People ask, “What will happen in the future?”
They ask about future prophecies.
Rather than future prophecies, this site focuses on prophecies that have already been fulfilled.
Jesus will return in the Second Coming, even so come Lord Jesus, but this site does not focus on those prophecies.
The prophecies about Jesus Christ were spoken by different people with different callings in life…priest, king, shepherd, as well as prophet. These individuals lived in different places at different times in history. After the fall of Adam and Eve, the Lord God himself sovereignly gave the first prophecy in Genesis 3:15.
Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The requirements for a true prophet were strict.
Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.
These prophecies were fulfilled in one person, Jesus Christ. The prophecies range from where He was to be born (Bethlehem) to how He would live to how He died for the redemption of mankind.
I Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
A discussion of prophecy and fulfillment falls under the mathematical category of probability.
There are probably many in the financial or academic or corporate world who would disdain to purchase a lottery ticket, knowing that the stakes are against them. Lottery tickets usually only involve a few numbers, perhaps up to six or seven.
Yet the odds are far greater, and the risk not money, but eternity and heaven, when ignoring the 300+ prophecies regarding Jesus.
There are those who will eagerly look at the probability of the direction of the stock market, or commodities, and put credence to crunching those numbers and trajectories.
Probability is probability. If the mathematics of probability is to be believed in one area, then it should also be applied in the area of the prophecies regarding Jesus Christ. And if the prophecies, under honest examination, prove themselves to be true, which they do, then the claims of Christ must be believed.
To refuse to believe in probability because the topic is Christ, rather than the stock market, is to indicate that the issue of reluctance to believe is not mathematical probability, but something else.
The way true prophets knew what was going to happen was because of their obedience to God, they had a strong connection and relationship to God, and could hear the Lord’s voice.
The format for each blog post is this. The prophecy, as given in the Old Testament, comes first. The fulfillment of that prophecy in the life of Jesus Christ, as given in the New Testament, is listed second.
Because there are so many prophecies, it will be several years before they are all posted on this site (this is being written in 2020), as they are being posted at the rate of one a week. Keep coming back.
Again, the important thing to realize is that which the Bible itself says about prophecies. The prophecies in the Old Testament have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, they have come to pass.
Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
One of the prophecies, that of the birthplace of Jesus, is probably one of the most well-known prophecies of all time even though people may not realize that Jesus’s birthplace is a matter of prophecy. We remember it through hymns such as “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem due to a census that required that Joseph, the guardian of the Holy Family, and Mother Mary to travel to Bethlehem for the census.
By whom and when was this prophesied? It was prophesied by Micah. Who was Micah and when did he live? Micah is called one of the twelve minor prophets, meaning his writings compose one of the twelve smaller books of prophecy found towards the end of the Old Testament. Micah lived approximately 737 to 696 BC. He was a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah, as well as two other prophets, Amos and Hosea. Minor prophets refer to the fact that their prophecies are shorter than those of the major prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.
His prophecy concerning the birthplace of Jesus is this:
“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
Micah’s prophesy was fulfilled in the New Testament. “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.” Matthew 2:6 If you have ever watched a movie dramatizing the birth of Christ, you will see King Herod questioning advisers as to the prophetic scripture regarding Jesus.
The long-awaited Messiah would be born at Bethlehem. It would be Jesus, who would be heralded by angels singing, shepherds visiting, and later, Wise Men bringing gifts.
This is why the study of Messianic prophecies is important. When it fully sinks in that about 737 years before Jesus came someone prophesied where He would be born, this is truly remarkable. What is even more remarkable is that there are 353 prophecies referring to Jesus. This article talks about the probability of just 8 prophecies coming to pass. Some of the 353 prophecies have already come to pass, and some are in the process of fulfillment. For example, Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Probability is a mathematical study. While not everyone has taken a formal study of probability, many are familiar with the principle through games of chance, such as the probability of winning the lottery. To get numbers to match is virtually impossible. Game after game goes by with no one able to do it. There are signs on highways that will show the prize increasing week after week because no one wins the prize. This is for a game with matching numbers. Yet the probability of Jesus fulfilling all the promises is similar to getting 353 numbers to match. This is why the life of Christ, the message of Christ, and the claims of Jesus the Christ must be taken seriously. The odds are so impossible that only God Himself can fulfill them, which He did.