Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary Definition of Truth: Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.
MESSIAH WILL BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM
Paul states that the law is what opens our eyes to the consequences of our own sin. After sin what is there but death (Rom 6:23)? In addition, what act can a person perform to remove this sin and thus be eligible for communion with a holy God? The answer is none. No work anyone performs will obtain heaven, only faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ (Rom 10:9-10). That is what makes this prophecy thread one of the single most important prophecies to be fulfilled.
A PROMISED RULER FROM BETHLEHEM - BIRTHPLACE OF MESSIAH
Mic 5:2a “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel,
VISIT OF THE MAGI
4 BC (U)
Mat 2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
Mat 2:6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ”
JESUS IS THE CHRIST
Jhn 7:42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?”
Prophecies declared are in blue, prophecies fulfilled are in red, prophecies currently being fulfilled are in green, and prophecies to be fulfilled are in orange. Bold historical context dates are from Jeff Swanson's The Plan dating system, and dates marked (U) are Archbishop Ussher's 1658 dating system. ** The date of this prophecy is in its referential context: the verse has been moved to the time frame of its contextual orientation.