Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. — Luke 1:26-31
She gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. — Luke 2:7
The book of the Prophet Isaiah is amazing. Isaiah writes of the coming of the Messiah to such detail, more like an account of something that has already taken place, then a vague prediction of what’s to come. How is this possible? How could he know such exacting details about something that would not happen for 700 years?
The Book of Isaiah is perhaps the most powerful proof in Scripture of the existence of God. How else can we explain such detailed prophecy, from 700 years before these things happen? God knows the future as if it were the past.
God knew He would come from Galilee.
He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. — Isaiah 9:1
When Jesus heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee — Matthew 4:12
… and that He would be from a descendant of David.
He will be an heir to the throne of David — Isaiah 9:7
You shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David — Luke 1:31-32
God knew the persecution He would endure.
He will be spit on and beaten — Isaiah 50:6
They spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him — Matthew 26:67
… and that He would be crucified to remove the penalty for the sins of the world.
Our griefs He bore, our sorrows He carried; He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; and by His scourging we are healed. — Isaiah 53:4-5
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. — 1 Peter 2:24
God knew that He would not make a defense, although He was wrongly accused.
He will silently accept unjust punishment — Isaiah 53:7-8
Herod questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing. …. Pilate said to them, “I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. Nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him. — Luke 23:9, 14-15
… and even knew that He would hang between 2 criminals.
He will die among transgressors — Isaiah 53:12
They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. — Mark 15:27
Finally, God predicted where they would lay His body after He was executed.
He will be buried in the tomb of a rich man — Isaiah 53:9
A rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had become a disciple of Jesus took the body and laid it in his own new tomb. — Matthew 27:57, 59-60
Could ALL these statements of fact be just 700 year old guesses? Personally, I don’t have enough faith to believe in such detailed guesswork. Most important, is what we do with this information. We must trust in it, and in the divinity of the One who told us that these things would occur just as they did.
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