The New Testament records an event that is unparalleled during the entire history of the earth. A man was brutally crucified and three days later He rose from the dead. He showed Himself only to those who believed in Him, because He wanted these men to write a testimony about what they had seen, and send their testimony out to the entire world.
This is exactly what they did. We have the proof that this is true by the surviving 24,593 manuscript copies of their testimony. These manuscript copies come to us from all over the world, written in 14 different languages. These manuscript copies of nearly the entire New Testament, are dated from 175-225 AD. They are the largest surviving body of evidence for a single person, from any event, in all of antiquity.
The men who wrote these narratives about Jesus say, 134 times, that they saw Jesus and heard Him—say and do—what they recorded in these texts. These men tell us that they know they are telling the truth and they wrote these things because Jesus commanded them to write; the prophets of the Old Testament predicted they would write, and theses men wanted the whole world to know the truth about what happened during those three and one half years.
Beginning in Genesis chapter 3, immediately after Adam and Eve fell into sin, God promised a Savior who would be born of a woman, without the aid of a human father, and die for the sins of the world. On April 6, 32 AD, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey—in fulfillment of several prophecies written by the Old Testament prophets:
- Genesis 3:15
- Deuteronomy 18:15
- 2 Samuel 7:14
- Psalms 2:7
- Psalms 110:1-2
- Daniel chapter 9
- Zechariah chapter 9:9
- Psalms 118
- See all 400 of the Messianic Prophecies
After Jesus had risen from the dead, He appeared to His disciples and told them that everything He had said and done during the preceding three and one-half years, was for the purpose of fulfilling all the 400 Messianic Prophecies the prophets wrote for Him.
“Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” ~Luke 24:25-27
“Then Jesus said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.“ ~Luke 24:44-48
What were the prophecies from the Old Testament that Jesus told His disciples He had fulfilled? The 400 prophecies I documented in three of my published books:
There are 400 Messianic Prophecies in the Old Testament. These prophecies are documented as fulfilled by Jesus in the narratives of the New Testament. In 2012 I began compiling my 40 years of research regarding these 400 Messianic Prophecies, and published these important events in three books:
Gaining an understanding of these 400 prophecies, written for Jesus, is the key to the entire Bible. All of the Old and New Testament scriptures were written for, and about, Jesus. Any person who reads, learns, and understands these 400 Messianic Prophecies, will understand the reason we are here on earth, and the purpose that every person on earth has in their life.
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