One of the few passages in the Old Testament that uses the Hebrew word “Meshiach” – Messiah (משיח) in connection with the one to come in the future who is “The Messiah” is in Daniel 9:24-27. Psalm 2 is another important one that connects “The Messiah” with “The Son”.
24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. 25 So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. 26 Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. 27 And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” Daniel 9:24-27
One of the prophesies that convinced Stan was when he read this and noticed that the Messiah is “cut off” first (see also Isaiah 53:8 for similar phrasing – “He would be cut off from the land of the living” = He would die); and then the temple would be destroyed! The temple was destroyed in 70 AD, so the Messiah was before then. Who is the most famous person who claimed to be the Messiah before the temple was destroyed? Jesus of Nazareth! Wow! Stan describes when he first read Daniel 9 in his book on pages 55-56 and 126. He writes, “these verses leaped out at me” (p. 55) and “This prophesy really set my head spinning.” (p. 56) “Either the entire concept of a Messiah in Jewish life was a myth, and the Bible was false, or the Messiah came before the year 70 AD!” (p. 56)