It has come to our attention that some "anti-missionaries" (traditional Jews and Christian converts to Judaism who have made it their goal to disprove Yeshua and the New Testament) have been using this page as an example to poke fun at those of us who are both Torah observant and believers in Yeshua. So, here is the BOTTOM LINE UP-FRONT:
According to mathematician Professor Peter Stoner, the prophecies Yeshua fulfilled are "dead-on" accurate and that the probability of at least 48 Old Testament prophecies about Yeshua being fulfilled in one person is the incredible number of 10^157 power!
Quote from Stoner:
For example, what's the likelihood of a person predicting today the exact city in which the birth of a future leader would take place, well into the 21st century? This is indeed what the prophet Micah did 700 years before the Messiah. Further, what is the likelihood of predicting the precise manner of death that a new, unknown religious leader would experience, a thousand years from now - a manner of death presently unknown, and to remain unknown for hundreds of years? Yet, this is what David did in 1000 B.C.
Again, what is the likelihood of predicting the specific date of the appearance of some great future leader, hundreds of years in advance? This is what Daniel did, 530 years before Christ.
If one were to conceive 50 specific prophecies about a person in the future, whom one would never meet, just what's the likelihood that this person will fulfill all 50 of the predictions? How much less would this likelihood be if 25 of these predictions were about what other people would do to him, and were completely beyond his control?
For example, how does someone "arrange" to be born in a specific family? How does one "arrange" to be born in a specified city, in which their parents don't actually live? How does one "arrange" their own death - and specifically by crucifixion, with two others, and then "arrange" to have their executioners gamble for His clothing (John 16:19; Psalms 22:18)? How does one "arrange" to be betrayed in advance? How does one "arrange" to have the executioners carry out the regular practice of breaking the legs of the two victims on either side, but not their own? Finally, how does one "arrange" to be YHWH-Come-in-the-Flesh? How does one escape from a grave and appear to people after having died a horrible death?
Indeed, it may be possible for someone to fake one or two of the Messianic prophecies, but it would be impossible for any one person to arrange and fulfill all of these prophecies.
The full list, which originally contained 365 entries, had many citations which were improperly cited, or could be considered "duplicate" because they pointed to the same messianic connection but different verses. Though a "count" of prophecies is not so important, these errors and duplications did not seem "right" to include, so they were corrected or removed. (We accept that we should have done due diligence on the list in the first place!)
At any rate, we've completely updated the list! Arguably there are still some duplicates in this revised list, but the connection between the Tanach and Yeshua in these cases was considered worthy of inclusion. Therefore the total number of prophecies/connections is no longer "365"; rather it just exceeds 300. This is not a "magic number", for this list could grow depending on other scripture associations recognized as messianic connections.
It became clear while revising this list that the scripture translation used is CRITICAL. The closer to the original Hebrew, the more complete the messianic tie. The loss of meaning in some English translations is sometimes stunning! In the list below, an asterisk (*) indicates those scriptures which needed a little explanation to the reader. In the end, what is important is not the total number of prophecies; rather it is the simple fact that that the number is not small.
While not everything in this list can be described as a "prophecy", the narrative in the Tanach is astoundingly rich in connections between what was revealed hundreds and thousands of years before the Messiah, and the actions and words of Messiah Yeshua which were captured in the Brit Chadasha - the "New Testament". Remember, the Brit Chadasha did not exist at the time but was later compiled ABOUT the Messiah.
While some scoffers may argue against many of the connections listed here in their quest to deny the Messiah, we would challenge them instead to not waste their time on this list and, instead, come up with their own list of prophecies in the Tanach which they acknowledge foretell of "a" Messiah (whom they think is yet to come) and compare their own list to Yeshua! Better yet, take that list and compare it to any of those men whom have already been "claimed" as the Jewish Messiah and see for yourself if any of them pass the muster! If you find JUST ONE, other than the well-documented Yeshua, who meets or exceeds your list, let us know!
The scoffers can laugh and harass and poke fun at us all they want, but that won't change YHWH's Word OR the fact that He sent us His Divine Messiah who is about to return a second time to fulfill the remainder of the prophecies! (Several Jewish challenges concerning the prophecies are discussed in various articles on our Countering Jewish Anti-Missionaries page.)
Having said all this, remember Romans 1:18-32 and Matthew 24 warn us that the end times would teem with mockers and false teachers and even those who would kill us for our belief ... but we're also told that those who endure to the end would have eternal life. So, enjoy contemplating the following Messianic prophecies/associations listed below, and decide for yourself!
Note that you can click on the links to directly read the cited scriptures which, unless otherwise noted, are from the Complete Jewish Bible and the Aramaic English New Testament. In the list below, an asterisk (*) indicates those scriptures which needed a little explanation to the reader, and that is why we have included notes at the bottom of some of the scriptures. If you find something in this list which you find wrong or arguable, please contact us and let us know! We would be more than happy to discuss these messianic connections with you and to make changes/corrections if needed!