You mentioned prophecies. Where's
the evidence that the so-called "Messianic Prophecies" in the Old Testament weren't a bunch of "predictions"
contrived after-the-fact by the disciples of Jesus? What would keep a group of religious zealots from writing
a few "predictions" to give their religious guru some more credibility...?
Starting in 1947, the world discovered the entire record of Jewish scripture, including every book in our current
Old Testament (except for Esther), sitting miraculously intact in a cluster of desert caves near the Dead
Sea in Israel. Now we have absolute proof that the Jewish prophecies of the coming Messiah predated Jesus
Christ. We now hold copies of Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Daniel 9, etc. that have been dated at 335 to 100 BC by
a number of secular methods (including paleographic, scribal and carbon 14 dating). Why is this dramatic?
Why should this be life-changing? Because the Messianic Prophecies were not contrived or manipulated
For example, anyone can now read Isaiah 53 (Yesha'Yahu 53) from Jewish scripture (Tanakh) and be absolutely
stunned to see the Messiah revealed in the mid-700's BC, as confirmed in a scroll dated by secular paleographers
at between 150 to 125 BC, and by a secular radiocarbon labs at between 335 to 122 BC. We now have absolute
assurance that the Book of Isaiah that the Jews and Christians read today is the same as existed prior to the
birth of Jesus Christ.
In addition to the Dead Sea Scrolls, we have the Septuagint version of the Hebrew scripture (Old Testament),
which was translated from Hebrew to Greek in approximately 250 BC, definitely prior to the time Jesus Christ
walked the earth. This is now considered historical fact by many secular sources, including the ancient works
of Josephus through to today's Encyclopedia Britannica.
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