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Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled In Jesus' Life

Discussion in 'Eschatology - Endtimes & Prophecy Forum' started by Quasar92, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Quasar92

    Quasar92 Well-Known Member Supporter

    There were two primary evidences which the apostles appealed to over and over again to establish the Deity and Messiahship of the Lord Jesus Christ. One was the fact of the resurrection and the other was the Old Testament prophecies which were fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ.

    Below is a listing of the prophecies written in the Old Testament and given to the Jewish nation so that they might be able to recognize their Messiah.

    A. Concerning His Birth
    1. Born of the seed of woman (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4; Matthew 1:20)
    2. Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 24, 25)
    3. Son of God (Psalm 2:7; Matthew 3:17)
    4. Seed of Abraham (Genesis 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16) Here it is determined that the Messiah would be a Jewish descendant.
    5. Son of Isaac (Genesis 21:12; Luke 3:23,34) Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Now God eliminates one half of the lineage of Isaac.
    6. Son of Jacob (Numbers 24:17; Luke 3:23,34) Isaac had two sons, Jacob and Esau. Now God eliminates one half of the lineage of Isaac.
    7. Tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23,33) Jacob had twelve sons and each became a tribe of the Hebrew nation. Now God eliminates eleven-twelfths of the lineage of Jacob.
    8. Family line of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1; Luke 3:23,32) Now God narrows it down even further by picking one family line out of the tribe of Judah.
    9. House of David (Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 3:23,31) Jesse had at least eight sons (I Samuel 16:10,11). Now God eliminates all of Jesse's sons except one, David.
    10. Born at Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1) Now God eliminates all the cities in the world except one, Bethlehem.
    11. Presented with gifts (Psalm 72:10; Isaiah 60:6; Matthew 2:1,11)
    12. Herod kills children (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16)

    B. Concerning His Nature
    13. His Pre-Existence (Micah 5:2; Colossians 1:17; John 1:1)
    14. He shall be called Lord (Psalm 110:1; Luke 20:41-44)
    15. He shall be called Immanuel ("God with us") (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)
    16. Shall be a prophet (Deuteronomy 18:18; Matthew 21:11)
    17. Shall be a priest (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:5,6)
    18. Shall be a judge (Isaiah 33:22; John 5:30)
    19. Shall be a king (Isaiah 33:22; Matthew 27:37)
    20. Special anointment of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16,17)
    21. He zeal for God (Psalm 69:9; John 2:15-17)

    C. Concerning His Ministry
    22. Preceded by a messenger (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:1,2)
    23. Ministry to begin in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1,2; Matthew 4:12,13,17)
    24. Ministry of miracles (Isaiah 35:5, 6a; Matthew 9:35)
    25. Teacher of parables (Psalm 78:2; Matthew 13:34)
    26. He was to enter the temple (Malachi 3:1; Matthew 21:12)
    27. He was to enter Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Luke 19:35,36,37a)
    28. A "Stone Of Stumbling" to the Jewish nation (Psalm 118:22; I Peter 2:7)
    29. "Light" to the Gentiles (Isaiah 60:3; 49:6; Acts 13:47,48a)

    D. Concerning Events After His Burial
    30. His resurrection (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:31)
    31. His ascension (Psalm 68:18a; Acts 1:9)
    32. Seated at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3)

    E. Prophecies Fulfilled In One Day
    The following 29 prophecies from the Old Testament, which speak of the betrayal, trial, death and burial of Jesus, were spoken at various times by many different voices during the five centuries from 1000-500 BC, and yet all of them were literally fulfilled in one twenty-four hour period of time in Jesus' life.

    33. Betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Matthew 10:4)
    34. Sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:15)
    35. Money to be thrown down in God's house (Zechariah 11:13b; Matthew 27:5a)
    36. Price given for potter's filed (Zechariah 11:13b; Matthew 27:7)

    In the previous four prophecies we find in both prophecy and fulfillment the following:

    1. Betrayed
    2. By a friend
    3. For 30 pieces of silver (not 29)
    4. Silver (not gold)
    5. Thrown down (not placed)
    6. In God's house
    7. Money used to buy potter's field

    37. Forsaken by His disciples (Zechariah 13:7; Mark 14:50)
    38. Accused by false witnesses (Psalm 35:11; Matthew 26:59-61)
    39. Mute before accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-19)
    40. Wounded and bruised (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 27:26)
    41. Smitten and spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Micah 5:1; Matthew 26:67)
    42. Mocked (Psalm 22:7,8; Matthew 27:31)
    43. Fell under the cross (Psalm 109:24; John 19:17; Luke 23:26)
    44. Hands and feet pierced (Psalm 22:16; Luke 23:33)
    45. Crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38)
    46. Made intercession for His persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34)
    47. Rejected by his own people (Isaiah 53:3; John 7:5,48)
    48. Hated without a cause (Psalm 69:4; John 15:25)
    49. Friends stood afar off (Psalm 38:11; Luke 23:49)
    50. People shook their heads (Psalm 109:25; Matthew 27:39)
    51. Stared upon (Psalm 22:17; Luke 23:35)
    52. Garments parted and lots cast (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23,24)
    53. Suffered thirst (Pslam 69:21; John 19:28)
    54. Gall and vinegar offered Him (Psalm 69:21; Matthew 27:34)
    55. His forsaken cry (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46)
    56. Committed Himself to God (Psalm 31:5; Luke 23:46)
    57. His bones not broken (Psalm 34:20; John 19:33)
    58. His heart broken (Psalm 22:14; John 19:34) The blood and water which came from Jesus' pierced side are evidences that the heart had literally burst.
    59. His side pierced (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)
    60. Darkness over the land (Amos 8:9; Matthew 27:45)
    61. Buried in a rich man's tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60)

    A. Fulfilled Prophecies Were Actually Written At Or After The Time Of Jesus
    Answer: If you are not satisfied with the date of 450 BC as the date of the Old Testament completion, then realize that the Greek translation of the Old Testament was completed in 250 BC.
    Therefore, it appears evident that there were at least 250 years between the time of the writing of the prophecies and their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

    B. The Fulfilled Prophecy In Jesus Was Deliberate On His Part. He Knew The Old Testament Well Enough And Just Set Out To Fulfill All Of Them.
    Answer: This might seem possible until we realize that there were many prophecies outside of His control, such as:

    1. Place of birth (Micah 5:2)
    2. Time of birth (Daniel 9:25; Genesis 49:10)
    3. Manner of birth (Isaiah 7:14)
    4. Betrayal
    5. Manner of death (Psalm 22:16)
    6. People's reactions (Mocking, spitting, staring, etc.)
    7. Piercing of His side
    8. Burial

    C. The Fulfilled Prophecy In Jesus Was Coincidental, An Accident
    Answer: Peter Stoner in Science Speaks (Chicago: Moody Press, 1963) determines the probability of one man fulfilling eight of the prophecies of the Old Testament for the Messiah to be 1 in 10 to the 17th power.

    Now let's try to imagine what this means. If we took that many silver dollars (100,000,000,000,000,000) and laid them over the State of Texas, they would cover the state two feet deep. Now mark one of the silver dollars, stir the whole mass thoroughly, blindfold a person, and tell him/her that they can travel as far as they want but must pick up one silver dollar and say that it is the marked one. What chance would s/he have of picking up the right one? It would be the exact same odds of anyone fulfilling eight of the Messianic prophecies by chance alone.

    Peter Stoner then goes on to consider the possibility of any one person fulfilling 48 of the prophecies by chance. Here the odds jump to 1 in 10 to the 157th power. That number would look like this:

    1 out of 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,

    "Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other: I am God and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done; Saying, 'My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.'"
    (Isaiah 46:9,10)

    "I declare the former things long ago and they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly, I acted and they came to pass. Therefore, I declared them to you long ago, before they took place I proclaimed them to you, lest you say, 'My idol has done them, and my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.'" (Isaiah 48:3,5)

    Evidence The Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell
    has been a primary source for the preparation of this paper.

    Source: Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled In Jesus' Life

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  2. BABerean2

    BABerean2 Newbie Supporter

    I have a copy of this book by Josh McDowell.
    It is one of the best ever written.
  3. Steve Petersen

    Steve Petersen Senior Veteran

    Yeah, kinda makes me wonder if Jesus even existed the way he is portrayed in the NT now that you put it that way. Seems like anyone with access to the OT could have created a fictionalized life for him out of whole cloth by cobbling prophecies together.
  4. Handmaid for Jesus

    Handmaid for Jesus You can't steal my joy Supporter

    Yes there is a lot of this kind of thinking increasing in the world today.It is satan sowing confusion and doubt about the divinity of Lord Jesus.
  5. Yekcidmij

    Yekcidmij Economist & Engineer

    United States
    (a) Did he assume statistical independence? The answer has to be yes because, for his math to work out, this has to be the case. But these events aren't statistically independent. For one, any Jew living in the 2nd temple period would have had fairly easy access to all of them. So just by virtue of the fact that all of this [supposed] predictions are collected together in the Hebrew Bible, they are not stastically independent. So he can't just multiply the probabilities together.

    This point is enough to discredit his entire calculation.

    (b) There is also an obvious problem in figuring out how he came up with his independent probabilities. It looks to me like it was pulled out of thin air by some students.
  6. LittleLambofJesus

    LittleLambofJesus PESKY DEVIL! GIT! l SAID GIT! Supporter

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    I believe this would qualify as one of the greatest prophecies fullfilled:

    "DAYS OF VENGEANCE" Isaiah 61:2 and Luke 21:22 Revelation
    "DAYS OF VENGEANCE" Isaiah 61:2 and Luke 21:22 Revelation

    Isaiah 61:2
    To proclaim the year of the good pleasure of Yahweh,
    And the day of vengeance<5359> of our 'Elohiym, To comfort all mourners.

    Jesus leaves out "day of vengeance" in Luke 4:

    Luke 4:
    16 Then Jesus came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up.
    As was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and when He stood up to read, 17 the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.
    Unrolling it, He found the place where it was written:
    21 and He began by saying,
    Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

    Jesus then adds to it in Luke 21........awesome! Praise Jesus!

    Luke 21:
    22 That days of vengeance<1557> these are, of the to be fulfilled all the having been written

    Last edited: Oct 27, 2018