Forecast and Fulfillment

Meteorologists have a hard time forecasting the weather just days out. However, the Bible makes staggering, even outlandish, detailed forecasts regarding the promised Messiah, Jesus, hundreds, and sometimes thousands of years in advance. If the Old Testament is a forecast of the coming Messiah/Savior/Hero of the church, the New Testament is the fulfillment of that forecast. Here are just some of those forecasts with attendant fulfillments:   

  • He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23)
  • Would be a descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16)
  • Would be of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14)
  • Would be of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1)
  • Would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7)
  • Would be taken to Egypt as a child (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:14-15)
  • Herod´s killing of the infants (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)
  • He would be anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17)
  • Would be heralded by the messenger of the Lord (John the Baptist) (Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1-3)
  • Would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35)
  • Would preach good news (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:14-21)
  • Would minister in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-16) 
  • Would cleanse the Temple (Malachi 3:1; Matthew 21:12-13)
  • Would enter Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9)
  • Would be rejected by Jews (Psalm 118:22; I Peter 2:7)
  • Would 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)
      • silence before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-14)
      • being mocked (Psalm 22: 7-8; Matthew 27:31)
      • beaten (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26)
      • spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 27:30)
      • 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)
      • piercing His side (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)
      • given gall and vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21, Matthew 27:34, Luke 23:36)
      • no broken bones (Psalm 34:20; John 19:32-36)
      • buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60)
      • casting lots for His garments (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24)
  • Would rise from the dead (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31)
  • Would ascend into Heaven (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9)
  • Would sit down at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3)

Pretty cool.

  • Love to see the Old Testament being preached! Thank you for this. Also, If I may humbly be allowed to submit an asterisk by “Would be rejected by Jews” of *Romans 11:25, for our Jewish brothers and sisters who will one day as it is stated: “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” (Zeh. 12:10)And I wonder too, as I now sit and think about it, mathematically speaking, have a greater percentage of Gentiles rejected Jesus than the percentage of Jews? Hard to count, I imagine as when a Jewish person becomes Christian, it has in the past, usually required leaving his Jewish identity completely, so within a few generations it may not even be remembered that a person was/is still Jewish as they then are only thought of as Christian. At any rate looking forward Jew and Gentile worshipping together as it says in Isaiah 2:3: Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

  • Good comments, Celia. I think the passage means that he would be rejected by his own, as in the John 1 sense. He came to his own, but they rejected him—at first! The early church in Jerusalem was essentially Jewish, and Acts records MANY Jews coming to know Jesus as Messiah. It may be in some sense like a man being rejected in marriage by a woman, only to have her respond affirmatively down the road. 🙂