Fulfilled Bible Prophecies

The Bible contains hundreds of specific prophecies about people, nations, places, times and events which have already been fulfilled down to the smallest detail. Some of these were fulfilled almost immediately, others took hundreds of years, but each came to pass exactly as God said they would. (There are also many other prophecies in the Bible that are yet to be fulfilled, which will be fulfilled just as surely.) “I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass. … I will say the word and perform it.”
The following list contains over sixty of the most outstanding fulfilled prophecies, arranged in two groups: those fulfilled by Jesus, and others from both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Each group is arranged chronologically, by date of fulfillment. In some cases, the fulfillments are not recorded in the Bible but are well documented historically. In such cases, the events and dates according to historical records are cited. Historians are not in complete agreement about when some of these events took place, so the dates listed here may vary from those listed in your Bible’s marginal notes or other reference material.
Some prophecies have more than one fulfillment, such as the prophecies regarding the conversion of the Gentiles. In those cases, the references listed below are intended as examples.

Prophecies fulfilled by Jesus
Jesus born of a virgin: Isaiah 7:14 (c. 742 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 1:26-35 (4 BC).
Jesus born in Bethlehem: Micah 5:2 (710 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:1-7 (4 BC).
Jesus, the Messiah, comes out of Egypt: Hosea 11:1 (c. 740 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 2:13-23 (1 BC).
Jesus’ ministry in Galilee: Isaiah 9:1-2 (c. 740 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 4:12-16 (27 AD).
Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem: Zechariah 9:9 (c. 487 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 21:2-10 (30 AD).
Jesus hated without a cause: Psalm 69:4 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: John 15:23-25 (30 AD).
False witnesses accuse Jesus: Psalm 27:12 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 26:60-61 (30 AD).
Jesus smitten and spat upon: Isaiah 50:6 (c. 712 BC). Fulfilled: Mark 14:65; John 18:22; 19:2-3 (30 AD).
Jesus, on trial for His life, makes no attempt at an oral defense: Isaiah 53:7 (c. 712 BC). Fulfilled: John 19:6-9 (30 AD).
Exact year of Jesus’ crucifixion: Daniel 9:25-26 (The Hebrew word shabua, translated as “week” in some Bible versions, means “a unit of seven”-in this case seven years. [See also Genesis 29:27.] So 69 “weeks” are 483 years) (c. 538 BC). Fulfilled: In 453 BC, Artaxerxes Longimanus, king of the Persian Empire, gave the Jews permission “to restore and to build Jerusalem,” and Jesus was “cut off” in 30 AD-483 years later.
Jesus’ executioners cast lots for His clothing: Psalm 22:18 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: John 19:23-24 (30 AD).
Jesus dies, not for any crime He has committed, but for the sins of others: Isaiah 53:8-12 (c. 712 BC). Fulfilled: John 18:38; 19:30 (30 AD). (See also 1 Peter 3:18.)
Jesus given gall and vinegar to drink: Psalm 69:21 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 27:34; John 19:29 (30 AD).
Jesus’ hands and feet pierced: Psalm 22:16 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 27:35-37 (30 AD). (See also Luke 24:36-40.)
Jesus is crucified with common criminals: Isaiah 53:12 (c. 712 BC). Fulfilled: Luke 23:32-33 (30 AD).
Jesus mocked on the cross: Psalm 22:7, 8; 109:25 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 27:39-44 (30 AD).
None of Jesus’ bones are broken during crucifixion: Psalm 22:17; 34:20 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: John 19:31-33, 36 (30 AD). (See also Exodus 12:46 and John 1:29.)
Jesus’ side is pierced during crucifixion: Zechariah 12:10 (487 BC). Fulfilled: John 19:34, 37 (30 AD).
Jesus buried in a rich man’s tomb: Isaiah 53:9 (c. 712 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 27:57-60 (30 AD).
Jesus’ resurrection: Psalm 16:10 (c. 980 BC); Matthew 16:21 (29 AD); Luke 18:31-33 (30 AD). Fulfilled: Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24:1-7; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (30 AD).
Jesus’ ascension: Psalm 68:18 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9 (30 AD).

Other fulfilled prophecies
Sarah conceives and bears Isaac in her old age: Genesis 17:15-19; 18:10, 14 (c. 1898 BC). Fulfilled: Genesis 21:1-3 (c. 1897 BC).
Abraham to become the father of nations: Genesis 22:15-18 (c. 1872 BC). Fulfilled: Abraham’s son, Isaac, became the forefather of the Jews; and Abraham’s son, Ishmael, became the forefather of the Arabs.
Joseph correctly interprets Pharaoh’s butler’s and baker’s dreams: Genesis 40:1-19 (c. 1720 BC). Fulfilled: Genesis 40:20-22 (three days later).
Joseph correctly interprets Pharaoh’s dream of the cows and the heads of grain: Genesis 41:25-32 (1715 BC). Fulfilled: Genesis 41:53-54 (1715-1701 BC).
Joseph reigns over his parents and brothers: Genesis 37:5-10 (c. 1729 BC). Fulfilled: Genesis 45 (1707 BC).
The division of the previously united twelve tribes of Israel into the kingdoms of Israel and Judah: 1 Kings 11:30-37 (c. 992 BC). Fulfilled: 1 Kings 12:20 (975 BC).
Curse upon the man who rebuilt the walls of Jericho: Joshua 6:26 (c. 1451 BC). Fulfilled: 1 Kings 16:34 (c. 930 BC).
Drought: 1 Kings 17:1 (c. 910 BC). Fulfilled: 1 Kings 17:7 (c. 910 BC).
Miraculous supply for Elijah and the widow of Zarephath in famine: 1 Kings 17:9-14 (c. 910 BC). Fulfilled: 1 Kings 17:15-16 (c. 910 BC).
End of drought: 1 Kings 18:1 (c. 906 BC). Fulfilled: 1 Kings 18:43-45 (c. 906 BC).
Destruction of Ben-hadad’s army: 1 Kings 20:13-14 (901 BC). Fulfilled: 1 Kings 20:15-30 (901 BC).
Death of the man who refused to strike a prophet: 1 Kings 20:35-36 (901 BC). Fulfilled: 1 Kings 20:36 (901 BC).
King Ahab’s death: 1 Kings 20:42 (899 BC); 21:18-24 (901 BC). Fulfilled: 1 Kings 22:31-38 (897 BC).
Transporting of Elijah to the heavens: 2 Kings 2:3-10 (896 BC). Fulfilled: 2 Kings 2:11 (896 BC).
End of the famine in Samaria: 2 Kings 7:1-2 (c. 892 BC). Fulfilled: 2 Kings 7:3-18 (c. 892 BC).
Hazael to become cruel king of Syria: 2 Kings 8:7-13 (c. 891 BC). Fulfilled: 2 Kings 8:14-15, 28-29; 10:32; 13:3 (c. 891 BC).
Queen Jezebel’s death: 1 Kings 21:23 (899 BC); 2 Kings 9:10 (884 BC). Fulfilled: 2 Kings 9:30-37 (884 BC).
Four generations of King Jehu’s descendants to sit upon the throne of Israel: 2 Kings 10:30 (884 BC). Fulfilled: 2 Kings 15:12 (c. 810 BC).
Destruction of Sennacherib’s army, and his death: 2 Kings 19:6-7, 20-28, 32-34 (c. 710 BC). Fulfilled: 2 Kings 19:35-37 (c. 710 BC).
Birth and zeal of King Josiah: 1 Kings 13:2 (975 BC). Fulfilled: 2 Kings 22:1-2; 23:15-25 (641 BC).
Death of the false prophet Hananiah within one year: Jeremiah 28:10-16 (c. 596 BC). Fulfilled: Jeremiah 28:17 (c. 596 BC).
Invasion of the southern kingdom (Judah) by the Chaldeans (Babylonians): Habakkuk 1:6-11 (c. 626 BC). Fulfilled: 2 Kings 25:1 (590 BC).
The destruction of Jerusalem, and captivity of the Jews and King Zedekiah by the Babylonians: Jeremiah 25:11 (c. 606 BC); 32:3-5 (c. 590 BC); 34:2 (c. 591 BC). Fulfilled: 2 Kings 25:2-11; 2 Chronicles 36:11-21 (586 BC).
Abasement, conversion, and restoration of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon: Daniel 4:20-27 (c. 570 BC). Fulfilled: Daniel 4:28-37 (c. 569 BC).
Succession of world empires after Babylon: Daniel 2:31-40 (603 BC); 7:1-7, 17 (c. 555 BC); 8:1-8 (c. 553 BC). Fulfilled: Medo-Persia (538 BC-333 BC) was the silver breast and arms of the image in chapter 2, the bear of chapter 7, and the ram of chapter 8; Greece (333 BC-146 BC) was the brass belly and thighs of the image of Daniel 2, the winged leopard with four heads of chapter 7, and the he-goat of chapter 8; Rome (44 BC-455 BC) was the iron legs of the image of Daniel 2, and the iron-toothed beast of chapter 7.
King Cyrus of Persia, predicted by name, gives the captive Jews permission to return and rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple: Isaiah 44:28; 45:1-4 (c. 712 BC). Fulfilled: Cyrus the Great reigned from 559-530 BC. (See also 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 and Ezra 1:1-4.)
Return of the Jews after 70 years of captivity in Babylon: Jeremiah 25:12 (c. 606 BC); 29:10, 14 (c. 599 BC); 33:7 (c. 590 BC); Zechariah 1:16-17; 8:9 (c. 519 BC). Fulfilled, as signified by the dedication of the rebuilt Temple: Ezra 6:14-16 (516 BC). (See also Ezra chapters 1, 78.)
Rebuilding of walls and streets of Jerusalem: Daniel 9:25 (c. 538 BC). Fulfilled: Nehemiah 6:15; 7:1 (445 BC).
Destruction of Tyre, capital of Phoenicia and world trading capital, in two stages: Ezekiel 26:3-21 (588 BC). Fulfilled: The first stage was fulfilled when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, besieged the mainland city of Tyre for 13 years and destroyed it (585-572 BC). Nebuchadnezzar, however, had no navy, so he could not flatten the island city. The second stage was fulfilled when Alexander the Great captured the island city of Tyre by building a causeway from the mainland to the island, using cedars from the mountains of Lebanon for piles and the debris of the ruined mainland city for fill (332 BC).
Barren Elizabeth conceives and bears John the Baptist: Luke 1:13 (5 BC). Fulfilled: Luke 1:24, 57-64 (4 BC).
Slaughter of the infants in Bethlehem: Jeremiah 31:15 (c. 606 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 2:16-18 (2 BC).
John the Baptist as the forerunner of the Messiah: Isaiah 40:3 (c. 712 BC); Isaiah 62:10-12 (c. 698 BC); Malachi 3:1; 4:5-6 (420 BC); Luke 1:17, 76-80 (4 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 3:3 (26 AD).
Conversion of the Gentiles: Isaiah 9:2 (c. 740 BC); Isaiah 49:6 (c. 712 BC). Fulfilled: Matthew 4:13-16 (26 AD); Acts 13:48 (46 AD).
Spiritual blindness of the Jewish religious leaders: Isaiah 6:9 (c. 758 BC); Isaiah 29:13 (c. 712 BC). Fulfilled: Mark 7:6-7 (28 AD); Acts 28:25-27 (62 AD).
Betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot: Psalm 41:9 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: John 13:18; 18:1-5 (30 AD).
Amount and outcome of Judas’ “reward” for betraying Jesus: Zechariah 11:12-13 (c. 487 BC). Fulfillment: Matthew 26:14-15; 27:3-10; Acts 1:18-19 (30 AD).
Peter’s denial of Jesus: Matthew 26:34 (30 AD). Fulfilled: Matthew 26:69-75 (30 AD).
Judas’ office taken by another: Psalm 109:7-8 (c. 980 BC). Fulfilled: Acts 1:17, 20 (30 AD).
Outpouring of the Holy Spirit: Joel 2:28-29 (c. 800 BC); Acts 1:4-5 (30 AD). Fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost: Acts 2:1-4, 16-18 (30 AD).
Shipwreck on Paul’s voyage to Rome, with no loss of life: Acts 27:9-10, 21-26, 34 (61 AD). Fulfilled: Acts 27:41-44 (61 AD). (See also 2 Corinthians 11:25.)
Destruction of Jerusalem after Jesus’ coming: Daniel 9:26 (c. 538 BC); Matthew 24:1-2; Luke 19:42-44 (30 AD). Fulfilled: Forty years after Jesus’ death, the Roman legions of the Emperor Vespasian, under his son, General Titus, marched on Jerusalem, burnt it to the ground, and took the ruins of the temple apart stone by stone to retrieve the gold from gilding and furnishings which had melted and run into the cracks (70 AD).
The Gospel to be preached and Christianity to spread worldwide: Matthew 24:14; Acts 1:8 (30 AD). Fulfilled: There are currently about 2 billion members of Christian denominations spread throughout every country of the world. (See also Mark 16:20; Acts 8:1; 17:6.)

Which are you?
Jesus told this parable:
“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?”
And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the Devil comes and takes away the Word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the Word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”
–Luke 8:5-15



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