The Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ of Nazareth
There are in the Old Testament 332 distinct predictions which are literally fulfilled in Jesus Christ. We will not cover them all. These fulfilled prophecies prove without any doubt to the honest student of the scriptures that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was the promised Messiah of the Jewish people, and Savior of the world. It is impossible for any other conclusion to be made. Here are some of these prophecies, which prove that the Bible is the only book God ever wrote.
Especially, see the 29 prophecies fulfilled in one 24 hr. period, on the day of the crucifixion of Christ!
Purpose of Messianic prophecy.
1. The God of the Bible is the only true God whose knowledge is infinite and whose Word is never broken. Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
2. All things are subject to God’s Divine will. Isaiah 46:9- “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10-Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
3. Messiah will absolutely be known, based on His credentials. Isaiah 48:3- “I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. 4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; 5 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.” Romans 1:2- “(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:”
Appeal to Messianic prophecy.
Jesus Matthew 5:17- “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” Luke 24:27- “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”Luke 24:44- “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” John 5:39- “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” 46- “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
Matthew 13:14 (on parables) “And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:”
Matthew 11:10- (On John the Baptist) For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.”
Jesus was the chief corner stone, but was rejected. Matthew 21:42- “Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?”
Matthew 26:56- “But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.”
The scripture came 100% true.
Mark 13:26 Here Jesus quotes the scripture , claiming this for Himself, in the future. ” And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” (Compare with Daniel 7:13- “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”)
Luke 4:20-“And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” Jesus claims He was fulfilling the scriptures.
Luke 22:37- “For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.” The prophecy said Jesus would be put to death among others being punished for their sins. Remember when He was crucified between 2 thieves?
John 15:25- “But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” He never did one thing wrong. Yet they hated Him.
New Testament writers appeal to prophecies fulfilled in Jesus
1. Acts 3:18- ” But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.”
2. Acts 10:43- “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”
3. Acts 13:29- “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.”
4. Acts 17:2- “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.”
5. 1 Corinthians 15:3- “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
6. Romans 1:2- “(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)”
7. 1 Peter 2:5- “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”
8. Matthew 2:4- “And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”
Significance of predictive prophecy.
1. Concludes that there is a divine intellect behind the Old and New Testament.
2. Establishes the fact of God.
3. Authenticates the Deity of Christ
4. Demonstrates the inspiration of the Bible
The Old Testament contains over 300 references to the Messiah that were fulfilled in Jesus
1. Objection? You might say, “The prophecies were written at or after the time of Jesus, and therefore fulfill themselves.
2. Answer. If you are not satisfied with 450 B.C. as the historic date for the completion of the Old Testament, then take into consideration the following: the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, was initiated in the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus (285-246 B.C.). It is rather obvious that if you have a Greek translation initiated in 250 B.C., then you had to have the Hebrew text from which it was written. This will suffice to indicate that there was at least a 250 year gap between the prophecies being written down and their fulfillment in the person of Christ.
Credentials of Jesus as the Messiah through fulfilled prophecy
Concerning His Birth.
1. Born of the seed of a woman.
Prophecy: Genesis 3:15- “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Fulfilment: Galatians 4:4- “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,” Also Matthew 1:20- “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
In the original oracle, God foretold the age long conflict which would be waged between ‘the seed of the woman”, and “the seed of the serpent”, which will be eventually won by Christ. This primitive promise indicates a struggle between the Messiah of Israel, the Saviour of the world, and Satan, the adversary of the human soul on the other hand.
Born of a virgin.
1. Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14- “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
2. Fulfillment: Matthew 1:18- “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. vs. 24- “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”
A virgin is a marriageable maiden or young woman, pure, virgin.
Son of God.
Prophecy: Psalms 2:7- “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” 1 Chronicles 17:11- “And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. 13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee: 14 But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.”
Matthew 3:17- “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mathew 16:16- “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” See also- Mark 9:37, Luke 9:35, 22:70, Acts 13:30, John 1:34, 49
Seed of Abraham.
Prophecy: Genisis 22:18- “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 1:1- “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” Galatians 3:16- “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” The importance of the event in Genesis 22:18 is established when we realize that God swears by Himself in His relationship to the patriarchs. In thy seed- one particular person shall descend from thee. The above passage determines that the Messiah would come through the Hebrew race.
Son of Isaac.
Prophecy: Genisis 21:12- “And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.”
Fulfillment: Luke 3:23,34- “… Jesus.. the son of Isaac..”Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Now God eliminates one-half of the lineage of Abraham.
Son of Jacob
Prophecy: Numbers 24:17- “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.”
Fulfillment: Luke 3:23. 34- “Jesus… the son of Jacob…”
Tribe of Judah.
Prophecy: Genisis 49:10- “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Also Micah 5:2- “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
Fulfillment: Luke 3:23,34- “Jesus… the son of Judah…”
Family Line of Jesse.
Prophecy: Isaiah 11:1- “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:”
Fulfillment: Luke 3:23,32- “Jesus… the son of Jesse…”
House of David.
Prophecy: Jeremiah 23:5- “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.”
Fulfillment: Luke 3:23,31- “Jesus … the son of Jesse…”
Born at Bethlehem.
Prophecy: Micah 5:2- “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 2:1- “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…”
He was to be presented with gifts.
Prophecy: Psalms 72:10- “The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 2:1,11- “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 11- “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
Herod Kills Children.
Prophecy: Jeremiah 31:15- ” Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 2:16- “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
Prophecies concerning His Nature.
Prophecy: Micah 5:2- “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Also Isaiah 9:6,7, 41:4, 44:6
Fulfillment: Colossians 1:17- “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”John 1:1- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.”
He Shall be Called Lord.
Prophecy: Psalms 110:1- “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” Also Jeremiah 23:6
Fulfillment: Luke 2:11- “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Matthew 22:43- “He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?”
He Shall be Immanuel.
(God with us)Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14- “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 1:23- “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” also Luke 7:16
Shall be a Prophet.
Prophecy: Deuteronomy 18:18- “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 21:11- “And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” Also John 4:19- “The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.”
Prophecy: Psalms 110:4- “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Fulfillment: Hebrews 3:1- “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;” Hebrews 5:5,6- “So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”
Prophecy: Isaiah 33:22- “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.”
Fulfillment: John 5:30- “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” 2 Timothy 4:1- “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;”
Prophecy : Psalms 2:6- “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.”Zechariah 9:9- “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 27:37- “And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
Special Anointment of Holy Spirit.
Prophecy: Isaiah 11:2- “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;”
Fulfillment: Matthew 3:16,17- “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
His Zeal for God.
Prophecy: Psalm 69:9- “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.”
Fulfillment: John 2:15- “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.:
Prophecies concerning His ministry.
Preceded by Messenger (John the Baptist)
Prophecy: Isaiah 40:3- “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”Malachi 3:1- “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 3:1- “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
Ministry to begin in Galilee.
Prophecy: Isaiah 9:1- “Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. 2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 4:12- “Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”
Ministry of miracles.
Prophecy: Isaiah 35:5- “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing,”
Fulfillment: Matthew 9:35- ” And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”
Teacher of Parables.
Prophecy: Psalms 78:2- “I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:”
Fulfillment: Matthew 13:34- “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:”
He was to enter the Temple.
Prophecy: Malachi 3:1- “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 21:12- “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.”
He was to enter Jerusalem on a donkey.
Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9- “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
Fulfillment: Luke 19:35- “And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. 36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. 37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;”
Stone of stumbling to Jews.
Prophecy: Psalm 118:22- “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.”Isaiah 8:14- “And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” Isaiah 28:16- “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.”
Fulfillment: 1 Peter 2:7- “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.” Romans 9:32- “Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
Light” to Gerntiles.
Prophecy: Isaiah 60:3- “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Also Isaiah 49:6- “And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.”
Fulfillment: Acts 13:47- “For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord:….”
Prophecies concerning events after His burial
Prophecy: Psalms 16:10- “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” Psalms 30:3- “O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.” Hosea 6:2- “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”
Fulfillment: Acts 2:31- “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”Luke 24:46- “And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:”
Prophecy: Psalm 68:18- “Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive:…”
Fulfillment: Acts 1:9- “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.”
Seated at right hand of God.Prophecy: Psalms 110:1- “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”
Fulfillment: Hebrewws 1:3- “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Mark 16:19- “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.”
29 Prophecies fulfilled in One Day !
The following 29 prophecies from the Old Testament, speak of the betrayl, trial, death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ, were spoken of various times by many different voices during the 5 centuries from 1000-500 B.C., and yet all of them were literally fulfilled in Jesus in one 24 hour period.
Betrayed by friends.
Prophecy: Psalms 41:9- “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.Psalm 55:12- ” For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.”
Sold for 30 pieces of silver.Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12- “And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 26:15- “And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.”
Money to be thrown in God’s House.
Prophecy: Zechariah 11:13b- “…And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 27:5a- “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple,”
Price given for potters field.
Prophecy: Zecharian 11:13b- “And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 27:7- “And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.”
In the previous four prophecies we find in both prophecy and fulfillment the following.
1. Betrayed 2. By a friend.3. For 30 pieces (not 29)4. Of silver (not gold)5. Thrown down (not placed)6. In the House of the Lord7. Money used to buy potter’s field.
Forsaken by disciples.
Prophecy: Zehariah 13:7- “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered:”
Fulfilled: Mark 14:50- “And they all forsook him, and fled.” Matthew 26:31- “Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.”
Accused by false witnesses.
Prophecy: Psaslms 35:11- “False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 26:59- ” Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.”
Dumb before accusers.
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:7- “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:12- “And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. 13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.”
Wounded and bruised.
Prophesy: Isaiah 53:5- “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Zechariah 13:6- “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:26- “Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.”
Smitten and spit upon.Prophecy: Isaiah 50:6- “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 26:67- ” Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,…”
Prophecy: Psalms 22:7- “All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 27:31- “And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.”
Fell under the cross.
Prophecy: Psalms 109:24- “My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness. 25 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads”
Fulfilled: John 19:17- “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:” Luke 23:26- “And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.”
Hands and feet pierced.
Prophecy: Psalms 22:16- “For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” Zechariah 12:10 – “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
Fulfilled: Luke 23:33- “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.” John 20:25- “The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Crucified with thieves.
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:12- “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:38- “Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.” Note: Crucifixion was a Roman punishment, it was unknown in Jewish law. The type of death pictured in Isaiah 53, and Psalm 22 did not come into practice under the Jewish system until hudreds of years after the account was written.
Made Intercession for His persecutors.
Prophecy: “…and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Fulfilled: Luke 23:34- “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Can we, as selfish sinners, imagine such perfect love? He was spit upon, beaten mocked, and being slowly tortuted to death, yet He asked for His enemies to be forgiven. Such love!
Rejected by His own people.
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:3- “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
Fulfilled: John 7:5- “For neither did his brethren believe in him.” & 48- “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?” John 1:11- “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”
Hated without a cause.
Prophecy: Psalms 69:4- “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head:…” Isaiah 49:7- “Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers,…”Fulfilled: John 15:25- “But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.”
Friends stood far off.Prophecy: Psalms 38:11- “My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.”
Fulfilled: Luke 23:49- “And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.”
People shook their heads.Prophecy: Psalms 109:25- “I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:39- “And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,”
Prophecy: Psalms 22:17- “I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.”
Fulfilled: Luke 23:35- “And the people stood beholding….”
Garments parted and lots cast.Prophecy: Psalms 22:18- “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”
Fulfilled: John 19: 23- ” Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.”
To suffer thirst:Prophecy: Psalms 69:21- “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” Psalms 22:15- “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.”
Fulfilled: John 19:28- ” After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.”
Gall and vinegar offered Him.
Prophecy: Psalms 69:21- “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:34- “They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.”
His forasaken cry.
Prophecy: Psalm 221a- “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?…”
Fulfilled: Matthyew 27:46- “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”Committed Himself to God.Prophecy: Psalms 31:5- “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”
Fulfilled: Luke 23:46- “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”
Bones not broken.
Prophecy: Psalms 34:20- “He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.”
Fulfilled: John 19:32- “Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:”
Note: Jesus was also the fulfillment of all the symbolical ordinances as layed down through Moises in the passover lamb. There was not a bone to be broken. It was roasted (not sodden, he bore the wrath (fire) of God against sin.) The passover lamb was to be eaten at one time, not left for tomorrow, Jesus was not left to hang on the cross. It was a male lamb, it was to be spotless, Jesus was sinless. etc. There are two other prophecies also fulfilled concerning His bones. Psalms 22:14 speaks of ALL HIs bones being out of joint, crucifiction does this, and Psalms 22:17 says “they can tell all His bones” (as He hung on the cross).
Stop!! Think!! How infinite and infallible is our God, past figuring out. Who can know Him. These scriptures written, in some cases, thousands of years in advance, tell of a coming Savior, the Messiah of the Jews. Throught the centuries, scribes and students of the Word waited for a person who would be “of the seed of a woman, born of a virgin, descended from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, of the tribe of Judah, descendent of King David, born in Bethlehem.” He had to be preceded by “the voice crying in the desert (John the Baptist) He had to teach in parables, He had to do miracles, and at the grand conclusion of His life, we are now studying 29 prophecies fulfilled in one 24 hour period. It is like watching a video of a future event that has not happened yet. God writes things that have not yet come to pass, as if they have already happened. An invisible God, in control of everything. Genetic fasmily lineage, language, etc. Even down to soldiers gambling for your clothes, all foretold. Only a very proud and spiritually blind person could deny the reality of God and deny the inspiration , and preservation of His perfect Word.
Prophecy: Psalm 22:14- “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.”
Fulfilled: John 19:34- ” But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” The blood and water which came out from His pierced side are evidence that the heart had literally burst.
His side pierced.
Prophecy: Zechariah 12:10- “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
Fulfilled: John 19:34- “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.”
Darkness over the land.
Prophecy: Amos 8:9- “And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:”
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:45- “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.”
Buried in rich man’s tomb.
Prophecy: Isaiah 53:9- “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 27:57- “When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.”
There we have it, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Lord, King, High Priest, Savior, and Messiah of the Jews and the world. Amen, even so come Lord Jesus.
Other readings for your pleasure submitted-His first advent-
1. Genesis 3:15. God promises that the seed “of the woman” would bruise the serpents heel. On the cross of Calvary, Jesus , the seed of a woman, Mary, to whom He was born miraculously without the benefit of the seed of a man, bruised Satan’s heel.
2. Deuteronomy 18:15. The promise of a prophet. John 1:45- “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
3. Isaiah 9:6 A child is to be born that would be called “The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
4. The promise of a light to the gentiles. Isaiah 42:65. Daniel 2:44 The promise of an everlasting kingdom.6. Zechariah 3:8 God promises to send His servant “The Branch”.
1. God promises that the “sceptre” shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver, until “Shiloh” come. When Jesus did come, Israel and the tribe of Judah still had religious authority to enact and punish laws made by them. They did not have authority to execute a person, so they had to go to the Romans, to punish Jesus, and thereby fulfilling more prophecies of his death by crucifiction. The Jews stoned people.
2. Numbers 24:17 The promise of a STAR out of Jacob. Jesus is also called “The Bright and Morning STAR”3. Daniel 9:24,25 This is the most extroidanary prophecy I know of. It contains Gods calendar for Israel. These verses, and others, in this chapter, and elsewhere. It says that 70 weeks are determined upon Israel. This means 70 x 7= 490 years. It says that from the going forth of the command to rebuild Jerusalem (vs. 25) There were three decrees to do this, the principal one being in 457 B.C. The 70 weeks are subdivided into 7 weeks, 62 weeks, and 1 week (vs. 25,27). It is difficult to see tvhte application of the “7 weeks”; but the 69 weeks (including the 7) equal 483 days.
This 483 is the period between the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and the coming or the “Annoited One” (vs. 25) The decree to rebuild Jerusalem, as noted was 457 B.C. brings us to A.D. 26, the very year that Jesus was baptized and began His public ministry. A most remarkable fulfillment of Daniels prophecy, even to the very year. Then, within 3 ½ years Jesus was crucified, that is “in the midst of one week:” “The Anoited One” was “cut off” (Jesus was crucified), away sin and brought in everlasting righteousness” (vs. 24,26, 27) The book of Daniel foretells not only the Time at which the Messiah would appear, but also the Duration of His Public Ministry, and His Atoning Death for human sin.Then, it appears, God chronology was suspended at the death of Christ, to remain so while Israel was scattered, and the gentile nations are all reached by the gospel, through the local churches. The final week wil be the 7 years of Great Tribulation, called “The time of Jacobs trouble” in Jeremaih 30:7 when Israel will be purged and judged, along with the rest of the world for 7 years.4. Zechariah 3:8 Again, God’s promise to send His servant called “The Branch”.
1. Psalms 2:7, 11-12 The promis of God to send His only begotten Son. Kiss theSon.
2. Psalms 45:6,7 He is called God.
3. Isaiah 9:6 Again, this “child that is to be born” is called God several times in this verse. The Everlasting Father, The Mighty God.
4. Isaiah 25:9 This verse talks about waiting for the God of their salvation, He will save us. Jesus= The Savior
5. Micah 5:2 A prediction of where the Messiah would be born (Bethlehem) and a description giving Him one of the attributes of God, “from everlasting”.
6. Malachi 3:1 The promise of a messenger , the Lord, shall suddenly come to his temple. Jesus did that.The promiser of a “Forerunner”, someone who would prepare the way before him.
1. Isaiah 40:3 Fulfilled in the person of John the Baptist, who was the “voice crying in the wilderness.”
2. Malachi 3:1 The promise of a messenger that will pave the way for the Lord.
3. Malachi 4:5 John the Baptist was a “type” of Elias.His Nativity and early years
1. Isaiah 7:14 A wonderful promise. This is the promise of the virgin birth. Jesus had to be born supernaturally without a father. The sin nature is passed through the fathers blood line. He was sinless.
2. Jeremiah 31:22 Seems to be another prophecy of a virgin birth “a woman shall compass a man”.