Summary: Eight of the great Old Testament prophecies concerning the birth of Christ and their fulfillment as recorded in the New Testament.
EIGHT PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
"And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."
Indeed, the prophetic Word is confirmed in every aspect of our Savior’s life. We have selected eight of the great Old Testament prophecies concerning the birth of the Messiah proving beyond question that Jesus is the Christ. You will notice some of the Scriptures quoted refer to more than one aspect of our Lord’s birth.
I. THE MANNER:
"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." Genesis 3:15
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5
II. THE ANCESTRY:
"And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." Genesis 12:2-3
"You are sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed’. To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities." Acts 3:25-26
III. THE TRIBE: Note: Originally, Judah was one of the twelve tribes. After Solomon’s death, the ten northern tribes formed the nation of Israel and the two southern tribes (Judah and Benjamin) became the nation of Judah. Later, under Gentile occupation, Judah returned to tribal status.
"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people." Genesis 49:10
(Shiloh means tranquility, rest)
“Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.” Luke 2:4
IV. THE FAMILY:
"And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious." Isaiah 11:10
“Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.” Luke 2:4-5
V. THE VIRGIN BIRTH and VI. THE MESSIAH’S NAME
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14 .
“So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.’” Matthew 1:22-23
An angel of the Lord told Joseph "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21). Jesus was “the Son of God” and as the Son of God His name was called “Immanuel” and translated “God with us”.
The name “Jesus” is the Greek translation for “Yeshua” or “Yehoshua” meaning “Yahweh is Salvation.” “Jesus” was His name as “The Son of Man”. It was in His humanity, as the “Son of Man” that He was able to die for our sins. Indeed as Bill Gaither wrote, “There’s Something About That Name!”
VII. THE PLACE OF MESSIAH’S BIRTH:
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. Luke 2:4-7
VIII. THE KILLING OF ALL MALE CHILDREN TWO YEARS OLD AND UNDER