A prophecy is a message inspired by God, a divine revelation often telling of future events. The old testament is full of Prophets who reference important events, which often include Jesus, centuries prior…
So What is a Prophet?
Answer: In a general sense, a prophet is a person who speaks God’s truth to others. The English word prophet comes from the Greek word prophetes, which can mean “one who speaks forth” or “advocate.” Prophets are also called “seers,” because of their spiritual insight or their ability to “see” the future. ~ answer by gotquestions.org
Moses 13-12 Century B.C.
Prophet who led Israel out of Egypt, but due to the people turning away from God wandered in the desert for years. Moses over the course of many years leads his people to the promised land, often asking for God to relent in his anger toward these people who often wavered. This same Moses said, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15)
The Bronze Snake (Moses)
4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,c to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
A prophet like me, Moses says…
Moses lifted a post with a bronze snake as God directed, we’ve all been bitten by our sin and Jesus was also lifted so that all who look to him in faith and believe in him will be forgiven and given eternal life, (leading us to the promised land for all those who believe). The more you get to know moses, the more correlation you see between the two. Jesus, A Prophet like Moses, and so much more…
This is just one of many similarities we see between Moses and Jesus. For a side by side list check this page out, very cool. the list
So let’s continue…
So how about the Prophet Isaiah? The original Book of Isaiah was written about 900 years before the birth of Jesus. I believe one of the earliest full manuscripts we have today dates back about 200-100 B.C.
The book of Isaiah is full of tons of prophecy.
Let’s take a look into Isaiah 52
13 See, my servant will act wisely;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him —
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
Who is he talking about? He goes on to say this in the next chapter, 53
Isaiah 53 (NKJV)
1 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.
I can only think of one whom Isaiah is referring to: His name is Jesus.
This Prophet lived approximately 400 years before the time of Jesus.
Micah 5:2 “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”
Birth place was prophesied centuries before Jesus was born with pinpoint accuracy. This Bethlehem referenced was no large city but a small town with less than a few hundred people. Even the non-believing Jewish leaders believed the Savior would come from Bethlehem. They just couldn’t believe he did when he did…
These are just a few of over 300 scriptures from ancient B.C writings stating future events that would take place, including the coming of the Messiah, our Savior, Jesus.