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Below are just a few of the over 300 specific prophesies written in the old testament about Jesus Christ during his life and death.  Jesus Christ fulfilled all 300+ prophesies!

A few of the Old Testament prophesies fulfilled by Christ:

He would be born of the seed of Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3, 22:18),

Born of the tribe of Judah (Gen 49:10),

In the lineage of David (2 Samuel 7:12f).

He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)

He’d come while the temple was still standing (Malachi 3:1),

He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14),

He would open the eyes of the blind, unstop the ears of the deaf, and cause the lame to walk (Isaiah 35:5-6),

He’d be rejected by His own people (Psalm 118:22; 1 Peter 2:7).

The precise time in history when He would die (Daniel 9:24-26),

That He would rise from the dead (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27-32).

How He would die (Psalm 22:16-18, Isaiah 53; Zechariah 12:10)

The last prophesy in the list above is Psalm 22:16-18.  It is the oldest of the prophecies fulfilled by Christ, and it is the prophesy indicating the type of execution Christ would suffer.

Psalm 22:16-18 “For dogs encompass me; a company of evil doers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet. I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots”. 

I found this prophesy to be particularly interesting.  It is dated at approximately 1000 BC, 1000 years before Christ’s birth, which is amazing in itself!  However, it was also written 400 years before crucifixion had even been invented by the Romans as a form of capital punishment!  It is a kind of dual prophesy, about a future type of capital punishment, and also the method of Jesus Christ’s death.

Now, let's take a closer look at the amazing probabilities of these prophesies from Josh McDowell's book Evidence That Demands A Verdict.

Mathematical Probabilities of Fulfilled Prophecies

The odds of just 8 of over 300 prophecies being fulfilled in any one individual by accident is 1 in 10 to the 17th power, (1 with 17 zeroes after it).  This number, 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 is a little hard to comprehend, but this illustration should help.  10 to the 17th power silver dollars would fill the entire state of Texas 2ft deep.  If you marked one silver dollar and mixed it into the rest, the odds of someone picking that marked silver dollar out on the first try would be 1 in 10 to the 17th power.  And this is only 8 of over 300 prophesies.  What would the odds look like if we used a larger group?  What about the odds of someone accidentally fulfilling 48 prophesies?

The odds of 48 of over 300 prophecies being fulfilled by accident in any one individual, (less than 1/6th of the total number of prophesies), is 1 in 10 to the 157th power or one in 10 with 157 zeroes after it!  The size of the known Universe is estimated to be able to contain 10 to the 80th power atoms, a huge number!  However, this is a microscopically small number compared to 10 to the 157th power. 

If your recollection of exponents is a little foggy, each increase of one in the exponent indicates 10 times the number.  So 10 to the 80th power times 10 = 10 to the 81st power.  10 to the 81st power x 10 = 10 to the 82nd power, etc.  10 to the 157th power atoms would fill not one Universe, but trillions and trillions of Universes!  Now pick one atom, mark it, mix it in with all the others . . . You get the idea.  Remember, these odds only apply to the fulfillment of less than 1/6th of the total number of fulfilled prophecies of Jesus, and Jesus Christ fulfilled all 300+ of the prophecies!

The following link is a great presentation from Josh McDowell covering this amazing information:

Prophecies Jesus Fulfilled by Josh McDowell

Fulfilled Prophecy: Evidence for the Reliability of the Bible

The Law of Probability

Borel's Law indicates that anything with odds beyond 1 in 10 to the 50th power has a zero probability of happening by accident.  Considering this, it is impossible for someone to have accidentally fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. No human has been able to foretell future events with any specific accuracy but the Bible foretells specific details about a large number of future events.  In the life and death of Jesus Christ alone the Bible prophecies date to in some cases more than 1000 years before they were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  Even if we don’t consider any of the other evidences, these prophecies by themselves provide amazing proofs of the Divine origin of the Bible and that Jesus Christ was God, because no human would ever be able to predict future events with even vague detail, not to mention the very specific details the Bible prophesies contains

God and the Laws of Science: The Laws of Probability

Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled By Jesus Christ

354 Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ

Jesus In Prophecy - Ed Hindson

Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled By Jesus


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