The Evidence Of Divine Prophecy

The Evidence Of Divine Prophecy

By Mike Riley 4/21/2016

Prophecy is foretelling an even in such detail before it happens so as to necessarily require divine guidance. The Bible is a book containing hundreds of detailed prophecies. There are, for example, well over sixty distinct predictions in regard to our divine Savior Jesus Christ. Not only were some these predictions made one thousand years before Christ came from heaven to earth, but regarding His crucifixion, they were made over five hundred years before crucifixion was first used anywhere in the world as a form of capital punishment! Crucifixion didn’t exist when the prophecies were made!

A scientist picked out forty-eight such prophecies and determined that the probability of one man randomly fulfilling them all is one in ten to the exponent of one hundred fifty-seven. That is “one” followed by one hundred fifty-seven seros! Yet, Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies! In this article, let us look at sixty prophecies of Christ by subject categories and observe their fulfillment.

Concerning His Birth

1) Born Of The Seed Of woman

Prophesied – Genesis 3:15
Fulfilled – Gal. 4:4

2) Born Of A Virgin

Prophesied – Isaiah 7:14
Fulfilled – Matthew 1:18-25

3) Seed Of Abraham

Prophesied – Genesis 22:18
Fulfilled – Matthew 1:1

4) Seed Of Isaac

Prophesied – Genesis 21:12
Fulfilled – Luke 3:23,34

5) Seed Of Jacob

Prophesied – Numbers 24:17
Fulfilled – Luke 3:34

6) Seed Of David

Prophesied – Jeremiah 23:5
Fulfilled – Luke 3:31

7) Tribe Of Judah

Prophesied – Genesis 49:10
Fulfilled – Rev. 5:5

8) Family Line Of Jesse

Prophesied – Isaiah 11:1
Fulfilled – Luke 3:32

9) Born In Bethlehem

Prophesied – Micah 5:2
Fulfilled – Matthew 2:1-6

10) Herod Kills The Children

Prophesied – Jeremiah 31:15
Fulfilled – Matthew 2:16-18

Concerning His Nature

11) He Pre-existed Creation

Prophesied – Micah 5:2
Fulfilled – 1 Peter 1:20

12) He Shall Be Called Lord

Prophesied – Psalm 110:1
Fulfilled – Acts 2:36

13) Called Immanuel (God With Us)

Prophesied – Isaiah 7:14
Fulfilled – Matthew 1:22-23

14) Prophet

Prophesied – Deuteronomy 18:18-19
Fulfilled – Acts 3:18-25

15) Priest

Prophesied – Psalm 110:14
Fulfilled – Hebrews 5:5-6

16) Judge

Prophesied – Isaiah 33:22
Fulfilled – John 5:22-23

17) King

Prophesied – Psalm 2:6
Fulfilled – John 18:33-37

18) Annointed By The Spirit

Prophesied – Isaiah 11:2
Fulfilled – Matthew 3:16-17

19) His Zeal For God

Prophesied – Psalm 69:9
Fulfilled – John 2:15-17

Concerning His Ministry

20) Preceded By A Messenger

Prophesied – Isaiah 40:3
Fulfilled – Matthew 3:1-3

21) To Begin In Galilee

Prophesied – Isaiah 9:1-2
Fulfilled – Matthew 4:12-17

22) Ministry Of Miracles

Prophesied – Isaiah 35:5-6
Fulfilled – Matthew 9:35; Matthew 11:4

23) Teacher Of Parables

Prophesied – Psalm 78:1-4
Fulfilled – Matthew 13:34-35

24) He Was To Enter The Temple

Prophesied – Malachi 3:1
Fulfilled – Matthew 21:10-12

25) Enter Jerusalem On Donkey

Prophesied – Zechariah 9:9
Fulfilled – Matthew 21:1-7

26) Stone Of Stumbling To Jews

Prophesied – Isaiah 28:16; Psalm 118:22
Fulfilled – 1 Peter 2:6-8

27) Light To Gentiles

Prophesied – Isaiah 49:6
Fulfilled – Acts 13:46-48

The Day Jesus Was Crucified

28) Betrayed By A Friend

Prophesied – Psalm 41:9
Fulfilled – John 13:18-27

29) Sold For Thirty Pieces Of Silver

Prophesied – Zechariah 11:12
Fulfilled – Matthew 26:14-15

30) Thirty Pieces Thrown In Temple

Prophesied – Zechariah 11:13
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:3-5

31) Thirty Pieces Buys Potters Field

Prophesied – Zechariah 11:13
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:6-10

32) Forsaken By His Disciples

Prophesied – Zechariah 13:7
Fulfilled – Mark 14:27,50

33) Accused By False Witnesses

Prophesied – Psalm 35:11,20,21
Fulfilled – Matthew 26:59-61

34) Silent Before Accusers

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:7
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:12-14

35) Wounded And Bruised
Prophesied – Isaiah 53:4-6
Fulfilled – 1 Peter 2:21-25

36) Beaten And Spit Upon

Prophesied – Isaiah 50:6
Fulfilled – Matthew 26:67-68

37) Mocked

Prophesied – Psalm 22:6-8
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:27-31

38) Fell Under The Cross

Prophesied – Psalm 109:24-25
Fulfilled – John 19:17; Luke 23:26

39) Hands And Feet Pierced

Prophesied – Psalm 22:16
Fulfilled – John 20:24-28

40) Crucified With Thieves

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:12
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:38

41) Prayed For His Enemies

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:12
Fulfilled – Luke 23:34

42) Rejected By His Own People

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:3
Fulfilled – John 19:14-15

43) Hated Without Cause

Prophesied – Psalm 69:4
Fulfilled – John 15:25

44) Friends Stood Aloof

Prophesied – Psalm 38:11
Fulfilled – Luke 22:54; Luke 23:49

45) People Wag Their Heads

Prophesied – Psalm 22:7; Psalm 109:25
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:39

46) People Stared At Him

Prophesied – Psalm 22:17
Fulfilled – Luke 23:35

47) Cloths Divided And Gambled For

Prophesied – Psalm 22:18
Fulfilled – John 19:23-24

48) Became Very Thirsty

Prophesied – Psalm 22:15
Fulfilled – John 19:28

49) Gall And Vinegar Offered Him

Prophesied – Psalm 69:21
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:34

50) His Forsaken Cry

Prophesied – Psalm 22:1
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:46

51) Committed Himself To God

Prophesied – Psalm 31:5
Fulfilled – Luke 23:46

52) Bones Not Broken

Prophesied – Psalm 34:20
Fulfilled – John 19:32-36

53) Heart Broken

Prophesied – Psalm 69:20; Psalm 22:14
Fulfilled – John 19:34

54) His Side Pierced

Prophesied – Zechariah 12:10
Fulfilled – John 19:34,37

55) Darkness Over The Land

Prophesied – Amos 8:9
Fulfilled – Luke 23:44-45

56) Buried In Rich Man’s Tomb

Prophesied – Isaiah 53:9
Fulfilled – Matthew 27:57-60

His Resurrection And Ascension

57) Raised From The Dead

Prophesied – Psalm 16:8-11
Fulfilled – Acts 2:24-31

58) Begotten As Son Of God

Prophesied – Psalm 2:7
Fulfilled – Acts 13:32-35

59) Ascended To God

Prophesied – Psalm 68:18
Fulfilled – Ephesians 2:8-10

60) Seated Beside God

Prophesied – Psalm 110:1
Fulfilled – Hebrews 1:3,13

Conclusion

Today, the only way Bible scoffers can explain away this astronomical probability is to discredit the prophecies in one way or another. Their only alternative is to accept that God is the author of the Scriptures. The Bible is a reliable book of genuine divine prophecy – We can trust it!

The evidence of divine prophecy presented in this article is just a tiny portion of the “proofs” available to establish the divine origin of the Bible. Yet, they are more than sufficient to prove the inspiration of the Bible. There will always be men who scoff at the Bible. As Christians, however, we can be confident when we read our Bibles that God is definitely the Author, for it is written:

“We constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

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