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75 Prophecies of the Messiah

20 Questions for Skeptics

Many skeptics claim that the prophecies in the Bible or “not very specific,” but are they really willing to check them out? If you are a skeptic of the Bible, then try taking this test.

1. Who was the Israel Ruler who was born in the small town of Bethlehem?

"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.” (Micah 5:2)

2. Who is the child born who is called the Prince of Peace?

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.“ (Isaiah 9:6)

3. Who is the child born of a virgin called in Hebrew, Emmanuel (“God with us”)?

“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 Immune.” (Isaiah 7:14)

4. Who is (1) the messenger, (2) for whom did he prepare the way, and (3) what temple did this Jewish religious Ruler enter?

"See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; ” (Malachi 3:1)

5. Who had a ministry in Galilee and claimed to be the “Light of the World.”

“In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan-- The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:1)

6. Can you name the Jewish Leader who healed the blind, the deaf, the lame and the mute?

“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.” (Isaiah 35:5)

7. Who wrote the name of the religious leaders on the dust of the ground and claimed to be the Living Water?

“O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water. “ (Jer 17:13)

8. Which King entered Jerusalem on a donkey as the people of Israel shouted for joy?

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.“ (Zechariah 9:9)

9. Who was the Redeemer and Holy one of Israel who was rejected by His own nation?

“This is what the LORD says-- the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel-- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation.“ (Isaiah 49:7)

10. What Jewish leader shared his bread with his best friend before being betrayed by him?

“Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.” (Psalm 41:9)

11. Can you name the ruler of Israel who was struck on the cheek with a rod?

“They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek with a rod.” (Micah 5:1)

12. Who was (1) betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, (2) who was the betrayer who threw the money into the temple, and (3) who used the money to buy a potter’s field?

“I told them, "If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it." So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter "--the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter.” (Zec 11:12)

13. Can you name the great religious leader who allowed His back to be whipped, His beard to be pulled out, and He allowed his own countrymen to mock and spit upon Him?

“I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6)

14. What religious leader had his hands and feet pierced on a cross as people stood and stared at him?

“Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.“ (Psalm 22:16-17)

15. Can you name the religious leader who was given gall and vinegar on the cross?

“They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.“ (Psalm 69:21)

16. Who (1) was put to death between two thieves, (2) bore the sins of all people, and (3) prayed for the ones who were crucifying Him?

“He poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)

17. Who was pierced on the cross for our transgressions, yet He remained silent?

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” (Is 53)

18. Who was the Jewish Messiah who cried out these exact words on the cross during His crucifixion?

“My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me.” (Psalm 22:1)

19. Who was buried in a rich man’s grave?

“He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:9-10)

20. Who is the only religious leader in history to have been raised from the dead, and His tomb is still empty today?

“Because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.“ (Psalms 16:10-11)

20 Answers for Skeptics

If you answered “Jesus” to all of these questions, then you are correct! However, remember that all of these scriptures are Old Testament prophecies that were written at least 400-1500 years before Jesus was born! There are over 330 prophecies in the Bible that predicted His 1st coming, and at least another 1000 that predict His 2nd coming!

It is also important to remember that there are no inerrant written prophecies in the writings of Buddha, Confucius, Lao-tse, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, the Vedas, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, or any other religious or secular book in the world. Yahweh claims that “I am God, and there is none like me,” and He even challenges all religions to “declare the end from the beginning.” (Isa 46:9-10)

There are many “so-called “ prophets around such as Nostradamus or Jeanne Dixon, but they are all false prophets who have made many mistakes. Yahweh demanded that His prophets were to be perfect, %100 correct without error, “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing follows not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.” (Deu 18:22)

Many critics complain that these prophecies are not very specific, but let’s look at a few examples. 500 years before Jesus was born, Micah predicted that The “ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old” was to be born in the EXACT city of “Bethlehem.” (Mic 5:2) David the Psalmist, writing 1000 years before Christ was born, predicted that Judas, “my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.” (Ps 41:9) The prophet Zechariah even prophesied the exact price of the betrayal “So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord to the potter.” (Zech 11:13) 400 years before crucifixion was invented, David prophesied the exact words of Jesus on the cross “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” and that the Roman solders would “pierce my (the Messiah’s) hands and my feet.” (Ps 22:16)

75 Prophecies of the Messiah

Listed below are 75 of the 330 prophecies of Messiah’s first coming. Please note that all of these prophecies are very specific. All of them were recorded in the Greek Septuagint, which was written at least 250 years before Christ was born. Most of them are also found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, which most scholars date to at least 100 years before the birth of Christ. These prophecies claim that the Messiah was:

1. to be preexistent (Isaiah 9:6-7)
2. to be the Son of God (Psalms 2:7)
3. to be born of the seed of woman (Gen 3:15)
4. to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14)
5. to be the seed of Abraham (Genesis 22:18)
6. to be the son of Isaac (Genesis 21:12)
7. to be the son of Jacob (Genesis 35:10-12)
8. to come from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10)
9. to come from the family line of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1)
10. to come from the house of David (Jeremiah 23:5)
11. to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)
12. to be born when Judea was paying taxes to Rome at the time of His birth (Gen 49:10)
13. to have a star appear over Israel at His birth (Num 24:17)
14. to be given gifts by wise men at His birth (Ps 72:10)
15. to be born before Herod massacred the innocent children (Jer 31:15)
16. to be called from Egypt (Numbers 24:8)
17. to be called Lord (Psalms 110:1)
18. to be called a Nazarene (Isaiah 11:1)
19. to be called Emmanuel--God with us (Isaiah 7:14)
20. to be a prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:18)
21. to be an eternal priest (Psalm 110:1-4)
22. to be a judge (Isaiah 33:22)
23. to be a king (Psalms 2:6)
24. to be anointed of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2)
25. to be zealous for God (Psalm 69:9)
26. to be preceded by a messenger (Isa 40:3; Mal 3:1)
27. to teach in a synagogue of Nazareth (Isaiah 61:1)
28. to be a minister in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1)
29. to be a healer of the blind, deaf, lame, and dumb (Isaiah 35:5-6)
30. to have Israel disbelieve in His miracles (Isaiah 53:1)
31. to be a teacher of parables (Psalm 78:2)
32. to be praised by little children (Psalms 8:2)
33. to enter the temple (Malachi 3:1)
34. to enter Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9)
35. to enter Jerusalem exactly 483 years after the decree of Artaxeres to Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem (Dan 9:24)
36. to be a “stone of stumbling” to the Jews (Psalm 118:22)
37. to be a light to the Gentiles (Isaiah 60:3)
38. to be tender (Isaiah 40:11)
39. to be compassionate (Isaiah 42:3)
40. to be meek (Isaiah 42:2)
41. to be a man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3)
42. to write names in the dust (Jeremiah 17:13)
43. to be betrayed by his best friend (Psalm 41:9; 55:12-14)
44. to be sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12)
45. to have his betrayer throw the money into the temple (Zech 11:13)
46. to have the betrayal money used to buy a potter’s field (Zech 11:13)
47. to be forsaken by His disciples (Zechariah 13:7)
48. to be accused by false witnesses (Psalm 35:11)
49. to be dumb before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7)
50. to be wounded and bruised for our sins (Isaiah 53:5)
51. to be smitten and spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Micah 5:1)
52. to be mocked (Psalms 22:7-8)
53. to fall under the cross (Psalm 109:24-25)
54. to have his hands and feet pierced (Psalms 22:16)
55. to be crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12)
56. to be surrounded and ridiculed by his enemies (Psalms 22:7-8)
57. to pray for his persecutors (Isaiah 53:12)
58. to be rejected by His own people (Isaiah 53:3)
59. to be hated without a cause (Psalms 69:4)
60. to have His friends stay afar off (Psalms 38:11)
61. to have people shake their heads (Psalm 109:25)
62. to be stared upon (Psalm 22:17)
63. to have his garments parted and gambled for (Ps 22:18)
64. to suffer thirst (Psalms 69:21; 22:15)
65. to have gall and vinegar offered to Him (Psalms 69:21)
66. to cry out a forsaken cry on the cross (Psalm 22:1)
67. to commit His spirit unto God (Psalms 31:5)
68. to not have any of His bones broken (Psalms 34:20)
69. to be heart broken (Psalms 22:14)
70. to have His side pierced (Zechariah 12:10)
71. to have darkness over the land at His death (Amos 8:9)
72. to be buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9)
73. to be resurrected (Psalm 16:10; 30:3; 41:10; 118:17)
74. to ascend into heaven (Psalm 68;18)
75. to be seated at the right hand of God (Ps 110:4)

What are the mathematical chances?

What are the chances of one man fulfilling all 75 of these prophecies? The chances are 1 x 2 x 3 . . . x 75! Suppose you put a chimpanzee in a cage with a typewriter. What are the chances that he would accidentally type out the unabridged dictionary? I think you get the message. It cannot happen without God. He has left us with proof that only the Bible is the Word of God, and salvation comes only through Jesus Christ. Read it today, and discover “the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior!

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