Fulfilled Prophecy which proves that the Bible is True and that Jesus is the Messiah
Fulfilled Prophecy proves the Bible was written by God and that Jesus is the Messiah. Some of these prophecies were written several centuries before the event occurred and this fact cannot be denied.
Fulfilled prophecy is one of the incontrovertible evidences of our faith. Get familiar with these verses in the Old Testament and their corresponding verses in the New Testament. They will not only be a great witness tool for you, they will help strengthen your faith.
A person might ask, "what about Nostradamus?" Well, the criterion for a prophet of God is 100% accuracy! The Bibles prophecies are specific and fulfilled 100% of the time. Read [Deuteronomy 13:1-11, 18:20-22] for God's requirement for a prophet.
Nostradamus for one, used forbidden methods for his prophecies,
[Deuteronomy 18:9-14]. His prophecies were also vague, and ambiguous, and could fit into almost any time frame or event. So, one thing that we know for a fact is that his prophecies did not come from God! If a prophecy is not 100% accurate, 100% of the time, this false prophet is speaking his own words and not the words from God.
Another thing to keep in mind is the Bibles uniqueness concerning prophecies; no other religion has prophecies written hundreds of years before the actual event! Only Christianity has prophecies such as the ones that predicted Jesus' birthplace and manner of death. Of the thousands of prophecies in the Bible, not one has ever failed to come to pass.
Some people claim, "God has not provided enough evidence for me to believe in Him." Well, here is your evidence that you asked from God, now what are you going to do with it?
"The Bible is the only book which challenges unbelief by foretelling the future, staking its authority on the ultimate, certain, and complete fulfillment of its detailed predictions. It has been said that there were some 109 Old Testament predictions literally fulfilled at Christ's first coming, and that, of the 845 quotations from the Old Testament in the New Testament, 333 refer to Christ. There are some 25 prophecies concerning the betrayal, trial, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus uttered by various prophets over a period of some five hundred years. These were literally fulfilled although the chances against such fulfillment have been shown to be one chance in 33,554,438. If the law of Compound Probabilities is applied similarly to all 109 predictions fulfilled at Christ's first coming, the chances that they could accidentally be fulfilled in the history of one person is one in billions."
Prophecy Year Written Year Fulfilled
Born in Bethlehem. 8-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Micah 5:2 Matt. 2:1-6
Born of a virgin. 8-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Isaiah 7:14 Luke 1:26-35
Child to be born. 8-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Isaiah 9:6 Luke 2:11
Kings shall bring him gifts. 10-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Psalm 72:10-11 Matt. 2:1-11
Rejected by his brothers. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 69:8 John 7:3-5
King rides upon a donkey. 6-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Zech. 9:9 Mark 11:1-10
Hands and feet pierced. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 22:16, John 20:25-29,
Zech. 12:10 Matt. 27:35
Soldiers cast lots for clothes. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 22:18 John 19:23-24,
Messiah will suffer for our Sins. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Matt. 27:26-35
Beaten and spat upon 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 50:6 Matt. 26:67
Given gall and vinegar 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 50:6 Matt. 27:34
Sold for 30 pieces of silver 6-century b.c. 30 a.d. Zech. 11:12-13 Matt. 26:14-15
Rise from the grave. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d Ps. 16:8-11 Lk. 24:6-8
Messiah appears 483 years to the day. 6-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Daniel 9:25 John 12:12-13
Messiah will be killed. 6-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Daniel 9:26 Matt. 27:35
Shall come from Tribe of Judah. 15-century b.c 4 b.c.
Gen. 49:10 Matt. 1:1-3, Heb. 7:14, Rev. 5:5
Called out of Egypt 8-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Hosea 11:1 Matt. 2:13-15,19-21
Rulers take council against him. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 2:1-2 Matt. 12:14, 26:3-4,47
Be rejected as capstone. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 118:22-23 Matt. 21:42
Messiah will enter the Temple. 5-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Malachi 3:1 Matt. 21:12-16
Be a Stumbling stone to the jews. 8-century b.c. 58 a.d.
Isaiah 8:14 Romans 9:31-33
A new everlasting covenant. 7-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Jer. 31:31-34 Lk. 22:15-20, Heb. 10:15-20
Be buried with the rich. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:9 Matt. 27:57-60
Betrayed by a friend. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 41:9 Matt. 26:14-16, 23
Accused without opening His mouth. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:7 Luke 23:9, Matt. 27:12
Numbered with the transgressors. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:12 Matt. 27:38
Make intercession for transgressors. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:12 Luke 23:34
Made an offering for sin. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:10-11 Acts 10:43, 13:38-39
Fulfilled Prophecies In The Bible
The Destruction of The Temple in Jerusalem:
"And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he [Jesus] said, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
This prophecy was fulfilled to the letter, Titus the Roman general commanded his men not to burn the Temple, but in their blood-lust they set fire to it against his orders, as a result the gold melted and spilled between the stones of the Temple. The Temple was literally taken apart stone by stone in order to get the gold, just as Jesus predicted 40 years before.
The Destruction of Tyre:
It does not usually surprise us to learn that prophecies have been fulfilled, but sometimes the way in which they are fulfilled is incredible. For example, Ezekiel had said that Tyre would be destroyed and that the ruins would be cast into the sea (26:12). This provoked scoffing because, when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Tyre, he left the ruins right where they fellon the land. But 200 years later, Alexander the Great attacked Tyre and the inhabitants withdrew to an island just off the coast for safety. In order to reach them, Alexander threw all of the debris, stones, timbers, dust, and everything else, into the sea to build a causeway that would reach the island. Just as Ezekiel said, "You will be a place for the spreading of nets"
The Succession of Great World Kingdoms:
An amazing prediction in the Bible is the succession of the world empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome by Daniel. Interpreting the metallic man in the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, he told Nebuchadnezzar": 'You, O king, are the king of kings. . . .You are that head of gold. After you, another kingdom will rise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as ironfor iron breaks and smashes everythingand as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others' " (Dan. 2:38-40).
So precise and accurate is this prophecy that even negative critics agree that Daniel spoke in order of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Critics try to avoid the supernatural nature of the prophecy by claiming these words were written after the fact, in about 165 b.c. But there is no real substantiation for this claim.
Cyrus King of Persia:
One of the most specific Old Testament predictions identifies Cyrus of Persia before he was even born. Isaiah 44:28-45:1: "The Lord . . . who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt," and of the temple, "Let its foundations be laid." ' This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut."
This prediction was made some 150 years before Cyrus was even born. Since Isaiah lived between about 740 and 690 b.c. (2 Kings 25:21) and Cyrus did not make his proclamation for Israel to return from exile until about 536 (Ezra 1), there would have been no human way for him to know what Cyrus would be named or do. The attempt of critics to divide Isaiah and postdate the prophecy is without foundation and is a backhanded compliment to the detail and accuracy of the prediction.
The Return of Israel to the Land:
Given their long exile of some nineteen centuries and the animosity of the occupants of Palestine against them, any prediction of the return, restoration, and rebuilding of the nation of Israel was extremely unlikely. Yet predictions made some centuries and over two and a half millennia in advance about the two restorations of the Jews to their homeland and their restoration as a nation have been literally fulfilled. Regarding the 1948 restoration of Israel, Isaiah predicted that "In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea."
The first return was under Ezra and Nehemiah in the sixth century b.c. But Israel was sent again into exile in a.d. 70 when the Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and leveled the temple. For nearly 2000 years the Jewish people remained in exile and the nation did not exist. Then, just as the Bible foretold, they were reestablished after World War II and a bitter struggle with the Arab Palestinians.
Millions have returned and rebuilt their country and in the Six-Day War in 1967 Jerusalem again became a united Jewish city. No other nation in history has managed so successfully to keep a culture, identity, and language intact over hundreds of years, let alone against the genocidal hatred repeatedly encountered by the Jews. This Bible prediction is incredible evidence of the supernatural origin of the Scriptures.
The Doom of Edom (Petra):
Unlike many Old Testament predictions of doom, Edom was not promised any restoration, only "perpetual desolation." Jeremiah wrote in 49:16-17: "The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle's, from there I will bring you down,' declares the Lord. 'Edom will become an object of horror; all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds."
Given the virtually impregnable nature of the ancient city carved out of rock and protected by a narrow passage way, this was an incredible prediction. Yet, in A.D. 636 it was conquered by Muslims and stands deserted but for tourist and passers by.
An Important Conclusion. A fact often overlooked by critics is that only one real case of fulfilled prophecy would establish Scripture's supernatural origin. Even if most biblical predictions could be explained naturally, even one clear case establishes the rest and confirms the prophetic event. Thus, if the critic is to make the case against prophecy, all instances must be naturally explainable.
How could Jesus be born in 4 B.C?
"About 532 a monk in Rome invented the dating system by which we now refer to events of this era. Dionysius, who called himself Exiguus (the Little), was a gifted mathematician, astronomer, and theological scholar. He intended only to set down rules for working out the correct date of Easter. In fact, he created the Christian calendar and started the practice of dating events as A.D., or anno domini nostri Jesu Christi, meaning, "in the year of our Lord." (In 1627 the scholar Petavius invented the parallel system of dating events B.C., or "before Christ.") However, because of a lack of historical data, Dionysius miscalculated the probable date of Jesus' birth by as much as seven years. The Nativity, according to scholars today, took place between 7 and 4 B.C."
(Readers Digest, "After Jesus The triumph of Christianity," page 305)