Jesus: The Promised Messiah

Our aim for this page is to list many of the prophetical writings in the Old Testament and show how they all came true from verses about Jesus in the New Testament.

These predictions (40 listed below) all show how that Jesus is the Messiah, the promised King and Saviour.

Prophecies about the Messiah from the Old Testament

Bible Verses confirming Jesus as the Messiah

The following forty Old Testament verses were written hundreds of years before Jesus came and by many different people. They all refer to Jesus, who he was and things he did. These things were foretold in the Bible through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit so that we would know that Jesus was the promised Messiah. The perfect consistency of teaching between Old and New Testaments is clear.

1. Born of a Woman

Jesus would be Man, born of a woman, he would conquer Satan, but be wounded:

I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.
Genesis 3:15
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Behold, you will conceive in your womb, and give birth to a son, and will call his name 'Jesus.'
Luke 1:31

2. Son of God

Jesus would be the Son of God; it would be his right to possess an inheritance and defeat opposition:

I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, "You are my son. Today I have become your father. Ask of me, and I will give the nations for your inheritance, the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
Psalms 2:7-9
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He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David.
Luke 1:32

3. Of Abraham's line

Jesus would be the descendent of Abraham:

All the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring, because you have obeyed my voice.
Genesis 22:18
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The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Matthew 1:1

4. Bethlehem

Jesus would be born in the town of Bethlehem:

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.
Micah 5:2
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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.
Matthew 2:1

5. Prophet

Jesus would be the Prophet of God - the Word of God; the one who would reveal God to man:

I will raise them up a prophet from amongst their brothers, like you. I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him.
Deuteronomy 18:18
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Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me."
John 7:16

When he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" The multitudes said, "This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."
Matthew 21:10,11

6. High Priest

Jesus would be the eternal High Priest, able to mediate between man and God:

The LORD has sworn, and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."
Psalm 110:4
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He, in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear, though he was a Son, yet learnt obedience by the things which he suffered. Having been made perfect, he became to all of those who obey him the author of eternal salvation, named by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 5:7-10

7. King

Jesus would be King - he will establish his Kingdom:

"Yet I have set my King on my holy hill of Zion."
Psalm 2:6
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Pilate therefore said to him, "Are you a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."
John 18:37

8. Judge

Jesus would be the Judge of mankind:

For the LORD is our judge. The LORD is our lawgiver.
Isaiah 33:22
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For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgement to the Son.
John 5:22

9. Full of the Holy Spirit

Jesus would be full of the Holy Spirit:

The LORD's Spirit will rest on him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
Isaiah 11:2
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"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
Luke 4:18,19

10. Miracles

Jesus would have a ministry of miracles:

Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame man will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing; for waters will break out in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
Isaiah 35:5-6
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Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
Luke 7:22

11. Parables

Jesus would be a teacher of parables:

Hear my teaching, my people. Turn your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable.
Psalms 78:1,2a
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"The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, until it was all leavened." Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn't speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world."
Matthew 13:33-35

12. Entry to Jerusalem

Jesus would enter Jerusalem on a colt:

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you! He is righteous, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9
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The disciples went, and did just as Jesus commanded them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their clothes on them; and he sat on them.
Matthew 21:6,7

13. Misunderstood

Jesus would be misunderstood by the Jews:

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
Psalms 118:22
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By hearing you will hear, and will in no way understand; Seeing you will see, and will in no way perceive: for this people's heart has grown callous, their ears are dull of hearing, they have closed their eyes; or else perhaps they might perceive with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and would turn again; and I would heal them.
Matthew 13:14b,15

14. Betrayed by a Friend

Jesus would be betrayed by a friend:

Yes, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who ate bread with me, has lifted up his heel against me.
Psalms 41:9
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Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. Judas then, having taken a detachment of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
John 18:2,3

15. Betrayed for Money

Jesus would be betrayed for the price of thirty pieces of silver:

So they weighed for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
Zechariah 11:12b
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Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, and said, "What are you willing to give me, that I should deliver him to you?" They weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver.
Matthew 26:14,15

16. Forsaken

Jesus would be forsaken by his disciples:

"Awake, sword, against my shepherd, and against the man who is close to me," says the LORD of Armies. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
Zechariah 13:7
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They all left him, and fled.
Mark 14:50

17. Left Alone

Jesus' companions would stand away:

My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague. My kinsmen stand far away.
Psalms 38:11
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Now Peter was sitting outside in the court, and a maid came to him, saying, "You were also with Jesus, the Galilean!" But he denied it before them all, saying, "I don't know what you are talking about."
Matthew 26:69,70

18. Despised

Jesus would be despised and rejected:

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn't respect him.
Isaiah 53:3
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But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons." Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven.
Luke 11:15,16

19. Hated

Jesus would be hated without cause:

Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head. Those who want to cut me off, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty. I have to restore what I didn't take away.
Psalms 69:4
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Then Pilate spoke to them again, wanting to release Jesus, but they shouted, saying, "Crucify! Crucify him!" He said to them the third time, "Why? What evil has this man done? I have found no capital crime in him. I will therefore chastise him and release him." But they were urgent with loud voices, asking that he might be Crucified.
Luke 23:20-23

20. Falsely Accused

Jesus would be falsely accused:

Unrighteous witnesses rise up. They ask me about things that I don't know about. They reward me evil for good, to the bereaving of my soul.
Psalms 35:11,12
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For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony didn't agree with each other. Some stood up, and gave false testimony against him, saying, "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.' " Even so, their testimony didn't agree.
Mark 14:56-59

21. Scorned

Jesus would be an object of scorn:

I have also become a reproach to them. When they see me, they shake their head.
Psalm 109:25
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Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!"
Mark 15:29,30

22. Silent

Jesus would be silent before his accusers:

He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn't open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he didn't open his mouth.
Isaiah 53:7
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Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer? See how many things they testify against you!" But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate marvelled.
Mark 15:4,5

23. Stared At

Jesus would be stared at and derided:

I can count all of my bones. They look and stare at me.
Psalm 22:17
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Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!"
Mark 15:29,30

24. Wounded

Jesus would be wounded and bruised:

But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5
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Then they spat in his face and beat him with their fists, and some slapped him, saying, "Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who hit you?"
Matthew 26:67,68

25. Smitten

Jesus would be smitten and spat upon:

I gave my back to those who beat me, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair. I didn't hide my face from shame and spitting.
Isaiah 50:6
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They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.
Matthew 27:30

26. Mocked

Jesus would be mocked:

All those who see me mock me. They insult me with their lips. They shake their heads, saying, "He trusts in the LORD. Let him deliver him. Let him rescue him, since he delights in him."
Psalms 22:7,8
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The soldiers also mocked him, coming to him and offering him vinegar, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"
Luke 23:36,37

27. Garments Taken

Jesus' garments would be divided by lot:

They divide my garments amongst them. They cast lots for my clothing.
Psalms 22:18
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When they had crucified him, they divided his clothing amongst them, casting lots, and they sat and watched him there.
Matthew 27:35,36

28. Weakened

Jesus would be exhausted and unable to carry his cross:

My knees are weak through fasting. My body is thin and lacks fat. I have also become a reproach to them. When they see me, they shake their head.
Psalms 109:24,25
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They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross.
Mark 15:21

29. Pierced Hands and Feet

Jesus would have his hands and feet pierced:

For dogs have surrounded me. A company of evildoers have enclosed me. They have pierced my hands and feet.
Psalms 22:16
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The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."
John 20:25

30. Bones Unbroken

Jesus' bones would not be broken:

He protects all of his bones. Not one of them is broken.
Psalms 34:20
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Therefore the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they didn't break his legs.
John 19:32,33

31. Pierced Side

Jesus' side would be pierced:

I will pour on David's house, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they will look to me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn.
Zechariah 12:10
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However one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
John 19:34

32. Thirst

Jesus would suffer thirst:

In my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
Psalm 69:21
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After this, Jesus, seeing that all things were now finished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I am thirsty." Now a vessel full of vinegar was set there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop, and held it at his mouth.
John 19:28,29

33. Heartbroken

Jesus would be heartbroken:

I am poured out like water. All my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax. It is melted within me.
Psalms 22:14
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About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lima sabachthani?" That is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Matthew 27:46

34. Forsaken by God

Jesus would cry out to God his Father, yet on the cross Jesus would be forsaken; the God that existed from eternity as a unity of three would be parted:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?
Psalms 22:1
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At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is, being interpreted, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Mark 15:34

35. Would Entrust Himself to God

Jesus would commit himself to God his Father even at his worst time:

Into your hand I commend my spirit. You redeem me, LORD, God of truth.
Psalms 31:5
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Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" Having said this, he breathed his last.
Luke 23:46

36. Would Die with Thieves

Jesus would die with thieves:

Therefore I will give him a portion with the great. He will divide the plunder with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death and was counted with the transgressors; yet he bore the sins of many and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:12
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When they came to the place that is called "The Skull", they crucified him there with the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
Luke 23:33

37. Darkness

At Jesus' death the sun would disappear at midday:

It will happen in that day," says the Lord GOD, "that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.
Amos 8:9
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It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. The sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
Luke 23:44,45

38. Burial

Jesus would be buried in a rich man's tomb:

They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Isaiah 53:9
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Behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their counsel and deed), from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who was also waiting for God's Kingdom: this man went to Pilate, and asked for Jesus' body. He took it down, and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb that was cut in stone, where no one had ever been laid.
Luke 23:50-53

39. Resurrection

Jesus would rise from the dead:

For you will not leave my soul in Sheol, neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.
Psalms 16:10
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Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, "Don't be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him!
Mark 16:5,6

40. Ascension

Jesus would ascend to heaven:

You have ascended on high. You have led away captives. You have received gifts amongst people, yes, amongst the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell there.
Psalms 68:18
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When he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Acts1:9