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Friday, August 21, 2015

Fortune teller Part Two

Way back near the start of this blog  I posted one called the Fortune Teller and it went something like this. . . . . . . .People came from all around. They had heard of the special talent or gift that she had. The rumors were she could gaze into the future and tell you of things that were yet to come. "I heard she told Betty that there was romance in her future and now she has a new boy friend", one lady said. Another story had her predicting correctly someone’s good health, and yet for another financial successes that latter came to pass. Soon everyone wanted to have their fortune read.
If you could make accurate predictions of the future it would get people’s attention for sure.  If I had that proverbial crystal ball and could for tell events in your life and then they happened. And then I could repeat this twice, and then a third time, and even a fourth, would you start paying attention to what I had to say?  What if I told you there was a book that has told the future and it has come to pass and it has done it over and over with amazing accuracy, would you be interested?
Well there is. . . . . . . . That book is the Bible. Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors. (The remaining 500 or so reach into the future and may be seen unfolding as days go by.) Since the probability for any one of these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance averages less than one in ten (figured very conservatively) and since the prophecies are for the most part independent of one another, the odds for all these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance without error is less than one in 10 to the 2000 power (that is 1 with 2000 zeros written after it)! I can't even wrap my brain around that number. A 1 with 6 zeros is a million or the odds being one in a million. But were talking something far beyond that.

So in Fortune teller part one I gave you just a few of the many prophecies of the bible. Here in fortune teller two are just a few more examples of the Bible’s Prophecy that I did not include before.

Jesus prophesied that the Jews would be exiled
Found in the bible passage: Luke 21:24
Time written: During the first century AD
In Luke 21:24, Jesus said that Jerusalem would be trampled upon by foreigners and
that the people of Israel would be forced into exile.
Luke 21:24:
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled
About 40 years after Jesus spoke those word, it began to find fulfillment. The Romans destroyed Jerusalem in the year 70, and again in the year 135.
During the first destruction, Josephus, an historian who lived during the first century, claimed 1.1 million Jews died and hundreds of thousands were forced out of the country and into exile and slavery.
During the second destruction, Cassius Dio, an historian who lived during the second century, claimed that 580,000 Jews were killed, 50 fortified towns and 985 villages were destroyed. The exiled Jews were taken to countries throughout the Roman Empire and eventually scattered and re-scattered throughout the world.

Jesus explained why Jerusalem would be destroyed
Found in the bible passage: Luke 19:41-44
Time written: During the first century AD
In Luke 19:41-44, Jesus prophesies that Jerusalem would be destroyed because of the rejection of Jesus as the Messiah.
Luke 19:41-44:
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you.
Although a few Jewish people did accept Jesus as the Messiah, most of the people rejected him. In fact, the rejection was strong enough that Jesus was executed a short time after speaking the words. The Romans when they burned and destroyed the temple then took the stones apart to get the melted gold that was between the cracks.

Zion would be "plowed like a field"
Found in the bible passage: Micah 3:11-12
Time written: Sometime between 750-686 BC
In Micah 3:11-12, the prophet Micah said that Jerusalem would be destroyed and
that "Zion" - a central part of Jerusalem - would be "plowed like a field."
Micah 3:11-12:
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us." Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets
Micah's prophecy is believed to have been delivered in about 730 BC (about 2700 years ago). Since that time, Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 BC by the Babylonians and by the Romans in 70 AD. The Romans destroyed it again in 135 AD to crush a Jewish rebellion for independence. According to a text in the GemaraGemara said that Turnus Rufus, a Roman officer, plowed the area of the Temple. This prophecy was fulfilled in literal detail. Incidentally, there was a Roman coin minted during that era that shows an image of a man using a plow. The coin was intended to commemorate the founding of the pagan Roman city
called Aelia Capitolina on the site of Jerusalem. The Romans sometimes minted coins showing the plowing motif as a symbol of the establishment of a new Roman city. The Jews fast (go without food) on the 9th day of the Jewish month of Ab (sometimes spelled Av) in remembrance of five historic events that are recorded as occurring on that date. One of those events is the plowing of all or part of Jerusalem by the Romans.

The Bible foreshadowed Rome's destruction of Israel
Found in the bible passage: Deuteronomy 28:49-52
Time written: As early as 1400 BC
Deuteronomy 28:49-52:
The LORD will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not
understand, a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young. They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine or oil, nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined. They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the LORD your God is giving you
The Bible has several prophecies foretelling the destruction of the land of Israel, and it has been destroyed many times, but the one in the book of Deuteronomy that coincides with the manner in which the Roman army conquered Israel during the first and second centuries:
The Romans oppressively ruled over the land of Israel for a century before the Jews waged two wars for independence, the first beginning in 67 AD and the second beginning in about 132 AD. Both wars resulted in great destruction to the land and people of Israel. The ancient historian Dio Cassius claimed that the Roman army had razed to the ground 985 villages throughout Israel. If the figure is to believed, then it might be including settlements, along with cities and towns, throughout the land. The writings of Cassius, along with those from Josephus, another first-century historian, indicate that the Roman army's destruction of Israel was very complete. The prophecy also speaks of an eagle in reference to the army that would swoop down upon Israel and reduce it to a state of desolation. As we learn from historians, including Tacitus who lived during the first century, the Romans marched with standards - long poles adorned with the eagle figurines - held high above their heads, as though the eagles were in flight. Another feature of the prophecy is that it speaks of armies being gathered from the ends of the earth. The Romans had armies scattered throughout parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. To quell the Jewish uprising, some troops had to be called in from as far away as the British Isles.

Israel would become a wasteland
Found in the bible passage: Deuteronomy 29:23
Time written: As early as 1400 BC
Deuteronomy 29:23:
The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger.
This prophecy certainly was fulfilled. The land that was once “the promised land” that produced great bounty has been described many times since the times of Jesus as having been a sparsely populated wasteland, as recently as the late 1800s. American writer Mark Twain wrote this, in 1867, about the land of Israel, which at the time was called Palestine: "Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes… the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies… Palestine is desolate and unlovely… It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land." - from Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad.

Isaiah said Israel's fruit would fill the world
Bible passage: Isaiah 27:6
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
Fulfilled: late 1900s
Isaiah 27:6
In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.
In Isaiah 27:6, the prophet said Israel would one day blossom and fill the world with fruit. Well it became a barren waste land but since Israel was re born in the 1940s This prophecy has been at least partially fulfilled so far, literally and spiritually. Today, the land of Israel, which had been barren for centuries, tiny Israel is one of the leading producers of agricultural products, exporting food to many countries through out the world. This prophecy also has been fulfilled spiritually with the worldwide spread of Christianity, which began with Jesus in Israel.

Bible Prophecies Fulfilled by Babylon
The Bible prophecies below are a selection from the Bible that involve the Babylonian Empire, which had rose to power for a second time about 2600 years ago.

Babylon would rule Judah for 70 years
Bible passage: Jeremiah 25:11-12
Written: Sometime between 626-586 BC
Jeremiah 25:11-12:
This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. "But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt," declares the LORD, "and will make it desolate forever
Both parts of this prophecy were fulfilled. In 609 BC, which is about 2600
years ago, Babylon captured the last Assyrian king and took over the holdings of the Assyrian empire, to which the land of Israel previously had been subjugated. Babylon later asserted its domination by taking many Jews as captives to Babylon, and by destroying Jerusalem and the Temple. The domination ended in 539 BC, when Cyrus, a leader of Persians and Medes, conquered Babylon and brought an end to its empire. Cyrus later offered the captive Jews the freedom to return to their homeland. The prophecy also was fulfilled in another way too: The Babylonians had destroyed Jerusalem's Temple in 586 BC, and the Jews rebuilt it and consecrated it 70 years later, in 516 BC. Having the Temple again showed, in a very important way, that the effects of Babylonian domination truly had come to an end.

Babylon's gates would open for Cyrus
Bible passage: Isaiah 45:1
Written: Between 701-681 BC
Isaiah 45:1:
"This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut"
In Isaiah 45:1, the prophet said God would open the gates of Babylon for Cyrus and his attacking army. Despite Babylon's remarkable defenses, which included moats, and walls that were more than 70-feet thick and 300-feet high, and 250 watchtowers, Cyrus was able to enter the city and conquer it. Cyrus and his troops diverted the flow of the Euphrates River into a large lake basin. Cyrus then was able to march his army across the riverbed and into the city.

Babylon's kingdom would be overthrown, permanently
Bible passage: Isaiah 13:19
Written: Between 701-681 BC
Isaiah 13:19:
Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians' pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.
Isaiah is saying Babylon would be overthrown, permanently.
History confirms that when Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 BC, close to 150 years after Isaiah, it never again rose to power as an empire. Before the time of Cyrus, however, Babylon had been defeated by the Assyrian Empire but was able to recover and later conquer the Assyrian Empire. However, like Isaiah said 2700 years ago, the Babylonian Empire never recovered from Cyrus' conquest.

Babylon would be reduced to swampland
Bible passage: Isaiah 14:23
Written: Between 701-681 BC
Isaiah 14:23:
"I will turn her into a place for owls and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction," declares the Lord Almighty.
In this prophecy just like the previous Isaiah said that Babylon, which had been a world power at two different times in history, would be brought to a humble and final end. But this time being more specific he claims it would be reduced to swampland. After Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 BC, the kingdom never again rose to power. The buildings of Babylon fell into a gradual state of ruin during the next several centuries. Archaeologists excavated Babylon during the 1800s. Some parts of the city could not be dug up because they were n swamp land and under a water table that had risen over the years

Bible Prophecies Fulfilled by Tyre
These Bible prophecies involve Tyre, a Phoenician city that often had had great animosity with the people of Israel.

Tyre's fortresses would fail
Bible passage: Amos 1:9-10
Written: About 750 BC
Amos 1:9-10:
This is what the Lord says: "For three sins of Tyre, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom, disregarding a treaty of brotherhood, I will send fire upon the walls of Tyre that will consume her fortresses."
Amos the prophet said that God would cause Tyre's protective fortresses
to fail, as punishment for the way that Tyre treated Israel. That prophecy was fulfilled in 586-573 BC more than 160 years after Amos, when Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar attacked the mainland of Tyre, and in 333-332 BC when Alexander the Great conquered the island of Tyre. Alexander's army built a land bridge from the mainland to the island so that they could use a battering ram to break through the island's fortress.

Tyre would be attacked by many nations
Bible passage: Ezekiel 26:3
Written: Between 587-586 BC
Ezekiel 26:3:
Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, O Tyre, and I will
bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves
Ezekiel said that Tyre, the Phoenician's most powerful city, would be attacked by many nations, because of its treatment of Israel. At about
the time that Ezekiel delivered this prophecy, Babylon had begun a 13-year attack on Tyre's mainland. Later, in about 332 BC, Alexander the Great conquered the island of Tyre and brought a final end to the Phoenician Empire. Tyre later became ruled by the Romans, the Crusaders and the Muslims, who destroyed the city, again, in 1291. And most recently the destruction of Tyre by Israel in retaliation for continued rocket attacks.

Tyre's stones, timber and soil would be cast into the sea
Bible passage: Ezekiel 26:12
Written: Between 587-586 BC
Ezekiel 26:12:
They will plunder your wealth and loot your merchandise; they will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones, timber and rubble into the sea
Ezekiel being more specific here said that Tyre's stones, timber and soil would be thrown into the sea. That probably would have been a fitting description of how Alexander the Great built a land bridge from the mainland to the island of Tyre when he attacked in 333-332 BC. It is believed that he took the rubble from Tyre's mainland ruins and tossed it - stones, timber and soil - into the sea, to build the land
bridge (which is still there today).

Tyre would lose its power over the sea
Bible passage: Zechariah 9:3-4
Written: Between 520 and 518 BC
Zechariah 9:3-4:
Tyre has built herself a stronghold; she has heaped up silver like dust, and gold like the dirt of the streets. But the Lord will take away her possessions and destroy her power on the sea, and she will be consumed by fire.
Zechariah said that the Phoenician city of Tyre would lose its status as a powerful nation and naval sea power on the Mediterranean Sea. Today there is a city called
Tyre that is either on, or near, the original Phoenician site. But this Tyre is a small and poor city in modern-day Lebanon. It is certainly not the powerful nation that it was in the days of Zechariah, and certainly not a major naval power to contend with.

Tyre would never again be found
Bible passage: Ezekiel 26:21
Written: Between 587-586 BC
Ezekiel 26:21:
I will bring you to a horrible end and you will be no more. You will be sought, but you will never again be found, declares the Sovereign Lord.
In this on Ezekiel said that the Phoenician city of Tyre would be brought to an end and would never again be found. When Alexander the Great destroyed the city in 332 BC, he brought an end to the Phoenician Empire. The Empire was never revived or "found" again. As for the city itself, it has been torn down and built upon by a succession of world powers. Today, finding artifacts from the original Phoenician Tyre is difficult. According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition: "The principal ruins of the city today are those of buildings erected by the Crusaders. There are some Greco-Roman remains, but any left by the Phoenicians lie underneath the present town."

Tyre would never be rebuilt
Bible passage: Ezekiel 26:14
Written: Between 587-586 BC
Ezekiel 26:14:
I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.
The City of Tyre
Here Ezekiel is more specific saying the Phoenician city of Tyre would be destroyed and never be rebuilt. This was fulfilled when Alexander the Great conquered Tyre in 332 BC more than 250 years after Ezekiel. Alexander's conquest brought an end to the Phoenician Empire. The empire never
recovered from the attack. And so, it could never rebuild Tyre. Other nations and empires have built cities near the original Phoenician site.
Secular history records that "Alexander the Great" laid siege to the island fortress of Tyre in 332 BC. His army destroyed the remains of mainland Tyre and threw them into the Mediterranean Sea. As Alexander's army constructed a causeway to the island, they scraped even the dust from the mainland city, leaving only bare rock. Historian Phillip Myers in his history textbook, General History for Colleges and High Schools, writes, "Alexander the Great reduced Tyre to ruins in 332 BC. Tyre recovered in a measure from this blow, but never regained the place she had previously held in the world. The larger part of the site of the once great city is now as bare as the top of a rock -- a place where the fishermen that still frequent the spot spread their nets to dry."
Bible Prophecies Fulfilled The City of Samaria

The prophets Hosea (748 - 690 BC) and Micah (738 - 690 BC) each predicted the destruction of Samaria, the capital city of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Not only did these prophets predict violence and destruction, but they declared that this great city would become "as a heap in the field," with its stones poured down into the valley, and vineyards planted in place of its great walls, with even the foundations being removed.

History tells us that Sargon took Samaria by the sword in 722 BC. Later, Alexander took the city violently in 331 BC, as did Hyrcanus in 120 BC. What's remarkable is not the violent demise of Samaria and its people, but rather, some of the historic specifics of what then happened to that once great city.

Reactions upon visiting the ancient spot have been recorded for centuries. In 1697, Henry Maundrell declared: "This great city is now wholly converted into gardens, and all the tokens that remain to testify that there has ever been such a place, are only on the north side…" Floyd Hamilton continues: "To-day the top of the hill where Samaria stood is a cultivated field with the foundations of the columns marking the place where the palaces and mansions stood. At the foot of the hill, in the valley, lie the foundation stones of the city…" 11 Finally, from Van de Velde:
Her foundations discovered, her streets ploughed up, and covered with corn fields and olive gardens… Samaria has been destroyed, but her rubbish has been thrown down into the valley; her foundation stones, those grayish ancient quadrangular stones of the time of Omri and Ahab, are discovered, and lie scattered about on the slope of the hill. 12

Egypt would never again rule over nations
Bible passage: Ezekiel 29:15
Written: Between 593-571 BC
Ezekiel 29:15:
… I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations
Here Ezekiel says that Egypt would recover from a desolation (perhaps Babylon's attack about 2600 years ago), but that it would never again rule over other nations. Up until the time of Ezekiel, Egypt had been a world power for centuries, dominating many nations, including Israel. But for most of the past 2500 years, Egypt has been controlled by foreign powers, including the Romans, Ottomans and Europeans. Today, Egypt is an independent nation again. In 1948, 1967 and 1973, Egypt tried to dominate Israel but was unsuccessful each time, despite the fact that Egypt is 10 times larger than Israel. Egypt today, in many respects, is an impressive nation. But since the time of Ezekiel, it has never ruled over other nations as it once did.

So now here are a few of the prophecies that have played out in more modern times.

Israel would be re-established as a united nation
Bible passage: Ezekiel 37:21-22
Written: between 593-571 BC
Fulfilled: 1948
Ezekiel 37:21-22
and say to them, `This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.
Here Ezekiel is saying that God would one day bring the people of Israel back to Israel, as a united nation after being spread out into many places. This might have been a shock for Ezekiel. He lived about 2600 years ago. At that time, the people of Israel had already divided themselves into two separate kingdoms. And, both kingdoms had been conquered by foreign invaders, who forced many of the people, including Ezekiel, into exile. Latter the Jewish people would be further scattered through out the world when the Romans destroyed their nation in the first century. But, when Jews reclaimed sovereignty in 1948, they did so as a united people, creating one nation - Israel after being away for thousands of years.

Isaiah spoke of a Israel being reborn in one day
Bible passage: Isaiah 66:7-8
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
Fulfilled: 1948
Isaiah 66:7-8
"Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children."
Isaiah speaks of a country being born in one day. This accurately describes what happened on May 14, 1948 - when the Jews declared independence for Israel as a united and sovereign nation for the first time in 2900 years.
During that same day, the United States issued a statement recognizing Israel's sovereignty. And, only hours beforehand, a United Nations mandate expired, ending British control of the land. During a 24-hour span of time, foreign control of the land of Israel had formally ceased, and Israel had declared its independence, and its independence was acknowledged by other nations. Modern Israel was literally was born in a single day.
Isaiah said the birth would take place before there would be labor pains. And that too is precisely what happened. A movement called Zionism began in the 1800s to encourage Jews worldwide to move to Israel, which at that time was called Palestine. Within hours of the declaration of independence in 1948, Israel was attacked by the surrounding countries of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

When reading Isaiah 66:7-8, keep in mind that Israel's status as a sovereign nation was established and reaffirmed during the course of a single day, and that it was born of a movement called Zionism, and that its declaration of independence was not the result of a war but rather the cause of one.

Ezekiel predicted when Israel would be re-established
Bible passage: Ezekiel 4:3-6
Written: between 593-571 BC
Fulfilled: 1948
Ezekiel 4:3-6
... Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel. "Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the house of Israel. "After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.
Here Ezekiel the prophet said the Jews, who had lost control of their homeland, would be punished for 430 years. This prophecy, according to Bible scholar Grant Jeffrey, pinpointed the 1948 rebirth of Israel. Here's a summary of Jeffrey's theory on how that could be:

1. Ezekiel said the Jews were to be punished for 430 years because they had turned away from God. As part of the punishment, the Jews lost control of their homeland to Babylon. Many Jews were taken as captives to Babylon.

2. Babylon was later conquered by Cyrus in 539 BC. Cyrus allowed the Jews to leave Babylon and to return to their homeland. But, only a small number returned. The return had taken place sometime around 536 BC, about 70 years after Judah lost independence to Babylon.

3. Because most of the exiles chose to stay in pagan Babylon rather than return to the Holy Land, the remaining 360 years of their punishment was multiplied by 7. The reason is explained in Bible's book of Leviticus. (Leviticus 26:18, 26:21, 26:24 and 26:28). In Leviticus, it says that if the people did not repent while being punished, the punishment would be multiplied by 7. And, by staying in pagan Babylon, most exiles were refusing to repent.

4. So, if you take the remaining 360 years of punishment and multiply by 7, you get 2,520 years. But, Jeffrey says those years are based on an ancient 360-day lunar calendar. If those years are adjusted to the modern solar calendar, the result is 2,484 years.

5. And, there were exactly 2,484 years from 536 BC to 1948, which is the year that Israel regained independence.
(In this Bible passage, Ezekiel is asked by God to symbolically act out the 430 years of punishment)

Well that is a long, long, long post. But that is just a few of the hundreds and hundreds of these I could have posted, to go along with the ones I already did in Fortune Teller One   http://arizjones.blogspot.com/2010/07/fortune-teller.html  , and in the page on Prophecies that Jesus fullfilled   http://arizjones.blogspot.com/p/messianic-prophecies-fulfilled-in-one.html   . So think about the odds of this simple book being able to make all these claims and then have them happen. This is to get you to think about the claims it is making about what is still to come. The Bible says that at the end times Israel will become a stumbling block for all nations and that Israel's neighbors will all join together in war against it. Looks possible doesn't it. And after that the removal of the followers of Christ and the Tribulation and and then the return of Jesus with all the saints with Him. Are you ready? Only those prepared will be removed from these difficult times to come.

 I'm no prophet, but I do think there will be some who will question this post.  And that is what is expected as a follower of Christ.  The Bible tells me that it will appear to be foolishness to those who don't believe.  It was foolishness to me before I came to having faith in Jesus and the Bible as God's word.  But I urge those who doubt to really honestly investigate with an open mind.  The odds of just six of the hundreds of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled coming true has been calculated by a professor at Cal Tech who teaches probability to be conservatively estimated at 1 in 10 to the 27th power.  That is a 10 with twenty seven zeros.  And that is just six of the prophecies and there are hundreds.

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