There are five (5) major prophets [six (6) including the Lord Jesus Christ] and twelve (12) minor prophets in the Bible. Major or minor, so they are called, because of the length of the book of their prophecy.
About seven hundred years before Jesus Christ was born, the prince of all human prophets (Jesus Christ being as exception for He was/is DIVINE), Isaiah, made prophecies recorded in Isa. 53 as follows:
“1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life or resurrect] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (NIV)
Although Isaiah did not specify the name of Jesus Christ when he made the aforequoted prophecies, now after all of the things and circumstances spoken of by him had already happened, it is obviously clear that Isaiah was describing the birth, ministry, purpose and reason for the substitutionary death of our Lord Jesus Christ - - to redeem mankind, for this cause:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).
How do we know that someone is really a prophet ordained by God? Simple. All that he prophesied happened and came true. Otherwise, that prophet is a false one who will go to hell together with all the unbelievers.
The greatest force in the universe is LOVE. Someone said: “The only valid passport to heaven is signed in Jesus’ blood”.
This Holy Week, let us celebrate and thank God the Father for sending our Lord Jesus Christ to redeem us from our sins. This is the primary reason for His sacrificial death by crucifixion in the cross of calvary. What unfathomable LOVE!