The Prophets indicated that the Messiah would die and be ressurrected

There are many skeptics who claim that the New Testament cannot possibly be the fulfillment of the Old Testament because the suffering Messiah of the New Testament does not match the glorified Messiah of the Old Testament. However, the Old Testament is full of prophecies of a Messiah that suffers, and even dies before coming a second time as king (Isaiah 53:12, Daniel 9:26, Psalm 22:15, Zechariah 12:10).

For instance Zechariah 12:10 says:

“I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit[a] of grace and supplication. They will look on[b] me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”

This passage implies two comings, the first one when the Messiah is pierced, a second one when He saves Jerusalem from the nations attacking it (Zechariah 12:11).

Likewise, Isaiah 53:12 implies the same thing:

“Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[a]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[b]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.”

Note that the same person who “poured out his life unto death” will also “divide the spoils with the strong.” Once again, two comings are indicated in this passage as it implies that the Messiah will die and then be resurrected. The same implication is made in Daniel 9:26 and Zechariah 12:10. These are four different prophets that indicate two different comings of the Messiah.

 

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