years ago a friend of mine who was deeply bound by drugs surrendered his heart to Jesus Christ and was delivered instantly
from heroin addiction, alcohol, and nicotine. First, he attended a church service where he made a token commitment to Jesus
Christ, but the life-changing miracle had not taken place. Several days later my wife and I invited him to the house for dinner.
After dinner I showed him various Old Testament prophecies that foretold the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ hundreds, even
thousands of years before he came to the earth. It was at this moment when he was exposed to the marvelous prophecies of God
that he was truly born again.
The ruling scepter would abide in the Hebrew tribe of Judah until it would be passed onto the Messiah, who himself would be of the lineage of King David, who was of the tribe of Judah. This prophecy was fulfilled in the lineage of Jesus Christ as the Apostle Matthew records in Matthew 1:1,
The Jewish leadership in the time of Christ was fully aware of his generational connection to King David. This caused concern, for it meant he had at least one of the requirements to indeed be the messiah. The following excerpt is from the ancient (70-200 AD) Jewish, Babylonian Talmud:
Several other New Testament authors record
the fulfillment of the prophecy made in Genesis 49:10. Keep in mind that man said God’s prophecies
are vague and convoluted.
God said He would give us a sign. The sign was a woman who had not known man sexually would conceive and have a son a miraculous sign and a biological impossibility. The Apostle Matthew certifies the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy in Matthew 1:18-25,
The gospel of Luke
also declares the fulfillment of this great miracle in the first chapter.
It is of
interest to note that Jesse and his sons, which included King David, were from Bethlehem.
Matthew 2:1 announces the fulfillment of God’s prophecy concerning His only begotten son Christ Jesus:
Are these, as man claims, vague and convoluted prophecies? You be the judge.
The Apostle Matthew reports the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy Matthew 26:14-16,
And then in Matthew 27:3-10,
“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, ‘for I have betrayed innocent blood.’ ‘What is that to us?’ they replied. ‘That’s your responsibility.’ So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests picked up the coins and said, ‘It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.’ So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: ‘They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.’”
Doubting Thomas speaks in the gospel of John 20:25,
Zechariah 13:6 speaks of the results of the crucifixion. When Christ returns to the earth in the Day of Judgment some people will respond as the verse declares,
“If someone asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ he will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’”
The Apostle Mark in Mark 15:24,
Prophecy is the supernatural foretelling of things that are to come. Society has cheapened the meaning of prophecy. Many people over the history of mankind have made a “prophetic” statement and seen it come to pass. Really what we are talking about in those instances are merely intuition and educated guesses that many average people guess right about a given topic. Then you have self-described prophets that use a parlor trick to give people what they want to hear. These are NOT really prophets at all and their guesses are not prophecy either!
However, within the Holy Bible there are literally hundreds of prophecies concerning the Messiah all written hundreds of years after the prophet’s death. There was no self gratification or pats on the back for their prophecies. True prophecies are supernatural! These were not given for the time of the prophets but for others well after they passed. To see all of the prophetic statements given in the Word of God actually come true in one single person gives credence to the author, God, and validates the claim that Jesus Christ is the REAL MESSIAH!
It is God’s sign to all and His statement to all that we have no excuse to not believe.
The Apostles constantly appealed to fulfilled prophecy to substantiate the claims of Jesus as the Son of God, the Savior, and the Messiah. Prophecy and the Laws of Probability (a statement of FACT in Mathematics) establish the supernatural authenticity of the Word of God. The Laws of Probability show the implausibility that any person or better yet group of people could have made such predictions and actually see them come to pass.
Statistician Dr. Peter Stoner, one of the most famous statisticians in the world, calculated the odds of a man making just 48 of the Biblical prophecies of the coming of Jesus Christ and having them come to pass. The odds of a man making these predictions and having them come to pass are one in one followed by 144 zeroes, a number so huge that language can’t label it. The chance of any man just making eight of the prophecies and having them come to pass is one in a hundred million billion (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). If a mortal has one chance in a hundred million billion of successfully making these predictions, then the other side of this equation would simply say that all the numbers in a hundred million billion with the exception of one, confirm that these prophecies were made by a supernatural God. And this is for just 8 prophecies!
In the science
of Mathematics, 10^50 (50 zeros) is considered statistically IMPOSSIBLE! The word “impossible” actually
has a definition mathematically speaking. So, to put it in a nutshell…GOD IS REAL and Jesus Christ IS THE REAL MESSIAH!
It is statistically impossible for it to be any other way.
From godsaidmansaid.com article: Prophecies of Christ and Proof
that God Is