Top 40 Messianic Prophecies

Malachi speaks of a messenger coming to prepare the way of the Lord before the arrival of the Messiah.

This is part of Jacob’s prophetic blessings on his son, Judah, in which he speaks of the preeminence of that tribe over the others.

The similarities between Jesus’ death and Psalm 22 are remarkable. David’s words went beyond his own suffering to be fulfilled in Jesus’ crucifixion.

Scripture says the Messiah would be a descendant of David. But how then can David address him as “Lord” in Psalm 110?

In Psalm 16, King David’s vision of his own resurrection and the Messiah’s resurrection may have blended into one glimpse of the future.

In Jeremiah 31:31-34, God promises Israel that He will initiate a new covenant, “not like the covenant that I made with their fathers ...”

Isaiah 52:13–53:12 has been a contentious passage between Jews and Christians over the centuries. Is it about Israel? Is it about the Messiah?

In Psalm 1, God calls His anointed “my Son” and promises him worldwide rule in the face of the laughable opposition of the rebellious nations.

Jesus often called himself “the Son of Man.” While it may sound like it emphasizes his humanity, it actually speaks to his exalted nature.

The angel Gabriel told Daniel about a period of 490 years, climaxing not merely in the return from Babylon but in the messianic age.

It has always been the biblical hope that one day the nations of the world would join with Israel in worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Zebulun and Naphtali, were the first to be taken into exile. Isaiah promises that they will see a reversal when God’s light will shine on them.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem in the days leading up to Passover, crowds gathered and acclaiming him as the one “who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Though Hosea 11:1 is not a prophecy of the future, the Messiah “fulfills” this word from God by reliving the story of Israel in his own life.

In New Testament times, stars (literally and figuratively) were seen as signs of royalty. In Jewish tradition, that was connected to the Messiah.

According to Talmudic discussion, if we are worthy, the Messiah will come in the clouds. But if we are unworthy, he will come riding on a donkey.

There are many messianic passages in the Hebrew Bible. Many speak to his ruler status, others show that the he would be a person of humility.

More than most others, this prophecy has occasioned seemingly unending debate: was it fulfilled in Isaiah’s time, or was it for a later time?

Genesis 3 sets the stage for the coming of “the seed of the woman” who would inflict a death blow on Satan and on evil.

In Matthew’s gospel, it says that various prophets predicted Jesus would be from Nazareth. But where is that actually found in Scripture?

In Exodus, a perfect lamb had to be set aside, killed, and its blood put on the doorposts of the Israelites’ homes so that they would be spared.

Though it is not a direct prediction, Numbers 21:6-9 gives us a glimpse, a picture-in-advance, of what the Messiah would be like.

Isaiah 42 says that God’s servant will be “a light for the nations.” This helps us to understand what kind of justice God will bring to the Gentiles.

A “spirit of grace” will come on the people as they look on (apparently) God himself, “whom they have pierced,” and they will mourn for him.