Centuries before Christ was born His birth and career, His sufferings and glory, were all described in detail in the Old Testament Prophecies.
The information served as a fingerprint that would fit the hand of only one man in history.
Who He was to be……….Where He was to be born.
What He would do at His 1st coming.
When He was to come……….How He was to come.
How He would die……….When He would die…….When He Rose from the dead.
Christ is the only person ever born into this world whose ancestry, birth time, forerunner, birthplace, birth manner, infancy, manhood, teaching character, career, preaching, reception, rejection, death, burial, resurrection and ascension were all prewritten in the most marvelous manner centuries before He was born.
HIS Messianic Credentials Have Been Established:
A unique birth Isaiah 7:14 A unique life Psalm 40:7-10, Isa 50:5
A unique death Isaiah 53: 1-3, 6-7 A unique burial Isaiah 53:9
A unique resurrection Psalm 16:10, Isa 53:10
Does the Old Testament proclaim the specific time of the coming of the Messiah? According to Tradition the Jewish People are looking for the FIRST coming of their Messiah not the Second Coming. These traditions come from rabbinic interpretation of the Old Testament. Could it be that the Rabbis have missed something? There are four points to think about in identifying the timing of the Messiahs coming:
1.The Messiah’s appearance was locked into a fixed time.
2.That fixed time was while the Second Temple was standing before the Romans burned it down in 70 A.D. (Daniel 9:26).
3.The Messiah had to come from a specific lineage (the line of King David). This lineage was only verifiable through the Temple records which were destroyed in 70 A.D.
4.The Messiah had to die a violent death. (Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 and Daniel 9:26).
The Old Testament is clear in its statement by God through prophecy that the Messiah already came and is coming back again the 2nd time Very Soon.