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God used the ancient Prophets to talk to all people, and that these words have been passed on to us in the 'Bible.'  

We learned that God has had a plan to provide reconciliation back to Him, and He described the signs and wonders to look for in order to find this Chosen One who will bring that reconciliation.  

Lets analyze how Jesus of Nazareth has fulfilled just a few of these ancient prophecies...

 

Prophecy Old Testament Prediction New Testament Fulfillment

Virgin Birth

God announced nearly 700 years before Jesus was born that His Chosen One would be born of a virgin.  What a tremendous sign that would be indeed! 

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

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child, through the Holy spirit. 

Matthew 1:18

     

Born in Bethlehem

This prediction was written approximately 750 years before the birth of Jesus.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be rule over Israel...

Micah 5:2a

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem...While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.

Luke 2:4a, 6-7a

     

Betrayed for 30 Pieces of Silver

An example of an easily disputable prediction fulfillment.  If this had not actually happened, one could expect that the authorities would have contested it - there is no record of any kind of disagreement of this assertion.

The flock detested me...and I said 'I will not be your shepherd.  Let the dying die, and the perishing perish...If you think it not best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.'  So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.

Zechariah 11:9a, 12

What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?"  So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.

Matthew 26:15

     

Hands and Feet Pierced

A prediction that describes the death of the Chosen One.  Fulfilled by the Roman execution style of crucifixion, a means of execution NOT in existence as of the time the prediction was made!

Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalm 22:16

But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that He be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.

Luke 23:23

     

Crucified with Thieves

An amazing prophecy, that the redeemer of all mankind would die a thieves death, in order to redeem the transgressors!

...because He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.  For He bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53:12b

When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified Him along with the criminals - one on His right, the other on His left. 

Luke 23:33

     

Buried in a Rich Man's Tomb

Another easily disputable assertion.  Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the council that sentenced Jesus to death!  If this had not happened as recorded, one would expect to see record of a dispute.  There is none.

He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death...

Isaiah 53:9

...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...

Matthew 27:57a, 58-60a

     

Darkness During Crucifixion

A most unusual prediction, further reducing any chance of coincidence.  Not only easily disputable if it did not happen, but validated by sources other than the Bible!

"In that day," declares the Sovereign Lord, "I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight..."

Amos 8:9

From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.

Matthew 27:45

     

Resurrection

Truly the most miraculous sign possible to mortal man.  Clearly a life transforming event to witness, strong enough to drive its witnesses to accept martyrdom for the truth.

...you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

Psalm 16:10

"Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, He is risen!"

Luke 24:5b - 6a

 

To some accounts, over 40 men have claimed to be God's Chosen One.  None have fulfilled the prophecies and signs we were given by God to distinguish truth from false claims.  In total, the Old Testament has 456 identifiable prophecies about Christ that were fulfilled.  This makes the chances of coincidence impossible (calculated to be 1 chance out of 10157.)  Jesus could not have manipulated Himself into fulfilling these prophecies, because many of them had to be carried out by those who were His enemies!  And it is clearly unlikely that the record was 'doctored' after the fact to fit the prophecies, since the disputes could have easily been brought up and recorded.  No record exists!  Men have simply chosen not to believe, despite the evidence!