The Old Testament was written over a period of 1000 years. During that time God gave his prophets over 300 prophecies concerning the messiah’s coming. In the Old Testament, there are 60 major messianic prophecies and 270 minor prophecies or conditions that were fulfilled by one person. That person was Jesus Christ.
We can track the lineage of Jesus in Genesis from Adam to his birth. Genesis and Jeremiah both specified his ancestry; he would be a descendant of Shem, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, from the tribe of Judah, the house of David. In Isaiah 7:14 we’re told that the Messiah will be born of a virgin. In Micah 5:2 we’re told that he would be born in Bethlehem. Isaiah 53 pictures a messiah who would suffer and die for the sins of Israel and the World. This was 700 years before Jesus. Isaiah predicted the Jews would reject him and the Gentiles would believe in him. Psalms 22 foretold the crucifixion of Jesus 800 years before crucifixion was invented by the Romans.
Psalms tell that us the Messiah would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver and that it would cast on the floor of the temple and used to buy a potter’s field, and that’s exactingly what happened.
Malachi 3:1 tells us that the Messiah would come while the Temple of Jerusalem is still standing. The temple was destroyed about 37 years after Jesus Ascension and has never been rebuilt since.
Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1 states that there will be a forerunner for the Messiah, a voice in the wilderness, one preparing the way before the Lord, John the Baptist fulfilled that prediction.
God thru the Old Testament predicted the precise lineage of Jesus, the time of his coming, the details of his birth, the place of his birth, his betrayal by a friend, (Judas), and the betrayal price. The manner of his death, the people’s reaction, the casting of dice, for his clothes, the non-tearing of his garments, his resurrection and hundreds of other prophecies and details.
Mathematician professor Peter Stoner and his class done the calculations in reference to eight major prophecies and found that the chance that any man might have lived to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. Or to put it in perspective, Stoner determined that would be like covering the state of Texas 2 ft. deep in quarters, mark one-quarter, bury it somewhere in Texas, blindfold a person and tell him to go find it on the 1st try. They determined that the odds for someone to fulfill 48 of the prophecies were 1 in 13 trillion. Amazing isn’t it that Jesus not only fulfilled those 48 prophecies but he also fulfilled all 330 prophecies. God did not intend that there be any mistake about who the Messiah was.