FULFILLED PROPHECIES

FULFILLED PROPHECIES

Many observant Jews believe in a coming Messiah.  However, a good question to ponder is, “How would one recognize Him if He were to come today?”  The answer is found only in the pages of the Scriptures, where many prophecies were given about the coming of the Messiah.

God can use these verses to touch Jewish hearts.  I am sure that many of you know that it was through the study of prophecies and their fulfillment that our founder, the late Dr. Jacob Gartenhaus, came to believe in Jesus Christ.

Messiah Described

Centuries before He was to be born, Christ’s birth and career, suffering and glory, were all given in detail and outline in the Jewish Bible.  Christ is the only person ever seen on planet earth whose ancestry, forerunner, infancy, manhood, teachings, character, preaching, reception, rejection, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension were all clearly pre-written in very great detail BEFORE He was born!

No one knew five hundred years ago that Shakespeare was going to be born, nor 250 years ago that Napoleon was to be born.  “Yet in the Jewish Bible we have a most striking and unmistakable likeness of a Man portrayed not by just one, but by twenty or twenty-five artists, none of whom had ever seen the Man they were all painting, “ wrote Canon Dyson Hague.

Who were the Jewish prophets writing about?  They were all talking about the coming Messiah, Jesus.  We can lead a Jewish friend to recognize Him by using Old Testament prophecies and the New Testament fulfillments.

Prophecies Fulfilled

Below is a helpful list.  The first verses are from the Jewish Scriptures, and then the fulfillment in the New Covenant is given.

  • He would be the seed of the woman, not man.  (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4)
  • He would be the seed of Abraham.  (Genesis 22:18; Hebrews 2:16)
  • He was the Star of Jacob.  (Numbers 24:17; Revelation 22:16)
  • From the tribe of Judah.  (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:33)
  • Heir to David’s throne.  (Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:32-33)
  • Born in Bethlehem.  (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:4, 5, 7)
  • Time of His birth.  (Daniel 9:25; Luke 2:1-2)
  • Born of a virgin.  (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-27, 30-31)
  • Called out of Egypt.  (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15)
  • Given a special Name.  (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22-23)
  • When He would appear.  (Daniel 9:25; Galatians 4:4)
  • His forerunner.  (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:3)
  • His family.  (Psalm 132:11-12; Luke 1:32-33)
  • Willingness of His service.  (Psalm 40:6, 8; Isaiah 50:5; Hebrews 10:7-9)
  • His absolute poverty.  (Isaiah 53:2; Luke 9:58)
  • Character of His ministry.  (Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19)
  • Ministry beginning in Galilee.  (Isaiah 9:1-2; Matthew 4:12-16)
  • His meekness  (Isaiah 42:2; Matthew 12:18-21)
  • His tenderness and His compassion.  (Revelation 7:17)
  • His steadfast purpose.  (Isaiah 50:7; Luke 9:51)
  • His intensity and zeal.  (Psalm 69:9; John 2:17)
  • His miracles.  (Isaiah 35:5; Matthew 11:4-6)
  • His anointing by the Spirit.  (Isaiah 11:2; Acts 10:38)
  • His betrayal for thirty pieces of silver.  (Zechariah 11:13; Matthew 26:31)
  • Riding into Jerusalem on an ass.  (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-5)
  • Scattering of His disciples at His crucifixion.  (Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:31)
  • His rejection.  (Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 26:67)
  • His sorrows.  (Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 26:37)
  • Marring of His visage.  (Isaiah 52:14; John 19:1)
  • His back scarred.  (Isaiah 50:6; John 19:1)
  • His being spat upon in the face.  (Isaiah 50:6; Mark 14:65)
  • Hands and feet being nailed.  (Psalm 22:16; John 19:34-35)
  • His face smitten.  (Micah 5:1; Matthew 27:30)
  • Side pierced.  (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:37)
  • Bones preserved.  (Psalm 34:20; John 19:36)
  • From David’s house.  (2 Samuel 7:12-13; Luke 1:32-33)
  • He was to be a shepherd.  (Isaiah 40:11; John 10:11-16)
  • Was to be a King.  (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4)
  • Rejected by His people.  (Psalm 69:8; John 1:11)
  • Hated by His people.  (Isaiah 49:7; John 15:24-25)
  • His sufferings.  (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67)
  • Substitutionary death.  (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24-25)
  • Died with transgressors.  (Isaiah 53:10; Mark 15:28)
  • God’s punitive act in His death.  (Isaiah 53:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • Words He spoke on the cross.  (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46)
  • Shepherd dying.  (Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:31)
  • Parting of His garments.  (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23)
  • Lots cast for His vesture.  (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23)
  • His utter helplessness.  (Psalm 22:14-15; John 19:34-36)
  • Taunt of His enemies.  (Psalm 22:8; Luke 23:35)
  • Intensity of His death.  (Psalm 69:21; John 19:28)
  • He was given vinegar.  (Psalm 69:21; John 19:29)
  • His prophetic office.  (Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:22)
  • His bodily resurrection.  (Psalm 16:9-11; Acts 2:27-31)
  • His intercession for the others.  (Isaiah 53:9; Luke 23:34)
  • His ascension.  (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9)
  • Interment with rich.  (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57)
  • A Priest after the order of Melchizedek.  (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:5-6)
  • Healer of brokenhearted.  (Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19)
  • His triumphal entry.  (Zechariah 9:9; Mark 11:7-11)
  • Betrayal by a friend.  (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:47-48)
  • Messiah of Israel.  (Isaiah 11:10; Revelation 19:11-16)
  • Glory as Messiah.  (Isaiah 53:1; Revelation 19:11-16)
  • Messiah as King.  (Psalm 2:6-9; Revelation 19:15)
  • Submission of nations to Him.  (Isaiah 2:4; Revelation 12:4)
  • The Gentiles will seek Israel’s Messiah.  (Isaiah 11:10; Romans 11;25)

If accepted, these will help your Jewish friend to begin to see that the only One Who fulfills all of these is Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the promised Messiah.  In the following chapters, we will see how Jesus fulfilled the Levitical feasts and Old Covenant types.