We are covering biblical prophecies that Jesus already fulfilled the first time he came to earth. There are well over 300 prophecies concerning these events. They cover His birth, His life, His ministry, His death and his resurrection. In part one of this study we covered prophecies concerning his birth. The last book of the Old Testament was written about 400 years before Jesus was born. You can find many prophecies about Jesus throughout the Old Testament. Jesus and his Apostles even claimed that the Old Testament was written about Him.
“Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me” -Psalm 40:7
“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” -John 5:46
“…all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me” -Luke 24:44
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel… By which also ye are saved… unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” -1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Now we can see that many biblical prophecies about Jesus and his life on earth are found throughout the Old Testament. Let’s cover a few more prophecies that have been fulfilled. This is just a small portion of what can be found throughout the Old Testament
1 A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace.
Thus says the LORD: “A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” -Jeremiah 31:15
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” -Matthew 2:16-18
2. Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.
When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. -Hosea 11:1
And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” -Matthew 2:14-15
3. Messiah would bring light to Galilee
But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. -Isaiah 9:1-2
And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” -Matthew 4:13-16
4. Messiah would be a prophet
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen -Deuteronomy 18:15
Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ -Acts 3:20-22
5. Messiah would be declared the Son of God
I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. -Psalm 2:7-8
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” -Matthew 3:16-17
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. -John 3-16
6. A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And 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
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'” -Luke 3:3-6
7. Messiah would speak in parables
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. -Psalm 78:2-4
And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” -Isaiah 6:9-10
Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘”You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ -Matt13-10-15
All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable.nThis was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” -Matthew 13:34-35
8. Messiah would be rejected by his own people.
I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons. -Psalm 69:8
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. -Isaiah 53:3
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. -John 1:11
For not even his brothers believed in him. -John 7:5
9. Messiah would be betrayed. Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field
Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me. -Psalm 41:9
Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD, to the potter. -Zechariah 11:12-13
Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. -Matthew 26:14-16
While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” -Luke 22:47-48
Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. -Matt 27:3-7
10. Messiah would be forsaken by God
To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? -Psalm 22:1
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” -Matthew 27:45-46
The incredible detail in which all of these prophecies were fulfilled is amazing. We just covered 10 out of hundreds of prophecies concerning Jesus. Mathematicians have run numbers to figure out the odds of one person fulfilling all of these prophecies. Mathematically speaking, the odds of anyone fulfilling this amount of prophecy is staggering. Mathematicians put it this way:
One person fulfilling 8 prophecies equals 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 or 1 chance in 10 to the 17th power. One person fulfilling 48 prophecies equals 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power. It is amazing to think that there are over 300 of these prophecies. When you are dealing with numbers this large science itself will admit that you remove all chance that these prophecies happened by random chance. You have a better chance of winning the lottery 3 times in your lifetime!
It is the magnificent detail found in these prophecies that mark the bible and serves as a witness that the bible is indeed the inspired Word of God. Only God could foreknow and accomplish all that was written about the Christ. This historical accuracy and reliability sets the Bible apart from any other religious book or written record.
In the last days there are even more prophecies being fulfilled then when Jesus first came to earth. The majority are also literal prophecies. Israel has become a nation once again. This happened on May 14th 1948. When we get to the study on Israel you will see nine prophecies that Israel has already fulfilled in detail. These prophecies were over the course of time since Israel became a nation again. Do you remember the odds of Jesus fulfilling just eight prophecies? What are the odds that Israel would fulfill nine very detailed prophecies in the last days?
The truth is Jesus was rejected for you. He came to died in order to pay the ransom for your sin. The law says the soul that sins will surely die. Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the law when he took our place on Calvary. Sin entered the world because of one man and we are all redeemed through one man. Redemption only comes through Christ our Lord.