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OLD TESTAMENT PREDICTS JESUS

The Old Testament contains more than 300 predictions about the Messiah's profile. These predictions were written over a 1500 year period. They couldn't have been written after the time of Jesus because the Greek translation of the entire Old Testament was completed during the time of Ptolemy Philadelphus (285-246BC). This historical fact means the predictions were made at least 250 years before they were fulfilled in Christ.  

Here are  14 Old Testament predictions that clearly show Jesus Christ is the Messiah. The probability of fulfilling any 8 of these 14 prophecies is 1 in 100,000 million:                                        

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JESUS ARRIVED ON TIME

The Old Testament predicted Jesus' ministry would commence in 31 AD and that He would be killed three and half years later.

You find it in Daniel 9:24-27.

The prophecy says that ‘seventy sevens’ will be allotted to the Jewish people.  The time frame is 70 years. You don’t need to rely on the so called 'year-day principle' to interpret this Hebrew expression because verse 2 is clear Daniel understood 70 years of captivity in Babylon had been foretold in Jeremiah’s prophecy. When the angel appeared to Daniel (verses 20-23) he is told that there would be 7 times the 70 years already experienced by the Jewish people as captives in a foreign land. So the prophecy spans 490 years. 

The starting point for this prophecy is the decree date for the restoration and re-building of Jerusalem (verse 25). In 457 BC Artaxerxes Longimanus issued that decree (Ezra 7:7, 12, 13).  490 years from 457 BC ends in 34 AD.

The 70 sevens (or weeks) foretold by the angel is made up of three components:

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"To the Messiah" count 49+434 or 483 years from 457 BC which reaches to 27 AD when Jesus was baptised. This occurred in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar (Luke 3:1-3) at which He announced ‘the time is fulfilled’ (Mark 1:15).  Jesus was referring to this prophecy.

The prophecy also says Jesus would be killed in the midst of the last seven (Daniel 9:27). Half of seven is 3 and a half. Counting three and a half years from Jesus’ baptism in 27 AD reaches to 31 AD, the commonly accepted date for the crucifixion.

The prophecy is clearly talking about the Messiah as no one else could deliver the six promises foretold in Daniel 9: 24.

Intellectually this is all quite convincing but unless we are born of the spirit we can't enter the kingdom of heaven (John 3:5). Heart conversion is what’s needed - not intellectual satisfaction.  You enter God's kingdom heart first, not head first.