REVIEW OF 29 KEY PROPHECIES OF OUR JEWISH MESSIAH
The following Old Testament prophecies deal with the authentication of Mashiach’s credentials as the Jewish Messiah. They were uttered by many different voices over a period of 500 years. Most all of them were fulfilled within twenty-four hours on the day that He died for the sins of the world. Consider the following facts.
FACT 1 PROPHECY: Mashiach would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver: Zechariah 11:13, “then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which they valued me.” So, I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 27:5-7 “And he threw the pieces of silver into the sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury since it is the price of blood.” And they counseled together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers.
FACT 2 PROPHECY: Mashiach would be betrayed by a friend. Psalm 55:12-14, “For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, then I could bear it; nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, then I could hide myself from him. But it is you, a man my equal, my companion and my familiar friend. We who had sweet fellowship together, walked in the house of G-d in the throng. (See also Psalm 41:9; Zechariah 13:6.)
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 26:49-50, “And immediately he went to Jesus and said, 'Hail, Rabbi!’ and kissed Him. And Yeshua said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.”
FACT 3 PROPHECY: Most of Mashiach’s disciples would forsake Him, then later accept Him. Zechariah 13:7 "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the man, My Associate," Declares the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered, And I will turn My hand against the little ones.
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 26:56 “But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left Him and fled. (See also Mark 14:27.)
FACT 4 PROPHECY: Mashiach would be falsely accused. Psalm 35:11, false witnesses rise; they ask me of things that I do not know.”
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 26:59-60 “Now the chief priests and the whole council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Yeshua, so that they might put Him to death; and they did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward.”
FACT 5 PROPHECY: Mashiach would be smitten and spat upon. Isaiah 50:6, “I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.”
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 27:30, “And they spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head.
FACT 6 PROPHECY: Mashiach would stand defenseless before His accusers. Isaiah 53:7, “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
FUFILLMENT: Matthew 27:12-14, “and while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” And He did not answer him about even a single charge so that the governor was quite amazed.
FACT 7 PROPHECY: Mashiach would be wounded and bruised as “The Passover Lamb.” Isaiah 53:5, “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.”
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 27:26, 29, “Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he delivered Him to be crucified. And after weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
FACT 8 PROPHECY: Mashiach would bear the full penalty of sin for others. Isaiah 53:5-6, 8, 12 Psalm 109:24, But He was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left G-d’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on Him the guilt and sins of us all. From prison and trial, they led Him away to His death. But who among the people realized that He was dying for their sins – that He was suffering their punishment? I will give Him the honors of One who is mighty and great, because He exposed Himself to death. He was counted among those who were sinners. He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners.”
FUFILLMENT: John 19:17, “They took Jesus therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Luke 23:26, “And when they led Him away, they laid hold of one Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.
FACT 9 PROPHECY: During his suffering Mashiach’s hands and feet would be pierced. Psalm 22:16, “For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet.
FULFILLMENT: Luke 23:33 And when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
FACT 10 PROPHECY: Mashiach would suffer capital punishment, and be crucified with thieves. Isaiah 53:12, “therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.”
FULFILLMENT: Mark 15:27-28, “And they crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And He was numbered with transgressors."
FACT 11 PROPHECY: Mashiach would bear the sin of his persecutors. Isaiah 53:12, “Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the body with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors.
FULFILLMENT: Luke 23:34, But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
FACT 12 PROPHECY: The crowds would shake their heads in disdain, and bewilderment for Mashiach. Psalm 109:25, “I also have become a reproach to them; when they see me, they wag their head.”
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 27:39, “And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads.”
FACT 13 PROPHECY: Mashiach would be ridiculed by many. Psalm 22:7-8, “But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me, they hurl insults, shaking their heads.”
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 27:41-43 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him, and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we shall believe in Him. “He trusts in G-d; let Him deliver Him now if He takes pleasure in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of G-d.”
FACT 14 PROPHECY: Immediately upon Mashiach’s death His garments would be torn apart and divided. Psalm 22:18, “They divide my garments among them and for my clothing they cast lots.”
FULFILLMENT: John 19:23-24, “The soldiers, therefore, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. They said therefore to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; that the Scripture might be fulfilled; They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”
FACT 15 PROPHECY: Mashiach would feel separation from His Abba Father. Psalm 22:1, “A Psalm of David. My G-d, my G-d, why hast Thou forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 27:46, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? “That is, “My G-d, My G-d, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
FACT 16 PROPHECY: Gall and vinegar would be given to Mashiach while He hung on the Cross. Psalm 69:21, “They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
FULFILLMENT: John 19:28-29, “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so, they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.”
FACT 17 PROPHECY: Mashiach would always be committed to G-d.
Psalm 31:5, “Into Thy hand I commit my spirit; Thou hast ransomed me, O LORD, G-d of truth.
FULFILLMENT: Luke 23:46, “And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit.” And having said this, He breathed His last.”
FACT 18 PROPHECY: Not one bone of Mashiach’s body would be broken. Psalm 34:20, “He keeps all his bones; Not one of them is broken.”
FULFILLMENT: John 19:33, 36, “but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs; For these things came to pass, that the Scripture might be fulfilled,” Not a bone of Him shall be broken.”
FACT 19 PROPHECY: Mashiach’s side would be pierced. Zechariah 12:10, “And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.”
FULFILLMENT: John 19:34-37, “but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water. And he who has seen has borne witness, and his witness is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth so that you also may believe. For these things came to pass, that the Scripture might be fulfilled,” not a bone of Him shall be broken.” And again, another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
FACT 20 PROPHECY: Darkness would come over the land upon His death. Amos 8:9 “And it will come about in that day,” declares the Lord G-D, “that I shall make the sun go down at noon and make the earth dark in broad daylight.
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth-hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.
FACT 21 PROPHECY: Mashiach would be buried in a rich man’s tomb. Isaiah 53:9, “His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
FULFILLMENT: Matthew 27:57-60, “And when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given over to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.”