The Church for too long now has been preaching Christ from the Cross forward. I am sure you know the importance of teaching and learning the whole council of God.
By that I mean, the God I serve shows us His Love and Mercy…but He has another side, one of Wrath and Judgment. So to know God is to understand both sides of who He is. The same applies to His Scriptures. When you are taught only Christ from the Cross forward you are missing the Foundation upon which JESUS stands.
You miss the richness, the beauty, the mystery and the sign posts given by God Himself through Prophecy so each one of us, not just the Jews, could recognize the Messiah, the Redeemer, Gods Christ, when He showed up on the World Stage.
The New Testament reveals the mystery of who Christ is. The Old Testament conceals the mystery; yet to those who seek God, that mystery is revealed through Prophecy by the Holy Spirit.
The beauty of our Faith is that we do not believe in Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends. Our Faith is grounded in History, Archeology, Science and most of all verifiable Prophecy. 2 Peter 1:21 says “We have a more sure word of Prophecy….. it came not at any time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
One of the greatest Sermons given by Jesus was Luke 24:13 on the Emmaus road. The two disciples were depressed that the Messiah was killed. Jesus said to them… “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” Beware, Someone Wicked This Way Comes….the False Messiah / Anti-Christ. If you Lack Biblical Discernment you will Follow him to down into the pit , forever.