Moses was a Hebrew born in Egypt about 3400 years ago. He received a formal education and led his fellow Hebrews out of Egypt to the border of Canaan, which later became Israel. He is credited with having written the first five books of the Bible - of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy - which are sometimes called the "Books of Moses" or the "Pentateuch." He gave prophecies that, collectively, form a cycle of punishment and restoration for the people of Israel. The fulfillment of these prophecies guided the people into completing the tasks for which God had chosen them, to hear the words of God, to write the words of the Bible, and to be the people from whom the Messiah would come.
Below is a partial listing of the prophecies that Moses gave as a prophet, or recorded as the author of the first five books of the Old Testament.
Moses prophetically warns his people of exile if they turn away from God
God promised another prophet like Moses
The Messiah dying on the cross is foreshadowed in Deuteronomy 21:23
The Bible foreshadowed Rome's destruction of Israel
The people of Israel would be persecuted in many nations
Israel would become a wasteland
The land and people of Israel would be restored and prosperous again
The precedent for the Messiah being the Passover lamb
The Messiah will reconcile mankind with God
The Messiah would be human (born of a woman)
A foreshadowing of Jesus' ascension into heaven
The Messiah would come from the line of Shem
Melchizedek foreshadows the Messiah being God's high priest
Enemies would move into the land of Israel
The people of Israel will never be completely destroyed
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