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.
In our ongoing study of 25 prophecies that prove the Bible, we now come to the darkest hour in human history where Jesus died on the cross in our place for our sins.
- 700 B.C. – Jesus not defending Himself
- Isaiah 53:7 – 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, so he did not open his mouth.
- Fulfillment: “But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer” (Matthew 27:12)
- 1000 B.C. – Jesus’ crucifixion
- Psalm 22:16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
- This prophecy of crucifixion was hundreds of years before the Persians started impaling people around 800 B.C.
- Fulfillment: “And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left” (Luke 23:33)
- 700 B.C. – Jesus’ death with sinners
- Isaiah 53:12 – 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.
- Fulfillment: “Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left” (Matthew 27:38)
- 1400 B.C., 1000 B.C. – Jesus’ bones not broken
- Exodus 12:46 – “Do not break any of the [Passover lamb’s] bones.”
- Psalm 34:20 – …he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
- Fulfillment: “So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken’” (John 19:32–36)
- 1000 B.C. – Jesus forsaken by God
- 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?
- Fulfillment: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (Matthew 27:46)
- 700 B.C. – Jesus’ death
- Isaiah 53:8b – For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
- Fulfillment: “Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last” (Luke 23:46)
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