1.) 4000 B.C.: Adam and Eve receive the prophecy that the Messiah (Jesus) would be born of a woman.
Promise: Genesis 3:15
Fulfillment: Galatians 4:4
2.) 2000 B.C.: Abraham receives the promise that the Messiah (Jesus) would descend from Abraham, through his son Isaac, Isaac’s son Jacob, and Jacob’s son Judah.
Promise: Gen. 12:3; Gen. 17:19; Num. 24:17; Gen. 49:10
Fulfillment: Matt. 1:1-2 (the genealogy)
3.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus’ mother would be a virgin who conceived by a miracle and that Jesus would be God who became man.
Promise: Isa. 7:14
Fulfillment: Matt. 1:18-23
4.) 700 B.C.: Micah prophesies that Jesus would be born in the town of Bethlehem.
Promise: Mic. 5:2
Fulfillment: Luke 2:1-7
5.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would live his life without committing any sins.
Promise: Isa. 53:9
Fulfillment: 1 Pet. 2:21-22
6.) 700 B.C.: Hosea prophesies that Jesus’s family would flee as refugees to Egypt to save his young life.
Promise: Hos. 11:1
Fulfillment: Matt. 2:13-15
7.) 400 B.C.: Malachi prophesies that Jesus would enter the temple. (This is important because the temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and no longer exists; subsequently, the prophecy could not have been fulfilled after A.D. 70.)
Promise: Mal. 3:1
Fulfillment: Luke 2:25-27
8.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that John the Baptizer would prepare the way for Jesus.
Promise: Isa. 40:3
Fulfillment: Matt. 3:1-3
9.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would perform many miracles.
Promise: Isa. 35:5-6
Fulfillment: Matt. 11:2-5
10.) 500 B.C.: Zechariah prophesies that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.
Promise: Zech. 9:9
Fulfillment: Luke 19:28, 35-38
11.) 1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would be betrayed by a friend.
Promise: Ps. 41:9
Fulfillment: Matt. 26:49-50
12.) 500 B.C.: Zechariah prophesies that Jesus’s betraying friend would be paid thirty pieces of silver for handing him over to the authorities and that the payment would be thrown in the temple in disgust.
Promise: Zech. 11:12-13
Fulfillment: Matt. 27:5-7
13.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would be beaten, would have his beard plucked out, and would be mocked and spit on.
Promise: Isa. 50:6
Fulfillment: Matt. 26:67
14.) 1000 B.C.: David prophesies that lots would be cast for Jesus’s clothing.
Promise: Ps. 22:18
Fulfillment: John 19:23-24
15.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would be hated and rejected.
Promise: Isa. 53:3
Fulfillment: Matt. 27:39-44
16.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that, though hated and rejected, Jesus would not defend himself.
Promise: Isa. 53:7
Fulfillment: Matt. 27:12
17.) 1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would be crucified (hundreds of years before the invention of crucifixion).
Promise: Ps. 22:16
Fulfillment: Luke 23:33
18.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would be killed with sinners.
Promise: Isa. 53:12
Fulfillment: Matt. 27:38
19.) 1400 B.C.: Moses prophesies that non of Jesus’s bones would be broken.
Promise: Ex. 12:46; Ps. 34:20
Fulfillment: John 19:32-26
20.) 1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would be forsaken by God.
Promise: Ps. 22:1
Fulfillment: Matt. 27:46
21.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would die.
Promise: Isa. 53:8b
Fulfillment: Luke 23:46
22.) 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would be buried in a tomb given to him by a rich man.
Promise: Isa. 53:9
Fulfillment: Matt. 27:57-60
23.) 1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would resurrect from the death. 77 B.C. Isaiah prophesies the same.
Promise: Ps. 16:10; Isa. 53:10-11
Fulfillment: Acts 2:25-32
24.) 1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would ascend into heaven and take the souls of departed Christians with him.
Promise: Ps. 68:18
Fulfillment: Eph. 4:7-10
25.) 1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would sit at the right hand of God.
Promise: Ps. 110:1
Fulfillment: Heb. 1:3
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2 Peter 1:4
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God keeps his promises. Be encouraged.
 Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears, “How Did People Know Jesus was Coming?,” in Vintage Jesus (Crossway Books: 2007), 57-64.