Prophecies about Jesus the Messiah

Prophecy Birth Fulfilled

Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

He would be born of a virgin

Matthew 1:22-23
Matthew 26:14-16
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Micah 5:2
Micah 5:2
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,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.”

He would be born in Bethlehem

Matthew 2:1
Matthew 2:1
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,

Hosea 11:1
Hosea 11:1
When Israel was a child, I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son

He would spend a season in Egypt

Matthew 2:13-15
Matthew 2:13-15
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,
15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son."

Prophecy Who He Was Fulfilled

Genesis 12:3
Genesis 12:3
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

Genesis 22:18
Genesis 22:18
In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

He would come from the line of Abraham

Matthew 1:1
Matthew 1:1
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:

Romans 9:3-5
Romans 9:3-5
3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen[a] according to the flesh,
4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises;
5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God.

Psalm 2:7
Psalm 2:7
I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
     He said to me, “You are my son;
     today I have become your father.

He would be declared the Son of God

Matthew 3:16-17
Matthew 3:16-17
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Psalm 110:4
Psalm 110:4
The Lord has sworn And will not relent, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.

He would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek

Hebrews 5:5-6
Hebrews 5:5-6
5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,
     “You are my Son;
     today I have become your Father.”
6 And he says in another place,
     “You are a priest forever,
     in the order of Melchizedek.

Genesis 49:10
Genesis 49:10

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.

He would come from the tribe of Judah

Luke 3:33
Luke 3:33 (The Genealogy of Jesus Christ)
the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

Hebrews 7:14
Hebrews 7:14
For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

2 Samuel 7:12-13
2 Samuel 7:12-13 (God speaking to King David)

12 “When your days 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.
13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Isaiah 9:7
Isaiah 9:7
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.

He would be heir to King David's throne

Luke 1:32-33
Luke 1:32-33
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

Romans 1:3
Romans 1:3
concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,

Prophecy Sacrifice Fulfilled

Zechariah 11:12
Zechariah 11:12
Then I said to them, “If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.

Sold for Thirty Pieces of Silver

Matthew 26:14-16
Matthew 26:14-16
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

Psalm 55:12-14
Psalm 55:12-14
12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him.
13 But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together, And walked to the house of God in the throng

Betrayed By a Friend

Matthew 26:49-50
Matthew 26:49-50
49
Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
50
But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.

Zechariah 11:13
Zechariah 11:13
And 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.

The Money Bought the Potter’s Field

Matthew 27:5-7
Matthew 27:5-7
5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.
6 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.”
7 And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

Zechariah 13:7
Zechariah 13:7
“Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion,” Says the Lord of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.

The Disciples Forsook Him and Fled

Matthew 26:56
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.

Psalm 35:11
Psalm 35:11
Fierce witnesses rise up;
They ask me things that I do not know.

Accused by False Witnesses

Matthew 26:59-61
Matthew 26:59-61
59 Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death,
60 but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward
61 and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.

Isaiah 50:6
Isaiah 50:6
I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.

Struck and Spit Upon

Matthew 27:30
Matthew 27:30
Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

Isaiah 53:7
Isaiah 53:7
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.

Silent Before His Accusers

Matthew 27:12-14
Matthew 27:12-14
12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?”
14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.

Isaiah 53:5
Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Wounded and Crushed Him

Matthew 27:26-29
Matthew 27:26-29
26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.
28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.

Psalm 109:24
Psalm 109:24
My knees are weak through fasting, And my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.

Cross Carried by Another

Luke 23:26
Luke 23:26
Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.

Psalm 22:16
Psalm 22:16
For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;

His Hands and Feet Were Pierced By Crucifixion

Luke 23:33
Luke 23:33
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

Isaiah 53:12
Isaiah 53:12
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.

Crucified with Thieves

Mark 15:27-28
Mark 15:27-28
27 With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left.
28 So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.”

Isaiah 53:12
Isaiah 53:12
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.

Prayed for Those Who Persecute Him

Luke 23:34
Luke 23:34
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
And they divided His garments and cast lots.

Psalm 109:25
Psalm 109:25
I also have become a reproach to them;
When they look at me, they shake their heads.

The People Shake and Wag Their Heads

Matthew 27:39
Matthew 27:39
And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads

Psalm 22:8
Psalm 22:8
He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!

The People Mocked Him

Matthew 27:41-43
Matthew 27:41-43
41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said,
42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

Psalm 22:17
Psalm 22:17
I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.

The People Look and Stare

Luke 23:35
Luke 23:35
And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”

Psalm 22:18
Psalm 22:18
They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.

Divide Garments and Cast Lots

John 19:23-24
John 19:23-24
23 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.

Psalm 22:1
Psalm 22:1
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?

His Forsaken Cry

Matthew 27:46
Matthew 27:46
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Psalm 69:21
Psalm 69:21
They also gave me gall for my food,
And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Given Gall and Vinigar

John 19:28-29
John 19:28-29
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.

Psalm 31:5
Psalm 31:5
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

Committes His Spirit to God

Luke 23:46
Luke 23:46
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last.

Psalm 38:11
Psalm 38:11
My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague,
And my relatives stand afar off.

His Friends Stood Far Off

Luke 23:49
Luke 23:49
But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Psalm 34:20
Psalm 34:20
He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.

Not One of His Bones Shall be Broken

John 19:33-36
John 19:33-36
33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.
36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.”

Psalm 22:14
Psalm 22:14
I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.

His Heart was Broken

John 19:34
John 19:34
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

Zechariah 12:10
Zechariah 12:10
And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit[a] 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.

His Side was Pierced

John 19:34-37
John 19:34-37
34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.
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.”

Amos 8:9
Amos 8:9
"In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
     “I will make the sun go down at noon
     and darken the earth in broad daylight".

Darkness Over the Land

Matthew 27:45
Matthew 27:45
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.

Isaiah 53:9
Isaiah 53:9
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
   and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
   nor was any deceit in his mouth

Buried in a Rich Man's Tomb

Matthew 27:57-60
Matthew 27:57-60
57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.
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.

Prophecy Resurection Fulfilled

Psalm 16:10
Psalm 16:10
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption

Psalm 49:15
Psalm 49:15
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
For He shall receive me.

He would resurrect from the dead

Matthew 28:2-7
Matthew 28:2-7
2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

Acts 2:22-32
Acts 2:22-32
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—
23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;
24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
25 For David says concerning Him: ‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.

Psalm 24:7-10
Psalm 24:7-10
7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
   And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
   And the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord strong and mighty,
   The Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
   Lift up, you everlasting doors!
   And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord of hosts,
   He is the King of glory.

He would Ascend into Heaven

Mark 16:19
Mark 16:19
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

Luke 24:51
Luke 24:51
Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

Psalm 68:18 Psalm 68:18
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 110:1
Psalm 110:1
The Lord said to my Lord,
"Sit at My right hand,
Tlll I make Your enemies Your footstool.”.

He would be seated at the right hand of God

Mark 16:19
Mark 16:19
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

Matthew 22:44
Matthew 22:44
The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”

Isaiah 53:11-12 Isaiah 53:11-12
11 He shall see the labor of His soul,[b] and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 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.

He would be a sacrifice for sin

Romans 5:6-8
Romans 5:6-8
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

This list is far from exhaustive. We have presented a few of the many messianic prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ, along with supporting references from the Old and New Testament.

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