How Christ Fulfilled the Prophecies of Scripture
Here are just a few of the Prophesies of the Old Testament Prophets that Christ fulfilled concerning the promised messiah to come. Although there are listed, just a few, a far greater number can be found in any standard Catholic Theology textbook. The Jews have no one else to look to but Christ, outside of which there can be no salvation.
"All things must needs be fulfilled which are written in the law of Moses and in the prophets and in the psalms, concerning me. " - Luke 24:44
|Prophet||Prophecy Concerning||Testimony in OT||Fulfilled or confirmed by Christ in NT (bible)||Explanatory Notes|
|Isaac||The Messiah would be from the seed of Isaac of the family line of David.||Genesis 26:4 "God said to Isaac: In thy seed Shall all the nations of the earth be blessed"||Matthew 1:1 "The genealogy of Christ: . . Abraham begot Isaac. . . And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ".||
Christ is born from the line of Isaac, from which the David the
great prophet was to come and it is from this family line that we
can trace the genealogy of Christ.
Jer 23:5 / Matt 1:1
|Isaias||Born of a virgin||Isaias 7:14 "Behold a virgin shall conceive and bring forth a Son"||Luke 1:30 "And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. ... And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.||All the Evangelists attest to this fact. Further Isaias the prophet regards this birth as "a Sign", what sort of sign would it be if he was referring to any ordinary type of birth?|
|Micheas||The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem||Micheas 5:2 "Thou Bethlehem Ephrata art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel, and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity"||
Matthew 2:1 "there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, Saying:
Where is he that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star
in the East, and are come to adore him.
And king Herod hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born. But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda. For so it is written by the prophet: And thou Bethlehem the land of Juda art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth the captain that shall rule my people Israel. "
|See also John 7:42|
|Jacob||At the time of the Messiah a Non Judian King will be ruling over the people of God.||Jacob about to die prophesied of Juda that: "The sceptre shall not be taken away from Juda, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent: and he shall be the expectation of nations." Genesis 49:10||Matt 2:1 " When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod"||Herod was a Non Judian King ruling over the people of God. See also Eusebius Hist. Bk. 1, Chapt. 6 and Josephus Flavius, Antiq. 14.1.3 and 14.7.3|
|Daniel||Time of the coming of the Messiah and his death.||Daniel 9:25 " Know thou therefore, and take notice: that from the going forth of the word, to build up Jerusalem again, unto Christ the prince, there shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks: and the street shall be built again, and the walls in straitness of times. And after sixty-two weeks Christ shall be slain: and the people that shall deny him shall not be his".||Matt 2:1 " When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod"||A week of years denotes seven years, as Leviticus (25:8) indicates and thus seventy of these weeks would make four hundred and ninety years odd. From the twentieth year of King Artaxexes, when by his commandment, Nehemias rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem (2 Esdras 2). From which time according to the best chronology, there were just 69 weeks of years, which is 483 years, to the beginning of Christ ministry.|
|Daniel||The Messiah shall come before the destruction of Jerusalem.||Danie l 9:26 after speaking about the coming of the messiah, he continues on to say " And a people with their leader that shall come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary"||Luke 19:43" For the days shall come upon thee: and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round and straiten thee on every side, And beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee. And they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone: because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation. "||In the Year 70 AD the Romans surrounded Jerusalem and sacked the temple. Josephus Flavius give a historical account of this in his works (Josephus Flavius, Wars, 6.4.5-6). Not to mention another early account is given of it by Eusebius (Hist. Bk. III; 5-6).|
|Isaias and Malachias||God shall send a prophet to prepare the way of the Messiah||
Isaias 40: 3 "The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the
way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our
God. . . . And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all
flesh together shall see, that the mouth of the Lord hath poken."
Malachias 3:1 "Behold I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And presently the Lord, whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts.
|Matthew 3:1 " And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea. And saying: Do enance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. "||St. John the Baptism himself claims to be the one prophesies about by Isaias (John 1:23)|
|David and Isaias||Kings from the east shall bring him gifts||
Psalm 71:10"The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer
presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts"
Isaias 60: 6 "The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the Lord."
|Matthew 2:1 - 12 "When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod, behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem . . . And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him: and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. "||Clearly fulfilled in the birth of Christ.|
|Zacharias||The Messiah, the King of Israel and savior will come will be riding on a colt"||Zacharias 9:9 "Behold thy King will come to thee, the just and Saviour: He is poor and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt, the foul of an ass".||
Matthew 21:1 Jesus sent two disciples, Saying to them: Go ye into
the village that is over against you: and immediately you shall find
an ass tied and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to me.
And if any man shall say anything to you, say ye that the Lord hath
need of them. And forthwith he will let them go. .. . .And the
disciples going, did as Jesus commanded them.
And they brought the ass and the colt and laid their garments upon them and made him sit thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees and strewed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before and that followed cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
|Clearly fulfilled in Christ.|
|Isaias||The Messiah, Shall be God who shall not only save his people from sin, but he will also heal the sick, give sight to the blind, hearing to the death, speak to dumb etc.||Isaias 35:4 "God himself will come and will save you. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be free"||Matthew 4:21"And Jesus making answer said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them."||The gospels are full of a great number of miracles that Christ work in proof of his divine mission, something for which neither Buddhism or Islam can give as a testimony for their erroneous creeds.|
|Zacharias||The Messiah will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver||Zacharias 11:12 "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was prized, whom they prized of the Children of Israel. And they gave them unto the potter's field".||
Matthew 26: 14 "Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas
Iscariot, to the chief priests. And said to them: What will you
give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they appointed him
thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from thenceforth he sought
opportunity to betray him.
Matt 27: 3 Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he was condemned, repenting himself, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and ancients . . .And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed and went and hanged himself with an halter. But the chief priests having taken the pieces of silver . .. .and after they had consulted together, they bought with them the potter's field, to be a burying place for strangers. "
|Clearly fulfilled in the betrayal of Christ by Judas.|
|David, Isaias and Zacharias||The Messiah shall suffer death for the sake of our salvation.||
Psalm 21: 7 "I am a worm, and no man: the reproach of men, and the
outcast of the people. All they that saw me have laughed me to
scorn: they have spoken with the lips, and wagged the head. He hoped
in the Lord, let him deliver him: let him save him, seeing he
delighteth in him"
Isaias 53: 3 Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows . . . But he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed. . . . and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
Zacharias 12:10 "And I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace, and of prayers: and they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced: and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for an only son, and they shall grieve over him".
Zacharias 13:6 "What are these wounds in the midst of they hands? These wounds were given to me by those who call themselves my friends"
|Matthew 27:41 " In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients, mocking 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 now deliver him if he will have him. For he said: I am the Son of God. "||
See also the following:
Psalm 40:9/Lk 22:21
Psalm 21:8/Matt 26
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