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Bible Prophecy Debunks the Da Vinci Code
A Concise Overview of How Prophecy Proves The Portrait of Christ In The Bible Is Accurate!

Prophecy is a simple yet powerful proof that the four Gospels of the Bible are accurate in their description of the life of Jesus Christ. The portrait of Jesus Christ in the four Gospels perfectly matches the portrait of Christ in the prophecies that God gave to ancient Israel. The prophecies weren't entrusted to some obscure person in the middle of nowhere, but rather they were entrusted to the entire nation of ancient Israel in the middle of world history! The prophecies weren't kept hidden in a secret place, but rather they were carefully documented in the Jewish Scriptures (the Old Testament) which were an integral part of every aspect of life in ancient Israel.

After Israel was conquered in 586 BC the Jews were assimilated into foreign cultures and many of them stopped speaking the Hebrew language of the Old Testament. By approximately 150 BC the entire Old Testament was translated into the universal language of Greek so the common Jew could once again read it. The most popular translation was called the Septuagint, and it's circulation throughout the Greek Empire and later the Roman Empire provides concrete evidence that every prophecy fulfilled by Jesus Christ was put into writing long before His birth. To this day, these prophecies can be read in any copy of the Jewish Scriptures. Though most Jews still refuse to believe that Jesus fulfilled them, in spite of the overwhelming evidence; but even this unbelief is a fulfillment of prophecy, as Jesus Himself explained (Matthew 13:14-17, Romans 11).

One classic example of prophecy fulfilled by Jesus Christ is found in Isaiah 53:

"... when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. ... But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. ... He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. ... For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. ... For He shall bear their iniquities. ... He poured out His soul unto death. ... And He bore the sins of many. ... And made intercession for the transgressors. "

The Da Vinci Code tries to make a case that the concept of Jesus Christ dying on a cross to bear our sins is nothing more than fiction made up centuries after the life of Christ; but this concept was written in Isaiah 53 approximately 700 years before the life of Christ! From the time of Moses (c.1500 BC) to the time of Christ, God commanded Israel to follow religious ceremony filled with symbolic meaning that pointed to Christ. For example, the lamb that was sacrificed during the annual Passover ceremony was symbolic of how the death of Christ would make it possible for our sins to be forgiven. The requirement that the Passover lamb be "without blemish" (Exodus 12:5) was symbolic of the fact that Christ would be without sin. Because Jesus Christ is God in human flesh and has no sin of His own, He was able to bear our sins and thus fulfill Isaiah 53 – "led as a lamb to the slaughter..." John the Baptist understood this fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and therefore introduced Jesus Christ as "the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world" (John 1:29).

The consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23), but when we place our trust in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:13) He bears our sin and dies in our place nearly 2000 years ago so that we don’t have to die the "second death" (Revelation 21:8) in eternity. Through dimensions of reality beyond our comprehension, God left eternity and died in a moment of time to save us from death in eternity!

The following are a few more examples of the many prophecies that Jesus Christ fulfilled. The Jewish passages (the Old Testament) are followed by the New Testament passages which explain Jesus' fulfillment.

--God would become a man and be born to a virgin:
Isaiah 7:14 .... Matthew 1:20-23; John 1:1-3, 14
--He would be a descendant of King David and legal heir to the throne of King David:
Isaiah 9:6-7 .... Matthew 1:6, 16-17; Romans 1:1-4
--He would be born in Bethlehem:
Micah 5:2 ... Matthew 2:1
--He would come out of Egypt:
Hosea 11:1 ... Matthew 2:14-15
--He would come from the region of Galilee:
Isaiah 9:1-2 ... Matthew 4:13-16
--He would bring salvation to both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews):
Isaiah 42:6, Genesis 22:18 ... Luke 2:30-32, Romans 15:12-13
--He would present Himself as Israel's King riding into Jerusalem on a donkey:
Zechariah 9:9 ...Matthew 21:1-11
--He would be despised, rejected, and hated without cause:
Isaiah 53:3; Isaiah 49:7; Psalm 69:4 ... John 15:24-25
--the rulers of Israel would reject Him:
Psalm 118:22 ... Matthew 21:42-46; John 7:40-49
--He would be rejected by His own brothers:
Psalms 69:8 ... John 7:1-5
--His disciples would scatter:
Zechariah 13:7 ... Matthew 26:31
--His hands and feet would be pierced (written hundreds of years before Roman crucifixion was invented):
Psalm 22:16; Isaiah 53:5-6 ... John 20:25
--His bones would not be broken during His crucifixion:
Psalm 22:17; Psalm 34:20 ... John 19:31-37
--He would rise from the grave and sit at the right hand of God the Father in heaven:
Psalms 16:9-11 ... Acts 2:22-47