Bible Q&A: Are There Any Messianic Prophecies That Are Being Fulfilled Today?

Are there any Messianic prophecies that are being fulfilled today?

Most of the Old Testament Messianic prophecies were fulfilled in the person, character, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus of Nazareth.  Any that would still be fulfilled today would have to do with foretelling of what Jesus still does for us today while he is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Mk. 16:19).

One such prophecy which comes to mind is Isaiah 53:11-12:  “Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.”  There are two items worthy of note in Isaiah’s prophecy here.

First, many will be made “to be accounted righteous” by “his knowledge.”  Peter would later tell Christians that God’s “grace and peace” is “multiplied” to them “in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Pet. 1:2).  He would go on to say God’s divine power “has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” specifically “through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,” and that it was by that knowledge that God “has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (vs. 3-4).  Peter then urged Christians to add to their faith the qualities of virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love, adding that “if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (vs. 5-8), “if you practice these qualities you will never fall” (v. 10), and it would be “in this way” that “there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (v. 11).  He would later mention that one “escape(s) the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2:20).  Thus, we see Isaiah’s prophecy of “by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous” continually fulfilled today by Christians who come to know Jesus in the ways taught by Peter.

Secondly, Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah “makes intercession for the transgressors.”  The New Testament repeatedly teaches that Jesus continually intercedes on behalf of faithful Christians today (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 2:1).  Thus, this Messianic prophecy is still being fulfilled today, and how thankful I am that it is!

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