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Years ago an Atheist physics student asked a Christian physics
student why he believed. The Christian paused for a moment,
then answered, “because of the prophecies … and some other
things”. The Atheist waited, expecting to hear the rest of the
answer, but that was the end of it. The Christian went back to the
work at hand (all of this occurred during a weekly, college study
group) and the Atheist decided not to pry the lid off any further.

[Editor’s note: I observed this when I was a young, Atheist physics
student. I remember it like it was yesterday because I was very
interested in how the Christian would answer. Both the Atheist
and the Christian were personal friends of mine. We knew each
other’s beliefs but rarely spoke of beliefs. It seemed like this
would be a perfect time for Christian evangelism, but nothing
happened, or at least I didn’t notice anything happen].

A prophecy is a proclamation. Not all prophecies are predictive,
but some are. The prophet Isaiah is considered to be a major
Biblical prophet and is placed first among the prophetic works in
both Jewish and Christian Bibles. Here is an example of a
prophetic proclamation of Isaiah:

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD
hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he
hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim
liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to
them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of
the LORD.

This prophecy is considered predictive from Isaiah’s viewpoint. In
context, the LORD is comforting Israel with a better future by
providing the redeeming, eternal, son of David, Son of God as
their future King. The selected verses are a portrayal of the voice
of the Messiah speaking to the people. The ‘me’ in the prophecy
is the Messiah, their King. When he says that he is anointed, he is
positively identifying himself as the Messiah.

Why is this significant?

Two thousand years ago Jesus of Nazareth entered his hometown
synagogue and was offered the special privilege of the Shabbat
scripture reading. He chose the Isaiah scroll and read the verses
of our example. Then this happened:

And he closed the [scroll], and he gave it again to the
minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were
in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to
say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your
ears.

It would be an understatement to say that his words caused a stir.
His words caused a small riot. The Bible says that they were filled
with wrath and attempted to murder Jesus by throwing him over
a cliff. The reason for the wrath was that Jesus, by saying that the
prophecy was now fulfilled, was saying that he was their Messiah,
their eternal King and LORD.

Jesus certainly believed that he was the Messiah. This cannot be
refuted by a logical argument. Stay tuned to see how other
prophecies demonstrate the unassailable accuracy of this belief.

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