The Coming of Jesus Christ As Mentioned In Old Testament Scripture
In the beginning, God created the world, and people, in His image. At first it was good, until Eve was tempted by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. That moment was when the world fell to Satan and the darkness he brings with it. God decided to change it and turn it back to good, but after a short time, He had an even better plan. He knew that everyone would need salvation through grace and mercy, so He decided to send His son. Before He came, God sent prophetic messages to His people to tell of the coming of the Son of God. This man would be the Messiah and the Savior of the world. These messages were sent during the Old Testament and the events occurred during the New Testament.
Birth of JesusIsaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
This prophecy describes the conception and birth of Christ exactly as it happened. God knew that Mary would accept and love the baby God put in her womb. More importantly, God knew that Mary was incredibly faithful to Him. She would do as commanded, because of her love for Him.
Matthew 1:18-25 describes how the Son of God would be born to a virgin mother, whom was impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Not only did God tell Mary that she was to have this son and raise him, but He also revealed His plans to Joseph. Joseph was supposed to marry Mary and raise Jesus, even though marrying a pregnant, unwed mother was highly frowned upon. God blessed Mary and Joseph for their trust and faithfulness in Him.
Birthplace and Reign of JesusMicah 5:2 says, “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 the old, from everlasting.”
Bethlehem was a tiny town, but the greatest gift to have ever been given to earth was born in this town. His origin was ordained from the beginning of time, from the everlasting God. Matthew 2:1 talks about Jesus being born in Bethlehem. No one would have guessed that the Messiah would come from a town of such previous unimportance. They likely would have guessed a town with a bigger population that had previously been known for its greatness. This is one way we know this prophesy was straight from God. The confirmation, or birth in this instance, is the second way we know this was straight from God. All prophecies in the Bible have a confirmation in another book. God is faithful to provide these answers for anyone who seeks them, hence the strong connection between God and the people of the Bible.
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