imagining that "we take  1017 (ten to the seventeenth power) silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas.  They will cover all of the state two feet deep.  Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one.  What chance would he have of getting the right one?  Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom."  And remember that is just using eight of the scores of Messianic prophecies that are found in the Old Testament part of the Bible!

 

Prophecy speaks and says that Jesus Christ is the true Messiah

The overwhelming weight of fulfilled prophetic evidence leads to no other option.  Prophecy speaks and says that Jesus Christ is the true Messiah.  He loves you. Won't you choose to let Him be your  Messiah, your Lord and your Master today? Read the way to accept Him as your Messiah, your Lord and your Master in the introduction to Prophecy Made Easy.

Why did our world need a Messiah?  Why do we need a Messiah?  Star Wars--the next chapter--will provide the answer to that question.  The reconstructed conversations found in the Star Wars chapter are based on the Biblical evidence documented in this book, Prophecy Made Easy.

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