Most of the prophecies contained in the Bible are found in the Old Testament. Most of these predictions have already been fulfilled. The exceptions are prospects for events at the end of time.
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While the prophecies in the Old Testament focus on prophecies that have already been fulfilled, the prophecies in the New Testament relate primarily to events that are yet to come after Christ’s ascension. Nevertheless, the Old Testament contains predictions, especially in the books of Daniel and Isaiah, that reach into our time. A significant proportion of this has already happened. Like, for example, Jesus’ prophecy that no stone will be left unturned in the temple (in Jerusalem).
In fact, the temple was completely destroyed in AD 70 by the Romans under the command of Titus. In the New Testament, in addition to the announcements of the events in the “end times” of Jesus (Matthew 24) also the Revelation of John as a reference work par excellence. Here the announced developments are happening continuously at the current time.
Fulfillments of prophecies are among the most powerful arguments for the truth of Holy Scripture. Unfortunately, there are also enumerations in circulation that can be detrimental to this credibility. Whether it was intentional or unintentional for “sensational reasons” remains to be seen. Anyone who has already studied the Bible a little will come to the realization that these “parallel events” are usually not pure coincidence. True to the motto: “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9), there were repetitions of events in the past at a later point in time. These parallels can be explained as the principle “typos & anti-typos” and also constitute a prophecy. It is easy for the overly diligent critics to dig right into such notches in order to undermine the credibility of the Bible. A major goal of Satan and his henchmen is to destroy the credibility of the Bible. But the secular science has long since reached its limits with its “explanations”.
|Prophecies in context||Prophecy in the Old Testament||Fulfillment in the New Testament|
|Messiah becomes a descendant of David||Isaiah 9:6|
|A virgin will give birth to the Messiah||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:18|
|Messiah will be without sin||Isaiah 53:9||Hebrews 4:15|
1 Peter 2:22
|Messiah will be like shepherd of his sheep||Isaiah 40:11||Matthew 9:36|
|Messiah practices meekness and is not boastful||Isaiah 42:2||Matthew 12:15-19|
|Wisdom of the Messiah||Isaiah 11:2|
|Messiah raises the broken||Isaiah 61:1-2||Luke 4:18-19|
|In Messiah is spirit of wisdom and knowledge||Isaiah 11:2-4||Luke 2:52|
|Jews will reject the Messiah||Isaiah 53:3||John 1:11|
|Messiah is a light to Gentiles||Isaiah 60:3||Acts 13:47-48|
|Ministry of Messiah in Galilee and Jordan||Isaiah 8:23-9:2||Matthew 4:12-16|
|incomprehension for Messiah||Isaiah 6:9-10||Matthew 13:14-15|
|Messiah is dumb as a lamb||Isaiah 53:7||Matthew 26:62-63|
|Execution of the Messiah with 2 sinners||Isaiah 53:12||Matthew 27:38|
|Messiah is beaten and spat on||Isaiah 50:6||Mark 15:19|
|Messiah in a rich man's grave||Isaiah 53:9||Matthew 27:57-60|
|Vicarious suffering of the Messiah||Isaiah 53:4-5||Matthew 8:16-17|
1 Cor 15:3
|Messiah becomes Nackomme of Isaac||Genesis 17:19||Matthew 1:2-16|
|Messiah becomes a descendant of Abraham||Genesis 18:17||Matthew 1:1|
|Messiah is from the tribe of Judah||Genesis 49:10||Matthew 1:2|
|Messiah becomes descendant of Jacob||Numbers 24:17||Luke 3:23-34|
|Murder children after birth Messiah||Jeremiah 31:15||Matthew 2:16|
|Retrieval of Messiah from death (resurrection)||Psalm 30:4||John 21|
|Messiah is pierced in the hands and feet||Psalm 22:17|
|Messiah suffers thirst at crucifixion||Psalm 22:16||John 19:28|
|Raffle of the clothes of the Messiah||Psalm 22:19||Mark 15:24|
|Messiah prays for his enemies||Psalm 109:4|
|The bones of the Messiah remain intact||Psalm 34:21||John 19:33|
|Mockery and blasphemy of the Messiah||Psalm 22:7-9||Mark 15:29-32|
|False witnesses against Messiah||Psalm 27:12|
|Betrayal of the Messiah by a friend||Psalm 41:10||Mark 14:18-20|
|Baseless hatred of Messiah||Psalm 69:5|
|Messiah becomes a stumbling block||Psalm 118:22||1 Peter 2:7-8|
|Messiah speaks in parables (pictures)||Psalm 78:2||Luke 13 (example)|
|Great worship Messiah||Psalm 72:10-11||Matthew 2:2-11|
|Bethlehem (-Ephrata) becomes the birthplace of the Messiah||Micah 5:1||Matthew 2:1|
|The Messiah rode on a donkey towards Jerusalem||Zechariah 9:9||John 12:13-14|
|Messiah comes from Egypt (after escape Maria & Joseph)||Hosea 11:1||Matthew 2:14|
|Friends leave the Messiah||Zechariah 13:7||Mark 14.50|
|Messiah will be in the dark of the earth for 3 days||Jonah 2||Matthew 12:40|
|Darkness during the day||Amos 8:9|
Quite a prime example of a prophecy about a whole treatise of events is provided by the destruction of what was once the ancient “splendid city” of Tire in the eastern Mediterranean, on the coast of present-day Lebanon. This city was the economic metropolis of southernmost Europe and North Africa. As a “main trading point” and economic center, the ancient city of Tire had its heyday in the area from around 1,000 to 600 BC. Tire was an extremely big “number” internationally. The city was also known as the “Mart of Nations” (Isa 23:3).
Tire was divided into two parts over time. The actual trading town and port on the mainland. Later this city was located on a nearby island. The dominant power in international trade was the Phoenicians. As is common today, the Phoenicians were out to maximize profits and “conquer” the markets. When the city of Jerusalem fell into distress due to the attacks of the king of Babel, Nebuchadnezzar, the Phoenicians were happy about the (supposed) destruction of a competitor and the opening of further catchment areas.
Obviously, God did not want to allow such plans and further attacks on Jerusalem and announced the corresponding consequences. So in Ezekiel 26:1-6:
“And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, on of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD: and it shall become a spoil to the nations. And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
In verse 7 it even gets really concrete: “For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.”.
The historical events that befell Tire are recorded. The king of Babel obviously liked the idea of annexing Tyre. Nebuchadnezzar marched against the mighty trading city with all his forces. Ultimately, Tire succumbed after repeated assaults and sieges. The Phoenicians moved their trading post to the island off the mainland. Other conquerors emerged as the story progressed, ultimately initiating the final destruction of the city on the mainland. Meanwhile, the Medo-Persians had taken the scepter and conquered Tyre. Most recently, in the course of the change of power, Alexander the Great appeared.
Also announced in Ezekiel 26:12: “And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.”. The still very young army commander of ancient Greece did not succeed in conquering the port city of Tire on the island by sea. On the other hand, the defense systems, which were built under water for such cases, could not be overcome.
Alexander D. Great then had the idea of building a dam between the mainland and the island. After all, it was about 800m to bridge. For this, the conquerors took all the stones and rubble from the destroyed mainland city and threw them into the sea. For the final walkability of the dam, all the gravel and dust was poured on top. The original site of mainland Tire was left virtually swept clean. Only the bare rock remained. This also heralded the end of the port city of Tyre. Today, the bare rocks are used by fishermen to dry their fishing nets in the sun.