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7 Incredibly Accurate Prophecies About Jesus’ Birth

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During His lifetime, Jesus fulfilled hundreds of biblical prophecies. Many of them were strikingly specific, such as Him rising from the dead (Psalm 16:8-11), healing the sick (Isaiah 53:4), and starting His ministry after a prophet with the spirit of Elijah paves the way (Malachi 4:5-6).

Statistically speaking, fulfilling these hundreds of prophecies is nearly impossible. In response to that, some skeptics claim Jesus purposefully fulfilled biblical prophecy. But there are certain prophetic Scriptures that Jesus, as a man, didn’t have control over, including prophecies about His birth.

In this article, we’re looking at seven ways Jesus’ birth fulfilled strikingly specific Old Testament prophecies. Each one shows Jesus is the promised Messiah!

1. Born in Bethlehem

Micah 5:2 (ESV) tells us that the Messiah would come from the city of Bethlehem:

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”

Bethlehem Ephrathah was just a small town near Jerusalem on the West Bank of the Jordan. And yet this town would be the birthplace of a ruler in Israel.

But if Jesus’ parents were from Nazareth, how could He fulfill this prophecy? Luke 2 tells us that a census forced Jesus’ parents to travel to Bethlehem to be registered.

“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David” (Luke 2:4, ESV).

2. Born of a Virgin

Perhaps the most astounding prophecy about Jesus’ birth is that He would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14 (ESV) says:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

No other baby in human history has ever been born of a virgin. Instead of being the result of sexual reproduction, Jesus’ birth came directly from the Holy Spirit.

The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her about this special birth.

“And behold, you will conceive and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. … The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God” (Luke 1:31, 35, ESV).

The name “Immanuel” in Isaiah 7:14 actually means “God with us.” And as Luke 1:35 shows us, Jesus was the Son of God made flesh.

3. Descended from Abraham & David

In Genesis 22:18, God told Abraham that the whole world would be blessed by his lineage. Who else blessed the entire world other than Jesus, who saved us from our sins?

Ancient Jews knew that the Messiah would also be descended from King David because of these prophecies:

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit” (Isaiah 11:1, ESV).

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land” (Jeremiah 23:5, ESV).

As Matthew 1:6 and Luke 3:31 both point out, Jesus was born of the lineage of David.

4. Murder of Baby Boys in Bethlehem

Another incredibly specific prophecy regarding Jesus’ birth involved a horrific massacre in Bethlehem. When King Herod learned that the Messiah had been born in Bethlehem, he commanded his men to kill all boys 2 years old and younger in that area (see Matthew 2:16).

This tragic event was foretold around 600 years ago in Jeremiah 31:15 (ESV):

“Thus says the Lord: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.’”

Ramah was a Benjamite town near Bethlehem. Because Benjamin was Rachel’s second-born son, Jeremiah’s prophecy perfectly points to Herod’s despicable mass murder.

5. He Lived in Egypt for a Time

The Old Testament not only tells us Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, but it also reveals that He would live in Egypt for a time as a young boy. Hosea 11:1 (ESV) says:

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”

This passage refers to God delivering the nation of Israel out of slavery in Egypt. But it also points to Jesus returning to Israel after living in Egypt.

In Matthew 2, God told Joseph to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus just before Herod killed all the baby boys in and around Bethlehem. When it was safe, Joseph returned to Nazareth from Egypt in obedience to another prophetic dream.

6. A Star Pointed to His Birth

Remember Balaam, the greedy sorcerer who was hired to curse Israel but could only bless them? One of his prophetic blessings revealed that a star would mark the Messiah’s birth.

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth” (Numbers 24:17, ESV).

Amazingly, it was a star that led the three wise men to baby Jesus in Matthew 2.

“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?” they asked King Herod. “For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2, ESV).

The star rested right above the place where Jesus and His family were living at that time.

7. Eastern Kings Honored Jesus with Gifts

It’s no coincidence that these three wise men found Jesus and presented gifts to Him. In Psalm 72:9-10 (ESV), King Solomon prophesied:

“May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust! May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!”

Sheba sat at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, putting it southeast of Israel. And where were the three wise men from? Matthew 2:1 tells us they were “from the east.”

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