The Bible IS the Word of God, Pt. 4

Posted on May 19, 2011

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In this final installment of “The Bible IS the Word of God” series, I will simply lay out some Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus, and show you where they were fulfilled in the New Testament. This will be very straight forward.

1. Jesus would be of the tribe of Judah:

Prophesied:

Genesis 49:10 (NKJV)

10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.

Fulfilled:

Luke 3:23 – 33 (NKJV)

23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,

Luke 3:33 (NKJV)

33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

2. Jesus would be of the house of David:

Prophesied:

Jeremiah 23:5 (NKJV)

5 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.

Fulfilled:

Luke 3:23 – 31 (NKJV)

23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,

Luke 3:31 (NKJV)

31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David,

3. Jesus would enter Jerusalem on a donkey:

Prophesied:

Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV)

9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 21:1–8 (NKJV)

1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.

3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.

7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.

8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

4. Jesus would be born in Bethlehem:

Prophesied:

Micah 5:2 (NKJV)

2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

Fulfilled:

Matthew 2:1 (NKJV)

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

5. Jesus would be introduced by a messenger:

Prophesied:

Isaiah 40:3 (NKJV)

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 3:1–3 (NKJV)

1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ ”

6. Jesus’ body would be pierced in crucifixion;

Prophesied:

Zechariah 12:10 (NKJV)

10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

Fulfilled:

John 19:34 (NKJV)

34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

7. Jesus would be buried with the rich:

Prophesied:

Isaiah 53:9 (NKJV)

9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 27:57–60 (NKJV)

57 Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.

58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him.

59 When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

60 and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.

8. Jesus would endure wounds and bruises:

Prophesied:

Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 27:26 (NKJV)

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

9. Jesus would have a teaching and healing ministry:

Prophesied:

Isaiah 61:1–2 (NKJV)

1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
Isaiah 32:3–4 (NKJV)

3 The eyes of those who see will not be dim, And the ears of those who hear will listen.

4 Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge, And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.


Isaiah 35:5 (NKJV)

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 9:35 (NKJV)

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.


Luke 4:17–21 (NKJV)

17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

10. Jesus would arrive before the temple and Jerusalem were destroyed, and be killed 483 years after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem:

Prophesied:

Daniel 9:25–26 (NKJV)

25 “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.

26 “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

Fulfilled:

Each “week” represents 7 years, and prophetic years are counted as 360 days, not 365 days. From the time the decree was given to rebuild Jerusalem in 445 B.C. the project would take 7 weeks (49 years). After that, there would be an additional 62 weeks (434 years) until Jesus is killed. 49 + 434 = 483. Since the prophetic years are counted as 360 days, we have to figure out how many of our 365 day years that is. 483 x 360 =  173,880 days. 173,880 / 365 = 476 years and about 4 months by our calendar. 445 B.C. + 476 years = 31 A.D. The exact date of Jesus’ death is unknown (despite the claims of some), but it IS known that Jesus died between 29 and 33 A.D. Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed in 70 A.D., after Jesus died.

11. Jesus was labeled Lord and God:

Prophesied:

Jeremiah 23:6 (NKJV)

6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.


Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Fulfilled:

John 20:28 (NKJV)

28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”


Luke 2:11 (NKJV)

11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12. Jesus would be silent before His accusers:

Prophesied:

Isaiah 53:7 (NKJV)

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

Fulfilled:

Matthew 27:12 (NKJV)

12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
These are just some of the examples of fulfilled prophecy in the Bible, but it is certainly convincing evidence. One might argue that Jesus caused the fulfillment of these prophecies, and may be possible for some, He could not have picked His lineage, place of birth, date of birth, or date of death. Unless. . .  of Course. . . He is God, and that is what this is all about., isn’t it? Jesus IS God, and the Bible is His perfect, infallible word.

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