Let's start at the very beginning. Given that there are over 2 billion Christians and about 12 million Jews globally there are a lot more missionary websites than Jewish websites. Many of these Christian websites are dedicated to evangelizing (conversion attempts to convince non-Christians to join them). Quite a few of these sites will claim that Jesus fulfilled X number of "prophecies" in the T'nach (Jewish bible). If you read the first two posts in this blog you'll see that prophecies are not predictions of things to happen in the future, but that is what most missionaries seem to think the word means.
The lists of these supposed prophecies which Jesus fulfilled range in number from a handful to 365 or more. The lists are quite impressive. . . until one actually checks the claim against the T'nach text in context.
Missionary proof-texts (including these so-called prophecies about Jesus) tend to fall into one of three categories:
The remainder of this blog will focus on examining the so called "365 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled." While you read the articles keep in mind what you've read in the first three posts on this blog and revisit the first three periodically to refresh yourself that "types and shadows" do not count as prophetic fulfillment. Prophecies are always based on the plain meaning of biblical text, read IN CONTEXT. Don't be persuaded by sheer numbers without looking at every single so-called prophecy for yourself. I've heard some missionaries claim that "Mathematically speaking, the odds of anyone fulfilling this amount of prophecy are staggering. Mathematicians put it this way: 1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies" -- this they say is proof that only Jesus could be the messiah.
But it is a house built on sand. In fact Jesus fulfilled not even one biblical messianic prophecy. I don't want to overwhelm you with references -- but here are the messianic prophecies. Compare them to Jesus for yourself. Numbers 24:14‑19, Deuteronomy 4:30, 30:1‑10, 32:43, Jeremiah 3:14‑18, 16:14,15,19, 23:3‑8, 30:3,7‑11,16‑25, 31:1‑39, 32:37‑44, 33:6‑26, 46:27,28, 50:4,5,19,20, Ezekiel 11:17‑20, 20:40‑44, 28:25‑26, 34:9‑16,22‑31, 36:6‑15,22‑38, 37:1‑28, 38:1‑48:35, Isaiah 1:26,27, 2:1‑4, 4:2‑6, 10:33‑12:6, 24:21‑25:9, 30:26, 34:1‑35:10, 40:1‑11, 41:8‑20, 43:1‑10, 44:1‑5 49:8‑26, 51:11,22‑52:12, 54:1‑55:5, 56:7, 60:1‑63:9, 65:17‑25, 66:10‑24, Hosea 2:1‑3,16‑25, Joel 3:1‑4:21, Amos 9:11‑15, Obadiah 1:17‑21, Micah 4:1‑7, 5:1‑13, 7:8‑20, Zephaniah 3:9‑20, Zechariah 2:9, 8:1‑8, 14:3‑21, Malachi 3:4,16‑24, Psalm 51:20,21, 69:36,37, 98:1‑3, 102:14‑23, 126:1‑6, Daniel 2:44, 7:18,22,27, 12:2,3.