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.