Two apostles and two prophets wrote the Gospels so that those who read may believe. The gospel writers wrote all four gospels to bear witness of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, and thus prove the Son of God is Jesus (Luke 1:1–3; John 19:3; 20:31; 21:24). What we have in the Scriptures are a number of prophetic predictions and multiple eyewitnesses of the fulfilling of these predictions. While these witnesses did not see God, they saw Christ and God’s miraculous working through Him (John 10:25, 37–38). Truly, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).
The Apostles oversaw the recording of the gospel testimonies for our examination of these eyewitness reports. As far as evidence, there is nothing stronger than witnesses of the same event. What greater proof is there other than the unchanging records of eyewitnesses? Forensic and trace evidence can only prove and disprove testimonies of such reports.
Isaiah and the other prophets wrote predictions of the Christ and His church 700 years before Christ. Moses prophesied of Christ 1500 years before, and David prophesied 1000 years before Christ. The Dead Sea Scrolls (2nd c. BC) and the Septuagint (3rd c. BC) prove that these writings were already in existence, and only with prejudice can someone disregard these predictive prophecies.
Isaiah gave such prophecies. He foretold of a descendant of Jesse for which God’s Spirit would descend upon Him who would slay the wicked by the breath of His lips (Isa 11:1–5; cf. 4:1). All the nations will come to this Branch (Isa 11:10). He is God’s Anointed (Isa 61:1–3). This is the One who judges between the nations and brought forth the Law from Zion (Isa 2:2–4). When Israel and Judah no longer have kings, Isaiah predicted that a sign would come of a Son being born of a virgin (Isa 7:14). This is the coming King and Messiah over Israel and the Nations (Isa 9:6–7; cf. 28:5–6).
Predictions of God Coming in the Flesh
This one is the Christ who spoke of Himself before He was born saying that God and the Spirit sent Him (Isa 48:16).
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isa 9:6–7).
People can read the words of Christ 700 years before He was born and read Yahweh speaking of God and the Spirit sending Him. In Isaiah 48, God said that God and His Spirit had sent Him. God declared,
“’Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.’ Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel:” I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go” (Isa 48:16–17).
Jesus had been speaking throughout Isaiah. Therefore, Christ is God come in the flesh. In Isaiah 48:12 and 13, Christ said,
“I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last. Indeed My hand laid the foundation of the earth, And My right hand has stretched out the heavens” (cf. 42:1–9).
No other words like this exist among the holy books of other religions. With copies of Isaiah from the 2nd c. Dead Sea Scrolls and the 3rd c. origin of the Greek Old Testament (LXX), these words were preexisting Jesus’s coming in the flesh and the eyewitness records of Christ found in the Christian Scriptures.
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6; cf. 7:14; 10:1–2).
Birth of the Messiah in Isaiah
Are the words of Jesus and His apostles worth attention and honest consideration? God declared,
“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (48:18).
Isaiah has shown Christ speaking seven centuries before His birth. God said that God and the Spirit have sent Him (Isa 48:16–17). Further into Isaiah’s prophecy, Jesus said,
“Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar! The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name. And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me” (49:1–2).
Christ is speaking of being called from His earthly mother’s womb before He was conceived. This is just how the angel spoke to Mary, Jesus’s mother (Luke 1:30–33).
Isaiah’s Predictions of Salvation to the Nations
God did such a great thing by sending Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh and born of an earthly mother. Therefore, God saw that sending His Son must be greater than saving just Judah and Israel. God spoke more about forming Christ in the womb to be His Servant in Isaiah 49:6,
“It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Nations, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Because God was to send Christ to be a light and salvation to the nations, He said in Isaiah 49:8,
“In an acceptable time I have heard You, And in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You As a covenant to the people, To restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages;”
Christ is the covenant to the ends of the earth and to all nations. Therefore, God called for the heavens and the earth to rejoice with singing.
“Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted” (49:13).