My Book About Old Testament Prophecies Of Jesus Chriist

Written by Jeffrey L Girling

 

I have decided to put my book on this website, so everyone can copy it, or download it free.  It's about Old Testament Prophecies Of Jesus Christ written hundreds of years before he was born.  I was going to publish this book, but I decided to put it on this website because Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus Christ are evidence of the inspiration of the Old Testament.  I believe it works in well with Bible Apologetics (Defending the faith)

(I’ll have to give them in separate chapters because my webhost only allows a certain amount of space on a page.)

This book hasn't been proof-read yet, so please ignore any clerical errors you might stumble across.   It also isn't complete yet, because I still need to write a couple more chapters before it's complete.(So I'm still working on it.), but I just thought people could start learning from what's already finished.  I never gave it a title yet, because publishing companies will create book titles themselves, so I never thought I needed to create a title for it.   I hope you enjoy it.  God Bless you all.  Jeff

 

 Introduction

 

This book is written in hopes of encouraging the faith of the reader in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Bible, and also in hopes that it will encourage the reader’s faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

It will be the purpose of this book to reason with the reader, and to demonstrate throughout scriptures the evidence for the inspiration of the scriptures. It also has the potential to increase the knowledge of some, who have little knowledge of scriptures, and help ground them with the Word of God.

 

This book is not intended to be scholarly, but it is intended to be persuasive by demonstrating infallible evidence that the Old Testament of the Bible prophesies about Jesus Christ hundreds and thousands of years before he was born

 

I once asked the Lord a very sincere question. The question I asked was "Lord, How can I know the Bible is your inspired Word?". The Lord’s answer to me is found in John 5:39. Jesus said in John 5:39 "Search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me".

 

Jesus said in John 5:39 that the scriptures testify of him. We know he was referring to the Old Testament, because the New Testament was not written yet when he made that statement. He said the Old Testament testifies about him, or shall we say the Old Testament speaks or prophesies about him. Yes! The Old Testament speaks and prophesies about him hundreds and thousands of years before he was born.

 

Psalms 40:7 "Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book. It is written of me". The Hebrew translation of "volume of the book" would be "roll of the scroll", because the Bible was first written to us on scrolls. This scripture is quoted in Hebrews 10:7 as pertaining to Jesus Christ.

 

It should be understood by the reader that all of the prophecies in this book were written about Jesus hundreds of years before he was born, therefore proving the inspiration of the Old Testament, because it would have been impossible for the Old Testament writers to write about Jesus hundreds of years before he was born, unless they were inspired by the Lord our God, who knows the future.

 

The Lord speaks in Isaiah 42:9, and says "Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them." The Lord declared things unto us before they came to pass, so we would know it was him who inspired the scriptures.

 

Psalm 102:18 says "This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord". The church which is futuristic of Psalm 102:18 is made up of all the Lord’s people, whom the Lord created to praise him.

 

Romans 15:4 says "For whatsoever things were written beforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of scriptures might have hope." It is my sincere hope and desire that the scriptures revealed in this book will produce hope and faith in the heart of the reader.

 

The following pages will reveal Old Testament prophecies of Jesus Christ, which were prophesied hundreds and thousands of years before Jesus was born. We should not discount many other prophecies which have come to pass, but this book will be specifically dealing with prophecies about Jesus Christ.

 

 

Chapter One

Jesus Christ Our Creator

 

The reader should understand that Jesus Christ was our Creator, and he pre-existed throughout Old Testament times. He made numerous appearances throughout the Old Testament. There were times he would appear as The Angel of the Lord, and there were times he would appear in the form of a man.

 

John 1:1-3 says "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made".

 

The Word of God is another name for Jesus Christ we read about in Revelation 19:13. Jesus Christ is the Word who was in the beginning with God, and was God, and he is also our Creator who made all things.

 

John 1:14 says "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us". The Word became Jesus Christ and dwelt among us. John 1:10 says "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not." John 1:12 says "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."

 

Colossians 1:16 says "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible." Hebrews 1:1,2 say "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." The word "worlds" is plural in this verse, so this would include the whole universe.

 

Philippians 2:5 and 6 say "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God"

 

Jesus Christ was the Word who was with God in the beginning, and who was God, and our Creator who made all things. Jesus was praying to the Father in John 17:5, and this is what he prayed "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." Jesus Christ was with the Father before the world was according to his words in this prayer.

 

Jesus said in John 8:58 that "Before Abraham was, I am." Abraham lived about two thousand years before Jesus was born. Jesus was implying here that he pre-existed before Abraham was born.

 

Jesus Christ has been defined as being all God and all man in one person. The man we call Jesus was born when the Virgin Mary conceived and gave birth to him two thousand years ago, but that man we call Jesus was filled with the Spirit of our Creator. He was also the biological Son of God, because he had no earthly father. Our Father in Heaven planted his own seed in Mary, so our Heavenly Father is the biological Father of the man we call Jesus.

 

Jesus said in John 17:14 and 16 that he is not of this world. John 3:17, 10:36, and 17:18 say he was sent into the world by his Father in Heaven. This means he was not in this world in the beginning. He was the Word who was with God, and was God, who was our Creator. It was our Father and Creator who spoke through the mouth of Jesus. Jesus was the walking Word of God on earth. He was the Word made flesh.

 

Read John 6:37-40 when Jesus said "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." Jesus said in John 11:25 and 26 "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life, and he has the power to give us eternal life if we believe in him. There is eternal life after the life we live now, if we believeth in Jesus Christ who is our Creator, and has the power to raise us up at the last day.

 

Jesus Christ pre-existed before his life and ministry on this earth. He was active all the way through the Old Testament hundreds and thousands of years before Jesus was born. Micah 5:2 prophesies beforehand about his birth in Bethlehem, and also reveals his pre-existence in days of old, by saying "whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2 "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; ...whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting." Notice that in the first part of this verse it speaks about Bethlehem, where the future ruler of Israel shall spring forth from. Jesus Christ will be the future King of Israel or ruler forever in the end. Matthew 2:6 quotes this verse as pertaining to Jesus at the time of his birth in Bethlehem.

 

Notice also that the last phrase speaks about his goings forth from old, from everlasting. This refers to his pre-existence when he appeared unto the earlier fathers such as Abraham, Moses, etc., so it prophesies about his birth in Bethlehem over seven hundred years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but also speaks about his goings forth thousands of years before this prophecy was given, and both statements referring to one person the Lord Jesus Christ, who always has existed since before the world was.

 

God also said in that prophecy that the future ruler of Israel would come unto him. That’s just what Jesus did. He ascended into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Jesus said in Revelation 22:13 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."

 

I urge the reader to look at Psalm 45:6 and 7 below, and compare it to Hebrews 1:8 and 9 also given. The writer of Hebrews is actually referring to Psalm 45:6 and 7, and quoting it as a prophecy of Jesus Christ. Notice also in Psalm 45:7 that God anoints God with the oil of gladness above his fellows. God actually anointed his Son Jesus Christ with the oil of gladness, who is also God.

 

Psalm 45:6 and 7 "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."

 

Hebrews 1:8 and 9 "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." We can clearly see Hebrews 1:8, and 9 is quoting from Psalm 45:6, and 7, and starts out by saying these words were spoken to the Son referring to Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus Christ is our creator, who created a body for himself, by putting his seed in the Virgin Mary. The body and blood of Jesus was made to be an offering for sin, so our sins can be forgiven, and we can live an eternal life if we ask the Lord for forgiveness of our sins, and ask him to be our Lord and Savior. Hebrews 10:5 says "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrafice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:" The body of Jesus was prepared for our salvation. We will be looking at Old Testament prophecies of Jesus in the next chapter that will reveal him as our Savior. It was his plan from the beginning as our Creator to prepare a body for himself, so he could reveal his love for his creation, by giving his own body and blood as atonement for our sins. The only thing he asks or expects from us is that we believe in him, and that we live our lives for him. He demonstrated his love for us by going to the cross, and enduring much suffering and humiliation through mocking and beatings he suffered, while being falsely accused by false witnesses, until he hung naked on the cross for our sins and transgressions. He died on the cross to pay for the penalty of our sins, so we could have eternal life and spend eternity with him. He now waits patiently for us to return our love back to him, and we do that by receiving him as our Lord and Savior, and dedicating our lives to him.

 

Jesus said in John 3:16-18 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Jesus was the only begotten Son of God, because he had no earthly father. Our Father in Heaven put his own seed in the Virgin Mary, so Jesus was his biological Son. Remember that John 1:12 says "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." So we can be sons and daughters of God by faith in Jesus Christ.

 

This is what our Father in Heaven wants. He wants us to repent of our sins, so the blood of Jesus can wash away our sins, so we can appear spotless before him, and have an eternal relationship with him. Acts 3:19 says "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out." Jesus said in Luke 13:3, 5 "Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." He also said in Matthew 18:3, 4 "Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Jesus Christ humbled himself when he left his heavenly domain, and then suffered humiliation throughout his crucifixion for us. Now he wants us to humble ourselves and make him Lord of our lives.

 

Romans 6:23 says "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Salvation is not something we can earn through our own works. It’s a free gift from God to all who will receive it, by receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Galatians 3:22 says "But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe." Jesus said in Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." This means that he stands at the door of our hearts, and if we open our hearts to him, then he will come into our hearts, and will have fellowship with us.

 

The Lord says in Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson; they shall be as wool." The Lord wants to forgive us our sins, but he wants us to come to him. Remember what Jesus said in John 5:39 and 40. "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me, and ye will not come to me, that ye might have life."