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  • Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ

    "What is a prophecy?" A prophecy is the future told in advance by God through a prophet.
    Isaiah 48:3-5 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. Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; 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. (KJV)

    "Does the Old Testament contain any prophecies about the Messiah?"

    Yes! The Old Testament contains about THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FOUR prophecies about the Messiah. Here is a small sample (in roughly chronological order):

    GOD WOULD COME TO EARTH BE BORN AS A HUMAN MALE

    Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. 700B.C.
    Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
    John 1:1-3, 14
    [1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    [2] He was with God in the beginning.
    [3] Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
    [14] The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    BORN OF A VIRGIN

    Isaiah 7:14 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. 700B.C.
    Mattthew 1:20-23
    [20] 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.
    [21] She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
    [22] All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
    [23] "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" --which means, "God with us."

    FROM THE HOUSE OF JUDAH

    Isaiah 37:31 Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. 700B.C.
    Matthew 1:1-2, 16 [1]A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son [descendant] of David, the son of Abraham:
    [2]Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
    [16]and [a later] Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

    FROM THE ROOT AND STUMP OF JESSE

    Isaiah 11:10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. 700B.C.
    Isaiah 11:1-5 [1]A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
    [2]The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD
    [3]and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears
    [4]but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
    [5]Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. 700B.C.
    Romans 15:12 And again, Isaiah says, "The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him."
    Matthew 1:1-2a, 5-6, 16
    [1]A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham
    [2]Abraham was the father of Isaac, ...
    [5]... Obed the father of Jesse
    [6]and Jesse the father of King David.
    [16]and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

    FROM THE HOUSE OF DAVID

    Isaiah 16:5 In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it--one from the house of David--one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness. 700B.C.
    Matthew 1:1-2A, 6, 16
    [1]A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
    [2]Abraham was the father of Isaac, ...
    [6]and Jesse the father of King David.
    [16]and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

    BORN IN BETHLEHEM EPHRATHAH

    Micah 5:2 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. 700B.C.
    Matthew 2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem

    BE FROM NAZARETH OF GALILEE

    Isaiah 9:1-2
    [1]Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan --
    [2]The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 700B.C.
    Matthew 2:22-23
    [22]But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee
    [23]and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."
    Matthew 4:13-16
    [13]Leaving Nazareth, he [Jesus] went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali
    [14]to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
    [15]"Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles
    [16]the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."

    HIS BIRTH WOULD TRIGGER A MASSACRE OF INFANT BOYS

    Jeremiah 31:15 This is what the LORD says: "A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more." 625B.C.
    Matthew 2:16-18
    [16]When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
    [17]Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
    [18]"A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."

    COME OUT OF EGYPT

    Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 725B.C.
    Matthew 2:14-15
    [14]So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,
    [15]where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."

    MISSION WOULD INCLUDE THE GENTILES

    Isaiah 49:6 he [the Lord] says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."700B.C.
    Isaiah 42:1-4, 6
    [1]"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations
    [2]He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.
    [3]A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
    [4]he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope."
    [6]"I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, 700B.C.
    Matthew 12:14-21
    [14]But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
    [15]Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,
    [16]warning them not to tell who he was.
    [17]This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
    [18]"Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
    [19]He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
    [20]A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.
    [21]In his name the nations will put their hope."

    MINISTRY WOULD INCLUDE MIRACULOUS HEALINGS

    Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. 700B.C.
    Isaiah 35:5-6a
    [5]Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
    [6a]Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. 700B.C.
    Luke 7:20-22
    [20]When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, `Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’"
    [21]At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.
    [22]So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor."

    MINISTRY WOULD DELIVER SPIRITUAL CAPTIVES

    Isaiah 61:1-2
    [1]The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
    [2]to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 700B.C.
    Luke 4:16-21
    [16]He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.
    [17]The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
    [18]"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
    [19]to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."
    [20]Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him,
    [21]and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

    DESPISED AND REJECTED BY MEN

    Isaiah 53:3 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. 700B.C.
    The Crucifixion narratives in all four Gospels show this prophecy fulfilled.

    HATED WITHOUT CAUSE

    Psalm 69:4 Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal. 1000B.C.
    Isaiah 49:7 This is what the LORD says-- the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel-- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you." 700B.C.
    John 7:48-49
    [48]"Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?
    [49]No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law--there is a curse on them."
    John 15:24-25
    [24]If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.
    [25]But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: `They hated me without reason.’

    REJECTED BY RULERS

    Psalm 118:22 The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone [cornerstone of a building]; [23]the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. before 400B.C.
    Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures:" `The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’ ?

    REJECTED BY HIS OWN BROTHERS

    Psalms 69:8 I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother’s sons 1000B.C.
    (Side note: Jesus did have half-brothers and sisters Luke 8:21, Mark 3:34, Mark 3:32-33, Mark 6:3, Matt 12:46, John 7:5, Matt 13:55-56, Matt 27:56, Gal. 1:19, I Cor. 9:5. After Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph had more children, boys and girls)

    Mark 3:20-21
    [20]Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.
    [21]When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind."
    John 7:1-5
    [1]After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.
    [2]But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near
    [3]Jesus’ brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.
    [4]No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world."
    [5]For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

    BETRAYED FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER

    Zechariah 11:12 I told them, "If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it." So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. 500B.C.
    Matthew 26:14-15
    [14]Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests
    [15]and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" and they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

    SILVER RETURNED - SILVER USED TO BUY POTTER’S FIELD

    Zechariah 11:12-13 [12]I told them, "If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it." So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.
    [13]And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"--the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the
    LORD to the potter. 500B.C.
    Matthew 27:3-10
    [3]When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.
    [4]"I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That’s your responsibility."
    [5]So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
    [6]The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money."
    [7]So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.
    [8]That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
    [9]Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: "They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel,
    [10]and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me."

    DISCIPLES WOULD SCATTER

    Zechariah 13:7 "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!" declares the LORD Almighty. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones." 500B.C.
    Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: " `I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’"

    BEATEN WITH A ROD

    Micah 5:1 Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod. 700B.C.
    Mark 15:19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.

    GIVEN VINEGAR AND GALL TO DRINK

    Psalm 69:21 They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst. 1000B.C.
    Matthew 27:34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.
    Matthew 27:48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

    HANDS AND FEET NAILED

    Psalm 22:16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. 1000B.C.
    John 20:25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."

    CRUSHED FOR OUR INIQUITIES

    Isaiah 53:5-6
    [5] But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed
    [6]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. 700B.C.
    Romans 4: 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
    1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

    SUFFERED FOR THE SINS OF OTHERS

    Psalm 69:4 Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal. 1000B.C.
    Isaiah 53:5-6
    [5] But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
    [6]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. 700B.C.
    Romans 4: 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
    1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

    PIERCED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS

    Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 700B.C.
    Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. 500B.C.
    John 19:33-34; 36-37
    [33] But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
    [34] Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
    [36] These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken,"
    [37] and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."

    NO BONES BROKEN

    Psalm 22:17 I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. 1000B.C.
    Psalm 34:20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. 1000B.C.
    John 19:33; 36a
    [33] But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
    [36a] These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken,"

    SOLDIERS GAMBLE FOR HIS CLOTHES

    Psalm 22:18 They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. 1000B.C.
    Matthew 27:35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

    BRUTALLY KILLED

    Isaiah 53:8 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. 700B.C.
    See all four Gospels.

    ASSIGNED A GRAVE WITH THE WICKED

    Isaiah 53:9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death 700B.C.

    BURIED IN A RICH MAN’S TOMB

    Isaiah 53:9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death ... 700B.C.
    Matthew 27:57,59-60
    [57] As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
    [59] Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
    [60] and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

    THE MESSIAH WOULD RETURN FROM THE DEAD

    Isaiah 53:8, 11
    [8] 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.
    [11] After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 700B.C.
    Matthew 28:2, 5-7, 9
    [2] There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
    [5]The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
    [6] He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
    [7] Then go quickly and tell his disciples: `He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you."
    [9]Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

    FAMILIAR WITH SUFFERING

    Isaiah 53:3 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. 700B.C.
    The Crucifixion of Jesus was not an anomoly in how people treated Him:
    He was "run out of town" at several places.
    Mark 5:14-17
    [14] Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.
    [15] When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
    [16]Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon- possessed man--and told about the pigs as well.
    [17] Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. People tried to stone Him.
    John 10:31-33
    [31] Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,
    [32] but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"
    [33] "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."
    Some Jewish leaders conspired to kill Him.
    John 7:1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.
    Matthew 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.