Click below to visit the most important piece of literature in the world. Over the centuries countless numbers of people have died for translating, distributing, or even possessing this book. Even today, around the world, many millions risk their lives daily to read this book. It is available for you to read online. It is God's Word and it contains everything we need to know about God and His Son - The Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus gave His life so that all who truly repent from their sins, and make Jesus their Lord and Saviour may find salvation and eternal peace with God. Read the King James Version (otherwise known as the KJV or Authorised Version AV) online. You may not be familiar with all of the language, as not all of the terms, phrases and words are used widely today, however this translation of The Bible is still upheld by many Christians as the most reliable of any English translation. Some recent translations of the Bible have lost or changed some of the key meanings, and whilst they may be easier to read, it is important to remember this fact. If you read one of these recent translations it is very important that you double check important phrases or words (i.e. verses concerning the deity of Christ) most carefully against the original Greek (try to obtain a Greek/English Interlinear Bible) and the King James Version.
If you have never read the Bible before then perhaps the following links and information may assist you. The Bible contains the history of mankind, from creation (and the fall of man) at the beginning of the first book of the Bible Genesis, right through to the Revelation of Jesus Christ which is the last book of the Bible and which tells of mankind's (those who reject Jesus) terrible demise, and the awesome events which precede the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible centres on the person of the Lord Jesus Christ both in the Old Testament (which was written before his birth), and the New Testament (which tells of his life, including the miracles, his crucifixion and resurrection).
The Old Testament contains hundreds of prophecies of the coming Messiah, which were perfectly (and only) fulfilled by Jesus during his earthly life. It would be a good place to start by reading some Old Testament Prophecies concerning the Lord Jesus. Remember that all of the following prophecies were written down by the different Prophets many hundreds of years before Jesus was even born. Each one of these Prophets was inspired and spoken to by God so that they were able to write about the coming Messiah.
The whole chapters of Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 (starting from Isaiah 52:13) should be read. They tell in graphic details of a Messiah (one who will die for our sins - Isaiah 53:5) who is described as the "arm of the Lord" (Isaiah 53:1) and who is despised and crucified (Psalm 22:16). These two chapters of the Bible were written hundreds of years apart (Psalm 22 - approx 1000 BC & Isaiah 53 - approx 700 BC) but they belong together. They had the same heavenly author of course.
Psalm 22 - Read about a Messiah who would be crucified (hands and feet are pierced), who would call out "My God, my God, why hast though forsaken me?" who is scorned, whose bones are contorted (this happens in crucifixion), and whose garments are divided and then lots are cast for them. Remember too that crucifixion was a Roman form of execution, and that this Psalm of David was written down approximately 1000 years before Christ was born.
Isaiah 53 (from Isaiah 52:13) - Read about a Messiah who is despised and afflicted, one who is slaughtered like a lamb (Jesus was himself a Passover Lamb - see John 1:29 and 1 Peter 1:19 - A spotless lamb slaughtered at Passover to atone for our sins), and who takes away our iniquities (sins), and yet is buried in a rich man's grave (Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus in his own private "sepulchre" - see Luke 23:50-53)
Jeremiah 31:31-34 - Read about the promise of a new covenant. This new covenant would be a personal relationship with God, whereby God will "forgive their iniquity...and...remember their sin no more" and write his law "in their hearts". The old sacrificial system, and the special role of the priest and prophet, was indeed replaced by a new covenant whereby believers can gain direct access to God. On the evening before his crucifixion Jesus told his disciples that the shedding of his blood would constitute this new testament (or covenant) see Luke 22:20. Forty days later the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost and ever since then the Holy Spirit has indwelled the "hearts" of all believers.
Micah 5:2 - Read about a Messiah who will come from Bethlehem in the region of Ephratah, who will be the ruler of Israel, but whose origins are from "of old, from everlasting" i.e. confirmation that this Messiah will be God Himself.
Zechariah 9:9 - Read of Israel's coming King who will come to them on an ass (or donkey) and "having salvation" and you can see Jesus riding down the Mount of Olives towards his crucifixion (see Matthew 21)
Isaiah 7:14 - Read the prophecy of a virgin who will bear a Son who will be called Immanuel. And Jesus was born to Mary, a virgin - a miracle as prophesied - The name Jesus means 'Our God Saves' but Jesus was also 'God With Us' which is the meaning of the word Immanuel and yet another proof of his deity.
Isaiah 9:6-7 - Read of a child who will be born, a Son who will be called "Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace". Reigning on David's throne (Jesus was from the line of David) "for ever". The words describing this male child are words for God alone, in fact they are the attributes of the Trinity of God i.e. Jesus himself describes the Holy Spirit as "the Counsellor", The everlasting Father is God the Father, and The Prince of Peace is Jesus. This child is the coming Messiah (Isaiah says "the government will be upon his shoulder") and he will indeed be "the mighty God".
Amos 8:9 & 10 - Read about a darkness that falls upon the earth at noon. Chapters 8 & 9 of Amos also tells of judgement that will come upon the nation of Israel. Amos prophesies that this darkness will be accompanied by great mourning "I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day". When Jesus was crucified darkness fell for three hours at the "sixth hour" (the sixth hour was noon in the Jewish day - see Luke 23:44) and many did mourn for an "only son" i.e. God's only begotten Son. The darkness, which happened at the time of Passover, was supernatural as it is an impossibility for a solar eclipse to occur during a full moon (i.e. the moon is on the wrong side of the world). There is evidence that this supernatural darkness was debated by those living very shortly after Jesus Christ's cruxifiction. Some critics (i.e. an Historian by the name of Thallus who lived in 80 AD) tried to pass off the incident as a solar eclipse (which was impossible and was refuted by the early Christians who knew the sun moon solar cycle). If you would like to study more information on this supernatural event please look at these links - Information on Thallus and the Christian response and Why a solar eclipse was an impossibility at the time of the cruxifiction. The website www.neverthirsty.org has many more facts on Christianity for you to consider.
In any event the fact that this strange darkness occurred at precisely the moment that Jesus was crucified has never been disputed, and the prophecy given by Amos some 700 years before Christ was born was perfectly fulfilled. The darkness (and an accompanying earthquake which is also mentioned in very early records) must have terrified those who crucified Christ and it would have been a most "bitter day". The judgement upon the nation of Israel, which is also foretold by Amos did happen approximately 30 years later when the Temple was destroyed and many Jewish people were killed and dispersed. In Amos 9:8 GOD says that he will destroy the nation of Israel, but not completely, and that the people of Israel will be dispersed amongst all nations, which happened shortly after the death of Jesus Christ. But GOD dearly loves the nation of Israel and in Amos 9:11 he confirms that Israel will one day be restored as a nation. This happened less than 60 years ago and was an extraordinary miracle - i.e. have the people of any other nation on earth ever wandered the world for nearly 2000 years, kept their identity and then been reborn as a nation?
Malachi 3:1-2 - Read about God's promise that that "the Lord, whom ye shall seek, shall suddenly come to his temple". Malachi also describes this person as "the messenger of the covenant". This is another prophecy that includes attributes to this Messiah that can only apply to God i.e. "who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap". And Jesus Christ, the perfect, sinless, Son of God, the one who would personally establish the new covenant, did come suddenly to HIS temple and he caught many people buying and selling there (Luke 19:45-48) - these people and the chief priests, scribes and leaders (who then plotted to kill him) certainly did not "abide the day of his coming".
(To be continued soon with some more of the many prophecies fulfilled by the Lord Jesus).