Whatever we think of Him, the King’s entrance into our world that night in Bethlehem changed the world. His birth changed history. We can’t argue that. Our system of dating is divided into BC and AD. The scriptures are ordered around His life. There is the Old Testament – before his birth, and the New Testament – after his birth.
Micah, a prophet who lived about 8 centuries before Christ foretold the birthplace of the King and described Him who would come forth as being “from of old, from everlasting,” or “appointed from eternity.”
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.” Micah 5:2
It is said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2
Jesus is concealed in the Old Testament of the Bible at different times and in different guises. At the Burning Bush, He commanded Moses to remove his sandals, and gave His name as “I AM”. This was about 1440 years before He was born at Bethlehem.
On another occasion He appeared before Joshua, holding a drawn sword When Joshua asked Him “Are you for us or for our enemies?”, He described himself as commander of the army of the Lord. He accepted Joshua’s worship, which no angel (except the fallen Lucifer) would ever do. Joshua was also told to remove his sandals, for the place where he was standing was holy.
When Jesus walked the earth, the Jews asked Him how could he have seen Abraham? He answered them “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8:58