The Prophecy of the Split Mountain
We are finishing up our exploration of Professor Peter Stoner’s marvelous book, Science Speaks, which calculates the mathematical probabilities of Bible prophecies begin fulfilled.
One more point I would like to make concerning Messianic prophecy, and that is to me the most remarkable book of all — the book of Zechariah in the Old Testament. I say that because it turned my life around in terms of understanding Bible prophecy.
I was always told that end time Bible prophecy was apocalyptic, which means it doesn’t mean what it says. I was told that over and over by pastors that prophecy doesn’t really mean what it literally says. And then, one day, I read the little book of Zechariah.
Zechariah is chock full of First Coming prophecies. It teaches that the Messiah will come. He will come to Jerusalem. He will ride in on a donkey. He will be hailed as King. He will be betrayed. He will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12). It says that the silver will be used to buy a potter’s field. It says that He will have His hands pierced. All of these prophecies can be found in the book of Zechariah.
It suddenly occurred to me, and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to conclude this, that if the First Coming prophecies meant exactly what they say, then the Second Coming prophecies must mean exactly what they say as well. In the book of Zechariah, the prophet says that when the Messiah returns to the Mount of Olives, it will split in half. He will speak a supernatural word. The Antichrist and his forces will be destroyed. And, it says in verse 9 of chapter 14, “On that day He will become King over all the earth.”
I would like to conclude this series on Professor Peter Stoner using math to prove the legitimacy of the Bible by sharing a short, one minute Bible Prophecy Insights video developed by my colleague, Nathan Jones. It is a very vivid illustration of Peter Stoner’s point about Jesus fulfilling just eight prophecies.
I am Nathan Jones with your Bible Prophecy Insight. Can math prove the accuracy of Bible prophecy? Well, let’s start with just 8 of the 108 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus’ life. Mathematician Peter Stoner calculated that the probability of all 8 being fulfilled in the life of one person is 1 in 10 to the 17th power. That’s 17 zeros! That would be like filling the entire state of Texas two feet deep in quarters. Mark just one, throw it in. The odds would be like walking for days, and then, the very first coin picked up, that would be the one with the mark. Impossible, right? Well, not if the Bible is truly God’s Word. To learn more about Bible prophecy, visit us at lamblion.com.
Evidence that Affirms
Over this series I have presented a lot of scientific evidence that validates the Bible as the Word of God, and Jesus as the Son of God. There is also a lot of other evidence that affirms the Christian faith. The point I have been trying to make is that the Christian faith is not a blind faith. It is a faith based on evidence: historical evidence, archaeological evidence, logical evidence, scientific evidence, and the evidence of radically changed lives.
The crucial question is, “What are you going to do with this evidence?”
I ask this question because it is evidence that demands a verdict. Are you going to accept it, and take a leap of faith? Or, are you going to just shrug your shoulders and write it off to coincidence?
I believe the evidence is overwhelming, and I personally have chosen to accept in faith that the Bible is the Word of God and Jesus is the Son of God. I challenge you to do likewise, to reach out in faith and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior so that God can touch and change you and seal you for eternal life.
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Great stuff Mr. Stoner! The best thing about all of this, is it gives us hope. I wont even contemplate math, probabilities, statistics. Probably because its way over my head!
However faith and submission to the Creator, our good shepard. Welcomed back into the flock, thanks be to Jesus Christ! Is better then any math, although it is interesting. Especially overwhelming mathmatical odds that Creation, Life and everything else, is no accident! It is another revelation of hope, that I pray brings salvation to those who are in darkness. We know this will save some however, by Truth being light and those who are in darkness are attracted to the light. Why, because its the Lords word and coming from one who does not lie!
Calculating the mathmatical probability that the Soverign Lord most high of all Hosts. Created all things, is overwhelmingly evident. In contrast to the cold, empty, decietful view. Of Big Bang theory, primordial soup, and evolutionary views of Science. Why is this? As you graciously described, its the Word of GOD revealed. No where else is a description of events since the begining and until the end of time. Utterly correct, as faith reinforces hope and wisdom reveals understanding of the truth! Not by anything we do, but by his grace! Only the Lord is outside of time and space and eternaity is always in the present. Never yesterday or tomorrow. Further proof? Only the Lord can know what happens in our future, because that future, present and past is always in his presence!
I wonder what the odds would be, if the creation of everything, including all life since the begining. Happened by accident, including all factors that are necessary, which is everything. Nothing can be taken out of order, deduced, shifted or altered even slightly. Or no creation of anything would happen, especially life. The composition of elements, exact location of Galaxies, including their rotation. The sensitive distance of the earth between, Sun and Jupitor. The earths rotation and planets around the sun. The earths axis motion and rotation. The earths satelite, our moon. The chemical composition of earth and everything else that allows life. Which shows us the glory of GOD. Life is nowhere else outside of Heaven and Earth. All of these things are in sympothy and once perfect harmony before sin! The odds would be inumerial that it happened by accident!
The contrast of science theory and Word of GOD “Truth”! Involving the 6 days of creation! How can anyone know presently without the revelation of truth. Considering there was no countdown or existance of time, before Sin! Believe in him who is the Word and all Truth is revealed! However foolish to those who do not believe in Truth and would rather believe false theories!