God has always brought the prophecies of his prophets to come to pass throughout history to show that he and his prophets were telling the truth, to let people know he is the only true God, and that he can be completely trusted. That being the case, it should be no surprise that the predictions of the greatest prophet to ever live–the Lord Jesus Christ–would have his prophecies fulfilled also. He is, after all, God who came in the flesh. So here is a list of of his predictions that we see have been fulfilled and are still being fulfilled in modern times. All of these predictions were made by the Lord Jesus Christ around 30-33 A.D.
1. Prediction: In Mark 13:1 when Jesus’ disciples expressed their awe at how beautiful the temple complex in Jerusalem was, Christ stated in Mark 13:2 that all of the stones of the temple complex would be thrown down. In Luke 19:41-44, Christ wept over Jerusalem as he predicted in detail how Israel’s enemies would dig trenches surrounding the city to stop all traffic from going into or coming out of the city and that these enemies would leave no stone standing in the city and would kill its citizens. Christ also stated that this would happen because the Jews rejected him as their Messiah.
Fulfilled: In 70 A.D., after a period of surrounding Jerusalem with trenches and stopping all traffic from going into or leaving the city ( just as Christ predicted), the city of Jerusalem and the temple were completely destroyed. For a detailed account of how evil the Jews had become during this time and how the Romans destroyed the city, follow this link.
2. Prediction: The Lord Jesus claimed in Mark 13:6, 21-22 that there would be many false Christs, using his name and claiming to be him, and many who would say that they follow Christ who would come after his departure to deceive people.
Fulfillment: From the 60s A.D. to present times, there have been many people of varying nationalities who have falsely claimed to be the Messiah or who have falsely claimed that they follow Christ. During the time around 66 A.D. when the Jews revolted against the Romans, there were several men who claimed to be the Messiah that would deliver the Jews from Roman rule. In 1174 A.D. an occultist magician named David Almusser in Persia said he was Christ. In 1199 AD, a Persian named David el David claimed to be Christ. In 1556, David George of the Netherlands said he was the Christ. Then there was Zabathai Tzevi in Smyrna in 1666, Rabbi Mordechni of Germany in 1682, Jim Jones of Indiana in the 1970s, David Koresh in Texas in the 1990s, and Sun Myung Moon in South Korea from the 1960s until his death in 2012, all who have claimed to be the Christ. And let’s not forget all the false religions like the Watchtower Society, Mormonism, Islam, and others that preach a false Christ.
3. Prediction: Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars until the time of his return in Mark 13:7.
Fulfillment: Throughout history, from Christ’s time until now, nations have continued to fight, steal from, and kill people within their own countries and countries outside their own borders. Mankind, especially in today’s times, has often thought that we as a race of beings would evolve to the point where we would move beyond warring against each other. So we negotiate peace treaties and trade agreements with the hopes of stamping out the very idea or possibility of war. Ultimately, the powers that be who work behind the scenes of world occurrences, like the Council on Foreign Relations, the Freemasons, the Jesuits, Skull and Bones, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bilderbergs, and others, hope to bring about a one-world government and one-world religion with a leader to rule it all to establish their false idea of peace on earth. But Christ implies that all of their efforts will be in vain and that wars will continue regardless of their cries of “Peace! Peace!” when there is no peace.
4. Prediction: In Mark 13:8, Christ predicted there would be earthquakes in various places.
Fulfillment: From the days Christ predicted this until today, earthquakes have continued with some being minor while others have been major to the point of prompting volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and loss of life. We have even witnessed this firsthand in the past few years from the tsunami of 2004, to the earthquake of 2008 in China’s Sichuan Province, to the Italian earthquake of 2009, to the Japanese, Haitian, and Chilean earthquakes of 2010. Now a report in 2014 says big earthquakes are becoming more frequent around the world to the point of doubling the average number.
5. Prediction: According to Jesus in Mark 13:8, famines would continue to occur until the time of his return.
Fulfillment: In spite of man’s best efforts to create private organizations and provide government subsidies toward fighting hunger, famines continue to occur all over the world, whether by war, droughts, or other acts of man and nature.
6. Prediction: Christ said in Mark 13:9 that his followers would be delivered up to councils and brought before rulers and kings for being Christians as a testimony against the unbelievers.
Fulfilled: Christians throughout history have been brought before all kinds of government entities from the time of Roman emperors such as Nero, to the Inquisitions by the Vatican in Europe. Even today, Christians are brought before judges in Islamic countries, parts of Europe, and in Canada or the U.S. for holding to Christian doctrines taught in God’s word that these governments feel are contrary to their ungodly laws.
7. Prediction: Jesus said in Mark 13:10 that his gospel would be preached among all nations.
Fulfillment: From about 33 AD until now, missionaries have traveled throughout the world preaching the gospel in almost every corner of the globe. In spite of the repeated attempts of evil men throughout history to eradicate Christianity, it still continues to thrive and grow in the world. Thanks to the help of dedicated Christians like translators at Wycliffe, the Bible is being printed in even the rarest of languages.
8. Prediction: It was prophesied by Christ in Mark 13:12-13 that his followers would not only be hated by people in their own households but that the general world population would hate them also for being Christians.
Fulfillment: From the time of Christ’s ascension to today, family members have betrayed relatives who have confessed Jesus as Lord and citizens of various nations have killed Christians just for being Christian. In India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, China, Iraq, Iran, Eritrea, Somalia, Morocco, Turkey, North Korea, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan (just to name a few), Christians are being jailed, assaulted, and killed for their faith.
9. Prediction: When Mary Magdalene anointed the feet of the Lord with her costly ointment, he predicted that wherever the gospel would be preached, her story of anointing the Lord’s feet would be told as a memorial to her (Matthew 26:13).
Fulfillment: Since this event is recorded in all four gospels, it has truly been told over and over everywhere the gospel is shared.
10. Prediction: Before Christ ascended to heaven in Mark 16:17-18, he prophesied that supernatural signs would follow his believers, such as the ability to cast out devils, to speak in new tongues, to be immune to bites of poisonous serpents, to be immune to poison, and to heal the sick.
Fulfillment: When the apostles went forth to preach after receiving the Holy Ghost, they exhibited these powers wherever they preached. Although individual Christians in today’s times may not exhibit all of the signs in their lives that Jesus stated and he does not expect us to go looking for poisonous snakes or poisons to test him on what he said, God still uses these signs today through his believers when he sees fit to do so. Yes, God’s miracles through his church still take place in our time with people speaking in tongues, the sick being miraculously healed, and more.
11. Prediction: In the 30s AD (Luke 17), Jesus predicted that in the last days leading up to his return, it would be like it was in Lot’s days when Lot lived in Sodom and Gomorrah. Ezekiel 16:49-50 lists Sodom’s sins as being pride (in their sexual perversions), gluttony, idleness, callousness toward the poor, and abominations (like gay sex and homosexual rape).
Fulfilled: Late 1990s to early 21st century when gay rights promoting sexual abominations started to become acceptable, especially from 2001-2015 when Ireland by popular vote and the U.S. with a Supreme Court decision approved gay marriage in addition to 20 other Western nations that approved it.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–