The long awaited Messiah, Savior to the world. If Jesus fits the bill, why are so many Jews still waiting for a Messiah? How are they to know when he came? If he came? Whose to say Jesus was him?
In truth it was a military/political leader that the Jews were looking for in the First Century, and even the disciples at first thought the Messiah was going to overthrow the Romans and set the Israelites free and sit enthroned in Jerusalem.
But who is this Messiah? The Old Testament has many prophecies about the coming Messiah, who He will be and what He will do. We live in an age where we are in the middle of something big. For you see, not all of the prophecies have been fulfilled, and that is because there is to be a second coming of Christ where everything will be fulfilled, and then the judgement. But what we do know about the first coming, the prophecies that have been fulfilled are astronomical in importance.
It has been said that by only taking eight very specific prophecies about the Christ from the Old Testament, for one person to fulfill all eight, would be the same chances as that person going out and filling the state of Texas two feet high in silver dollars, marking one silver dollar, hiding it somewhere in the state and then having only one chance to go out and pick one silver dollar, and find it.
What are these prophecies?
1) Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) (Luke 2:4-5,7)
2) Called out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1) (Matthew 2:14-15)
3) Called a Nazarene (Isaiah 11:1) (Matthew 2:23)
4) Shall be sold for 30 pieces of silver, and then the money used to buy Potter’s field (Zechariah 11:12-13) (Matthew 26:14-15, Matthew 27:6-7)
5) No bone shall be broken (Psalm 22:17-18) (John 19:32,33,36)
6) Lots shall be cast for his garments (Psalm 22:17-18) (Matthew 27:35-36)
7) Hands shall be pierced (Zechariah 12:10, Psalm 22:16) (Mark 15:27-28)
8) Descendant of David (Jeremiah 23:5-6) (Matthew 1:1)
9) Shepherds and Kings will worship and honor him. (Psalm 72:9, Isaiah 60:3 and Psalm 72:10,15) (Matthew 2:1-11,16-18)
10) The slaughter of children (at his birth in an attempt to kill him) (Jeremiah 31:15) (Matthew 2:14-15)
11) Preceded by John the Baptist (Isaiah 40:3-5, Malachi 3:1) (Luke 3:3-6, Luke 7:24,27)
12) His side pierced (Zechariah 12:10) (John 19:34)
These are only 12 of many prophecies that no man could have possibly fabricated. What do I mean by fabricate? Well some argue that prophecies like riding into Jerusalem on a foal of a donkey (Malachi 3:1) is not really a prophecy because anyone could ‘make’ that happen. But these twelve prophesies would be impossible for anyone simply to forge because they rely upon outside forces. And only eight prophecies fulfilled would be astronomical. Jesus fulfilled every single one.
What you do with this information is up to you, but for something to be prophesied hundreds of years prior to the event is something that raises more than just one of my eyebrows, turn, and take notice.