Messianic prophecy was fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Examine the prophecies yourself, and calculate the probability of one man fulfilling just a handful of the most specific ones, and you’ll be amazed. “Jesus said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’” Luke 24:44 (NIV) The Old Testament verses are the prophecy; the New Testament verses proclaim the fulfillment. Check them all out for yourself! Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23) A descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16) Of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14) Of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1) Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7) Anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17) Would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35) Would enter Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9) Die a humiliating death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) involving: rejection (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; 7:5,48) betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:3-4; John 13:18) sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15) beaten (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26) piercing His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:31) being crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38) praying for His persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34) Would rise from the dead!! (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31) Messianic Prophecy – What Are The Odds of Fulfillment Without God? Messianic Prophecy is so powerful because of the statistical odds that one man would fulfill every single one of them. If we just analyze seven of the more specific prophecies in the Old Testament, that were later fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ, we are stunned by the statistical impossibility of such an historical reality. Messianic Prophecy / Odds Without God Jesus would be a descendant of David. ( 1 in 10,000 ) Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. ( 1 in 100,000 ) Jesus would be a miracle worker. ( 1 in 100,000 ) Jesus would present Himself as a King riding on a donkey. ( 1 in 1,000,000 ) Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. ( 1 in 1,000,000 ) Jesus would be crucified. ( 1 in 1,000,000 ) Jesus would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem. ( 1 in 1,000,000 ) Total Probability ( without God ) ( 1 in 100 billion, billion, billion, billion. ) The Challenge of Messianic prophecy is phenomenal evidence that sets the Bible apart from the other “holy books.” We strongly encourage you to read the Old Testament prophecies and the New Testament fulfillments above. Better yet, get a Jewish Tanakh (the Hebrew scripture read in the Jewish synagogues) and read the Messianic prophecies from there. It is dramatic, eye-opening and potentially life-changing!