Prophecy 101

Prophecy is perhaps one of the greatest reasons why we know that the Bible is true - Prophecy is history written before it happens. The Bible contains 8,362 predictions, most of which have already been fulfilled (with the exception of the second coming of Christ and the end of times); the amazing thing is that out of these eight-thousand prophecies not one of them has ever been wrong - the Bible has a 100% accuracy rate.

The Bible contains literally hundreds of prophecies that were fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Even the minutest detail. For example Psalms 109:2-3 says that Jesus would be "despised and rejected by men." This was fulfilled is in John 15:25 which says, "They hated Me without a cause." Zechariah 11:12 says that the Messiah would be betrayed by 30 pieces of silver. It was fulfilled in Matt 26:15 which says the chief priests told Judas they would give him "30 pieces of silver" if he showed them where Jesus was.

Psalms 22 describes a crucifixion and says that the Messiah would be crucified, Which is what happened; this is rather interesting because not only was the prophecy written 1000 years before Christ was crucified, but it was written 600 years before crucifixion was even invented. Contained within this prophecy was the fact that the Messiah would not have any bones broken (fulfilled John 19:33), that his hands and feet would be pierced (fulfilled in Luke 25:33, & John 20:25), and that people would gamble for His clothes (fulfilled in Matt 27:35). The Scriptures prophetically tell us that even before the Messiah was crucified, He would be scourged. This is exactly what Isaiah meant when he said in Isaiah 53: 5 "with his stripes we are healed." It was fulfilled in John 19:1 which says, "Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him."

Jesus Christ fulfilled 324 prophecies written hundreds of years in advance. In his book Evidence That Demands a Verdict (Here's Life Publishers. San Bernardino, Ca. 1979), Josh McDowell calculates the odds that one person would fulfil only 8 prophecies at 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (1 in 10 to the 17th power). He then goes on to give us a visual illustration of how small of a number this is. He says that if we take 10 to the 17th silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas, they would cover the entire state of Texas two feet thick. Then if we put an X on one of the silver dollars, mix them all up, and get a blind man to pick one. The chance that he will get the one with the X on it, is 1 in 10 to the 17th power (pg 107). Jesus, he says, fulfilled not 8 prophecies, but over 300 of them. To understand how this is calculated, listen to Part 2 Audio "What is the statistical probability to prophecy fulfillment?" on Chuck Misler's 66/40 prophecy page

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Chuck Missler 66/40 prophecy


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A very specific prophecy which says that Jesus was to enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey -
prophesied 483 years in advance (to the day) before it happened.


68 specific prophecies about Jesus and there fulfillment (written out).

All 324 prophecies about Jesus and there fulfillment.

The Vagueness of the prophecies of Nostradamus - CRI

Evidence for the Bible (from www.100prophecies.org)

7 Reasons that confirm Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the Bible is True! (from www.100prophecies.org)

Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in history - See chapter 6 of A Ready Defense.
Messianic prophecies fulfilled in Jesus - See chapter 19 of A Ready Defense.