In Isaiah 9 (written 600B.C.), there is that famous prophecy about the coming messiah. It is so famous that Handel quoted it in his masterpiece "Messiah". It is that funky tune that keeps on rolling through your head throughout the Christmas season "And his name shall be called: Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, the everlasting Father, the prince of peace."
But have you ever read the rest of Isaiah 9? The prophecies are amazing throughout the text. Consider the little known verse 1.
"Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress in the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea along the Jordan ~ The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned..."
So, where in the world are the territories of Zebulun and Naphtali? They are Northern Israel, along the shores of the sea of Galilee and a bit to the West.
Where was Jesus, the 'great light', from? Northern Israel, along the shores of the sea of Galilee and a bit to the West. Nazareth, Jesus' hometown was in the land of Zebulun. Capernaum, Jesus' ministry headquarters was in the area of Naphtali. The sea of Galilee is where Peter was fishing when he caught the miraculous catch. The shores of Galilee was where the Sermon on the Mount was preached. The Sea of Galilee is the water Jesus walked on.
Once again, I stand in awe of the magnificence of Scripture. There is no way Isaiah could have known this 600 years before Jesus. God was using Isaiah to weave together his master plan for hundreds of years before the time of Christ. Wow.