On the Coming and Death of Christ

It is astonishing when we examine only the following 8 prophecies concerning Jesus Christ.

First Prediction: (His birth in Bethlehem)

Old Testament Prediction: "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 going forth have been from of old from everlasting." (Micah 5:2).

New Testament Fulfillment: "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" (Matthew 2:1).

Second Prediction: (He would be preceded by a messenger)

Old Testament Prediction: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: `Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God;'" (Isaiah 40:3).

New Testament Fulfillment: "In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!;" (Matthew 3:1,2).

Third Prediction: (He would enter Jerusalem on a colt)

Old Testament Prediction: "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" (Zechariah 9:9).

New Testament Fulfillment: "Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own garments on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as he went, they spread their clothes on the road" (Luke 19:35-36).

Fourth Prediction: (He would be betrayed by a friend)

Old Testament Prediction: "Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me" (Psalm 41:9).

New Testament Fulfillment: "And while He was still speaking, behold Judas, one of the twelve, with great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him; " (Matthew 26:47,48).

Fifth Prediction: (His hand and feet pierced)

Old Testament Prediction: "For dogs have surrounded Me; The assembly of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet." (Psalm 22:16).

New Testament Fulfillment: "And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left." (Luke 23:33).

Sixth Prediction: (He would be wounded by His enemies)

Old Testament Prediction: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities" (Isaiah 53:5).

New Testament Fulfillment: "Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered [Him] to be crucified" (Matthew 27:26).

Seventh Prediction: (His betrayal for 30 pieces of silver)

Old Testament Prediction: "Then I said to them, `If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.' So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver'" (Zechariah 11:12).

New Testament Fulfillment: "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you? And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver" (Matthew 26:15). Note: This was predicted 500 years in advance when silver was not used for money but gold.

Eighth Prediction: (He will be spat on and beaten)

Old Testament Prediction: "I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting" (Isaiah 50:6).

New Testament Fulfillment: "Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palm of their hands" (Matthew 26:67).

Other prophecies like these we can quote such as:

Silent in front of accusers: (Prophecy in Isaiah 53:7) Fulfilled in Matthew 27:12-14.

Crucified with thieves: (Prophecy in Isaiah 53:12) Fulfilled in Matthew 27:38.

People gamble with His garments: (Prophecy in Psalm 22:18) Fulfilled in John 19:23, 24.

His side would be pierced: (Prophesied in Zechariah 12:10) Fulfilled in John 19:34.

None of His bones would be broken: (Prophesied in Psalm 34:20) Fulfilled in John 19:33.

His body would not decay: (Prophecy in Psalm 16:10) Fulfilled in Acts 2:31.

His burial in a rich man's tomb: (Prophecy in Isaiah 53:9) Fulfilled in Matthew 27:57-60.

The darkness covering the earth: (Prophecy Amos 8:9) Fulfilled in Matthew 27:45. Note: For more on this, read the Historical Evidence section.

Note: There are 456 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus alone written in the Bible.

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