Prophecy is defined as a prediction of the future made under Devine inspiration. In the Old Testament of the Bible there are 456 prophecies concerning the coming of Jesus. The probabilities of one person fulfilling every one of these prophecies is unbelievable. A few of those prophecies are as follows;
He would be born of a virgin. Isaiah14:7 – fulfilment – Matthew 1:8,
He would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 – fulfilment – Matthew 2:4-8,
King Herod’s attempt to kill Him, Jeremiah 31:15 – fulfilment – Matthew 2:16,
The ministry of John the Baptist, Isaiah 40:3 – fulfilment – John 1:23,
He would enter Jerusalem on a donkey, Zechariah 9:9 – fulfilment – Luke 19:35-37,
He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, Zechariah 11:12 – fulfilment – Matthew 26:15,
He would be crucified on a cross, Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53:12 – fulfilment – Matthew 27:38,
His resurrection from the dead, Psalm 16:10 – fulfilment – Acts 2:3.
In 1969, Professor Peter Stoner of Westmon College had 600 hundred students work on the probabilities of just 8 prophecies being fulfilled by one person. The students carefully weighed all the factors, discussed each prophecy at length, and examined the various circumstances which might indicate that men had conspired together to fulfill a particular prophecy. They made their estimates conservative enough so that there was finally unanimous agreement even among the most sceptical students. But then Professor Stoner took their estimates and made them even more conservative. He also encouraged other skeptics or scientists to make their own estimates to see if his conclusions were more fair.
Finally, he submitted his figures for review to a Committee of the American Scientific Affiliation. Upon examination, they verified that his calculations were dependable and accurate in regard to scientific material presented. After examining eight different prophecies, they conservatively estimated that the chance of one man fulfilling all eight prophecies was one in 10 to the 17th power or a figure with 17 zeros!
To illustrate this imagine the state of Texas being covered in dollar coins over 2 feet deep which is the amount of coins equalling the probability of the 8 prophecies being fulfilled and then asking a blindfolded man to go in and find the one coin that was different from all the others. The chances of him finding it on the first try are almost impossible.
But of course there are many more than eight prophecies. In another calculation Stoner used 48 prophecies and arrived at the extremely conservative estimate that the probability of 48 prophecies being fulfilled in one person is 10 to 157th power.
How large is the number one in 10 to the 157th power? It contains 157 zeros!
The probability of one person fulfilling all 456 prophecies is a staggering, and yet Jesus fulfilled them all!
("The Case for Jesus the Messiah" (by John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon and Dr. Walter C. Kaiser), page 18-20: )
Who is Jesus? Prophecy proves that He was who He said he was. Only one being has the ability to bring about every prophecy, and that is God Himself. You must make the choice to believe or not.