Why are the Bible prophecies so important?
The Old Testament contains many prophesies about the future to come. It is a powerful evidence of the accuracy of the Bible.
These prophecies were written by several different men over many years, and were divinely Realized! Here are a handful of the Messianic prophecies and the coming true of them (Realization).
In the following, we have compiled prophesies about the crucifixion of Jesus first will be the prophesy and then will follow the Realization of the prophesy:
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:3 "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not."
Realization: John 1:10-11 "He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him."
Prophecy: Psalm 41:9 "Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me."
Realization: Mark 14:10 "Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them."
Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12 "I told them, 'If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.' So they paid me thirty pieces of silver."
Realization: Matthew 26:14-16 says, "Then one of the Twelve - the one called Judas Iscariot - went to the chief priests and asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?' So they counted out for him thirty silver coins."
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:7 "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth."
Realization: Mark 15:5 says, "But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed."
Prophecy: Psalm 22:1-2 "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent."
Realization: Matthew 27:46 "About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?' - which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'"
There are so many prophesies in the Old Testament Bible and their realization in the New Testament, hundreds of years later.
This proves the Bible to be a good and faithful book which is true.
I would think it important to note that this Good Book has existed over 2,000 years!
Someone has to be interested in it. Someone is making sure it stays around. God?