Prophets are messengers of God's Word. Scholars count over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming of Messiah. The Bible is also full of prophecies that were God's way of:
1. Warning His people of trouble
2. Reminding His people of hope
Read Isaiah 9:1-7. It is such a clear picture of the hope that the people could have placed in the coming Messiah. Some did and some did not. Just as sure as those prophecies, God has spoken to us today through His Word. He has given us a new way of living and an eternal life to enjoy. Do we trust in His Word or do we waiver as many did during the years of waiting for Messiah? Prophecy fulfilled is one of the surest helps to a resolute faith in what God will do. Do a quick google search on fulfilled prophecy or pull out a Strong's Concordance to help you out. Let these fulfilled prophecies speak to your heart and strengthen your faith.
A great prophecy given to remind us of the hope we have in Christ is:
“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book. ” (Revelation 22:7 NLT)