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The love and mercy of God found in prophecy in the end times. Part 7. Eleven Messianic predictions made more than four hundred years before they were fulfilled.

Conferences series: NE2006_8
Taught on Aug 11, 2006

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Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

NE Conference 2006. The love and mercy of God found in prophecy in the end times. Part 7.

Friday, August 11, 2006

 

Do you realize that 28 percent of the Bible was prophetic at the time it was written?

If God already has fulfilled five hundred prophecies, with another five hundred yet to unfold - can we trust Him when He tells us about days yet to come? So far as God is concerned, prophecy is nothing more than history written in advance.

Beginning in ages past, God has seen fit to forecast the future - and everything always happens just the way He said it would.
That is one way we know He exists and He cares for us.

Men and women throughout history choose to abandon the sure Word of God and cling to the fantasies and lies of lesser authorities.

It is impossible to consistently prophesy specific future events with real accuracy unless you are God.

Modern day secular prophets do dare to make predictions, but they have a very poor record of accuracy.

Anyone who attempts to prophesy specific events will be confronted by the staggering odds against success created by the inescapable “laws of mathematical probability.”

There is one chance in two that the Patriots will beat the Atlanta Falcons. Assuming that most football scores are between 1 and 50, the chances of guessing correctly that the Patriots will have a particular final score (say 42 Points) at the end of the game are one chance in fifty.

The odds are the same one chance in fifty for predicting the Atlanta Falcons score. To sum up the risk of basing our reputation on predicting the exact football score, we simply multiply the probabilities: 2 x 50 x 50 = 5000 possible score totals.

This analysis shows that there is only one chance in 5000 that you will correctly pick the precise final score; that is why you would not bet a month’s pay, let alone your reputation, that you would make such an exact prediction.

No one, except God Himself, would dare to risk His claim to the divine inspiration of His Word - the Bible, on such a risky undertaking, humanly speaking, as predicting future events in great detail.

Such “prophets” are content to predict that “someone who is either a member or friend of the family will come close to death or injury in the next few years.”

These inaccurate prophets not only deceive their clients, but almost invariably promote false, cultic beliefs such as spiritualism, channelling, and other New Age occult systems.

God declares boldly in His Word that these prophecies and their fulfillments are His signature upon the Bible and His verification that the Bible is truly the inspired (God - breathed) Word of God.

The precision of fulfilled prophecy therefore becomes not only an irrefutable proof of God’s foreknowledge and sovereignty, but it also proves conclusively that the Bible is the revelation of God’s truth.

Statistical theory shows that if the probability of one event occurring is one in five and the probability of another event occurring is one in ten, then the probability of both events being fulfilled in sequence is five multiplied by ten. Thus, the chance of both events occurring is one in fifty.

A. The Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah, one of the 12 tribes descended from Jacob, GEN 49:10;
LUK 3:23-34. GEN 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.” HEB 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, Probability = 1 chance in 12.

B. He would be born in Bethlehem, MIC 5:2, MAT 2:1. MIC 5:2 “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, {Too} little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Probability = 1 chance in 200.

** C. He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, ZEC 11:12; MAT 26:15.
The Probability = 1 chance in 50.

The Combined Probability of these prophecies: 12 Times 200 Times 50 Equals One Chance in 120 Thousand.

The difficulty most of us would have in arranging our ancestors, the particular city of our birth, and the exact price in silver of our betrayal.

The Prophecies About the Messiah and the Laws of Probability.

1. Be born in Bethlehem. Probability: 1 in 200.
2. He would be preceded by a messenger.
Probability: 1 in 20.

ISA 40:3 A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.”

The New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 3:1-3.

3. He would enter Jerusalem on a colt.
Probability: 1 in 50.

ZEC 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout {in triumph,} O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. New Testament Fulfillment: LUK 19:35-38.

4. He would be betrayed by a friend. Probability: 1 in 10. Old Testament Prediction:
PSA 41:9 Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.

New Testament Fulfillment:
JOH 13:18 “I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but {it is} that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’”

5. He would have His hands and feet pierced. Probability: 1 in 100. Old Testament Prediction:
PSA 22:16 For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

New Testament Fulfillment: LUK 23:33 And when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.

6. He would be Wounded and Whipped by His Enemies. Probability: 1 in 25. Old Testament Prediction:
ISA 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being {fell} upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 27:26.

7. He would be Sold for Thirty Pieces of Silver. Probability: 1 in 100. Old Testament Prediction:
ZEC 11:12 And I said unto them, “If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear.” So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 26:15.

8. He would be spit upon and beaten. Probability: 1 in 10. Old Testament Prediction:
ISA 50:6 I gave My back to those who strike {Me,} And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.

New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 26:67.

9. He would have His betrayal money thrown in the Temple and given for a potter’s field.
Probability: 1 in 200. Old Testament Prediction: ZEC 11:13 Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter, {that} magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty {shekels} of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 27:3-7.

10. He would be silent before His accusers.
Probability: 1 in 100.

Old Testament Prediction:
ISA 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 27:12-14.

11. He would be crucified with thieves. Probability: 1 in 100. Old Testament Prediction:
ISA 53:12 He was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 27:28.

After adding all these things up and multiplying the combined probability that one man could fulfill just 11 of these prophecies is equal to one chance in 10 to the 19th power or One Chance in 10,000,000,000,000,000 000.

There is only one chance in 10 billion times a billion that the prophets could have accurately predicted these eleven specific prophecies by chance alone, or that any one man’s life could fulfill these detailed prophecies by chance alone.

Let us consider the first prophecy of Micah’s that was written more than seven hundred years before its fulfillment, that the promised Messiah would be born in the insignificant village of Bethlehem. Let us assume then that the odds of a king being born in the country rather than in the capital city is one in ten, which is a very conservative estimate.

Technically speaking, the Bible is not one book but actually 66 written over a 1,500-year span.

Its words were written by more than 40 authors from every walk of life, including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, and scholars.

1. I know it is true because it gave me the experience it claims it will give me.

The Bible promised me a peace that “surpasses all human understanding,” PHI 4:7 - NKJV

2. There is a place for faith, but we don’t have to check our brains at the door.

Scripture tells us that God “stretched forth the heavens,” ISA 51:13, into a limitless expanse that can never be measured, and filled it with stars that are as numerous as the sands upon the seashore, GEN 22:17.

“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen,” HEB 11:3

Its primary purpose is not to tell us how the heavens go, but how to go to heaven.

3. The Bible is true because it is confirmed by archaeology.

This criticism was silenced in 1968, when the remains of a man crucified in his mid-30s were discovered north of Jerusalem with a seven-inch iron nail still embedded in the heel. But in 1961, an inscription found in Israel confirmed that Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor in Judea at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Critics doubted Scripture’s authority because no record of a high priest named Caiaphas existed.
But in 1990, the tomb of the high priest Caiaphas was discovered.

4. The Bible is true because it is the one book that dares to predict the future. If they were to do so, it would be evident that they are not inspired by God, as the Bible is.

The basic test of the true God, the true faith, the true Prophet and the true belief lies in this: “Can they predict the future?”

The present conflict in the Middle East?

Against all odds, this happened, and Israel officially became a nation on May 14, 1948.

The Scripture also pointed out that Israel would be surrounded by enemies and would be attacked.

The Scripture told us the final conflict of the world would happen in the Middle East and the tiny city of Jerusalem would be at the center of it.

Putting all eight prophecies together, the chances that Jesus would fulfill all of them coincidentally are 1 in 10 to the 28th power.

 



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