25 Prophecies That Prove the Bible is True: Part 5

2 Peter 1:20-21 – …no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  

As we continue our study of the specific prophecies in the Old Testament that the Holy Spirit revealed and Jesus Christ fulfilled, today we will focus on the darkest and most difficult final days of Jesus’ life before the cross.

  1. 1000 B.C. – Jesus’ betrayal by a friend
  • Psalm 41:9 – Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
  • Fulfillment:“And [Judas] came up to Jesus at once and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you came to do’” (Matt. 26:49–50)
  1. 500 B.C. – Jesus’ betrayal for 30 pieces of silver thrown in the Temple
  • Zechariah 11:12–13 – …they paid me 30 pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter.
  • The Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. so this has to be a past event 
  • Fulfillment:“Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?’And they paid him thirty pieces of silver” (Matt. 26:14–15); “And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.’ So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers” (Matthew 27:5–7)
  1. 700 B.C. – Jesus beaten and abused
  • 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.
  • Fulfillment:“Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him . . .” (Matthew 26:67)
  1. 1000 B.C. – Jesus’ clothing gambled for
  • Psalm 22:18 – They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
  • Fulfillment:“When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.’ This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, ‘They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.’ So the soldiers did these things” (John 19:23–24)
  1. 700 B.C. – Jesus hated and rejected
  • Isaiah 53:3 – He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, & familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, & we esteemed him not.
  • Fulfillment:“And those who passed by derided him…So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him…And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matthew 27:39–44)

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