700BC Part 4 – The Suffering Christ. ISAIAH 53 By Ed Strong – Isaiah was a man who saw things ahead of his time. While little is known about his personal life, the book of Isaiah is one of the most important prophetic books in the Old Testament. Isaiah lived 700 years before the birth of Christ and yet he had some of the most impactful, accurate prophecies about Jesus. In this 4-week series we look at four key chapters in this amazing book – snapshots from nearly three centuries ago – that still clearly speak to us today.