Is Yeshua (Jesus) the Mashiach (Messiah or “Annointed One”)?
There are over 300 prophecies from the Hebrew Scriptures (or Old Testament) concerning the Mashiach (Messiah), and while some of these are more obscure than others, many appear to be very obviously fulfilled by Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. Here is a “Top Twelve List” of those prophecies:
12. The Messiah would rise from the dead on the third day.
On the third day, he will raise us up, that we may live before him. (Hosea 6:2)
“Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive (Luke 24:18-23).
11. The Messiah would be killed with transgressors.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors (Isaiah 53:12).
33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots;[m] 36 then they sat down there and kept watch over him. 37 Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. (Matthew 27:33-38)
10. The Messiah would be crucified and pierced through his hands and feet.
For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet (Psalm 22:16)
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:24-28)
9. The Messiah would be sit upon and beaten.
6 I [Moshiach] offered My gev (back) to them that deliver blows, and My lekhi (cheeks) to them that pulled out [the beard]: I hid not My face from kelimot (humiliations, shame) and rok (spitting, saliva) (Isaiah 50:6)
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your verdict?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 67 Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?” (Matthew 26:65-68)
8. The Messiah would remain silent before his captors.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a seh (lamb) to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth (Isaiah 53:7)
12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed (Matthew 27:12-14).
7. The Messiah’s betrayal money would be given to a potter.
13 Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD (Zechariah 11:13).
5 And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.”7 So they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in (Matthew 27:5-7)
6. The Messiah would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver.
12 And I said unto them, If ye think tov, give me my sachar (price); and if not, refrain. So they weighed out for my sachar (price) shloshim kesef (thirty pieces of silver) (Zechariah 11:12).
14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-15).