What Are the Prophecies about Jesus?
A future Messiah, who has been anointed by God to liberate His people from injustice, is prophesied about in the Old Testament, which contains over 300 predictions. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, as recorded in the New Testament, heralds the fulfillment of those prophesies. In His own words, Jesus declared that He was the anticipated Messiah (John 4:25-26). The gospels also demonstrate how Jesus fulfilled the messianic prophesies and, in the end, rescued mankind from the oppression of death by promising eternal redemption to everyone who believe in him (John 3:16).
What Are the Prophecies about the Messiah’s Birth?
The birth of the long-awaited Messiah was recounted in great detail in the Old Testament. In particular, the prophets predicted that the Savior would be born of a woman and that he would battle Satan in order to redeem mankind from Satan’s deceit of our forefathers and mothers (Genesis 3:15). According to Genesis 12:3; 17:19; Numbers 24:17, the Savior would come from the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 12:3). (Genesis 49:10). Furthermore, Scripture foretold that the Messiah would be born at Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), to a virgin who would give birth to Him under the name “Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
Jesus’ Birth Fulfils the Prophecies about the Messiah’s Birth
Because Jesus of Nazareth was born of a woman, he was able to rescue mankind from the consequences of the Fall of Adam, and he destroyed the Devil’s work by overcoming death in His triumphant Resurrection (1 John 3:8). The Savior’s lineage was also fulfilled by Jesus, who is a direct descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the tribe of Judah, and therefore fulfills the predictions regarding the Savior’s descent (Matthew 1:1-16). Furthermore, as foretold, Jesus was born to a virgin in the town of Bethlehem, as promised (Luke 1:27; 2:4-7).
Furthermore, Jesus was certainly known asImmanuel.
The prophet Isaiah predicted that the Messiah will be known by numerous names in addition to the name “Immanuel,” including: “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” among others (Isaiah 9:6).
What Are the Prophecies about the Messiah’s Early Life?
In the Old Testament, it was revealed that the Messiah would spend some time in Egypt during His youth, and that He would subsequently return to Israel (Hosea 11:1). Furthermore, the prophesies predicted of a messenger in the desert who would prepare God’s people for the coming of the Messiah so that God’s splendor would be shown (Isaiah 40:3-5).
Jesus’ Early Life Fulfils the Prophecies about the Messiah’s Early Life
As foretold, Jesus spent His early years in Egypt in order to avoid being implicated in the Massacre of the Innocents, which was carried out by King Herod (Matthew 2:13-15). Furthermore, as had been promised, after Herod’s death, Jesus and His family relocated from Egypt to Nazareth (Matthew 2:19-23). It was John the Baptist, who served as a foreshadowed messenger in the wilderness, paving the way for the Lord. He did so by preaching a message of baptism and repentance of sins, which prepared the way for the Messiah (Matthew 3:1-6).
A voice from heaven then revealed to John that Jesus was God’s son, and he baptized Jesus in the name of God (Matthew 3:13-17).
What Are the Prophecies about the Messiah’s Ministry?
The messianic predictions predicted that Galilee would be selected among the nations to witness the birth of “a great light,” a male child who would dispel the darkness of the world (Isaiah 9:1-6). According to Isaiah 30:15, the Messiah would speak about repentance and be a compassionate redeemer who would maintain justice and heal the damaged (Isaiah 30:16–17). (Isaiah 42:1-4; 61:1-2). In addition, the Savior would speak in parables that would fall on deaf ears (Psalm 78:2-4; Isaiah 6:9-10) and accomplish several miracles (Psalm 78:2-4; Isaiah 6:9-10).
These other characteristics of the Deliverer were also foretold in the prophecies: a devoted priest who would accomplish God’s will (1 Samuel 2:35); a prophet chosen from among the Israelites (Deuteronomy 18:15); and an unassuming monarch who would ride on a donkey toward adoring crowds (Deuteronomy 18:18).
Contrary to this portrayal of the future Messiah as one who brings peace and healing, the prophets also predicted that the Messiah would be rejected by His own people (Psalm 69:8), but would be accepted by the Gentiles (Isaiah 11:10).
Jesus’ Ministry Fulfils the Prophecies about the Messiah’s Ministry
In accordance with Scripture, Jesus’ mission started in Galilee, where he served as the “great light” that banished the darkness by teaching a life of repentance and transformation (Matthew 4:12-17). Aside from that, Jesus taught in parables that puzzled a large number of people (Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35), and he did a slew of miracles (Matthew 11:2-5). In addition, Jesus fulfilled the messianic prophecies by serving as: the faithful priest who atoned for the sins of others through His human death and divine resurrection (Hebrews 2:17); the Jewish prophet who was rejected by His own people (Matthew 13:54-58); and the humble king who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was greeted by adoring crowds (Matthew 23:23).
Furthermore, the fact that Jesus’ disciples come from a variety of backgrounds confirms the prophesy that everyone has the potential to be a co-heir to God’s Kingdom (John 12:18-21).
What Are the Prophecies about the Messiah’s Betrayal?
According to the prophets, someone who had had a meal with the Messiah (Psalm 41:9) would betray Him for 30 pieces of silver, which would be used to purchase a potter’s field later on in the Messiah’s life (Zechariah 11:12-13). The Messiah’s closest allies would flee from him in the event of his betrayal (Psalm 31:11).
Jesus Was Betrayed in the Manner Prophesized
The Apostle Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, just as had been promised by the prophecy (Matthew 26:14-16; 47-50).
That blood money was eventually utilized to purchase a potter’s field in the vicinity (Matthew 27:3-10). In addition, following Judas’ betrayal, Jesus’ other followers “deserted him and fled” from the scene (Mark 14:50).
What Are the Prophecies about the Messiah’s Death?
After being falsely accused and being beaten, humiliated, and spat upon, Isaiah portrays how the Messiah will stay mute in the face of his accusers (Isaiah 53:7;Isaiah 50:6). The Savior would likewise be “pierced for our transgressions,” so that we would be healed as a result of His wounds (Isaiah 53:5). A similar prophecy was disclosed by the prophet Daniel, who stated that the “Anointed One would be put to death and will have nothing” (Daniel 9:26). The death of the Messiah was described in greater detail by King David.
The Savior would die in the midst of criminals (Isaiah 53:9), and people would put their hands on His garments (Psalm 22:18).
Jesus Died in the Manner Prophesized
Anyone who is familiar with Jesus’ Passion understands that He carried out the predictions of the Messiah’s death to the the last torturous detail, and that is what makes His death so remarkable. Specific to His crucifixion, Jesus chose to keep silent in the face of false allegations and was beaten, insulted, and spit upon before to His death on the cross (Mark 14:57-61; 15:16-20). The Savior’s hands and feet were pierced by nails during His crucifixion, but his bones were not fractured as a result of the amputation (Luke 24:39-40;John 20:24-27;John 19:33-37).
Last but not least, the prophecy of relentless disdain was fulfilled when bystanders ridiculed the Crucified Christ by stating that if He was the Chosen One, He should rescue Himself (Luke 23:35).
What Are the Prophecies about the Messiah’s Resurrection?
By asserting that God would not leave the Messiah to the realm of the dead or allow the Messiah’s physical body to decay, King David predicted the Messiah’s resurrection and the restoration of all things (Psalm 16:10). Also in David’s writings, the Messiah predicted that he will ascend to Heaven and sit at God’s right hand (Psalm 110:1). Isaiah also prophesied that the Messiah’s death would act as the final sacrifice for sin, allowing God’s people to be redeemed (Isaiah 53:5-12). The Messiah’s pain, on the other hand, would be repaid in that He would ultimately defeat death (Isaiah 25:7-8) and “see the light of life and be pleased” (Isaiah 53:11).
Jesus Was Resurrected in the Manner Prophesied
As prophesied, Jesus triumphed over death by rising triumphantly from the grave (Matthew 28:5-10). In the following days, Jesus appeared to several of His followers (Matthew 28:16-17), who subsequently testified that the Messiah had risen from the dead, that His body had not decayed, and that He had ascended into Heaven to sit at the right side of God, just as the prophets had spoken (Acts 2:24-36).
At long last, Jesus’ death and resurrection brought Scripture to fulfillment in that He was the ultimate sacrifice who rescued humanity from death by providing us with a pathway to eternal life via His sacrifice (1 Corinthians 15:54).
What Does This Mean?
The prophets of the Old Testament went to considerable efforts to chronicle the Messiah’s life, death, and victorious resurrection, and they did so in great detail. A millennium later, Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled these prophesies in such meticulous detail that there can be no question that He was the prophesied Messiah. Images courtesy of iStock/Getty Images Plus/Osobystist Dolores Smythis is a spiritual and parenting writer who has been published all across the country. She finds inspiration for her writing in the ordinary things that happen in her life.
Jesus in the Old Testament
Neither our Lord Jesus nor anyone else can teach us more about whether or not Jesus is to be found in the pages of the Old Testament than the teachings of our Lord and Savior himself. His words in John 5:39, “Youdiligently read the Scriptures. These are the Scriptures that bear witness to me,” were a reference to him. That should put an end to the discussion. More notably, as Cleopas and another unidentified disciple went down the road to Emmaus on that first Easter Sunday, Jesus reprimanded them, saying, “How ignorant you are, and how slow of heart to believe anything the prophets have spoken!
- Didn’t Christ have to go through all of this before he could come into his glory?
- As early as 1000 B.C., King David foresaw what was to come and declared that Jesus would not be “abandoned.
- As a result, it should come as no surprise that we should also see Jesus present in the historical events and prophecies contained throughout the Old Testament.
- Because Jesus was, is, and will be the One to come, it is conceivable to find yourself in such a unique situation.
- To rectify this, let us first look at the areas where he appeared in a Christophany throughout the time of the Old Testament.
Old Testament Appearances of Christ
In the Old Testament, Jesus is originally identified as the person who appeared as “the Angel of the Lord” during a startling confrontation with Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar, in the book of Genesis (Gen 16:7). Following then, he continued to make appearances on a sporadic basis throughout the earlier portions of the Old Testament. These genuine events, which were prompted by God, were distinguished by the fact that they were persuasive disclosures of his person and work, as well as the fact that they were transient, fleeting, yet audible and plainly visible manifestations of his presence and action.
This “Angel of the LORD” was a term that represented his position, yet it did not accurately define his personality.
According to Hagar, this special angel of the Lord is divine because she “.named the LORD, who spoke with her, ‘You are the God who sees me,’ as she observed, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.'” Hagar “.named the LORD, who spoke with her, ‘You are the God who sees me,” according to the Bible (Gen 16:13).
In Exodus 3:2, it was the Angel of Yahweh who came to Moses in the midst of a blazing fire for the second time.
Several chapters later, in Judges 13:22-25, it was the same Angel of the Lord who appeared to the wife of Manoah, mother of Samson, and whom she described to her husband as having appeared to her as a “man of God.” Upon Manoah’s request that the “Angel of the LORD” come to him as he had appeared to his wife, the Angel repeated the appearances and discussions with him, following which he ascened in the flame of the altar (Judg 13:20), signifying that the sacrifice was made in honor of God himself!
Furthermore, this “Angel” is seen as a “Redeemer,” one who protects Israel from the evil that threatens it (Isa 63:9).
Jesus returned to earth on several occasions to assist his followers in their moments of hardship and need for guidance.
The only instances in which the Angel of Yahweh turns against Israel are found in 2 Samuel 24 and 1 Chronicles 21, when the Angel serves as the agent of God’s wrath against David for disobeying God by conducting a national census against the people of Israel.
Old Testament Predictions of the Coming Messiah
Additionally, J. Barton Payne identified 574 Old Testament scriptures that had direct personal messianic prophecies, in addition to the actual appearance of Jesus in the form of the Angel of the Lord/God, according to his research. As a result of his research, Payne discovered 127 personal messianic prophesies including 348 passages that contained any or all forms of actual and typological prophecies about Jesus’ first or second coming. Only Alfred Edersheim’s observation that there were 456 unique Old Testament/Tanak texts used to refer to the Messiah or to messianic periods in 558 rabbinic works from pre-Christian times outstripped this figure.
- Almost no one will argue that the Pentateuch contains at least six direct Messianic prophecies, which are found in the following verses: Genesis 3:15; Genesis 9:27; Exodus 12:2-3; Genesis 49:8-12; Numbers 24:15-19; and Deuteronomy 18:15-18.
- Afterwards, according to Genesis 9:27, God would come and live/dwell in the tents of Shem, who would be the Semitic tribes.
- According to Genesis 12:3, Abraham’s query was answered when God invited him to travel from Ur of Mesopotamia to Israel, and God declared that he would be a blessing to all nations on the planet.
- Father Jacob’s fourth son would be the one God would anoint with the scepter of rule, and he would be the one from whom God would down the line of the Messiah (Gen 49:8-12).
- Furthermore, the Messiah who would come would be both a “prophet” (Deut 18:15) and a “king,” according to the Scriptures (Ps 72).
- 2100 – 1800), as we believe he should be placed.
- Additional Messianic predictions can be added to these ten direct Messianic prophecies from periods both previous to and during the Davidic period.
- In 2 Samuel 7:19c, King David exclaimed, “This is the law/charter for humanity,” referring to the promise made to him by the Lord.
5 Even though he would be rejected (Ps 118), betrayed (Ps 69, 109), die and be resurrected (Pss 22, 16), and die and be resurrected (Pss 22, 16), he would come as Conqueror and Enthroned Ruler (Pss 2, 110), as Planner and Groomsman (Pss 40, 45), and as Triumphant King (Pss 40, 45), he would arrive (Pss 68, 72).
- These details would be included in a sample of these announcements made prior to the events taking place.
- Mt 1:33).
- Mt 3:3, Mk 1:3; Lk 3:4-6).
- Mt 21:9; Mk 11:9; Lk 19:38; Jh 12:13).
- Acts 1:20).
- (Isa 53:6, 9, 12; cf.
- Even more spectacularly true was the fact that Jesus would be crucified with the “wicked” (Isa 53:9a, note the plural word in Hebrew), yet he would be buried beside the “wealthy” (Isa 53:10).
- But that was not the end of the story for the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, for the Messiah would return to earth a second time (Daniel 7:13; cf.
- The case for Messiah in the Old Testament is one of strong continuity and progressive revelation, and there is a strong continuity and progressive revelation between the Old and New Testaments on this point.
What a kind, revealing God, and what a beautiful blessing it is to have a Savior who has come to earth just once, but who will return again in all his completeness and majesty! Original artwork created by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2009. All intellectual property rights are retained.
47 Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Jesus Christ
The books of the Old Testament include several verses regarding the Messiah, all of which were fulfilled by the birth of Jesus Christ. Psalm 22:16-18, for example, foretells the crucifixion of Jesus, which occurred around 1,000 years before Christ was born, long before this manner of punishment was even attempted. “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified,” preachers in the New Testament church began to proclaim after Christ’s resurrection that Jesus was the Messiah by divine appointment: “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:36, English Standard Version) God chose Paul to be an apostle, and he was set apart to preach the gospel of God, which he had promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead.
(Romans 1:1-4, English Standard Version)
A Statistical Improbability
According to certain Bible experts, Jesus Christ fulfilled more than 300 Old Testament prophetic Scriptures during his earthly ministry on the cross. Christ could not have been responsible for circumstances like as his birthplace, lineage, and mode of death, which were beyond his power and could not have been fulfilled by chance or design. Several authors, including Peter Stoner and Robert Newman, explore the statistical improbability of one individual, whether mistakenly or purposefully, completing just eight of the prophesies that Jesus fulfilled in their bookScience Speaks.
- As an illustration of the significance of such odds, Stoner provides the following scenario: Consider the following scenario: we take ten 17silver dollars and place them on the surface of Texas.
- Now, make a mark on one of these silver dollars and completely swirl the entire mass across the entire state.
- What chance did he have of getting the proper one, you may wonder.
- The mathematical improbability of 300, 47, or even just eight fulfilled prophecies of Jesus serving as proof of his messiahship is compelling evidence of his deity.
Prophecies of Jesus
Despite the fact that this is not an entire list, you will discover 47 Messianic prophecies that were clearly fulfilled in Jesus Christ, as well as corroborating references from the Old Testament and fulfillment in the New Testament.
|47 Old Testament Verses About Jesus as Messiah|
|Prophecies of Jesus||Old Testament Scripture||New Testament Fulfillment|
|1||Messiah would be born of a woman.||Genesis 3:15||Matthew 1:20 Galatians 4:4|
|2||Messiah would be born inBethlehem.||Micah 5:2||Matthew 2:1 Luke 2:4-6|
|3||Messiah would beborn of a virgin.||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:22-23 Luke 1:26-31|
|4||Messiah would come from the line ofAbraham.||Genesis 12:3 Genesis 22:18||Matthew 1:1 Romans 9:5|
|5||Messiah would be a descendant ofIsaac.||Genesis 17:19 Genesis 21:12||Luke 3:34|
|6||Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob.||Numbers 24:17||Matthew 1:2|
|7||Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.||Genesis 49:10||Luke 3:33 Hebrews 7:14|
|8||Messiah would be heir toKing David’s throne.||2 Samuel 7:12-13 Isaiah 9:7||Luke 1:32-33 Romans 1:3|
|9||Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal.||Psalm 45:6-7 Daniel 2:44||Luke 1:33 Hebrews 1:8-12|
|10||Messiah would be calledImmanuel.||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:23|
|11||Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.||Hosea 11:1||Matthew 2:14-15|
|12||A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace.||Jeremiah 31:15||Matthew 2:16-18|
|13||A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah.||Isaiah 40:3-5||Luke 3:3-6|
|14||Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner.||Malachi 3:1||Matthew 11:10|
|15||Messiah would be rejected by his own people.||Psalm 69:8 Isaiah 53:3||John 1:11 John 7:5|
|16||Messiah would be a prophet.||Deuteronomy 18:15||Acts 3:20-22|
|17||Messiah would be preceded byElijah.||Malachi 4:5-6||Matthew 11:13-14|
|18||Messiah would be declared theSon of God.||Psalm 2:7||Matthew 3:16-17|
|19||Messiah would be called a Nazarene.||Isaiah 11:1||Matthew 2:23|
|20||Messiah would bring light toGalilee.||Isaiah 9:1-2||Matthew 4:13-16|
|21||Messiah would speak inparables.||Psalm 78:2-4 Isaiah 6:9-10||Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35|
|22||Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted.||Isaiah 61:1-2||Luke 4:18-19|
|23||Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek.||Psalm 110:4||Hebrews 5:5-6|
|24||Messiah would be called King.||Psalm 2:6 Zechariah 9:9||Matthew 27:37 Mark 11:7-11|
|25||Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a donkey.||Zechariah 11:12||Matthew 21:4-5|
|26||Messiah would be praised by little children.||Psalm 8:2||Matthew 21:16|
|27||Messiah would be betrayed.||Psalm 41:9 Zechariah 11:12-13||Luke 22:47-48 Matthew 26:14-16|
|28||Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field.||Zechariah 11:12-13||Matthew 27:9-10|
|29||Messiah would be falsely accused.||Psalm 35:11||Mark 14:57-58|
|30||Messiah would be silent before his accusers.||Isaiah 53:7||Mark 15:4-5|
|31||Messiah would be spat upon and struck.||Isaiah 50:6||Matthew 26:67|
|32||Messiah would be hated without cause.||Psalm 35:19 Psalm 69:4||John 15:24-25|
|33||Messiah would becrucifiedwith criminals.||Isaiah 53:12||Matthew 27:38 Mark 15:27-28|
|34||Messiah would be given vinegar to drink.||Psalm 69:21||Matthew 27:34 John 19:28-30|
|35||Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.||Psalm 22:16 Zechariah 12:10||John 20:25-27|
|36||Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed.||Psalm 22:7-8||Luke 23:35|
|37||Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments.||Psalm 22:18||Luke 23:34 Matthew 27:35-36|
|38||Messiah’s bones would not be broken.||Exodus 12:46 Psalm 34:20||John 19:33-36|
|39||Messiah would be forsaken by God.||Psalm 22:1||Matthew 27:46|
|40||Messiah would pray for his enemies.||Psalm 109:4||Luke 23:34|
|41||Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side.||Zechariah 12:10||John 19:34|
|42||Messiah would be buried with the rich.||Isaiah 53:9||Matthew 27:57-60|
|43||Messiah wouldresurrect from the dead.||Psalm 16:10 Psalm 49:15||Matthew 28:2-7 Acts 2:22-32|
|44||Messiah wouldascend to heaven.||Psalm 24:7-10||Mark 16:19 Luke 24:51|
|45||Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand.||Psalm 68:18 Psalm 110:1||Mark 16:19 Matthew 22:44|
|46||Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin.||Isaiah 53:5-12||Romans 5:6-8|
|47||Messiah would return a second time.||Daniel7:13-14||Revelation 19|
These and several other Old Testament scriptures regarding Israel’s Messiah were fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ, who lived in the New Testament. They are the most compelling evidence of Christ’s divinity when taken as a whole. As Jesus went about his mission, he was conscious of the fact that he was fulfilling these predictions, and he utilized this awareness to further establish his claim to be the Son of God in the flesh: “I am the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus addressed them, saying, “You naive individuals!
Not only was it plainly foretold that the Messiah would have to endure all of these things before attaining his glory, but it was also clearly demonstrated.” Then Jesus led them on a journey through the books of Moses and all of the prophets, teaching the things concerning himself through the lens of all of the Scriptures.
However, the Scriptures point directly to me!” (John 5:39, New Living Translation)
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- H.L. Willmington (1997). Defending Your Faith (pp. 79-80), the NKJV Study Bible, and the Life Application Study Bible are all recommended.
List of Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Jesus
How many prophesies in the Old Testament were fulfilled by Jesus, and how many prophecies in the New Testament were fulfilled by Jesus? Scholars’ responses vary in length, with the majority ranging from around 200 to 400 words. In hisEncyclopedia of Bible Prophecy, J. Barton Payne provides a list of 191 prophesies that he considers to have a “personal relation to Christ,” according to Payne. The work of another researcher, Alfred Edersheim, came to the conclusion that there are at least 456 verses in the Old Testament that Jewish Rabbis have traditionally understood as being concerning the Messiah.
- It is arranged in a manner that is more or less in chronological sequence of completion.
- 4:4-5, Matt.
- 3:15cHe would defeat wickedness at the price of himself and his own people.
- 4 He would be a descendant of Abraham, according to Genesis 22:18.
- 1Corinthians 9:7; Heb.
28:13,14; He would be a descendent of Isaac’s son Jacob, according to tradition.
He would be a descendant of Jesse and a descendant of Judah, according to Matthew 1:2-3 and 8Isa.
He would be a descendant of Jesse’s son King David, according to Matthew 1:2-3 and 9Isa.
Genesis 49:10 (Matt.
History: According to Josephus, King Herod’s son was dethroned in 6 A.D.
He would emerge once the city of Jerusalem had been rebuilt.
12 9:26 Daniel 9:26 He would make an appearance before the (Roman) destruction of the Holy City of Jerusalem.
2:15–15) The prophet Isaiah predicted the birth of Jesus as a virgin.
(God with us) 16Isa.
Matthew 3:14-17 In Malachi 3, a messenger would pave the way for the Lord.
In Isaiah 61:1,2a, the ministry of Jesus is predicted by the prophet.
9:1,2He would emerge in Galilee and be a light to the Gentiles, according to the Scriptures.
He would accomplish wonders, according to Isa.
Among the passages cited are: Mark 10:51-52, Mark 7:32-35, Matt.
78:1–2 He would instruct with parables.
13:3-15 Deuteronomy 18:15-18 God prophesied that another prophet like Moses would come.
6:4-6 23 are all references to Jesus.
11:28–30 (KJV) 24 Psalm 2:1-12 He would be referred to as God’s sonActs 4:25-28 Isaiah 9:6–7 predicted the birth of a son who would be known as God.
John 13:18 (verse 28) He would be rejected according to Isa.
Matthew 27:21-23 (29th chapter) Dan.
30 Matthew 16:21; Luke 21:38-39 Psalm 22:6 says that Messiah will be scorned.
He would be afflicted, according to Isa.
Matthew 27:12-14 (verses 12-14) Ps.
34 (Matthew 27:39) Matthew 26:67 35Isa.
69:4 He would be despised for no apparent reason He would become a foreigner to his own brothers, according to John 15:25 and Psalm 69:8.
He would be ‘listed with the transgressors,’ according to Isa.
His hands and feet would be pierced, according to Luke 23:32 and Psalm 22:16.
John 19:28, verse 42 He would intercede for sinners, according to Isa.
23:34 (Luke 23:34) He would be abandoned, according to Psalm 22:1.
22:1 He would scream out to the Almighty.
27:46-45; Psalm 22:8).
Luke 23:34-35 (KJV) They would draw lots for his garments, according to Ps.
53:4-6He would be punished for the transgressions of others.
1:3-5 53 He would put a stop to sin, according to Dan.
Acts 2:31-55 is a biblical passage.
Psalm 118:22-24 (Eph.
Philippians 2:18-11 (Matt.
John 20:9 (verse 58) Job 19:25-27 (NIV) The book of Job foreshadows the specifics of the resurrection.
7.16 Luke 1:32, Rev.
Luke 3:31; Rev.
89Another prophetic promise regarding the durability of David’s throneLuke 1:32,33 62Another prophetic promise about the permanence of David’s throne 7:13–14; Dan.
Luke 1:31-33 (Luke 1:31-33).
John 12:18-21 (64th chapter) He would have an impact on people all throughout the world, according to Isaiah 42:1-4.
History: Christianity has expanded throughout the world, influencing individuals from all walks of life.
History: Christianity has expanded throughout the world, influencing individuals from all walks of life. 68 Isaiah 49:6He would bring salvation to the ends of the earthHistory: Christianity has expanded throughout the world, bringing salvation to people from all walks of life.
The Prophecies About Jesus
Over 400 predictions concerning the coming Messiah may be found in the Old Testament alone. Each and every one of them was entirely fulfilled by Jesus Christ. Do you have any idea what the chances are of it happening are? Consider the implications of a single individual fulfilling every prophecy about the coming Messiah, the Savior of the world. The likelihood of only eight (of the approximately 400) predictions being fulfilled in any one individual who has lived up to the current day was calculated by a professor called Peter Stoner and 600 students over the course of several years.
21 After becoming a Christian, Lee Strobel conducted some calculations in order to find out what this would look like in real life, and he came up with this result.
He would be authorized to bend down and pick up a tile only once throughout the course of the day.
According to these chances, just eight Old Testament predictions would come to fruition in any one individual throughout all of history!” 22 Here are just a few examples of the more than 400 Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled throughout his life:
Prophecy: The Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah, one of the 12 tribes of Israel. (Genesis 49:10)
FULFILLED: The tribe of Judah is the lineage of Jesus’ father, Abraham. The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 1:1-16)
Prophecy: The Messiah would be a descendant of King David. (Jeremiah 23:5, Psalms 132:11)
MET: Jesus was a descendant of King David, which was a requirement. The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 1:1-16)
Prophecy: Micah 5:2 says that the one true Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem.
JESUS was a descendant of King David, which was a prophecy that was fulfilled. (15:1-16) (Matthew 1:16)
Prophecy: In Isaiah 7:14, it says that the Messiah would be born of a virgin.
FULFILLED: Jesus was born by the Virgin Mary; thus (Matthew 1:22, Matthew 1:23, Luke 2:7)
Prophecy: Psalms 2:7 says that the Messiah would be the Son of God. “I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father.’”
FILLED: “The angel replied, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.'” FULFILLED: As a result, the holy one who will be born will be referred to as the Son of God.” (See also Luke 1:35)
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:2 says the Messiah would grow up in poverty. “He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
“Isn’t this the carpenter?” says the narrator. What if he isn’t Mary’s son as well as the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon, and not his own? Were his sisters not present with us?’ Moreover, they were offended by him.” (Matthew 6:3)
Prophecy: The Messiah would heal the sick. “Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer and the tongue of the dumb will sing for joy.” (Isaiah 35:5-6)
THE GOAL HAS BEEN ACHIEVED: “The blind acquire sight, the crippled walk, those who have leprosy are cured, those who are deaf hear, those who are dead are raised, and the good news is broadcast to the poor.” (See Matthew 11:5 for further information.)
Prophecy: The Messiah would speak in parables. (Psalms 78:2)
FULFILLED: “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.” (Matthew 13:34)
Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9 says that the Messiah would enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey.
ARRANGEMENT COMPLETED: “They brought it to Jesus, flung their clothes onto the colt, and mounted Jesus.” As he traveled along the road, folks spread their cloaks on the roadside. When he got close to the point where the route descends the Mount of Olives, the entire crowd of disciples burst into applause, praising God for all the wonders they had witnessed and exclaiming, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ I pray for “peace on earth and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:35-38; Mark 10:35-38)
Prophecy: Psalms 41:9 says that the Messiah would be betrayed by a close friend, one whom He trusted, one with whom He broke bread.
FULFILLED: Jesus’ disciple, Judas, betrayed him and died as a result. The Bible says (John 13:18, John 13:21, and Matthew 26:21-25).
Prophecy: The Messiah would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:12)
The prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus’ follower, Judas, turned on him. The Bible says (John 13:18, John 13:21, and Matthew 26:21–25).
Prophecy: The thirty pieces of silver used to purchase the Messiah’s betrayal would be used to buy a potters field. (Zechariah 11:13)
The money from Judas’ suicide was used to purchase a potters’ field, which was later completed. (See Matthew 27:7 for further information.)
Prophecy: He would be denied by his disciples. “Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.” (Zechariah 13:7)
“Then everyone left him and fled,” the author writes. (Matthew 14:50)
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:3 says that the Messiah would be despised and rejected by men.
The prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus was despised, rejected, and crucified. (Luke 23:20-23; Matthew 23:20-23)
Prophecy: The Messiah would be mocked by his enemies. (Psalms 22:7-8)
“Those who went by threw obscenities at him, shaking their heads and screaming, ‘You who are going to demolish the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself!'” Assuming that you are the Son of God, please come down from the cross! His mockery was reciprocated by the leading priests, professors of the law, and other respected seniors. The critics pointed out that he had saved others, but that he was unable to save himself! He’s the King of Israel, after all! Allow him to come down from the cross at this time, and we will believe in him.
Allow God to rescue him now if he so desires, for he has stated, ‘I am the Son of God.’ He was likewise insulted by the robbers who were hanged alongside him in the same way.” (Matthew 27:39-44) (Matthew 27:39-44)
Prophecy: The Messiah would die in a brutal way, his hands and feet pierced. (Psalms 22:14-17)
Jesus was beaten, put on a cross, and crucified, and his mission was completed. (12:63; Luke 23:32; John 19:18; Luke 23:32-33; Luke 22:63; Luke 23:32-33; John 19:18)
Prophecy: The Messiah would be given gall and vinegar to drink. (Psalms 69:21)
“They arrived at a location known as Golgotha (which literally translates as “the site of the skull”). It was there that they gave Jesus wine laced with gall to drink, but after tasting it, he refused to take it.” (Matthew 27:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Luke 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Luke 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33-34; Mark 10:33
Prophecy: “They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” (Psalms 22:18)
“After they had crucified Jesus, they divided up his clothing by drawing lots,” the mission was completed. And they sat down and kept an eye on him from that position.” The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 27:35-36)
Prophecy: His bones would not be broken. “He protects all His bones, not one of them will be broken.” (Psalms 34:20)
“As a result, the soldiers came and shattered the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then the legs of the other.” However, when they arrived at Jesus’ location and saw that he had already died, they did not break his legs.” (See also John 19:32-33)
Prophecy: “I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6)
It was fulfilled when, in Matthew 26:67-68, they spit in His face and smacked Him in the face with their hands.
Prophecy: He would be flogged. Isaiah 53:5 says, “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
“Then he freed Barabbas to them,” the narrator says. “However, he flogged Jesus and gave him over to be crucified,” says the Bible. In Matthew 27:26, the Bible says, Isaiah not only describes the flogging that Christ would experience, but he also reveals the reason why Christ would suffer—to deliver us from the judgment of sin and death—in order to save us from ourselves.
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open his mouth.”
“When He was accused by the chief priests and the elders, He did not respond,” the Bible says.
Then Pilate questioned Him, saying, ‘Don’t you hear the evidence they’re presenting against you?’ But Jesus didn’t say anything, not even in response to a single allegation, much to the governor’s surprise.” (Matthew 27:12-14; Mark 1:12-14)
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:12 says that the Messiah would atone for the sin of man. “He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
FULFILED: “Through the shedding of his blood, God offered Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, to be received by faith.” The reason he did this was to illustrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance, he had allowed the transgressions committed previously to go unpunished.” (See also Romans 3:25)
Prophecy: “The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’” (Psalms 110:1) The Messiah would sit at the right hand of God and have authority over everything.
“After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was lifted up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God,” the Bible says. (Matthew 16:19) Just a fraction of the numerous prophesies that Jesus fulfilled are listed below. However, as I stated at the outset of this chapter, if you are hell-bent on disproving God and Jesus, nothing I say is likely to sway your opinion in any direction. You can debate till your face is flushed with blood. Alternatively, you may be a skeptic and proclaim, “There’s no way 400 of those predictions are about Jesus.” However, the reality of the matter remains: they are real and they exist.
You don’t have the strength to wrestle with God, and he’s provided far too much proof for you to just dismiss it.
God exists, and Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the King of the Jews.
The Mathematical Probability that Jesus is the Christ
It is because of the extremely remote possibility of fulfillment that prophecy serves as an evidence of divine authorship of the Scriptures, and consequently serves as a witness to the reliability of the Message of the Scriptures. Predictions can be made by anybody. Having those forecasts come true is a very other experience. In fact, the more the number of claims made about the future, and the greater the level of detail, the less probable it is that the precise fulfillment will occur. For example, what are the chances of someone forecasting today the precise city in which the birth of a future leader will take place, long into the twenty-first century, without any prior knowledge?
- In addition, what are the chances of accurately forecasting the specific way of death that a fresh unknown religious leader would suffer a thousand years from now – a manner of death that is currently unknown and is expected to stay undiscovered for hundreds of years?
- Another question is: what are the chances of correctly forecasting the exact date of the emergence of some great future leader hundreds of years in the future?
- So, if you had 50 precise prophesies about a person in the future, who you had never met before, what is the odds that this person would come true and fulfill all 50 of your predictions?
- For instance, how does someone “arrange” to be born into a particular family?
- So how does one “plan” one’s own death – and especially crucifixion with two others – and then “arrange” for their executioners to bet for His garments (John 16:19; Psalms 22:18), you might wonder.
- How can one “plan” for the executioners to follow out the standard procedure of breaking the legs of the two victims on either side of them, but not their own, without putting themselves in danger?
- Even if someone were to successfully fake one or two of the Messianic prophesies, it would be impossible for a single individual to plan and carry out the fulfillment of all of the prophecies at the same time.
- Using statistical analysis, a professor at Westmont College evaluated the likelihood of a single individual fulfilling the primary predictions about the Messiah.
- Every component was carefully considered, each prophecy was thoroughly studied, and the numerous situations that may suggest persons had collaborated to bring about the fulfillment of a certain prophecy were meticulously investigated and weighed.
- Their estimations were then taken into consideration by the professor, who increased their conservatism even further.
- Finally, he presented his data to a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation for examination, which approved them.
When it comes to Micah 5:2, which states that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem, the professor and his students calculated the average population of BETHLEHEM from the time of Micah to the present and divided that figure by the average population of Earth during the same time period, as an example.
After just eight separate predictions were examined, they tentatively concluded that the likelihood of one guy fulfilling all eight prophesies was one in ten thousand seventeen.
To demonstrate how large the number 1017 (a figure with 17 zeros) is, the professor provided the following illustration: Consider the following scenario: we take 1017 silver dollars and place them on the surface of Texas.
Now, make a mark on one of these silver dollars and completely swirl the entire mass across the entire state.
What chance did he have of getting the proper one, you may wonder.
Is there anyone who, in financial terms, would not invest in a financial enterprise if the possibility of failure was merely one in ten-hundred-eighth?
According to these calculations, the professor believes that the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone demonstrates that God influenced the drafting of the prophesies – the chances of a coincidence being one in 1017 is extremely low.
But, of course, there are many more predictions than just the eight listed here.
What is the square root of 10157?
The professor uses electrons as an example to demonstrate the significance of this number.
They’re even more minute than atoms.
Even if we counted 250 of these electrons per minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it would still take 19 million years to count a line of electrons one inch long, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Consider the following scenario: we’re taking this amount of electrons, marking one of them, completely mixing it into the rest of the mass, and then blindfolding a guy and asking him to locate the correct one.
What type of a pile of electrons would this large a number of electrons produce?
This is the conclusion reached when just 48 predictions were taken into consideration.
The odds become so minuscule that it is difficult to believe that they will ever occur after the probability exceeds one chance in a hundred thousand.
According to the professor’s conclusion, “Any man who rejects Christ as the Son of God is rejecting a truth, which has been shown maybe more conclusively than any other fact in the world.”