The Coming of The Messiah

The Old Testament, written long before Jesus Christ lived on this earth, contains many predictions about the identity of the Jewish Messiah.  By studying these ancient prophecies and comparing them to the life of Jesus Christ described in the New Testament, we find overwhelming evidence that the Bible is the inspired word of God.

Predicted in the Old Testament
Fulfilled in Jesus Christ

In a dream, God explicitly reveals to Daniel His plans concerning "one like a son of man":

Dan. 7:13-14 - "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed."

Mat. 11:27
Mat. 24:30
Mat. 28:18
Luke 1:32
John 3:35
John 5:22
John 13:3
John 17:2
1 Cor. 15:27
Eph. 1:10
Eph. 1:20-23
Philip. 2:9-11
Heb. 1:2
Heb. 2:7-9
1 Pet. 3:22
Zech. 12:10 - In this verse, the LORD says, "They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child."

Mal. 4:5-6 - the LORD will send the prophet Elijah before the day of the LORD to reform the hearts of Israel

Luke 1:16-17 
Gen. 3:15 - someone will come and crush the serpent's [Satan's] head

1 John 3:8     
Psalm 2 - the Messiah will be the Son of God

Mat. 16:16    
Micah 5:2 - a ruler whose origins are from old will come from Bethlehem

Luke 2:4-7    
Zech. 9:9 - Israel's King will come "having salvation, gentle and riding on the foal of a donkey"

John 12:14-15
Jer. 23:5-6 - from David a King will come called "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS"

Mat. 1:1        
1 Cor. 1:30    
Isa. 7:14-15 - a virgin will give birth to a son who will be called Immanuel ("God with us")

Mat. 1:21-23  
Isa. 9:6-7 - a child will be born and will be called Mighty God and Everlasting Father;  he will reign on David’s throne forever

John 10:30-38
Luke 1:32-33 
Isa. 53:9 - "...he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth"

John 8:46     
2 Cor. 5:21   
Isa. 53:11 - he will justify many Rom. 3:21-26
The Messiah Would Be Rejected By His Own People

Concerning God's 'servant', Isaiah wrote the following:

Isa. 53:1-3 - "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. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

Psalm 118:22 - "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;"

Peter quoted this verse in 1 Pet. 2:7 to show how Jesus fulfilled this prophecy.  He also quoted Isa. 28:16 in 1 Pet. 2:6, which refers to someone as "a tested stone" whom the LORD will lay in Zion.

Dan. 9:26 - "...the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing..."

"Anointed One" in this verse means Messiah, as seen by the Hebrew word.

The Messiah Would Suffer And Die

Isa. 52:13-15 - his form will be marred beyond human likeness

Isa. 53:3 - will be despised, rejected by men, and familiar with suffering

Isa. 53:5 - pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, by his wounds we are healed

Isa. 53:6 - "...the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all"

Isa. 53:7 - led like a lamb to the slaughter

Isa. 53:8 - stricken for the transgression of God’s people

Isa. 53:12 - "...he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors"

Dan. 9:24-27 - 24"Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. 25"Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Gabriel Reveals The
Time Frame

In this passage, the angel Gabriel gives Daniel an overview of the events still to come for the Jewish nation before "the end" takes place.  Gabriel declared that from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, there would be seventy 'sevens' allotted for the events listed in this prophecy to be completed (with a period of time taking place between the 69th and 70th 'seven', where Israel experiences a hardening while God deals with the Gentiles, as Paul described in Rom. 11:25).  The Hebrew word for 'seven' used in this passage often means a period of seven years, as also suggested by the context.  The "issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem" happened around 445 B.C., when King Artaxeres gave Nehemiah permission to go and rebuild the destroyed city (Neh. 2:1-6).  So, moving ahead seven 'sevens,' plus another sixty-two sevens, for a total of 483 years, we arrive at the very time period when our Lord Jesus Christ, "the Anointed One", walked this earth (subtracting a few years because of the difference between Biblical years - 360 days - and Gregorian years - 365 days).  Therefore, according to this prophecy, the Messiah came about 2,000 years ago!

Scientific Evidence

Israel Will Be Reborn
The End Times Foretold
There are several passages in the Bible describing scientific phenomena that only God could have understood at the time the Bible was written.  Scientists did not discover these facts until more recent technology was available.

Lev. 17:11 - God knew that the life of a creature is in its blood.  In other words, excessive blood loss results in death.

Job 38:16 - underwater springs

Isa. 40:22 - the earth is a "circle"

Luke 17:34-35- When Jesus described the time of his return, he said, "...on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."  This shows that he knew the earth was round, being nighttime and daytime simultaneously on different parts of the earth.
Jerusalem was destroyed and its people scattered around 70 A.D.  Almost 2000 years later (1948), the nation of Israel was reestablished, being "gathered from many nations" back to their homeland.  This was miraculously predicted by the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel sometime between 586-573 B.C. when he spoke of the yet to come battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38, 39).

Ezek. 38:8 - "After many days you [Gog] will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety."
Mat. 24:4-5 - "Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many."

Many people have come claiming to be the Christ.  A number of these have formed cults and deceived many.

Mat. 24:12-13 - "Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved."

Anyone who turns on the television can see that wickedness has increased tremendously.

Mat. 24:14 - "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."

Although Christianity began as a small sect, it has spread throughout the world, as Jesus predicted.

The Church In The Last Days

There are a number of prophecies in the New Testament that predict what the church will be like in the last days.  These descriptions of the church are strikingly similar to the current condition of the church.

2 Thess. 2:3 - "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;" (KJV)

In other words, before Christ returns, there will be a "falling away" or an apostasy.
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2 Tim. 3:1-9 - In this passage, Paul gives an extensive prophecy about the church in the last days.

Upon first glance, this passage of scripture can appear to be describing the world, in general, during the last days.  This, however, cannot be true, for several reasons.  First, the way that Paul describes these people sounds just like Rom. 1:28-32, where he is talking about the world.  There would be no purpose for this end times prediction if he was just describing the world again.  Secondly, these people are "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" and even have a "form of godliness".  It is evident that the world has no form of godliness whatsoever, as demonstrated by Rom. 1:28-32.  Third, it says, "Have nothing to do with them."  In 1 Cor. 5:9-10, Paul teaches the Corinthians to not associate with people in the church who live sinfully, but he says that it would be impossible to not associate with the people of this world, because you would have to leave this world.  Finally, 2 Tim. 3:8 says that "as far as the faith is concerned, [these people] are rejected."  There is no question as to whether or not the world is accepted by God, so it is clear that Paul must be talking about the church.
2 Tim. 3:13 - "while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived."

The context of this verse clearly shows that "evil men and impostors" is referring to people within the church.

2 Tim 4:3-4 - "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths."

Most people today do not put up with sound doctrine.  Many believe that the Bible has been corrupted over time and is no longer trustworthy.  For those who do believe that the Bible is God's word, most do not live according to it.  Today's churchgoers have surrounded themselves with preachers that tell them exactly what they want to hear.

Mat. 24:9-11 - "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people."

The Christian church has become divided, and hundreds or even thousands of denominations have been formed.  Most of these denominations preach a gospel far different than the one presented in the Bible.

Mat. 24:37-39 - Many churches today believe that we are currently in one of the best church ages yet, however, in Mat. 24:37-39, Jesus compared the time of "the coming of the Son of Man" to the "days of Noah" (read Gen. 6:5-8 to see what the days of Noah were like). 
Luke 21:10-11 - "Then he said to them: 'Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.'"

This sounds very similar to the last hundred years.  For example:  WWI, WWII, increased earthquake activity, famines in Africa, AIDS, SARS, 2004 Tsunami, and September 11th.

Rev. 9:16 - There would be an army in the last days consisting of 200,000,000 troops (a number unheard of in Biblical times).  China has boasted that it could field such an army.