True prophecy foretells of an event with such detail before it happens so as to necessarily require divine guidance. The Bible is a book containing hundreds of detailed prophecies. And they truly are detailed! There are, for example, well over 60 distinct predictions in regards to our divine Savior Jesus Christ.
If you just step back for a moment and ponder what true prophecies are you will then understand their significance. Genuine divine prophecy is a statement from God to those that are listening. They show that God truly does exist and that the Holy Bible truly is His word written down for us to prove who He is.
They are not vague as you will see!
Below is just a sampling of some of those prophecies.
1. Isaiah foreshadowed the virgin birth of Jesus Called Immanuel (God with us). [Written about 700 B.C. (years Before Christ)]
Why is this significant?
The Lord will make the birth of the Messiah be a miraculous event. There are several reasons for a virgin birth. God is without sin. From the book of Genesis, it is explained that sin is passed thru the seed of Adam. The only way for a child to be without sin is to be born without the seed of man hence the virgin birth.
The Holy Scriptures also state that the child born of a virgin birth which is truly a miracle would also is referred to as “God with us” which is what Immanuel means. The significance of this is that God would actually come to be with us in the flesh and that the baby will be God Himself! So a child born of a virgin will be God!
2. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.(Written about 700 B.C.)
Why is this significant?
The prophecy reveals the exact place where the Messiah will be born. Simply stated all other cities and towns from every place on earth are eliminated except Bethlehem, a small and seemingly insignificant town about 5 miles south of Jerusalem. It so happens to be the same birthplace of King David. The meticulous nature of this prophecy makes it very limited to a person fulfilling these prophecies in history. Yet, God is precise and meticulous in detail and makes it happen.
Important to remember that God sees all history, He knows all things and what is actually going to happen throughout all time. So, of course, if He is God then He would know exactly what is going to happen! Again, this just confirms God is real and the Word of God is truly His words.
The prophecy of the Messiah’s birthplace is effective in a simple way: It eliminates all other cities and towns throughout the world as a place in which the Messiah could be born. It narrows the possibilities to one small place in the entire world.
We also know that the prophets knowingly spoke of the Messiah being known as a Nazarene meaning root or branch in Hebrew. It is explained in
How is this possible?
Add to this that we are told in the Holy Scriptures that Galilee of the Gentiles would be honored with the Messianic child in
And we are also informed that the Son of God will be called out of Egypt.
This is confirmed in the book of Matthew. (Matthew 2:15).
So again how can this be?
How can the Messiah be born in Bethlehem, be known as a Nazarene, be from Galilee, and at the same time come from Egypt?
Amazingly, God made this happen! Just these prophecies alone should make a Jew or any other person believe that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God.
The Messianic child was born of Mary while staying in Bethlehem to fulfill their duty to the Roman Empire by partaking in the census required for tax purposes. Each person had to register in their ancestral cities. Since Joseph, the husband of Mary, was a descendent of David from Bethlehem; they had to go to his birthplace thus satisfying the birth of the Messiah in the town of Bethlehem. It is perfect timing that Mary would so happen to be ready to give birth at that very moment in time.
Soon after the birth of the child, Joseph, Jesus, and his mother would quickly have to leave for Egypt in order to avoid the grasp of King Herod. They would have to stay in Egypt for about a year awaiting word from God that they could go home to Israel thus fulfilling the prophetic statement from Isaiah 700 years before Jesus’ birth.
Upon King Herod’s death, an angel of the Lord then appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt to inform him that they are to come back to Israel. Joseph was then informed again in a dream to stay in the land of Galilee in a town known as Nazareth which set in motion the fulfillment of several prophecies. So, the circumstances played out perfectly:
The meticulous nature of all these events taking place to fulfill each of these prophecies at once is astounding!
And this is only the beginning of the prophetic statements fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
3. The Messiah would also be a descendant of King David. (Written about 600 B.C.)
This is one of several instances where we are told that the Messiah would be a descendant of King David.
Even in the Jerusalem Talmud, Berakoth 5a it states, "The King Messiah... from where does he come forth? From the royal city of Bethlehem in Judah."
If you look in the New Testament, we are given the genealogies of Jesus in both the books of Matthew and Luke tracing back to King David and also Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and even Adam, the first man. Interesting to note that God is so thorough, He gives both Joseph’s lineage in Matthew 1 proving legal rights and also thru Mary’s bloodline going back to King David as well. That is given in Luke 3. If you look closely, Joseph comes from Solomon, the son of David, and Mary comes from Nathan, another son of David. Joseph and Mary, of course, are not related due to the fact that there are so many generations between King David and Jesus’ parents about 1000 years!
What an incredible trumpet of God for His Son!
4. The Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah. (Spoken of by Jacob about 1800 B.C.)
Genesis 49:10, “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.”
Jacob is prophesying the future of each of his sons just prior to his death at the end of the book of Genesis in the Old Testament. He then explains that the Messiah will come to be a direct descendent from Judah. This is not Jacob’s first born or even his blessed son, Joseph. It is his fourth son of the twelve. God shows here that He is in control of all things and that He so chooses who He will do things through. It is not decided by man’s traditions or rules of benefactor.
If you go further back another 800 years from King David using the genealogic record provided by the Holy Scriptures in 1 Chronicles, you will find that David, in fact, does come from the line of Judah. You then fast forward to Christ and you find out that the Messiah does come from Judah thus fulfilling this prophecy!
How incredibly detailed the Holy Scriptures are!
5. The line of kings from David would endure forever. (The prophet, Samuel, prophesied this about 1000 B.C.)
This particular prophecy becomes a stumbling block for Jews today. The line of kings from David would endure forever. Yet, after the Babylonian captivity in 607 B.C. and the first fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C., there has been no king of Davidic lineage since. And after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the nation of Israel ceased to exist for almost 2000 years. So, this prophecy cannot happen!
Prior to Jerusalem’s second fall in 70 A.D., there had to be a descendent of David who established an unending and eternal throne. It had to happen before 70 A.D.!
Aside from Jesus, there has been no king of Davidic descent since the time of the Babylonian conquest. There is only one way to fulfill this prophecy. Jesus Christ is the only way!
Jesus is fully human and fully God. As a human, he is a descendant of King David. As God, he is eternal. This satisfies both criteria, a descendent of David who sits on the throne of the kingdom of heaven forever.
Christ is the only way that this prophecy can be fulfilled. Along with the many prophecies written by the prophets, if the Messiah is not Christ, then the Jewish scriptures cannot be God-breathed because the prophecies cannot come true thus disproving God’s existence.Either Christ is their Messiah or God does not exist.That is the conundrum facing the Jewish people today!
6. The timing of the Messiah is predicted and His rejection. (Spoken of by the prophet, Daniel, about 530 B.C.)
The prophet Daniel lived during the time of the Babylonian Captivity, over 500 years before the birth of Jesus. The Babylonians had destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple and had taken many Jews as captives to Babylon. While in Babylon, Daniel delivered a prophecy of what would happen during the centuries that followed.
All of these events would actually happen and even happen in the same order described by Daniel.
7. The Messiah would be crucified. (There are multiple prophecies concerning crucifixion; from the prophet, Zechariah about 500 B.C. to David around 1000 B.C. to Isaiah around 700 B.C.)
There are multiple prophetic statements concerning the Messiah being crucified. The Scripture passages listed above are only a few.
What is so significant about these particular prophecies?
Crucifixion wasn’t even invented when these prophecies were written down!
The prophets who wrote them did not even understand what they were writing. Crucifixion was invented by the Romans! They used it as a means to subjugate the masses and to terrorize the people into submission. The important thing here is that it was only used for a short time in the history of man. The Messiah would have to come during that exact time in history. The window for His arrival is now closed.
So what do we have here?
The Messiah would have to be born during the Roman Empire’s timeframe in history and he would then be crucified for our iniquities. Just add in the fact that if He were the true Messiah nothing what hinder His spreading to the ends of the earth because God would not let it happen.
8. The greatest prophetic statement about the Messiah! (Written by Isaiah about 700 B.C.)
Isaiah 53, “Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. 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. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
The apostles themselves immediately used this Scripture passage to identify Christ as the Messiah shown in Acts 8:26-34. The New Testament scriptures immediately associate this passage to one person namely Jesus Christ. If the Holy Scriptures is God-breathed, then Isaiah 53 is talking about Christ which is confirmed by the Scriptures themselves!
This account of the Suffering Servant described by Isaiah has been the focal point of Jews and Christians for 2000 years. When you read it, you immediately think of Jesus Christ. Remember God is not trying to confuse the reader. Occam’s razor states that the simplest explanation is usually the right answer. It makes sense here as well.
You can try to hide behind other assumptions and try to attach this scripture to the nation of Israel as a whole, but you are simply trying to muddy the waters so that you cannot see the truth. You are willingly ignorant of the obvious. Each and every Messianic prophecy points directly to Jesus Christ! If all the other prophecies point to Christ and Isaiah 53 fits as well, then why try to deny the scripture passage in Isaiah 53 as explaining the Messiah?
You must have an agenda other than truth!
Dr. Peter Stoner, a renowned professor of science and mathematics, calculated the probability of just ONE MAN fulfilling only 8 prophecies made concerning the Messiah.
His conclusion was one in 10^17 for one man to fulfill just 8 prophecies; that would be one chance in 10 followed by 17 ZEROS!
What does this mean?
After review by a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation, his calculations were verified and deemed dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented (Peter Stoner, Science Speaks, Chicago: Moody Press, 1969, 4).
Remember the value and accuracy of the science of probability has been established beyond doubt. Insurance companies fix their rates based on this science.
But, of course, Dr. Peter Stoner went even further. There are more than 100 prophecies that Christ fulfilled! Dr. Stoner decided to calculate the odds of 48 prophecies just a sampling of all the prophecies in the Holy Bible. What did he find?
The odds were 1 in 10^157! Again that would be 1 in 10 followed by 157 ZEROS!
In the science of mathematics, 10^50 is considered STATISTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE!
Mathematically speaking, Jesus Christ MUST be the Messiah! It is statistically impossible for it to be otherwise. The Holy Bible is the actual words of the one true God. There are too many prophecies that have come true for it to just be chance!
GOD is REAL and Jesus Christ is the Messiah. It cannot be denied if you listen to real science and open your heart!