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Prophecies About Jesus: 6 Birth Prophecies Fulfilled by Christ

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In this December 24, 2004 file photo, the doll representing the infant Jesus lies in a gilded crib on the Star of the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, the traditional spot of Jesus's birth, during Midnight Mass in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 02 Nov 2014 04:01 PM

The Bible’s Old Testament contains numerous prophecies about the birth of a savior, which Christians believe were fulfilled by Jesus.

Here are six Bible prophecies that relate to the birth of Jesus.

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Born in Bethlehem. The Old Testament foretells of the messiah being born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 says: "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." The story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is told in the New Testament books of Mathew, Luke, and John.

Born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14 says: “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.” The New Testament book of Matthew repeats this prophecy in a passage detailing Joseph’s encounter with an angel of the Lord, who tells Joseph that Mary’s child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and will save his people from their sins.

From the line of Abraham. A prophecy of the messiah being a descendant of Abraham is told in Genesis 22:18: "And through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed." The genealogy of Jesus is told in the book of Matthew, which refers to him as “the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

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A descendant of Jacob. Numbers: 24:17 says: "A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel." The genealogy of Jesus laid out in the book of Matthew details Jesus lineage through Isaac and Jacob.

Called out of Egypt. Christians believe the Old Testament foretells Jesus being called out of Egypt in Hosea 11:1: “When Israel was a child, I loved him and out of Egypt I called my son.” Matthew 2:13 is believed to explain this prophecy: "An angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.'"

Born among sorrow. Christians believe the story of Jesus’ birth fulfills a prophecy in Jeremiah 31:15: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping. Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.” This prophecy is repeated in the book of Matthew, which says that King Herod sought to kill Jesus. “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled.” Mathew 2:16

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