Who is the Messiah?

Here are some of the foretold prophesies (there are over 300) and their fulfillments:

The Messiah was promised to us in the Torah, and described many times over from multiple prophets and throughout the Tanakh. These numerous prophecies foretell where he would be born, what tribe he would be from, numerous events fulfilled in his life, and how he would live and die. These prophecies describe the timing and manner of his arrival.

Some facts from the Tanakh about the Messiah

“The Messiah would be born of a virgin, and given a name.”

Prophecy

Isaiah 7:14
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Fulfillment

Matthew 1:22-23
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,  23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

“The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.”

Prophecy

Micah 5:2
2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Fulfillment

Matthew 2:1-6
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,  6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

“The Messiah would be the object of a murderous plot”

Prophecy

Jeremiah 31:15 15
Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

Fulfillment

Matthew 2:16-18
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men  17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,  18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

“The Messiah would be called out of Egypt”

Prophecy

Hosea 11:1
1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

Fulfillment

Matthew 2:13-15
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.  14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:  15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

“The Messiah would perform signs of healing”

Prophecy

Isaiah 35:5-6
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.  6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

Fulfillment

Matthew 11:4-6
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:  5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.  6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

“The Messiah would come riding on a colt”

Prophecy

Zechariah 9:9
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Fulfillment

Matthew 21:5
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

“The Messiah would be falsely accused”

Prophecy

Psalms 35:11
11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

Fulfillment

Mark 14:57-58
57 And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,  58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

“The Messiah would be executed with common criminals”

Prophecy

Isaiah 53:12
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Fulfillment

Mark 15:27-28
27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.  28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

“The Messiah would be pierced”

Prophecy

Zachariah 12:10
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

Fulfillment

John 19:31-37
31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.  33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:  34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.  35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.  36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.  37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

“The Messiah would have his clothing gambled over”

Prophecy

Psalms 22:18
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Fulfillment

Luke 23:34
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.  And they part his raiment, and cast lots.

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