Color Key

Prophecies more than 1,200 years before Jesus’ birth are highlighted in green (marked with †).

Prophecies more than 800 years before Jesus’ birth are highlighted in yellow (marked with ‡).

Prophecies more than 500 years before Jesus’ birth are highlighted in blue (marked with ⊥).

Jesus’ Birth

Prophecy

Old Testament References

New Testament Fulfillment

Be of the offspring of the woman, shall bruise the serpent’s head

Genesis 3:14, 15 So the Lord God said to the serpent… “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Galatians 4:4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law.

Hebrews 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death… that is, the devil.

1 John 3:8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

All nations shall be blessed through Abraham

Genesis 18:17, 18 Then the Lord said… “Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.”

Also Genesis 12:3; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14

Acts 3:25, 26 “… He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you…”

Also Matthew 1:1, 17; Galatians 3:16

Be of the tribe of Judah

Genesis 49:8-10 “Judah, your brothers will praise you… The sceptre will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.”

Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Matthew 1:1-3 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham… Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah…

Hebrews 7:14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah…

Revelation 5:5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Be born in the town of Bethlehem of Judea (Judah)

Micah 5:2-5 “But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”…

Matthew 2:1-6 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?…”

Be born a king of the line of David

Isaiah 9:7 … He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom…

Also 2 Samuel 7:12, 13;

Jeremiah 23:5; 30:9

Matthew 1:1 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham…

Also Luke 1:32; Acts 13:22, 23

A child to be born

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born… he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God…

Luke 2:11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Be born of a virgin

Isaiah 7:13, 14 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (God with us).”

Matthew 1:18-23… His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:26-35… God sent the angel… to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary….

Kings shall bring him gifts, fall down before him

Psalm 72:10, 11 The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts. All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.

Matthew 2:1-11 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem… On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Be born of the seed of Abraham

Genesis 17:7, 8; 26:3, 4

Matthew 1:1, 17; Galatians 3:16, 29; Hebrews 2:16

Be born of the seed of Isaac

Genesis 17:19; 21:12; 26:2-4

Matthew 1:2, 17; Romans 9:7; Hebrews 11:17-19

Be of the seed of Jacob; a star out of Jacob

Genesis 28:13, 14; Numbers 24:17, 19

Matthew 1:2; Luke 1:33; 3:23-38

Be a firstborn son, sanctified

Exodus 13:2; Numbers 3:13; 8:17

Luke 2:7, 23

Be a rod out of the stem of Jesse

Isaiah 11:1, 2

Matthew 1:6; Acts 13:22, 23

Massacre of children

Jeremiah 31:15

Matthew 2:16-18

Have eternal existence

Micah 5:2

John 1:1, 4; 8:58; Colossians 1:15-19