Messianic Prophecies in Isaiah


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Description of the Prophecy New Testament Fulfillment

Isaiah 6:1-5+ Isaiah saw the glory of God

John 12:41

Isaiah 6:10+ hardening of the hearts of Israel

John 12:40

Isaiah 7:14+ Virgin birth of the Messiah

Matthew 1:23-25+

Isaiah 9:1-2+ Light brought to Zebulun and Naphtali

Matthew 4:12-16+

Isaiah 9:6+ A Son to be born

Matthew 1:23+; Luke 1:31-33+; Luke 2:7,11+

Isaiah 11:1+ A shoot from Jesse (David’s lineage)

Luke 1:31-33+

Isaiah 11:2+ Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him

Matthew 3:16+; Mt 12:18+; Mark 1;10+; Luke 3:22+

Isaiah 28:16 The Corner Stone, rejected

Matthew 21:42-44

Isaiah 29:18 The deaf to hear, the blind to see

Matthew 11:5+ (this will also occur in the Messianic Kingdom: Isaiah 35:5+)

Isaiah 40:3-5 Preaching: Prepare the way for Messiah

Matthew 3:3+; Mark 1:3+; Luke 3:4-6+; John 1:23+
(this will be completely fulfilled by Elijah Prior to the Messiah’s second advent Mal 3:1+; Mal 4:5-6+)
John’s denial that He is Elijah: John 1:21+

Isaiah 42:1-4 The Messiah’s calling and Ministry

Applied by Matthew 12:18-21+ but will be completely fulfilled in the Messianic Kingdom.

Isaiah 42:1 The delight of the Father for the Son

Matthew 3:17+; Mt 17:5; Mark 1:11+; Mk 9:7+; Luke 3:22+; Lk 9:35+

Isaiah 42:1 I have put my Spirit upon Him

Matthew 12:18+; Also, see above for Isaiah 11:2+

Isaiah 42:3 not cry out, or hurt the weak

Matthew 12:19+; Mt 26:57-68, 27:11-14; Luke 23:9-11+; 1 Peter 2:23+.

Isaiah 50:6 beaten, beard pulled out, spat upon

Matthew 26:67-68, Mt 27:26-31: Mark 14:65; 15:16-20; Luke 22:63-65; John 18:22

Isaiah 50:7 set His face light flint (determined)

Luke 9:51+

Isaiah 53:1+ message about Messiah not believed

John 1:11+; Jn 12:38; Romans 10:16+

Isaiah 53:3+ Messiah despised, forsaken, sorrowful, and experienced grief

Matthew 23:37; Mt 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42+; Luke 13:34+

Isaiah 53:4+ carried our griefs and sorrows

applied by Matthew for healing: Matthew 8:16-17+

Isaiah 53:4-6+ put to death for the world’s sins

Declared: Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32-34+; Luke 18:31:34+
Explained: John 1:29+; 2 Corinthians 5:21+

Isaiah 53:5+ by His stripes, we are healed

1 Peter 2:24+. (salvation from sin, not physical healing)

Isaiah 53:6+ world’s iniquities upon the Messiah

2 Corinthians 5:21+; 1 Timothy 2:5-6+; 1 John 2:2+

Isaiah 53:7-8+ Messiah, oppressed and afflicted

Acts 8:32-33+

Isaiah 53:7+ Messiah silent before accusers

Matthew 26:63; 27:12; Mark 14:61+; Mk 15:5+; Luke 23:9+; (See also Isa 42:3: did not cry out)
John 19:9; 1 Peter 2:23+

Isaiah 53:8+ Cut off from life (put to death)

Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:37+; Luke 23:46+; John 19:18

Isaiah 53:8+ Messiah died for the sins of His people.

Acts 2:22-23+; Acts 5:30-31+

Isaiah 53:9+ buried in a rich man’s grave

Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47+; Luke 23:50-55+; John 19:38-42

Isaiah 53:9 + no deceit in Messiah

1 Peter 2:22+

Isaiah 53:10+ Father’s will to put His Son to death

Matthew 26:39; Luke 22:42+; John 12:27; Acts 2:23+

Isaiah 53:10+  Messiah’s death a guilt offering

John 1:29+; 1 Corinthians 5:7+

Isaiah 53:10+ Messiah will see His seed (believers)

resurrection appearances: Matthew 28:8-10; 16-20; Mark 16:9-18+; Luke 24:13-49+; John 20:11-21:23; Acts 1:1-8+

Isaiah 53:10+ Messiah will prolong His days

Mark 16:19+; Luke 24:51+; Acts 1:9+; Acts 5:31+; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8+; 1Cor 15:20-28+

Isaiah 53:11+ Satisfaction of the Messiah

Hebrews 1:1-4+

Isaiah 53:11+ The Servant (Messiah) to justify the many by bearing their sins.

Romans 3:21-26+; Ro 5:17-21+; 2 Corinthians 5:21+

Isaiah 53:12+ Messiah’s glorious future

Hebrews 1:1-4+

Isaiah 53:12+ Messiah’s willing death

Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45+; John 10:11-18

Isaiah 53:12+ Messiah among the transgressors   `

Luke 22:37+; Lk 23:32-43+

Isaiah 53:12+ Messiah bore people’s sins

see above: Isaiah 53:11+

Isaiah 53:12+ Messiah interceded for sinners

on the cross: Luke 23:34+
and in heaven: Acts 5:31+; Hebrews 7:25+; Heb 9:24+, Ro 8:34+

Isaiah 55:3 Messiah to be resurrected

  Acts 13:34+

Isaiah 61:1-2a+

Luke 4:18-30+ Jesus' first message in the synagogue in Nazareth which was initially received but then rejected as He mentioned Gentiles creating such rage they tried to kill Him!



Isaiah 1:9+ 

Survivors (first mention of the remnant in Isaiah)

Isaiah 1:24-27+ 

Zion to have righteous rulers and judges and a faithful people

Isaiah 2:1-4+

The Messiah to rule in His peaceful kingdom from Zion, the mountain of the Lord

Isaiah 2:5-3:26+

God will purge Judah the earth of the wicked and He will be exalted “in that day”

Isaiah 4:2-4+

The Branch of the Lord, the holy remnant and the glory over Mount Zion

Isaiah 6:11-13+  

Desolation of the cities and a promise of a remaining “holy seed”

Isaiah 8:9-22+

Destruction of Israel’s enemies and a sanctuary for the remnant of Israel

Isaiah 9:1-7+ 

The righteous everlasting reign of the Son (the Messiah)

Isaiah 10:20-22+

A remnant will return to Israel

Isaiah 11:1-10+

The Messiah and His peaceful and righteous kingdom

Isaiah 11:11-16+

The return of the faithful remnant

Isaiah 12:1-6+

The remnant praise God for His salvation and comfort

Isaiah 13:6-16+

Judgement of God of the earth during the “day of the Lord”

Isaiah 14:1-3

God’s people to be settled in their own land

Isaiah 14:4-23

Death of the king of Babylon (Antichrist) and destruction of his kingdom

Isaiah 17:7-8

All will have regard for the Holy One of Israel

Isaiah 18:4-7

Peoples of Cush to bring gifts to Mount Zion

Isaiah 19:1-17

Destruction of Egypt

Isaiah 19:18-24

Egypt to be saved and will (with Assyria and Israel) worship the Lord of hosts

Isaiah 21:1-10

The fall of Babylon

Isaiah 24:1-23

God’s judgement on the earth

Isaiah 25:1-12

Praise for the Lord’s salvation

Isaiah 26:1-21

Protection of God’s people during the tribulation and promises of resurrection

Isaiah 27:1-13

Restoration of Israel and gathering of the remnant

Isaiah 28:14-29

The righteous rule of the Messiah and Israel’s pact with the Antichrist

Isaiah 29:1-24

Future blessings and discipline of Ariel (Jerusalem)

Isaiah 30:19-26

Removal of idols and Restoration of the land

Isaiah 32:1-20

The righteous and peaceful reign of the King (Messiah)

Isaiah 33:1-24

God’s future judgement and blessings to Zion

Isaiah 34:1-15+

The day of the Lord’s vengeance for the cause of Zion

Isaiah 34:16-17+

Those who will live forever in the land

Isaiah 35:1-10+

The joyful future of Zion

Isaiah 40:1-2

Comfort for all in Messiah’s kingdom

Isaiah 40:3-5

A way cleared for God – His glory to be revealed (Malachi 3:1; 4:5-6)

Isaiah 40:9-11

Preaching the Gospel to the Jews, God will come with might, As a shepherd, The Messiah will gather His people and care for them (in His kingdom)

Isaiah 40:31+

Those who wait – for the Lord’s return – will be strong

Isaiah 41:1

The nations will be judged

Isaiah 41:2-5

The coming of Messiah (Some ascribe these verses to Cyrus)

Isaiah 41:8-16

The Jews called by God will defeat their enemies by His strength

Isaiah 41:17-20

The blessing of God on the natural world in the Messianic kingdom

Isaiah 42:1-4

The Messiah will establish justice in His future kingdom

Isaiah 42:5-7

The Messiah will be a light and a covenant to the people

Isaiah 42:10-13

Praise to the Lord who will come as a warrior and defeat His enemies

Isaiah 43:1-2

The remnant will be protected when they return to Zion

Isaiah 43:3-4

Other nations given as a ransom for the remnant

Isaiah 43:5-7

The remnant will be gathered from the nations

Isaiah 43:14

Babylon to be defeated

Isaiah 43:19-21

The desert and barren places will be watered, the remnant to praise God’s praise

Isaiah 44:1-5

Nature refreshed and the remnant will belong to the Lord

Isaiah 44:21-23

The redemption of the remnant

Isaiah 45:8

The earth to receive righteousness

Isaiah 45:22-25

The remnant to be justified and will glory in the Messiah

Isaiah 46:13

The Messiah’s salvation for Zion and glory for Israel

Isaiah 49:2 

Messiah’s mouth like a sharp sword

Isaiah 49:5-6

The Messiah to gather the remnant, to restore them

Isaiah 49:6

The Messiah to be a light to the nations so that His salvation reaches to the all the earth

Isaiah 49:7

The Messiah will receive the worship of kings and princes

Isaiah 49:8

The Messiah to be a covenant to His people, to restore the land for the remnant

Isaiah 49:9-13

The remnant will safely come to Zion

Isaiah 49:14-26

Zion to be populated; the land crowded; Gentiles to bring the remnant to Zion, The Messiah will protect the remnant from their enemies

Isaiah 51:1-5

Blessings of the Messianic kingdom

Isaiah 51:6

The earth and sky to be removed but Messiah’s salvation and righteousness to last forever

Isaiah 51:7-11

Promises of God’s protection, the remnant to return to Zion

Isaiah 51:12-23

The remnant set free from the horrors of the tribulation, Zion to be the people of God

Isaiah 52:1-3

The holy to inhabit Zion

Isaiah 52:7-12

The Messiah to restore and will reign in Zion

Isaiah 52:13

The exaltation and honor of the Messiah

Isaiah 52:15

The rulers of the world will understand God’s purposes and be silent before the Messiah

Isaiah 53:10+

The rewards of Messiah’s sacrificial work

Isaiah 53:12+

The rewards of Messiah’s sacrificial work

Isaiah 54:1-6

The expansion of the land of Israel in the Messianic kingdom

Isaiah 54:7-17

The Messiah’s love and protection for His people during the Messianic kingdom

Isaiah 55:1-13

Blessings of the Messianic kingdom, the accomplishment of God’s Word

Isaiah 56:1-9

Blessings in the Messianic Kingdom to all who love and obey the Messiah

Isaiah 59:17b-21

The Messiah to come in vengeance. The Messiah as Redeemer will come to Zion.

Isaiah 60:1-9

Blessings in the Messianic kingdom, the sons of the remnant to be taken to Zion.

Isaiah 60:10-22

Peace and security in the Messianic kingdom, the remnant to be righteous

Isaiah 61:2-3+

The Messiah to proclaim the day of vengeance of the Lord, to comfort those who mourn

Isaiah 61:4-9+

The remnant to have a double portion in the land and have everlasting joy

Isaiah 61:10-11+

The remnant to rejoice in their Messiah and exult in Him

Isaiah 62:1-5

Zion to be a delight to the Lord


In New Evidence that Demands a Verdict (free online scroll down to page 248) Josh McDowell has the following

Objection: Fulfilled Prophecy in Jesus Was Coincidental—an Accident - “Why, you could find some of these prophecies fulfilled in the deaths of Kennedy, King, Nasser, and other great figures,” replies the critic.

Answer: Yes, one could possibly find one or two prophecies fulfilled in the lives of other men, but not all sixty-one major prophecies! In fact, for years, if you could have found someone other than Jesus, living or dead, who fulfilled half the predictions concerning Messiah, as listed in Messiah in Both Testaments by Fred John Meldau, the Christian Victory Publishing Company of Denver offered to give you a thousand-dollar reward. There are a lot of men in the universities who could have used this extra cash!

H. Harold Hartzler, of the American Scientific Affiliation, Goshen College, in the foreword of Peter Stoner’s book writes: “The manuscript for Science Speaks has been carefully reviewed by a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation members and by the Executive Council of the same group and has been found, in general, to be dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented. The mathematical analysis included is based upon principles of probability which are thoroughly sound and Professor Stoner has applied these principles in a proper and convincing way” (Hartzler, “F,” as cited in Stoner, SS).

The following probabilities are taken from Stoner in Science Speaks to show that coincidence is ruled out by the science of probability. Stoner says that by using the modern science of probability in reference to eight prophecies (1.—No. 10; 2.—No. 22; 3.—No. 27; 4.—No. 33 & 44; 5.—No. 34; 6.—No. 35 & 36; 7.—No. 39; 8.—No. 44 & 45 [crucified]),

 “We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1017” (10 to the 17th power). That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (17 zeros after the one). In order to help us comprehend this staggering probability, Stoner illustrates it by supposing that “we take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them according to their own wisdom. “Now these prophecies were either given by inspiration of God or the prophets just wrote them as they thought they should be. In such a case the prophets had just one chance in 1017 of having them come true in any man, but they all came true in Christ. This means that the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone proves that God inspired the writing of those prophecies to a definiteness which lacks only one chance in 1017 of being absolute.” (Stoner, SS, 100–107)

Stoner considers forty-eight prophecies and reports,

We find the chance that any one man fulfilled all 48 prophecies to be 1 in 10157. This is really a large number and it represents an extremely small chance. Let us try to visualize it. The silver dollar, which we have been using, is entirely too large. We must select a smaller object. The electron is about as small an object as we know of. It is so small that it will take 2.5 times 1015 of them laid side by side to make a line, single file, one inch long. If we were going to count the electrons in this line one inch long, and counted 250 each minute, and if we counted day and night, it would take us 19,000,000 years to count just the one-inch line of electrons. If we had a cubic inch of these electrons and we tried to count them it would take us, counting steadily 250 each minute, 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 years or 6.9 times 1021 years. (Stoner, SS, 109, 110)

Such is the chance of any individual fulfilling forty-eight prophecies!!!

John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

Acts 16:31+ “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Norman Geisler

The highly reputed “predictions” of Nostradamus were not that amazing at all. Contrary to popular belief, he never predicted either the place or the year of a great California earthquake. Most of his “famous” predictions, such as the rise of Hitler, were vague. As other psychics, he was frequently wrong, a false prophet by biblical standards.

John MacArthur gives a summary of Scripture as it relates to the Second Coming of Christ:

Future predictive prophecy occupies 20% of Scripture. 

  • One-third of this 20% is focused on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Speaks of the return to judge sinners and to reward the righteous
  • ~660 general prophecies in the Bible and about 330 (50%) relate to Jesus Christ. 
  • Of 330 prophecies about Jesus, about 110 refer to His first coming and 220 to His Second Coming. 
  • There are 46 OT prophets - 10 spoke of His first coming and 36 of His Second Coming. 
  • Estimated that >1500 OT verses refer to the return of the Messiah in glory and judgment. 
  • Approximately one of every 25 NT verses relate to Christ's Second Coming.
  • There are 8 NT mentions of the Second Coming for every mention of His first coming 
  • Our Lord referred to His Second Coming 20 times and there are over 50 warnings in the NT that He is coming again.

Messianic Prophecies in Isaiah

Max Reich

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