17 Bible Prophecies Concerning Christ to Strengthen Your Faith
As believers in the Lord Jesus, we need to strengthen our faith in Him. One very helpful way to do this is to muse upon the many Bible prophecies concerning Christ.
Reflecting on the details of Christ’s life recorded in the Old Testament prophecies, hundreds of years before He came, fills us with faith. In this way, we uplift our appreciation for the Lord Jesus and the Scriptures that reveal Him.
If you want your appreciation for the Lord Jesus to grow, here are 17 Bible prophecies concerning Christ to make your heart burn with love for Him and His word (Luke 24:27, 32).
17 Bible Prophecies Concerning Christ
The following 12 sections of this post present 17 Bible prophecies concerning Christ progressing from His coming out of eternity into time to be born in Bethlehem until His second coming as the Desire of the nations.
Christ, as the eternal God, came out of eternity to be born in Bethlehem:
1. Micah 5:2
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, So little to be among the thousands of Judah, From you there will come forth to Me He who is to be Ruler in Israel; And His goings forth are from ancient times, From the days of eternity.
Micah’s prophecy reveals Christ’s eternal origin with “His goings forth…from the days of eternity.” It also reveals that Christ would be born in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:1-6). How awesome that Micah prophesied concerning Christ’s incarnation and birth in Bethlehem more than 700 years before Christ came.
2. Isaiah 4:2
In that day the Shoot of Jehovah will be beauty and glory, and the Fruit of the earth, excellence and splendor, to those of Israel who have escaped.
As the “Shoot of Jehovah,” Jesus is the eternal Jehovah God shooting out of eternity into time. This points to His eternal deity (John 1:1) . This verse also tells us that Christ is the “Fruit of the earth” a child born with genuine humanity (v. 14; Heb. 2:14). These two expressions put together help us appreciate that our Lord is a God-man with two natures–divinity and humanity.
3. Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive and will bear a son, and she will call his name Immanuel.
Christ was the child born of a virgin to be our Immanuel–God with us (Matt. 1:23). He is now with us not merely as a man in the flesh, but as the life-giving Spirit with our spirit (2 Tim. 4:22; 1 Cor. 15:45)! He is also with us whenever we meet (Matt. 18:20) and will continue to be with us all the days until the end of the age (28:20).
4. Isaiah 9:6
For a child is born to us, A son is given to us; And the government Is upon His shoulder; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
The Lord Jesus is both the child born to us who is the mighty God (Rom. 9:5) and the son given to us who is the Eternal Father (John 10:30). He is also our Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace. How wonderful–the infinite God became a finite man!
Although the three of the Godhead are all eternal and all distinct essentially, we can never deny that according to the Bible, they are one economically. In such a sense, the Son is even called the Father. This is because all the fullness of the Godhead came to dwell in Christ bodily (Col. 2:9).
Christ was identified with Israel as the Son of God called out of Egypt:
5. Hosea 11:1
When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.
As the Son of God, Christ was identified with Israel in His coming out of Egypt. This was fulfilled when Jesus was brought out of Egypt after Herod the King sought to kill Him (Matt. 2:15). How amazing that even the mistake of the Gentile magi resulted in the fulfillment of a prophecy concerning Christ being God’s Son called out of Egypt!
Christ was announced by a forerunner:
6. Isaiah 40:3, 5
3 The voice of one who cries In the wilderness: Make clear the way of Jehovah; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.
5 Then the glory of Jehovah will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together, Because the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.
Isaiah prophesied concerning Christ’s being announced by a forerunner. This prophecy was fulfilled when John the Baptist came as “a voice of one crying in the wilderness” to prepare the way of Jehovah (Mark 1:1-6). That was to “prepare the way of Jesus.”
John the Baptist helped people to repent so that their heart would be prepared to receive Christ. Have you repented, turned your heart to the Lord so that He, as the glory of Jehovah, can be revealed to you? (This song: Whenever the heart shall turn to the Lord is one I often like to sing.)
Then when Jesus came, “the glory of Jehovah” was revealed. Christ is the effulgence of God’s glory (Heb. 1:3). It is this glory infused into us that makes us a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 4:4-6).
Christ came as the Messenger of God:
7. Malachi 3:1-3
I am about to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me; and suddenly the Lord, whom you seek, will come to His temple. And the Angel of the covenant, whom you desire, He will come, says Jehovah of hosts.
Malachi also prophesied concerning Christ’s coming preceded by a messenger, followed by His coming as the Angel of the Covenant, as the Messenger of God. Christ was not just God’s messenger, but God’s living message to us. The four gospels reveal Christ as God’s living message so we can know what is in God’s heart toward us.
Through His first coming, preceded by John the Baptist, Christ established the new testament. In His second coming, preceded by Elijah, He will execute upon Israel this covenant which He enacted through His death. But what a mercy, by faith in Him, we can enjoy all the blessings of this new covenant today!
Christ came as the Servant of Jehovah, the Anointed of Jehovah:
8. Isaiah 49:6
He says, It is too small a thing that You would be My Servant / To raise up the tribes of Jacob / And bring back the preserved of Israel; / I will also set You as a light of the nations / That You may be My salvation unto the ends of the earth.
Christ serves God in the way of being a light to the nations so that God’s salvation can reach to the ends of the earth. When He walked this earth, Christ fulfilled this prophecy by bringing the people sitting in darkness into the divine light (Matt. 4:16).
I’m so glad that one day Christ came to me as this divine light. May we all have the heart to share the light of such a Christ to people all over this earth. This is one reason for writing this blog!
9. Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon Me, / Because Jehovah has anointed Me / To bring good news to the afflicted; / He has sent Me to bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted, / To proclaim liberty to the captives, / And the opening of the eyes to those who are bound;
When Christ began His ministry on this earth He was anointed by the Spirit (Matt. 3:16-17). He then declared to the people of Nazareth that on that day, this prophecy (of Isaiah 61:1-3) had been fulfilled in their hearing (Luke 4:21).
Whenever a person humbles themselves to receive Christ, He as God’s anointed One brings them good news, binds up their inner wounds, releases them from the captivity of their soul, and opens their eyes. Have You come to Christ, that He may serve you with such a salvation?
Christ, as the King of Israel, entered Jerusalem in a lowly way, riding on a donkey:
10. Zechariah 9:9
Exult greatly, O daughter of Zion; / Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! / Now your King comes to you. / He is righteous and bears salvation, / Lowly and riding upon a donkey, / Even upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.
When Christ came to this earth, He deliberately came in a lowly way, riding on a donkey even on the foal of a donkey (Matt. 21:2-7). That’s why so many missed Him, despised Him and rejected Him. He didn’t come to overturn the Roman rule. He came so He could die for our sins.
May our false expectations for something outwardly great not cause us to miss this lowly Christ who wants to save us inwardly.
Christ, as the Shepherd of God’s elect, was rejected and sold for the price of a slave:
11. Zechariah 11:12-13
12 And I said to them, If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, do not bother. So they weighed out my wages, thirty pieces of silver.
13 And Jehovah said to me, Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price that I am priced with by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter, into the house of Jehovah.
Zechariah’s prophecy in chapter 11 reveals that Christ would be rejected and sold for the price of a slave–30 pieces of silver. When Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests to betray Jesus for payment, that is what they offered to pay him (Matt. 26:14-15).
Christ died and resurrected for the salvation of God to sinners:
12. Isaiah 53:9-10, 12
9 And they assigned His grave with the wicked, But with a rich man in His death, Although He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
10 But Jehovah was pleased to crush Him, to afflict Him with grief. When He makes Himself an offering for sin, He will see a seed, He will extend His days, And the pleasure of Jehovah will prosper in His hand.
12 Therefore I will divide to Him a portion with the Great, And He will divide the spoil with the Strong; Because He poured out His life unto death And was numbered with the transgressors, Yet He alone bore the sin of many And interceded for the transgressors.
One of my favorite Bible prophecies concerning Christ is found in Isaiah 53. In fact, the entire chapter is an awesome portrayal of how Christ died and resurrected to bring us God’s salvation in order to fulfill God’s eternal purpose. It points out how:
- Jesus willing bore our sins (1 Pet. 2:24).
- God was pleased to crush Him so that Christ could be the offering for our sins.
- Jesus was assigned to die with the wicked—between two criminals (Luke 23:32-33), yet how after His death He was with the rich, buried in a rich man’s tomb (Matt. 27:57-60).
- Our Lord interceded for us, the transgressors (Luke 23:34).
- Christ saw a seed–the church, His Body, the produce of Himself as the one grain that fell into the ground and die to bring forth many grains in His resurrection (John 12:24).
- the Lord Jesus extended His days in His resurrection and is now extending His days through us, by living in us (Gal. 2:20)
- …and so much more. You really need to prayerfully read Isaiah 53 to see Christ in every verse!
13. Jonah 1:17; 2:10
1:17 And Jehovah prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah up, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish for three days and three nights. 2:10 And Jehovah spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out onto the dry land.
Jonah’s being swallowed up by a great fish and being vomited out after three days typifies how our Lord Jesus went into the heart of the earth for three days and rose after three days to be a sign to this generation for salvation (Matt. 12:39-41).
Christ as the consummated Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost:
14. Joel 2:28a, 32a
28 And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh….
32 And everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah shall be saved…
Joel prophesied of the out-pouring of the Spirit and of our calling on the name of the Lord to be saved. On the day of Pentecost, this prophecy was fulfilled as a foretaste (Acts 2:1-4, 16-21) and will be fulfilled in a full way when the Lord Jesus returns.
God poured out the Spirit for our drinking
Such a poured out Spirit was the Spirit of God enriched with all the elements of Christ’s person and work to be the all-inclusive drink for us to receive for our salvation (1 Cor. 12:13; Phil. 1:19)
Peter used this prophecy of Joel to preach the gospel to the people gathered at the Jewish feast of Pentecost. At the conclusion of his preaching, Peter exhorted the Spirit-moved people to call on the name of the Lord so that they might be saved (v. 21).
We drink the Spirit by our calling on the name of the Lord Jesus
Calling on the Lord should also be our response to the pouring out of the Spirit. This wonderful Spirit of Jesus Christ, poured out for our salvation, still requires our drinking to receive Him. Our calling on the Lord, is our drinking of the cup of God’s salvation (Psalm 116:13).
Just take a moment to call on Him, “Lord Jesus! O Lord Jesus!” In this way He’ll become your salvation and rich supply in a daily way (Rom. 10:12-13).
Christ became our heavenly Minister, full of divine glory and human splendor:
15. Isaiah 6:1
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting on a high and lofty throne, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
When this good king of God’s people died, Isaiah was sorrowful. But in his sadness, Isaiah gazed on the ascended Lord sitting on His throne to find encouragement. His hope was in this One.
Today it should be the same with us. Hebrews 2:9 tells us that, “We see Jesus, who was made a little inferior to the angels because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death on behalf of everything.”
We need to lift up our eyes from every earthly trouble to look away unto such an enthroned Jesus (Heb. 12:2). Such beholding infuses us with faith to finish our Christian race and enter into His glory. We need to take time to behold the Lord Jesus every day. Here is a hymn that often helps me to behold the Lord. (Click here for the tune).
The righteous ones have life and live by faith in Christ:
16. Habakkuk 2:4b
But the righteous one will live by his faith.
The Apostle Paul quoted this prophecy three times in his epistles (Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). It is good news to us all, for we’re all sinners in need of salvation by faith (Rom. 3:23)!
By faith in Christ and in His redemptive work we become those righteous ones, justified in Christ(v. 24-25). By faith we apply the wonderful salvation God has prepared for us (10:8-11). By such faith we receive the divine life and are able to continually live by this life (Gal. 2:20).
Christ is coming as the Desire of all the nations:
17. Haggai 2:7
And I will shake all the nations, and the Desire of all the nations will come; and I will fill this house with glory, says Jehovah of hosts.
Finally, Haggai prophesied that Christ will come as the Desire of the nations. Although they do not know Him, fallen mankind is looking for a good life, with peace and happiness. He is the reality of all the positive things that they are seeking. Christ is truly the Desire of all the nations.
As the Desire of the nations, Christ came the first time through incarnation bringing us God’s salvation. According to His sure word, He will come again for His built up church, His spiritual house, to be His glorious bride (Matt. 16:18; 1 Pet. 2:5; Eph. 5:27).
Seeing these 17 Bible prophecies concerning Christ leads us to offer Him our genuine praise:
Lord Jesus, we praise You as the awesome Christ revealed in all the Old Testament prophecies. Every word of prophecy fills us with appreciation for You and the Bible that testifies concerning You. Keep us always looking away to You, calling on You and growing by the full knowledge of You.
References and Further Reading:
- I drew my appreciation for the Lord Jesus in these 17 Bible prophecies concerning Christ from my reading of the Holy Bible Recovery Version with the footnotes, published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.
- Here are some hymns to help you appreciate Christ more:
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