￼The principle of Messianic Prophecy is well established in the Bible. From the beginning of the Hebrew prophets, it was understood that a Messiah was promised by God in The First Prophecy of the Bible. This web site contains a detailed list of 365 Messianic Prophecies that fully validate the promises and fulfillments of God’s desire to send the Anointed One to earth.
At the time that Jesus was born, the arrival of the Messiah was considered imminent. Even the ungodly king, Herod, was aware of the Hebrew prophecies which described the arrival of the Messiah. Herod was one of the most paranoid individuals of all time. He was said to be so afraid that someone would conspire to take his throne, that he had his wife and sons murdered. Confirmation of Herod’s vitriol fear of a usurper to his throne, comes from an extra-biblical source by a Roman writer, Macrobius, who described Herod’s paranoia:
“When he [emperor Augustus] heard that among the boys in Syria under two years old whom Herod, king of the Jews, had ordered to kill, his own son was also killed, he said: it is better to be Herod’s pig, than his son.”
This comment by Macrobius also confirms the Gospel account of Matthew 2:16-18, describing the reason for this massacre of innocent children: to kill the infant Jesus. As Herod issues an order to kill all of the baby boys in Bethlehem who were two years old and under, he also orders the execution of his own son.
This gives us an additional secular source for confirmation of Jesus existence as a child in Bethlehem, in fulfillment of the prophecy of Micah 5:2 for the birth of the Messiah, and Jeremiah 31:15 for the unsuccessful attempt on His life. (more…)