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The Old Testament contains well over 100 distinct prophecies about Jesus (a conservative estimate). Many of these Messianic prophecies deal with Jesus' death. It is a powerful evidence of the accuracy of the Bible and its divine inspiration.

 

Here we have listed prophecies about the crucifixion of Jesus from the Old Testament and the corresponding verses in the New Testament.  As you read these, please take time to research God's  yourself and let Him reveal to you His Promises and Truths.

 

 

 

Numbers 21:8-9 

 8 The LORD said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live." 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.

(This event took place around 1400 BC)

 

 

John 3:14-15

14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

 

 

Psalms 16:9-10

 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;    my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

 

 

(Jesus would rise from the dead.)

 
 

(The Psalms were written around 1000 BC)

Psalm 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?  2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,   by night, and am not silent.

 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.  4 In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.  5 They cried to you and were saved;  in you they trusted and were not disappointed.  6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.

 7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:  8 "He trusts in the LORD;  let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him."

 9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast.  10 From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God.  11 Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.  12 Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.  13 Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me.  14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.  15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.  16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.  17 I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.

 18 They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.  19 But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.  20 Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.  21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.  22 I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.  23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!  24 For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.  25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.  26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him—may your hearts live forever!  27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,

 28 for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.  29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—those who cannot keep themselves alive.

 30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.  31 They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn—for he has done it.

 

 

 

Matt. 27: 46  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

 

(Jesus would rise from the dead.)

 

Matt. 27:38  Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.

Matt. 27:43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' "

 

(Hanging on the cross)

 

 

 

 

Matt. 27:31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Matt. 27: 35

35When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Mark 15: 24

And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

John 19: 24

"Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, "They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." So this is what the soldiers did.

“It is finished.”

 
 

 

Psalms 27:12

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.

 

Matt. 26: 60  But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.

 
 

 

Psalms 31:5

Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

 

Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.

 
 

 

Psalms 34:19-20

19A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;

20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

 

 

John 19: 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.

 
 

 

Psalm 41:9

Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.

Judas?

 
 

 

Psalm 69:19-21

 19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you.  20 Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless;  I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none.  21 They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

 

Matt. 27:34, 48

34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.

 

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

 
 

 

Psalm 71:20

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.

 

 

Jesus’ resurrection

 
   

Psalms 109:6-8

 6 Appoint an evil man to oppose him; let an accuser stand at his right hand.

 7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.

 8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.

 

Judas?

 
 

 

(Isaiah was written around 700 BC)

Isaiah 50:6

I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.

 

Luke 22: 63

The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him.

 

Matthew 26: 67

Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him

 
 

 

 

Isaiah 52:13—53:12

13 See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.  14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him —his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness— 15 so will he sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.

 

1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?  2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.  9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.  10 Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes [c] his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.  11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.  12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,  and he will divide the spoils with the strong,  because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt. 27:26, 30

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

 

30They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.

 

 

John 19:34

Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.


Mark 14:61

But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"

Mark 14:64b-65

They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, "Prophesy!" And the guards took him and beat him.

Matt. 27:57-60

57As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Matt. 27: 38

Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.

Luke 23:33

When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.

Luke 23:34

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

 
 

(Zechariah was written around 520 BC)

 

Zechariah 11:12b

So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.

 

 

Matt. 26:15

and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.

 
 

 

Zechariah 12:10b

They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child.

 

John 19:37

and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."

 
 

 

Zechariah 13:7B

Strike the shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered.

 

 

Matt. 26:31

Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: " 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.

 
       
 

 
       

This site was last updated 01/08/10