Did Jesus Fulfill the Messianic Prophecies?
Take, for example, the situation in which you arrange over the phone to see a distant business acquaintance—someone you’ve never met in person—at a huge corporate conference. “How will I be able to recognize you?” you inquire. As for me, I’ll be carrying a black briefcase,” your associate explains. “That could help narrow it down a little,” you remark, “but not enough to make a difference.” “I’m a redhead,” one of your associates explains. “That’s beneficial,” you say. A redhead with a black suitcase makes her way down the street.
“Can you tell me what you’re going to wear?” “I’m wearing a blue blazer.
I’ll just look for a redhead with a black briefcase and a blue jacket with a name tag on it who’s carrying a name tag.
Identifying the Deity
Consider the possibility of God formulating a plan several millennia in the past to send his only Son to Earth to be born as a human newborn. If we could have had a conversation with ourselves along the corridors of time, we may have questioned, “What will we be able to tell about him? How will we be able to identify him as the Messiah, the pure Lamb of God, and your appropriate sacrifice for sin in the future?” God may have answered, “I will cause him to be born as an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham (Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:16),” or anything along those lines.
- “That will help, but isn’t that still a disproportionately large number of people?” When he is born from Jacob’s line, then half of Isaac’s pedigree is eliminated (see Numbers 24:17 and Luke 3:23-34).” “I will, however, be more detailed.
- It’s possible that we won’t recognize him when he arrives.” “Don’t be concerned!
- Additionally, David descends from Jesse’s youngest son’s family and ancestry (Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 3:23-31).
- “But how can we know which of the people born there is your Son?” says the narrator.
- The prophet Isaiah predicts that Jesus would begin his career in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-17), where he will teach in parables (Psalm 78:2; Matthew 13:34-35) and perform several miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35).
In one day, I will bring to fruition no fewer than 28 precise prophesies regarding Him that were stated at least 500 years ago! Take a listen to this:
- Psalm 41:9
- Matthew 26:49
- The price of his betrayal will be 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12
- Matthew 26:15)
- His betrayal money will be cast to the floor of my temple (Zechariah 11:13
- Matthew 27:5)
- His betrayal money will be used to purchase the potter’s field (Zechariah 11:13
- Matthew 27:7)
- He will be forsaken and deserted by
Final testimony: on the third day after his death (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:31), He will be risen from the dead, ascend to the right side of God (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9), and be seated at the right hand of God in complete majesty and power (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9). (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3). “What remarkable lengths God has gone to in order to assist us in identifying and recognising His only born Son! ” In total, Jesus fulfilled 60 key Old Testament predictions, each of which had around 270 implications, all of which were written more than 400 years before His birth.
A thunderous “No!” is given in response.
Adapted from “Beyond Beliefs to Conviction” by Josh McDowell, Bob Hostetler, and David H.
Did Jesus Fulfill Old Testament Prophecy?
To put it another way, the Old Testament is a jigsaw puzzle of complicated pieces that must be assembled. The multiple parts are perplexing on their own — but when they are put together in sufficient numbers to complete the intended image, they become clear. As a result, the New Testament serves as a decryption key for deciphering the meaning of the Old Testament. Here are a few examples of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled: A messenger (John the Baptist) announced His birth in Bethlehem, and He entered Jerusalem on a donkey.
Peter Stoner, in his classic bookScience Speaks, calculated the chance of any man fulfilling these prophecies, even down to the present time, to be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 17th power). How can anyone think that Jesus just “happened” to be in the right place at the right time? It’s no coincidence.
A more accurate analogy would be to say that the Old Testament is similar to a complex jigsaw puzzle. In and of itself, the many parts seem perplexing, but when they are put together in sufficient numbers to complete the desired image, they become clear. As a result, the New Testament serves as a decryption key for deciphering the meaning of the Hebrew Bible. Some examples of prophetic fulfillment by Jesus include: In the beginning, He was born in Bethlehem, followed by a messenger (John the Baptist), rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, was betrayed by a friend who received thirty pieces of silver, remained silent before His accusers, and died in the manner that the Romans used for criminals (the crucifixion), during which they pierced His hands and feet.
Three side-by-side examples of how the New Testament builds upon an element (which scholars refer to as a “type”)in the Old Testament:
Old Testament: “Then Moses summoned all of Israel’s elders and instructed them to “choose out and select lambs for yourself according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb” (Exodus 12:21). “For verily Christ, our Passover, was slaughtered on our behalf,” says the New Testament (1 Corinthians 5:7). The Jewish festival of Passover commemorates God’s liberation of the Israelite people from slavery in Egypt during the time of Abraham. Because of Pharaoh’s continuing refusal to free the Israelites, according to Bible history, the tenth and last plague – the death of every firstborn — was brought on by his intransigence.
The Egyptians, especially Pharaoh, suffered the loss of their firstborn children.
Scholarly sources uniformly agree that Jesus was killed around the time of the Passover holiday, which further establishes His identify as the Passover lamb on the cross.
To compare and contrast, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem five days before the Passover sacrifices were to be offered in the temple; He entered Jerusalem on the day of lamb selection, therefore choosing to become the ultimate Lamb of God.
He Was to Enter Jerusalem On a Donkey
“Rejoice mightily, O daughter of Zion!” says the Old Testament. O daughter of Jerusalem, let your voice be heard! See, your king is on his way to you; He is just and has redemption; He is lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, a donkey’s foal” (Zechariah 9:9). “And they brought it to Jesus, and placing their cloaks on the colt, they mounted Jesus on it,” according to the New Testament. Meanwhile, they spread their cloaks across the road as He rode by them. As He drew near — and was already on his way down the Mount of Olives — the entire crowd of His followers burst into applause and shouted praises to God for all the amazing wonders they had witnessed (Luke 19:35-37).
A “Light” to the Gentiles
And now the Lord says to me, He who formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back into His presence; and that Israel might be gathered to Him — for I am honored in the Lord’s sight, and my God has become my strength — he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach (See Isaiah 49:5-6 for more).
For thus the Lord has instructed us, saying, “I have created you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” (New Testament) Upon hearing this, the Gentiles burst into song, celebrating the Lord’s Word, and all those who were appointed to eternal life repented and trusted in Him.” (See Acts 13:47–48.) Just this morning, I was reading the book of Isaiah.
Only a few verses (verses 4-6): “Despite the fact that he took on our sorrow and bore our suffering, we thought him to have been chastised by God, struck down, and tormented.
We have all gone astray, like sheep, and each of us has chosen his own path, and the Lord has placed the guilt of all of us on him.”
Three Objections by Skeptics
Skeptics object to the assumption that various sections of Old Testament prophecy foretell events in the life of Jesus, arguing that this is not the case. They argue that the New Testament writers purposely tailored their work to correspond to passages in the Old Testament to make it more believable. Moreover, they claim that the New Testament writers exaggerated the significance of obscure references, and that they lifted such references out of context by taking a term or detail from another event in the Gospels and placing it into the original event.
Skeptic Objection1: The Gospel writers deliberately crafted their biographies of Jesus to make Jesus appear to fulfill Old Testament prophecy.
There are various grounds to think that the Gospel authors properly portrayed Jesus’ life and words – even at the risk of being persecuted. They did not play to the expectations of their listeners, which was understandable. It’s important to remember that the Christian church was through significant persecution at the time the Gospels were written. Excruciating and barbaric methods of execution were used to punish many Christians for their religion, including the crucifixion, being burnt alive, and being given to wild animals.
Furthermore, they did not portray Jesus as great and mighty, but rather as low and humble, which was in fact His intention in surrendering His life.
If the Gospel authors were truly concerned with increasing their numbers, they would not have presented a guy as Messiah who, in no way, represented the conquering hero that the Jews were anticipating. So that His mission might be accomplished, Jesus willingly enabled Rome to murder him.
Skeptic Objection2: Old Testament types and foreshadowings are typically stretched and contrived, and therefore offer little evidential support for Jesus being the Messiah.
Certainly, some Christians have a tendency to exaggerate the significance of Old Testament typology or to imply underlying symbolism that might or might not exist. However, we are only left with two possibilities to examine in this situation: A combination of 1) deliberate artifice or 2) supernatural orchestration can account for the remarkable congruence between Old Testament writings and New Testament aspects of Jesus’ life, which cannot be explained otherwise. As you can see, a convincing cumulative case for Jesus as the Messiah certainly favors the second alternative, as demonstrated by the evidence presented in this article.
Skeptic Objection3: The Gospel writers took Old Testament texts out of context in order to prove that Jesus was the Messiah.
In addition to Jews and later Christians who authored commentaries to explain Old Testament passages, several New Testament writers cited Old Testament terms and placed them in a new context as well. There were a few distinct schools of thought that developed throughout the early years of the church on how this should be handled. A word or detail might be taken out of context by the interpreters of the School of Alexandria, for example, in order to highlight and strengthen an interpretation of a spiritual significance.
- Diodore of Tarsus, who lived about 390 years ago, was a leading figure in this second school of thought.
- He attempted to exercise caution in order to avoid excessive and overreaching applications.
- Hall, Diodore’s goal was to protect against the production of meaning “out of thin air.” A similar distinction was made by St.
- Another aspect to keep in mind is that it was Jesus’ own actions and utterances that caused the New Testament writers to identify His resemblance to the Old Testament.
Summary of Old Testament Prophecy Fulfilled by Jesus
In addition to Jews and later Christians who authored commentaries to explain Old Testament passages, several New Testament writers quoted Old Testament terms and placed them in a new context. There were a few distinct schools of thought that developed throughout the early years of the church on how this should be dealt with. The interpreters of the School of Alexandria, for example, were confident in their ability to remove a phrase or detail from its original context in order to emphasize and support a religious meaning.
- A leader in this second school of thought was Diodore of Tarsus, who lived about the year 390 AD.
- He hoped to avoid hasty and overreaching applications by exercising extreme caution in his decisions.
- Hall, Diodore’s goal was to prevent the fabrication of meaning “out of thin air,” as is often the case.
- Augustine of Hippo in his On Christian Doctrine (On Christian Doctrine, regarding guidelines for the interpretation of Scripture) between elements that are merely in the narrative and features that are in the narrative but appear to be signals of deeper significance.
Returning to the jigsaw analogy, the more pieces of the puzzle were fitted together, the more the picture of Jesus became apparent.
Did Jesus fulfill Old Testament prophecy? Yes! Butstudyto know for yourself.
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What Child is This?
December 21, 2020 The last project of the school year takes place in my statistics class every December, and it is one of my favorites. In a public school, I would not have the opportunity to accomplish this; however, in a Christian school, it is a wonderful opportunity for biblical integration in the classroom. In the second quarter, my students spend time learning about probability and the idea of “What are the chances of this happening?” They are then given the task of evaluating the probabilities of Jesus being the Messiah.
- Also among those who have estimated the probability of someone being able to fulfill what has been prophesied are mathematicians and apologists.
- According to Peter Stoner’s book, Science Speaks, the odds of a human fulfilling just eight of the key predictions would be one in ten thousand seventeen (or one in one thousand seventeen).
- But hold on a minute, there’s more!
- Now blindfold an excited volunteer and tell him that he can travel wherever in Texas he wants, but he *must* pick up a silver dollar that has been designated for him.
Otherwise, he would not have done so unless it had been a divine appointment.” (josh.org/jesus-fulfill-prophecy/) More information is available from McDowell, who states that Stoner goes on to calculate the chances of any individual fulfilling 48 of the more than three hundred Old Testament predictions to be 1:0157 (that’s a one followed by 157 zeros!).
- Students will have the opportunity to examine empirical evidence that supports their belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the Savior of the world in this course.
- What we have here is Christ the King, whom shepherds watch over and angels sing to.
- Minds: Investigate the prophesies of the Old Testament that were fulfilled regarding Christ’s birth, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection.
- Take note of the fact that all of this information serves as reinforcement of what your heart has already accepted in trust.
and if you haven’t put your faith in Him yet, perhaps this is the moment. Give Him honor and glory in your hearts! He deserves our gratitude for who He is and what He does to make Himself known to us. because He truly is God!
10 Predictive Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus
Predictive prophecies that were fulfilled in Jesus are listed below. SeanMcDowell.org Prophetic fulfillment is one of the most strong and often used evidences for the Christian faith today. There are Old Testament predictions that foretell New Testament realities, such as Christ becoming the Passover lamb (Exodus 12:21; 1 Corinthians 5:7), which foreshadows the death of Christ on the cross (John 19:30). In addition, there are prophesies that indicate to the coming of the Messiah in the near future.
- A future king would be everlasting, which implies that he would have been before the present.
- 1:17 that Jesus was “before all things.” 2.
- In the same way that Moses performed miracles, it was believed that this prophet would lead people to obey God.
- Jewish sages predicted that the Messiah would come from this particular line of descent (Is.
- In his letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul declares that Jesus is sprung from David (Rom.
- Fourth, the prophet Isaiah spoke of a coming judge—the Lord—who would deliver Israel from their enemies (Is.
The Messiah was to be the one to use personal judgment.
Jesus was accused of being such a king, despite the fact that his reign was much different from what they had anticipated (Matt.
Preceded by a Messenger: According to certain renowned rabbinic interpreters, the Messiah—the “Lord”—is described in Isaiah 40:3 as being preceded by a messenger.
He was to Enter the Temple: The prophet Malachi prophesied that the Messiah would enter the Temple in a strong manner when God sends His messenger.
To be sure, some of these precognitive prophesies are more reliable than others in terms of providing evidence.
While taking into account the whole scope of the prophetic texts and other types and foreshadows in the Hebrew Bible, it is possible to make a compelling argument that Jesus is the Messiah who was prophesied to come.
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August 5, 2021
Predictive prophecies that were fulfilled in Jesus are as follows: SeanMcDowell.org Prophetic fulfillment is one of the most compelling and prevalent evidences for the Christian faith that exists in the world today. For example, the Passover lamb (Exodus 12:21/1 Corinthians 5:7) is a prophecy from the Old Testament that foreshadows a reality in the New Testament. In addition, there are prophesies that point to the arrival of the Messiah in the present day. My personal favorites that all point to Jesus include the following: a.
- “whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting,” says Micah 5:2, referring to the coming of the Messiah, who will be a “ruler,” out of Bethlehem.
- Jesus was “before all things,” according to Col.
- God would communicate via a future prophet, according to Deuteronomy 18:18, who God would send.
- Moses was a prophet who performed miracles, and Jesus was one of them as well (Matt.
- Of the House of David and the Line of Jesse: Jesse was the father of David, the king of Israel, and the line of Jesse ran back to Abraham.
The Apostle Paul says that Jesus is ultimately the judge in this situation: (2 Tim.
Jesus was accused of being such a king, despite the fact that his kingdom was much different from what people had imagined it to be like (Matt.
In addition, the Messiah was anticipated to be anointed with the Holy Spirit in a specific way, as mentioned in point 6.
In several major rabbinic commentaries on Isaiah 40:3, the Messiah—the “Lord”—is described as being preceded by a messenger, indicating that he would come in the form of an angel.
He was to Enter the Temple: The prophet Malachi prophesies that the Messiah would enter the Temple in a strong manner once God sends his messenger.
To be sure, some of these prophesies are more reliable than others in terms of providing evidence.
When all of the prophesies, types, and foreshadows in the Hebrew Scriptures are taken into consideration, a compelling argument may be made that Jesus is the Messiah who was prophesied would come.
Sean McDowell may be found on Twitter at @sean mcdowell, as well as on his blog at SeanMcDowell.org.
Do Old Testament Prophecies Prove That Jesus is the Messiah?
We’ve spoken a lot this week about prophecy in the Bible—specifically, on the characteristics of the anticipated Messiah that the Old Testament teaches us to look for in him. On the night of the resurrection, we find ourselves in a vital juncture: on the third day after his death, Jesus will either fulfill the Old Testament promises and predictions, so identifying himself as the long-awaited Messiah, or he will fail to do so, exposing himself as a forgery. Lee Strobel has written on the relationship between Jesus and Old Testament prophesy in his Investigating Faithnewsletter, which can be found here.
- For example, the New Testament appears to demonstrate that Jesus is the Messiah; yet, is this established in the Old Testament as well?
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- Because the latest Old Testament book published predates the time of Jesus by several hundred years, it cannot be used to “prove” something that hasn’t yet taken place.
- Perhaps the most notable is Isaiah, who foretold many things that Cyrus the Great would achieve no later than 680 BC, including the devastation of empires, the restoration of the Jewish people to their country, and a decree that the temple in Jerusalem would be restored (Isaiah 44:28-45:13).
- Cyrus was the ruler of Persia and the nations that he later conquered, such as Babylon, for around 560 to 530 BC.
- Aspects of the Messiah’s lineage and birth were all foretold in the Old Testament, and their historical fulfillment was documented in the New Testament, particularly in the four Gospels.
The title “Christ” was therefore adopted by Christians for the Messiah’s identification.
While not all Christian apologists arrive at the same number of messianic prophesies, the majority of them believe that there are a large number of them.
His book The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah is available for free online at the Center for Christian Education and Leadership (CCEL).
By describing countless predictions in his best-sellerEvidence That Demands a Verdict, popular apologist Josh McDowell influenced a generation of Christians to become interested in prophecy fulfillment, and his book has become a classic (first printing 1972).
In the New Testament, King Herod inquired of his senior priests and teachers of the law as to the location of the Messiah’s (or Christ’s) birthplace.
You may find additional examples of Messianic prophecy fulfillment in both of my books, The Case for Christ and The Case for the Real Jesus, in which I conducted interviews with Louis Lapides and Dr.
In terms of the Old Testament prophecies about the arrival of the Messiah, both authors provide particular and important background information.
As Brown argues in his book The Case for the Real Jesus, either the Old Testament points to Jesus as the Messiah or there will never be one – in other words, Jesus matches the “fingerprint” of the prophecies in a way that no one else has ever done or will be able to do in the future, given the necessary time frame for the appearance of the Messiah – and that is the case.
- As he preached in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated that he had not come to destroy or replace the Law and the Prophets, a designation for the Old Testament Scriptures, but rather to bring them into fulfillment (Matthew 5:17).
- In this case, it exhibits the elegance and drama of a complex story.
- Another enthralling way in which the Old Testament connects to the New Testament is shown in this passage.
- The fulfillment of these “types” comes in the “good things” of the person and activity of Jesus Christ, the “antitype (corresponding to something that came before)” of which is the “antitype (corresponding to something that came before) (Hebrews 10:5-14).
- God the Father, who loved the world so much that he sacrificed his one and only Son as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, exemplifies the fulfillment or “antitype” when he gives his one and only Son as a sacrifice for the sins of the world (e.g.John 3:16;Romans 3:22-25).
- God had promised the Egyptians that he would bring the tenth and last plague upon them.
- God, on the other hand, had a plan for the Israelites who were being oppressed.
- God was going to punish Egypt for their worship of false gods, but when he saw the blood on the doorframe of the Israelites’ camp, he would turn away and spare the lives of those who were inside.
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272 Prophecies about Jesus Christ Matched to their Fulfillment (Paperback)
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The Odds. The Old Testament was composed between 1450 BC and 430 BC, and it is the oldest book in the world. A great number of predictions that have been fulfilled throughout redemptive history occurred during this time period. Consequently, let us consider the “probabilities” of a single person fulfilling these prophecies. Human beings have lived for an estimated 110-160 billion years, according to scientists’ best estimates. As of right now, there are around 8 billion people alive on the planet, which corresponds to approximately 7 percent of all of the individuals who have ever been.
For example, Stoner claims that if we apply modern probability theory to the EIGHT PROPHECIES, the chance that any man who has ever lived up until this point could have fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 10 to the power of 17, which is the number “1” with 17 zeroes equals 100,000,000,000,000,000.
The Silver Dollars will be buried two feet deep throughout the whole state of Texas.
Blindfold a man and tell him he may travel as far as he wants as long as he remembers to pick up the silver dollar that has been marked with his name.
Any one person has the same possibility of making eight prophesies and having them all come true as the prophets did, but he does not have the same chance.
Now, when we compare 10/79 to what Stoner claims would happen if we increase the number of prophesies from 8 to 48, we find that the possibility that any one individual will fulfill all 48 predictions is 1 in 10/157, or 1 with 157 zeros: 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
The figures become utterly mind-boggling when you increase the number of fulfilled prophesies from 48 to 272 in this book.
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4. Fulfilled Prophecy
The abundance of fulfilled prophesies is undoubtedly one of the most astonishing evidences that the Bible is inspired by God, and it ranks towards the top of the list of such evidences. Even a couple of these instances should be enough to confound all but the most ardent detractors out there. Accurate forecasts of future events that have almost little chance of occurring by chance are remarkable precisely because they appear to be beyond the capabilities of human beings. Popular prognosticators like as Nostradamus have amused generations with their intricate fortune-telling, despite the fact that their predictions have a dismal track record of accuracy.
- For ages, the Bible has been revealing the future with incredibledetail, frank clarity, and impeccably accurate prophecy.
- Daniel interpreted two sets of dreams, one given to him by a pagan prince (chapter 2) and the other given to him by the prophet himself (chapter 7), therefore foretelling the whole path of Middle Eastern history over the following five centuries with astonishing accuracy.
- From Babylon to Medo-Persia through Greece and finally Rome, Daniel explains in detail the exact ebb and flow of four empires.
- Skeptics in the nineteenth century were desperate to contradict the implications of this prophetic phenomena, so they devised dated schemes that placed the period of Daniel’s writing after the events of the day.
- 1 Daniel’s prophesy is a true “Wow,” and it provides unequivocal evidence of the divine character of the Bible in its entirety.
Although the Bible is packed with other astonishing, miraculous prophecies, such as Daniel’s, that may be proved by historical records, Daniel’s is one of the most well-known. The historical prophesies that were written about the future at the time of writing but subsequently came to pass are particularly powerful as proof that Scripture may be relied upon for accuracy. You will undoubtedly have an advantage in any debate over the Bible’s authenticity as a divine book if you can point to Ezekiel’s prophecy of the destruction of the Phoenician city Tyre (Ezekiel 26) or Isaiah’s incredible prediction of the coming reign of the Persian King Cyrus—two hundred years before his birth (Isaiah 44:28).
It is only the genuine God who has the ability to anticipate such distant events with such consistency, as God Himself claims (Isaiah 41:21–23, 48:3, 5). 2
Messianic prophecies that have been confirmed in the New Testament are just as effective as anything else. Even though the fulfillment of these prophecies hundreds of years later is documented in the Bible itself rather than in secular history, the impact is still significant. It should be sufficient to share specifics on a single case to prove your argument. Consider the prophet Micah, who lived in the seventh century BC and predicted that Christ would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Mary and Joseph, Christ’s parents, lived in Nazareth, which was a long distance away from Bethlehem.
Micah, on the other hand, properly anticipated this catastrophe more than six hundred years before it happened.
More than sixty fulfilled Messianic predictions, such as this one, serve to confirm the Bible’s status as the inspired Word of God.
Perhaps it will even increase your own level of enthusiasm for your religious beliefs.
It is possible to find hundreds of particular messiah prophesies in the Old Testament that were miraculously fulfilled. Every believer should memorize the predictions that are the most evident and unforgettable to them. They consist of specifics. PROPHECIES ABOUT HIS LIFE: he was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18), he was born in the little village of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1), and he was a healer of the blind and destitute (Isaiah 35:5–6; Matthew 11:5), according to the scriptures.
His resurrection from the dead (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6), His ascension into heaven (Psalm 68:18; Mark 16:19), and His exaltation at God’s right hand are all prophecies of His victory over death in the Old and New Testaments, respectively (Psalm 110:1; 1 Peter 3:22).
The Statistical Probability of Jesus Fulfilling the Messianic Prophecies
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How can you tell if the Bible is telling the true and accurate account of the history of the world?
“Dawn is Coming,” the Apostle Peter asks in 2 Peter 1:16-21, which we explored this past Sunday at White Fields Church in the sermon titled, “Dawn is Coming” (2 Peter 1:16-21) Peter essentially provides two arguments for why we can put our faith in the Bible:
- Christianity is founded on historical events that were witnessed by a large number of people. This is a list of Messianic predictions that were fulfilled by Jesus
An astonishing assertion is made in the Book of Isaiah: the Lord God is contrasting himself with the pagan gods, which many people worshipped in the shape of idols, and God declares, “Here is how you will know that I am the one true God, and that those so-called ‘gods,’ are nothing:” From the beginning, I will tell you what will happen in the end; I will tell you what will happen before it happens, and when those things occur, it will serve as proof to you that I alone am God.
See, for example, Isaiah 44:6-8; 46:9-10; 48:5-6.
Approximately one-third of the Bible is made up of prophesies, many of which are concerning the expected Messiah and foretell different aspects of his identity and acts.
This is why the Dead Sea Scrolls are such a huge deal: they date back to around 100 years before the birth of Jesus, demonstrating that the predictions that Jesus fulfilled were really penned before his birth, and were not later redactions or modifications to the original manuscript.
Previously, Professor Peter W.
The statistical possibility of one individual in the first century fulfilling just eight of the most apparent and straightforward Messianic prophesies is outlined in Professor Stoner’s book, Science Speaks.
We discover that the probability that any guy could have lived up to the current day and fulfilled all eight prophesies is one in ten thousand seventeen (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000).
Stoner went on to calculate the likelihood of a single individual fulfilling 48 predictions, which came out to 1 in 10157.
“The American Scientific Affiliation at Goshen College,” he continues.
Professor Stoner has used these principles in a proper and persuasive manner in the mathematical analysis that is provided.
The Christian path to salvation, in addition to eyewitness testimony of historical events (testimony for which people have died, been imprisoned, or suffered the torture of their loved ones), is what distinguishes Christianity from all other religions and philosophical systems: it is the only path to salvation that is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Other religions offer ways to save yourself, or to endear yourself to God, through doing actions, or by following rules. That’s far more encouraging news, and it’s a commitment you can put your trust in.