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Editor's Note: Recently, a repairman in our home asked me why I was a Christian. He, being an agnostic, told
me that he did not know which faith was correct or if God even existed. The first thing I told him is that, "Christians do
not follow Jesus in blind faith. We believe He is the Savior because He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies
concerning the Messiah which was to come..."  I explained to him that the Bible is the only Book wherein the future is
predicted and has been fulfilled with 100% accuracy.
Only God can look into the future and know the events that will
transpire. I then explained to him that hundreds of years before Christ was ever born, His life was recorded in the
Psalms and in the Prophets and Jesus Christ fulfilled these prophecies and He, being sinless,  shed His precious blood
for our sins, as the Lamb of God. After hearing my answer he said, "This is the best reason anyone has ever given me."
And I proceeded to witness to him upon these grounds and continued with the "wages of sin" and that redemption is
found through Jesus Christ alone. He left our home with much to think about and we pray that his eyes would be
opened to the truth.

When asked such a question of why they believe, many Christians give reasons, "My grandpa was a Christian...I was
raised a Christian." These are not SOLID reasons for belief. I told this man, "God has no grandchildren. Everyone must
believe in Christ for himself and must take Christ Jesus to be their own personal Lord and Savior."

As Christians, we must know the facts. And so it is that we present this very important article. The Bible says in
1Peter 3:15,
" But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that
asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."
We pray that the Lord would bless you
KNOW why you believe and for those of you who do not believe, we pray that you would consider what is written
below and continue by clicking on our Link at the end, "Jesus Died For Us".

While this is in no way an exhaustive or complete presentation of EVERY prophecy of the Messiah, we give enough
solid proof to establish the facts.

Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, the promise of the Messiah is given. The
first prophecy is recorded in Genesis 3:15, where God promised that the seed
of the woman (the Messiah) would eventually crush the head of the serpent
(the devil).

As we journey on through the Book of Genesis, we find that "blessing" would
come through the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Genesis 12:3; 24:24;
Please Read The Jews Are God's Chosen People. The Messiah would be Jewish.

Then in Genesis 49:10, we read that out of Jacob's 12 sons, the "sceptor"
would remain within the Tribe of Judah until  "shiloh" come.

Gen 49:10  
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from
between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of
the people be.

Moving forward through the Holy Scriptures, we find that the promise of
Messiah would come from King David's offspring-- and that one of his
descendants would occupy his throne forever. (2 Samuel 7:16)

King David wrote many prophetic Psalms pertaining to the Messiah.
The Key Messianic Psalms are Psalm 2, 8, 16, 22, 40, 68, 72, 110. These
Psalms give us insight into the character of Messiah, His life, His death, and
resurrection, and future eternal Kingdom.

The Lord revealed to the Old Testament Prophets many aspects of the
Messiah's Person and His work.

Isaiah, the prophet, foretold that Messiah would be born of a virgin. (Isaiah
7:14) and that at the same time continue to be the "Mighty God" (Isaiah 9:6).

The Lord revealed to the prophet Micah that the promised Messiah would be
born in Bethlehem but also revealed that His "goings forth have been from old,
from everlasting." (Micah 5:2)

The prophet, Daniel, predicted the exact time Messiah would come. (Daniel
9:25). This time period was VERY specific that Messiah would and must come
before the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. We KNOW from history
that the Temple was destroyed by Rome in 70AD.

In Psalm 72:8-19, it records that Messiah shall have a kingdom spanning the
entire earth and a name that shall be forever. Zechariah wrote in Zechariah 14:9
that the Lord shall be King over all the earth. So Messiah and Lord are one in
the same. Yet these same prophets also predicted that the Messiah would be
rejected and would die a most cruel and violent death but would rise again.
Isaiah, who wrote many prophecies concerning Messiah's reign also predicted
Messiah's suffering and violent death. (Isaiah 53)

Psalm 22 records the horrific crucifixion scene (before Crucifixion was even
invented by the Romans) of the Messiah. Zechariah who also foretold the
glorious reign of the Messiah prophesied that Messiah would be sold to His
executioner of 30 pieces of silver (Zech 11:12)-- the price of a slave.
shall look upon Me whom they have pierced."
Remember that it is the LORD
who is speaking.

So throughout the Scriptures we read of the Messiah having an everlasting
Kingdom and yet we also read of Messiah's death. How can such prophecies
coincide with one another? This only makes sense in the Resurrection, recorded
in Isaiah 53:5-8. We read that Messiah's days would be prolonged after He dies.
Obviously a resurrection is needed and is so prophesied in Psalm: 16:10  
thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to
see corruption."

The Messiah-- the Jewish Messiah-- is Jesus Christ; known in the Hebrew
tongue as Yeshua. All Scripture pertaining to Messiah's earthly life and mission
was fulfilled by Him. He died for the sins of the people (Isaiah 53:10)  and
did arise from the dead. Only a risen Messiah can fulfill the rest of the promises
concerning Israel's glorious future Kingdom.

Isaiah 53:10  
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:
when thou shalt
make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he
shall prolong his days
, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his

When Christ arrived in Jerusalem, He arrived on the very day that Daniel
predicted the Messiah was to come.

Luk 19:41  And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Luke 19:42  Saying,
If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day,
the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
Luke 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a
trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
Luke 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within
thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another;
because thou
knewest not the time of thy visitation.

The Lord Jesus prophesied that the Temple would be destroyed (See Matthew
23:37-39) and that Jerusalem would be desolate BECAUSE the Jews rejected
Him (Luke 21:24) as their Messiah. And so it came to pass. Jerusalem was
destroyed in 70AD and the Temple destroyed and so it has remained for nearly
2000 years! No sacrifice has been allowed to atone for their sins--- no Temple
allowed by God. One must ask the question: WHY? Because the SACRIFICE
was made by Messiah Jesus-- once and for all-- upon the cross at Calvary.
Jesus Christ fulfilled the Hebrew Scriptures-- Messiah would be despised and
rejected and would die for "the sins of many."

Interesting note is that from the year 30AD, (the year of Christ's crucifixion and
resurrection), up until the destruction of the Temple in 70AD, the Jewish
Talmud records strange things taking place within the Temple-- such as the
Temple gates swung open every night, of their own accord, for FORTY years.
The Temple menorah would go out, regardless of how many precautions were
taken to prevent it from going out.

We read in the Jerusalem Talmud:

"Forty years before the destruction of the Temple, [the Temple was destroyed
in 70 AD]
the western light went out, the crimson thread remained crimson,
and the lot for the Lord always came up in the left hand. They would close the
gates of the Temple by night and get up in the morning and find them wide
open" (Jacob Neusner, The Yerushalmi, p.156-157).

The Babylonian Talmud states:

"Our rabbis taught: During the last forty years before the destruction of the
the lot ['For the Lord'] did not come up in the right hand; nor did the
crimson-colored strap become white; nor did the western most light shine;
and the doors of the Hekel [Temple] would open by themselves" (Soncino
version, Yoma 39b).

This is very interesting indeed! Yet, a stubborn person could argue that it was
simply a "coincidence" that strange things began occurring following the death
and resurrection of Christ for FORTY years straight.  Yet, the prophecies in the
Hebrew Scriptures, which Christ Jesus fulfilled cannot simply by discarded. His
life recorded in the Four Gospels cannot be ignored. One would have to be
completely stubborn to not seek and consider the evidence and pray to the God
of Abraham for truth. Yet sadly, many people simply trust their religious
"tradition" and go on rejecting the Messiah because someone told them to; but
there is coming a day when Messiah Jesus shall return and the children of Israel
shall then mourn for Him. Unfortunately, the Time of Jacob's Trouble will
precede Messiah's Second Coming.

An interesting prophecy is given in the Book of Daniel, concerning when
Messiah would establish His earthly kingdom. It would be during the time of the
"ten kings" in Daniel 2:44  
And in the days of these kings shall the God of
heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed
: and the kingdom
shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all
these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
(See also Daniel 7:24-27). The
Book of Revelation also gives us the explanation of the 10 kings that will reign
"one hour" with the antichrist but Christ shall return to earth and destroy the
antichrist and the armies with him. This has all been prophesied in Scripture and
shall take place.

There was a first coming of Messiah prophesied and a Second Coming of
Messiah prophesied. How can the Lord RETURN...if He never came to begin
with? A return means that He came before. Both comings are reconciled in the
Person of Jesus Christ-- He is the Son of David, the Seed of Abraham. Accept
no other substitute-- Messiah must be all that the prophets predicted with TWO
comings. The first coming had to have happened BEFORE the Temple was
destroyed in 70AD, as recorded by the prophet Daniel. The SECOND coming
must take place after the antichrist or the "willful king" will seek to annihilate
the Jews at the time of Armageddon. The Lord Jesus shall destroy the antichrist
and his armies, as recorded in the Old Testament. (Zechariah 12);(Revelation

Jeremiah 31:3-33  
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a
new covenant with the house of Israel
, and with the house of Judah: Not
according to the covenant that I made with their fathers
in the day that I
took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my
covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After
those days, saith the LORD,
I will put my law in their inward parts, and
write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

This new covenant is found through the Person of Jesus Christ! He has given
us the Holy Spirit and God's Law is written upon our hearts. Peace with God
comes only through Jesus Christ-- the Mediator between God and men.

Isaiah 52:13-15  
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted
extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage
was so marred more than any man
, and his form more than the sons of
men: So shall he sprinkle many nations
; the kings shall shut their mouths at
for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which
they had not heard shall they consider.

The next chapter of Isaiah continues and should not be split up. Let us

Isaiah 53:1-6 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the
LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a
root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall
see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and
rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief
: and we hid
as it were our faces from him;
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did
esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted
. But he was wounded
for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities
: the chastisement
of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed
. All we like
sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;
and the
LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

To whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

The Messiah would have his visage marred; His clothes stripped, He would be
wounded, bruised, whipped and would bear the sins of many and his soul
would be an offering for sin. The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all and yet
would have His days prolonged in Isaiah 53:10. Let us read the Scripture
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when
thou shalt make
his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall
prolong his days
, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
These Scriptures find their fulfillment in Yeshua-- Jesus Christ, who is at the
present time, exiled, but shall return to earth when the people of Israel will cry,
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD." (At the Battle of

Mat 23:39  
For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall
, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

We pray that this brief article reaffirms your faith of why Jesus Christ is the
Messiah. Hopefully it will equip you to give an answer of why you believe in
Christ. Sadly, many Christians do not read the Old Testament and truly do not
know WHY Jesus is the Messiah. They have no logical answer when speaking
to non-Christians of WHY they believe. One must understand that Jesus
fulfilled the Scriptures-- this is a fact; and by walking a non-believer through the
Scriptures, one can easily see for himself the foundation of the Christian faith
and by walking him through the "Roman's Road", they can see their need for
the Savior. The New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. Why is
Jesus Christ the Jewish Messiah? Because He fulfilled the Scriptures-- He met
all the requirements laid out in the Old Testament-- the Messiah was promised
to be born of a virgin, be Divine, be perfect in His life, would die a vicious
death-- as a sacrificial lamb-- for the sins of many and would rise again from the
dead. Jesus is the Lamb of God! His blood was shed for our sins. (Colossians
1:14) The Lord laid upon "him the iniquity of us all," as Isaiah 53 states.

Luke 24:44-48  And he said unto them,
These are the words which I spake
unto you, while I was yet with you, that
all things must be fulfilled, which
were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms,
concerning me.
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand
the scriptures, And said unto them,
Thus it is written, and thus it behoved
Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And that
repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all
nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.

Every Christian must KNOW THESE SCRIPTURES-- for they are the
foundation of our Faith. May God bless the reading of His blessed Word!

For those of you who do not yet know the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior,
please consider these Scriptures and pray to the Lord for truth. (Jeremiah 29:13)

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no
man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

©2007 Cobblestone Road Ministries
All Rights Reserved

Further Reading:
Jesus Died For Our Sins
The Jews Are God's Chosen People
Why Do Many Jews Reject Jesus?
The Trinity in the Hebrew Scriptures
Talmudic Evidence for the Messiah at 30 C.E.
Christ - The Key To the Old Testament - By F.B. Meyer
The Preaching Of Jesus Christ - After His Resurrection Concerning the Kingdom of God
Top Independent Baptist Sites
Messiah Jesus
Traced Through The Hebrew Scriptures
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