BY PARAVASTHU RAO
Prophecies regarding the birth and supreme sacrifice of God appear as a very early witness to Christ Jesus’ advent and mission in the ancient Indian texts, the Vedas.
The ancients in India considered the Vedas as the origin of all sacred writings. The Vedas were written in Sanskrit nearly 4,000 years ago, about 2000 BC. They were written in four parts, one of which is called Samaveda. The birth and sacrificial death of the Supreme God were prophesied in Samaveda.
(Editor’s note The Bible is the pure Word of God, and needs no propping up from the Vedas or from any source. But God is full of mercy, and left himself not without witness” (Acts 14 17). It is not by accident that the Vedas contain prophecies that only Jesus Christ could fulfill God’s purpose in planting them was to open a lifeline in the midst of great darkness to those who, even in darkness, are willing to follow the Light.)
In Samaveda is written the following
“Lihvya goptharam maha kyou dadhina kuryantai. Havy a yaana parya thaseen.” meaning “The Incarnate will be born to a virgin in a cattle shed.
Who was the One who was incarnated this way? Jesus was the only one whose birth was prophesied, and He was the only one who was born to a virgin in a cattle shed.
To fulfi11 what had been foretold in the Vedas, God had to be born as an incarnation (born in the form of a man, for the benefit of mankind) on earth. None of the other so-called incarnations (or avatars or gods) was born to a virgin in a cattle shed; neither were their births prophesied.
According to the second part of Samaveda, from the book ‘Thandiyamaha–Brahmanam,” there is prophesy regarding the sacrifice
“Praja Pathirthe vebhyam athmanam yagnam kruthya prayaschith, meaning “The one who rules the world in order to atone for the sins of many allowed His body to be crushed and offered as a sacrifice
(yagna).” “Prajapathi” means “God the Creator.”
Aryans said “Aham yagnosmi. “Aham” means “The God who is the creator of the universe and the Holy of Holies.” “Yagnosmi” (a derivative of yagna) speaks of His sacrifice.
From Thadiya Maha Brah Manam:
‘Sarva papa parthro raktha prokshana mavashykam thath raktham paramathmeno punydana bpliyagam.’ meaning “If one has to be delivered from all kinds of sins. such as sins committed through hearing. seeing. sinful thoughts, sinful deeds, sinful ideas, and sinful conduct, shedding of blood is necessary.”
Other Prophecies Fulfilled in Christ
Other characteristics of the Prajapati sacrifice which can be found in the Rgveda and the Satapathabrahmana include
The sacrificial animal should be blameless (Rgvedic Purusasukta 10 90). This was perfectly fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who said Which of you convinceth me of sin?” (John 8:46).
A creeping plant of the forest should be woven and placed upon the head of the sacrifice (the Vedic Rituals). This prophecy was fulfilled when the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns and put it on Jesus’ head (John 19 2).
The four legs of the sacrificial animal should be nailed and blood should be shed (the Vedic Rituals). Fulfilled in Christ when His hands and feet were nailed to the cross, and when the Roman solder
thrust a spear into His side
The cloth which covers the sacrifice should be shared by four priests. Fulfilled at Jesus’ death when His clothing was divided among four Roman soldiers (John 19:23).
The bones of the sacrifice should not be broken, Fulfilled: “But when they Death came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already. they brake not his legs’ (John 19:33).
The meat of the sacrificial animal should be eaten (Sathapathabrahmana 5:1:1:2). Jesus said – “Take, Eat, this is my body, which is broken for you (I Cor. 11:24).
And most telling of all
After the death of the sacrifice, it should return to life (Rgveda 10:90 1-15). This was perfectly fulfilled in Jesus Christ. who … died for our sins according to the scriptures; and he was buried. and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures’ (I Cor. 15:3-8).
From these prophecies we see that, no matter how overlaid with superstition and idolatry Hinduism may have become, God indeed left not himself without witness” among this ancient people and religion. May
all who truly seek forgiveness of their sins and life everlasting find salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, who alone is the fulfillment of all righteous prophecy!
Sources Proof Exhibitor, the Quest of a Brahmin Priest. by Paravasthu Rao, and Krishna and Christ by Joseph Mathai, with special thanks to Mrs. N.H. Rajaratnam.
(Final note Paravasthu S.N. Rao gives in Proof Exhibitor an account of how his discovery of these prophecies in the Vedas led him to Jesus Christ. whom he now trusts for his salvation. and for whom he
now preaches the gospel in his native land.)
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