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Certainty of Biblical Prophecy

Was Jesus just an impostor or Messiah?
This question will become very important, was Jesus just an impostor or Messiah? It is a very important question because this Jesus lays claim to some astounding things! He says for example "I am the way. The truth and the life. No one comes to the father except by me."
Today this Jesus is being marginalized by the critics and especially by what they call the new reformation movement which is disseminating the Bible and ripping the heart out of the messianic side of the Bible.
By their standard Jesus must, if they want to have world unity of religions then become one on a level of all the others (Buddha, Zeus, Mithras etc.…) He cannot stand out above anyone else he has to come down to the level of all the others. However, if this Jesus is the Messiah of God and is God, well then! We are going to come up to an impasse. To find out if this is true we will look at what the Bible says as our guide.
John 6:38 "For I came down from heaven ..."
John 18:36" ...My kingdom is not of this world ..."
Well this is an unusual thing to claim. Either he was being presumptuous or he was telling the truth. If he was telling the truth then all 61 prophecies written in the distant past would have to be true to prove it. This evidence has been pointed at by many other people.

Some skeptics have suggested that these prophecies were accidentally or coincidently fulfilled by Jesus. According to the Science of Probability the chance of any one human being - up until the present - fulfilling a selection of just eight of these prophecies (including the one on the crucifixion) is (1 x 10¹7) … And here we are considering only 8 prophecies. What if we were to consider 48 prophecies? The chance then becomes virtually zero (1 x 10¹57). According to the science books the number of particles in the entire universe is only 1 x 108¹.
What about all 61 prophecies coming true?"
A good reference would be "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" by Josh McDowell

Miraculous birth foretold

Old Testament:
Numbers 24:17
" ...There shall come a star out of Jacob ..."
Isaiah 7:14
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
Micah 5:2
"Bethlehem... out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel."

Note: Immanuel means "God with us". The name Jesus means "God the Savior". So he is not on the same level as any other (Buddha, Osiris, and Zeus...).

New Testament:
Luke 1:28-31
"The angel said to her... you will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus."
Matthew 2:1
"...Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king..."

Note: Herod was not a Jew but a decendant of Esau an (Edomite or Roman).


He would be preceded by a messenger

Old Testament: Isaiah 40:3
"The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God."

New Testament: Matthew 3:1-3
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.


The things he would do and preach

Old Testament:
Isaiah 61:1,2
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Psalms 78:2
"I will open my mouth in a parable ..."

New Testament:
Luke 4:18,19
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Matthew 13:34
"All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in Parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:"


His ministry of miracles

Old Testament: Isaiah 35:5,6
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing ...

New Testament: Many Examples
Jesus cured Peter's mother-in-law of a fever (Mark 1:30-31).
Jesus healed a leper (Mark 1:40-45).
Jesus healed the centurion's servant (Matthew 8:5-13).
Jesus raised the widow's son from the dead (Luke 7:11-18).


His Triumphant entry

Old Testament: Zechariah 9:9
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."

New Testament: Luke 19:35
"And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they sat Jesus thereon."


Things that would happen to him

Old Testament: Psalms 41:9
"Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me."

New Testament: Matthew 26:49,50
49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.


Old Testament: Zechariah 11:12,13
"...So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver ... And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord."

New Testament: Matthew 27:5,7
5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, it is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.


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

New Testament: Matthew 3:1-3
"Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands..."


Old Testament: Psalms 69:4
"...hate me without a cause"

New Testament: John 15:25
"They hated me without a cause"


Old Testament: Isaiah 53:7
"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter..."

New Testament: Matthew 27:12
"And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing."


Old Testament: Psalms 109:25
"...Wag their heads..."

New Testament: Matthew 27:39
"Wagging their heads..."


Old Testament:
Psalms 22:16
"They pierced my hands and feet."
Zechariah 12:11
"They will look on me, the one they have pierced..."

New Testament: Luke 23:33
"There they crucified him.."


Old Testament: Isaiah 53:12
"...numbered with the transgressors..."

New Testament:
Matthew 27:38
"...two thieves crucified with him..."
Mark 15:27,28
"And with him they crucified two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors."


Old Testament: Psalms 69:21
"Gave him vinegar..."

New Testament: Matthew 27:34
"Gave him vinegar..."


Old Testament: Isaiah 53:12
"...and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."

New Testament: Luke 23:34
"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do..."


Old Testament: Psalms 22:18
"They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing do they cast lots."

New Testament: John 19:23,24
"Then the soldiers ...took his garments, and made four parts, and also his coat: now the coat was without seam,... They said … that the scripture might be fulfilled..."


Old Testament: Psalms 22:1
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

New Testament: Matthew 27:46
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"


Old Testament: Psalms 31:5
"Into thine hand I commit my spirit"

New Testament: Luke 23:46
"Father into thine hand I commit my spirit"


Old Testament: Psalms 34:20
"He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken."

New Testament: John 19:31,33
"Now it was the day of preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down."
"Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
"

This was already a typology from very ancient times because the Passover lamb was to be eaten but not a bone was to be broken. The reason for this very ancient ritual was because it foreshadowed that the Messiah's bones would not to be broken. To later be used as a proof that he was the real Messiah.

  1. The place of his birth was predicted
  2. The manner of his birth was predicted
  3. His betrayal was predicted
  4. The manner of his death was predicted

All these things are predictions from the Old Testament that came to pass in the New Testament.

Tacitus, the Roman historian, writing in about 115 AD, speaks about Nero's persecution of the Christians in the year 46 AD.
"Christus, from whom their name is derived, was executed at the hands of the procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius."
Source: Tacitus Roman historian

Suetonius the Roman historian, writing in about 120 AD, speaks about a Chrestus.
"Since the Jews were continually making disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he (Claudius) expelled them from Rome."
Source: Suetonius Roman historian

The Jewish traditions book from the 3rd century called the Talmud has this written -
"On the eve of the Passover they hanged Jeshu of Nazareth."
Source: Talmud

So we can see there are also very many sources outside the Bible that confirm all of this happened as well. We can be certain about Biblical Prophecy.

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