Prophecies of Jesus Birth

  Prophecies of Jesus Birth

Prophecies of Jesus' birth – What verses prophesied Jesus birth?

The following are prophecies of Jesus’ birth. A prophecy is a prediction that was written years before it was fulfilled. These prophecies were written in the Old Testament about the future Messiah of the Jewish people. These predictions were written by multiple authors, in numerous books, over approximately 1,000 years:

  • A descendant of Abraham

    Prophecy – “The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you’" (Genesis 12:1-3).

    Fulfillment – “A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham: A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1).

  • Of the tribe of Judah

    Prophecy – “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” (Genesis 49:10).

    Fulfillment – “Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph” (Luke 3:23)

    “For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests” (Hebrews 7:14).

  • Of the house of David

    Prophecy – “When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever'" (2 Samuel 7:12-16).

    Fulfillment – “A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1).


Prophecies of Jesus' birth – Place and Circumstances
  • Born of a virgin

    Prophecy – “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” (Isaiah 7:14).

    Fulfillment – “‘She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:21-23).

  • Born in Bethlehem

    Prophecy – "‘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’" (Micah 5:2).

    Fulfillment – “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem” (Matthew 2:1).

  • Taken to Egypt

    Prophecy –“‘When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son’” (Hosea 11:1).

    Fulfillment – “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more’" (Matthew 2:14-15).

  • Herod´s killing of the infants

    Prophecy – “This is what the LORD says: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.’" (Jeremiah 31:15).

    Fulfillment – “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more’” (Matthew 2:16-18).

Anointed by the Holy Spirit

Prophecy – “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:2).

Fulfillment – “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” (Matthew 3:16-17).

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