In which the surprising location of the following prophecies are found.
Do me a favor: Read the following 24 statements and tell me who they describe.
1. Those who hate me with out cause are more than the hairs of my head.
2. The things of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed.
3. Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
4. Strike the shepherd and the sheep may be scattered.
5. I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighted out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
6. With a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek.
7. I gave My back to those who strike me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.
8. They pierced my hands and my feet.
9. My God, my God, why have You forsaken me.
10. All who see me sneer at me; they separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, “Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”
11. They also gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
12. I am poured out like water; and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within me.
13. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
14. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.
15. They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
16. He submitted Himself to death.
17. He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.
18. You may not break any of its bones.
19. He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken.
20. They will look at Me whom they pierced.
21. They made His grave with the wicked, and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully.
22. For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see the Pit.
23. You ascended to the heights, taking away captives; You received gifts from people, even from the rebellious, so that the Lord God might live there.
24. The LORD declared to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
If your answer is Jesus, you’re right. But there’s something you should know. All these statements were taken from the Old Testament…the Old Testament completed 400 years before the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
In fact, these statements were translated from Hebrew to Greek in Alexandria some 150 years before Jesus was born.
No other religious writings in the world contain specific predictive prophecies like we find in the Bible. Not in the writings of Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, Lao-Tse or Hinduism.
Yet, in the Bible, you can find over two thousand specific predictive prophecies. So specific in nature–and this is important–they burn all bridges behind them.
That means if they’re not fulfilled, it leaves no room for excuse.
Statements like the above that describe a future messiah over 400 years before his birth indicate to me the the Bible is not just another book written by men. There has to be more to it than that.
It’s a book written by God through men about one man: Jesus Christ.