One thing that many people have struggled with has been whether Jesus really is the Christ or Messiah that was prophesied in the Bible.
Consider these facts, which you may or may not be aware of: The bible contains 66 books, written down by 40 different writers over a span of 1,500 years. Many of those writers didn’t know about any of the other writers. What’s more, the bible was originally written in part on three different continents, in three languages. Yet, when it is put together, it makes sense and is understandable.
There isn’t much chance of that happening. Imagine taking a random French, English, and Scandinavian writer, having them each write a chapter of a book, just a few years apart and without knowing the others, and have that book proceed logically from one chapter to another once it is translated into a common language.
The chances of 40 writers, on 3 continents, in 3 languages, writing over the course of 1,500 years, and having the total collection ending up not only understandable, but supportive of what other writers wrote is amazing.
What does this have to do with Jesus? This is just laying the foundation.
In the 33 books of the old testament, which cover 1,100 of those years, there are over 300 prophecies describing the Christ, the last one being written 40 years before Jesus was even born. Jesus fulfilled every single prophecy. What are the chances of this happening?
In the 20th century, a scientist wondered what the chances were of any man fulfilling even 8 of the prophecies. He employed 600 other scientists to help him figure out the chances of any man fulfilling just 8 of the prophecies. After many hours of work, mostly mathematical, they arrived at a conclusion: The chances of any man fulfilling 8 of the prophecies was one in 10 to the 17th power. That is one with seventeen zeros behind it: one in 100,000,000,000,000,000.
To get an idea of how big that number is, if you had that many silver dollars, you could cover the entire state of Texas with silver dollars, two feet deep! The chances of any man fulfilling 8 of the prophies would be like marking one of those silver dollars with an X, then laying the silver dollars out, then having someone walk out and pick up on of those silver dollars to find that it was the one marked with the X.
I want that to sink in for a moment. It wouldn’t be statistically impossible, but it would be tremendously unlikely. That is just for a man to fulfill 8 of the prophecies. The scientists went on to figure out what the chances would be for a man to fulfill 48 prophecies. Before I give the conclusion, the figures of the 600 scientists have been rechecked since then and the American National Scientific Council not only confirmed that the figures were correct, they said that if anything, the number was conservative. In other words, the numbers could be far larger.
So what did they find for the chances of any man fulfilling 48 of the prophecies? Are you ready for this? One in 10 to the 157th power(written 10^157); a one with 157 zeroes after it!
That is for a man fulfilling 48 prophecies. Jesus didn’t fulfill just 8 or 48 prophecies, he fulfilled all 300. The chances against that ever happening are literally astronomical, as in, nearly impossible.
Did you realize that the chances of any person fulfilling all 300 prophecies was so incredibly tiny?
I didn’t even know that there were over 300 prophecies regarding the Christ and that Jesus fulfilled them all