Thirty Four Old Testament proofs that Jesus Christ was indeed the foreseen Messiah July 20, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, catachesis, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, sanctity, Society, Tradition.
Most of these are not generic prophecies, either, but very specific. This is the kind of thing that used to be taught to youth that gave them very solid grounds for faith in the reality that Jesus Christ is both God and man, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. I sure never learned many of these in Methodist or Episcopalian formation. I very much doubt many Catholics have learned these over the past several decades. From The Catechism Explained pp. 165-169 and condensed for you:
1. The Messias was to be born in Bethlehem – Michaes says “Thou Bethlehem Ephrata art a little one among the thousands of Juda, but out of thee shall come forth unto Me He Who is to be the Ruler in Israel; and His going forth is form the beginning unto the days of eternity (Mich v:2).
2. The Messias was to come at a time when the Temple was still standing – The prophet Aggeus comforted the Jews returning from the Babylonian captivity, then re-building the destroyed temple: “the Desired of all nations should come, and fill it with His glory” (Agg ii:8-10).
3. The Messias was to come when the Jews were no longer an independent kingdom – Jacob, in blessing his sons before his death, said to Juda: “The sceptre shall not be taken away from Juda, till He come that is to be sent, and to Him shall be the expectation of the nations” (Gen xlix:10)……..In the time of Herod a Redeemer was looked for all over Judea. Herod was alarmed at the inquiry of the Magi for the new-born King (Matt ii:3); the Jewish people thought that Saint John the Baptist was the Messias (Lk iii:15)…….Even among the heathen there was, at the time of Christ, an expectation of a deliverer, who would banish crime and restore peace to the world (Virg., Ecl. 9).
4. The prophet Daniel predicted the time of the Savior’s birth almost exactly
5. The Messias was to be born of a virgin of the House of David – As a sign God gave to King Achaz the following prophecy: “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel [God with us]” (Is vii:14). And of the tribe of which the Messias is to be born the prophet Jeremias says, “Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise up to David a just branch, and a king shall reign and shall be wise, and shall execute judgement and justice on the earth (Jer xxiii:5).
6. The Messias was to be preceded by a precursor or forerunner, who was to preach in the desert, and to live an angelic life – Isaias says of this forerunner, that he was to be “the voice of one crying in the desert; Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight His paths” (Is xl:3). And God says through the mouth of Malachias: “Behold, I send My angel, and he shall prepare My way before My face. And presently the Lord, Whom you seek, shall come to His Temple (Mal iii:1). This precursor was John the Baptist.
7. With the Messias a new star was to appear – The prophet Balaam announced to the King of Moab, when the Israelites were approaching: “I shall see Him, but not now; I shall behold Him, but not near; a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise up from Israel” (Numb xxiv:17).
8. The Messias was to be adored by kings from distant lands, and they were to bring Him gifts (Ps lxxi:10).
9. At the time of the birth of the Messias many children were to be put to death – We read in the prophet Jeremias, “A voice was heard on high, of lamentation and mourning and weeping; of Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing to be comforted, because they are not” (Jer xxxi:15). Rachel died in Bethlehem and was buried there (Gen xxv:19).
10. The Messias was to fly to Egypt, and to return again from thence (Osee xi:11).
11. The Messias was to be the Son of God (Ps ii:7) – Through the prophet Nathan God promises David the Redeemer and says: “He will call Me Father, and I will call Him Son” (II Kings vii:14).
12. He shall be at the same time both God and man – Isaias says: “A Child is born to us, and a Son is given to us; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, God, the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of peace” (Is ix:6).
13. He was to be a great worker of miracles – “God Himself will come and save you. then shall the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as the hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be loosened” (Is xxxv:5-7).
14. He was to be a priest like to Melchisedech (Ps cix:4)
15. He was to be a prophet and teacher of the people – To Moses God had said, “I will raise up unto them a prophet, out of the midst of thy brethren, like to thee” (Deut xviii:13). As prophet the Messias was to teach and to prophecy. He was also to be the teacher of the nations (Is xlix 1-6).
16. He was to be King of a new kingdom (Jer xxiii:5) which was never to be destroyed, and was to embrace all other kingdoms (Dan ii:44). Before Pilate Christ proclaimed Himself a king, and said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” i.e., His Kingdom was to be a spiritual one (Jn xviii:36).
17. The Messias was to enter into Jerusalem riding on an ass (Zach ix:9).
18. He was to be sold for thirty pieces of silver. “And I took thirty pieces of silver, and I cast them into the house of the Lord” (Zach xi:12-13). Judas threw down the money in the Temple (Matt xxvii:5-7).
19. He was to be betrayed by one who ate at the same table with Him (ps xl:10).
20. His disciples were to forsake Him at the time of His Passion (Zach xiii:7).
21. He was to be mocked (Ps xxi:7), beaten, spit upon (Is l:6), scourged (Ps lxxii:14), crowned with thorns (Cant iii:11)(, and given gall and vinegar to drink (Ps lxviii:22).
22. For His garments lots were to be cast (Ps xxi:19).
23. His hands and feet were to be pierced with nails (Ps xxi:17).
24. He was to die between two evil-doers (Is liii:9).
25. He was to be patient as a lamb in His sufferings (Is liii:7), and was to pray for His enemies (Is liii:12).
26. He was to die willingly and for our sins (Is liii:4-7).
27. He was to make His grave with the rich (Is liii:9), and it was to be glorious (Is xi:10).
28. His body was not to undergo corruption (Ps xv:10) – and the Church has always taken lack of corruption of the mortal remains a very strong sign of heroic sanctity in process of canonization
29. He was to return to Heaven (Ps lxvii:34) and was to sit on the right hand of God (Ps cix:1).
30. His Doctrine was to spread from Jerusalem and from Mount Sion over the whole world (Joel ii:28, Is ii:3). The hall of the Last Supper, where the apostles received the Holy Ghost, was situated on Mount Sion.
31. The Heathen nations of the whole earth were to be received into His kingdom, and to adore Him (Ps xxi:28-9).
32. The Jewish people, who had put the Messias to death, were to be severely punished, and scattered over the face of the earth (Deut xxviii:64). The city of Jerusalem was destroyed as well as the Temple; the Jewish sacrifices and the Jewish priesthood were to cease, and the Temple was never to be rebuilt, until the last days (Dan ix:26-7, Osee iii:4).
33. In every place throughout the world, a “clean oblation” (holy Mass) was to be offered to Him (Mal i:11).
34. He will one day judge all men (Ps cix:6). Before the Day of Judgment Elias will be again sent on the earth (Mal iv:5).
Actually, some of the above cover more than one prophecy in each item. The real number is probably closer to 40, and that is probably far from all a strong biblical exegete could come up with.
Note also the repudiation of the Jews and their former covenant implicit in the above. That’s a serious argument against must modern interreligious dialogue, but even more, the alterations made even to the Missal of 1962 by recent Popes. It is a travesty, in my mind, to alter the Liturgy given us as the product of divine inspiration and the toil of too many Saints to count for such worldly ends. It also codifies something of a falsehood in the Mass itself, that the Jews are not rejected by God until their conversion near the end of the world, and that their old covenant could somehow still be operative. Even Pope Benedict fell into that ecumenical trap.
I pray you find the above useful! Something to keep in your back pocket.