There are over 30 prophecies concerning the Crucifixion in the Old Testament. We shall just look at only a few examples:
1. The Crucifixion is prophesied in Genesis Chapters 3
The Curse on Satan in Genesis Chapters 3
It is recorded in Genesis 3:14-15, "So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel."
2. The Crucifixion prophesied in Genesis Chapters 5
The Genealogy of Noah in Genesis Chapter 5 (from "The Bible: An Extraterrestrial Message" by Chuck Missler). The ancestors of Noah are recorded in Genesis 5. There are a total of 10 names, each with a specific Hebrew meaning. The English translations for the Hebrew words are recorded above from top to bottom.
|Mahalalel||The Blessed God|
|Jared||Shall Come Down|
|Methuselah||His death shall bring|
"Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow, (but) the Blessed God shall come down, teaching that His death shall bring the despairing comfort."
This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, rendered in the names of the ancestors of Noah! Nobody can choose the names of their parents or grandparents! This is one of the many proofs of the supernatural authority of the Bible. For further irrefutable evidence, see our presentation The Bible is Supernatural on this web site
3. The Crucifixion prophesied in Numbers 21
In Numbers 21:8-9 we read, "Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live. So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived".
This is a most unusual story! The tribes of Israel used to carry around a wooden standard, about 9 feet high, with an insignia of the tribe written on material hung on the Crosspiece. God told Moses to hang a bronze serpent on this wooden Cross bar instead of the standard. Bronze indicates judgement in the Bible, as also does a serpent. The Serpent on a Pole is the Holy Spirit's picture language for God's judgement on Jesus Christ on the Cross.
If an individual was bitten by a snake (which is a type of Satan), there was a way to be healed. If the individual looked up to the bronze serpent on the pole they would be healed. Jesus Himself indicated the connection between the Crucifixion and the Serpent on the Pole in John 3:14-16:
"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".
4. The Crucifixion was prophesied in Psalm 22 (selected verses)
In Psalm 22 there are many verses which clearly look forward to the Crucifixion. The following are a selection of such verses:
vs. 1: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
vs. 6: despised of the people.
vs. 7: All those who see Me ridicule Me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
vs. 8: He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!"
vs. 13: They gape at Me with their mouths, like a raging and roaring lion.
vs. 14: I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it has melted within Me.
vs. 15: My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; you have brought Me to the dust of death.
vs. 16a: For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
vs. 16b: They pierced My hands and My feet;
vs. 17: I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
vs. 18: They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.
5. The Crucifixion prophesied in Isaiah 52
In Isaiah 52 there are many verses which clearly look forward to the Crucifixion. The following verse is an example:
vs. 14, "His face was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men"
6. The Crucifixion prophesied in Isaiah 53
In Isaiah 53 there are many verses which clearly look forward to the Crucifixion. The following are a selection of such verses:
vs. 3: "He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. …..he was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
vs. 4: Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows
vs. 5: But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
vs. 6: the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
vs. 7: He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth
vs. 9: And they made His grave with the wicked - but with the rich at His death
vs. 11: for He shall bear their iniquities.
vs. 12: because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors