The Creator of the universe CARES about YOU!
But HOW can you KNOW for sure?
The proof is called PROPHECY…
Did you know that God has placed hidden messages in the original Hebrew Bible to prove how very much He loves the people whom He created? The most important of those messages show us that God has a Way for YOU to be with Him in heaven for eternity – that’s FOREVER!
Over 2000 years ago, a baby boy was born. This baby was so special that our world marks time based on the year of his birth! And because the Most High God wanted people to recognize that this child came directly from Him, He spoke through the writings of individuals, whom He called “true prophets” and gave bits of information that would help people know him when he came to earth. (How do you know if a prophet is giving a word from the Lord God? Those words will come true for all to see!)
• A TRUE PROPHET NAMED ISAIAH WROTE that this special baby boy would be conceived in a woman who had never been sexually united with a man. Hundreds of years later, two men (Matthew and Luke) wrote that a young woman named Mary was visited by an angel. The angel told her that the Holy Spirit of God would enter into her, and a child would be conceived. MARY BECAME PREGNANT WITH GOD’S SON!
IT HAPPENED JUST AS THE TRUE PROPHET OF GOD, ISAIAH, SAID IT WOULD! You can find the words written in the Bible in Isaiah 7:14, Psalm 2:7, Matthew 1:18-25, and Luke 1:26-38.
• Another true prophet of God named MICAH wrote that something amazing would happen in a town called BETHLEHEM. Bethlehem is in the nation of Israel. Micah wrote that out of Bethlehem would come “a ruler over Israel” whose origins would be “from ancient times.” Hundred of years later, the Roman Caesar who ruled Israel proclaimed that all of the people in his kingdom must be counted in a census. Even though Mary was nearly ready to give birth, she was required to travel with her husband Joseph from Nazareth, where they lived, to Bethlehem, where Joseph was born. MATTHEW — who knew Jesus personally — AND LUKE (a doctor and protege of the apostle Paul) TESTIFIED THAT MARY’S SPECIAL BABY BOY WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM! And they gave him the name JESUS or “Yeshua” in Hebrew.
IT HAPPENED JUST AS THE TRUE PROPHET OF GOD, MICAH, SAID IT WOULD! And you can find the words written in the Bible (see a Hebrew version for the most accurate translation) in Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1, and Luke 2:1-7.
Other true prophets of God wrote down bits of information about God’s Son, hundreds — even thousands — of years before he was born. And many of them foretold that he would die as a sacrifice to take away the disease of the heart that God calls “sin.” JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD SO THAT PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM can be accepted into heaven to live with our holy Lord God FOREVER!
• John was Jesus’ cousin. People called him John the Baptist, because he baptized people with water to supernaturally cleanse their souls and make them acceptable to God. John saw the Holy Spirit come down from heaven in the form of a dove and remain on Jesus. HE HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD SAY, “THIS IS MY SON, whom I love.” JOHN, another true prophet, called Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” You can find those testimonies written in Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, and John 1:32-34.
• Jesus also had a best friend named John. JOHN, also a true prophet, was with Jesus when he was betrayed, falsely arrested, and convicted of a crime that JEWISH PRIESTS said was punishable by death! (Keep in mind that Jesus was Jewish.) They claimed that JESUS had falsely made himself equal with God…. Jesus DID say that, but according to the prophet ISAIAH (in prophecies written down hundreds of years before Jesus was born), a man would appear on the earth who would be “the arm of the Lord.” This man would be despised and rejected, led to slaughter like a lamb (even though he was innocent), and “pierced” so that the sins of mankind could be forgiven through his sacrifice. Isaiah foretold that this man would be laid in a rich man’s grave.
ALL OF THESE THINGS HAPPENED TO JESUS! (You can find all the details in John 18 – 20.)
Jesus foretold that he would be killed and that he would be in the grave for THREE DAYS. Then he would rise from the dead to prove that HE TRULY IS THE SON OF GOD. Eye witnesses saw Jesus die on a cross, and they saw him alive again THREE DAYS after his death! Many of those people testified that EVERYTHING THAT JESUS SAID WOULD HAPPEN DID HAPPEN!
Jesus’ resurrection proved that HE IS THE SON OF GOD, FORETOLD BY THE TRUE PROPHETS!
Eye witnesses saw Jesus go up into heaven. Before he left the earth, Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be troubled. I am going to prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to be with me.” (Find it in John 14:1-3 and Acts 1:7-12.)
How can we KNOW the God of heaven loves us?
JOHN — the man who witnessed Jesus’ ministry, death, burial and resurrection — wrote this: “God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life!” (John 3:16) … Remember: John was a true prophet and servant of the Lord God, and his words are true.
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