What are the Prophecies of the Old Testament Talking About?

The Old Testament Prophets Talk Concerning Jesus Christ

In one way or another, all of the prophecies found in the Hebrew Scriptures are talking about Jesus Christ. Jesus said as much Himself when He claimed that the writings of Moses, the Prophets of Israel, and the Psalms—that is, the entirety of the Hebrew Scriptures—are all talking about Him:

And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. … Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.
(Luke 24:27, 44) —NASB
“Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me.
(John 5:45–46) —NASB

Despite the fact that the prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures are filled with constant allusions to the birth, life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, most Christians can only cite a few well-known passages that talk about Jesus Christ. But the Truth is, if those passages were not quoted or alluded to in the Greek Scriptures—the New Testament—they would not even be able to do that.

So the question that remains to be answered is this: If the prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures are all talking about Jesus Christ, why are the references to Him so difficult to find? The answer is, what Moses and the other Prophets of Israel wrote about Jesus Christ is concealed behind the parabolic images and Hebrew idioms that are the two constituent parts of the parables that Moses and all the other Prophets of Israel used to record the Word of God that explains what the birth, life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ are all about.

In other words, the prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures are parabolic in nature and are meant to both reveal and conceal the Truth concerning Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel.


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