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40 KEY PROPHECIES OF THE MESSIAH

1) The Messiah would

    be resurrected: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Psalm 16:8–11

New Testament citations: Acts 2:22–32Acts 13:35–37

2) The Messiah would bring in a new covenant: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Jeremiah 31:31/ New Testament: Matthew 26:28Mark 14:24Luke 22:201 Corinthians 11:252 Corinthians 3:6Hebrews 8:6–13Hebrews 9:15Hebrews 12:24

 

 

3)The Messiah would be forsaken and pierced but vindicated: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Psalm 22:1-31 / New Testament: Matthew 27:353943-4446Mark 15:34John 19:23-2430Hebrews 2:11-12

4) The Messiah would be the rejected cornerstone: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Psalm 118:22–24 / New Testament: Matthew 21:42Mark 12:10–11Luke 20:17–18Acts 4:9–12Ephesians 2:201 Peter 2:6-8,

5) The Messiah would do life-affirming redemptive deeds: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 61:1–2 / New Testament: Luke 4:16–21

6) The Messiah would be born of a virginHebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 7:14 / New Testament: Matthew 1:22–23Luke 1:31–35.

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7) The Messiah would come according to a timetable

Hebrew Scriptures referenceDaniel 9:24–27 / New Testament : Matthew 24:15-16Mark 13:14-15Galatians 4:4

8) The Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53

Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 52:13–53:12 New Testament citations: Matthew 8:16–17Matthew 20:28Matthew 26:28Matthew 27:59–60Mark 10:45Mark 14:24Luke 22:20John 12:37–38Acts 8:32–35Romans 10:16Hebrews 9:281 Peter 2:21–25

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9) The Messiah would bear our sins and suffer in our place

Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 52:13–53:12

New Testament : Matthew 8:16–17Matthew 20:28Matthew 26:28Matthew 27:59–60Mark 10:45Mark 14:24Luke 22:20John 12:37–38Acts 8:32–35Romans 10:16Hebrews 9:281 Peter 2:21–25

10) The Messiah would not remain dead, but see his seed, prolong his days and be exalted: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 53:10–53:12

New Testament: Hebrews 9:281 Peter 2:21–25Luke 9:22

11) The Messiah would be preceded by Elijah the prophet

Hebrew Scriptures reference: Malachi 4:5–6 [Hebrew Bible, verses 3:23–24]

New Testament: Matthew 11:14–15Matthew 16:14Matthew 17:9–13Mark 6:14–16Mark 9:11–13Luke 1:16–17John 1:21

12) The Messiah would be a prophet like Moses

Hebrew Scriptures reference: Deuteronomy 18:15–19

New Testament: Matthew 13:57Matthew 21:46Luke 24:19John 1:21John 1:25John 6:14John 7:40Acts 3:22Acts 7:37

13) The Messiah would be pierced: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Zechariah 12:10

New Testament: Matthew 24:30John 19:31–37Revelation 1:7

14) The Messiah would come riding on a donkey

Hebrew Scriptures referenceZechariah 9:9 / New Testament Matthew 21:1–7

15) The Messiah would be called out of Egypt: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Hosea 11:1 / New Testament : Matthew 2:13–15

16) The Messiah would be called God’s Son: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Psalm 2:1–12 / New Testament : Mark 1:11Luke 3:22Acts 4:25–28Acts 13:33Hebrews 1:5Hebrews 5:5

17) The Messiah would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver

Hebrew Scriptures reference: Zechariah 11:12–13 / New Testament : Matthew 26:14–15Matthew 27:3Matthew 27:9–10

18) The Messiah would be the Son of Man: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Daniel 7:13–14 / New Testament : Matthew 9:6Matthew 12:8Matthew 13:41Matthew 16:13Matthew 16:27Mark 8:31Luke 6:22Luke 9:22John 1:51John 3:13–14Acts 7:56 and many others

 

19) The Messiah would be a willing sacrifice: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Genesis 22:1–18/ New Testament : John 3:16Hebrews 11:17-19

20) The Messiah would be the Passover lamb: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Exodus 12:1–51 / New Testament: John 1:29John 1:36John 19:33

John 19:361 Corinthians 5:7–81 Peter 1:19

21) The Messiah would be the star coming out of Jacob: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Numbers 24:17 / New Testament: Matthew 2:2Revelation 22:16

22) The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Micah 5:2 [Hebrew Bible verse 1] New Testament : Matthew 2:1–6John 7:40–43

23) The Messiah would be greater than David: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Psalm 110:1–4 New Testament : Matthew 22:41–45Mark 12:35–37Luke 20:41–44Acts 2:34–361 Corinthians 15:25–28Hebrews 1:3Hebrews 1:13Hebrews 4:14–5:10

24) The Messiah would be a descendant of David: Hebrew Scriptures reference: 2 Samuel 7:12–16 / New Testament : Matthew 1:1Luke 1:32-33Acts 15:15-16Hebrews 1:5

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25) The Messiah is spoken of throughout the Hebrew Bible: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Hebrew Bible/ New Testament : Luke 24:25–27Luke 24:32

26) The Messiah was called the Prince of Peace; Counselor; Mighty God:

Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 9:6–7 [Hebrew Bible 9:5-6] / New Testament citations: Luke 1:32-33Luke 1:79John 14:27Acts 10:36Romans 9:5Philippians 4:7Colossians 2:32 Thessalonians 3:3

27) The Messiah would be preceded by a messenger: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Malachi 3:1/ New Testament : Matthew 11:10Mark 1:2Luke 1:76

28) The Messiah would be the coming one to whom the scepter belongs: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Genesis 49:10/New Testament citations: Matthew 2:6Matthew 2:11Romans, 1:5Romans 15:18Romans 16:26Hebrews 7:14Revelation 5:5

29) The Messiah would be acclaimed: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Psalm 118:25–29 / New Testament citations: Matthew 21:9Mark 11:9–10Luke 13:34–3519:38John 12:13

30) The Messiah would be the seed of the woman: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Genesis 3:15 /New Testament citations: Romans 16:20Galatians 4:4Hebrews 2:14

31) The Messiah would be the descendant of Abraham through whom all nations would be blessed: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Genesis 12:3

New Testament citations: Acts 3:24-26

32) The Messiah would be lifted up: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Numbers 21:6–9

New Testament citations: John 3:14–18

33) The Messiah would be our Kinsman-Redeemer: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Ruth 4:4–9/New Testament : Luke 1:5058687278John 10:17–18Romans 5:7–8Ephesians 1:7Colossians 1:4Hebrews 2:11–1217

34) The Messiah would be the righteous sufferer: 

Hebrew Scriptures reference: Psalm 69 / New Testament citations: Matthew 27:33–3448John 2:1715:2519:28–30.

35) The Messiah would be the great light: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 9:1–2 [Hebrew Bible 8:23-9:1] / New Testament : Matthew 4:13–16Luke 1:76–792:32John 1:4–58:129:512:46

36) The Messiah would be called a Nazarene: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 11:1Isaiah 53:3 / New Testament : Matthew 2:23

37) The Messiah would perform signs of healing: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 35:5–6/ New Testament : Matthew 11:4–6Luke 7:20–23

38) The Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner

Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 40:3–5 / New Testament : Matthew 3:1–3Mark 1:1–3Luke 1:763:1–6John 1:22–23

39) The Messiah would be a light for the nations of the world: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Isaiah 42:1–7/ New Testament : Matthew 12:15–21Luke 2:27–32John 8:12Revelation 21:23–24

40) The Messiah would be the object of a murderous plot, but hope lies ahead: Hebrew Scriptures reference: Jeremiah 31:15/ New Testament: Matthew 26: 1-16

 

What are some of the credentials of the Messiah? ( Please note there are over 300 more prophecies that point to the Messiah. These 40 are the most important.)

The Hebrew Bible and the Jewish sages describe the Messiah in great detail. Within the Tenach we learn of Messiah's genealogical background, place of birth, the timeframe of his arrival, and other identifying characteristics. We can unmistakenly identify the Messiah, as well as many false claims of others. Below are are only a few that even early rabbis and sages recognized  as referring to our Messiah.

Regarding lineage, birthplace, time, and lifestyle, Jesus matched the Messianic expectations of the Hebrew Scriptures.The record of this fulfillment is to be found in the pages of the New Testament. But several other factors combine to substantiate the Messiahship of Jesus further.  If Jesus had never claimed to be the Messiah, why would we bother to try and prove that he was?

In the first place, he claimed to be the Messiah! When a woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming," he replied, "I who speak to you am he" (John 4:25-26).