Prophecies of the Messiah fulfilled in Jesus Christ

There are literally thousands of prophecies in the Old Testament that are fulfilled by the coming of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Here we will look at just a few of them. George Heron, a French mathematician, calculated that the odds of one man fulfilling just 40 of these prophecies are 1 in 10 to the power of 157. That is a 1 followed by 157 zeros. Compare it to this; your odds on winning the lottery are 14 followed by 6 zeros.

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 and Psalms 22 record specific details of crucifixion hundreds of years before it became the common form of execution. This of course is a very dramatic example of Biblical prophecy being fulfilled. More prophecies are listed below and we will talk in more detail on some of them. As you can see each example has the OT prophecy with the place in the NT where the fulfilment can be found. We encourage you to look up the passages that are listed and study them yourself. Pray that Lord would guide you in your studies and open up His word to you so that you might understand it more fully.

Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23)

 

  • A descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16)
  • Of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14)
  • Of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1)
  • Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7)
  • Taken to Egypt (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:14-15)
  • Herod´s killing of the infants (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)
  • Anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17)
  • Heralded by the messenger of the Lord (John the Baptist) (Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1-3)
  • Would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35)
  • Would preach good news (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:14-21)
  • Would minister in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-16)
  • Would cleanse the Temple (Malachi 3:1; Matthew 21:12-13)
  • Would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25; Matthew 21:4-11)
  • Would enter Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9)
  • Would be rejected by Jews (Psalm 118:22; I Peter 2:7)
  • Die a humiliating death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) involving:
    – rejection (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; 7:5,48)
    – betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:3-4; John 13:18)
    – sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15)
    – silence before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-14)
    – being mocked (Psalm 22: 7-8; Matthew 27:31)
    – beaten (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26)
    – spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 27:30)
    – piercing His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:31)
    – being crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38)
    – praying for His persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34)
    – piercing His side (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)
    – given gall and vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21, Matthew 27:34, Luke 23:36)
    – no broken bones (Psalm 34:20; John 19:32-36)
    – buried in a rich man´s tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60)
    – casting lots for His garments (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24)
  • Would rise from the dead!! (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31)
  • Ascend into Heaven (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9)
  • Would sit down at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3)

 

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