by David Reyes

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Here’s a list of 39 Old Testament prophecies about Jesus that were fulfilled in the New Testament. Faith is believing a promise based on the integrity of the one who made the promise – without having any other evidence. When you realize that God kept every promise He made about the coming of the Messiah your faith will be strengthened.

1. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE THE SON OF GOD.
Prophesied:

Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Fulfilled:

Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

Lu 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

2. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD COME OF THE SEED OF A WOMAN.
Prophesied:

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.

Fulfilled:

Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

3. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD COME OF THE SEED OF ABRAHAM.
Prophesied:

Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

Genesis 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Fulfilled:

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

4. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD COME OF THE SEED OF ISAAC.
Prophesied:

Genesis 21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Fulfilled:

Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
Heb 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Heb 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

5. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE OF THE SEED OF DAVID.
Prophesied:

Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Fulfilled:

Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Ac 13:23 Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

6. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD COME AT A VERY SPECIFIC TIME.
Prophesied:

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall beseven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Fulfilled:

Lu 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Lu 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Lu 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Lu 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Explanation:

Countdown to start when the command was given to rebuild Jerusalem (445 B.C.) 9:25

7 weeks (49 years) building Jerusalem 9:25

Brings us to 396 BC

62 more weeks (434 years) until Messiah the Prince is rejected 9:26

Brings us to 38 AD

Switching from the Hebrew calendar of 360 days to the Roman calendar of 365 days makes it look like the prophecy is a few years off, but it is exactly on the right date. (38AD – 6.7 years = 31AD)

Most historians believe that Jesus was born about 4 BC, Jesus would have been between 33 and 34 years old when the prophecy was supposed to be fulfilled.

7. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE BORN TO A VIRGIN.
Prophesied:

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.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 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.

8. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE CALLED IMMANUEL.
Prophesied:

Isa 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.

Fulfilled:

John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

John 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Matthew 1:23 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.

9. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID JESUS WOULD BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM.
Prophesied:

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.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 2:1 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,

10. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT THE CHILDREN OF BETHLEHEM WOULD BE KILLED.
Prophesied:

Jeremiah 31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, andbitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Matthew 2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
Matthew 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

11. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE CALLED OUT OF EGYPT.
Prophesied:

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

12. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT THE FORERUNNER OF JESUS WOULD BE LIKE ELIJAH.
Prophesied:

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Fulfilled:

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

13. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID JESUS WOULD HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD UPON HIM.
Prophesied:

Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

Fulfilled:

Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

14. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE A PRIEST OF THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.
Prophesied:

Psalm 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Fulfilled:

Hebrews 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
Hebrews 5:6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

15. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY DESCRIBED HOW JESUS WOULD ENTER JERUSALEM.
Prophesied:

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Matthew 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
Matthew 21:3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

16. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID JESUS WOULD BE ZEALOUS FOR THE TEMPLE.
Prophesied:

Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

17. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID JESUS WOULD COME FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS.
Prophesied:

Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Fulfilled:

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

18. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE A MEEK MAN.
Prophesied:

Isa 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

Fulfilled:

Mt 12:15-19 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; And charged them that they should not make him known: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

19. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE WITHOUT SIN.
Prophesied:

Isa 53:9 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.

Fulfilled:

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

20. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY DESCRIBED THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN JESUS’ DEATH AND BURIAL.
Prophesied:

Isaiah 53:9 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.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

Matthew 27:57 ¶ 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 rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

21. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD TEACH USING PARABLES.
Prophesied:

Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Fulfilled:

Matthew 13:34-35 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

22. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE REJECTED BY HIS OWN BRETHREN.
Prophesied:

Psalm 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.

Fulfilled:

John 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him.

23. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT THE JEWISH LEADERS WOULD REJECT JESUS.
Prophesied:

Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

Fulfilled:

Mt 21:42-45 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

24. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE BETRAYED BY A FRIEND.
Prophesied:

Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Fulfilled:

John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

25. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID JESUS WOULD BE BETRAYED FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER.
Prophesied:

Zec 11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
Zec 11:13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

Fulfilled:

Mt 26:14 ¶ Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
Mt 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
Mt 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

Mt 27:3 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,
Mt 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
Mt 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Mt 27:6 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.
Mt 27:7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

26. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS’ DISCIPLES WOULD FORSAKE HIM AND RUN.
Prophesied:

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

27. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY DESCRIBED THE INTENSITY OF JESUS’ SUFFERINGS.
Prophesied:

Psalm 22:14-15 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Fulfilled:

John 19:1-3 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

John 19:17-18 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

28. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE BEATEN, SPIT UPON, AND HIS BEARD PLUCKED OUT.
Prophesied:

Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

Fulfilled:

Mark 14:65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.

29. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS’ HANDS AND FEET WOULD BE PIERCED.
Prophesied:

Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Fulfilled:

John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

30. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT GOD WOULD FORSAKE JESUS.
Prophesied:

Psalm 22:1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

Fulfilled:

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

31. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT THOSE WHO KILLED JESUS WOULD PART HIS GARMENTS AMONG THEMSELVES.
Prophesied:

Psalm 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Fulfilled:

John 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

32. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE MOCKED.
Prophesied:

Psalm 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Fulfilled:

Matthew 27:41-43 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

33. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE GIVEN VINEGAR AND GALL TO DRINK.
Prophesied:

Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

34. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD BE NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS.
Prophesied:

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Fulfilled:

Mark 15:27-28 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

35. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT NOT ONE OF JESUS’ BONES WOULD BE BROKEN.
Prophesied:

Exodus 12:46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

Ps 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Fulfilled:

John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

36. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS’ BODY WOULD NOT SEE CORRUPTION.
Prophesied:

Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Fulfilled:

Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

37. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD RISE AGAIN.
Prophesied:

Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Fulfilled:

Luke 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

38. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD ASCEND INTO HEAVEN.
Prophesied:

Psalm 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

Fulfilled:

Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

39. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY SAID THAT JESUS WOULD SIT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.
Prophesied:

Psalm 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Fulfilled:

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

by David Reyes

Original article can be found at http://www.newheightsabq.org/2013/12/01/39-promises-that-will-build-your-faith/