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One Chance in a Trillion, Trillion, Trillion, Trillion, Trillion, Trillion, Trillion, Trillion, Trillion

by | Dec 6, 2019

Every Monday I have the privilege of attending Elementary Chapel. We have been singing beautiful Christmas carols for the last couple of weeks, and Ms. Fitcher has been sharing about Jesus, the coming Messiah. You see, this month is when Christians celebrate Advent. There are many different ideas for what the specific meanings are for the candles, etc., but all Christians would agree that advent is a time to prepare us as we look ahead to the birth of Jesus Christ and also to think about His second coming.

Two weeks ago, Ms. Fitcher shared with the students about the probability that anyone could fulfill as many prophecies as were written in the Bible about Jesus’ birth and life. There are over 300 prophecies about Jesus mentioned in the Bible. These were written between 500 and 1000 years before Jesus was even born. The mathematical chances that any one person could fulfill all of them is one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion! And Jesus had to fulfill every single one, or He was not the Messiah at all!

Let’s look at just eight of them. The probability that someone could fulfill just eight of these prophecies is one in 100,000,000,000,000,000! 

Old Testament Prophecy

New Testament Fulfillment

The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem.

Micah 5:2

Written 700 B.C.

John 7:42 – “For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.” 

Fulfilled 27 A.D.

The Messiah will be born of a virgin.

Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6-7

Written 735 B.C.

Matthew 1:20-23 –’The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and He will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us).’”

Fulfilled 30 A.D.

The Messiah would be from the lineage of King David.
Jeremiah 23:5
Written 600 B.C.

“Jesus … the son of David …”
Luke 3:23, 31
Fulfilled 
30 A.D.

The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.
Zechariah 11:13
Written 487 B.C.

 “They gave him thirty pieces of silver.”
Matthew 26:15
Fulfilled 
30 A.D.

 The Messiah would have his hands and feet pierced.
Psalm 22:16
Written 1000 B.C.

“They came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there-Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side.”
Luke 23:33
Fulfilled 
30 A.D.

People would cast lots for the Messiah’s clothing.
Psalm 22:18
Written 1000 B.C.

“The soldiers … took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said, ‘Let’s not tear it but throw dice to see who gets it.’ ”
John 19:23-24
Fulfilled 
30 A.D.

The Messiah would appear riding on a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9
Written 500 B.C.

“They brought the animals to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.”
Matthew 21:7
Fulfilled 
30 A,D.

A messenger would be sent to herald the Messiah.
Malachi 3:1
Written 500 B.C.

John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not know.”
John 1:26
Fulfilled 
 27 A.D.

If you are interested in this topic, an easy-to-read article by Rev. Billy Graham can be found by clicking here.

As we prepare ourselves for remembering the birth of Jesus Christ, let us enter into this season with awe at how Jesus was revealed to us so long ago, and how He fulfilled what the prophets foretold about Him. Truly, He is the Son of God!

Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.