Fulfilled Prophecies Verify Biblical Truth

Consider this challenging statement—One can oppose and even disbelieve the truth of the Bible, but one cannot disprove any measurable fact mentioned in the Bible.

Religious skeptics and Christians scholars alike have scrutinized measurable facts in the Bible related to geographical locations, significant people, and historical events. After centuries of intense and sometimes hostile examination, the Bible has continually proven to be historically, archaeologically, and geographically accurate. In addition, even with various scientific advances, the Bible’s correlation with aspects of observable science is truly remarkable, especially when one remembers the Bible’s antiquity.

In spite of efforts to disprove it, the Bible’s integrity remains intact. It was compiled over 15 centuries (from approximately 1500 BC to AD 100) and written by over forty human authors under the divine supervision of the Holy Spirit. No other book has such a lengthy compilation period involving dozens of writers with varying backgrounds who lived in different locations with no benefit of collaboration. These obstacles, in the natural, would predictably contribute to a lack of cohesion and purpose. Due to its divine supervision, however, the Bible has a clear purpose with no contradictions among its diverse contributors. In fact, there is no other literary work of antiquity that has as much verifiable proof for its authenticity and accuracy as the Bible.

As a divine book, the Bible focuses on God’s sovereignty and glory which are demonstrated by His providing redemption to the undeserving through the Lord Jesus Christ. These undeserving recipients accept, by faith, the biblical truth of salvation and receive divine forgiveness and the gift of eternal life.

(See Life’s Most Important Decision )

1 Timothy 1:15-17, The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

[All verses in this study are from the English Standard Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.]

Some biblical truths, like salvation, are accepted by faith. Other biblical truths, such as fulfilled prophecies, are a matter of facts. The provable accuracy of fulfilled prophecy not only proclaims the sovereign power of God Almighty but also adds credence to other aspects of Scripture that are not yet fully observable. For example, Jesus is the Savior, Lord of Lords, Christ (Messiah), and King of kings; but those descriptions are not yet evidenced before the entire world.

1 Timothy 6:13-15, I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. (underlining added)

Fulfilled prophecy is a divine work and accentuates the eventual and complete recognition, throughout the world, of Jesus as Savior, Lord of Lords, Christ (Messiah), and King of kings.

2 Peter 1:16-21, For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (underlining added)

The fulfillment of biblical prophecy is staggering. Some prophetic statements highlight nations, rulers, or events with the original prophecies often separated by centuries from their eventual fulfillment. The Reasons to Believe website makes this observation—

Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events – in detail – many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors. (The remaining 500 or so reach into the future and may be seen unfolding as days go by.) Since the probability for any one of these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance averages less than one in ten (figured very conservatively) and since the prophecies are for the most part independent of one another, the odds for all these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance without error is less than one in 102000 (that is 1 with 2000 zeros written after it)!

The prophetic pinnacle of God’s Word is Jesus Christ, the center of hundreds of prophetic statements. The mathematical odds that these specific prophecies could be fulfilled in one person are astronomical. An article dealing with that subject is titled, “What are the odds surrounding Jesus Christ?” and can be found on the ChristianAnswers.netAttribution for the following data is given to Les Krantz in What the Odds Are (HarperPerennial, 1992). Part of this article states the following:

If you still happen to be unconvinced that the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago was anything more than just an ordinary human baby, let me challenge you with a few of “the odds” in that regard.

  1. To begin with, did you know that the Old Testament prophet Micah, writing circa 700 B.C., out of the hundreds and hundreds of cities in the scores and scores of nations in existence all over the world even in those days, designated Bethlehem of Judea as the birthplace of the Messiah (Micah 5:2)?
  2. And that at about the same time, Isaiah (7:14) said that the Christ would be born of a virgin?
  3. Or that a prophecy made in 1012 B.C. specified that the Messiah’s hands and feet would eventually be pierced—a clear reference to death by crucifixion—800 years before the Romans ever even instituted crucifixion as a form of capital punishment!
  4. Malachi 3:1, penned in about 425 B.C., specified that the Messiah would be contemporary with the temple in Jerusalem–a temple that was destroyed in 70 A.D. and has never been rebuilt.
  5. Well, if all this impresses you even a little bit, you ought to go compare Zechariah 11:11-13 (written over 500 years before Christ) to Matthew 27:3-10 (written some 25-30 years after Christ). Only coincidence?
  6. A number of years ago, Peter W. Stoner and Robert C. Newman wrote a book entitled Science Speaks. The book was based on the science of probability and vouched for by the American Scientific Affiliation. It set out the odds of any one man in all of history fulfilling even only eight of the 60 major prophecies (and 270 ramifications) fulfilled by the life of Christ.

The probability that Jesus of Nazareth could have fulfilled even eight such prophecies would be only 1 in 1017. That’s 1 in100,000,000,000,000,000.

Stoner claims that many silver dollars would be enough to cover the face of the entire state of Texas two feet deep. Now I’ve been to Texas. I’ve driven for days to get across Texas. Texas is a very big state. Who in his right mind would suppose that a blindfolded man, heading out of Dallas by foot in any direction, would be able, on his very first attempt, to pick up one specifically marked silver dollar out of 100,000,000,000,000,000?

One March several years ago I received a paper from United States Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson. In it he wrote: “The fact is, the birth, crucifixion, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ are celebrated worldwide by folk of every race, language, and color, every year. And believing in Jesus, they have been delivered from the most evil, disastrous, frustrating, debilitating habits and life forms possible. The real problem with Jesus Christ is not that folk can’t believe in Him—but that they won’t believe in Him.”

My friend, in all honesty, what are the chances you’ve not been altogether objective about the nature of the baby born in Bethlehem? What if the baby was God? What if He is God? What if you are to submit your life to Him?

(To read how the mathematical probability of Christ fulfilling 8 prophecies was determined, click on this link: Christ of Prophecy)

In light of the amazing fulfillment of prophecies by Jesus Christ, another fact should be noted. Of the writings related to different religions, only the Bible gives specific prophecies.

If you are a believer in Christ, you will read through the following fulfilled prophecies with a sense of wonder and accompanying thankfulness. If you are not yet a believer in Christ, you may also read through these prophecies but continue to reject the obvious conclusion. As forthright students of Scripture and history realize, however, all of the following prophecies have two things in common—(1) The time elapsed between the prophecy and its fulfillment are centuries apart, and (2) Jesus Christ is the literal fulfillment of all of them.


#Prophetic ScriptureSubjectFulfilled
1Genesis 3:15seed of a womanGalatians 4:4
2Genesis 12:3descendant of AbrahamMatthew 1:1
3Genesis 17:19descendant of IsaacLuke 3:34
4Numbers 24:17descendant of JacobMatthew 1:2
5Genesis 49:10from the tribe of JudahLuke 3:33
6Isaiah 11:10descendent of JesseRomans 15:12
7Jeremiah 23:5-6descendant of DavidMatthew 1:1
8Ezekiel 37:24will shepherd His peopleMatthew 2:6
9Isaiah 9:7heir to the throne of DavidLuke 1:32-33
10Psalm 45:6-7, Psalm 102:25-27anointed and eternalHebrews 1:8-12
11Micah 5:2born in BethlehemLuke 2:4-5, 7
12Daniel 9:25time for His birthLuke 2:1-2
13Isaiah 7:14to be born of a virginLuke 1:26-27, 30-31
14Psalm 72:9worshipped by shepherdsLuke 2:8-15
15Psalm 72:10, 15, Isaiah 60:3honored by great kingsMatthew 2:1-11
16Jeremiah 31:15slaughter of childrenMatthew 2:16-18
17Hosea 11:1flight to EgyptMatthew 2:14-15
18Isaiah 40:3-5the way preparedLuke 3:3-6
19Malachi 3:1preceded by a forerunnerLuke 7:24, 27
20Malachi 4:5-6preceded by ElijahMatthew 11:13-14
21Psalm 2:7, Proverbs 30:4declared the Son of GodLuke 1:32, Matthew 3:17
22Isaiah 9:1-2Galilean ministryMatthew 4:13-16
23Psalm 78:2-4speaks in parablesMatthew 13:34-35
24Isaiah 56:7, Jeremiah 7:11temple becomes a house of merchandise instead of prayerMatthew 21:13
25Psalm 69:9zeal of Jews for the temple instead of GodJohn 2:17
26Deuteronomy 18:15a prophetActs 3:20, 22
27Isaiah 29:18, Isaiah 35:5-6blind, deaf, and lame are healed by the MessiahLuke 7:22, Matthew 11:3-5
28Isaiah 42:2-3, Isaiah 53:7Messiah will be meek and mildMatthew 12:18-20, 11:29
29Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 49:1will minister to GentilesMatthew 12:18-21, Luke 2:32
30Isaiah 61:1-2to bind up the brokenheartedLuke 4:18-19
31Isaiah 53:12, Isaiah 59:16to intercede for the peopleRomans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25
32Isaiah 63:14, Jeremiah 6:16gives rest to our soulsMatthew 11:29-30
33Isaiah 53:3, 8:14, 28:16, Psalm 118:22rejected by His own people, the JewsJohn 1:11, Luke 23:18, Acts 4:11, 1 Peter 2:6-8
34Psalm 110:4priest after the order of MelchizedekHebrews 5:5-6
35Zechariah 9:9triumphal entryMark 11:7, 9, 11
36Malachi 3:1entered the temple with authorityMatthew 21:12
37Psalm 8:2adored by infantsMatthew 21:15-16
38Isaiah 53:1not believedJohn 12:37-38
39Zechariah 13:7sheep of the Shepherd scatteredMatthew 26:31
40Psalm 41:9, Psalm 55:12-13, Zechariah 13:6betrayed by a close friendLuke 22:47-48, Matthew 26:49-50
41Zechariah 11:12betrayed for thirty pieces of silverMatthew 26:14-15
42Zechariah 11:13betrayal money used to buy Potter’s fieldMatthew 27:6-7
43Psalm 35:11accused by false witnessesMark 14:57-58
44Isaiah 53:7silent to accusationsMark 15:4-5
45Isaiah 50:6spat on and struckMatthew 26:67 and 27:30
46Isaiah 53:5scourgedMatthew 27:26
47Psalm 35:19hated without reasonJohn 15:24-25
48Isaiah 53:5vicarious sacrificeRomans 5:6, 8
49Isaiah 53:12crucified with malefactorsMark 15:27-28
50Zechariah 12:10, Psalm 22:16pierced through hands and feetJohn 20:25-27
51Psalm 22:7-8sneered and mockedLuke 23:35
52Psalm 69:9was reproachedRomans 15:3
53Psalm 109:25people shook their headsMatthew 27:39
54Psalm 69:21given vinegar for His thirstJohn 19:28-29
55Psalm 109:4, Isaiah 53:12prayer for His enemiesLuke 23:34
56Psalm 22:17-18soldiers gambled for His clothingMatthew 27:35-36
57Psalm 22:1forsaken by GodMatthew 27:46
58Psalm 31:5committed His Spirit to GodLuke 23:46
59Psalm 38:11friends stood afar offLuke 23:49
60Psalm 34:20no bones brokenJohn 19:32, 33, 36
61Zechariah 12:10His side piercedJohn 19:34
62Amos 8:9darkness over the landMatthew 27:45
63Isaiah 53:9buried with the richMatthew 27:57-60
64Psalm 16:10, Psalm 30:3, Psalm 49:15, Psalm 118:17to be resurrectedMark 16:6-7
65Isaiah 44:3, Joel 2:28sent the Holy SpiritJohn 20:22, Acts 2:16-17
66Isaiah 55:3-4, Jeremiah 31:31Establishes a new covenantMatthew 26:28, Luke 22:20, Hebrews 8:6-10
67Psalm 68:18, Psalm 110:1His ascension to God’s right handMark 16:19, Ephesians 4:8
68Isaiah 9:2, 11:10, 65:1the Gentiles will seek the MessiahRomans 11:25, Matthew 4:16

** A complete version of the above prophecies with verse texts printed out is available at: GodandScience.org

** For your edification, another chart that lists 351 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ can be accessed at NewTestamentChristians.com

** Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled by Yeshua (Jesus) introduces many of the prophecies concerning Jesus Christ and how they are uniquely focused on the Jewish people. This article is available at: LBCC.org 

The fact of prophetic fulfillment is clear and well established and, as such, is profoundly significant. As stated earlier, one of the primary purposes of fulfilled prophecy is to focus our attention on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. His physical entrance into our world is eternally significant for every person.

Just as hundreds of prophetic verses have proven to be true historically, billions of people over the last 2,000 years can personally attest the truth of the following verses.

John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Acts 4:12, And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Acts 10:43, To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

Romans 10:9-10, … if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

1 Peter 1:3-5, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

(See Spiritual Realities Before and After Receiving Jesus Christ )

When faced with fulfilled prophecies and the historical reality of the Lord Jesus Christ, any person is bucking the odds—mathematically and spiritually speaking – to trust any Person besides Jesus or believe any teaching besides the Bible for truth that is applicable to this life and the life to come.


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