365 Prophecies: Prophecy 49
The Messiah will be from the seed of David.
Old Testament Prediction:
2 Samuel 7:12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 1:1 “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David…”
As Matthew begins his eyewitness account of the life of Jesus, he gives us the Lord’s genealogy through Joseph’s Line, from Abraham through David:
Matthew 1:1-17 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. (Bathsheba) 7 Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. 8 Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. 9 Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. 11 Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. 12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. 14 Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. 15 Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations
See Prophecy 16 for a chart of Jesus’ Genealogy.
If you examine Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus Christ, you will find that he has included four women.
This is very unusual because during this time, the names of women were not ever included in a genealogy. Why then did the Holy Spirit include the names of these four women?
Tamar: A prostitute. She was Judah’s daughter-in-law from his first son, Er who died leaving Tamar a widow. Tamar then marries Judah’s second son, Onan. He refused to consummate the marriage and so he also dies, leaving Tamar without any children.
Judah sent Tamar back to her home village because he did not want the responsibility of providing a husband for her, even though it was his duty to do so.
While on the way to Timnah to shear his sheep, Judah meets a young woman who he believes is a prostitute. Unknown to Judah, the young woman that he had solicited was his daughter-in-law Tamar. During this time, prostitutes covered their faces to conceal their identity. As a result of this encounter Tamar becomes pregnant with Judah’s baby. Realizing afterwards that he had not done what was right in finding a husband for Tamar, Judah finally admitted that she is more righteous than he (Genesis 38:26).
Rahab: A pagan prostitute from Cana. As Joshua sent out two spies to scout the land of Cana before sending in an army, these two men were housed by Rahab. As a result of her assistance, Joshua ordered that she be protected from harm when they came later to attack Jericho. Later, Rahab married Salmon and became the mother of Boaz who is the great grandfather of David, the king of Israel.
Ruth: A woman from the town of Moab, the nation that began after Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. The Moabites were bitter enemies of Israel. Ruth’s Hebrew husband Mahlon died, leaving Ruth without a son. Ruth moved to Israel with her mother-in-law Naomi. She married Boaz, Rahab’s son. She became the mother of Obed, making her David’s great grandmother. See Prophecy 47.
Bathsheba: The wife of Uriah, the Hittite. King David committed adultery with Bathsheba. David then murdered her husband Uriah in an effort to cover up his sin. Bathsheba later marries David and gives birth to a son who dies soon after birth. Her second child by David is Solomon, the next king of Israel. Solomon is known as the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived.
Insignificant to the world, important to God
Due to cultural prejudice, no Hebrew man would include the name of a woman in his genealogy. Jesus came into the world to make God accessible to all people. Loving women and men equally, Jesus included four women in His line whom the world considered of little value—a prostitute, a pagan Canaanite, a hated Moabitess, and an adulterous woman. The fact that other significant women from Jesus descendants could have been included here: Sarah, Rebekah, Leah and Rachel, it is clear that these four women who had shaded pasts, seem to have been chosen specifically to emphasize the importance of Jesus message.
Jesus came into the world to save sinners, men as well as women. Every person has the right to come to Jesus and receive the forgiveness of their sins. Any woman who has been used, abused, cast away, or forgotten, is greatly loved by Jesus. The Lord selected these women because they represent those whom the world considers worthless. It is the desire of the Lord that women everywhere know that they are a treasure to Him, and that He has the power to give any woman a new life regardless of the mistakes she has made or the way that the world has treated her.
You might feel ashamed of the way you have lived your life so far. You may be overcome with anger or sorrow because of what people have done to you. Jesus can take all of your shame away and cause you to feel as if none of those terrible things had ever happened. If you will surrender your life to Jesus, He will remove all the record of wrong from your life and make you perfect in His sight. He will take away the shame of sinful acts committed against you and make you His beautiful treasure.
All four of these women, though they had terrible, pain-filled lives, went on to become great women of God. As they brought all their sorrow and failures to the Lord, He gave them new lives and caused each one to be instruments that were greatly used to bring many others into the kingdom of God. The lesson that we learn from the inclusion of these women in Jesus’ line of descendants is that women are equal to men in the kingdom of God; they are valuable, precious, and a cherished treasure to Him.
Do not miss one important detail here in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, this man called “Jeconiah.”
Matthew 1:11 Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
In the Book of Jeremiah, Jeconiah was the king of Israel. He was such an evil king that the Lord cursed his entire line of descendants. As a result of this curse none of Jeconiah’s future descendants could ever be the King of Israel.
Jeremiah 22:24-30 “As I live,” says the LORD, “though Coniah (nickname for Jeconiah) the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet on My right hand, yet I would pluck you off;” Thus says the LORD: “Write this man down as childless, A man who shall not prosper in his days; For none of his descendants shall prosper, Sitting on the throne of David, And ruling anymore in Judah.”
This presented a problem for the future fulfillment of prophecies that concern the Messiah who was predicted to come from one of the descendants of Jeconiah. We notice that Jesus is from Jeconiah’s line in Matthew 1:11 of this chapter.
Matthew 1:11,16 Josiah begot Jeconiah… 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
The genealogy that Matthew presents to us is for Joseph, Jesus’ stepfather. According to this curse placed by God upon all of those who come from Jeconiah, neither Joseph nor any of his sons could sit on the the throne as the king of Israel. This would disqualify Jesus from being the Messiah, except for one important fact: Joseph is not Jesus’ biological father; Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:30-35 And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. 34 And Mary said to the angel, How will this be, since I am a virgin? 35 And the angel answered her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy— the Son of God. (ESV)
In this 49th prophecy, we see how important the virgin birth of Jesus truly is. Had Joseph been the source of Mary’s conception, it would be impossible for Jesus to be the fulfillment of all the prophecies of the Messiah. The precision and detail to which God made certain that Jesus is uniquely qualified to be the Savior that the Hebrew scriptures describe is truly amazing.
We should understand that all of the prophecies of the Messiah were specifically engineered by God to fit only Jesus and no other person. The plan and purpose that Jesus was following throughout His entire life was determined by God before He made the heavens or the earth.
Acts 15:18 Known to God from eternity are all His works.
Long before God ever called anyone that is listed in the Messiah’s line, He knew about Jeconiah and the fact that his descendants would be cursed. The Lord wanted all of the events that surrounded His Son’s life to be extraordinary and unique. He built into the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection impossible circumstances to ensure that we would easily be able to identify Jesus as the Messiah and the only one in whom we are to place our trust.
• God would become a man.
• Born of a virgin
• Jeconiah’s line cursed
• Born in poverty, raised in obscurity
• Under the threat of death, from birth
• Ministry proven by miracles
• Raised from the dead
Very often, the Lord will cause an event to seem impossible and hopeless just so that He can display to us His mighty power.
Joseph was not Jesus’ Biological father. He was born of the Holy Spirit; therefore, His Father was God. Jesus received His legal right to the throne of David through Joseph’s line. However, He received the physical right to be the Messiah by blood, through Mary’s Line. Jesus is not a part of the cursed line of Jeconiah; He is eternal, having His origin from eternity.
When most people read the genealogies found in the Bible, they don’t pay much attention to their text. Jesus said that not one jot or tittle of the Bible is insignificant. These seemingly boring parts of scripture are very often, where the most exciting details are found. It is by a careful and prayerful study of the Word of God that we find the deep and hidden treasures which many people miss.
Of great personal significance for you and I in this incredible story of Jesus’ genealogy is the fact that the Lord already knows about all the events of our life. Everything that will take place throughout our days was already known to the Lord before we were born. His promise to us is that He will make everything turn out for ultimate good. Our lives have a specific plan and purpose that God is fulfilling for us every day that we are here on the earth. Nothing happens that is outside of His power and control.
As Matthew gives us the details of Jesus’ genealogy through Joseph, Luke reveals that Jesus is qualified to be the Messiah through Mary’s family line, described in Luke Chapter 3.
Mary’s genealogy is in reverse, with Jesus being named first, going all the way back to Adam:
Luke 3:23-38 23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, Heli was Mary’s Father 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathiah, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, 27 the son of Joannas, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Jose, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
Because Jesus’ genealogy can be traced all the way back to Adam, we understand that He is able to save all human beings who come to Him. Jesus died for every person that has been born on the earth since the first man, Adam.
Notice that Abraham and David’s names are listed in Mary’s line, qualifying Jesus to be the Savior of the World. If Jesus could not prove that He was descended from both Abraham and David, He could not be the Messiah regardless of the other prophecies that He has fulfilled.
The Messiah must be descended from Abraham.
Prophecy 5, Prophecy 6, Prophecy 11, Prophecy 14
The Messiah must be descended from David.
Prophecy 49, Prophecy 55, Prophecy 130, Prophecy 142, Prophecy 180, Prophecy 297
In 70 A.D., when Titus came into Jerusalem and destroyed the city, the Roman soldiers burned the Temple to the ground. All of the genealogical records that showed who was descended from whom were destroyed. After 70 A.D., no one could prove that they were qualified to be the Savior. This was the Lord’s way of making it clear to the world that His Messiah had already come, no others need apply.
Today, no person can prove whether or not they are in the line of descendants that qualifies them to be the Messiah. Only Jesus met all of the requirements exactly as the Bible required. No one else in the history of the world has met these requirements, except Jesus.
The facts of this genealogy are important because there are several churches, religious organizations, and individuals, who have claimed over the years to be the Messiah or the Savior of the world. Amongst the many problems with their claims is the fact that they cannot prove that they have fulfilled this 49th Old Testament Prophecy. The Messiah must be descended from the line of David.
If a person claims to be the Messiah, ask them:
• Are you born of a virgin?
• Are you without sin?
• Are you descended from the line of David?
• Did you fulfill all 365 of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah?
If the answer to any of the above is “no,” then no matter what a person might claim about themselves, they are not the Messiah.
The Father intended that we understand by these 365 prophecies, that there is only one person in the history of the world who is qualified to be the Messiah: Jesus Christ, the Son of David.
Taste and see
In the center of a small town, there was an Atheist lecturing the crowd about how the Christian faith was nonsense. He invited any who were standing nearby listening, to speak up and try to discredit what he had said.
From far in the back of the gathering, a man who was formerly known as the “town drunk” began to push his way through the enormous group. He took an orange from out of his pocket and began to tell the people how Jesus Christ had changed him from an alcoholic into a brand new creation.
After he finished the last piece of the orange, the born again man asked the atheist, “Was the orange that I just ate sweet or was it sour?”
Angrily the atheist shot back, “You idiot, how can I know whether or not it was sweet or sour when I have never tasted it?”
The born again man said to the atheist, “Then how can you know anything about Jesus Christ unless you have tasted of Him?”
Psalms 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
The Lord has proven by these first 49 prophecies that Jesus Christ is qualified to be the Messiah, the promised Savior of the world.
Just 48 prophecies prove Jesus is the Messiah
Scientist and Mathematician Peter Stoner computed that the odds of any one person fulfilling just 48 of these Old Testament prophecies is 10¹⁶⁸. This number is more than two times the estimated number of atoms in the known universe (10⁸⁰), including some 300 Sextillion stars (300,000 Trillion).
Jesus has the exclusive right to be called “Messiah” because He met all the strict requirements set forth in the Old Testament.
What now will you do with this information? Will it take the remaining 316 prophecies contained in the rest of this book to convince you, or have you received enough evidence already to make an intellectual decision to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
Sadly, even though this book presents a great deal of evidence for the true identity of the Messiah, many who read all or a portion of this book will not ever surrender their life to Jesus Christ. The problem is not insufficient evidence to believe but an unwilling heart and mind, no matter how much evidence is presented.
To the honest and sincere seeker, these 49 prophecies are more than enough proof to make a reasonable decision to accept Jesus’ claim to be your Savior. If you will only bow your head right where you are at and sincerely turn from your sins and invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, He will grant the forgiveness of your sins and give you eternal life immediately.
At that moment you become a permanent citizen of Heaven, not because of what you have done in your life but because of whom you have believed.
 Science Speaks. by Peter W. Stoner, revised and HTML formatted by Don W. Stoner. Retrieved 2007-02-09
 Pieter van Dokkum – Chairman, and Professor, Astronomy & Physics/Chairman, Department of Astronomy, Yale University.