Thursday, July 26, 2007

What Are Some of the Old Testament Prophecies That Jesus Fulfilled?

Jesus lived on this earth from about 4 B.C. until about 30 A.D. according to most Biblical scholars. The Gospel of Jesus as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as well as the rest of the New Testament were all written in the first century A.D. This timeframe is important because the Old Testament Prophets scribed the prophecies hundreds of years before the events. They could not have predicted all the events about Jesus to any degree of certainty unless they were speaking God's Words about God Himself in the flesh (Jesus). Only God knows the future, and He is never wrong. The odds of Jesus not being God's Messiah are billions upon billions to one (statistically proves Jesus was the Messiah). The last statistic I read was 10 to the 57th power (that's 1 with 57 zeros). No other religion in the world has one verifiable, believable prophecy. Praise God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus, the Son of the Living God!
Here is a partial listing of fulfilled prophecies of Jesus, the only begotten Son of God. I pray the following 20 prophesies will help you realize the Bible holds the perfect truth of God's Word. The italicized references are not quoted, but supplied for further evidence. Some of the quotes shown are incomplete for brevity purposes here; however, the full quotes are in context. OT = Old Testament, NT = New Testament.
1) Messiah Was to be Born of a Virgin and Called Immanuel (God With Us)
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."
OT: Isaiah 7:14 (750 B.C.)
"This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save this people from their sins.' All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel' -- which means, 'God with us.' When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus."
NT: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38
2) Messiah Was to be Born in Bethlehem
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
OT: Micah 5:2 (432 B.C.)
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea . . . ."
NT: Matthew 2:1-6, Luke 2:1-20
3) Messiah Was to be a Prophet Like Moses
"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me [Moses] from among your own brothers. You must listen to him."
OT: Deuteronomy 18:15,18,19 (1402 B.C.)
"On hearing his [Jesus'] words, some of the people said, 'Surely this man is the Prophet.' Others said, 'He is the Christ.'"
NT: John 7:40-41, Acts 3:22, 7:37
4) Messiah Was to Enter Jerusalem in Triumph
"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king come to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey."
OT: Zechariah 9:9 (520 B.C.)
". . . the great crowd . . . heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed if he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!' Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written . . . ."
NT: Matthew 21:1-9, John 12:12-16
5) Messiah Was to be Rejected By His Own People
"He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not."
OT: Isaiah 53:1,3 (750 B.C.), Psalm 118:22 (965 B.C.)
"Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him."
NT: Matthew 26:3-4, John 12:37-43, Acts 4:1-12
6) Messiah Was to be Betrayed By One of His Followers
"Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me."
OT: Psalm 41:9 (965 B.C.)
"Then one of the Twelve -- the one called Judas Iscariot -- went to the chief priests and asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand him [Jesus] over to you?' So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over."
NT: Matthew 26:14-16, 47-50, Luke 22:19-23
7) Messiah Was to be Tried and Condemned
"By oppression and judgment he was taken away, And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken."
OT: Isaiah 53:8 (750 B.C.)
"Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor."
NT: Matthew 27:1-2, Luke 23:1-25
8) Messiah Was to be Silent Before His Accusers
"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."
OT: Isaiah 53:7 (750 B.C.)
"When he [Jesus] was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, 'Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?' But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge -- to the great amazement of the governor."
NT: Matthew 27:12-14, Mark 15:3-4, Luke 23:8-10
9) Messiah Was to be Struck and Spat on By His Enemies
"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."
OT: Isaiah 50:6 (750 B.C.)
"Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, 'Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?'"
NT: Matthew 26:67, 27:30, Mark 14:65
10) Messiah Was to be Mocked and Insulted
"All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads."
OT: Psalm 22:7, 109:25 (965 B.C.)
"Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads . . . ."
NT: Matthew 27:39-44, Luke 23:11,35
11) Messiah Was to Die By Crucifixion
"Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me."
OT: Psalm 22:14,16-17 (965 B.C.)
"And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him."
"It was the third hour when they crucified him."
NT: Matthew 27:33, Mark 15:20,25
12) Messiah Was to Suffer With Criminals and Pray For His Enemies
"Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
OT: Isaiah 53:12 (750 B.C.)
"Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the placed called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals -- one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.' And they divided up his clothes by casting lots."
NT: Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27-28, Luke 23:32-34
13) Messiah Was to be Given Vinegar and Gall
"They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst."
OT: Psalm 69:21 (965 B.C.)
"There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it."
"Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
NT: Matthew 27:34, John 19:28-30
14) Others Were to Cast Lots For Messiah's Clothes
"They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."
OT: Psalm 22:18 (965 B.C.)
"When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots."
NT: Matthew 27:35, John 19:23-24
15) Messiah's Bones Were Not to be Broken
"He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken."
OT: Psalm 34:20 (965 B.C.)
"The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs."
NT: John 19:32-33
16) Messiah Was to be Pierced
". . . They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child."
OT: Zechariah 12:10 (520 B.C.)
"Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water."
NT: John 19:34,37
17) Messiah Was to Die As a Sacrifice For Sin
"We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
OT: Isaiah 53:6,8,10-12 (750 B.C.)
"The next day John [the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'"
NT: John 1:29,11:49-52, Acts 10:43,13:38-39
18) Darkness Over the Land
"'In that day,' declared the Sovereign LORD, 'I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.'"
OT: Amos 8:9 (765 B.C.)
"From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over the land."
NT: Matthew 27:45
19) Messiah Was to be Raised From the Dead
"Because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay."
OT: Psalm 16:10 (965 B.C.)
". . . This man [Jesus] was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. . . ."
NT: Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 2:22-32
20) Messiah Is Now at God's Right Hand
"The LORD says to my Lord: 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.'"
OT: Psalm 110:1 (965 B.C.)
"After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God."
NT: Mark 16:19, Luke 24:50-51

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