From the Author
I began to read through the portions of the Bible which made prophetic predictions. I studied the historical data which verified that the writing of these specific prophecies were written from hundreds to thousands of years, before this text was recorded in the ancient Hebrew scrolls.
When I arrived at the words of Moses and the Prophets who wrote in such graphic detail about the coming Messiah, I was stunned. These were not cursory descriptions of events that could easily be fulfilled by any person. These were predictions that contained specific details that would be impossible for any one person to fulfill.
I set about to understand these predictions in light of the records of the Jewish leaders of Israel and the Roman government, during the time that Jesus is alleged to have arrived in Jerusalem. I discovered that the Jewish Talmud and the Annals of Rome, both contained a record of Jesus' crucifixion and death. The events that these two governments described, concerning Jesus' arrest and crucifixion--matched the gospel records of the New Testament--precisely. It was impossible that both the Jews and the Romans, who were quite hostile towards Jesus and His followers, could have written in their records that Jesus lived and died in Jerusalem, if these events did not take place.
Suddenly, the tired old Bible that I had been told was not a reliable record of history, became a narrative of authority.
As I studied the thousands of copies of the New Testament that we have in our possession today, I discovered that the men who recorded the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, were honest men who had told the truth. The entire purpose of Jesus arrival here on earth, was to fulfill all the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah.
These facts began a very long journey that culminated in 40 years of study, research, writing, and editing. The Prophecies of the Messiah is the result of that journey.
From the Inside Flap
If He can be known at all, our knowledge of Him will depend upon our ability to receive Him as He presents Himself. We may have our ideas about what we imagine God would be like--we would be wrong. When Solomon was nearing the completion of the Temple, he realized that the God to whom He was dedicating this structure, was beyond his ability to comprehend.
1 Kings 8:27 "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!
An eternal and infinitely intelligent Being would choose a manner to make Himself know that is very likely--divergent from our suppositions of such a Being.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. 9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. --Isaiah 55:8-9
If God exists, there would be evidence of His Being. We could observe Him by the things that He has made. His character and nature could be perceived by His creation so that any thinking person could understand what He is like.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead...
The Being we are seeking is antecedent all other things. "In the beginning God" (Genesis 1). Matter did not exist first because matter cannot cause itself. The physical laws of the universe did not exist first, they are simply the course that all other things must follow. This course was planned by the One who came before all other things. He is the uncaused--cause of everything.
The mistake that many people make in regards to God--whether they will believe that He exists or is the creation of men--depends largely upon the mind that begins the search. By the time that a person reaches a certain age they have already determined their conclusions for many matters in life. If a person will know whether or not God exists, or more importantly, know Him--they must begin with a mind that is open and sincerely seeking.
In any search for truth, to follow the evidence wherever it may lead, is an essential prerequisite to discovering genuine reality. It is impossible to know for certain whether anything is valid when we begin with a mindset that has already determined what the outcome will be.
In matters of God, it would be wise to forget everything that we have already heard from people and take a fresh journey for ourselves. The facts are: God has made Himself known, but people do not perceive Him. The reason: God does not come to us in ways that we would expect to find Him.