Prophecies of Jesus: Old Testament Prophets and the Messiah
By Arthur Khachatryan
The Old Testament writings, which were canonized as the inspired word of God, contain many predictions of future events. The central figure of these predictions is the Messiah, the Savior. The Jews have expected the Messiah to this day. However, those closest to Jesus alleged that they had found him; they embraced the belief that Jesus was that Messiah and eventually became known as the earliest Christians. The prophecies of the Messiah they saw to be prophecies of Jesus. This they did in part because Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies of the Messiah noted by the Old Testament prophets.
We understand, as did the early Christians, that when events play out as they had been predicted centuries ago, that there is something miraculous taking place. In fact, statistical probabilities tell us just how unlikely it would be to find the fulfillment of predictions made centuries ago in one person. Think of how much has changed only in the last 100 years – it is quite staggering. Let us imagine how likely it would be for a set of predictions to come true centuries after the predictions themselves. Not only would we need to accurately predict things, which we may be able to do with some good guessing, but we’d also need to have the foresight of ideas, concepts, and realities, which would not exist for centuries. Consider the following predictions that had to come true…