Wednesday, September 10, 2008

8 Examples of Jesus Fulfilling Prophecy

In the Old Testament alone there are 300 prophecies (108 unique) concerning the First Coming of the Messiah and 500 prophecies concerning His upcoming Second Coming. In the New Testament, 1 in every 25 verses are about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled all 300 First Coming prophecies. Because of that, we know Jesus will indeed fulfill all of the Second Coming prophecies.

Mathematicians have figured the possibility of 8 prophesies being fulfilled has a probability of 1 in 10 to the 17th, or equal to covering Texas in coins 2 feet deep and blindfolding a guy and he finds one marked coin on the first try.

Let's look at just 8 of the fulfilled First Coming prophecies:

1) Descended from woman
Genesis 3:15 (NIV) fulfilled in Galatians 4:4
"So the LORD God said to the serpent, 'Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.'"

2) Descendent of Abraham
Genesis 12:1-3 (NIV) fulfilled in John 8:56-58
"The LORD had said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.'"

3) From the tribe of Judah
Genesis 49:10 (NIV) fulfilled in Hebrews 7:14
"The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his."

4) From the house of David
2 Samuel 7:12 (NIV) fulfilled in Matthew 1:1
"When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever."

5) Place of Birth
Micah 5:2 (NIV) fulfilled in Luke 2:4, 15
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."

6) His Name
Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) fulfilled in Matthew 1:23
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."

7) Gentiles bearing gifts (3 wise men)
Isaiah 60:6 (NIV) fulfilled in Matthew 2:11
"Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the LORD."

8) Forerunner to proclaim his coming (John the Baptist)
Isaiah 40:3 (NIV) fulfilled in Matthew 3:1-3
"A voice of one calling: 'In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.'"

A great book that would show you which First and Second Coming prophecies have been fulfilled, broken down into books by Moses, Psalms, Prophets, and the New Testament is the Christ in Prophecy Study Guide by Dr. David R. Reagan. Check it out at lamblionresources.com.

When Jesus says He's coming back, He proves it!

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