Isaiah 53 Bible Prophecy Fulfilled by Jesus Christ

Bible prophecy is continually being fulfilled on a regular basis. There are numerous Old Testament Bible prophecies which were fulfilled by Jesus Christ during his ministry on earth. But perhaps the most compelling prophecy fulfillment is found in the book of Isaiah. The Biblical fulfillment of the Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy by Jesus is hard to overlook.


 

Isaiah 53 Bible Prophecy Fulfillment

 

1) He hath no form nor comeliness

Isaiah 53:2

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

This text predicts that Jesus would have the physical appearance of an average man of that time. The verse explains that he would have no distinguishable beauty or attractiveness, and that he would look like an ordinary Jew. This is quite a powerful prophecy of the coming Messiah, in that he would not appear in the glory of a king or a god, but rather a normal human being.

Fulfillment:
John 8:59

59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

This New Testament verse in the book of John confirms the prophecy found in verse Isaiah 53:2. When the Jews were about to stone Jesus, he was able to escape and blend into a crowd, because he was an average looking man. Had Jesus been a beautiful, awe-striking man, the Jews would have been able to pick him out of the crowd of people.


 

2) Despised and rejected of men

Isaiah 53:3-4

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

This verse predicts how Jesus would be rejected by his people as the Messiah, and that they would not respect him.

Fulfillment:

Jesus Christ was clearly reject by the Jewish people when he was tried and crucified. His charges were blasphemy, because of the claims he made of deity. We can clearly see from the crucifixion that Jesus was neither accepted nor respected by his people as the Messiah.


 

3) He was wounded for our transgressions

Isaiah 53:5-6

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

This Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy predicts the sacrifice that Jesus Christ would make on the cross for our iniquities.

Fulfillment:

Christ would be “wounded” for our transgressions by being crucified by the Romans. The Lord would put the punishment for our sins on Jesus’ shoulders.


 

4) He opened not his mouth

Isaiah 53:7

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

This is perhaps the most specific Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy that Jesus fulfilled. Verse 7 predicts that Jesus would not speak, and not defend himself. Just like a “lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb” Christ would not defend himself when on trial. The passage predicts that he would remain silent, accepting his fate.

Fulfillment:
Matthew 27:11-14

11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

As we can see in the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ did not defend himself against the accusations of the chief priests and the elders. Jesus fulfilled this Isaiah 53 prophecy by remaining silent at his sentencing. Like a lamb to the slaughter, Christ made no defense.


 

5) He was cut off out of the land of the living

Isaiah 53:8

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Fulfillment:

Jesus would obviously fulfill this Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy of being “cut off out of the land of the living”, by dying on the cross. He would no longer be in the “land of the living” because he would die a gruesome and horrible death.


 

6) He made his grave with the wicked

Isaiah 53:9

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

This prophecy from Isaiah 53 is two fold. First, the prophet predicted that Jesus would make his grave with the wicked, meaning he would die with the unrighteous. Secondly, this verse predicts that Christ would live a sinless life, doing no violence nor lying.

Fulfillment:

The first part of the prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified with two thieves on the cross. With this, Jesus “made his grave with the wicked” being killed with two unrighteous criminals.

The second part of the Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus lived a sinless and blameless life. He did no violence nor lied about who he was. Because Jesus had no “deceit in his mouth”, everything he said about his deity was true. Isaiah 53 in turn confirms his deity by declaring he did not lie, hence everything he claimed was true.


 

7) Thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin

Isaiah 53:10-11

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

This prophecy predicts that Jesus would be offered as a sacrifice – a sacrifice for sin. The purpose of Christ’s death on the cross was to atone for the sins of the world and of man. Isaiah 53 predicts that the Messiah would be sacrificed because of the issue of sin.

Fulfillment:
1 Peter 3:18

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

This Isaiah 53 Bible Prophecy fulfillment is confirmed by so many verses in the New Testament, however 1 Peter 3:18 is one example. Jesus’ death was a sacrifice because of sin, so that we may be right with God in the day of judgement. There is no amount of good deeds or works man can do to be in good standing with a perfect and holy God. So in an act of unconditional love and sacrifice, God sent his only son into the world to pay the price that we could not.


 

Conclusion:

It is hard to read Isaiah 53 and not see the direct correlations between the passage and Jesus Christ. With one chapter having so many prophecies fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament, one can not ignore the implications. First, that the Bible is more than a mere book, and that it contains precise and accurate prophecies about the future, written in the past. Second, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled every single Isaiah 53 Bible Prophecy.

Damascus Isaiah 17 Bible Prophecy Fulfilled – City of Ruins

As human history progresses, we observe more and more Bible prophecy being fulfilled. The latest being the Damascus Isaiah 17 Bible prophecy. After the intervention of the US, Damascus is in ruins just as Isaiah 17 predicts. In this chapter, we see the prophet Isaiah predict the destruction of the city of Damascus.

The current state of Damascus, or Syria, is evidence that the Bible is not merely a book written by men. Before the war in the Middle East, Syria was a thriving nation. Unless someone was educated in the Damascus Isaiah 17 Bible prophecy, nobody would have seen such destruction and desolation coming for the country.

Damascus Isaiah 17 Bible prophecy

Isaiah 17:1-2:

1The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

But has this prophecy been fulfilled? Damascus, commonly known as modern day Syria (ash-Sham), or the City of Jasmine. The video below shot by a drone shows the current state of Damascus. And as we can clearly see, the Damascus Isaiah 17 Bible prophecy has been fulfilled:

 

What does this prophecy say about the Bible?

The destruction of Damascus AKA Syria is yet another example of the supernatural origin of the Bible. The book of Isaiah was estimated to have been written between the dates of 701 and 681 B.C. How could Isaiah have predicted such a specific event from over 2,000 years ago? What does such an accurate prediction say about the Bible?

Whether you agree with the Bible and Christianity or not, it is hard to overlook the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies. The Damascus Isaiah 17 Bible prophecy is just one of many from the Old Testament. Whether you agree or disagree with the Bible, one thing is for certain, it is shockingly accurate.

Interested in learning more about Bible prophecy? Read about the Old Testament Bible prophecies which Jesus fulfilled.

Statistical Probability that Atheism is True

Is it possible to figure out the specific probability that atheism is true? Can you calculate the actual number of the odds? If so, what would that probability reveal about the nature of our universe?

Quotes:

“Imagine winning the lottery every day for 10,000 years, you would still be no where close to this number.”

-Trey Smith

 

“A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”

– Cambridge University astrophysicist and mathematician Fred Hoyle

 

“Fred Hoyle and I differ on lots of questions, but on this we agree:  a common sense and satisfying interpretation of our world suggests the designing hand of a superintelligence.”

– Former Harvard University Research Professor of Astronomy and the History of Science Owen Gingerich

 

The Penrose Number

Oxford University mathematical physicist and atheist Roger Penrose came up with a formula to determine the actual, statistical probability of  the universe being random. His findings have been coined as the Penrose number. But how could you possibly calculate something so obscure and nebulous?

There is obviously a lot in equation which goes way over my head, so we will keep it simple. First, consider all of the specifically fine tuned variables in our universe. Then imagine calculating the combined probabilities of each occurring in concert with one another. The result is a numeric, statistical probability (or improbability) of the universe being created randomly.

The quote by Trey Smith referencing the statistical probability that the universe occurred randomly. The statement really puts perspective on how likely it would be to have a randomly generated cosmos and the size of the probability that atheism is true.

 

Statistical Probability that Atheism is True

While most atheists claim to rely on solely data, experiments and empirical evidence, many seem to completely overlook the probability statistics of the universe we find ourselves in. What are the odds of everything we see and observe around us originating from random chance? When you start to examine the numbers and probabilities, the case for intelligent design gets stronger.

John Lennox, a reputable Oxford University professor of mathematics, discusses the probability of our universe being created randomly. This means that there is no conscious creator involved in creation. Here Lennox quotes the distinguished Oxford University mathematical physicist Roger Penrose:

 

“Try to imagine phase space… of the entire universe. Each point in this phase space represents a different possible way that the universe might have started off. We are to picture the Creator, armed with a ‘pin’ — which is to be placed at some point in phase space… Each different positioning of the pin provides a different universe. Now the accuracy that is needed for the Creator’s aim depends on the entropy of the universe that is thereby created. It would be relatively ‘easy’ to produce a high entropy universe, since then there would be a large volume of the phase space available for the pin to hit. But in order to start off the universe in a state of low entropy — so that there will indeed be a second law of thermodynamics — the Creator must aim for a much tinier volume of the phase space. How tiny would this region be, in order that a universe closely resembling the one in which we actually live would be the result?”

 

Further, Lennox cites Penrose’s answer:

 

“His calculations lead him to the remarkable conclusion that the ‘Creator’s aim’ must have been accurate to 1 part in 10 to the power of 10 to the power or 123, that is 1 followed by 10 to the 123rd power zeros.”

 

Numeric Probability that Atheism is True

In other words, the odds of having a randomly generated universe would be:
 

1010123

 
Penrose goes on to state that it is “number which it would be impossible to write out in the usual decimal way, because even if you were able to put a zero on every particle in the universe, there would not even be enough particles to do the job.” So as we can see, the odds of a naturalistic, self-created universe would be truly astronomical.

Does this in fact beg the question, “does believing in no God require more faith than believing in one”?

Learn more about why the atheist world view makes so sense.

20 Facts About the Book of Job That You Probably Didn’t Know

This is a re-post of an article I found on Instagram from @pureworldtruth. I found the article so informative and edifying that I had to post it. These are 20 facts about the book of Job that you probably didn’t know.

1) The book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible.

 

2) The author of the book of Job is unknown.

 

3) The nation of Israel is not mentioned in the book.

 

4) AT a time when it was believed the earth sat on a large animal or on a giant 1500 years before Christ, the Bible spoke of the earth’s free-floating space (Job 26:7). Science didn’t discover that the earth hangs on nothing until 1650.

 

5) Job mentions Adam, which is evidence that the story of Adam and Eve was recognized long before Moses’ birth and the book of Genesis was written (Job 31:33).

 

6) The book deals with the question of the righteous having to suffer.

 

7) The book mentions that air has weight, however science did not discover this until the 1600’s (Job 28:25).

 

8) The book provides a pivotal lesson in trusting God regardless of the kind of situation you’re in because He is good and sovereign.

 

9) The book reveals that the Holy Spirit is the Creator (Job 33:4).

 

10) Light waves and radio waves are mentioned in Job. This wasn’t discovered by science until 1864 (Job 38:35).

 

11) Job had 10 children, 7 sons and 3 daughters, who were all killed in his first test (Job 1:2).

 

12) Paul considered the book of Job to be Scripture which affirms that it’s inspired by God (1 Corinthians 3:19).

 

13) The book speaks of dinosaurs. This also affirms that dinosaurs were still in existence after the flood (Job 40:15-24; 41:1-34).

 

14) The book mentions that the ocean contains springs (Job 38:16). The existence of water springs in the oceans was not discovered by scientists until 1970.

 

15) The Septuagint gives a detailed account about the man Job, which is evidence that he was a real historical figure (Job 42:17 LXX).

 

16) The book reveals that the worship of the God of the Bible was in existence before any other religion (Job 38:4-7).

 

17) The book may have included a reference to the Ice Age (Job 38:29-30).

 

18) Job is probably the only human being to ever have been bragged about by God (Job 1:7).

 

19) Job’s wife told him to curse God and die (Job 2:9).

 

20) The book is evidence that Satan is not a Christian invention and has been recognised long before Christianity (Job 1).

Find out more about how Christianity is different from all other world religions.

Open Mindedness: Why Too Much is Dangerous

It seems as if the idea of “open mindedness” or being open minded is not only highly prevalent but promoted in Western culture. It is associated with being “modern”, “progressive”, “current” or “with the times”. If your beliefs are on the other side of the isle, you are regarded as outdated, unfashionable and passé.

The movement has gained so much traction that now, if you don’t adopt this level of acceptance and tolerance, you are considered estranged from mainstream society. So much so, that if one is not open minded to certain ideas or beliefs, they are marginalized by the popular cultural consensus.

But is this movement of “open mindedness” really a good thing? Or has it gone off the rails and become an uncontrollable concept with no limits or boundaries? If we were to adopt this philosophy of limitless tolerance and acceptance, where does it end? Where and when do we draw the line?

Too Much “Open Mindedness” is Dangerous

If many were to read this statement, they would instantly label the author terms like “old-fashioned”, “ignorant” or even “uneducated”. Part of this may be due to the common ideology that a lack of open mindedness equates to bigotry or even hatred. However, a lack of agreement or disapproval of something does not automatically equal hatred or malevolence.

Attack on Freedom of Thought and Beliefs

We are being led to believe that if you do not agree with a belief or practice, you are the enemy. If you disagree with mainstream concepts or beliefs you are considered an insurgent. But isn’t holding different opinions and beliefs one of the benefits of living in a free society? If we infringe on this right, we are treading on dangerous territory.

Open Mindedness without Limitations

This opposition to freedom of thoughts and beliefs is not the only danger of excessive open mindedness. Open mindedness without borders or limits is also a hazard to society. If we are completely tolerant and accepting of every belief and practice, where do we draw the line? With such a liberal outlook on things, is there even a line to cross?

Conclusion:

Too much open mindedness is dangerous to our society. The opposition of freedom of belief and thought it produces is treading on very alarming ground. Additionally, if we do not uphold a certain moral standard, where and when do we draw the line? With no set of principles or guidelines, what will stop us from accepting ANY belief or practice? Where would that leave us as a society?

Learn more about why Christianity is different from all other world religions.

How Should We Pray? – Christian Devotional

How should we pray as a Christian? Is there a “correct” or “proper” way to talk with the Lord? What does Jesus and the Bible teach us about prayer?

Romans 12:11:

 

11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

 

Many times, I find myself getting into mundane and tedious prayer habits. Often I make the mistake of “praying for the sake of praying”, rather than praying from the heart. If I am tired or don’t have a lot of time, I say a quick and almost “rehearsed” prayer to squeeze it into my day.

But this of course is not how we should communicate with our Lord. God wants a deep and meaningful relationship with us. He does not want to be an acquaintance who we make small talk with. Rather, he wants us to talk to him intimately, with passion and enthusiasm.

Prayer should be a conversation from heart

In Matthew 6:7, the Bible gives us an example of how NOT to pray to the Lord:

 

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

 

This verse tells us that practices from other religious systems like mantras and hesychasm are not Biblical. Practices like this are shallow, and aren’t conducive to a deep and meaningful relationship with the Father. In order to know God more deeply, we need to have deep conversations, or prayers, with him.

If this is how we are NOT supposed to pray, we can deduce a pretty clear picture of the correct way. Rather than using vain repetitions, we should have an organic, “free-flowing” conversation with God.

Pray that God’s will be done

Additionally in Matthew 6:9-13 we find a prayer “outline” from Jesus often referred to as The Lord’s Prayer. This prayer is a specific framework from Jesus on how we should pray. In the prayer we find a very important phrase which illustrates further the answer to this question of “how should we pray?”.

 

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

 

This verse is paramount in understanding how we should pray to God. All of our prayers should be inline with HIS will, not only ours. Whenever we pray, we should ask ourselves, “Is this what God wants for me?”. If the answer is no, then we probably shouldn’t be praying for it.

Conclusion: How Should We Pray?

In conclusion, prayer should be an intimate conversation with the Lord our Father. But most importantly, it should be inline with HIS will, not only ours. Prayer should not be rehearsed or repetitious, as the Bible clearly states. Prayer is how we talk with God, and it should be exactly that – a conversation. Don’t fall into the mistake of “mundane prayer”. Speak with the Lord intimately and with depth.