What is one to make of the approximate 2500 prophecies that exist in the Bible, at least 2000 of which have currently been carried out precisely as they were predicted? I have recently begun to think about the probability that so many prophecies have actually come to pass. Although some of the prophecies that apologists claim to have been fulfilled could be regarded as being a little vague or ambiguous, one cannot doubt that for the gospel writers, the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies was a compelling reason for believing in Jesus’ Messianic claims. On this basis alone, one must also treat their realization with the upmost seriousness. Here are two prophecies that I find to be particularly noteworthy:
Prophecy one: Shortly before his death, Jesus prophesied both the destruction of the entire Jewish temple and the city of Jerusalem.
Bible Verse: Matthew 24:1-2 – “Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, ‘You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.’”
Fulfillment: This was carried out 40 years after Jesus’ death, when Rome destroyed the temple and Jerusalem.
Prophecy two: The Messiah would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. Prophesied in the book of Zechariah in approx. 586 B.C.
Bible Verse: Zechariah 11:12-13 – I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter” – the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.
Fulfillment: “Then one of the Twelve – the one called Judas Iscariot – went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.” Matthew 26:14-16.