Men are so simple, and so subject to
present necessities, that he who seeks to deceive
will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.
At the bottom of this page is a table taken from Holman Bible Dictionary which contains 118 OT messianic prophecies that were supposedly fulfilled in the NT. According to their context, none of them have anything to do with Jesus. It wasn't that the prophecies were fulfilled. It was the other way around. The gospel writers took snippets of text from the Old Testament and created a composite story of Jesus. The story outline in the gospels was based on the motifs of the Zodiac.
There is a parallel in a recent bestseller, "The Bible Code". The authors believed that God placed hidden messages in the Bible. By using computer analyses, they believed they could unlock these messages to account for past events and predict the future. Never mind that their computer results were so vague as to be worthless, their fertile imaginations made connections where none existed.
In the same way, first century Jews and the NT writers believed that the OT contained hidden messages which predicted the coming of their messiah. It didn't bother them than none of these messages could stand on their own. And because each one can't stand alone, what they show is that the Jews, who first compiled them, had a preconceived notion of what they were looking for.
Readers should scan the table to see how literal they are. Also, many bibles have OT footnotes at the bottom of each page. To the religious mind they were God's "inspired" messages. To a realist, they were the snippets of text from which the gospel writers used to fabricate the gospels.
There are too many to go over individually, so we will review them in the general case and pick some specific examples of particular significance.
1. That the Jews were expecting a messiah to free them from oppression and restore the sovereign kingdom of Israel is well documented in the OT. That this messiah would usher in a new religion goes contrary to Jewish expectations.
2. The idea of an incarnated god violates the Jewish religion. Jews don't recognize anybody but Yahweh as a god.
3. Human sacrifice is anathema to the Jewish religion, as is the sacrifice of their god.
4. Jews don't recognize the Fall of Man as having anything to do with their definition sin, which is based on Torah law.
5. The Eucharist-consuming Jesus' blood-violates Jewish law against eating food containing blood.
6. When we examine these so-called prophecies, most of them are not predicting anything. Bona fide predictions should show some intention to predict and they should be specific.
7. The Jewish "prophecies" were intended to foretell the coming of a messiah who would free Jews from oppression. Instead, the gospel story of Jesus' trial and crucifixion became a war cry for Jewish persecution.
8. The "prophecies" specify a man with Jewish bloodlines, blessed by Abraham, from the tribe of Judah and a descendant of David. Those elements define a mortal man. As a mortal man, Jesus' death accomplished nothing.
9. Anybody can claim to be the messiah, but unless they can complete their prescribed mission, they don't fit the definition of a Jewish messiah. Jesus poor acceptance and premature death shows that he failed to complete his mission according to the "prophecies."
10. To interpret them as prophecies ignores the time in which they were written and the events they relate to. By examining them individually, we will find that their context was badly corrupted.
11. What we are left with is the conclusion that they failed to predict the coming of a Jewish messiah and a Christian messiah.
12. And secondly, we are left with the unmistakable impression that the Christians stole from the Jews to justify their new religion.
1. Seed of the woman: Gen. 3:15
Some references apply to a specific person who is not Jesus. This passage was directed at the serpent and the woman (Eve). If "the woman" were stretched it to mean all women, it would apply to every woman since Eve.
15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; (Gen. 3:15)
2. Seed of Abraham: Gen. 12:3
Some apply so broadly, they could mean anybody. Below, God will bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse Abraham.
3I will bless those who bless you [Abraham], and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves." (Gen. 12:3)
3. Blessing to first born son: Exodus 13:2
Some are commands meant to be carried out at the time they were said. God was telling Moses to have the Israelites sacrifice their first born. By the time of Jesus, human sacrifice had been outlawed. Was Jesus a beast?
2"Consecrate to me all the first-born; whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine." (Ex. 13:2)
4. A promised Redeemer: Job 19:25-27
Some have no relevance. Job was calling God his redeemer. He has sores all over his body. It has nothing to do with Christian atonement.
27 (Job 19:25-27)
5. Declared to be the Son of God: Psalm 2:1-12
Yahweh's anointed was the king of Israel. If, according to Christian theology, Jesus came to atone for sin, then how can kings and rulers be acting against God and Jesus?
It says, "He said to me." Jesus didn't write this.
The rest of the Psalm is just as irrelevant.
6. His resurrection: Psalm 16:8-10
David was asking God not to let him die, because he has seen the path to life in God's presence. David died a natural death. He wasn't resurrected.
11 (Psalm 16:8-10
7. Hands and feet pierced: Psalm 22:1-31
8. Mocked and insulted: Psalm 22:7-8
9. Soldiers cast lots for coat: Psalm 22:18
The 22nd Psalm is a psalm of David. It was written in the present tense about a thousand years before Jesus' time.
Matthew copied verse 1 into 27:46a as Jesus' last words. Note the second part. The psalmist is asking God why he is so far from helping him.
Again, they are the words of the psalmist. These things already happened; they are not predicting anything.
8 (Psalm 22:7-8)
Jesus, a god has a soul? Was he ever threatened by a sword, a lion or wild oxen?
21 (Psalm 22:20-21)
10. Son of Man comes in glory: Psalm 102:16
According to Strong's Concordance, it says Yahweh will appear in his glory, not the Son of Man. Besides, Jesus did not come to build up Zion.
16[Yahweh] (Psalm 102:16)
In the first verse of the same chapter, the psalmist was praying, he wasn't predicting.
11. The King comes in the name of the Lord: Psalm 118:26
This Psalm of David doesn't predict anything. King David blessed whoever enters in the name of Yahweh.
12. Declared to be the Son of God: Proverbs 30:4
Some references ignore the time in which they were written and the time they refer to. This Proverb is talking about the past, not the future. Jesus did not ascend in the past; he supposedly ascended in the future.
13. Born of a virgin: Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah was speaking to King Ahaz, telling him what he will see. Ahaz was king form 735-715 BCE.
Virgins conceive all the time. It doesn't say who the father is. Jesus' name does not translate to Immanuel.
14(Isa. 7:14 KJV)
14. Son of the Highest: Isaiah 33:22
Isaiah is calling Yahweh the judge, ruler and king who will save him and his fellow Jews.
22[Yahweh] [Yahweh] [Yahweh] (Isa. 33:22)
15. Rejected by his people: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
16. Suffered vicariously: Isaiah 53:4-5
17. Silent when accused: Isaiah 53:7
18. Buried with the rich: Isaiah 53:9
19. Crucified with transgressors: Isaiah 53:12
Known as the, "Suffering Servant," Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is perhaps the most controversial chapter in messianic prophecy. Throughout the chapter, it is not clear who this servant is. The Jews say it is the people of Israel personified (Jews for Judaism). Christians say it defines Jesus (The Suffering Servant). The language is on the side of the Jews.
No matter what the context, the Christian compass always points towards Jesus. Will Christians please note the past tense in the underlined words; Isaiah was written hundreds of years before Jesus' time. Isaiah's prophecies where based on the travails of a pre-existent personality. If that personality was Israel personified, so be it.
Certainly, Jesus was not Isaiah's servant.
14 15 (Isa. 52:13-15)
3 (Isa. 53:1-3)
5 (Isa. 53:4-5)
67 (Isa. 53:6-7)
9 (Isa. 53:8-9)
If Jesus had a soul, then he was a mortal man. Again, Jesus could not have been Isaiah's servant.
20. Born a King: Jeremiah 30:9
What was this king supposed to accomplish?
The answer can be found in the same chapter. He was going to bring them back to the Promised Land.
21: Conceived by the Holy Spirit: Jeremiah 31:22
The Lord created a new thing on earth? What new thing? Is Jesus a thing? Did a woman ever protect Jesus? Where is the Holy Spirit in here? "Create" does not translate to "conceive."
22[Yahweh] (Jer. 31:22)
Jeremiah was writing about restoring the fortunes of Jews by bring them back to the land of Judah.
22. An everlasting dominion: Daniel 7:13-14
Christians are still waiting for Jesus to return.
14 (Dan. 7:13-14)
23. Time for his birth: Daniel 9:24-27
There is still sin and unrighteousness. There was no prince who destroyed the city and the sanctuary. Jesus did not anoint the temple; he threatened to tear it down. Jerusalem was destroyed about 40 years after Jesus by the Romans. There was no flood. There was no war that brought an end to the world. And according to Christian theology, Jesus brought sacrifice, he didn't end it.
2425 26 27 (Dan. 9:24-27)
24. Our sins purged: Malachi 3:3
What does the purification of the sons of Levi have to do with Christian atonement?
|MESSIANIC PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT|
|PROPHECY||OT REFERENCES||NT FULFILLMENT|
|Seed of the woman|| Gen 3:15||Gal 4:4; Heb2:14|
|Through Noah's sons||Gen 9:27||Luke 6:36|
|Seed of Abraham|| Gen 12:3||Matt 1:1; Gal 3:8, 16|
|Seed of Isaac||Gen 17:19||Rom 9:7; Heb 11:18|
|Blessing to nations||Gen 18: 18||Gal 3:8|
|Seed of Isaac||Gen 21:12||Rom 9:7; Heb 11:18|
|Blessing to Gentiles||Gen 22:18, 26:4||Gal 3:8, 16; Heb 6:14|
|Blessing through Abraham||Gen 28:14||Gal 3:8, 16; Heb 6:14|
|Of the tribe of Judah||Gen 49:10||Rev 5:5|
|No bone broken||Exod12:46,
|Blessing to firstborn son|| Exod 13:2||Luke 2:23|
|Serpent in the wilderness||Num 21:8-9||John 3:14-15|
|A star out of Jacob||Num 24:17-19||Matt 2:2; Luke 1:33, 78; Rev 22:16|
|As a prophet||Deut 18:15, 18-19||John 6:14; 7:40; Acts 3:22-23|
|Cursed on the tree||Deut 21:23||Gal 3:13|
|The throne of
|2 Sam 7:12-13, 16, 25-26;
1 Chr 17:11-14,
23-27; 2 Chr 21:7
|Matt 19:28; 21:4; 25:31; Mark 12:37;
Luke 1:32; John 7:4; Acts 2:30; 13:23; Rom 1:3; 2 Tim 2:8;
Heb 1:5, 8; 8:1; 12:2; Rev 22:1
|A promised Redeemer|| Job 19:25-27||John 5:28-29; Gal 4:4;
Eph 1:7, 11, 14
|Declared to be the Son of God|| Ps 2:1-12||Matt 3:17; Mark 1:11;
Acts 4:25-26; 13:33; Heb 1:5; 5:5;
Rev 2:26-27; 19:15-16
|His resurrection|| Ps 16:8-10||Acts 2:27; 13:35; 26:23|
|Hands and feet pierced|| Ps 22:1-31||Matt 27:31, 35-36|
|Mocked and insulted|| Ps 22:7-8||Matt 27:39-43, 45-59|
|Soldiers cast lots for coat|| Ps 22:18||Mark 15:20, 24-25, 34; Luke 19:24; 23:35; John 19:15-18, 23-24, 34;
|Accused by false witnesses||Ps 27:12||Matt 26:60-61|
|He commits His spirit||Ps 31:5||Luke 23:46|
|"186"No broken bone||Ps 34:20||John 19:36|
|Accused by false witnesses||Ps 35:11||Matt 26:59-61; Mark 14:57-58|
|Hated without reason||Ps 35:19||John 15:24-25|
|Friends stand afar off||Ps 38:11||Matt 27:55; Mark 15:40; Luke 23:49|
|"I come to do Thy will"||Ps 40:6-8||Heb 10:5-9|
|Betrayed by a friend||Ps 41:9||Matt 26:14-16, 47, 50; Mark 14:17-21;
Luke 22:19-23; John 13:18-19
|Known for righteousness||Ps 45:2, 6-7||Heb 1:8-9|
|His resurrection||Ps 49:15||Mark 16:6|
|Betrayed by a friend||Ps 55:12-14||John 13:18|
|His ascension||Ps 68:18||Eph 4:8|
|Hated without reason||Ps 69:4||John 15:25|
|Stung by reproaches||Ps 69:9||John 2:17; Rom 15:3|
|Given gall and vinegar||Ps 69:21||Matt 27:34, 48; Mark 15:23;
Luke 23:36; John 19:29
|Exalted by God||Ps 72:1-19||Matt 2:2; Phil 2:9-11; Heb 1:8|
|He speaks in parables||Ps 78:2||Matt 13:34-35|
|Seed of David exalted||Ps 89:3-4, 19,
|Luke 1:32; Acts 2:30; 13:23;
Rom 1:3; 2 Tim 2:8
|Son of Man comes in glory|| Ps 102:16||Luke 21:24,27; Rev 12:5-10|
|"Thou remainest!"||Ps 102:24-27||Heb 1:10-12|
|Prays for His enemies||Ps 109:4||Luke 23:34|
|Another to succeed Judas||Ps 109:7-8||Acts 1:16-20|
|A priest like Melchizedek||Ps 110:1-7||Matt 22:41-45; 26:64; Mark 12:35-37; 16:19; Acts 7:56; Eph 1:20;
Col 1:20; Heb 1:13; 2:8; 5:6; 6:20;
7:21; 8:1; 10:11-13; 12:2
|The chief cornerstone||Ps 118:22-23||Matt 21:42; Mark 12:10-11;
Luke 20:17; John 1:11;
Acts 4:11; Eph 2:20; 1 Pet 2:4
|The King comes
name of the Lord
| Ps 118:26
||Matt 21:9; 23:39; Mark 11:9;
Luke 13:35; 19:38; John 12:13
|David's seed to reign||Ps 132:11
2 Sam 7:12-13, 16,
|Declared to be the Son of God|| Prov 30:4||Matt 3:17; Mark 14:61-62; Luke 1:35;
John 3:13; 9:35-38; 11:21;
Rom 1:2-4; 10:6-9; 2 Pet 1:17
|Repentance for the nations||Isa 2:2-4||Luke 24:47|
|Hearts are hardened||Isa 6:9-10||Matt 13:14-15; John 12:39-40;
|Born of a virgin|| Isa 7:14||Matt 1:22-23|
|A rock of offense||Isa 8:14-15||Rom 9:33; 1 Pet 2:8|
|Light out of darkness||Isa 9:1-2||Matt 4:14-16; Luke 2:32|
|God with us||Isa 9:6-7||Matt 1:21,23; Luke 1:32-33;
John 8:58; 10:30; 14:19;
Cor 5:19; Col 2:9
|Full of wisdom and power||Isa 11:1-10||Matt 3:16; John 3:34;
Rom 15:12; Heb 1:9
|Reigning in mercy||Isa 16:4-5||Luke 1:31-33|
|Peg in a sure place||Isa 22:21-25||Rev 3:7|
|Death swallowed up in victory||Isa 25:6-12||1 Cor 15:54|
|A stone in Zion||Isa 28:16||Rom 9:33; 1 Pet 2:6|
|The deaf hear, the blind see||Isa 29:18-19||Matt 5:3; 11:5; John 9:39|
|King of Kings, Lord of Lords||Isa 32:1-4||Rev 19:16; 20:6|
|Son of the Highest|| Isa 33:22||Luke 1:32; 1 Tim 1:17; 6:15|
|Healing for the needy||Isa 35:4-10||Matt 9:30; 11:5; 12:22; 20:34; 21:14;
Mark 7:30; John 5:9
|Make ready the way of
|Isa 40:3-5||Matt 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4-5;
|The Shepherd dies for
|Isa 40:10-11||John 10:11; Heb 13:20;
1 Pet 2:24-25
|The meek servant||Isa 42:1-16||Matt 12:17-21; Luke 2:32|
|A light to the Gentiles||Isa 49:6-12||Acts 13:47; 2 Cor 6:2|
|Scourged and spat upon||Isa 50:6||Matt 26:67; 27:26, 30; Mark 14:65;
15:15,19; Luke 22:63-65; John 19:1
|Rejected by His people|| Isa 52:13-53:12||Matt 8:7; 27:1-2, 12-14, 38|
|Suffered vicariously|| Isa 53:4-5||Mark 15:3-4, 27-28;
Luke 23:1-25, 32-34
|Silent when accused|| Isa53:7||John 1:29; 11:49-52|
|Crucified with transgressors|| Isa53:12||John 12:37-38; Acts 8:28-35|
|Buried with the rich|| Isa 53:9||Acts 10:43; 13:38-39; 1 Cor 15:3;
Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 2:21-25; 1 John 1:7, 9
|Calling of those not a people||Isa55:4-5||John 18:37; Rom 9:25-26; Rev 1:5|
|Deliver out of Zion||Isa 59:16-20||Rom 11:26-27|
|Nations walk in the light||Isa 60:1-3||Luke 2:32|
|Anointed to preach liberty||Isa 61:1-3||Luke 4:17-19; Acts 10:38|
|Called by a new name||Isa 62:1-2||Luke 2:32; Rev 3:12|
|The King cometh||Isa 62:11||Matt 21:5|
|A vesture dipped in blood||Isa 63:1-3||Rev 19:13|
|Afflicted with the afflicted||Isa 63:8-9||Matt 25:34-40|
|The elect shall inherit||Isa 65:9||Rom 11:5, 7; Heb 7:14; Rev 5:5|
|New heavens and a new earth||Isa 65:17-25||2 Pet 3:13; Rev 21:1|
|The Lord our righteousness||Jer23:5-6||John 2:19-21; Rom 1:3-4;
Eph 2:20-21; 1 Pet 2:5
|Born a King|| Jer 30:9||John 18:37; Rev 1:5|
|Massacre of infants||Jer 31:15||Matt 2:17-18|
|Conceived by the Holy Spirit|| Jer31:22||Matt 1:20; Luke 1:35|
|A New Covenant||Jer31:31-34||Matt 26:27-29; Mark 14:22-24;
Luke 22:15-20; 1 Cor 11:25;
Heb 8:8-12; 10:15-17; 12:24; 13:20
|A spiritual house||Jer 33:15-17||John 2:19-21; Eph 2:20-21; 1 Pet 2:5|
|A tree planted by God||Ezek 17:22-24||Matt 13:31-32|
|The humble exalted||Ezek 21:26-27||Luke 1:52|
|The good Shepherd||Ezek 34:23-24||John 10:11|
|Stone cut without hands||Dan 2:34-35||Acts 4:10-12|
|His kingdom triumphant||Dan 2:44-45||Luke 1:33; 1 Cor 15:24; Rev 11:15|
|An everlasting dominion|| Dan 7:13-14||Matt 24:30; 25:31; 26:64;
Mark 14:61-62; Acts 1:9-11; Rev 1:7
|Kingdom for the saints||Dan 7:27||Luke 1:33; 1 Cor 15:24; Rev 11:15|
|Time of His birth|| Dan 9:24-27||Matt 24:15-21; Luke 3:1|
|Israel restored||Hos3:5||John 18:37; Rom 11:25-27|
|Flight into Egypt||Hos 11:1||Matt 2:15|
|Promise of the Spirit||Joel 2:28-32||Acts 2:17-21; Rom 10:13|
|The sun darkened||Amos 8:9||Matt 24:29; Acts 2:20; Rev 6:12|
|Restoration of tabernacle||Amos 9:11-12||Acts 15:16-18|
|Israel regathered||Mic 2:12-13||John 10:14, 26|
|The kingdom established||Mic 4:1-8||Luke 1:33|
|Born in Bethlehem||Mic 5:1-5||Matt 2:1; Luke 2:4, 10-11|
|Earth filled with knowledge
of the glory of the Lord
|Hab 2:14||Rom 11:26; Rev 21:23-26|
|The Lamb on the throne||Zech 2:10-13||Rev 5:13; 6:9; 21:24; 22:1-5|
|A holy priesthood||Zech 3:8||John 2:19-21; Eph 2:20-21; 1 Pet 2:5|
|A heavenly High Priest||Zech 6:12-13||Heb 4:4; 8:1-2|
|Triumphal entry||Zech 9:9-10||Matt 21:4-5; Mark 11:9-10;
Luke 20:38; John 12:13-15
|Sold for thirty pieces of silver||Zech 11:12-13||Matt 26:14-15|
|Money buys potter's field||Zech 11:12-13||Matt 27:9|
|Piercing of His body||Zech 12:10||John 19:34, 37|
|Zech 13:1, 6-7||Matt 26:31; John 16:32|
|Preceded by Forerunner||Mal 3:1||Matt 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27|
|Our sins purged|| Mal 3:3||Heb 1:3|
|The light of the world||Mal 4:2-3||Luke 1:78; John 1:9; 12:46; 2 Pet 1:19;
Rev 2:28; 19:11-16; 22:16
|The coming of Elijah||Mal 4:5-6||Matt 11:14; 17:10-12|