Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bible prophecies fulfilled by Jesus' birth

Isaiah foreshadowed the virgin birth of Jesus
Prophecy written: Between 701-681 BC

Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem
Prophecy written: Sometime between 750-686 BC

Micah 5:1-2: Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek with a rod. "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."

The Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah
Prophecy written: As early as 1400 BC

Genesis 49:10: The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.

The Messiah would be a descendant of King David
Prophecy written: Sometime between 626-586 BC

Jeremiah 23:5: "The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.

Kings will present gifts
Prophecy written: 1000-970 BC

Psalm 72:10: The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts.

Children will be killed
Prophecy written: about 600 BC

Jeremiah 31:15: Thus says the LORD: "A voice was heard in Ramah,lamentation and bitter weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.

(for more, see Bible prophecies fulfilled by Jesus' birth, Prophecies & Fulfillments Concerning His Birth)

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