JESUS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
OLD TESTAMENTS PROPHESIES FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST
The Old Testament contains over 300 references to the Messiah that were fulfilled in Jesus.
In "Science Speaks" by Peter Stoner the probabilities of a man fulfilling eight of the prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power which is 100,000,000,000,000,000. So now can you imagine the figure for all of the over 300 prophecies that were fulfilled in Jesus.
Another way to imagine this stupendous number is to say: Assume the entire state of Texas with half-dollar coins, eight feet deep and one and ONLY one of the coins is marked. Now you have one and only one chance to find that coin which is the marked one.
But this does not mean that a person accepts or rejects Christ because of odd find coins or probabilities. Christ is a spiritual and not amental issue.
Vespation and CE=common era
"And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise
from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
Notice that Matthew 1:22 says this "All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet;"
Lets take a look at the word FULFILL and see what the scriptures tell us. Twelve times in the gospel of Matthew alone the mention of the things that need to be FULFILLED about Jesus were mentioned. (Matthew 1:22; 2:15; 3:15; 4:14; 5:17; 8:17; 12:17; 13:14,35; 21:4; 27:9) These verses are talking about Old Testament prophecies that are to be fulfilled in Jesus birth and life. These FULFILLMENTS are powerful testimonies to the divine origin of the Scriptures and its accuracy
even in the small details. But not all the PROPHESIES of the Old Testament are fulfilled. Jesus is coming again! There are prophecies of His return in the Old and New Testament.God's Word the Bible is so full of wonder and awe! But it is also very specific if we study it with the insight and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The word "Bible" was formed from a Greek term meaning books in the plural. The Bible is a collection of 66 books and inspired by God. It has many authors and was written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may
be thoroughly equipped for every good work."Here are just some of the Prophesies and Their Fulfillment:
Ascend to the right hand of God
Psalm 16:11 & Psalm 68:18-19 & Psalm 110:1 & Luke 24:51 & Acts 1:9-11 & Acts 7:55 & Hebrews 1:3
Betrayed by a friend
Psalm 41:9 & Matthew 26:21-50 & John 13:18-21 & Acts 1:16-18 Matthew 26:14-16,47-50 fulfilled: Mark 14:17-21 & Luke 22:19-23
Buried with the rich when dead
Isaiah 53:9 & Matthew 27:57-60
Executed by crucifixion, and having his hands and feet pierced
Psalm 22:17(16) & Zechariah 12:10 & Matthew 27:35 & Luke 24:39 & John 9:18 &
John 9:34-37 & John 20:35 & Revelation 1:7 Matthew 27:31 fulfilled: Mark 15:20, 25 & John 19:15-18
Executed without having a bone broken
Exodus 12:46 & John 19:33-36
Numbers 9:12 fulfilled: John 19:31-36
Offered vinegar to drink to quench his thirst
Psalm 69:22 & Matthew 27:34 John 19:28-30 fulfilled: Psalm 22:15 & John 19:28
Lots to be cast for the Messiah's clothes
Psalm 22:18 & Matthew 27:35 & Mark 15:24 & John 19:23, 24
Mocked and taunted:
Psalm 22:7,8 & Matthew 27:39-43 & Luke 23:11, 35
Raised from the dead
Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:9-10; Matthew 28:1-20; Acts 2:23-36; Acts 13:33-37; 1 Corinthians 15:4-6 & Mark 16:1-8 & Luke 24:1-9, 44-48 & John 20:1-31 & I Corinthians 15:4-8
Rode on a Donkey
Zechariah 9:9; Mark 11:1-11
Will die as a sacrifice for our sins and atone for the sins of mankind
Isaiah 53:5, 6, 8, 10-12 & John 1:29 and 11:49-52 & Acts 10:43 and 13:38, 39 & I Corinthians 15:3 & Ephesians 1:7 & I Peter 2:24, 25 & I John 1:7, 9 & Isaiah 53:5-7,12; Mark 10:45; John 1:29; John 3:16; Acts 8:30-35
Silent before His accusers:
Isaiah 53:7 & Matthew 27:12-14 & Mark 15:3,4 & Luke 23:8-10
Sold for 30 pieces of silver
Zechariah 11:12 & Matthew 26:15
Struck and spat upon:
Micah 5:1 & Isaiah 50:6 & Matthew 26:67 27:30 & Mark 14:65 15:19 & Luke 22:63,64
& John 19:1-3
Suffer with sinner's & pray for his enemies:
Isaiah 53:12 & Matthew 27:38 & Mark 15:27,28 & Luke 23:32-34
Was to be beaten
Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67; Matthew 27:26-30
Will enter Jerusalem
Zechariah 9:9 & Matthew 21:1-9 & John 12:12-16
Will be rejected by his own people:
Isaiah 53:1,3; Psalm 118:22 & John 1:11,12:37-43 & Matthew 26:3,4 & Acts 4:1-12
Will be tried and condemned:
Isaiah 53:8 & Matthew 27:1,2 & Luke 23:1-25
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
(Ps. 22:1).These were the very words of Jesus on the cross (Matt 27:46)."I am despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him" (Ps. 22:6-8).Israel despised Jesus and mocked him (Luke 23:35; 8:53); they shook their heads (Matt. 27:39), and said this as He hung on the cross (Matt 27:43). "My tongue cleaveth to my jaws...they pierced my hands and my feet"
(Ps.22:15,16).This was fulfilled in Christ's thirst on the cross (John 19:28). The piercing of hands and feet refers to the physical method of crucifixion used. "They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture" (Ps. 22:18).The precise fulfilment of this is found in Matt. 27:35.
Note that Ps. 22:22 is specifically quoted as applying to Jesus in Heb. 2:12.
"I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and am an alien unto my mother's children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up" (Ps. 69:8,9).This well describes Christ's feeling of estrangement from his Jewish brethren and his own family (John 7:3-5, Matt.12:47-49). This is quoted in John 2:17.
"They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink"
(Ps. 69:21).This happened while Christ was on the cross (Matt. 27:34).
The whole of Isaiah 53 is a remarkable prophecy of Christ's death and resurrection, every verse of which had an unmistakable fulfilment. Just two examples will be given:-
"As a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth" (Isa. 53:7)Christ, the Lamb of God, remained silent during his trial (Matt. 27: 12,14).
"He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death" (Isa. 53:9).Jesus was crucified along with wicked criminals (Matt. 27:38), but was buried in the tomb of a rich man (Matt. 27:57-60).
The following prophecies represent only a few simple
historical facts. There are over 300 specific Old
Testament prophesies relating to the first coming of the
Messiah which are fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ.
The Messiah would be a descendent of David
"Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of
righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
(Jer. 23:5) The book of the generation of Jesus hrist, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
The Messiah would be Born in Bethlehem
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of
thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from
of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2)Now 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, (Matt. 2:1)
The Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a Donkey
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming
to you; he is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.
(Zech. 9:9) The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus
was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
"Hosanna! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' The King of Israel!" Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: (John 12:12-14)
The Messiah would be sold for 30 pieces of silver, the money thrown into God's house, and the money used to buy a potter's field.
Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain." So they
weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the
potter"-- that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them
into the house of the LORD for the potter. (Zech. 11:12-13) Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.
And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the
temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and
said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And
they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore
that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken
by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was
valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter's field, as
the Lord appointed me. (Matt. 27:3-10)
Lots would be cast for the Messiah's clothing
They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots. (Ps. 22:18) And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should
take. (Mark 15:24)
Not one of the Messiah's bones would be broken
He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken. (Ps. 34:20) Therefore, because it was the
Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken
away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with
Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
One day, the people of Jerusalem will "look on me whom they have pierced"
"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and
supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one
mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (Zech. 12:10) Then came
the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But
when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the
soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. (John 19:32-34)
At the Messiah's death, the sun would go down at noon
"And it shall come to pass in that day," says the Lord GOD, "That I will make the sun go down at
noon, and I will darken the earth in broad daylight; (Amos 8:9) And it was about the sixth
hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened,
and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. (Luke 23:44-45)
The Messiah would be buried (briefly) in a rich man's tomb
And 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. (Isa. 53:9) When the even was come, there came a
rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate,
and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when
Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new
tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he olled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher,
and departed. (Matt. 27:57-60)
According to Old Testament scriptures the Messiah must come from the tribe of Judah. If there were a Messiah to now come forth he would have to be able to prove that he was inded from the tribe of Judah. But there is a major problem. When the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem they also destroyed ALL the records of the Jews. They were never replaced. Some Jews with names such as Cohen, Cohan, Levi, Levitt may be from the tribe of Levi, but no other tribes can be identified today.
So there is no way for someone to prove he was the messiah AFTER 70 CE