Fullfilled Prophecies of Jesus Christ

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What could be more amazing than to read precise predictions of the events of a person's life hundreds of years before his birth? Surely that would be a mark of divine knowledge and involvement, wouldn't it?

The Old Testament is filled with just such prophecies—giving minute details of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, providing overwhelming evidence that there is a mind and power at work that far transcends the human mind. The accuracy of such prophecies shows us why we can—and should—believe in Bible prophecy.

Psalms 89:3-4 Psalms 89:3-4 [3] I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn to David my servant, [4] Your seed will I establish for ever, and build up your throne to all generations. Selah.
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prophesies that Jesus would be a descendant of King David: "I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations." Isaiah 11:1 Isaiah 11:1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
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similarly prophesies that "there shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse [David's father], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots." Jesus' genealogies in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 verify that these prophecies were fulfilled.

God inspired Isaiah to tell us that Jesus would be born of a virgin: "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14 Isaiah 7:14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
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; confirmed in Matthew 1:18-23 Matthew 1:18-23 [18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. [19] Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately. [20] But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take to you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. [21] And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. [22] Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, [23] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
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Additionally, Jesus' birth in Bethlehem was foretold: "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 have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2 Micah 5:2But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
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; confirmed in Matthew 2:1 Matthew 2:1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
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, 5-6).

Specifically, Jesus would live in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2 Isaiah 9:1-2 [1] Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. [2] The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, on them has the light shined.
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) and in Nazareth: "Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, as when at first He lightly esteemed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles" (Isaiah 9:1 Isaiah 9:1Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
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). Matthew verified that this prophecy was fulfilled (Matthew 4:12-16 Matthew 4:12-16 [12] Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; [13] And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelled in Capernaum, which is on the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: [14] That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, [15] The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; [16] The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
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Jesus would be announced by an Elijah-like herald, John the Baptist: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken" (Isaiah 40:3-5 Isaiah 40:3-5 [3] The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. [4] Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: [5] And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.
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). Again, Matthew confirmed this prophecy's fulfillment (Matthew 3:1-3 Matthew 3:1-3 [1] In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, [2] And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. [3] For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
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Jesus Christ's mission would include the Gentiles: "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles" (Isaiah 42:1 Isaiah 42:1Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit on him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
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). Gospel writer Matthew, a Jew, recognized Jesus' fulfillment of this specific prophecy: "Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen, my Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will declare justice to the Gentiles . . . And in His name Gentiles will trust" (Matthew 12:18 Matthew 12:18Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit on him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles.
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Other significant prophecies detailing the personal life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ were written down hundreds of years before they happened. A friend of Jesus would betray Him (compare Psalms 41:9 Psalms 41:9Yes, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
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with 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 to them, What will you give me, and I will deliver him to you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. [16] And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
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). Jesus would die like a criminal (compare Isaiah 53:9 Isaiah 53:9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
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, 12 with Mark 15:27-28 Mark 15:27-28 [27] And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. [28] And the scripture was fulfilled, which said, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
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). A rich man would bury Him in his own tomb (compare Isaiah 53:9 Isaiah 53:9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
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with Matthew 27:57-60 Matthew 27:57-60 [57] When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: [58] He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. [59] And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, [60] And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.
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Not one of Jesus' bones would be broken (compare Psalms 34:20 Psalms 34:20He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.
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with John 19:32-36 John 19:32-36 [32] Then came the soldiers, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. [33] But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they broke not his legs: [34] But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and immediately came there out blood and water. [35] And he that saw it bore record, and his record is true: and he knows that he said true, that you might believe. [36] For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
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). Soldiers would cast lots for His garments (compare Psalms 22:18 Psalms 22:18They part my garments among them, and cast lots on my clothing.
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with John 19:24 John 19:24They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which said, They parted my raiment among them, and for my clothing they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
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). Jesus' side would be pierced (compare Zechariah 12:10 Zechariah 12:10And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look on me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
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with John 19:34-37 John 19:34-37 [34] But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and immediately came there out blood and water. [35] And he that saw it bore record, and his record is true: and he knows that he said true, that you might believe. [36] For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. [37] And again another scripture said, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
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All these prophecies and more were written about the life, sacrifice and death of our Savior, hundreds of years before any of these events happened. There is no question that you and I can believe in Bible prophecy, for the One who foretold such important events is able to bring them about in every detail. GN