Pictures, types and shadows of Jesus in the Old Testament clearly look forward to and reveal the Messiah prior to His incarnation.
Almost to a person, if asked where to find Jesus in the Bible, the Gospels will be the common response. An additional comment might be that He is subsequently written about in other New Testament books. Unfortunately, many people fail to see Jesus revealed in the Old Testament where He is equally present in types that clearly reveal Him prior to His incarnation. Although the final book of the Bible is titled, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” it would be more accurate to recognize all sixty-six books making up the inspired Word of God are the revelation of Jesus.
According to His own words, He says, “Behold I have come – In the volume of the book it is written of Me” (Heb 10:7), and “The Scriptures…they testify of Me. If you believe Moses, you will believe in Me, for he wrote about Me.” (John 5:39, 46). When wondering how exactly the Old Testament Scriptures testify of Jesus, Paul says they, “are shadows of things to come, but the substance is found in Christ” (Col 2:17). In other words, much of the Old Testament is rendered into pictures, types and signs that look forward to Jesus and His work.