There are hundreds of prophecies of Jesus in the old testament but in this article we are going to focus on top 30 prophecies of Jesus in the Old testament.
Most people think that Jesus appears only in the second half of the Bible but nothing could be further from the truth.
Contrary to popular belief Jesus is mentioned in every book of the old testament albeit under various pseudo names such as Messiah, the Anointed One, the Branch, the Servant, the Redeemer, the Shepherd, the Rule etc.
Jesus Himself confirmed that all the prophets before Him proclaimed the coming of the Messiah and this Messiah was none other than Jesus Himself.
Messiah proclaimed at the very foundation of the world
The old testament lays the foundation for the arrival of a deliverer who will save mankind from a treacherous enemy.
The arrival of this hero figure was predicted in the very first story of the Bible. Yes thats right, in the very midst of the garden of Eden, the paradise of God, the very first prophecy of the world was uttered by none other than God Himself.
A seed was promised who would battle satan, the enemy of souls. The very first prophecy predicts a duel between the hero of the Bible and the villain. This fight was to be a very unusual one because it would not involve swords or guns nor would it be a fist fight neither a flexing of muscles but would be one which involves obedience, sacrifice, humility and love.
The Bible in Revelation 13:8 calls Jesus a “lamb slain from the foundation of the world”.
This shows us that the arrival of the Messiah on planet earth was not an after thought or a sudden decision from God.
God in His foreknowledge knew that this world needed a Saviour even before the world fell into sin.
Prophecies of the coming Messiah
One of the most amazing attributes of God which sets Him apart from false gods and created beings is His ability to predict the future even before it happens. God Himself proclaims this in Isaiah 46:9-10
So it should come as no surprise there are more than 400 prophecies of Jesus in the old testament.
In fact the central theme underlying the old testament is the arrival of the Messiah.
The Bible contains prophecies even about the second coming of Jesus but in this article we will review a select few prophecies which deal with the first coming of Jesus on our planet.
The prophecies of Jesus can be divided into the following categories:
– Prophecies of the Messiah’s birth
– Prophecies of the Messiah’s message and mission
– Prophecies that the Messiah would be betrayed
– Prophecies that the Messiah would be crucified
Prophecies of the Messiah’s birth
1. The Messiah would be from the tribe of Judah
2. The Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham and Issac
3. The Messiah would be a descendant of David
4. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem
5. The Messiah would be called the Son of God
6. The Messiah would be born of a virgin
7. The Messiah would be called God even though he was born as a human
8. Messiah would come from Egypt
Prophecies of the Messiah’s message and mission:
9. Messiah would be a prophet of the stature of Moses
10. A great messenger would be raised to announce the coming of God the Messiah
11. The Messiah would proclaim a new covenant
12. Messiah would come with a message of good news on how to get salvation
13. The Messiah would perform miracles to help people
14. The Messiah would die for the sins of the world
15. The Messiah would ride on a donkey to Jerusalem:
16. Messiah would be poor and have no outward beauty or splendor
17. The Messiah would be rejected by His own people:
18. The Messiah would teach in parables
Prophecies that the Messiah would be betrayed
19. Messiah would be betrayed by His own friend
20. The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver and the betrayal money would be used to pay a potter
21. Messiah would be persecuted and his friends would abandon Him
22. Messiah would suffer in silence and would not retaliate or defend Himself
Prophecies that the Messiah would be crucified
23. Messiah who is God would be crucified
24. Messiah would be beaten badly before His crucification
Jesus was whipped before His crucification
25. Messiah would be humiliated
26. The Messiah would be killed with sinners
27. The Messiah’s clothes would be taken and gambled
28. The Messiah’s bones would not be broken even after a brutal death
29. The people who crucify the Messiah will look at Him
30. The Messiah would be raised from death before His body decayed
By now its pretty obvious that no mere mortal could have written the Bible. The prophecies of Jesus are deeply intervowen throughout the old testament and form the dominating theme of God’s message to mankind. At this point I can safely conclude that I have never come across any book whose author is confident enough to boldly proclaim hundreds of prophecies hundreds and even thousands of years before their fulfillment. I am yet to find another book which has so many detailed prophecies all of which have been fulfilled to the very letter.