The Messiah

Prophecies Proving Jesus is the Messiah.

The greatest proof that God exists, cares, is involved in the affairs of mankind, is fulfilled prophecy! God not only SPOKE, but spoke words that He directed onto paper in the form of a Book we call the Bible. This Bible contains more than just words, but the very testable, and verifiable proof of fulfilled prophecy. Only Almighty God could have presented so MANY prophecies, and made sure they ALL came true.

Below are just the Old Testament Prophecies Concerning the Messiah, and their fulfilment as described in the New Testament. Not every prophecy is completely fulfilled, but may have different parts, for different times, but as you study these you will see that the vast majority of them have been fulfilled to the letter.

There is a whole host of other prophecies relating to other people, and events of the past, as well as relating to the future. Once you grasp the magnitude of the prophecies just relating to Jesus, you begin to appreciate just how magnificent the Bible really is!

The odds of these prophecies being fulfilled start off with any one of them being possible in a particular man's life as 50/50 - a person has a 50/50 chance that it might happen to them. With each additional prophecy tagged onto that same particular person, the odds grow smaller: with 2 prophecies, the odds become 1 in 4 or a 25% chance. By the time you have just 10 particular prophecies about a person in the future, the odds that by chance those 10 things do come true are 1 in 1024. But that is only if you allow all the prophecies to happen in any order, and at any time. With prophecies relating to the coming of the Messiah, the prophecies had to happen in the correct sequence, and all in a short amount of time, making the odds multiply astronomically.

So, just 10 prophecies, in order, occurring by chance at just the right time in the life of one person are about as possible as a person looking for a special gold kernel of corn on a specific staLuke somewhere in a field of corn staLukes 200 miles square, and by chance, grabbing the right staLuke, pulling just the right ear, and opening the ear and finding that gold kernel. With Jesus, there are 300 prophecies that pointed to His life, death, burial, and resurrection! There isn't enough space in a book to print all the zeros in the odds against that happening by chance!

Jesus is GOD! And His word is TRUE!

The Messiah's Divinity The Messiah's Death, Burial, and Resurrection
The Messiah's Humanity The Messiah's Two Part Coming
The Messiah's Life and Work The Messiah's Future Reign An extensive List of Old Testament Cross references of Prophecies of the Messiah

A.      Prophecies Of the Messiah's Divinity


1.        He pre-existed


a.        Genesis 1:26; Micah 5:2  

b.       John 1:1,14; John 8:58


Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…

Micah 5:2

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.

John 1:1,14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us

John 8:58

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.



2.        He would be God in the Flesh


a.        Isa 9:6,7; 7:14; 40:9; Gen 22:8

b.       Matthew 1:23


Isaiah 9:6,7

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 40:9

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Matthewhew 1:21-23

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

3.        He would be virgin born


a.        Gen 3:15; Isa 7:14

b.       Matthew 1:18


Genesis 3:15

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthewhew 1:18

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.


4.        He would be God's Son


a.        Psalm45:6,7; 110:1; Dan 3:25; Psalm2:7; Pr 30:4

b.       Declared to be God's Son (Mt 3:17; John 5:18; 10:36; Rom 1:3,4)



B.      Prophecies Of His Humanity


1.        He would be born of a woman, and therefore have human blood


a.        Gen 3:15

b.       Matthew 1:18


2.        He would be born of a Virgin


a.        Isa 7:14; Gen 3:15

b.       Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:26-35


3.        He would be a Man, Male - not female, or something alien


a.        Isa 7:14; 9:6

b.       Matthew 1:23


4.        He would have the appearance of an ordinary man


a.        Isa 53:2

b.       Philp 2:7,8


5.        He would be of Abraham's lineage (Gen 12:3).


a.        He would therefore be a Jew

b.       He will be of the tribe of Judah (Gen 49:10)

c.        He would be of David's lineage


1)       2 Sam 7:13

2)       Making Him heir to David's throne (Isa 9:6,7)


d.       And yet He would be Lord


1)       Psalm 110:1

2)       Mt 22:42-46


6.        He would be born in Bethlehem


a.        Micah 5:2

b.       Matthewhew 2:1


7.        He would be a Nazarene


a.        Judg 13:5; Amos 2:11; Lam 4:7

b.       Matthew 2:23


8.        He would be born at a particular time


a.        Dan 9:25 - the appointed or exact time

b.       Gal 4:4


9.        A star would appear just to announce His birth


a.        Num 21:8

b.       Matthew 2:2


10.     He will be presented with gifts


a.        Psalm72:10

b.       Matthew 2:11


11.     His coming would be the occasion of a massacre at Bethlehem


a.        Jer 31:15

b.       Matthew 2:18


c.        He would be the King of the Jews


d.       Psalm2:1, 7, 12

e.        Matthew 2:1,2


12.     His arrival would be announced by Elijah


a.        Mal 3:1; 4:5,6; Isa 40:3

b.       Matthew 11:7-11; Luke 1:17; Matthew 3:3


13.     He would be called JESUS - "Jehovah is Salvation"


a.        Isa 12:2

b.       Mt 1:21


14.     He would have brothers and sisters (half)


a.        Psalm 69:8

b.       John 2:12; 7:1-5; Mt 13:55,56


C.      Of His Life and Work


1.        He would be the conqueror of the devil


a.        Gen 3:15

b.       Heb 2:14


2.        He would please God the Father


a.        Isa 42:1

b.       Matthew 3:17; 17:5


3.        He would be THE Prophet promised like Moses


a.        A prophet would come (Dt 18:15), like Moses

b.       THE prophet (Jn 6:14) comes (Jn 5:45-47)


4.        He would do only His Father's will


a.        Psalm40:6-8

b.       John 4:34


5.        He would fulfil all the Law, and be perfect


a.        Psalm40:6-8

b.       Matthew 5:17; 3:15


6.        He would sojourn in Egypt and then be called out of it


a.        Hos 11:1

b.       Matthew 2:15


7.        He would live in Galilee


a.        Isa 9:1,2

b.       Matthew 4:15


8.        The Spirit of God would be upon Him


a.        Isa 61:1,2

b.       Mt 3:16,17; Luke 4:16-22


9.        He would begin His ministry at 30 years of age


a.        Gen 41:46; Num 4:3, 23; 2 Sam 5:4

b.       Luke 3:23


10.     He would suddenly appear at the Temple


a.        Mal 3:1

b.       Luke 2:46; John 2:15


11.     Would be the promised Messiah (the Anointed One), or Christ


a.        Psalm 2:2

b.       Luke 23:2; Jn 1:41


12.     The proof of His arrival would be in His miracles


a.        Isa 35:5,6; 29:18; 53:4

b.       Matthew 11:5; 8:16,17


13.     He will preach to the common people, and the poor


a.        Isa 61:1

b.       Matthew 11:5


14.     He will bring a sword and division and NOT peace


a.        Micah 7:6

b.       Matthew 10:34,35


15.     He would be a Shepherd


a.        Isa 40:11

b.       John 10:10-18


16.     He would be meek and lowly


a.        Isa 42:2

b.       Mt 11:28-30


17.     He would minister to the Jews primarily


a.        Ezek 34:6,16

b.       Mt 15:24


18.     His mission would ultimately be to the Gentiles


a.        Isa 11:1; 42:6; 55:5; 60:3; 65:1; Mal 1:11; 2 Sam 22:44,45; Psalm2:7,8

b.       Matthew 8:10; Luke 2:32; Jn 12:18-21


19.     He would teach


a.        Isa 48:17

b.       John 3:2


20.     He would teach by parables, and not always be plain


a.        Psalm78:1,2;

b.       Mt 13:34,35


21.     He would have disciples


a.        Isa 40:11

b.       John 1:37


22.     One of His disciples would be the devil




23.     He would be a priest like Melchisedek  - high priest, and only mediator between God and man


a.        Psalm110:4

b.       Heb 5:6, 10; 6:19,20; 7:11, 15-17, 21


24.     He would be the Lamb of God - the acceptable substitute for our sins


a.        Ex 12; Isa 53:5,6; Gen 22:8

b.       John 1:29; 6:51


25.     He will save Israel from their sins


a.        By Fulfilling the requirements of the Law

b.       By being an acceptable sacrifice to God for the sins of all mankind

c.        Jer 23:5,6; Dan 9:24

d.       Matthew 1:21


26.     He would be the only Saviour


a.        Isa 43:11

b.       Acts 4:12


27.     He will establish the New Covenant


a.        By completing the Old Covenant

b.       By instituting the New Testament


D.      Of His Death, Burial and Resurrection


1.        He would make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey


a.        Zech 9:9

b.       Matthew 21:5


2.        The entry into Jerusalem just before His death was predicted 483 years prior, exactly to the day


a.        Dan 9:25

b.       John 12:12,13


3.        People would reject Him as Messiah in the end


a.        Psalm22:6-8

b.       Mt 20:18,19; Mk 15:13,14


4.        People will not see or hear what He would say


a.        Isa 6:9,10

b.       Matthew 13:14,15


5.        He would be disbelieved, hated and rejected by the rulers


a.        Isa 53:3; Psalm118:22,23;  Isa 28:16

b.       Matthew 21:42; Mark 8:31; 12:10; Luke 9:22; 17:5; Matthew 21:42; 1 Peter 2:7


6.        He would be an offense to people, a stone that people stumble over


a.        Isa 8:14,15

b.       1 Peter 2:8


7.        He would be hated without a cause


a.        Psalm35:19

b.       Matthew 27:23


8.        His soul would experience massive sorrow


a.        Psalm69:20

b.       Mt 26:38


9.        He would be betrayed


a.        By a friend


1)       Psalm41:9

2)       John 13:18,21


b.       For 30 pieces of silver


1)       Zech 11:12, 13; Cf Jer 18:1-8; 19:2, 3

2)       Matthew 26:15; Luke 22:5


c.        The 30 pieces of silver would be thrown down in the Temple


1)       Zech 11:13

2)       Matthew 27:5


d.       The 30 pieces of silver would be given to purchase a potter's field


1)       Zech 11:12

2)       Matthew 27:9,10


10.     He would be accused by false witnesses


a.        Psalm35:11

b.       Matthew 26:60


11.     He will be silent in response to accusations


a.        Isa 53:7; Isa 50:5; Isa 42:2,3

b.       Matthew 27:14; Mk 7:36


12.     His followers would be scattered as sheep without a shepherd


a.        Zech 13:7

b.       Matthew 26:56, 31; Mk 14:27, 50


13.     He would be smitten


a.        With the hand upon the cheek


1)       Micah 5:1

2)       Matthew 27:30


b.       With stripes - with a whip


1)       Isa 50:6; 53:4-7; Zech 13:7; Isa 53:5

2)       Matthew 27:26


c.        By God Himself - not just people


1)       Psalm69:26; Isa 53:10

2)       John 18:11


14.     His beard would be plucked


a.        Isa 50:6

b.       No clear verse in the New Testament revealing this - but it is accepted Jesus probably had a beard if He was to look normal


15.     He would die on a cross (a Roman/Gentile mode of execution)


a.        His hands and His feet would be pierced


1)       Psalm22:16-18; Zech 12:10; Num 24:17

2)       John 20:25,27



b.       No bones broken - could not be stoned


1)       Psalm34:20; Num 9:12

2)       John 19:33-36


c.        He would become a curse on a tree


1)       Dt 21:23

2)       Gal 3:10-13


16.     His side would be pierced


a.        Zech 12:10

b.       John 19:34


17.     He would be mocked in His execution


a.        Psalm 22:7,8; 31:14,15

b.       Matthew 27:43


18.     He would be watched at His execution


a.        Psalm 22:17; 38:11

b.       Matthew 27:36,39; Luke 23:49


19.     He would be thirsty at execution


a.        Psalm 22:16

b.       John 19:28


20.     He would be given gall and vinegar to drink


a.        Psalm 69:21

b.       Matthew 27:34


21.     People would gamble for His garments


a.        Psalm 22:18

b.       Matthew 27:35


22.     There would be darkness over the land during the execution


a.        Amos 8:9

b.       Matthew 27:45


23.     He would say several important things on the cross


a.        I Thirst


1)       Psalm 22:15

2)       John 19:28


b.       Into thy hands I commit my spirit


1)       Psalm 31:5; 22:20,21

2)       Luke 23:46


c.        My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?


1)       Psalm 22:1

2)       Mk 15:34


d.       It is finished


1)       Psalm 22:31

2)       John 19:30


24.     His blood would have to be shed - couldn't "just die"


a.        Lev 17:11

b.       Matthew 26:28; Mk 10:45; 1 Jn 3:14-18


25.     He would die alone


a.        Psalm 22:1

b.       John 16:32


26.     He would be forsaken of God


a.        Psalm 22:1

b.       Matthew 27:46


27.     He would be visibly marred beyond recognition at His execution


a.        Isa 52:13,14

b.       Mt 26:67; 27:29,30; Luke 22:64; Nobody recognized Him when He was resurrected (Mk 16:12)


28.     Messiah would have to die before He could fully reign


a.        Dan 9:26



29.     He would die among criminals


a.        Isa 53:12

b.       Matthew 27:35


30.     He would die at Jerusalem - not anywhere else




31.     He would die outside of the walls of Jerusalem


a.        Lev 16:27

b.       Matthew 27:33; Heb 13:11,12


32.     He would be buried by a rich man


a.        Isa 53:9

b.       Matthew 27:57,60


33.     He would be in the heart of the earth for three days and nights


a.        The Book of Jonah; Psalm68:18

b.       Matthew 12:4


34.     He would rise three days later


a.        Psalm16:10,11; 49:15; Isa 53:9-12

b.       Mark 16:6


35.     He would not corrupt or decay in death


a.        Psalm16:10

b.       Acts 2:31


36.     He would be exalted to the position back in heaven


a.        Isa 52:13; Pr 30:4 (only God can do that); Psalm68:18

b.       Luke 24:51


37.     He would send the Holy Spirit


a.        Pr 1:23; Isa 44:3

b.       Jn 16:7,13


38.     His rejection would result in Jerusalem being destroyed


E.       Of His Second Coming/Return


1.        Malachi 3:2,3; Psalm110:1

2.        Matthew 22:44; Mk 12:36; 16:19; Luke 20:42,43; Act 2:34,35; Heb 1:13


F.       He will come again - to reign as King of kings


1.        Dan 2:34; 7:13,14; Micah 5:2; Jer 23:5

2.        Luke 3:17


G.      Of His Future Reign over the Whole World


1.        Isa 9:6

2.        Yet to be fulfilled!