Tuesday, October 11, 2016

31 Prophecies that Prove the Bible is True

Jesus is the fulfillment of prophetic history. For thousands of years, the Jews carefully passed down prophecies about a Messiah who would save the world from sin. There are over three hundred Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah that were fulfilled in the minutest detail by the life of Jesus. The mathematical chances that a man from Nazareth could have fulfilled just 8 of these prophecies would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,[1] yet over three hundred prophecies were fulfilled by His life. For example, in Psalm 22:16-18, over one thousand years before Jesus was born, it was predicted that the Messiah would die by crucifixion before this method of execution was ever used.

The miraculous fulfillment of all of these prophecies convinced many Jews to join the early church. The Gospel writers continually pointed back to the prophecies to prove that Jesus was the promised Messiah. The miraculous fulfillment of these prophetic utterances continues to convince people that Jesus is divine.

Here are thirty-one messianic predictions that were fulfilled in the life of Jesus.

The Messiah would be the seed of a woman.
Prophecy: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15).  
Fulfillment: But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman…” (Galatians 4:4).

The Messiah would be the seed of Abraham
Prophecy: “…in you [Abraham] all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).
Fulfillment: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David…” (Matthew 1:1).

Jesus would be from the tribe of Judah.
Prophecy: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people” (Genesis 49:10).
Fulfillment: “Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli” (Luke 3:23). “For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood” (Hebrews 7:14).

The Messiah would be a descendant of David.
Prophecy: “When your days [David’s] are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom” (2 Samuel 7:12). “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth” (Jeremiah 23:5).
Fulfillment: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ…the Son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1).

The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.  
Prophecy: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel…” (Micah 5:2).
Fulfillment: “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem” (Matthew 2:1). “Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son…” (Luke 2:4-7).  

The Messiah would be born to a virgin.
            Prophecy: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son…” (Isaiah 7:14).

Fulfillment: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18). “Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” (Luke 1:34).

The Messiah would be called “Immanuel.”
Prophecy: “[You] shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
Fulfillment: “She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:21-23). 

The Messiah would be visited by kings. 
Prophecy: “The kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts…” (Psalm 72:10).
Fulfillment: “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:1-2).

The Messiah would be called out of Egypt.
Prophecy: “out of Egypt I called My son” (Hosea 11:1).
Fulfillment: “When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod…” (Matthew 2:14-15).

The Messiah would be anointed by the Holy Spirit.
Prophecy: “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him…” (Isaiah 11:2).
Fulfillment: “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him…” (Matthew 3:16).  

The Messiah would be announced by a messenger.
Prophecy: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert A highway for our God” (Isaiah 40:3). “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me…” (Malachi 3:1).  
Fulfillment: “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:1-2).  

The Messiah would perform miracles.
Prophecy: “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing…” (Isaiah 35:5-6).
Fulfillment: “Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23).  

The Messiah would cleanse the Temple.
Prophecy: “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts”  (Malachi 3:1).  
Fulfillment: “Then Jesus went into the temple of God[a] and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.” (Matthew 21:12).

The Messiah would be rejected by the Jews.
Prophecy: “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone” (Psalm 118:22).
Fulfillment: “Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone” (1 Peter 2:7).  

The Messiah would be cut off (die) 483 years after the reconstruction of the Temple in 444B.C. 
Prophecy: “Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy” (Daniel 9:24).

The Messiah would be killed in a humiliating way.
Prophecy: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?” (Psalm 22:1).  
Fulfillment: “And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified” (Matthew 27:31).

The Messiahs would be rejected by His own people.
Prophecy: “He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him” (Isaiah 53:3).
            Fulfillment: “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:10-11).  “For even His brothers did not believe in Him” (John 7:5).  “Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?” (John 7:48).  

The Messiah would be betrayed by a close friend.
Prophecy: “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me” (Psalm 41:9).
Fulfillment: Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me” (John 13:21).

The Messiah would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver.  
Prophecy: “So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver” (Zachariah 11:12).
Fulfillment: They asked Judas, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver” (Matthew 26:15).

The Messiah’s blood money would be used to buy a potter’s field.
Prophecy: “…the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord for the potter” (Zachariah 11:13).
Fulfillment: “But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in” (Matthew 27:6-7).

The Messiah would stand silent before His accusers.
Prophecy: “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).
Fulfillment: “And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly” (Matthew 27:12-14).

The Messiah would be mocked.
Prophecy: “All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, “He trusted[a] in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!” (Psalm 22:7-8).
Fulfillment: “And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified” (Matthew 27:31).

The Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.
Prophecy: “…They pierced My hands and My feet” (Psalm 22:16)
Fulfillment: “And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left” (Luke 23:33).

The Messiah would be crucified with thieves.
Prophecy: “…And He was numbered with the transgressors…” (Isaiah 53:12)
Fulfillment: “With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” (Mark 15:27-28).

The Messiah would pray for his persecutors.
Prophecy: “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12).  
Fulfillment: “Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots” (Luke 23:34).

The Messiah would be pierced in His side.
Prophecy: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn” (Zech 12:10).
Fulfillment: “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out” (John 19:34).

The Messiah’s bones would not be broken.
Prophecy: “…nor shall you break one of its bones…” (Exodus 12:46). “He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken” (Psalm 34:20).
Fulfillment: “But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs” (John 19:33).

The Messiah would be buried in a rich man’s tomb.
Prophecy: “And they made His grave with the wicked, But with the rich at His death…” (Isaiah 53:9).
            Fulfillment: “Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. 59 When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed” (Matthew 27:57-60).  

The Messiah’s clothes would be gambled for.
Prophecy: “They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots” (Psalm 22:18).
Fulfillment: “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things” (John 19:23-24).

The Messiah would rise from the dead.
Prophecy: “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption” (Psalm 16:10).
Fulfillment: “he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption” (Acts 2:31).  “But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him” (Mark 16:6).

The Messiah would ascend into heaven.
Prophecy: “You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive;
You have received gifts among men, even from the rebellious, that the Lord God might dwell there” (Psalm 68:18).
Fulfillment: “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9).  

The Messiah would sit at the right hand of God.
Prophecy: “The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies your footstool” (Psalm 110:1).
Fulfillment: “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 at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).

[1] http://www.christianpost.com/news/does-christianity-stand-on-faith-or-evidence-59046/