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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Jesus The Messiah - What Are The Odds?

One of the most wonderful witnessing experiences I have had, so far anyway, was leading a 96 year old Jewish woman to the Lord on Christmas Day, 2015, while visiting a nursing home in Sierra Vista, AZ. At 96 she was sharp as a tack and she shared her life story with me over an hour or so. Every so often I would interject something biblically relevant as an example that fit into her life. Mostly, I listened. At the end I shared a brief explanation of Jesus as the Messiah. She knew the OT scriptures and grasped this immediately. One thing I want to share with you is the mathematical odds of Jesus fulfilling OT prophesies.
Odds of fulfilling just 8 OT Prophesies
The odds of one man fulfilling just eight OT Messianic prophecies is 1 in 10^17. That would be one followed by 17 zeros, 100,000,000,000,000,000. In order to comprehend this, if you took 10^17 silver dollars and laid them out on the state of Texas, they would cover the entire state two feet deep. If you marked one of those silver dollars with a sharpie, stirred the whole mess thoroughly and then blindfolded a man and told him that he could pick up just one silver dollar that has the mark on it, those would be the same odds as having the OT prophets writing just eight prophecies and having them all come true in one man.
The chance of one man fulfilling 48 Messianic prophecies found in the Tanakh (Old Testament) would be 1 in 10^157, or 1 followed by 157 zeros! Yet, This is the number of obvious OT prophesies fulfilled by Jesus.

Examples of fulfilled Messianic prophesies:
1. Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem
Micah 5:2; fulfilled in Matt. 2:1-7; John 7:42; Luke 2:4-7
2. Messiah is to be preceded by a Messenger Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; fulfilled in Matthew 3:1-3; 11:10; John 1:23; Luke 1:17
3. Messiah is to enter Jerusalem on a donkey Zechariah 9:9; fulfilled in Luke 35-37; Matthew 21:6-11
4. Messiah is to be betrayed by a friend Psalms 41:9; 55:12-14; fulfilled in Matthew 10:4; 26:49-50; John 13:21
5. Messiah is to be sold for 30 pieces of silver Zechariah 11:12; fulfilled in Matthew 26:15; 27:3
6. Messiah is to be born of a virgin
Isaiah 7:14; fulfilled in Matthew 1:18-2:1; Luke 1:26-35
7. Messiah is to be executed by crucifixion, by having His hands and feet pierced
Psalm 22:16; fulfilled in John 19:28
8. Messiah is to be given vinegar to quench His thirst
Psalm 69:22; fulfilled in Matthew 27:34
9. Messiah is to be executed without having a bone broken
Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:21; fulfilled in John 19:33-36
10. Messiah is to be raised from the dead
Isaiah 53:9-10; Psalm 2:7; 16:10; fulfilled in Matthew 28:1-20; Acts 2:23-36;13;33-37; 1 Corinthians 11:4-6

Right before I left I leaned in and told her that Yeshua was waiting for her. She just said ‘I know ‘ as the tears came pouring down. To think, 96 years and to finally come to the truth, just awesome.
Don’t keep your faith to yourself...blessings

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