How can we recognise Messiah? When will He come? Isn't Messiah supposed to bring peace? What does the Bible say about Messiah's coming?
“Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name,
If you know?” (Proverbs 30:4)
The golden rule of biblical interpretation is to let scripture interpret scripture. It is important to grasp the context of a passage we are reading, both in relation to the events before and after and in the context of the Bible itself.
Frequently the Bible links scripture with scripture enabling us to see both crucial details and the wider picture; and to know with confidence what Messiah will do. If these principles are avoided, then we move into the realm of mere opinion and conjecture and we find ourselves imposing our personal views rather than letting the Scripture speak for itself.
God is timeless and unchanging (Malachi 3:6) and so is His word, The flower fades, the grass withers, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). God’s word shows us how to live and to please God. The Dead Sea scrolls is just one example of how Scripture has been accurately and faithfully preserved.
Messiah is supposed to fulfil prophecy, bring peace, provide atonement and reconcile us to God. Messianic passages speak authoritatively concerning Messiah’s unique birth, sinless life, miraculous ministry, substitutionary atoning death, resurrection, ascension and His return. Putting these scriptures together is like completing a jigsaw puzzle. All the pieces need to fit together carefully and accurately.
Biblical prophecy accounts for around a quarter of scriptural verses and can be equated with history written in advance.
Detailed and specific prophecy penned hundreds of years prior to critical historical events is unique and unparalleled by other religions, philosophies and worldviews and authenticates that the Bible is the Word of God. In addition history and archaeology affirm the reliability of the Bible, and many of the people, places and events recorded. It is noticeable that as well as the prophetic scriptures, biblical archaeological discoveries are in a class of their own, proving time and time again the truths of the Bible are trustworthy. The testimony of Yeshua (Jesus), is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). In short, history is His story.