Before Jesus even came to earth, it was prophesied that He would come. Prophecy is God revealing events that will happen in advance. The Old Testament tells the story of a number of great prophets -- Moses, Elijah, Samuel, and many others -- who prophesied about a Savior who was to come to earth. There are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament that talk about this Savior.
Here are just a few of the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. He was to be born of a virgin.The prophet Isaiah prophesied, "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (God with us)."1 He would be born in Bethlehem. The prophet Micah foretold, "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."2
The humiliating death of Jesus Christ for our sins was also foretold. David said, "...a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."3 The prophet Isaiah said, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."4
Christ fulfilled many prophecies when He came to earth 2,000 years ago, but there are still other prophecies that will be fulfilled in the future. These prophecies talk of a time when Christ will come to earth again at the end of the world, and He will begin His earthly reign among us as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.