This prophesy refers to weeks of years, or 483 biblical years. Beginning with the exact day on which Persian King Artaxerxes gave the decree to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (March 14, 445), exactly 173,880 days later--Palm Sunday, April 6, 32 A.D. --Christ rode into Jerusalem the week before he was 'cut off' (crucified). This is the precise number of days spanning 483 biblical years, which were then measured as 12 months of 30 days each.
Judas gives up Jesus to Temple authorities after
eating bread with Jesus
Psalm 41:9 written: 1023 BC (Before Christ)
"Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel
Judas gives up Jesus to Temple authorities for 30
pieces of silver...
Zechariah 11:12 written: 487 BC (Before Christ)
"And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for
my price thirty pieces of silver."
Matthew 26:15 "And asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?' So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver."
Judas gives up Jesus to Temple authorities for 30
pieces of silver....
Zechariah 11:13 written: 487 BC (Before Christ)
"And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prized at of
them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the
Matthew 27:6-7 "The chief priests picked up the coins and said, 'It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.' So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners."
The false accusation....
Psalm 35:11 written: 1042 BC (Before Christ)
"False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not."
The Jewish Messiah was to come first as a Suffering Servant
His Own Disciples Forsake Him
the forsaking of the disciples through being offended
at him.....Psalm 31:11 written: 1042 BC (Before Christ)
Zecheriah 13:7 - "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion," says the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; then I will turn My hand against the little ones.
Matthew 26:31 - Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: `I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
"I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to
mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me".
FIRST HE WAS BEATEn
Isaiah 50:6 - I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
Matt 26:67 - Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands,
the mockery of the spectators...
Psalm 109:25 written: 1023 BC (Before Christ)
"I became a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads."
Psalm 22:16 written: 1018 BC (Before Christ)
"For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet."
John 20:27 "Then he said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.'
Jesus bears our sins at Calvary...
Isaiah 53:4 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted."
Isaiah 53:5 (Suffering Servant Passage) written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Matthew 8:16-17 "When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 'He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."
Isaiah 50:6 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my
face from shame and spitting."
Being crucified between two thieves was a fulfillment of prophecy (numbered with the transgressors) also.
Mark:15:27-28: And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:12: Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Luke 23:34: Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Messiah will be Rejected in Israel:
Isaiah 8:14 written: 742 BC (Before Christ)
"And he shall be a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem."
Isaiah 53:3 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Psalm 22: 14-19, written 1000 BC - I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
Psalm 118:22-23 - The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Isaiah 28:16 - Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a
foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.
John 1:11 "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him."
Jesus bears our sins at Calvary...
Isaiah 53:4 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted."
Isaiah 53:6 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
Psalm 22:6-8: written: 1018 BC (Before Christ)But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
Matthew 27:39-40 "Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, 'You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!'"
Above is exactly what happened at Calvary that day whenthe people gathered to wag their heads at Jesus and laughHim to scorn. Matthew recorded the account:"And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads;...He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him:for he said, I am the Son of God" (Matthew 27:39,43)
the silence before his judges...
Isaiah 53:7 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."
Matthew 26:62-63 "Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, 'Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?' But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, 'I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.'"
Isaiah 53:8 written: BC (Before Christ)
"He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken."
Zechariah 12:10 written: 487 BC (Before Christ)
"And I pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of
supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourneth for his only
son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."
John 19:34 "Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water."
Isaiah 53:10 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand."
Isaiah 53:11 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities."
the taunt of nondeliverance...
Psalm 22:7-8 written: 1018 BC (Before Christ)
"All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,"
"He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him."
Soldiers gave Jesus vinegar to drink as he hung on the cross Psalm 69:21 written: 1018 BC (Before Christ)
"They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst."
John 19:29 "A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips."
none of his bones were broken...
Psalm 34:20 written: 1042 BC (Before Christ)
"He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken."
John 19:33 "But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs."
the gambling for his garments...
Psalm 22:18 written: 1018 BC (Before Christ)
"They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture."
Mark 15:24 "And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get."
being forsaken by God...
Psalm 22:1 "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and the words of my roaring?" "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani"
Mathew 27:46 - And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
the yielding of his spirit into the hands of his
Psalm 31:5 written: 1042 BC (Before Christ)
"Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth."
Luke 23:46 - And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
being included with sinners....and prayer for
Isaiah 53:12 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)
"Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
Matthew 27:38 "Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left."
Darkness reported at Christ's Crucifixion
Amos 8:9 written: 787 BC (Before Christ)
"And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:"
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared to many. 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Luke 23:45-46 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, he said, Fathey into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Coincidence? A pagan historian by the name of Thallus, who lived shortly after the resurrection of Christ (about A.D. 52) wrote concerning a miraculous darkness that covered the earth at the Passover of A.D. 32 and attempted to explain it as an eclipse of the sun. There was no eclipse of the sun that year.
being proven guiltless...buried in a rich man's
Isaiah 53:9 written: 712 BC (Before Christ)"And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth."
Matthew 27:57-60 "As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away."
Isaiah 9:2 written: 740 BC (Before Christ)
"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."
Psalm 18.5: The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death itself stared me in the face.
Psalm 139.8: If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there.
The resurrection of Jesus/Yeshua
Psalm 16:10 written: 1018 BC (Before Christ)
"For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."
Matthew 28:9 "Suddenly Jesus met them. 'Greetings,' he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him."
Jesus Christ is crucified outside Jerusalem on Golgotha. A Roman centurion, possibly Gaius Cassius, pierces Christ's side with a spear, and in doing so, fulfills an ancient Jewish prophesy describing the Messiah. Gaius Cassius is said to have converted to Christianity on the spot and becomes known to the early Christians as Longinus (the Spearman).
Ezekiel written: 587 BC (Before Christ)
33:30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD.
33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
33:33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.
God has ascended with a mighty shout. The LORD has ascended with trumpets blaring.
Jesus Ascended into Heaven - witnessed by many:
Psalm 68:18 "When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious--that you, O Lord God, might dwell there."
Luke 24:50-51 - "When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven."
Acts 1:9 - Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
His Victory over death
Isaiah 25:8 written: 712 BC (Before Christ) - He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken.
Hebrews 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
A priest like Melchizedek
Psalm 110:4 - The LORD has sworn and will not relent, "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
Hebrews 5:5-6 - So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: "You are My Son, today I have begotten You." As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek"
Miraculous darkness when Christ died for our sins
* A pagan historian by the name of Thallus, who lived shortly after the resurrection of Christ. In about A.D. 52 he wrote concerning a miraculous darkness that covered the earth at the Passover of A.D. 32 and attempted to explain it as an eclipse of the sun. Julius Africanus, a Christian teacher in North Africa in A.D. 215, wrote concerning this historian's assertions, "Thallus, in the third book of his histories, explains away this darkness as an eclipse of the sun - unreasonably as it seems to me." Julius contends, and modern astronomers confirm, that the Paschal full moon in which the Passover occurred (the Passover in which Christ was crucified) could not have been eclipsed. Thus, no known natural explanation can be presented to explain the darkness referred to in the Bible as occurring during Christ's crucifixion.
PHLEGON, A FIRST CENTURY HISTORIAN
[As quoted by Philopon]:
"And about this darkness...Phlegon recalls it in the Olympiads (the title of his history)." He says that "Phlegon mentioned the eclipse which took place during the crucifixion of the Lord Christ, and no other (eclipse), it is clear that he did not know from his sources about any (similar) eclipse in previous times...and this is shown by the historical account itself of Tiberius Caesar."
"And then the Jews drew the nails from the hands of the Lord and laid him on the earth. And the whole earth shook and there came a great fear."
- Gospel of Peter 6:1
The Father turned His face (probably in great discomfort) as His Son Jesus took our sins fully upon Himself:
45 Now from ths sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Read the words of Psalm 22, written by King David, one of Jesus' ancestors: "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" This psalm is a clear prophecy of the death of Christ, written hundreds of years before His birth. They were the last recorded words that He spoke before he died, nailed to the cross.
Some more Collateral (external) evidence of Jesus/Yeshua
The Jewish Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 43a) from the Tannaitic Period recorded: "On the eve of the Passover Yeshu [the Nazarene] was hanged"....
On the eve of the Passover Yeshu [the Nazarene] was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place a herald went forth and cried, "He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy. Anyone who can say anything in his favor, let him come and plead on his behalf." And since nothing was brought forward in his favor, he was hanged on the eve of Passover." Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 43a)
The emperor Tiberius reigned from 14-37A.D. This is the period during which Jesus the Christ died on the cross . Tacitus wrote about how the beliefs of this group (Christians) "Broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of (these ideas), but even in Rome", and he goes on to describe how the Christians were widely hated, and many put to death in Rome. All this accords with the New Testament record of Jesus, the disciples and the apostles first spreading their teaching in Judaea, and then throughout the Roman world, including Rome, with great opposition to them.
Suetonius, another Roman historian, commented on the reign of Claudius (41-54 AD): "Because the Jews at Rome caused continuous disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he (Claudius) expelled them from the city". "Chrestus" is another spelling of "Christ". Incidentally, Acts 18:2 describes how a Jewish couple named Aquila and Priscilla had to leave Rome because of the persecution of the Jews.
Josephus (born in Jerusalem 37 A.D.) the First Century Jewish General, Traitor, and excellent historian wrote the following about Jesus in his Antiquities (18:63), while writing for the Romans:
About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. When Pilate, upon hearing him accused by men of the highest standing among us, had condemned him to be crucified, those who had in the first place come to love him did not cease. On the third day he appeared to them restored to life. For the prophets of God had prophesied these and myriads of other marvellous things about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still up to now, not disappeared.
This above passage is known as the Testimonium Flavianum. The "Testimonium" is found in every copy of Jesusphus in existence.
In book 20, Josephus also wrote the following:
Second, in Book 20 there is what could be called a passing reference to Jesus in a paragraph describing the murder of Jesus' brother, James, at the hands of Ananus, the High Priest.
But the younger Ananus who, as we said, received the high priesthood, was of a bold disposition and exceptionally daring; he followed the party of the Sadducees, who are severe in judgment above all the Jews, as we have already shown. As therefore Ananus was of such a disposition, he thought he had now a good opportunity, as Festus was now dead, and Albinus was still on the road; so he assembled a council of judges, and brought before it the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ, whose name was James, together with some others, and having accused them as lawbreakers, he delivered them over to be stoned.
In the British Museum an interesting manuscript preserving the text of a letter written some time later than A.D. 73, but how much later we cannot be sure. This letter was sent by a Syrian named Mara Bar-Serpion to his son Serapion. Mara Bar-Serapion was in prison at the time, but he wrote to encourage his son in the pursuit of wisdom, and pointed out that those who persecuted wise men were overtaken by misfortune. He instances the deaths of Socrates, Pythagoras and Christ:
What advantage did the 'Athenians gain from putting Socrates to death? Famine and plague came upon them as a judgment for their crime. What advantage did the men of Samos gain from burning Pythagoras? In a moment their land was covered with sand. What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise King? It was just after that that their kingdom was abolished...the Jews, ruined and driven from their land, live in complete dispersion..."
Tacitus was a Roman historian wrote two major books about the first century ("Annals" and the "Histories"). In both of these books, Jesus and Christianity are mentioned. In about 115 A.D. Tacitus wrote the following in his "Annals":
"A class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate".
Prophecy of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (He will return from exactly the same place He ascended into heaven):
Only in Jesus is there a promise of life. Allah makes no such promise.
Jesus said; "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live" (John 11:25)
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life." -John 5:24
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee" (Zechariah 12:4-5)
THE RELIABILITY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Liberal scholars have long argued that the New Testament cannot be considered reliable as it was, in their opinion, written over 100 years after the events it described. If this were true, considering that the authors claims to have personally witnessed their accounts, the Scriptures must be false, or at least unreliable. So widespread were these sentiments, and so loudly and publicly proclaimed, that even today, after overwhelming documentary evidence proves that these texts were written within 30-35 years of the actual events, many still believe them to be historically inaccurate. Capitalizing on this feeling, many scholars now claim that these Scriptures, while accurate historically, must have been contaminated over the years with additional and erroneous information, accounts and statements by well-meaning believers during the last few decades of the first century.
Consider that the modern scholars now possess over 5000 manuscript copies of the New Testament in the original Greek, as well as over 15,000 manuscripts in other languages, all from the first few centuries of this era. No other important historical or religious text has more than a few dozen copies surviving from this time. These 20,000 different texts can be shown to contain some minor differences, in spelling for example, but no difference in even one small fact or single doctrine. These documents give scholars the strongest possible evidence to confirm the accuracy of the New Testament text as well as confirming their widespread distribution among the churches during the last four decades of the first century. That is, within 30-35 years of the actual events. Simply put, if the liberal scholars claims are true, how were ALL these copies of Scripture altered in exactly the same way within only a few decades without any of the devout Christians noticing?
In order to counter the assertion that changes had been introduced into the Scriptures during this time, consider a few points:
-These Scriptures had been, and were still being, widely distributed throughout the churches during the few years after their being written by the apostles.
-Many of the Christians hearing or reading these Scriptures in the churches had personally known the apostles, or Christ Himself, or at least heard them minister.
-These Christians would have been keenly aware of any changes in the basic truths these Scriptures presented.
One of Christ's original apostles, John, was still alive during this time and was bishop over the seven churches in Turkey until the first few years of the next century. He certainly would have instantly recognized any "new" or altered portions of the Scriptures that came before him.
-The Greek originals of the Scriptures were widely copied into a variety of languages and distributed widely in Hebrew, Syriac, Latin, Coptic, etc. to churches in surrounding areas many years before the turn of the century. These would certainly have proven as impossible to influence as the original Greek.
Furthermore, consider the significance of the fact that no Jew or Roman alive at the time ever openly denied the Scriptural record of Jesus Christ's life, death, ministry or resurrection. Certainly, with the Christian "cult" growing so rapidly throughout the regions and even into nearby countries in those early days, anyone having evidence to contradict the Scriptural account would certainly have likely been compelled to present it publicly.
A great luminous cross appeared in the heavens over Golgotha
A great sign appeared during the first year of Bishop Cyril's (born at/near Jerusalem in 315 A.D.) episcopate in Jerusalem, in the year 351, at nine o'clock in the morning of May 7. This was in the era of the "Arian heresy", in which the relationship of Christ to God the Father had been placed in question
In a letter to the Roman Emperor Constantius, Bishop Cyril wrote; "on the nones of May, about the third hour, a great luminous cross appeared in the heavens, just over Golgotha, reaching as far as the holy mount of Olivet, seen, not by one or two persons, but clearly and evidently by the whole city. This was not, as might be thought, a fancy-bred and transient appearance: but it continued several hours together, visible to our eyes and brighter than the sun. The whole city, penetrated alike with awe and with joy at this portent, ran immediately to the church, all with one voice giving praise to our Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God." Cyril continued; "Everyone saw that the pious Christian faith consisted not in the disputable words of human wisdom." Thus Cyril gave an account of it to the emperor, and the faithful regarded it as a presage of victory over the Arian heretics. Church historians Socrates, Sozomen, and others also wrote of this apparition.
Also, while Cyril was Bishop of Jerusalem, the apostate emperor Julian resolved to defy the words of Our Lord (Luke 21:6) by rebuilding the ancient temple of Jerusalem. He employed the power and resources of a Roman emperor; the Jews thronged enthusiastically to him and gave munificently. But Cyril was unmoved. "The word of God abides," he said; "one stone shall not be laid on another." History records that The combination of an earthquake in Jerusalem, Julian's death, and opposition from the rabbis (who were now the Jews' spiritual leaders in place of the former temple priesthood) put an end to the project shortly after work on it had begun. Another report by a pagan writer tells us that horrible flames came forth from the earth, rendering the place inaccessible to the scorched and frightened workmen. The attempt was made again and again, and then abandoned in despair. Soon after, the emperor perished miserably in a war against the Persians, and the Church had rest..
Bishop Cyril died in peace in 386, leaving behind his Catechetical Lectures (systematic teaching of the Church on the Creed and Sacraments), which are a precious monument of Christian antiquity. He lived to see the suppression and condemnation of Arianism at the end of his life.
The Azazel (Scapegoat) - While the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were standing, the Jewish high priest would go out into the Temple court and lay his hands over the head of the scapegoat, confessing over it the sins of the people of Israel. Then the goat would be taken outside the city and released into the wilderness. This symbolized the removal (carrying away) of the sins from the people of Israel. According to the Talmud, a scarlet cord was tied around the neck of the scapegoat. The cord was reported to have turned white as the goat was led away from the city.
The Babylonian Talmud records that for the last forty years before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. - that would have been just about the time Yeshua was offered up as the final sacrifice - the scarlet cord around the neck of the scapegoat failed to turn white.
In Yeshua, all our sins are carried away "as far as east is from west" (Psalm 103:12). Yeshua is not only our High Priest, but He is also the final sacrifice who takes away our sins.
Because of Yeshua/Jesus's sacrifice, Your Name is Written in the Book of Life.
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Question to Jewis Rabbis?
Why have you rabbis lawlessly wrested authority from the kohanim (priests) and are now missionizing Jewish people away from a faith squarely founded on true Biblical apocalyptic Torah Judaism as taught by the Jewish Bible?"
A Rabbi may answer: "Because the priesthood became corrupted by the Romans, and then the Temple was destroyed in 70 C.E."
Have you considered this?
"One kohen (priest) was not corrupted and his temple was not destroyed."
A Rabbi may ask: "Which one was that?"
The Truth is: "The Messiah-Priest that King David foretold in Psalm 110, the portentous priest Zechariah also identified with the name of Moshiach (Messiah) in Zechariah --the very name Ezra called Yeshua (Aramaic form of Yehoshua) in the book of Ezra!"
The history of the Exodus is given to us in the Torah of Moses. There we read that a whole rebellious generation passed away leaving only a righteous remnant of two holy survivors of the Exodus to inherit the promised life in the Holy Land: Yehoshua (or Joshua--the Aramaic form is Yeshua--see Nehemiah 8:17) and Caleb. This is paradigmatic history, for it provides a prophetic model as a sign of things to come, as does the prophecy about Moshiach found in the reference to the two ominous olive trees in the book of Zechariah 4. In fact, Yehoshua (or Joshua) is himself a sign of the Moshiach, as we shall see. The fact that the Aramaic form of Yehoshua or Joshua is Yeshua [see Nehemiah 8:17] when we see that the Tanakh teaches this name is to become Moshiach's personal name. "Joshua/Yeshua" is indeed one of the portentous and ominous names of "anshei mofet" ("sign-men) in the Hebrew Scriptures."
And, in the Jewish Bible, Yeshayah (Isaiah) 49:8  infers that Yehoshua or Joshua/Yeshua is in fact a sign of the Moshiach. Therefore, if anyone wants to argue, let him argue with G-d and his holy Word in the writing of his holy prophet, Isaiah. It was Joshua who assigned the land of the promised inheritance to the individual tribes and families. Isaiah 49:8 alludes to this activity. This key verse infers that King Moshiach, the Servant of the L-rd, is the new Joshua, for in his own person the Moshiach will bring the promised new life for the people, which is their covenant inheritance.
A Rabbi may ask: If Moshiach is the one who is the Prince of Peace, the new Joshua, as it were, to bring the people out of the Golus (Exile) and into the land of eternal Sabbath rest, then where is all the world peace the Prophets said the Moshiach would bring?"
Answer: G-d did not promise peace to a world that rejects him, Rabbi. But those who receive the spiritual bris milah (covenant of circumcision) and the justification peace the Moshiach brings are in actuality raised to a new spiritual existence with Moshiach in anticipation of the Olam haBa (the World to Come), and in anticipation of the Resurrection Age and its peace. But how can we have the latter if we refuse the former? How can we have the Olam haBa of Moshiach if we reject Moshiach's New Covenant life in the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit)?
To continue, Bamidbar (Numbers) 34:19  tells us that Caleb was from the Moshiach's tribe, the tribe of Judah. Caleb in the history of the Torah is thus a continuing sign-man or mofet man (mofet is Hebrew for sign or omen or portent ) of the remnant of one, the King Moshiach of the tribe of Judah, indicated before Caleb in places like Bereshis (Genesis) 49:10  and after Caleb in several places in the Jewish Bible. This righteous-remnant-of-one motif reappears later in the Servant Songs of Yeshayah (Isaiah) chapters 42-53, where an idealized Israel is called Yeshurun  and then is seen in counterpoint to a suffering, dying and death-conquering Moshiach, the Servant of the L-rd.
`A prophet will the L-rd thy G-d raise up unto thee, from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me (Moses)." That Deuteronomy 18:15, then, is a Messianic prophecy fulfilled ultimately in the Moshiach, the Son of David, should be clear enough. Confirmation comes in II Samuel  and in Isaiah, which tell us that David's "house" will bring the Moshiach, and also in Ezekiel, which gives us the title of Moshiach, "David my Servant". 
Moses did speak of a deliverer to come.
Tucked into the midst of the summary of the Law in the eighteenth chapter of Devarim (Deuteronomy), talking about the punishment of false prophets, Moses made a remarkable prophecy:
"The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like unto me from the midst, of your brethren. Him you shall hear."
Buddha prophesized about Jesus!
In the Buddhist Scriptures of Cambodia, there is a prophecy from approx. 500 B.C. of the "Holy One" who would come. One who would lead the people away from the old way, and introduce a new way. The Buddha described the "Holy One" by saying; "in the palm of his hands and in the flat of his feet will be the design of a disk, in his side will be a stab wound; and his forehead will have many marks like scars...."
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JEWS for JESUS (Yeshua)
Jews always remain Jews by birth. A Jew will never be a Gentile. Yeshua was born a Jew in Bethlehem, and all His first followers were all Jews. A Jew does not have to convert to Christianity to be saved. A Jewish man or womansimply needs to accept Yeshua as your Mashiach (Messiah), as promised in your own Torah.
Rothschild ( volpe ); KING SAUDI ARABIA ( gatto ) --- se, 1. Gesù di Betlemme, fosse vero, come, voi potreste salvarvi? 2. e se, lui non fosse vero, come, mai un Dio di Giustiazia, potrebbe accogliervi, nel suo regno, per avere fatto del male, a perone pacifiche? LA MERDA talud coraano, CHE, VOI AVETE NEL CERVELLO? è TROPPA! tutto il tuo potere? non potrà mai giustificare l'Inferno!