Fulfilled (or almost fulfilled) Old Testament Prophecies about Jesus

Posted on February 4, 2020

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Note: I didn’t write this, but simply compiled it. Might be worth printing out and keeping for reference.

Throughout the sacred writings of the Tanach (the entirety of what has become known as the “Old Testament”), God, through the authors of the 39 Tanach books, has consistently pointed to the future coming of the Messiah.

It began in Genesis 3:16, following the fall, when God told the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” The “Seed” of the woman is the promised Messiah. The seed of the serpent is the unsaved of humanity who do not accept the Messiah.

Throughout the Holy Scriptures, God has consistently and precisely pointed to the coming of Israel’s Messiah. That coming was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ to the virgin Jewess, Mary, whose Hebrew name was Miriam. Below are verses and passages which speak of the coming Messiah in the Old Testament, followed by their “fulfillment verses” in the New Testament.

His Lineage
* Prophecy: Jesus would come from the family of David: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse [Jesse was David’s father], from his roots a Branch will bear fruit” (Isaiah 11:1).
* Fulfillment: “… and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife … and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah” (Matthew 1:6, 16).

His Birth
* Prophecy: Jesus would be born of a virgin: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
* Fulfillment: “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. … But the angel said to her … ‘You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus’ … ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God’” (Luke 1:26-27, 30, 31, 34-35).

His Place of Birth
* Prophecy: Jesus would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah. (There were two Bethlehems at the time of the prophecy of Jesus’ birth, so it was important to name which Bethlehem was in view.) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:2).
* Fulfillment: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea …” (Matthew 2:1); “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born” (Luke 2:4-6).

The Messiah Would Be God’s Son
* Prophecy: “I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, ‘You are my son; today I have become your father’” (Psalm 2:7); “Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!?” (Proverbs 30:4).
*Fulfillment: “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:16-17).

The Messiah Would Be Sinless
* Prophecy: “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth” (Isaiah 53:9).
*Fulfillment: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21); “But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin” (1 John 3:5).

The Messiah Would Be Deity
* Prophecy: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
*Fulfillment: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-14); “[Jesus said] I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).

The Messiah Would Be Resurrected
* Prophecy: “…because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead [Sheol],  nor will you let your faithful one see decay” (Psalm 16:10); “But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself” (Psalm 49:15); “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand” (Isaiah 53:10).
*Fulfillment: “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:5-6); “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

The Messiah Would Return (The Second Coming)
* Prophecy: “On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him” (Zechariah 14:4-5).
* Fulfillment: “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:11-16).