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Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ

Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ, the Messiah


The Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Christ stagger the mind of all who examine them and understand their implications. There are 456 identifying marks in the Old Testament foretold to help identify the Messiah. The Mathematical probabilities of anyone fulfilling just eight prophecies is one in 10^17 (a figure with 17 zeros).


Probability of anyone fulfilling only 48 of the 456 prophetic identifying marks of the Messiah is ONE in 10^157 (a figure with 157 zeros).





Listen “Skeptics Night”

Pastor J. Reynolds Hoffman


ALL of these prophecies were made hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years before Jesus Christ was born. Looking in the face of how He literally fulfilled them all (plus hundreds more), it is impossible that He is not Messiah, Savior of the world. The ONLY person past, present, or future who could fulfill all these prophecies is Jesus Christ. See His genealogy starting from faithful Abraham (Matthew 1:1-17).


Basic Messianic Prophecies


Fulfilled Prophecy

Old Testament

New Testament

His pre-existence Micah 5:2 John 1:1, 14
Born of the seed of a woman Genesis 3:15 Matthew 1:18
Of the seed of Abraham Genesis 12:3 Matthew 1:1-17
All nations blessed by Abraham’s seed Genesis 12:3 Matthew 8:5, 10
God would provide Himself a Lamb as an offering Genesis 22:8 John 1:29
From the tribe of Judah Genesis 49:10 Matthew 1:1-3
Heir to the throne of David Isaiah 9:6-7 Matthew 1:1
Called “The mighty God, The everlasting Father” Isaiah 9:6 Matthew 1:23
Born in Bethlehem Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1
Born of a virgin Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18
His name called Immanuel, “God with us” Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23
Declared to be the Son of God Psalm 2:7 Matthew 3:17
His messenger before Him in spirit of Elijah Malachi 4:5-6 Luke 1:17
Preceded by a messenger to prepare His way Malachi 3:1 Matthew 11:7-11
Messenger crying “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” Isaiah 40:3 Matthew 3:3
Would be a Prophet of the children of Israel, like Moses Deuteronomy 18:15, 18 John 5:45-47
Called out of Egypt Hosea 11:1 Matthew 2:15
Slaughter of the children Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew 2:18
Would be a Nazarene [branch, offshoot] Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15; Zechariah 3:8, 6:12 Matthew 2:23
Brought light to Zebulon and Naphthali, Galilee of the Gentiles Isaiah 9:1-2 Matthew 4:13-16
Presented with gifts Psalm 72:10 Matthew 2:1, 11
Rejected by His own Isaiah 53:3 Matthew 21:42; Mark 8:31, 12:10; Luke 9:22, 17:25
He is the stone which the builders rejected which became the headstone Psalm 118:22-23; Isaiah 28:16 Matthew 21:42; I Peter 2:6-7; Ephesians 2:20
A stone of stumbling to Israel Isaiah 8:14-15 I Peter 2:8
He entered Jerusalem as a king riding on an ass Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 21:1-9
Betrayed by a friend Psalm 41:9 John 13:21
Sold for 30 pieces of silver Zechariah 11:12 Matthew 26:15; Luke 22:5
The 30 pieces of silver given for the potter’s field Zechariah 11:12 Matthew 27:9-10
The 30 pieces of silver thrown in the temple Zechariah 11:13 Matthew 27:5
Forsaken by His disciples Zechariah 13:7; Psalm 88:8, 18 Matthew 26:56
Accused by false witnesses Psalm 35:11 Matthew 26:60
Silent to accusations Isaiah 53:7 Matthew 27:14
Healed blind, deaf, lame, dumb Isaiah 35:5-6; Isaiah 29:18 Matthew 11:5
Preached to the poor, broken-hearted, captives Isaiah 61:1 Matthew 11:5
Came to bring a sword, not peace Micah 7:6 Matthew 10:34-35
He bore our sickness Isaiah 53:4 Matthew 8:16-17
Spat upon, smitten and scourged Isaiah 50:6, 53:5 Matthew 27:26, 30
Smitten on the cheek Micah 5:1 Matthew 27:30
Hated without a cause Psalm 35:19 Matthew 27:23
The sacrificial lamb Isaiah 53:5 John 1:29
Given for a covenant Isaiah 42:6; Jeremiah 31:31-34 Romans 11:27; Galatians 3:17, 4:24; Hebrews 8:6, 8, 10, 10:16, 29, 12:24, 13:20
Would not strive or cry Isaiah 42:2-3 Mark 7:36
People would hear not and see not Isaiah 6:9-10 Matthew 13:14-15
People trust in traditions of men Isaiah 29:13 Matthew 15:9
People give God lip service Isaiah 29:13 Matthew 15:8
God delights in Him Isaiah 42:1 Matthew 3:17, 17:5
Wounded for our sins Isaiah 53:5 John 6:54
He bore the sins of many Isaiah 53:10-12 Mark 10:45
Messiah not killed for Himself Daniel 9:26 Matthew 20:28
Gentiles flock to Him Isaiah 55:5, 60:3, 65:1; Malachi 1:11; II Samuel 22:44-45; Psalm 2:7-8 Matthew 8:10
Crucified with criminals Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 27:35
His body was pierced Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16 John 20:25, 27
Thirsty during execution Psalm 22:16 John 19:28
Given vinegar and gall for thirst Psalm 69:21 Matthew 27:34
Soldiers gambled for His garment Psalm 22:18 Matthew 27:35
People mocked, “He trusted in God, let Him deliver him!” Psalm 22:7-8 Matthew 27:43
People sat there looking at Him Psalm 22:17 Matthew 27:36
Cried, “My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46
Darkness over the land at noon Amos 8:9 Matthew 27:45
No bones broken Psalm 34:20; Numbers 9:12; Exodus 12:46 John 19:33-36
Side pierced Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34, Revelation 1:7
Buried with the rich Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57, 60
Resurrected from the dead Psalm 16:10-11, 49:15 Mark 16:6
Priest after the order of Melchizedek Psalm 110:4 Hebrews 5:5-6, 6:20, 7:15-17
Ascended to right hand of God Psalm 68:18 Luke 24:51
LORD said unto Him, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool Psalm 110:1 Matt 22:44; Mark 12:36, 16:19; Luke 20:42-43; Acts 2:34-35; Hebrews 1:13
His coming glory Malachi 3:2-3 Luke 3:17



Over 325 Messianic Prophecies

 Fulfilled Prophecy

Old Testament

New Testament

He will bruise Satan’s head Genesis 3:15 Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:18
The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem Genesis 9:26, 27 Luke 3:36
As Abraham’s seed, will bless all nations Genesis 12:3 Acts 3:25, 26
The Promise made to Abraham’s Seed Genesis 12:7 Galatians 3:16
A priest after Melchizedek Genesis 14:18 Hebrews 6:20
A King also Genesis 14:18 Hebrews 7:2
The Last Supper foreshadowed Genesis 14:18 Matthew 26:26-29
The Seed of Isaac Genesis 17:19 Romans 9:7
The Lamb of God promised Genesis 22:8 John 1:29
As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations Genesis 22:18 Galatians 3:16
The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer Genesis 26:2-5 Hebrews 11:18
The time of His coming Genesis 49:10 Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4
The Seed of Judah Genesis 49:10 Luke 3:33
Called Shiloh or One Sent Genesis 49:10 John 17:3
To come before Judah lost identity Genesis 49:10 John 11:47-52
To Him shall the obedience of the people be Genesis 49:10 John 10:16
The Great “I Am” Exodus 3:13, 14 John 4:26
A Lamb without blemish Exodus 12:5 I Peter 1:19
The blood of the Lamb saves from wrath Exodus 12:13 Romans 5:8
Christ is our Passover Exodus 12:21-27 I Corinthians 5:7
Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken Exodus 12:46 John 19:31-36
His exaltation predicted as Yahshua Exodus 15:2 Acts 7:55, 56
His Character Holiness Exodus 15:11 Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27
The Spiritual Rock of Israel Exodus 17:6 I Corinthians 10:4
His Character Merciful Exodus 33:19 Luke 1:72
The leper cleansed Sign to priesthood Leviticus 14:11 Luke 5:12-14; Acts 6:7
Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all death Leviticus 16:15-17 Hebrews 9:7-14
Suffering outside the Camp Leviticus 16:27 Matthew 27:33; Hebrews 13:11, 12
The Blood the life of the flesh Leviticus 17:11 Matthew 26:28; Mark 10:45
It is the blood that makes atonement Leviticus 17:11 John 3:14-18
The Drink-offering: If any man thirst. Leviticus 23:36-37 John 19:31-36
Not a bone of Him broken Numbers 9:12 John 19:31-36
The serpent on a pole Christ lifted up Numbers 21:8-9 John 3:14-18
Time: I shall see Him, but not now. Numbers 24:17 Galatians 4:4
This is of a truth that Prophet. Deuteronomy 18:15 John 6:14
Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe Me. Deuteronomy 18:15-16 John 5:45-47
Sent by the Father to speak His word Deuteronomy 18:18 John 8:28, 29
Whoever will not hear must bear his sin Deuteronomy 18:19 Acts 3:23
Cursed is he that hangs on a tree Deuteronomy 21:21-23 Galatians 3:10-13
Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us Ruth 4:4-9 Eph. 1:3-7
Shall be an anointed King to the Lord I Samuel 2:10 Matthew 28:18; John 12:15
David’s Seed II Samuel 7:12 Matthew 1:1
The Son of God II Samuel 7:14 Luke 1:32
David’s house established forever II Samuel 7:16 Luke 1:33, 3:31; Rev. 22:16
David’s Seed I Chronicles 17:11 Matthew 1:1; 9:27
To reign on David’s throne forever I Chronicles 17:12, 13 Luke 1:32, 33
I will be His Father, He my Son. I Chronicles 17:13 Hebrews 1:5
The Resurrection predicted Job 19:23-27 John 5:24-29
The enmity of kings foreordained Psalm 2:1-3 Acts 4:25-28
To own the title, Anointed (Christ) Psalm 2:2 Acts 2:36
His Character Holiness Psalm 2:6 John 8:46; Rev. 3:7
To own the title King Psalm 2:6 Matthew 2:2
Declared the Beloved Son Psalm 2:7 Matthew 3:17
The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated Psalm 2:7, 8 Acts 13:29-33
Life comes through faith in Him Psalm 2:12 John 20:31
The mouths of babes perfect His praise Psalm 8:2 Matthew 21:16
His humiliation and exaltation Psalm 8:5, 6 Luke 24:50-53; I Corinthians 15:27
Was not to see corruption Psalm 16:10 Acts 2:31, 13:34; Matthew 28:6
Was to arise from the dead Psalm 16:9-11 John 20:9
The resurrection predicted Psalm 17:15 Luke 24:6
Forsaken because of sins of others Psalm 22:1 II Corinthians 5:21
Words spoken from Calvary, My God Psalm 22:1 Mark 15:34
Darkness upon Calvary Psalm 22:2 Matthew 27:45
They shoot out the lip and shake the head Psalm 22:7 Matthew 27:39
He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him Psalm 22:8 Matthew 27:43
Born the Savior Psalm 22:9 Luke 2:7
Died of a broken (ruptured) heart Psalm 22:14 John 19:34
Suffered agony on Calvary Psalm 22:14, 15 Mark 15:34-37
He thirsted Psalm 22:15 John 19:28
They pierced His hands and His feet Psalm 22:16 John 19:34, 37, 20:27
Stripped Him before the stares of men Psalm 22:17, 18 Luke 23:34, 35
They parted His garments Psalm 22:18 John 19:23,24
He committed Himself to God Psalm 22:20, 21 Luke 23:46
Satanic power bruising the Redeemers heel Psalm 22:20, 21 Hebrews 2:14
His Resurrection declared Psalm 22:22 John 20:17
He shall be the governor of the nations Psalm 22:28 Colossians 1:16
It is finished Psalm 22:31 John 19:30
I am the Good Shepherd Psalm 23:1 John 10:11
His exaltation predicted Psalm 24:3, 7-8 Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9
His resurrection predicted Psalm 30:3 Acts 2:32, 13:33; Matthew 28:6
Into Thy hands I commit My spirit Psalm 31:5 Luke 23:46
His acquaintances fled from Him Psalm 31:11 Mark 14:50
They took counsel to put Him to death Psalm 31:13 John 11:53
He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him Psalm 31:14, 15 Matthew 27:43
Not a bone of Him broken Psalm 34:20 John 19:31-36
False witnesses rose up against Him Psalm 35:11 Matthew 26:59
He was hated without a cause Psalm 35:19 John 15:25
His friends stood afar off Psalm 38:11 Luke 23:49
The joy of His resurrection predicted Psalm 40:2-5 John 20:20
His delight the will of the Father Psalm 40:6-8 John 4:34
He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel Psalm 40:9 Matthew 4:17
Confronted by adversaries in the Garden Psalm 40:14 John 18:4-6
Betrayed by a familiar friend Psalm 41:9 John 13:18
Words of Grace come from His lips Psalm 45:2 Luke 4:22
To own the title, God or Elohim Psalm 45:6 Hebrews 1:8
A special anointing by the Holy Spirit Psalm 45:7 Matthew 3:16; Hebrews 1:9
Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed) Psalm 45:7, 8 Luke 2:11
Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy Psalm 55:12-14 John 13:18
Death of the Betrayer Psalm 55:15 Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19
To give gifts to men Psalm 68:18 Ephesians 4:7-16
Ascended into Heaven Psalm 68:18 Luke 24:51
Hated without a cause Psalm 69:4 John 15:25
A stranger to own brethren Psalm 69:8 Luke 8:20, 21
Zealous for the Lords House Psalm 69:9 John 2:17
Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion Psalm 69:14-20 Matthew 26:36-45
My soul is exceeding sorrowful. Psalm 69:20 Matthew 26:38
Given vinegar in thirst Psalm 69:21 Matthew 27:34
The Savior given and smitten by God Psalm 69:26 John 17:4, 18:11
Great persons were to visit Him Psalm 72:10, 11 Matthew 2:1-11
The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground Psalm 72:16 John 12:24
Men shall be blessed in Him Psalm 72:17 John 1:12, 13
All nations shall be blessed by Him Psalm 72:17 Acts 2:11, 12, 41
He would teach in parables Psalm 78:1, 2 Matthew 13:34-35
To speak the Wisdom of God with authority Psalm 78:2 Matthew 7:29
They stood afar off and watched Psalm 88:8 Luke 23:49
Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings Psalm 89:27 Luke 1:32, 33
David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever Psalm 89:35-37 Luke 1:32, 33
His character Faithfulness Psalm 89:36-37 Revelation 1:5
He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2) Psalm 90:2 John 1:1
Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ Psalm 91:11, 12 Luke 4:10, 11
His exaltation predicted Psalm 97:9 Acts 1:11; Ephesians 1:20
His character Goodness Psalm 100:5 Matthew 19:16, 17
The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary Psalm 102:1-11 John 19:16-30
Messiah is the Preexistent Son Psalm 102:25-27 Hebrews 1:10-12
Ridiculed Psalm 109:25 Matthew 27:39
Son of David Psalm 110:1 Matthew 22:43
To ascend to the right-hand of the Father Psalm 110:1 Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9
David’s son called Lord Psalm 110:1 Matthew 22:44, 45
A priest after Melchizedek’s order Psalm 110:4 Hebrews 6:20
His character Compassionate, Gracious, et. al. Psalm 112:4 Matthew 9:36
Messiah’s Resurrection assured Psalm 118:17, 18 Luke 24:5-7; 1 Corinthians 15:20
The rejected stone is Head of the corner Psalm 118:22, 23 Matthew 21:42, 43
The Blessed One presented to Israel Psalm 118:26 Matthew 21:9
To come while Temple standing Psalm 118:26 Matthew 21:12-15
The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body) Psalm 132:11 Luke 1:32
The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings Psalm 138:1-6 Matthew 2:2-6
The earthly ministry of Christ described Psalm 147:3, 6 Luke 4:18
The altogether lovely One Song of Solomon 5:16 John 1:17
When Isaiah saw His glory Isaiah 6:1 John 12:40-41
Parables fall on deaf ears Isaiah 6:9-10 Matthew 13:13-15
Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words Isaiah 6:9-12 Acts 28:23-29
To be born of a virgin Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18-20; Luke 1:34-35
To be Emmanuel God with us Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18-23
Called Emmanuel Isaiah 8:8 Matthew 28:20
A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense Isaiah 8:14 I Peter 2:8
His ministry to begin in Galilee Isaiah 9:1, 2 Matthew 4:12-17
A child born Humanity Isaiah 9:6 Luke 1:31
A Son given Deity Isaiah 9:6 Luke 1:32; John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16
Declared to be the Son of God with power Isaiah 9:6 Romans 1:3, 4
The Wonderful One, Peleh Isaiah 9:6 Luke 4:22
The Counsellor, Yaeatz Isaiah 9:6 Matthew 13:54
The Mighty God, El Gibbor Isaiah 9:6 Matthew 11:20
The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth Isaiah 9:6 John 8:58
The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom Isaiah 9:6 John 16:33
To establish an everlasting kingdom Isaiah 9:7 Luke 1:32-33
His Character Just Isaiah 9:7 John 5:30
No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace Isaiah 9:7 Luke 1:32-33
Called a Nazarene the Branch, Netzer Isaiah 11:1 Matthew 2:23
A rod out of Jesse Son of Jesse Isaiah 11:1 Luke 3:23, 32
The anointed One by the Spirit Isaiah 11:2 Matthew 3:16, 17
His Character Wisdom, Understanding, et. al. Isaiah 11:2 John 4:4-26
His Character Truth and Righteousness Isaiah 11:4 John 14:6
The Gentiles seek Him Isaiah 11:10 John 12:18-21
Called Jesus Yahshua Isaiah 12:2 Matthew 1:21
The Resurrection predicted Isaiah 25:8 I Corinthians 15:54
His power of Resurrection predicted Isaiah 26:19 John 11:43, 44
The Messiah is the precious corner stone Isaiah 28:16 Acts 4:11, 12
He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word Isaiah 29:13 Matthew 15:7-9
The wise are confounded by the Word Isaiah 29:14 I Corinthians 1:18-31
A Refuge A man shall be a hiding place Isaiah 32:2 Matthew 23:37
He will come and save you Isaiah 35:4 Matthew 1:21
To have a ministry of miracles Isaiah 35:5 Matthew 11:4-6
Preceded by forerunner Isaiah 40:3, 4 John 1:23
Behold your God. Isaiah 40:9 John 1:36, 19:14
A Shepherd compassionate life-giver Isaiah 40:11 John 10:10-18
The Servant as a faithful, patient Redeemer Isaiah 42:1-4 Matthew 12:18-21
Meek and lowly Isaiah 42:2 Matthew 11:28-30
He brings hope for the hopeless Isaiah 42:3 John 4
The nations shall wait on His teachings Isaiah 42:4 John 12:20-26
The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles Isaiah 42:6 Luke 2:32
His is a Worldwide compassion Isaiah 42:1, 6 Matthew 28:19, 20
Blind eyes opened Isaiah 42:7 John 9:25-38
He is the only Savior Isaiah 43:11 Acts 4:12
He will send the Spirit of God Isaiah 44:3 John 16:7, 13
He will be the Judge Isaiah 45:23 John 5:22; Romans 14:11
The First and the Last Isaiah 48:12 John 1:30; Revelation 1:8, 17
He came as a Teacher Isaiah 48:17 John 3:2
Called from the womb humanity Isaiah 49:1 Matthew 1:18
A Servant from the womb Isaiah 49:5 Luke 1:31; Philippians 2:7
He is Salvation for Israel Isaiah 49:6 Luke 2:29-32
He is the Light of the Gentiles Isaiah 49:6 Acts 13:47
He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth Isaiah 49:6 Acts 15:7-18
He is despised of the Nation Isaiah 49:7 John 8:48-49
Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation Isaiah 50:3 Luke 23:44, 45
He is a learned counselor for the weary Isaiah 50:4 Matthew 11:28, 29
The Servant bound willingly to obedience Isaiah 50:5 Matthew 26:39
I gave My back to the smiters. Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 27:26
He was smitten on the cheeks Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67
He was spat upon Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 27:30
To publish good tidings of peace Isaiah 52:7 Luke 4:14, 15
The Servant exalted Isaiah 52:13 Acts 1:8-11; Ephesians 1:19-22
Behold, My Servant Isaiah 52:13 Matthew 17:5; Philippians 2:5-8
The Servant shockingly abused Isaiah 52:14 Luke 18:31-34; Matthew 26:67, 68
Nations startled by message of the Servant Isaiah 52:15 Romans 15:18-21
His blood shed to make atonement for all Isaiah 52:15 Revelation 1:5
His people would not believe Him Isaiah 53:1 John 12:37-38
He would grow up in a poor family Isaiah 53:2 Luke 2:7
Appearance of an ordinary man Isaiah 53:2 Philippians 2:7-8
Despised Isaiah 53:3 Luke 4:28-29
Rejected Isaiah 53:3 Matthew 27:21-23
Great sorrow and grief Isaiah 53:3 Luke 19:41-42
Men hide from being associated with Him Isaiah 53:3 Mark 14:50-52
He would have a healing ministry Isaiah 53:4 Luke 6:17-19
He would bear the sins of the world Isaiah 53:4 I Peter 2:24
Thought to be cursed by God Isaiah 53:4 Matthew 27:41-43
Bears penalty for mankind’s transgressions Isaiah 53:5 Luke 23:33
His sacrifice would provide peace between man and God Isaiah 53:5 Colossians 1:20
His back would be whipped Isaiah 53:5 Matthew 27:26
He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind Isaiah 53:6 Galatians 1:4
God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind Isaiah 53:6 I John 4:10
Oppressed and afflicted Isaiah 53:7 Matthew 27:27-31
Silent before His accusers Isaiah 53:7 Matthew 27:12-14
Sacrificial lamb Isaiah 53:7 John 1:29
Confined and persecuted Isaiah 53:8 Matthew 26:47-27:31
He would be judged Isaiah 53:8 John 18:13-22
Killed Isaiah 53:8 Matthew 27:35
Dies for the sins of the world Isaiah 53:8 I John 2:2
Buried in a rich man’s grave Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:38, 57-60
Innocent and had done no violence Isaiah 53:9 Mark 15:3
No deceit in His mouth Isaiah 53:9 John 18:38
Gods will that He die for mankind Isaiah 53:10 John 18:11
An offering for sin Isaiah 53:10 Matthew 20:28
Resurrected and live forever Isaiah 53:10 Mark 16:16
He would prosper Isaiah 53:10 John 17:1-5
God fully satisfied with His suffering Isaiah 53:11 John 12:27
Gods servant Isaiah 53:11 Romans 5:18-19
He would justify man before God Isaiah 53:11 Romans 5:8-9
The sin-bearer for all mankind Isaiah 53:11 Hebrews 9:28
Exalted by God because of His sacrifice Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 28:18
He would give up His life to save mankind Isaiah 53:12 Luke 23:46
Grouped with criminals Isaiah 53:12 Luke 23:32
Sin-bearer for all mankind Isaiah 53:12 II Corinthians 5:21
Intercede with God in behalf of mankind Isaiah 53:12 Luke 23:34
Resurrected by God Isaiah 55:3 Acts 13:34
A witness Isaiah 55:4 John 18:37
He would come to provide salvation Isaiah 59:15-16 John 6:40
Intercessor between man and God Isaiah 59:15-16 Matthew 10:32
He would come to Zion as their Redeemer Isaiah 59:20 Luke 2:38
The Spirit of God upon Him Isaiah 61:1-2 Matthew 3:16-17
The Messiah would preach the good news Isaiah 61:1-2 Luke 4:17-21
Provide freedom from the bondage of sin and death Isaiah 61:1-2 John 8:31-32
Proclaim a period of grace Isaiah 61:1-2 John 5:24
Descendant of David Jeremiah 23:5-6 Luke 3:23-31
The Messiah would be God Jeremiah 23:5-6 John 13:13
The Messiah would be both God and Man Jeremiah 23:5-6 I Timothy 3:16
The Messiah would be the new covenant Jeremiah 31:31 Matthew 26:28
Descendant of David Jeremiah 33:14-15 Luke 3:23-31
Descendant of David Ezekiel 17:22-24 Luke 3:23-31
Descendant of David Ezekiel 34:23-24 Matthew 1:1
He would ascend into heaven Daniel 7:13-14 Acts 1:9-11
Highly exalted Daniel 7:13-14 Ephesians 1:20-22
His dominion would be everlasting Daniel 7:13-14 Luke 1:31-33
To make an end to sins Daniel 9:24 Galatians 1:3-5
He would be holy Daniel 9:24 Luke 1:35
Announced to his people 483 years, to the exact day, after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem Daniel 9:25 John 12:12-13
Killed Daniel 9:26 Matthew 27:35; Acts 3:14-15
Die for the sins of the world Daniel 9:26 Hebrews 2:9
Killed before the destruction of the temple Daniel 9:26 Matthew 27:50-51
Messiah in a glorified state Daniel 10:5-6 Revelation 1:13-16
Messiah to rise up on the third day Hosea 6:2 Matthew 28:6; Acts 2:32
He would defeat death Hosea 13:14 I Corinthians 15:55-57
Offer salvation to all mankind Joel 2:32 Romans 10:12-13
Messiah three days in the grave Jonah 1:17 Matthew 12:39-40
Born in Bethlehem Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1-2
Gods servant Micah 5:2 John 15:10
From everlasting Micah 5:2 John 8:58
He would visit the second Temple Haggai 2:6-9 Luke 2:27-32
Descendant of Zerubbabel Haggai 2:23 Luke 3:23-27
Gods servant Zechariah 3:8 John 17:4
Priest and King Zechariah 6:12-13 Hebrews 8:1
Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 21:8-10
Beheld as King Zechariah 9:9 John 12:12-13
The Messiah would be just Zechariah 9:9 John 5:30
The Messiah would bring salvation Zechariah 9:9 Luke 19:10
The Messiah would be humble Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 11:29
Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 21:6-9
The cornerstone Zechariah 10:4 Ephesians 2:20
At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders Zechariah 11:4-6 Matthew 23:1-4
Rejection causes God to remove His protection Zechariah 11:4-6 Luke 19:41-44
Rejected in favor of another king Zechariah 11:4-6 John 19:13-15
Ministry to poor, the believing remnant Zechariah 11:7 Matthew 9:35-36
Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them Zechariah 11:8 Matthew 23:33
Despised Zechariah 11:8 Matthew 27:20
Stops ministering to those who rejected Him Zechariah 11:9 Matthew 13:10-11
Rejection causes God to remove protection Zechariah 11:10-11 Luke 19:41-44
The Messiah would be God Zechariah 11:10-11 John 14:7
Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 26:14-15
Rejected Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 26:14-15
Thirty pieces of silver thrown into the house of the Lord Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 27:3-5
The Messiah would be God Zechariah 11:12-13 John 12:45
The Messiahs body would be pierced Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34-37, 20:27
The Messiah would be both God and man Zechariah 12:10 John 10:30
The Messiah would be rejected Zechariah 12:10 John 1:11
Disciples scattered Zechariah 13:7 Mark 14:50
Gods will He die for mankind Zechariah 13:7 John 18:11
A violent death Zechariah 13:7 Matthew 27:35
Both God and man Zechariah 13:7 John 14:9
Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him Zechariah 13:7 Matthew 26:31-56
Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah Malachi 3:1 Matthew 11:10
Sudden appearance at the temple Malachi 3:1 Mark 11:15-16
Messenger of the new covenant Malachi 3:1 Luke 4:43
Forerunner in the spirit of Elijah Malachi 4:5 Matthew 3:1-2, Luke 3:4
Forerunner would turn many to righteousness Malachi 4:6 Luke 1:16-17



The most potent, far reaching, three words in all the Bible were spoken on the Cross, “IT IS FINISHED!” Those words have perhaps more meaning than any other short statement in all the Bible.

The reason why prophecy is an indication of the divine authorship of the Scriptures, and hence a testimony to the trustworthiness of the Message of the Scriptures, is because of the minute probability of fulfillment.

Anyone can make predictions. Having those prophecies fulfilled is vastly different. In fact, the more statements made about the future, and the more the detail, then the less likely the precise fulfillment will be.

For example, what’s the likelihood of a person predicting today the exact city in which the birth of a future leader would take place, well into the 21st century? This is indeed what the prophet Micah did 700 years before the Messiah. Further, what is the likelihood of predicting the precise manner of death that a new, unknown religious leader would experience, a thousand years from now – a manner of death presently unknown, and to remain unknown for hundreds of years? Yet, this is what David did in 1000 B.C.

Again, what is the likelihood of predicting the specific date of the appearance of some great future leader, hundreds of years in advance? This is what Daniel did, 530 years before Christ.

If one were to conceive 50 specific prophecies about a person in the future, whom one would never meet, just what’s the likelihood that this person will fulfill all 50 of the predictions? How much less would this likelihood be if 25 of these predictions were about what other people would do to him, and were completely beyond his control?

For example, how does someone “arrange” to be born in a specific family?

How does one “arrange” to be born in a specified city, in which their parents don’t actually live? How does one “arrange” their own death – and specifically by crucifixion, with two others, and then “arrange” to have their executioners gamble for His clothing (John 16:19; Psalms 22:18)? How does one “arrange” to be betrayed in advance? How does one “arrange” to have the executioners carry out the regular practice of breaking the legs of the two victims on either side, but not their own? Finally, how does one “arrange” to be God? How does one escape from a grave and appear to people after having been killed?

Indeed, it may be possible for someone to fake one or two of the Messianic prophecies, but it would be impossible for any one person to arrange and fulfill all of these prophecies.

John Ankerberg relates the true story of how governments use prearranged identification signs to identify correct agents:

David Greenglass was a World War II traitor. He gave atomic secrets to the Russians and then fled to Mexico after the war. His conspirators arranged to help him by planning a meeting with the secretary of the Russian ambassador in Mexico City. Proper identification for both parties became vital. Greenglass was to identify himself with six prearranged signs. These instructions had been given to both the secretary and Greenglass so there would be no possibility of making a mistake. They were: (1) once in Mexico City, Greenglass was to write a note to the secretary, signing his name as “I. JACKSON”; (2) after three days he was to go to the Plaza de Colon in Mexico City and (3) stand before the statue of Columbus, (4) with his middle finger placed in a guide book. In addition, (5) when he was approached, he was to say it was a magnificent statue and that he was from Oklahoma. (6) The secretary was to then give him a passport.

These six prearranged signs worked. Why? With six identifying characteristics it was impossible for the secretary not to identify Greenglass as the proper contact (John Ankerberg, John Weldon and Walter Kaiser, “The Case for Jesus The Messiah”, Melbourne: Pacific College Study Series, 1994, 17-18).

How true, then, it must be that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, if he had 456 identifying characteristics well in advance, and fulfilled them all! In fact, what does the science of probability make of this?

The science of probability attempts to determine the chance that a given event will occur. The value and accuracy of the science of probability has been well established beyond doubt – for example, insurance rates are fixed according to statistical probabilities.

Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, Peter Stoner, has calculated the probability of one man fulfilling the major prophecies made concerning the Messiah. The estimates were worked out by twelve different classes representing some 600 university students.

The students carefully weighed all the factors, discussed each prophecy at length, and examined the various circumstances which might indicate that men had conspired together to fulfill a particular prophecy. They made their estimates conservative enough so that there was finally unanimous agreement even among the most skeptical students.

However Professor Stoner then took their estimates, and made them even more conservative. He also encouraged other skeptics or scientists to make their own estimates to see if his conclusions were more than fair. Finally, he submitted his figures for review to a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation. Upon examination, they verified that his calculations were dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented (Peter Stoner, Science Speaks, Chicago: Moody Press, 1969, 4).

For example, concerning Micah 5:2, where it states the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah, Stoner and his students determined the average population of BETHLEHEM from the time of Micah to the present; then they divided it by the average population of the earth during the same period.

They concluded that the chance of one man being born in Bethlehem was one in 300,000, (or one in 2.8 x 10^5 – rounded),

After examining only eight different prophecies (Idem, 106), they conservatively estimated that the chance of one man fulfilling all eight prophecies was one in 10^17.

To illustrate how large the number 10^17 IS (a figure with 17 zeros), Stoner gave this illustration :

If you mark one of ten tickets, and place all the tickets in a hat, and thoroughly stir them, and then ask a blindfolded man to draw one, his chance of getting the right ticket is one in ten. Suppose that we take 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They’ll cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would’ve had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom (Idem, 106-107).

In financial terms, is there anyone who would not invest in a financial venture if the chance of failure were only one in 10^17? This is the kind of sure investment we’re offered by god for faith in His Messiah.

From these figures, Professor Stoner, concludes the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone proves that God inspired the writing of the prophecies (Idem, 107) – the likelihood of mere chance is only one in 10^17!

Another way of saying this is that any person who minimizes or ignores the significance of the biblical identifying signs concerning the Messiah would be foolish.

But, of course, there are many more than eight prophecies. In another calculation, Stoner used 48 prophecies (Idem, 109) (even though he could have used Edersheim’s 456), and arrived at the extremely conservative estimate that the probability of 48 prophecies being fulfilled in one person is the incredible number 10^157. In fact, if anybody can find someone, living or dead, other than Jesus, who can fulfill only half of the predictions concerning the Messiah given in the book “Messiah in Both Testaments” by Fred J. Meldau, the Christian Victory Publishing Company is ready to give a ONE thousand dollar reward! As apologist Josh McDowell says, “There are a lot of men in the universities that could use some extra cash!” (Josh McDowell, Evidence that Demands a Verdict, California: Campus Crusade for Christ, 175).

How large is the number one in 10^157? 10^157 contains 157 zeros! Stoner gives an illustration of this number using electrons. Electrons are very small objects. They’re smaller than atoms. It would take 2.5 TIMES 10^15 of them, laid side by side, to make one inch. Even if we counted 250 of these electrons each minute, and counted day and night, it would still take 19 million years just to count a line of electrons one-inch long (Stoner, op. cit, 109).

With this introduction, let’s go back to our chance of one in 10^157. Let’s suppose that we’re taking this number of electrons, marking one, and thoroughly stirring it into the whole mass, then blindfolding a man and letting him try to find the right one. What chance has he of finding the right one? What kind of a pile will this number of electrons make? They make an inconceivably large volume.

This is the result from considering a mere 48 prophecies. Obviously, the probability that 456 prophecies would be fulfilled in one man by chance is vastly smaller. According to Emile Borel, once one goes past one chance in 10^50, the probabilities are so small that it is impossible to think that they will ever occur (Ankerberg et. al., op. cit., 21).

As Stoner concludes, ‘Any man who rejects Christ as the Son of God is rejecting a fact, proved perhaps more absolutely than any other fact in the world (Stoner, op. cit., 112).’

God so thoroughly vindicated Jesus Christ that even mathematicians and statisticians, who were without faith, had to acknowledge that it is scientifically impossible to deny that Jesus is the Christ. our thanks to David Williams, a mathematician who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ.

About David M. Curtis

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David is a self-employed business owner who enjoys web and graphics design, a good TV show or movie, spending time with his animals and friends. For many years,David taught the Bible on the west coast 5 days a week over the radio for a broadcast he called, "The Loud Cry Ministry." David has been in ministry his entire adult life, having visited and taught in churches coast to coast, including churches in California, New York, Tennessee, Kansas, Nevada, Texas, Georgia, Oregon and Washington. David has been in marketing for over a dozen years now having owned or managed four offices, with hundreds of employees. David is responsible for creating and developing projects that cost in excess of half a million dollars, and absolutely loves developing new concepts and ideas and turning them into a reality. Currently David resides in Cincinnati OH where he works from home managing his online business US Home Work Force for the past three years, in which he provides websites and training for thousands of people all across the country helping them to earn a substantial income over the Internet.
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