During the next week, I will post eleven OT prophecies dealing with identifying the correct time of the arrival of Messiah (all about the first coming of Christ).
There are no prophecies announcing the arrival of Buddah or Mohamed or any other religious leader. Christ is different. There are many prophecies announcing his arrival. I will share 11 of them that deal with announcing the TIME of his arrival, i.e., the awesome timing of the first coming of Christ.
1st Sign: The Bible says that God will send Israel a prophet like Moses (Deu 18:15). Jesus is a prophet like Moses in many aspects. For example, notice how Moses and Jesus had very parallel lives here on earth [OT] (NT). Both Moses and Jesus …
Anointed by God [Num 11:16-17] (Luke 4:18)
Fasted for 40 days and 40 nights [Exo 34:28] (Mat 4:2)
Started a Testament [Pentateuch] (Heb 9:15-20)
Changed the calendar [Exo 12:2]
Gave of his spirit to people [Num 11:25] (John 7:37-39)
Like a god [Exo 4:16] (John 8:24-27)
Healed people [Hos 11:1-3] (Mat 8:16)
Involved in a mixed marriage [Num 12:1] (Rev 7:9)
Tested (temptations in the desert) [Exo 13] (Mat 4:1-6)
# 1 in meekness [Num 12:3] (Mat 11:29)
Did not defend himself [Num 12:3] (Mat 27:14)
Suffered for God’s people [Heb 11:16] (John 3:16)
Fed thousands out of nothing [Num 11:31] (Mat 14:20-21)
Baptized people [1Cor 10:2] (Mat 3:11)
Face shinning with God’s glory [Exo 34:35] (Mat 17:2)
Taken out of Egypt [Exo 12] (Mat 2:15)
When they were born, orders given to kill babies [Exo 1:22] (Mat 2:16)
Saved the people on day of Passover by the blood [Exo 12] (Mat 26:2)
Liberated people from bondage, set them free [Exo 12] (Gal 5:1)
Ministry of miracles [Exo 4:5; Deu 34:10-12] (Acts 2:22)
His prophecies came to pass [Deu 18:18] (Mat 24:2)
Under their ministries, people heard the voice of God speaking from heaven [Exo 20:22] (Mat 3:17; John 12:28)
Both born when Israel was under bondage [Egypt] (Rome)
Both ascended up to God [Exo 19:20] (Acts 1:9)
Both escaped stoning [Exo 17:4] (John 8:59)
Arrival time was prophesied [Exo 12:41] (Dan 9:25; Neh 2; Luke 19:39-44)
Arrival was preceded by 430 years of no Word of God [Gen 15:13-14; Exo 1:6] (history tells us there are 430 years between the closing of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament)
Before the arrival of Moses, there were 430 years of prophetic silence. Between the last verse of Genesis and the first verse of Exodus (when Moses was born) there are 430 years of nothing (from the Word of God). Like Moses, Jesus was born after 430 years of prophetic silence. Between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament there are also 430 years of silence (Gen 15:13; Exo 12:40-41). After realizing that there was nothing added to the OT for 400 years, they should have been suspicious saying: “wait a minute, this is just what happened before Moses arrived on the scene. Maybe Messiah is around the corner." Because he was, yes he was.
Gen 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Note: The affliction started 30 years after they arrived in Egypt. Actually, the Jews arrived in Egypt on Passover day and left on Passover day, 430 years exactly.
Ex 12:40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.
41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.
Gal 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
End of sign # 1, 10 more coming. Stand by ... Merry Christmas !!!