Jesus: The Fulfillment of Old Testament Messiah Prophecies

Blindfold silver dollars

What are the odd that anyone could have accidentally fulfilled the prophesies regarding the coming Christ (Messiah) foretold in detail throughout the books of the Old Testament?  Couldn’t Jesus have been in the right place at the right time and his fitting the profile be a coincidence?

The mathematical odds say, “Not a chance!”

Mathematician Peter W. Stoner laid out the odds, and Lee Strobel re

ports the odds in his book, The Case for Christ (p. 183):

The probability of just eight prophecies being fulfilled is one chance in one hundred million billion [1/1o^17].  That number is millions of times greater than the total number of people who’ve ever walked on the planet!  [Stoner] calculated that if you took this number of silver dollars, they would cover the state of Texas to a depth of two feet.  If you marked one silver dollar among them and then had a blindfolded person wander the whole state and bend down to pick up one coin, what would be the odds he’d choose the one that had been 


marked?  the same odds that anybody in history could have fulfilled just eight of the prophecies…

Stoner also computed that the probability of fulfilling forty-eight prophecies was one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion [1/10^157]!…This is a staggering statistic that’s equal to the number of minuscule atoms in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, billion universes the size of our universe!

Guess what?  Jesus didn’t just fulfill eight prophecies.  He didn’t fulfill just forty-eight prophecies.  Of the (at least) 61 prophecies regarding the coming Messiah, Jesus fulfilled them all.  Yes, there are many other reasons to believe in Jesus as the Christ besides the math behind the prophecies, but the numbers certainly add up as well.

 

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3 thoughts on “Jesus: The Fulfillment of Old Testament Messiah Prophecies

  1. Seeing how the Old Testament and the New Testament are so closely tied together is very affirming of our faith in the Word of God. It is such an amazing blessing to us; it is our instructional manual on how to live our lives well. His Word teaches us who He is and how He works.

  2. Pingback: Jesus in the Old Testament: Some prophecies He fulfilled « daily meditation

  3. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
    Deuteronomy 8:3

    Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
    Matthew 4:4

    Yeshua is the light for the gentiles.

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