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Many claim that the fulfilled prophecies in the New Testament were written by people who wanted to support the belief that Jesus had been the Messiah, so they wrote the fulfillment of the prophecies into their stories.

My question is this, is there any evidence for any fulfilled prophecy that has some external historical source as support which would give the prophecy fulfillment credence? I'm not looking for a long list of prophecies, but rather one with strong external historical support.

I did read the answers in this post, but the most thought out answer came down to the statement "He requires faith", which is fine, but I'm looking for something that can be argued and supported.

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Have you done any research on this subject? Or are you just throwing out wild speculation and expecting others to do the homework for you? If you've done any research you should at least include some basics of what sort of prophecies you are interested in knowing more about and who's interpretations of them you want to pursue. –  Caleb Apr 27 at 20:11
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Caleb, perhaps I didn't word my question well enough, because I'm confused by the comments and down-votes. I'm just asking for a single example that has strong external historical evidence. The difficulty is in sifting through so many and all the potential external sources, so yes, I'm hoping someone is simply familiar with the ones that have the strongest external evidence. –  Darryl Apr 28 at 9:32
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Steve, your comment is the type of rhetoric I'm attempting to sift through. Are you referring to these 61? [ askapastor.org/proph.html ]. If so, most appear to be stretching my definition of a fulfilled prophecy while others could easily have been incorporated into the stories. I fulfill more than 8 of those. The point of my question is to find fulfilled prophecies which have the support of external evidence outside of the Bible. It seems like a valid question which abides by the guidelines. Perhaps my wording needs clarification? –  Darryl Apr 28 at 9:42
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I don't see how your question is any different in substance from the one you've referenced –  bruised reed Apr 28 at 10:43
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@Darryl Many of the Jews in the 1st century did what hundreds of years of wars could not do: they turned from Judaism to Christianity, from Moses's Law to faith in Jesus. Is that the kind of external, historical proof you are looking for? (It's hard to believe that you fulfilled more than 8 of those - read the OT verses, not the summaries on that page.) –  Steve Apr 28 at 13:28

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Jesus is the proof!

Whatever other prophesies you may be referring to, none have any meaning unless Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Prophesies.

The one undeniable fact is that man is stiff necked, and rebellious. Even as children, by nature, rebel against Parental authority, it is man's nature to assert his independence, and desire full control of his own destiny.

All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation.

Beginning with Adam and Eve's rebellion in the Garden of Eden, man has continually attempted to usurp the authority of his maker.

Genesis 3:1 through 6 KJV Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Eve was deceived, but that deceit was based on her natural instinct to be equal to God.

(Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,)

Even though Eve was deceived by the serpent Adam was not, however, we can elicit much from Adam's Reply to God.

Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

After having gained the knowledge, we see that Adam, protested his innocence while at the same time trying to make God culpable.

So now that we have established some things about the nature of man. We need to show what prophecies of the Old Testament Jesus fulfilled.

Prophesy:

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Fulfillment:

Luke 1:26 through 35 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

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Micah 5:2 through 4 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

Fulfillment:

Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Matthew 2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

Also:

Psalms 22:16 through 18 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

fulfilled:

Matthew 27:35 and 36 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there;

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My question was very specific about wanting corroborating evidence external to the Bible, so this answer completely missed the key point of the question. –  Darryl Apr 28 at 16:32
    
@Darryl Not exactly what you seek proof of faith, but if there were absolute proof it would no longer be faith it would be knowledge. Christianity is not and never will be provable until Jesus second coming. God does not work on reality, but on belief in things not seen. –  Bye Apr 28 at 16:38
    
Bye - Okay, I agree with you, but why then attempt to claim there are proofs for Christian beliefs. Why not just say there is no real evidence, you just need to pray about it and you have the choice to believe. It seems like it would be a more correct and honest answer. Instead Christianity seems to have gotten to the point of being a marketing machine presenting unsubstantiated claims, which I suspect Jesus would not approve of. –  Darryl Apr 28 at 16:51
    
@Darryl I hope I did not give you the idea that I was trying to prove Jesus, that was my feeble attempt to give the basic premise that Jesus is in fact God. The fact that the Prophets of the Old Testament so accurately prophesied the Birth and death of Jesus, is not actual proof, but is a sound basis on which to anchor our faith. Jesus could have just as easily have come today and there would be photographic proof of him, but then where would faith come in? John 3:16 does not say those who know, but those who believe. –  Bye Apr 28 at 18:00
    
I suspect people miss the point of John 3:16 because they don't read the remainder which is the most important part and focuses on pursuing good and hating evil (paraphrasing). John 3:19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God. –  Darryl Apr 28 at 20:53

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