Jesus Fulfilled Many Old Testament Bible Prophecies.
First, some wonder if there are ancient trustworthy non Biblical
sources that Jesus existed.Yes, there are. The Roman historian
Tacitus, Pliny the Younger the Roman governer of Bithynia, and Josephus,
a first Century Jewish historian, and others all wrote about the
existance of Jesus.
Jesus fulfilled the following Old Testament Bible prophecies plus many others:
Prophecied that although a descendant of Eve would be wounded by Satan
that same descendant would bruise Satan's head, that is, crush and
defeat Satan. Fulfilled by Jesus Galatians 4:4-5. Hebrews 2:14-15.
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Prophesied all nations would be blessed through one special
descendant or seed of Abraham. Jews and Gentiles alike are blessed
when they accept Jesus a descendant of Abraham as their Savior.
Matthew 1:1. Galatians 3:16-24.
Prophesied Shiloh (the Messiah) would come from Judah. Jesus was a
descendant of Judah, one of the twelve sons of Jacob. Luke 3:33
Prophesied God would not leave his soul in Sheol, nor would God let
His Holy one see corruption. Who is the Holy One that God will not
leave in Sheol? What does it mean He will not let him see
corruption? Remember Jesus's physical body did not decay.
Acts 2:25-32 John 2:19-22
Jesus quoted Psalm 22:1 while on the cross. Matthew 27:46.
Psalm 22:7-8. The chief priest, scribes and elders fulfilled this
prophecy when they unwittingly quoted it as they mocked Jesus.
Matthew 27:41- 43. Psalm 22:14. What do you think happened to His
bones when the soldiers dropped Jesus's cross into its hole? When
the soldier thrust a spear into Jesus' side, blood and water came
out indicating Jesus died with a broken heart. Why? John 19:34
Psalm 22:16 prophesied they would pierce His hands and His feet.
Speaking of the end times in Zechariah 12:10 Jehovah (the LORD) said
that in the future they would look on "ME" the one they had peirced.
The hands and feet of Jesus were pierced when he was crucified.
John 20:24-29 Psalm 22:18 prophesied they would divide His garments
among themselves. But they would cast lots for His clothing.
Fulfilled by soldiers. John 19:23-24
Prophesied the stone which the builders would reject would be made
the chief cornerstone. What does this prophecy mean? Acts 4:10-12
Isaiah told King Ahaz, and the people of Judah, that God himself
would give them a sign or miracle. He then recorded it in Isaiah
7:14-16. Isaiah said an "almah," would become pregnant and give
birth to a son who would be called Immanuel. "Almah" refers to a
virgin, or an unmarried young woman who was expected to be a virgin
until after she was married. He also said that both the kings Ahaz
feared, would be gone before the baby boy was old enough to chose
between right and wrong.
I believe this prophecy had a dual fulfillment. The first fulfillment
was when Isaiah went into his "almah," or young wife, who was a
virgin until then, and she conceived and gave birth to a baby boy.
Isaiah 8:3-4. What was the miracle King Ahaz would see? Was it that an
"almah" young woman would conceive and give birth to a son? Certainly
not! Thousands of young women surely became pregnant and gave birth at
this time. A baby boy being born at this time would be no sign or
miracle to King Ahaz. What would be a sign or miracle to Ahaz was
that both the kings he feared, would be gone before the baby boy was
old enough to pick between right and wrong. This would show Ahaz
that the prophecy had come from God.
Isaiah 7:14 also predicted the birth of the Messiah. It prophecied
that a "almah" or virgin would conceive and give birth to a baby boy
who would be called Immanuel. The second and greater fulfillment
of this prophecy occured when Jesus was born. When Jesus was born an
"almah" in this case "virgin" conceived and gave birth to a son who
was called among other things "Immanuel." Mathew 1:18-25. For a
virgin to give birth is a miracle or sign. It is no miracle for a
young woman to conceive and give birth, but it is a miracle or sign
for a virgin to conceive and give birth. Jesus's virgin birth was
the sign or miracle God promised in Isaiah 7:14. In "Encyclopedia of
Bible Difficulties" Gleason Archer also argues that this prophecy
had a dual fulfillment involving a type of messiah as well as the
Although his viewpoint is somewhat different than mine, James Price,
Ph. D., Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Temple Baptist
Seminary presents evidence that the early Jews regarded this prophecy
as refering to a virgin and the coming Messiah.
Prophesied a child would be born who would be called among other
things, Mighty God, and Everlasting Father, that is, Father of
Eternity. This also said He would rule forever over David's throne
and kingdom. Fulfilled in Jesus. Matthew 1:1,18-25 John 1:1-3,14
John 5:18 John 8:58-59 John 10:30-33 John 20:28
Prophesied the Gentiles would seek after a descendant of Jesse, who
was King David's father. Fulfillment seen in the millions of Gentiles
who have turned to Jesus for forgiveness and salvation.
Verses 5,6,11 and 12 tell us He will be punished for our sins and He
will bear our sins for us. Fulfilled by Jesus Romans 5:8 I Peter 2:24.
Even though innocent when falsely accused He will not defend himself.
Isaiah 53:7. Fulfilled Matthew 27:12-14.
He will be killed. Isaiah 53:8. Fulfilled Matthew 27:50
He will die with the wicked. Isaiah 53:9. Fulfilled Matthew 27:38
But He will be with the rich at his death. Isaiah 53:9. Fulfilled
Matthew 27:57-60 He was buried in a rich man's tomb.
Even though He will be cut off from the land of the living He shall
see His seed and prolong His days. Isaiah 53:10
Jesus conquered death and physically rose from the tomb alive! Those
who believe in Jesus and follow him are his descendants. Matthew
28:5-6 Galatians 3:26-29
Prophecied after Jerusalem was rebuilt the Messiah would be cut off.
Then Jerusalem and the temple would be destroyed. Jesus was crucified
around 33 A.D. and Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed around
Predicted the Ruler of Israel who has always existed will come forth
from Bethlehem Ephrathah. Jesus was born in Bethlehem just where
the chief priests and scribes told King Herod the King of the Jews
was to be born after consulting this verse. Matthew 2:1-6
Predicted the King of Jerusalem would come to it having salvation
riding on a colt the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 Jesus
fulfilled this in Matthew 21:1-11
The princely price they set on the LORD would be thirty pieces of
silver. The thirty pieces of silver would be thrown in the house
of the LORD for the potter. Zechariah 11:12-13 This prophecy was
fulfilled in Judas the betrayer of Jesus. Matthew 27:3-10
Malachi 3:1 4:5
Malachi 3:1 predicted the Lord would send a messenger to prepare the
way before him. In Malachi 4:5 God promised to send Elijah before
the arrival of the great day of God. John the Baptist fulfilled
these prophecies as he prepared the way for Jesus. Mark 1:1-9
Neither Torture Nor Death Was Able To Make Jesus's Followers Recant
Their Eyewitness Accounts Of Jesus's Deeds And His Resurrection.
Who would be willing to undergo torture and death for what they
knew to be a lie? From "Foxe's Annals Of Martyrs" by John Foxe we
learn as accurately as can be found out how many eyewitnesses of the
risen Jesus suffered and died for what they knew to be the truth.
Many eyewitnesses and later believers were crucified, stoned,
beheaded, dragged, or stabbed, while others were tore apart by wild
beasts or dogs, still worse some were burned to death.
Isn't it very hard to believe that anyone would be willing to suffer
and die like this for something they knew to be a lie? Isn't it much
easier and much more logical to believe that what the apostles and
the other eyewitnesses wrote in the New Testament was what actually
happened - the truth? Yes! Jesus is the promised Messiah or Savior.
He did rise from the tomb alive and He is coming again!
For more detailed information I recommend "Encylopedia of Bible
Difficulties" by Gleason L. Archer, published by Zondervan C. 1982.
James D. Price, Ph. D.'s "Response To Jim Lippard's 'The Fabulous
Prophecies Of The Messiah" at
Mr. Price also explains the difference between the literal filfillment
of a specific Messianic prophecy in the Old Testament and the figurative
fulfillment between something that happened in the Old Testament and
some event in the life of Jesus.
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