Jesus' proclamation (Mark 1: 15) that ‘the time is fulfilled’ means that the time appointed by God has now arrived, and Paul expresses the same idea: ‘when the fulness of time had come’ (Gal. 4: 4). The gospel of Matthew frequently observes that an event prophesied has come about at the appointed time by the use of the phrase ‘to fulfil what had been spoken by the prophet’ (e.g. 1: 22). NT events sometimes ‘fulfil’ OT in the sense of being similar to them (Matt. 2: 17).