The Old Testament, written over a period from 1431 BC to 350 BC is not only a history of mankind from the creation to near the birth of Christ, but it contains over 300 prophesies of the messiah, all of which were fulfilled beginning with his birth and ending with his ascension into heaven. Now, why do you think all of those prophesies were listed throughout the Old Testament by all of those different writers from different ages and different areas?
There are two primary reasons, first, so that the messiah could be identified by them. But perhaps as important, if not more so, those fulfilled prophesies afford irrefutable proof that this was the Son of God. And they are that, irrefutable proof. Scientists have studied these incidents and report that the odds are far above the very mention of coincidental. These prophecies were written approximately between 1431 BC and 350 BC.
"Mathematically speaking, the odds of anyone fulfilling this amount of prophecy are staggering. Mathematicians put it this way:
1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!" (Christian Broadcasting Network CBN)
We will discuss only a few of these prophesies and their fulfillment in this article. Following are these few with the scripture reference when it was made and the one where it was fulfilled. Read them carefully:
1. In the beginning, Genesis 3:15 tells us that God assured Satan that there would be one born of the seed of woman (Not man) who would neutralize Satan's power. Then in Galatians 4:4, Paul explains that Jesus, the Son of God was made of woman.
2. This messiah would be born of a virgin: Isaiah 7:14,
And this miraculous occurrence is described in Matthew 1:18-25.
3. He would be of the seed of Abraham (Genesis 22:15-19)
And in Matthew 1:1, we find the confirmation of this seed in Jesus.
4. He would be of the seed of Abraham's son Isaac (Genesis 21:12)
And in Luke's listing of Jesus genealogy traces it back showing that it was assuredly through Isaac. (Luke 3:23-34)
6. Of the 12 tribes, Jesus would be from the tribe of Judah. (Genesis 49:10)
And from John's vision while on the isle of Patmos this is verified. (Revelation 5.5)
7. In that tribe, he would be in the family line of Jesse. (Isaiah 11:1)
And again, from Luke's account, proof of this truth. (Luke 3:23-34)
8. The lineage would continue through Jesse's son, David. (Jeremiah 23:5)
And once more, Luke's genealogy again verifies this prophecy. (Luke 3:23-34)
9. The prophet Mica prophesies the birthplace of Jesus to be that of Bethlehem. (Mica 5:2)
Matthew verifies that prophesy to be true when he announces it. (Matthew 2:1-8)
10. Jeremiah prophesies that Herod would kill the children. (Jeremiah 32:15)
And then the apostle Matthew records this occurring. (Matthew 2:16-18)
These are only ten instances, but they go on and on through over 300. Return to the top of this article and re-read the third paragraph and then try and convince anyone that these things could be coincidental.