In Chapter 8 of Josh McDowell’s book “The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict” there are 61 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection. The odds that just eight of these prophecies would be complete all in one person are 1 in 1017. That’s one chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000. To illustrate these odds, cover the state of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars. Fly over and randomly throw out one marked with a red X. Put a blindfolded man in the center of the state and allow him to go in any direction any distance toward the border. Now, to fulfill these eight prophecies, he has to pick the marked dollar on his FIRST try, no second chances. This illustrates the certainty that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament.
A total of 16, of 61 prophecies were fulfilled at the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Eight are related to His lineage and the other eight to details of his birth. The Hebrew prophecies about the Messiah’s line are:
- A descendant of Shem the third son of Adam & Eve. (Genesis 9:26).
- Through Abraham (Genesis 12:3).
- Through Abraham’s son, Isaac (Genesis 17:21).
- Through Isaac’s son, Jacob, also called Israel (Genesis 28:14).
- Through the tribe of Judah (one of Jacob’s 12 sons) (Genesis 49:8).
- Through the family of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1).
- Through the house of David (Jeremiah 23:5).
- Lineages of Matthew 1:1-17 = Joseph & Luke 3:23-38 = Mary are fulfilled in Jesus.
The promised Messiah had to come before 70 A.D. because the Roman conquest of Jerusalem destroyed all genealogical records of the Jewish people. After 70 A.D. no Jew could trace their lineage. Josephus, the Jewish Historian wrote about the destruction: “The governor of Syria could not quell the uprising, and the emperor Nero entrusted the campaign to the veteran commander Vespasian. With superior forces Vespasian slowly and effectively subdued Galilee and Judaea. When he was recalled to Rome to become emperor, he gave his army to his son Titus. In 70 A.D. Titus captured and completely destroyed Jerusalem with great slaughter. In 73 A.D. the last flames of revolt were put out at Masada, where the last rebels committed suicide rather than fall into Roman hands.” (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Another reason the Messiah had to come before 70 A.D. is the prophecy of Daniel called the 70 Weeks of Years (Daniel 9:24-27) that states the Messiah will appear and be killed before the Temple is destroyed in 70 A.D. Eight more prophecies related to Jesus’ Nativity include:
- Place of birth – Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)
- Virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14)
- Divine names (Isaiah 9:6)
- Gifts to Him (Psalm 72:10-11)
- Children massacred after birth (Jer 31:15)
- Escape into Egypt (Hosea 11:1)
- Residence in Nazareth (Matthew 2:23)
- Childhood poverty (Isaiah 53:2)
These prophecies prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Messiah promised in the Old Testament to be sent to Israel was Jesus Christ.
Charlie is the author of three books and seven short stories published on Amazon, Kindle.
Three Books: 1) “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” 2) ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You. Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions” Both at http://yourchristiananswers.com 3) “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead! Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.” Available at http://www.w3mdarwinsdead.com
Amazon/Kindle short stories written by Charlie Liebert: 1) The Memory Tree. A Christmas Story. 2) Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls. 3) Lost in Yellowstone: Sarah Johanson disappears without a trace. 4) Yellowstone’s Child: “Who am I? Sarah Johanson, Sally Graham, Sally Johnson or Detective Elaine Scott.” NO! She’s Yellowstone’s Child. 5) One Android, 399 lives: 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399. 6) Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. How my twice Jewish Aunt survived the Holocaust 7) The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf. Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf.
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