Exclusively the 1st Advent
In this staggering display of foresight, the collective witness of the prophets illustrates the Person and Work of Christ in the 1st Advent with astounding accuracy and detail. However, of the 30+ prophecies that are quoted by Matthew and used as proof of the Gospel (namely because they foretell the Person and Work of Christ in the 1st Advent), only ≈8 speak exclusively of the 1st Advent. Explicitly, and exclusively, these speak of Christ’s virgin birth and its location (Matt. 1:23, Isa. 7:14; Matt. 2:6, Micah 5:2), His profound healing ministry (Matt. 8:14-17, Isa. 53:4) and eventual Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:4-5, Zech. 9:9; Matt. 21:9, 15, Ps. 118:24-26, Isa. 11:1, 10), His betrayal from man’s perspective and God’s (Matt. 26:15, Zech. 11:12-13; Matt. 26:31, Zech. 13:7), and, finally, what His betrayer would do with the blood-money (Matt. 27:9-10, Zech. 11:12-13) and what the Romans would do with Christ’s garments (Matt. 27:35, Ps. 22:18). While this is profound, it pales in comparison to the comprehensive prophetic testimony of the Person and Work of Christ in the 2nd Advent.