The Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah to come were so specific and so clearly fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth that both Jesus and apostles used these prediction to prove to the Jews that Jesus was, indeed, the Messiah. There are more than 125 Messianic prophecies. Let’s list just 12 of them:
|Prophecy||Old Testament Scripture||New Testament Fulfillment|
|1.||Born in Bethlehem||Micah 5:2||Matthew 2:1|
|2.||Born of a virgin||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:18-23|
|3.||Of David’s lineage||Jeremiah 23:5||Revelation 22:16|
|4.||Attempted murder by Herod||Jeremiah 31:15||Matthew 2:16-18|
|5.||Betrayal by a friend||Psalms 41:9||John 13:18, 19, 26|
|6.||Sold for 30 silver coins||Zechariah 11:12||Matthew 26:14-16|
|7.||Crucified||Zechariah 12:10||John 19:16-18, 37|
|8.||Lots cast for His clothes||Psalms 22:18||Matthew 27:35|
|9.||No bones broken||Psalms 34:20 Exodus 12:46||John 19:31-36|
|10.||Buried in rich man’s tomb||Isaiah 53:9||Matthew 27:57-60|
|11.||Year, day, hour of His death||Daniel 9:26, 27 Exodus 12:6||Matthew 27:45-50|
|12.||Raised the third day||Hosea 6:2||Acts 10:38-40|
Dr. Peter Stoner, former chairman of the departments of mathematics, astronomy, and engineering at Pasadena College California, worked with 600 students for several years applying the “principle of probability” to the predictions of the Messiah’s first coming. They selected only eight from the many clear ones and finally decided the odds of all eight being fulfilled in one person in a lifetime is one in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
What would be the chances on the more than 125 prophecies of the Messiah?
It couldn’t just happen! Jesus is indeed the Messiah.
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