Messianic Prophecies

Old Testament predictions that point forward to the Messiah, the Anointed One promised to Israel—predictions pointing to Jesus Christ, especially to His first advent. On the way to Emmaus on the day of His resurrection our Lord drew the attention of two disciples to many OT predictions concerning His life and mission that they had not previously understood in a Messianic sense. The NT writers, particularly Matthew, constantly apply OT passages to Christ. Seventh-day Adventists have accepted the historic Protestant emphasis on the fulfillment of the OT prophecies by Christ, including the first advent as fulfilling the prophecy of the 70 weeks of Dan. 9:24–27 . James White, in an 1853 pamphlet, listed nine major “signs” as evidence that Jesus had fulfilled OT prophecies: (1) The star...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.