There are at least 48 prophecies about the life and death of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, all of which came true. Do a simple internet search and see the lists. Some lists are 100+ prophecies.
There are quite a few different calculations of the statistical probability that 48 or more prophecies could have been declared and then come true. Whatever statistical measurement used, even the lowest probabilities are massively prohibitive that the Bible is not spiritually inspired by a being far, far above our comprehension.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Let’s say that each of the 48 prophecies had a 50% chance of being true and a 50% chance of being false, like a coin flip. The odds that anyone could randomly choose 48 correct true/false answers ahead of time are 1 out of 281,474,976,710,656 tries. That’s 281 trillion +. That’s the odds of accurately predicting 48 coin flips before flipping the first time.
OR, if a group of galaxies each contained 100 billion stars, there would be 2,810 galaxies in that group. Think you could randomly pick out the one star God is thinking of in the whole group?
OR, the odds of winning some state lotteries are about 1 out of 22 million. This is about 12 million times more likely to occur than predicting 48 coin flips ahead of time.
Of course, when you factor in that there are multiple possible answers to most events (not just true or false), the odds skyrocket.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; ...
In other words, there were thousands of towns that Jesus could have been born in, but Bethlehem was prophesied hundreds of years in advance. This one prophecy alone increases the 281 trillion number by a factor of at least 2,000 (“thousands”), sending it to 562 quadrillion +.
You get the picture - the only logical conclusions that can be made are:
Man did not do it. (II Peter 1:21, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”)
God said he would do it. (Isaiah 42:9, “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.”)
And God did it. (Matthew 2:1, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea ……”)
Please let us know of a prophesy fact that was originally documented in the Bible prior to its actual literal occurence hundreds or thousands of years later.
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