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Was Jesus Prophesied In The Old Testament?
The Bible offers compelling evidence that Jesus was prophesied in the Old Testament. We can see this in the way certain passages from the Hebrew Scriptures point to Jesus in a way that could only have been achieved through supernatural means.
From the very beginning, we are given hints that Jesus was a part of God’s plan for redemption and restoration. As early as Genesis 3:15, God promised a Savior who would come to crush the enemy–a prophecy that would come true hundreds of years later. This passage is known as the “seed of the woman” prophecy and it is the first time in the Bible that we are given a glimpse of Jesus’ main mission–to redeem mankind from sin. Additionally, Jesus is referred to as the “seed of Abraham” and the “seed of David” in the book of Isaiah. These prophecies serve to further underscore God’s plan and His promise to send a Messiah who would deliver people from their sins.
Moreover, many of the details surrounding Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were foretold in the Old Testament. The prophet Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be born of a virgin, be rejected by his own people and be silenced before his death. Daniel prophesied that Jesus would be cut off (killed) before the destruction of Jerusalem and the rise of the Roman Empire. Zechariah predicted that the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey and be hailed by the people (which happened in the book of John).
The accuracy of these prophecies is remarkable and provides undeniable proof that Jesus was indeed prophesied in the Old Testament. We can look at all the prophecies regarding Jesus in the Old Testament and see that they paint an accurate picture of the person of Jesus. Each prophecy was carefully crafted and fulfilled, indicating that Jesus was certainly part of God’s plan for redemption.
The Old Testament prophecies regarding Jesus provide us with a unique window into God’s plan for the world and how it is being carried out. While the prophecies in themselves are remarkable, it is even more impressive that these prophecies were written hundreds of years before Jesus was born. This fact serves to further underscore the supernatural nature of these prophecies and the power of God’s Word. While there is much debate surrounding the veracity of biblical prophecy, the evidence is clear–Jesus was prophesied in the Old Testament and His coming was part of God’s plan of redemption.