Bible prophecies fulfilled:
Other Bible prophecies that were either fulfilled or delivered by Jesus Christ

Jesus is unique in that he is the subject of Bible prophecy and he also delivered many prophecies. Below is a selection of Bible prophecies that Jesus either fulfilled or delivered in regards to himself or the Christian church.

The commentaries below are from the second edition of the book, 100 Prophecies, by George Konig and Ray Konig, who are the authors and copyright holders of the material. The commentaries are reprinted here with written permission from the authors. The third edition, revised and expanded, of 100 Prophecies: Ancient Biblical prophecies that foretold the future is available through Amazon.com.

Jesus foretold his death and resurrection

Bible prophecy: Matthew 20:17-19
Prophecy written: During the first century
Prophecy fulfilled: About 31 AD

One of the unique qualities about Jesus Christ as a religious figure is that he prophesied his own death and resurrection. One example is found in Matthew 20:17-19. Each of the four Gospels of the New Testament, which were written by his followers and contemporaries, testify that Jesus was resurrected.

Matthew 20:17-19:

17 Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them,

18 "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death

19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"

Jesus told Peter that the church would survive and thrive

Bible prophecy: Matthew 16:17-18
Prophecy written: During the first century
Prophecy fulfilled: Throughout history

In Matthew 16:17-18, Jesus told the Apostle Peter (Simon) that the church would not be conquered or wiped out by non-believers (as expressed by the phrase "gates of hell," or "gates of Hades," depending on the English translation). Within a few decades after the crucifixion of Jesus, Peter was able to see firsthand that the early Christians would endure great persecution. The church endured persecution for about three centuries within the Roman Empire, which did not legally recognize Christianity. But the church survived - and thrived - during the days of the Roman Empire, even though the empire itself disintegrated. Of all the religions that ever existed within the Roman Empire, it was Christianity that flourished to become the first religion to spread worldwide.

Matthew 16:17-18 (NIV):

17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.

18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

The line of kings from David would endure forever

Bible prophecy: 2 Samuel 7:16
Prophecy written: Samuel lived about 3,000 years ago
Prophecy fulfilled: Beginning in about 31 AD with the resurrection of Jesus Christ

This Bible prophecy, and a few others as well, allude to King David's descendants having an eternal hold on the throne of Israel.

King David lived and reigned about 3,000 years ago. His descendants continued to reign over all or part of the land of Israel until the time of the Babylonian conquest, which was about 2,600 years ago.

But, aside from Jesus, there has been no king of Davidic descent since the time of the Babylonian conquest. Jesus is fully human and fully God. As a human, he is a descendant of King David. As God, he is eternal. Therefore, he is in a unique position to fulfill the prophecy in which David's throne is to be eternal.

2 Samuel 7:16 (NIV):

Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.

The Great Commission, and its fulfillment

Bible prophecy: Matthew 28:16-20
Prophecy written: During the first century
Prophecy fulfilled: Throughout history

During the first century of this era, there were evangelists who claimed to be eyewitnesses of the resurrected Jesus. These people, including Paul, and the Apostles, were willing to risk their lives and travel throughout the Roman world, by land and by sea, to evangelize a religion that wasn't legally recognized by the Roman government. They helped spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire, and throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. From there, it spread throughout the rest of the world.

Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV):

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.

17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

The Messiah would be a light to Gentiles

Bible prophecy: Isaiah 42:1-9
Prophecy written: Between 701-681 BC
Prophecy fulfilled: Beginning in about 31 AD

In Isaiah 42:1-9, the prophet Isaiah speaks of a servant of God who will be a light to the Gentiles (non-Jews) and bring justice to the world. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this promise. Jesus' teachings govern the lives of Christians throughout the world. Some estimates claim that there are as many as 2 billion Christians worldwide. More people follow the teachings of Jesus than those of any other person in history.

Isaiah 42:1-9 (NIV):

1 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.

2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.

3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

4 he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope."

5 This is what God the LORD says-- he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:

6 "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,

7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

8 "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.

9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you."

God's salvation would reach the ends of the earth

Bible prophecy: Isaiah 49:6
Prophecy written: Between 701-681 BC
Prophecy fulfilled: Beginning in about 31 AD

In Isaiah 49:6, the prophet speaks of a servant of God who would be a light to Gentiles (non-Jews) so that God's salvation could reach the ends of the earth. Christians acknowledge that Jesus is the fulfillment of this promise. The followers of Jesus helped spread Christianity about 2000 years ago. Christianity is unique in how it was spread - through evangelism - and to the extent to which it was spread, becoming the first to be taken to people all over the world. Christians believe that salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life in heaven are available to anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their savior: "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved" (Romans 10:9-10, NIV translation).

Isaiah 49:6 (NIV):

"It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."

Jesus said His words would never be forgotten

Bible prophecy: Luke 21:33
Prophecy written: During the first century
Prophecy fulfilled: Beginning in about 31 AD

In Luke 21:33, Jesus said that regardless of what happens to the world, his words will never be forgotten. Here we are 2000 years later and the words of Jesus are all around us: Christianity has spread to people around the world and the Bible is the world's most circulated book. Of all the people who have ever lived, can you think of a single person who could have made this claim more effectively than Jesus - that his words would never be forgotten?

Luke 21:33 (NIV):

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Notes: The commentaries above are summaries from the book 100 Prophecies: Ancient Biblical prophecies that foretold the future. Copyright © Ray Konig.

Next article: Bible prophecies fulfilled:
Bible prophecies fulfilled by Jesus' birth