Prophetic Portraits of the Messiah

Shortly before his ascension back to heaven, Jesus declared:

“All things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me” (Lk. 24:44).

This three-fold division of the Old Testament was common to the Jews. The “law” referred to the first five books.

The “prophets” included Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings, as well as the formal prophets — Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel — and the Twelve, Hosea through Malachi.

The “psalms” (also called Holy Writings) encompassed all the poetical literature, Ruth, Esther, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah and Daniel.

More than 300 prophecies pointing to the Messiah are scattered throughout these writings. Note some of these under the three classifications cited.

The Law

  • The Woman’s Seed (Gen. 3:15)
  • Abraham’s Seed (Gen. 22:18)
  • Shiloh (Gen. 49:10)
  • Lamb of God (Ex. 12:1ff)
  • Brazen Serpent (Num. 21:9)
  • Prophet like Moses (Dt. 18:15ff)

The Prophets

  • David’s Seed (2 Sam. 7:12-13)
  • The Virgin’s Son (Isa. 7:14)
  • Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6)
  • Branch Out of David (Isa. 11:1ff)
  • The Precious Cornerstone (Isa. 28:16)
  • The Gentle Servant (Isa. 42:1-3)
  • The Suffering Servant (Isa. 53)
  • The Righteous Branch (Jer. 23:5)
  • Herod’s Slaughter of the Babies (Jer. 31:15)
  • The Son Called from Egypt (Hos. 11:1)
  • Three Days in the Tomb (Jon. 1:17)
  • Birth in Bethlehem (Mic. 5:2)
  • Priest upon His Throne (Zech. 6:12-13)
  • Betrayed — Thirty Sliver Coins (Zech. 11:12-13)
  • Shepherd Slain (Zech. 13:7)

Psalms (Holy Writings)

  • The Living Redeemer (Job 19:25)
  • Jehovah’s Anointed (Psa. 2)
  • The Risen Savior (Psa. 16)
  • The Pierced Savior (Psa. 22)
  • The Submissive Sacrifice (Psa. 40:6-8)
  • Abuse on the Cross (Psa. 69:21)
  • King of Kings (Psa. 89:27)
  • King and Priest (Psa. 110)
  • The Reigning Christ (Dan. 7:13-14)
  • The Anointed One Cut Off (Dan. 9:24-27)
Scripture References
Luke 24:44; Genesis 3:15; Genesis 22:18; Genesis 49:10; Exodus 12:1; Numbers 21:9; Deuteronomy 18:15; 2 Samuel 7:12-13; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 11:1; Isaiah 28:16; Isaiah 42:1-3; Isaiah 53; Jeremiah 23:5; Jeremiah 31:15; Hosea 11:1; Jonah 1:17; Micah 5:2; Zechariah 6:12-13; Zechariah 11:12-13; Zechariah 13:7; Job 19:25; Psalm 2; Psalm 16; Psalm 22; Psalm 40:6-8; Psalm 69:21; Psalm 89:27; Psalm 110; Daniel 7:13-14; Daniel 9:24-27
Cite this article
Jackson, Wayne. "Prophetic Portraits of the Messiah." ChristianCourier.com. Access date: April 30, 2016. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/782-prophetic-portraits-of-the-messiah