Old Testament Prophecies about Jesus


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The Crucifixion - by GRÜNEWALD, Matthias - from Musée d'Unterlinden, Colmar


Twenty Centuries have come and gone since His Thirty-Three Years on Earth, and today He is the Central Figure of the Human Race, ...the Leader of Mankind's Progress. All the Armies that ever marched, all the Navies that ever sailed, all the Parliaments that ever sat, all the Kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the Life of Man on Earth as much as One Solitary Life.


Old Testament Prophecies about Jesus

from various sources

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A Cry of Anguish
(Psalm 22)

[Psalm 22:1] My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, from the words of My groaning?
[Psalm 22:2] O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.
[Psalm 22:3] Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
[Psalm 22:4] In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
[Psalm 22:5] To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
[Psalm 22:6] But I am a worm, and not human; scorned by others, and despised by the people.
[Psalm 22:7] All who see Me mock at Me; they make mouths at Me, they shake their heads;
[Psalm 22:8] "Commit Your cause to the LORD; let Him deliver-- let Him rescue the One in Whom He delights!"
[Psalm 22:9] Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother's breast.
[Psalm 22:10] On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
[Psalm 22:11] Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
[Psalm 22:12] Many bulls encircle me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
[Psalm 22:13] they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.
[Psalm 22:14] I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;
[Psalm 22:15] my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.
[Psalm 22:16] For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled;
[Psalm 22:17] I can count all My bones. They stare and gloat over Me;
[Psalm 22:18] they divide My clothes among themselves, and for My clothing they cast lots. palm_sunday_poster2.jpg (31073 bytes)


In Praise of God's Goodness
(Psalm 34)

[Psalm 34:19] Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all.
[Psalm 34:20] He keeps all His bones; not one of them will be broken.


The Lord and His Chosen King
(Psalm 110)

[Psalm 110:1] The LORD says to my lord, "Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool."
[Psalm 110:2] The LORD sends out from Zion Your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of Your foes.
[Psalm 110:3] Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day You lead your forces on the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning, like dew, Your youth will come to You.
[Psalm 110:4] The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
[Psalm 110:5] The Lord is at Your right hand; He will shatter kings on the day of His wrath.
[Psalm 110:6] He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; He will shatter heads over the wide earth.
[Psalm 110:7] He will drink from the stream by the path; therefore He will lift up His head.


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(Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12)

[Isaiah 52:13] See, My servant shall prosper; He shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.
[Isaiah 52:14] Just as there were many who were astonished at Him --so marred was His appearance, beyond human semblance, and His form beyond that of mortals--
[Isaiah 52:15] so He shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of Him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.


[Isaiah 53:1] Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
[Isaiah 53:2] For He grew up before Him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.
[Isaiah 53:3] He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him of no account.
[Isaiah 53:4] Surely He has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.
[Isaiah 53:5] But He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the punishment that made us whole, and by His bruises we are healed.
[Isaiah 53:6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
[Isaiah 53:7] He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.
[Isaiah 53:8] By a perversion of justice He was taken away. Who could have imagined His future? For He was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people.
[Isaiah 53:9] They made His grave with the wicked and His tomb with the rich, although He had done no violence, and there was no deceit in His mouth.
[Isaiah 53:10] Yet it was the Will of the LORD to crush Him with pain. When you make His life an offering for sin, He shall see His offspring, and shall prolong His days; through Him the Will of the LORD shall prosper.
[Isaiah 53:11] Out of His anguish He shall see light; He shall find satisfaction through His knowledge. The righteous one, My servant, shall make many righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities.
[Isaiah 53:12] Therefore I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


The Good News of Deliverance
(Isaiah 61)

[Isaiah 61:1] The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me; He has sent Me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;
[Isaiah 61:2] to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
[Isaiah 61:3] to provide for those who mourn in Zion-- to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display His Glory.


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The Future King (Zechariah 9)

[Zechariah 9:9] Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your King comes to you; triumphant and victorious is He, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.


The Two Shepherds
(Zechariah 11)

[Zechariah 11:12] I then said to them, "If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them." So they weighed out as my wages thirty shekels of silver. crucifixion_reubens.jpg (86406 bytes)


The Future Deliverance of Jerusalem
(Zechariah 12)

[Zechariah 12:10] And I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they look on the One Whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over Him, as one weeps over a firstborn.


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Isaiah - Nativity - Ezekiel


Various Short Passages About the Messiah

[Genesis 3:15] I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike your head, and you will strike His heel."

[Psalm 2:7] I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, "You are My Son; today I have begotten You.


God Promises a Ruler From Bethlehem
(Micah 5)

[Micah 5:2] But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for Me One Who is to rule in Israel, Whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.


The Sign of Immanuel
(Isaiah 7)

[Isaiah 7:14] Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with Child and shall bear a Son, and shall name Him Immanuel.


The Future King
(Isaiah 9)

[Isaiah 9:6] For a Child has been born for us, a Son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
[Isaiah 9:7] His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and His kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will do this.


Additional Treatise

by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D.