Jesus is unique among all people in history in that he is the fulfillment of centuries of more than 300 Messianic prophecies, which are found in the Old Testament of the Bible, that foretold his place of birth, details of his life, his mission, his nature, his death, and his resurrection. The prophecies are sometimes called “Messianic prophecies,” because they refer to the Messiah, which means “anointed one” or “chosen one.”
Grant Jeffrey, an author and scholar, came up with a very conservative estimate of the probability that anyone in the history of the world could have fulfilled the prophecies in the Bible about the Messiah by chance. Below are the prophecies Jeffrey used along with his educated guesses about the probability of each one occurring by chance:
Estimate 1: He will be born in Bethlehem and descend from Judah (Micah 5: 2 and Genesis 49: 10); probability: 1 in 2,400.
Estimate 2: A messenger will precede the Messiah’s coming (Isaiah 40: 3 and Malachi 3: 1); probability: 1 in 20.
Estimate 3: He will enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey (Zech 9: 9); probability; 1 in 50.
Estimate 4: He will be betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41: 9); probability: 1 in 10.
Estimate 5: His hands and feet will be pierced (Psalm 22: 16); probability: 1 in 100.
Estimate 6: His enemies will wound Him (Isaiah: 54: 5); probability: 1 in 10.
Estimate 7: His betrayer will receive 30 pieces of silver for betraying Him (Zechariah 11: 12); probability: 1 in 50.
Estimate 8: He will be spit upon and beaten (Isaiah 50: 6); probability: 1 in 10.
Estimate 9: The money for His betrayal will be thrown into the Temple and used to buy a potter’s field (Zechariah 11: 13); probability: 1 in 200.
Estimate 10: He will be silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53: 7); probability: 1 in 100.
Estimate 11: He will die with thieves (Isaiah 53: 9); probability: 1 in 100.
Estimate 12: People will gamble for His garments (Psalm 22: 18); probability: 1 in 100.
Estimate 13: His side will be pierced (Zechariah 12: 10); probability: 1 in 100.
Estimate 14: None of His bones will be broken (Psalm 34: 20); probability: 1 in 20.
Estimate 15: His body will not decay (Psalm 16: 10); probability: 1 in 10,000.
Estimate 16: He will be buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53: 9); probability: 1 in 100.
Estimate 17: Darkness will cover the earth at His death (Amos 8: 9); probability: 1 in 1000.
Using Jeffrey’s estimates, the probability of these 17 prophecies occurring by chance is 1 divided by 480,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Stated another way, it’s 1 divided by (5 trillion times 96 trillion).
How likely are those odds? The answer is mind-boggling. Here’s a way to think about it. That many dollar bills would fill the entire state of Texas several feet high. And by the way, there are hundreds of Messianic prophecies in the Bible, not just 17. Therefore, logic and probability rule out more than one Messiah. So does Yahweh’s Word.
Yeshua is amazing, and so many things in the Bible connect with Him in very unusual ways. In Jewish writings there are 2 messiahs, one the son of Joseph who is the suffering Messiah and the Son of David who is the Reigning Messiah. Yeshua was called the “son of Joseph” and was a descendant of David on both his mother and “fathers” side. But amazingly both Joseph and David suffered, because of jealousy, both of them were originally sent by their father to their brothers, and both of them had a change of life at the age of 30 years old, to rule! Messiah was sent by His Father, to His Brothers, with the Bread of life, He was the Fathers beloved son, and from jealousy was hated. Messiah began to preach at the same age Joseph and David began to rule! Now David cried when his rebel son died, and he said “Oh my son, my son, Absolom! would God I had died for you, my son my son Absolom!” David was called a man after Gods own heart, and Messiah who is called Emmanuel(God with us) did for us what David said he wished he could have done for Absolom,-to die in His place! Another thing is Messiah and David were descendants of Judah, the brother of Joseph and Benjamin. Judah offered to take Benjamins place as a slave, for the sake of his father, this again is a picture of Messiah who took our place for the sake of His Father! David wrote many psalms and the 23rd is a well known psalm. It begins “The LORD is my shepherd” Messiah said “I AM the good shepherd” David said “I shall not want” Messiah said “The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep” David said “tho I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me” Messiah said “Fear not for lo I am with you always, even to the end of the earth!” David said “And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever!” Messiah said “I go to prepare a place for you!”
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