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The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near the Dead Sea  1947. The Jordan River leads into the Dead Sea which is about 20 miles east from Jerusalem. That is where John the Baptist used to baptize. According to Blessed Anne Catherine Emerich, a religious who saw visions of the lives of Jesus and Mary and compiled them into popular books, a religious order called the Essenes lived in and around Jerusalem before Christ. This was confirmed by the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls which were their holy texts. Many books of the Bible were well preserved in the cool, damp caves. The scroll pictured is the entire book of Isaiah, dated 120 BC. These texts prove that the Bible we have today was really written before Christ and that it has been handed down faithfully. There are dozens of uncanny prophecies about the coming of Christ. It was written that He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1) of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), be rejected (Psalm 118:22), die for our sins (Isaiah 53), cast lots for His clothing and pierce His hands and feet (Psalm 22) and spread His light to the world (Isaiah 2:1-4). There are many other prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament as well including some that will be fulfilled at His second coming.