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IN SEARCH OF THE HISTORICAL JESUS Legend, Liar, Lunatic, or Lord because You have to decide

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IN SEARCH OF THE HISTORICAL JESUS

Legend, Liar, Lunatic or Lord

He was born in an obscure village.

He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty.

He then became an itinerant preacher.

He never held an office.

He never had a family.

He didn’t go to college.

He had no credentials but Himself.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race.

All the armies that have ever marched,

All the navies that ever sailed,

All the parliaments that ever sat,

And all the kings that ever reigned

Have not affected the life of man as much as that One Solitary Life. -- Author unknown

What do you think about Jesus? Who was He? I have asked that question to many people and in many different places. The responses I get are often varied.

  • He was a good man.
  • He was a teacher.
  • He was a rebel.
  • He was crazy.
  • He was a prophet.

In asking people their opinion of Jesus, I have occasionally been given the reply that, "I don’t like to discuss religion." However this same person is more than willing to talk about Buddha or Confucius or Mohammed or Charles Darwin. What is it about Jesus that gives such a response?

Perhaps it is because of the fantastic claims of Jesus. He made claims about Himself that went far beyond those made by other religious leaders of history.

  • He said that God was His Father.
  • He claimed to be the unique Son of God.
  • He said that His death would pay for the sins of the world.
  • He promised eternal life to those who believed in Him.

Who is Jesus? Who is this man that so drastically changed the face of the world? There are really only four possibilities: He was either a legend, a liar, a lunatic or the Lord.


WAS JESUS MERELY A LEGEND?

Did Jesus really exist? Are there historical records that prove that He actually lived? This question can be answered with an absolute affirmative.

1. Eyewitness Accounts.

There are two primary eyewitness accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus. They are both found in the Bible. They are the books of Matthew and John. Both of these men wrote of the things that they had seen and experienced.

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life-- 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us (1 John 1:1-2).

John says that the teachings about Jesus are not a fairy tale that begins, "Once upon a time." They are a living reality. He and the other disciples saw Jesus and touched Jesus and ate with Jesus and talked with Jesus.

Another eyewitness of Jesus whose writings have come down to us in the Bible is Peter.

For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased"-- 18 and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. (2 Peter 1:16-18).

Peter says that he was an eyewitness, not only of the life of Jesus, but also of a time when God glorified Jesus and declared Him to be the Son of God. This event took place during the ministry of Jesus. Peter and James and John had accompanied Jesus upon into a mountain. While they were there, they witnessed the unveiled glory of Jesus.

And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Matthew 17:2-4).

Peter had already spent several years with Jesus at this time. He had recognized Jesus as the Son of God. But now as he is confronted with this vision of the glorified Christ conversing with Moses and Elijah, he says something that shows the abundance of his ignorance.

He suggests that he build three memorials. One will be to Jesus. One will be to Moses. One will be to Elijah. Do you see what Peter is thinking? He is placing Jesus up there on the same level as Moses and Elijah. But Jesus is not on the same level as Moses and Elijah. Jesus is much higher than Moses and Elijah. As if to point this out to Peter, a voice comes down from heaven.

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!" (Matthew 17:5).

In essence, God says, "Peter, you shut up and listen to Jesus because you don’t know what you are talking about. HE is My beloved Son, not Moses and Elijah."

Peter never forgot that lesson. He was always to remember that Jesus was much greater than the prophets. He is the Son of God.

2. Secondary Accounts.

There were many people who had not seen Jesus personally, yet who were in a position to attest to His historicity.

For example, I have never met John F. Kennedy. Yet it would be fairly simple to attest to the fact that he actually lived and existed. I could talk to all of the people who had known him and I could collect written accounts of those who were familiar with the details of his life.

One example of such a secondary source is Luke. He alludes to his primary sources in the preface of his book.

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us, 3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; 4 so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4).

Luke cites eyewitnesses and other previous accounts as his reference material. While there are some similarities with his accounts to that of Matthew and Mark, there are also some distinct differences.

Church tradition tells us that Mark was also an author who used primary sources; his major one being the apostle Peter.

3. Secular Sources.

There are a number of contemporary secular sources that testify to the historicity of Jesus. These are not written by Christians, so they bear no mark of faith. However they do admit to his historical existence.

a. Cornelius Tacitus.

Tacitus was the governor of the Roman Province of Asia in 112 A.D. In his history, he writes of the reign of the emperor Nero and the suspicion that he had been responsible for the burning of Rome.

But all human efforts, all the lavish gifts of the emperor, and the propitiations of the gods, did not banish the sinister belief that the conflagration was the result of an order. Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace.Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular. (Annals 15:44).

Tacitus was familiar with the name Christus (Latin for Christ) and with some of the details surrounding the death of Jesus.

b. Seutonius.

Seutonius was a court official under Roman Emperor Hadrian. He wrote this about the life of Claudius:

As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Chestus, he expelled them from Rome. (Life of Claudius 25:4).

The book of Acts mentions this same expulsion of the Jews from the city of Rome (Acts 18:2). What Seutonius adds is that the source of this conflict was over the teachings of Christ.

c. Babylonian Talmud.

There are two versions of the Talmud, the collection of Jewish writings and commentaries and interpretations. One is the Jewish Talmud, the other is the Babylonian Talmud. In those writings is found this mention of Jesus:

It has been taught on the eve of the Passover they hanged Yeshua (Jesus). And an announcer went out in front of him for forty days saying, 'He is going to be stoned because He practiced sorcery and enticed and led Israel astray. Anyone who knows anything in his favor, let him come and plead in his behalf.' But, not having found anything in his favor, they hanged him on the eve of the Passover. (Tractate Sanhedrin 43a).

c. Josephus.

Josephus was a Jewish general who was captured by Titus and who was an eyewitness to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. He mentions Jesus, John the Baptist and James in his writings. Although Josephus was not a believer, his book bears this testimony:

About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared. (Antiquities 18:3:3).

This passage has come under the sharp attack of critics, even though it appears in every ancient copy of the writings of Josephus. The reason for the attacks is because of the way the record claims Jesus to have been the Messiah and to have risen from the dead. However Josephus often cites the claims of others as if they were factual; that is merely his style of writing and need not be taken as evidence for His faith in Jesus as the promised Messiah.

All of these accounts bear witness to the existence of Jesus. You may call into question who He was, but that He did not exist is unthinkable.


WAS JESUS A LIAR?

Is it possible that all of the things that Jesus told His disciples was a giant hoax? Is it possible that Jesus set out to deliberately deceive people? As we examine the implications of such a question, we are forces to see the great extent of such a lie.

  • Jesus is a blasphemer because He said that He was the Son of God when He was not.
  • Jesus is a hypocrite because He told others to follow Him in righteous and holy living when He was living a lie.
  • Jesus is the Great Deceiver because He told people to trust in Him for their eternal destiny.
  • Jesus is a fool because it was these claims that led to His crucifixion.

It has been said that if Jesus is not the Lord, then He is really the devil. And yet, this is exactly what has been taught by Dr. Hugh Schonfield in his book, "The Passover Plot." He pictures Jesus as some grand schemer who planned to stage His own death on the cross and who then was revived in the tomb and, with the help of his accomplices, escaped and made his presence known to his deluded disciples.

Such a theory is completely contrary to the facts set down by the eyewitness accounts to the resurrection.

Take the case of Thomas. He was skeptical when he first heard the news of the resurrection. He knew that dead men do not usually rise from the dead and he knew that Jesus was very, very dead. He went so far as to say that he would not be convinced until he was able to see and touch the risen Lord.

And after eight days again His disciples were inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst, and said, "Peace be with you." 27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing." 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:26-28).

This is the testimony of a hostile witness. It is the testimony of a man who had committed himself not to believe unless he was provided with adequate evidence. We see here that he was given that evidence.

John was an eyewitness to that event. He was in the room that day when the risen Lord stood in the room before them all. He saw the critic turn into a believer. He saw Doubting Thomas become Trusting Thomas. He, along with all of the other disciples, witnessed the evidence of the resurrection.

What effect did this have on their lives? These men who had so recently fled before the soldiers who came to arrest Jesus went on to stand boldly before kings and governors. Of the eleven disciples who stood in the room that day, church tradition tells us that ten of them went on to be killed for their testimony. Not one of them ever wavered from the testimony of what they had seen that day.

They were changed men. This change could not have come about from something they knew or even suspected to be a lie. The only logical explanation for this change is that they actually saw the resurrection of Jesus.


WAS JESUS A LUNATIC?

It is possible that Jesus thought that He was God, but was mistaken? We must realize that, if this is the case, then we do not have some mild delusion. Rather we have a case of someone who is so insane that he has not contact at all with reality.

C.S. Lewis stated that if Jesus really thought that He was the Messiah and the Son of God while He was not, then He is on the same level as one who says he is a poached egg.

Is there reason to doubt the sanity of Jesus? Quite to the contrary, He is the sanest man who ever lived. Aside from the question of His miracles that were witnessed by friends and foes alike, His teachings have brought peace and stability into the troubled lives of millions. Lives that were in turmoil and strife have been gloriously changed. Marriages have been healed. No other teacher on earth has spoken such words of comfort, of love or of hope.

No psychiatrist has ever brought such peace of mind. No psycho-analyst has ever brought such healing for the soul.


JESUS CHRIST THE LORD

You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. - C.S. Lewis

He is not a legend. He is not a liar. He is not a lunatic. He is the LORD. Jesus claimed to be God. He did not leave open any other options. He did not allow anyone to accept Him as merely a good man or a prophet or a spiritual teacher. You must either reject Him or else you must worship Him. There is no middle ground.

Have you come to the place where you recognize Him as your Lord? This is the most important truth that you can know. Jesus is Lord. And because He is Lord, He is able to save all those who come to Him in faith.

That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9-10).

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351 Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ



"Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me" (Psalm 40:7).
"The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10).
"...all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me" (Jesus Christ, Luke 24:44).

Prophecy

Fulfillment

1. Gen. 3:15Seed of a woman (virgin birth)Galatians 4:4-5, Matthew 1:18
2. Gen. 3:15He will bruise Satan's headHebrews 2:14, 1John 3:18
3. Gen. 5:24The bodily ascension to heaven illustratedMark 16:19
4. Gen. 9:26, 27The God of Shem will be the Son of ShemLuke 3:36
5. Gen. 12:3Seed of Abraham will bless all nationsGalatians 3:8, Acts 3:25, 26
6. Gen. 12:7The Promise made to Abraham's SeedGalatians 3:16
7. Gen. 14:18A priest after the order of MelchizedekHebrews 6:20
8. Gen. 14:18King of Peace and RighteousnessHebrews 7:2
9. Gen. 14:18The Last Supper foreshadowedMatthew 26:26-29
10. Gen. 17:19Seed of Isaac (Gen. 21:12)Romans 9:7
11. Gen. 22:8The Lamb of God promisedJohn 1:29
12. Gen. 22:18As Isaac's seed, will bless all nationsGalatians 3:16
13. Gen. 26:2-5The Seed of Isaac promised as the RedeemerHebrews 11:18
14. Gen. 28:12The Bridge to heavenJohn 1:51
15. Gen. 28:14The Seed of JacobLuke 3:34
16. Gen. 49:10The time of His comingLuke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4
17. Gen. 49:10The Seed of JudahLuke 3:33
18. Gen. 49:10Called Shiloh or One SentJohn 17:3
19. Gen. 49:10Messiah to come before Judah lost identityJohn 11:47-52
20. Gen. 49:10Unto Him shall the obedience of the people beJohn 10:16
21. Ex. 3:13-15The Great "I AM"John 4:26, 8:58
22. Ex. 12:5A Lamb without blemishHebrews 9:14; 1Peter 1:19
23. Ex. 12:13The blood of the Lamb saves from wrathRomans 5:8
24. Ex. 12:21-27Christ is our Passover1Corinthians 5:7
25. Ex. 12:46Not a bone of the Lamb to be brokenJohn 19:31-36
26. Ex. 15:2His exaltation predicted as YeshuaActs 7:55, 56
27. Ex. 15:11His Character-HolinessLuke 1:35; Acts 4:27
28. Ex. 17:6The Spiritual Rock of Israel1Corinthians 10:4
29. Ex. 33:19His Character-MercifulLuke 1:72
30. Lev. 1:2-9His sacrifice a sweet smelling savor unto GodEphesians 5:2
31. Lev. 14:11The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthoodLuke 5:12-14; Acts 6:7
32. Lev. 16:15-17Prefigures Christ's once-for-all deathHebrews 9:7-14
33. Lev. 16:27Suffering outside the CampMatthew 27:33; Heb. 13:11, 12
34. Lev. 17:11The Blood-the life of the fleshMatthew 26:28; Mark 10:45
35. Lev. 17:11It is the blood that makes atonementRom. 3:23-24; 1John 1:7
36. Lev. 23:36-37The Drink-offering: "If any man thirst"John 7:37
37. Num. 9:12Not a bone of Him brokenJohn 19:31-36
38. Num. 21:9The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted upJohn 3:14-18, 12:32
39. Num. 24:17Time: "I shall see him, but not now."John 1:14; Galatians 4:4
40. Deut. 18:15"This is of a truth that prophet."John 6:14
41. Deut. 18:15-16"Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me."John 5:45-47
42. Deut. 18:18Sent by the Father to speak His wordJohn 8:28, 29
43. Deut. 18:19Whoever will not hear must bear his sinActs 3:22-23
44. Deut. 21:23Cursed is he that hangs on a treeGalatians 3:10-13
45. Joshua 5:14-15The Captain of our salvationHebrews 2:10
46. Ruth 4:4-10Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed usEphesians 1:3-7
47. 1 Sam. 2:35A Faithful PriestHeb. 2:17, 3:1-3, 6, 7:24-25
48. 1 Sam. 2:10Shall be an anointed King to the LordMt. 28:18, John 12:15
49. 2 Sam. 7:12David's SeedMatthew 1:1
50. 2 Sam. 7:13His Kingdom is everlasting2Peter 1:11
51. 2 Sam. 7:14aThe Son of GodLuke 1:32, Romans 1:3-4
52. 2 Sam. 7:16David's house established foreverLuke 3:31; Rev. 22:16
53. 2 Ki. 2:11The bodily ascension to heaven illustratedLuke 24:51
54. 1 Chr. 17:11David's SeedMatthew 1:1, 9:27
55. 1 Chr. 17:12-13To reign on David's throne foreverLuke 1:32, 33
56. 1 Chr. 17:13"I will be His Father, He...my Son."Hebrews 1:5
57. Job 9:32-33Mediator between man and God1 Timothy 2:5
58. Job 19:23-27The Resurrection predictedJohn 5:24-29
59. Psa. 2:1-3The enmity of kings foreordainedActs 4:25-28
60. Psa. 2:2To own the title, Anointed (Christ)John 1:41, Acts 2:36
61. Psa. 2:6His Character-HolinessJohn 8:46; Revelation 3:7
62. Psa. 2:6To own the title KingMatthew 2:2
63. Psa. 2:7Declared the Beloved SonMatthew 3:17, Romans 1:4
64. Psa. 2:7, 8The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimatedActs 13:29-33
65. Psa. 2:8, 9Rule the nations with a rod of ironRev. 2:27, 12:5, 19:15
66. Psa. 2:12Life comes through faith in HimJohn 20:31
67. Psa. 8:2The mouths of babes perfect His praiseMatthew 21:16
68. Psa. 8:5, 6His humiliation and exaltationHebrews 2:5-9
69. Psa. 9:7-10Judge the world in righteousnessActs 17:31
70. Psa. 16:10Was not to see corruptionActs 2:31, 13:35
71. Psa. 16:9-11Was to arise from the deadJohn 20:9
72. Psa. 17:15The resurrection predictedLuke 24:6
73. Psa. 18:2-3The horn of salvationLuke 1:69-71
74. Psa. 22:1Forsaken because of sins of others2 Corinthians 5:21
75. Psa. 22:1"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"Matthew 27:46
76. Psa. 22:2Darkness upon Calvary for three hoursMatthew 27:45
77. Psa. 22:7They shoot out the lip and shake the headMatthew 27:39-44
78. Psa. 22:8"He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him"Matthew 27:43
79. Psa. 22:9-10Born the SaviourLuke 2:7
80. Psa. 22:12-13They seek His deathJohn 19:6
81. Psa. 22:14His blood poured out when they pierced His sideJohn 19:34
82. Psa. 22:14, 15Suffered agony on CalvaryMark 15:34-37
83. Psa. 22:15He thirstedJohn 19:28
84. Psa. 22:16They pierced His hands and His feetJohn 19:34, 37; 20:27
85. Psa. 22:17, 18Stripped Him before the stares of menLuke 23:34, 35
86. Psa. 22:18They parted His garmentsJohn 19:23, 24
87. Psa. 22:20, 21He committed Himself to GodLuke 23:46
88. Psa. 22:20, 21Satanic power bruising the Redeemer's heelHebrews 2:14
89. Psa. 22:22His Resurrection declaredJohn 20:17
90. Psa. 22:27-28He shall be the governor of the nationsColossians 1:16
91. Psa. 22:31"It is finished"John 19:30, Heb. 10:10, 12, 14, 18
92. Psa. 23:1"I am the Good Shepherd"John 10:11, 1Peter 2:25
93. Psa. 24:3His exaltation predictedActs 1:11; Philippians 2:9
94. Psa. 30:3His resurrection predictedActs 2:32
95. Psa. 31:5"Into thy hands I commit my spirit"Luke 23:46
96. Psa. 31:11His acquaintances fled from HimMark 14:50
97. Psa. 31:13They took counsel to put Him to deathMt. 27:1, John 11:53
98. Psa. 31:14, 15"He trusted in God, let Him deliver him"Matthew 27:43
99. Psa. 34:20Not a bone of Him brokenJohn 19:31-36
100. Psa. 35:11False witnesses rose up against HimMatthew 26:59
101. Psa. 35:19He was hated without a causeJohn 15:25
102. Psa. 38:11His friends stood afar offLuke 23:49
103. Psa. 38:12Enemies try to entangle Him by craftMark 14:1, Mt. 22:15
104. Psa. 38:12-13Silent before His accusersMatthew 27:12-14
105. Psa. 38:20He went about doing goodActs 10:38
106. Psa. 40:2-5The joy of His resurrection predictedJohn 20:20
107. Psa. 40:6-8His delight-the will of the FatherJohn 4:34, Heb. 10:5-10
108. Psa. 40:9He was to preach the Righteousness in IsraelMatthew 4:17
109. Psa. 40:14Confronted by adversaries in the GardenJohn 18:4-6
110. Psa. 41:9Betrayed by a familiar friendJohn 13:18
111. Psa. 45:2Words of Grace come from His lipsJohn 1:17, Luke 4:22
112. Psa. 45:6To own the title, God or ElohimHebrews 1:8
113. Psa. 45:7A special anointing by the Holy SpiritMt. 3:16; Heb. 1:9
114. Psa. 45:7, 8Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed)Luke 2:11
115. Psa. 45:17His name remembered foreverEphesians 1:20-21, Heb. 1:8
116. Psa. 55:12-14Betrayed by a friend, not an enemyJohn 13:18
117. Psa. 55:15Unrepentant death of the BetrayerMatthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19
118. Psa. 68:18To give gifts to menEphesians 4:7-16
119. Psa. 68:18Ascended into HeavenLuke 24:51
120. Psa. 69:4Hated without a causeJohn 15:25
121. Psa. 69:8A stranger to own brethrenJohn 1:11, 7:5
122. Psa. 69:9Zealous for the Lord's HouseJohn 2:17
123. Psa. 69:14-20Messiah's anguish of soul before crucifixionMatthew 26:36-45
124. Psa. 69:20"My soul is exceeding sorrowful."Matthew 26:38
125. Psa. 69:21Given vinegar in thirstMatthew 27:34
126. Psa. 69:26The Saviour given and smitten by GodJohn 17:4; 18:11
127. Psa. 72:10, 11Great persons were to visit HimMatthew 2:1-11
128. Psa. 72:16The corn of wheat to fall into the GroundJohn 12:24-25
129. Psa. 72:17Belief on His name will produce offspringJohn 1:12, 13
130. Psa. 72:17All nations shall be blessed by HimGalatians 3:8
131. Psa. 72:17All nations shall call Him blessedJohn 12:13, Rev. 5:8-12
132. Psa. 78:1-2He would teach in parablesMatthew 13:34-35
133. Psa. 78:2bTo speak the Wisdom of God with authorityMatthew 7:29
134. Psa. 80:17The Man of God's right handMark 14:61-62
135. Psa. 88The Suffering and Reproach of CalvaryMatthew 27:26-50
136. Psa. 88:8They stood afar off and watchedLuke 23:49
137. Psa. 89:27FirstbornColossians 1:15, 18
138. Psa. 89:27Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kingsLuke 1:32, 33
139. Psa. 89:35-37David's Seed, throne, kingdom endure foreverLuke 1:32, 33
140. Psa. 89:36-37His character-FaithfulnessRevelation 1:5, 19:11
141. Psa. 90:2He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2)John 1:1
142. Psa. 91:11, 12Identified as Messianic; used to tempt ChristLuke 4:10, 11
143. Psa. 97:9His exaltation predictedActs 1:11; Ephesians 1:20
144. Psa. 100:5His character-GoodnessMatthew 19:16, 17
145. Psa. 102:1-11The Suffering and Reproach of CalvaryJohn 19:16-30
146. Psa. 102:25-27Messiah is the Preexistent SonHebrews 1:10-12
147. Psa. 109:25RidiculedMatthew 27:39
148. Psa. 110:1Son of DavidMatthew 22:42-43
149. Psa. 110:1To ascend to the right-hand of the FatherMark 16:19
150. Psa. 110:1David's son called LordMatthew 22:44, 45
151. Psa. 110:4A priest after Melchizedek's orderHebrews 6:20
152. Psa. 112:4His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et alMatthew 9:36
153. Psa. 118:17, 18Messiah's Resurrection assuredLuke 24:5-7; 1Cor. 15:20
154. Psa. 118:22, 23The rejected stone is Head of the cornerMatthew 21:42, 43
155. Psa. 118:26aThe Blessed One presented to IsraelMatthew 21:9
156. Psa. 118:26bTo come while Temple standingMatthew 21:12-15
157. Psa. 132:11The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body)Luke 1:32, Act 2:30
158. Psa. 129:3He was scourgedMatthew 27:26
159. Psa. 138:1-6The supremacy of David's Seed amazes kingsMatthew 2:2-6
160. Psa. 147:3, 6The earthly ministry of Christ describedLuke 4:18
161. Prov. 1:23He will send the Spirit of GodJohn 16:7
162. Prov. 8:23Foreordained from everlastingRev. 13:8, 1Peter 1:19-20
163. Song. 5:16The altogether lovely OneJohn 1:17
164. Isa. 2:3He shall teach all nationsJohn 4:25
165. Isa. 2:4He shall judge among the nationsJohn 5:22
166. Isa. 6:1When Isaiah saw His gloryJohn 12:40-41
167. Isa. 6:8The One Sent by GodJohn 12:38-45
168. Isa. 6:9-10Parables fall on deaf earsMatthew 13:13-15
169. Isa. 6:9-12Blinded to Christ and deaf to His wordsActs 28:23-29
170. Isa. 7:14To be born of a virginLuke 1:35
171. Isa. 7:14To be Emmanuel-God with usMatthew 1:18-23, 1Tim. 3:16
172. Isa. 8:8Called EmmanuelMatthew 28:20
173. Isa. 8:14A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense1Peter 2:8
174. Isa. 9:1, 2His ministry to begin in GalileeMatthew 4:12-17
175. Isa. 9:6A child born-HumanityLuke 1:31
176. Isa. 9:6A Son given-DeityLuke 1:32, John 1:14, 1Tim. 3:16
177. Isa. 9:6Declared to be the Son of God with powerRomans 1:3, 4
178. Isa. 9:6The Wonderful One, PelehLuke 4:22
179. Isa. 9:6The Counsellor, YaatzMatthew 13:54
180. Isa. 9:6The Mighty God, El Gibor1Cor. 1:24, Titus 2:3
181. Isa. 9:6The Everlasting Father, Avi AdthJohn 8:58, 10:30
182. Isa. 9:6The Prince of Peace, Sar ShalomJohn 16:33
183. Isa. 9:7To establish an everlasting kingdomLuke 1:32-33
184. Isa. 9:7His Character-JustJohn 5:30
185. Isa. 9:7No end to his Government, Throne, and PeaceLuke 1:32-33
186. Isa. 11:1Called a Nazarene-the Branch, NetzerMatthew 2:23
187. Isa. 11:1A rod out of Jesse-Son of JesseLuke 3:23, 32
188. Isa. 11:2Anointed One by the SpiritMatthew 3:16, 17, Acts 10:38
189. Isa. 11:2His Character-Wisdom, Knowledge, et alColossians 2:3
190. Isa. 11:3He would know their thoughtsLuke 6:8, John 2:25
191. Isa. 11:4Judge in righteousnessActs 17:31
192. Isa. 11:4Judges with the sword of His mouthRev. 2:16, 19:11, 15
193. Isa. 11:5Character: Righteous & FaithfulRev. 19:11
194. Isa. 11:10The Gentiles seek HimJohn 12:18-21
195. Isa. 12:2Called Jesus-YeshuaMatthew 1:21
196. Isa. 22:22The One given all authority to governRevelation 3:7
197. Isa. 25:8The Resurrection predicted1Corinthians 15:54
198. Isa. 26:19His power of Resurrection predictedMatthew 27:50-54
199. Isa. 28:16The Messiah is the precious corner stoneActs 4:11, 12
200. Isa. 28:16The Sure Foundation1Corinthians 3:11, Mt. 16:18
201. Isa. 29:13He indicated hypocritical obedience to His WordMatthew 15:7-9
202. Isa. 29:14The wise are confounded by the Word1Corinthians 1:18-31
203. Isa. 32:2A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding placeMatthew 23:37
204. Isa. 35:4He will come and save youMatthew 1:21
205. Isa. 35:5-6To have a ministry of miraclesMatthew 11:2-6
206. Isa. 40:3, 4Preceded by forerunnerJohn 1:23
207. Isa. 40:9"Behold your God."John 1:36; 19:14
208. Isa. 40:10.He will come to rewardRevelation 22:12
209. Isa. 40:11A shepherd-compassionate life-giverJohn 10:10-18
210. Isa. 42:1-4The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemerMatthew 12:18-21
211. Isa. 42:2Meek and lowlyMatthew 11:28-30
212. Isa. 42:3He brings hope for the hopelessJohn 4
213. Isa. 42:4The nations shall wait on His teachingsJohn 12:20-26
214. Isa. 42:6The Light (salvation) of the GentilesLuke 2:32
215. Isa. 42:1, 6His is a worldwide compassionMatthew 28:19, 20
216. Isa. 42:7Blind eyes opened.John 9:25-38
217. Isa. 43:11He is the only Saviour.Acts 4:12
218. Isa. 44:3He will send the Spirit of GodJohn 16:7, 13
219. Isa. 45:21-25He is Lord and SaviourPhilippians 3:20, Titus 2:13
220. Isa. 45:23He will be the JudgeJohn 5:22; Romans 14:11
221. Isa. 46:9, 10Declares things not yet doneJohn 13:19
222. Isa. 48:12The First and the LastJohn 1:30, Revelation 1:8, 17
223. Isa. 48:16, 17He came as a TeacherJohn 3:2
224. Isa. 49:1Called from the womb-His humanityMatthew 1:18
225. Isa. 49:5A Servant from the womb.Luke 1:31, Philippians 2:7
226. Isa. 49:6He will restore IsraelActs 3:19-21, 15:16-17
227. Isa. 49:6He is Salvation for IsraelLuke 2:29-32
228. Isa. 49:6He is the Light of the GentilesJohn 8:12, Acts 13:47
229. Isa. 49:6He is Salvation unto the ends of the earthActs 15:7-18
230. Isa. 49:7He is despised of the NationJohn 1:11, 8:48-49, 19:14-15
231. Isa. 50:3Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliationLuke 23:44, 45
232. Isa. 50:4He is a learned counselor for the wearyMatthew 7:29, 11:28, 29
233. Isa. 50:5The Servant bound willingly to obedienceMatthew 26:39
234. Isa. 50:6a"I gave my back to the smiters."Matthew 27:26
235. Isa. 50:6bHe was smitten on the cheeksMatthew 26:67
236. Isa. 50:6cHe was spat uponMatthew 27:30
237. Isa. 52:7Published good tidings upon mountainsMatthew 5:12,15:29,28:16
238. Isa. 52:13The Servant exaltedActs 1:8-11; Eph. 1:19-22, Php. 2:5-9
239. Isa. 52:14The Servant shockingly abusedLuke 18:31-34; Mt. 26:67, 68
240. Isa. 52:15Nations startled by message of the ServantLuke 18:31-34; Mt. 26:67, 68
241. Isa. 52:15His blood shed sprinkles nationsHebrews 9:13-14, Rev. 1:5
242. Isa. 53:1His people would not believe HimJohn 12:37-38
243. Isa. 53:2Appearance of an ordinary manPhilippians 2:6-8
244. Isa. 53:3aDespisedLuke 4:28-29
245. Isa. 53:3bRejectedMatthew 27:21-23
246. Isa. 53:3cGreat sorrow and griefMatthew 26:37-38, Luke 19:41, Heb. 4:15
247. Isa. 53:3dMen hide from being associated with HimMark 14:50-52
248. Isa. 53:4aHe would have a healing ministryMatthew 8:16-17
249. Isa. 53:4bThought to be cursed by GodMatthew 26:66, 27:41-43
250. Isa. 53:5aBears penalty for mankind's iniquities2Cor. 5:21, Heb. 2:9
251. Isa. 53:5bHis sacrifice provides peace between man and GodColossians 1:20
252. Isa. 53:5cHis sacrifice would heal man of sin1Peter 2:24
253. Isa. 53:6aHe would be the sin-bearer for all mankind1John 2:2, 4:10
254. Isa. 53:6bGod's will that He bear sin for all mankindGalatians 1:4
255. Isa. 53:7aOppressed and afflictedMatthew 27:27-31
256. Isa. 53:7bSilent before his accusersMatthew 27:12-14
257. Isa. 53:7cSacrificial lambJohn 1:29, 1Peter 1:18-19
258. Isa. 53:8aConfined and persecutedMatthew 26:47-27:31
259. Isa. 53:8bHe would be judgedJohn 18:13-22
260. Isa. 53:8cKilledMatthew 27:35
261. Isa. 53:8dDies for the sins of the world1John 2:2
262. Isa. 53:9aBuried in a rich man's graveMatthew 27:57
263. Isa. 53:9bInnocent and had done no violenceLuke 23:41, John 18:38
264. Isa. 53:9cNo deceit in his mouth1Peter 2:22
265. Isa. 53:10aGod's will that He die for mankindJohn 18:11
266. Isa. 53:10bAn offering for sinMatthew 20:28, Galatians 3:13
267. Isa. 53:10cResurrected and live foreverRomans 6:9
268. Isa. 53:10dHe would prosperJohn 17:1-5
269. Isa. 53:11aGod fully satisfied with His sufferingJohn 12:27
270. Isa. 53:11bGod's servant would justify manRomans 5:8-9, 18-19
271. Isa. 53:11cThe sin-bearer for all mankindHebrews 9:28
272. Isa. 53:12aExalted by God because of his sacrificeMatthew 28:18
273. Isa. 53:12bHe would give up his life to save mankindLuke 23:46
274. Isa. 53:12cNumbered with the transgressorsMark 15:27-28
275. Isa. 53:12dSin-bearer for all mankind1Peter 2:24
276. Isa. 53:12eIntercede to God in behalf of mankindLuke 23:34, Rom. 8:34
277. Isa. 55:3Resurrected by GodActs 13:34
278. Isa. 55:4aA witnessJohn 18:37
279. Isa. 55:4bHe is a leader and commanderHebrews 2:10
280. Isa. 55:5God would glorify HimActs 3:13
281. Isa. 59:16aIntercessor between man and GodMatthew 10:32
282. Isa. 59:16bHe would come to provide salvationJohn 6:40
283. Isa. 59:20He would come to Zion as their RedeemerLuke 2:38
284. Isa. 60:1-3He would shew light to the GentilesActs 26:23
285. Isa. 61:1aThe Spirit of God upon himMatthew 3:16-17
286. Isa. 61:1bThe Messiah would preach the good newsLuke 4:16-21
287. Isa. 61:1cProvide freedom from the bondage of sinJohn 8:31-36
288. Isa. 61:1-2aProclaim a period of graceGalatians 4:4-5
289. Jer. 23:5-6Descendant of DavidLuke 3:23-31
290. Jer. 23:5-6The Messiah would be both God and ManJohn 13:13, 1Ti 3:16
291. Jer. 31:22Born of a virginMatthew 1:18-20
292. Jer. 31:31The Messiah would be the new covenantMatthew 26:28
293. Jer. 33:14-15Descendant of DavidLuke 3:23-31
294. Eze.34:23-24Descendant of DavidMatthew 1:1
295. Eze.37:24-25Descendant of DavidLuke 1:31-33
296. Dan. 2:44-45The Stone that shall break the kingdomsMatthew 21:44
297. Dan. 7:13-14aHe would ascend into heavenActs 1:9-11
298. Dan. 7:13-14bHighly exaltedEphesians 1:20-22
299. Dan. 7:13-14cHis dominion would be everlastingLuke 1:31-33
300. Dan. 9:24aTo make an end to sinsGalatians 1:3-5
301. Dan. 9:24aTo make reconciliation for iniquityRomans 5:10, 2Cor. 5:18-21
302. Dan. 9:24bHe would be holyLuke 1:35
303. Dan. 9:25His announcementJohn 12:12-13
304. Dan. 9:26aCut offMatthew 16:21, 21:38-39
305. Dan. 9:26bDie for the sins of the worldHebrews 2:9
306. Dan. 9:26cKilled before the destruction of the templeMatthew 27:50-51
307. Dan. 10:5-6Messiah in a glorified stateRevelation 1:13-16
308. Hos. 11:1He would be called out of EgyptMatthew 2:15
309. Hos. 13:14He would defeat death1Corinthians 15:55-57
310. Joel 2:32Offer salvation to all mankindRomans 10:9-13
311. Jonah 1:17Death and resurrection of ChristMatthew 12:40, 16:4
312. Mic. 5:2aBorn in BethlehemMatthew 2:1-6
313. Mic. 5:2bRuler in IsraelLuke 1:33
314. Mic. 5:2cFrom everlastingJohn 8:58
315. Hag. 2:6-9He would visit the second TempleLuke 2:27-32
316. Hag. 2:23Descendant of ZerubbabelLuke 2:27-32
317. Zech. 3:8God's servantJohn 17:4
318. Zech. 6:12-13Priest and KingHebrews 8:1
319. Zech. 9:9aGreeted with rejoicing in JerusalemMatthew 21:8-10
320. Zech. 9:9bBeheld as KingJohn 12:12-13
321. Zech. 9:9cThe Messiah would be justJohn 5:30
322. Zech. 9:9dThe Messiah would bring salvationLuke 19:10
323. Zech. 9:9eThe Messiah would be humbleMatthew 11:29
324. Zech. 9:9fPresented to Jerusalem riding on a donkeyMatthew 21:6-9
325. Zech. 10:4The cornerstoneEphesians 2:20
326. Zech. 11:4-6aAt His coming, Israel to have unfit leadersMatthew 23:1-4
327. Zech. 11:4-6bRejection causes God to remove His protectionLuke 19:41-44
328. Zech. 11:4-6cRejected in favor of another kingJohn 19:13-15
329. Zech. 11:7Ministry to "poor," the believing remnantMatthew 9:35-36
330. Zech. 11:8aUnbelief forces Messiah to reject themMatthew 23:33
331. Zech. 11:8bDespisedMatthew 27:20
332. Zech. 11:9Stops ministering to those who rejected HimMatthew 13:10-11
333. Zech. 11:10-11aRejection causes God to remove protectionLuke 19:41-44
334. Zech. 11:10-11bThe Messiah would be GodJohn 14:7
335. Zech. 11:12-13aBetrayed for thirty pieces of silverMatthew 26:14-15
336. Zech. 11:12-13bRejectedMatthew 26:14-15
337. Zech. 11:12-13cThirty pieces of silver cast in the house of the LordMatthew 27:3-5
338. Zech. 11:12-13dThe Messiah would be GodJohn 12:45
339. Zech. 12:10aThe Messiah's body would be piercedJohn 19:34-37
340. Zech. 12:10bThe Messiah would be both God and manJohn 10:30
341. Zech. 12:10cThe Messiah would be rejectedJohn 1:11
342. Zech. 13:7aGod's will He die for mankindJohn 18:11
343. Zech. 13:7bA violent deathMark 14:27
344. Zech. 13:7cBoth God and manJohn 14:9
345. Zech. 13:7dIsrael scattered as a result of rejecting HimMatthew 26:31-56
346. Zech. 14:4He would return to the Mt. of OlivesActs 1:11-12
347. Mal. 3:1aMessenger to prepare the way for MessiahMark 1:1-8
348. Mal. 3:1bSudden appearance at the templeMark 11:15-16
349. Mal. 3:1cMessenger of the new covenantLuke 4:43
350. Mal. 4:5Forerunner in spirit of ElijahMt. 3:1-3, 11:10-14, 17:11-13
351. Mal. 4:6Forerunner would turn many to righteousnessLuke 1:16-17

1110-14 1711-13 351 mal 46 forerunner turn righteousness luke 116-17

Consider These Intresting Points That Testify That The Bible Was Inspired By God.


~Greenleaf one of the greatest lawyers in our time has authored the authoritative three-volume text, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence (1842), which is still considered "the greatest single authority on evidence in the entire literature of legal procedure."1 Greenleaf literally wrote the rules of evidence for the U.S. legal system. He was an atheist until he accepted a challenge by his students to investigate the case for Christ's resurrection.Greenleaf became a Christian and wrote the classic, Testimony of the Evangelists. "Let [the Gospel's] testimony be sifted, as it were given in a court of justice on the side of the adverse party, the witness being subjected to a rigorous cross-examination. The result, it is confidently believed, will be an undoubting conviction of their integrity, ability, and truth."2- Taken from Lee Strobel


~Sir Lionel Luckhoo (1914-1997) is considered one of the greatest lawyers in British history. He's recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Most Successful Advocate," with 245 consecutive murder acquittals. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II -- twice. Luckhoo declared: "I humbly add I have spent more than 42 years as a defense trial lawyer appearing in many parts of the world and am still in active practice. I have been fortunate to secure a number of successes in jury trials and I say unequivocally the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt."3- Lee Strobel


The Bible was written for God to reach out to his people. God has inspired the authors to write what he wanted to say, to tell people about his love for them. 2Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:20-21; John 10:35; 17:17).
  • When writing, they were moved by God’s Holy Spirit. (2Peter 1:21). v The Bible is unique because through all it’s 40 authors, written over a 1,500 year span; over 40 generations, it has the same message throughout.

  • There IS Evidence THAT IT IS Divinely inspired AS IT touches on astounding remarkable evidence of History , Science, Mathematics Medicine to the finest detail. It also has Numeral Mathematics within the words, as well as THOUSANDS of Bible codes threaded within and throughout the BIBLE

  • It makes no mistakes or no contradictions in the orginal Hebrew text that the bible was written in. The Bible states facts that scientific advancements not revealed for thousands of years. It is an evidence it was truly inspired by God.

  • The Bible speaks scientific truth before it being discovered. The Bible describes God hanging the earth "on nothing" (Job 26:7). This was written millennia before Isaac Newton discovered the invisible laws of gravity that showed the earth truly is suspended "on nothing."

  • The bible stands separate compared to every other ancient creation account. The Bible pictures the creation of the earth in a very scientific manner. In Genesis 1, the continents are lifted from the seas. Then vegetation is created and, later, animal life—all reproducing "according to its kind"—recognizing fixed genetic laws. The Bible is historical, faithfully reflecting society and culture as history and archaeology would discover them thousands of years later.

  • The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in A.D. 1947 provided an incredible proof for the authenticity and reliability of the Old Testament. The Scrolls comprise some 800 documents in tens of thousands of fragments. They confirm word for word identical to the Hebrew Bible. These manuscripts are 1000 years OLDER than the previous oldest manuscripts we have ever found.


  • It is INTERESTING that the oldest documents EVER found ARE THE Dead Sea Scrolls. (AGAINST ALL ODDS they would even survive and TESIFY to the Maker of the world and bring glory to our father YHWH. They were saved in the precise location with the precise temperature and without sunlight.

    • The bible is intact, compared to all the ancient works of substantial size. This is against all odds and expectations. There are now more than 5,300 known Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. Add to that over 10,000 Latin Vulgate and at least 9,300 other early versions and we have MORE THAN 24,000 manuscript copies of portions of the New Testament in existence.

    • No other document of ancient times even begins to approach such numbers and confirmation. In comparison with other ancient documents that have available copies versus the originals are - (Caesar-10 copies which are 1000 years older), (Tacitus 20 copies which are 1000 years older) and (Plato 7 copies which are 1200 years older)

    • As mentioned above, the Most ASTOUNDING Evidence that YHWH has inspired the bible is the THOUSANDS of ELS Codes, (known as the bible codes) found buried under the text . Check out Evidence below that discuss the evidence. Also a fantastic site http://www.exodus2006.com/ for a list of codes found.

    • Gleason Archer, a scholar of biblical studies and languages of recent years, writes about attributes of the Bible: "As I have dealt with one apparent discrepancy after another and have studied the alleged contradictions between the biblical record and the evidence of linguistics, archaeology, or science, my confidence in the trustworthiness of Scripture has been repeatedly verified and strengthened by the discovery that almost every problem in Scripture that has ever been discovered by man, from ancient times until now, has been dealt with in a completely satisfactory manner by the biblical text itself-or else by objective archaeological information" (Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1982, p. 12).

    • Frank E. Gaebelein, an eminently qualified author and general editor of The Expositor's Bible Commentary, has remarked that "the attitude of suspended judgment toward Bible difficulties . . . is constantly being vindicated, as archaeology has solved one Biblical problem after another, and as painstaking re-examination of discrepancies has finally led to answers" (The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1979, Vol. 1. p. 31).




    A. The Incredible LINE the Messiah Had to Be Born through


    Prophecy Odds- (10 To the 2nd Power (1 in 10,000) Jesus would be a Descendant of David
    As the Seed of the woman, Messiah had to come out of humanity.

    As the Seed of Abraham, Messiah had to come from the nation of Israel.

    As the Seed of Judah, he had to be of the tribe of Judah.

    As the Seed of David, he had to be of the family of David.

    The Davidic line reaches through The line of Seth to Noah,

    Through the line of Shem to Abraham Genesis 22:18; 12; 17; 22.

    He would be a descendant of Abraham's son, Isaac, not Ishmael (Gen. 17; 21).

    Then Through the lines of Isaac, (Gen. 17; 21)

    Through the lines of Jacob , not Esau (Gen. 28; 35:10-12; Num. 24:17).

    Through the lines of Judah, More specifically, he would be a descendant of Judah, not of the other eleven brothers of Jacob. Fulfilled: See Christ's genealogy in Matthew 1.

    More specifically, he would be a descendant of the family of Jesse in the tribe of Benjamin (Isaiah 11:1-5). Fulfilled: See Christ's genealogy in Matthew 1 and Luke 3:23-38

    More specificially, he would be of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Jeremiah 23:5; Psalm 89:3-4). Fulfilled: See Christ's genealogy in Matthew 1; Luke 1:27, 32, 69.

    Note: Since the the Jewish genealogical records were destroyed in 70 A.D., along with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, it would not be possible for a Messiah imposter who was born later to prove his lineage back to David and thus fulfill this prophecy. The MESSIAH had to be born in the line of David according to 2 Samuel 7:12-13.







    B : His Unnatural Birth. It was prophesied that the Messiah must be born from a virgin (Isa 7:14), and this was fulfilled when Jesus was born (Mt 1:22-23).



    C: Prophecy Tells US GOD Picked the City of Bethlehem for The Messiah to be Born in. Odds 10 to 5th Power (1 Chance in 100,000) Jesus would be born in Bethlehem
    God eliminated all the cities of the world and selected Bethlehem, with a population of less than a thousand, as the Messiah's birthplace (Mic 5:2).
    Christ's birth in Bethlehem was apparently not by the choice of Mary and Joseph; it was forced upon them by Caesar Augustus' taxation decree which required Joseph to leave his home in the city of Nazareth and return to his place of origin to pay the tax.




    D. Feast of Tabernacles- God Pernounces the Messiah to be BORN WITHIN HIS Feast.
    *

    *The Uniqueness of God is shown in his consistency. In everything he does, he wants to lead people TO HIM. For 1000 years followers of the holy Bible Scriptures came to Bethlehem and celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles. In Leviticus 23 it tells us that we are to celebrate this festival by humble ways such as living in sukkahs or tents remembering what the delervance of Gods people out of slavery in Egypt, in the exodus. AND ASTONISHINGLY, Faithful believers knew that their Messiah would be born DURING this festival in Bethlehem. AND HE WAS!


    *There are 5 main feasts in the bible that forshadow events that are to take place in the future. The one - Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot is WHEN Jesus was born IN A HUMBLE shelter, somewhat a forshadowing of what God told people to do during this festival; sleeping in temporary shelters. Today we still keep this festival amongst others.


    E: Young babies would die in an attempt to kill Yeshua at His birth.(Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18) An Angel told Mary and Joseph to escape to Egypt before they went about killing all the new borns! A miracle from GOD

    F: Astronomy Predicted his birth





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    Evidence 3: The Probability of Fulfilled Prophecy



    Evidence 3
    FUFILLED PROPHECY

    • An astonishing 668 prophecies have been fulfilled and none have ever been proven false . An honest study of biblical prophecy will compellingly show the divine authorship of the Bible.

      • Jesus fulfilled over 300 messianic prophecies written in the Old Testament scriptures.


      • There are 2,000 prophecies that discuss past events which have come to pass (proven correct), future prophecies and 300 prophecies (ALL proven correct and detailed) on the implications about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.


        There has been no prophetic failures in the Bible

        • While there are both obvious and subtle prophecies, most are very detailed and specific.

          • No other religion has specific, repeated, and unfailing fulfillment of predictions many years in advance of contingent events over which the predictor had no control.

            • Studies of psychics show only around 8% of their predictions come true and virtually all of these can be attributed to chance and a general knowledge of circumstances.

              • Mathematicians have calculated the odds of Jesus fulfilling only 8 of the Messianic prophecies as 1 out of 1017 (a 1 followed by 17 zeros). This is equivalent to covering the entire state of Texas with silver dollars 2 feet deep, marking one of them, mixing them all up and having a blind-folded person select the marked one at random the first time.




                CALCULATED STATISTICS

                Fulfilled prophecy is powerful evidence that the Bible is divine rather than human in origin.
                The Messiah would have had 456 identifying characteristics. These are told to us through the Prophecies of the Old Testemant. In Fact, Jesus fulfilled them all.


                I. Prophecy Odds 10 to 5th Power (1 Chance in 100,000) Jesus would be born in Bethlehem

                II. Prophecy Odds- 10 To the 2nd Power (1 in 10,000) Jesus would be a Descendant of David

                III. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 5th Power (1 Chance in 100,000) Jesus would be a miracle Worker

                IV. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 6th Power (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would present himself as a King riding on a donkey

                V. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 6th Power (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver

                VI. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 6th Power (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would be Crucified

                VII. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 6th Power (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree of Artazerxes to rebuild Jerusalem

                - Total Probability without GOD 10 to the 38 Power - (1 Chance in 100 BILLION, BILLION, BILLION, BILLION)-(4 Billions)

                -Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, Peter Stoner, has calculated the probability of one man fulfilling the major prophecies made concerning the Messiah. Twelve different classes representing some 600-university students worked out the estimates. 1 in (10 157POWER) that one man could fulfill even 48 (F O U R T Y - e i g h t ) of these Old Testament prophecies.
                The chances of one person fulfilling 48 of the over 300 prophecies is one chance in a (trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion,trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion.)Yet Jesus Christ fulfilled over 300 (O v e r T h r e e H U N D R E D !)

                Finally, he submitted his figures for review to a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation. Upon examination,
                they verified that his calculations were dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented (Peter Stoner, Science Speaks, Chicago: Moody Press, 1969, 4).




                Evidence 3. PROPHECY OUT Of JESUS'S CONTROL

                • Jesus DID NOT manipulate events to fulfill prophecy.
                • Many prophecies were out of his control (ancestry, place of birth, time of death).
                • His miracles confirmed Jesus to be the Messiah.
                • There is no evidence that Jesus was a deceiver.
                • In order to manipulate all the people (including his enemies) and even his disciples to make it appear that he was the Messiah, Jesus would have needed supernatural powers. If he had such powers, he must have been the Messiah he claimed to be.
                  (a) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance - The Place of the Messiah’s birth (Micah 5:2).

                  (b) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance –The Date of the Messiah’s birth (Daniel 9:25).

                  (c) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance - Manner of birth of the Messiah (Isaiah 7:14).
                  (d) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance - The Manner of death of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16 prophesied before the invention of crucifixion).
                  (e) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance -Piercing in side of that Messiah After He was Dead(Zechariah 12:10).
                  (f) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance – The Details of the Burial of the Messiah(Isaiah 53:9).

                  (g) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance - Executers dividing up Jesus’s clothes after he died on the cross

                  Evidence 3: Fulfilled Prophecy NON Messianic Prophecies

                  The Succession of Great World Kingdoms (Daniel 2:37-42) Even negative critics agree that Daniel foretold the governments in order of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome TODAY. In Daniel 2:1-3 His dream gives us a “disclosure of God’s plan for the ages till the final triumph of Christ” and “presents the foreordained succession of world powers that are to dominate the Near East till the final victory of the Messiah in the last days” (Expositor’s Bible, pp. 39, 46).


                  Daniels 69 Weeks The accuracy of Daniel's prophecies of remotely distant events is spectacular. The "70 weeks" prophecy recorded in Daniel 9: 24- 27 "Daniel predicts the precise year of Christ's appearance and the beginning of his ministry in A.D 27" (The Expositor's Bible commentary, pg 9)

                  Cyrus King of Persia (Isaiah 44:28-45:1). Since Isaiah lived between about 740 and 690 BC and Cyrus did not make his proclamation for Israel to return from exile until about 536 (Ezra 1), there would have been no human way for him to know what Cyrus would be named or what Cyrus would do.
                  Israel to Be Returned to Its Land A Second Time (Isaiah 11:11-12). The first time God reclaimed a people was from Egypt through the Exodus; the second time is from the Babylonian Exile (Isaiah 51:9-11)

                  The Closing of the Golden Gate (Ezekiel 44:2-3). The Golden Gate is the eastern gate of Jerusalem, through which Christ made his triumphal entry on Palm Sunday before the crucifixion (Matthew 21). Ezekiel predicted its closing and in 1543 Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent closed the gate and walled it up, not knowing he was fulfilling prophecy. It remains sealed to this day exactly as the Bible predicted.

                  The Destruction of Tyre (Ezekiel 26:3-14). The prophecy was partly fulfilled when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city and left it in ruins. Alexander the Great later attacked the seemingly impregnable Island of Tyre by taking the stones, dust, and timber from the ruined mainland city to build a causeway to the Island. This prophecy is comparable to saying that Chicago will be destroyed and never rebuilt.
                  The Doom of Edom (Petra) (Jeremiah 49:15-17). Given the virtually impregnable nature of the ancient city carved out of rock and protected by a narrow passageway, this was an incredible prediction. Yet, in 636 AD it was conquered by Muslims and today stands deserted but for tourists.

                  Flourishing of the Desert in Palestine (Ezekiel 36:33-35). Since before the turn of the twentieth century, Israel has been renovated and Israel's agriculture is flourishing.

                  Destruction of Jerusalem (Mark 13:1-2). Fulfilled literally when the Romans completely destroyed Jerusalem and the temple buildings. According to historian and eyewitness Josephus, some of the stones were 37 feet long, 12 feet high and 18 feet wide. Stones were even pried apart to collect the gold leaf that melted from the roof when the temple was set on fire.
                  Evidence 2:The Testimony of Fulfilled Prophecy IN OUR TIME! The Bible is talking about OUR DAY!



                  PROPHECY of coming events in our day:

                  (Reference: Ray Comfort)

                  i. The rebirth of Israel and the rebuilding of the Temple.Did you know that no nation that has ceased to exist has EVER come back into being after 2000 years of not being a nation? The Bible says that Israel would come back in the end times and that the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. See Ezekiel 37, 2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 11 For information on the rebuilding of the temple, go here and click on "Preparations for the Rebuilding of the Temple":[link to
                  http://www.christian.tv/]

                  ii. The rebirth of the Roman Empire.-See Daniel 2, Daniel 7 - THIS is HAPPENING

                  iii. The Bible foretold that we would have to have a mark on our right hand or our forehead to buy or sell. - Revelation 13 John describes a one-world government with cashless money system that worked with a mark on each person's hand or forehead. "How did John know?"http://www.greaterthings.com/News/Chip_Implants/index.html


                  iv. The Bible foretold that there would be an army of 200 million. Before the 20th century the population of the world was such that an army of that magnitude was inconceivable.- Revelation 9:13-19 (18) John describes an army of two hundred million soldiers that will cross the Euphrates river from the east. At that time there weren't even two hundred million people on the earth let alone in one army. Today China boasts of an army of two hundred million soldiers. John describes this army as riding on horses with breastplates and of which out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. They had power in their tails and were used to kill a third of mankind. It sounds like John is describing modern day warfare with tanks. He called them horses because that was the only mode of transportation then.

                  v. False Bible teachers would be money hungry. They would be smooth talkers, have many followers, and slur the Christian faith (2 Peter 2:1-3) See some at: Fakemessiah.com

                  vi. Homosexuality would be increasingly evident at the end of the age (2 Timothy 3:3)

                  vii. Earthquakes would be in diverse places (Matthew 24:7)

                  viii. Stress would be part of living (2 Timothy 3:1)

                  ix. Many wars would erupt (Matthew 24:6)

                  x. People would forsake the Ten Commandments as a moral code, committing adultery, stealing, lying, and killing (Matthew 24:12)

                  xi. There would be a cold religious system, in denying God's power (2 Timothy 3:5)

                  xii. Men would substitute fantasy in place of Christian truth (2 Timothy 4:4). This is so evident at Christmas when the birth of the Savior is lost behind the myth of Santa Claus.

                  xiii. Deadly diseases would be prevalent (Matthew 24:7). The worldwide increase in AIDS deaths is almost inestimable. Over 160,000 Americans die of cancer each year.

                  xiv. The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic flood) would be denied (2 Peter 3:5-6 There is a mass of fossil evidence to prove this fact, yet it is flatly ignored by the scientific world because of its uncanny implication.

                  xv. The institution of marriage would be forsaken by many (1 Timothy 4:3)

                  xvi. There would be an increase in famines (Matthew 24:7)

                  xvii. Increase in vegetarianism would increase (1 Timothy 4:3-4)

                  xviii. There would be a cry for peace (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

                  xix. The possession of Jerusalem would be at the center of international turmoil (Zechariah 12:3)

                  xx. Knowledge would increase (Daniel 12:4)

                  xxi. There would be hypocrites within the Church (Matthew 13:25-30)

                  xxii. There would be an increase of religious cults/false teachers (Matthew 24:11 & 24)

                  xxiii. The future would seem fearful to many (Luke 21:26)

                  xxiv. Humanity would become materialistic (2 Timothy 3:4)

                  xxv. There would be many involved in travel (Daniel 12:4)

                  xxvi. The Christian Gospel would be preached as a warning to all nations (Matthew 24:14)

                  xxvii. Jesus said Christians would be hated "for His name's sake" (Matthew 24:9)

                  xxviii. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26).

                  xxix. Youth would become rebellious. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy (2 Timothy 3:2)

                  xxx. Men would mock the warning signs of the end of the age saying, "for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2 Peter 3:4). The Bible even reveals their motivation, they love lust (verse 3).
                  They fail to understand that a day to the Lord is as a thousand years to us. God is not subject to the time that He created. He can flick through time as we flick through the pages of a history book. The reason He seems to be silent, is because He is patiently waiting, not willing that any perish, but that all come to repentance.

                  xxxi. Zechariah 14:12-16 (19) Describes a battle which God will use to judge the nations (compare with Revelation 19:17-21 (20)). He describes the "plague" like this: "Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths." This sounds gory but we can't escape the similarities to the destruction of people by nuclear warfare and fallout or biological or chemical warfare. How did Zechariah know? There was nothing comparable to this at all in his day. The most likely explanation is that God, who can see the future, told him, thus verifying the Bible.


                  Evidence 3
                  JESUS CHRIST FULLFILLED OVER 300 Prophecies FORTOLD BEFORE HE WAS BORN Found In the Old Testament Scriptures

                  1. Messiah to be the seed of the Woman Claimed in Genesis 3:15 Fullfilled in Luke 2:5-7 & Galatians 4:4

                  2. Messiah to be the seed of Abraham Claimed in Genesis 12:2-3, 18:18 Fulfilled in Matthew 1: 1-2, Luke 3:34, Acts 3: 25 Galatians 3:16

                  3. Messiah to be of the tribe of Judah Found in Genesis 49:10 Fulfilled in Matthew 1:1-2

                  4. Messiah to be of the seed of David- 2 Samuel 7:16 , Psalm 132:11 , Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15 Fulfilled in Matthew 1:6, 22:42-45 ,Luke 1:31-33 Acts 2:29-30 , Romans 1:3

                  5. Messiah to be born of a virgin Found in Isaiah 7:14, Fullfulled in Matthew 1:18-25 , Luke 1:26-38

                  6. Messiah to be born in Bethlehem, Found in Micah 5:2, Fullfilled in Matthew 2:1-6 , Luke 2:4-6

                  7. Tribute paid to Messiah by great kings Found in Psalm 72:10-11, Fullfilled in Matthew 2:1-11

                  8. He will be a priest after the order of Melchisedek (Melchisedec) (Psalm 110:4). Fulfilled: Hebrews 5:6

                  9. He will come while the Temple of Jerusalem is standing ( Malachi 3:1; Psalm 118:26; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 11:13; Haggai 2:7-9). Fulfilled: Matthew 21:12, etc. (Note: The Temple did not exist at certain periods in Jewish history, and it was finally destroyed in 70 AD.
                  10. He will perform many miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6).

                  11. He will open the eyes of the blind (Isa. 29:18). Fulfillment: Matt 9:27-31; 12:22; 20:29; Mark 8:22-26; 10:46; Luke 11:14; 18:35; John 9:1-7.

                  12. He will speak in parables (Psalm 78:2). Fulfillment: Matthew 13:34, etc.

                  13. The Gentiles will believe in Him, while His own people (the Jews) will reject him ( Isaiah 8:14; 28:16; 49:6; 50:6; 60:3; Psalms 22:7-8; 118:22). Fulfillment: 1 Peter 2:7, etc.
                  14. A messenger (a man of the wilderness) will prepare the way for Him (Isa. 40:3; Malachi 3:1). See John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-3; 11:10; John 1:23; Luke 1:17).


                  15. He will enter Jerusalem riding a donkey (the colt of an ass) (Zechariah 9:9). Fulfillment: Matt. 21:5; Luke 19:32-37.

                  16. He will be hated for no reason (Psalm 69:4). Fulfillment: John 15:25.

                  17. He will be betrayed (Psalm 41:9). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:3-10.

                  18. More specifically, He will be betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:3-10; 26:47-48.

                  19. The price of his betrayal will be thirty pieces of silver (Zech. 11:12). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:3-10.

                  20. The betrayal money will be cast onto the floor (Zech. 11:13). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:5.

                  21. More specifically, it will be cast onto the floor of the Temple (Zech. 11:13). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:3-10.

                  22. The betrayal money will be used to buy a potter's field (Zech. 11:13). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:6-10.

                  23. He will not open his mouth to defend himself (Isaiah 53:7). Fulfillment: Matthew 27:12.

                  24. He will be beaten and spit upon (Isaiah 50:6). Fulfillment: Matthew 26:67; 27:26-30.

                  25. He will be "numbered with the transgressors" (Isaiah 53:12). Fulfillment: Jesus was crucified as a criminal in between two thieves (Mat 27:38).

                  26. He will be pierced (Zechariah 12:10). Fulfillment: John 19:34

                  27. His hands and feet will be pierced (Psalm 22:16; cf. Zechariah 12:10; Galatians 3:13).

                  28. Crucifixion foretold. Psalm 22 graphically prophecies the Messiah's manner of death. At the time the psalm was written (and long after), the penalty for blasphemy was stoning. However, at the time Jesus was condemned by the Sanhedrin, it no longer had the legal right to put people to death. Thus, the case was taken to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate who crucified him according to Roman custom (see: Crucifixion).

                  29. His bones will not be broken (Psalm 34:20; Exodus 12 states that the Passover lamb's bones are not to be broken.). Fulfillment: John 19:33.

                  30. They will divide his clothing and cast lots for them (Psalm 22:18). Fulfillment: John 19:23-24.


                  31. He will be given vinegar and gall to drink (Psalm 69:21). Fulfillment: Matthew 27:34, 48.

                  32. He will say: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Psalm 22:1). Fulfillment: Matthew 27:46.


                  33. He will be buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9). Fulfillment: Matthew 27.

                  34. He will not decay (Psalm 16:10). Fulfillment: Acts 2:31

                  35. He will be resurrected from the dead (Psalm 16:10). Fulfillment: Acts 2:31, etc. See: "Resurrection of Christ".

                  36. He will ascend into heaven (Psalm 68:18). Fulfillment: Acts 1:9.

                  37. He will be seated at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1). Fulfillment: Hebrews 1:3.

                  38. He will be the Son of God (Psa. 2:7). Fulfilled: Matthew 3:17, etc.

                  39. Messiah to be heralded by a messenger Isaiah 40:3 Malachi 3:1 Fullfillment : Matthew 3:1-3

                  40. Messiah to be the Son of God Psalm 2:2,7 Fulfilled Matthew 3:17 Luke 1:32-33

                  41. Messiah to be anointed by the Holy Spirit Isaiah 11:2 Fullfilled Matthew 3:16-17

                  42. Galilee to be the first area of Messiah's ministry Isaiah 9:1-7 Fulfilled Matthew 4:12-16

                  43. Messiah to be meek and mild Isaiah 40:11, 42:2-3, 53:7 Fulfilled Matthew 12:18-20, 26:62-68

                  44. Messiah to minister to the Gentiles Isaiah 42:1, 49:6-8 Fullfilled Matthew 12:21Luke 2:28-32

                  45. Messiah will perform miracles Isaiah 35:5-6 Fullfilled Matthew 9:35, 11:3-6, John 9:6-7

                  46. Messiah to be a prophet like Moses Deuteronomy18:15-19 Fullfilled Matthew 21:11, 24:1-35, John 1:45, 6:14, Acts 3:20-23

                  47. Messiah to enter the temple with authority Malachi 3:1-2 Fullfilled - Matthew 21:12

                  48. Messiah will enter Jerusalem on a donkey Zechariah 9:9-10 Fullfilled Matthew 21:1-11

                  49. Messiah to be betrayed by a friend Psalm 41:9 Fullfilled John 13:18-21

                  50. Messiah to be forsaken by his disciples Zechariah 13:7 Fullfilled Matthew 26:31, 56


                  51. Messiah will be smitten (struck) Isaiah 50:6 Fullfilled Matthew 26:67, 27:26,30


                  52. Messiah to experience crucifixion (long before crucifixion was invented) Psalm 22:15-17 Fullfilled Matthew 27:34-50 John 19:28-30

                  53. Messiah will be pierced Zechariah 12:10 Fullfilled in John 19:34-37

                  54. Details of Messiah's suffering and death and resulting salvation (hundreds of years before Christ!)

                  55. Messiah to die in 33 AD Daniel 9:24-26 33 AD is the widely accepted historical date of the crucifixion

                  56. Casting of lots for His garments Psalm 22:18 Fullfilled in John 19:23-24

                  57. Messiah to be raised from the dead Psalm 16:10 Fullfilled Acts 2:25-31, 13:32-37, 17:2-3

                  58. Messiah's resurrection Job 19:25Psalm 16:10 Fullfilled Acts 2:30-31, 13:32-35, 17:2-3 - 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

                  59. Messiah to ascend to heaven Psalm 68:18 Fullfilled Luke 24:51 Acts 1:9 Ephesians 4:8-13

                  60. Messiah to be at the right hand of God Psalm 110:1 Matthew 26:64 Mark 14:62 Romans 8:34 Hebrews 1:3

                  61. He would be like a lamb going to the slaughter.(Isaiah 53:7; Acts 8:26-35)

                  62. He is King of the Jews (and the world).(Psalm 2:6; John 18:33,37; 19:19-22)

                  63. He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:4-6; John 7:42) BUT He would be from Nazareth and be called a Nazarene. (Matthew 2:23; Luke 1:26-27; John 1:45; Judges 13:5-7,24)

                  64. The exact time of His crucifixion was known (483 years from the decree to build the temple, which was around 444 B.C.E.). (Daniel 9:25; Nehemiah 2:1-8; 5:14)

                  65. He would be circumcised the eighth day according to the law of purification. (Luke 2:21-24; Leviticus 12:1-6)

                  66. He would go to Egypt and return to the land of Israel.(Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:13-15)

                  67. Young babies would die in an attempt to kill Yeshua at His birth.(Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)

                  68. The ministry of Yeshua would be in Galilee.(Isaiah 9:1-2; Matthew 4:12-16,23)

                  69. He would not seek publicity.(Isaiah 42:1-2; Matthew 12:15-19; 9:30; 8:4)

                  70. He can be trusted and would be compassionate.(Isaiah 42:3; Matthew 12:15,20-21)

                  71. No evil words would proceed from His mouth. (Isaiah 53:9; Luke 23:41; 1 Peter 2:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

                  72. His disciples would forsake Him.(Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:31-35,56)

                  73. There was nothing physically beautiful in Him to be desired.(Isaiah 53:2; Psalm 22:6; Mark 6:1-3; Philippians 2:7)

                  74. He would be sold for 30 pieces of silver.(Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-16)

                  75. He would be nailed to a tree.(Deuteronomy 21:22-23; Psalm 22:16; John 19:18; 20:25)

                  76. He would be mocked.(Psalm 22:7-8; Matthew 27:39-43)

                  77. He would be spit upon.(Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67, 27:30)

                  78. Not one bone would be broken. (JESUS Died before they had to break his bones. The guards broke the other two men’s legs on the cross in order for them to die before Passover)(Psalm 34:20; John 19:33,36)

                  79. He would be pierced.(Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34,37)

                  80. He would die.(Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:50)

                  81. Others would rise from the dead with Him. (Psalm 68:18; Ephesians 4:8; Matthew 27:52-53)

                  82. He would rise the third day from the grave.(Jonah 1:17; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Luke 24:45-46; Matthew 12:40)





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                  Evidence 3: The Probability of Fulfilled Prophecy



                  Evidence 3
                  The Probability of Fulfilled Prophecy
                  DID You know?
                  An astonishing 668 prophecies have been fulfilled and none have ever been proven false . An honest study of biblical prophecy will compellingly show the divine authorship of the Bible. Jesus fulfilled over 300 messianic prophecies written in the Old Testament scriptures.

                  There are 2,000 prophecies that discuss past events which have come to pass (proven correct), future prophecies and 300 prophecies (ALL proven correct and detailed) on the implications about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

                  There are no prophetic failures.

                  While there are both obvious and subtle prophecies, most are very detailed and specific.

                  No other religion has specific, repeated, and unfailing fulfillment of predictions many years in advance of contingent events over which the predictor had no control.

                  Studies of psychics show only around 8% of their predictions come true and virtually all of these can be attributed to chance and a general knowledge of circumstances.

                  Mathematicians have calculated the odds of Jesus fulfilling only 8 of the Messianic prophecies as 1 out of 1017 (a 1 followed by 17 zeros). This is equivalent to covering the entire state of Texas with silver dollars 2 feet deep, marking one of them, mixing them all up and having a blind-folded person select the marked one at random the first time.

                  Fulfilled prophecy is powerful evidence that the Bible is divine rather than human in origin.
                  The Messiah would have had 456 identifying characteristics.
                  These are told to us through the Prophecies of the Old Testemant. In Fact, Jesus fulfilled them all.

                  I. Prophecy Odds 10 to 5th Power
                  (1 Chance in 100,000) Jesus would be born in Bethlehem

                  II. Prophecy Odds- 10 To the 2nd Power
                  (1 in 10,000) Jesus would be a Descendant of David

                  III. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 5th Power
                  (1 Chance in 100,000) Jesus would be a miracle Worker

                  IV. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 6th Power
                  (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would present himself as a King riding on a donkey

                  V. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 6th Power
                  (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver

                  VI. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 6th Power
                  (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would be Crucified

                  VII. Prophecy Odds 10 to the 6th Power
                  (1 Chance in 1,000,000) Jesus would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree of Artazerxes to rebuild Jerusalem

                  - Total Probability without GOD 10 to the 38 Power - (1 Chance in 100 BILLION, BILLION, BILLION, BILLION)-(4 Billions)

                  -Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, Peter Stoner, has calculated the probability of one man fulfilling the major prophecies made concerning the Messiah. Twelve different classes representing some 600-university students worked out the estimates. 1 in (10 157POWER) that one man could fulfill even 48 (F O U R T Y - e i g h t ) of these Old Testament prophecies.

                  The chances of one person fulfilling 48 of the over 300 prophecies is one chance in a (trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion,trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion.)Yet Jesus Christ fulfilled over 300 (O v e r T h r e e H U N D R E D !)

                  Finally, he submitted his figures for review to a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation. Upon examination, they verified that his calculations were dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented (Peter Stoner, Science Speaks, Chicago: Moody Press, 1969, 4).






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                  Evidence 3: Prophecy That was out of Jesus’s control



                  Evidence 3
                  PROPHECY OUT OF JESUS'S CONTROL

                  Jesus DID NOT manipulate events to fulfill prophecy.

                  (a) Many prophecies were out of his control (ancestry, place of birth, time of death).

                  (b) His miracles confirmed Jesus to be the Messiah.

                  (c) There is no evidence that Jesus was a deceiver.

                  (d) In order to manipulate all the people (including his enemies) and even his disciples to make it appear that he was the Messiah, Jesus would have needed supernatural powers. If he had such powers, he must have been the Messiah he claimed to be.

                  (e) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance - The Place of the Messiah’s birth (Micah 5:2).

                  (f) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance –The Date of the Messiah’s birth (Daniel 9:25).

                  (g) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance - Manner of birth of the Messiah (Isaiah 7:14).

                  (h) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance - The Manner of death of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16 prophesied before the invention of crucifixion).
                  (i) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance -Piercing in side of that Messiah (Zechariah 12:10).

                  (j) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance – The Details of the Burial of the Messiah(Isaiah 53:9).
                  (k) Jesus Christ Could NOT Control In Advance - Executers dividing up Jesus’s clothes after he died on the cross





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                  Evidence 3: Fulfilled Prophecy NON Messianic Prophecies


                  Evidence 3
                  FULFILLED PROPHECY
                  NON Messianic Prophecies



                  *The Succession of Great World Kingdoms (Daniel 2:37-42) Even negative critics agree that Daniel foretold the governments in order of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome TODAY. In Daniel 2:1-3 His dream gives us a “disclosure of God’s plan for the ages till the final triumph of Christ” and “presents the foreordained succession of world powers that are to dominate the Near East till the final victory of the Messiah in the last days” (Expositor’s Bible, pp. 39, 46).

                  Daniels 69 Weeks The accuracy of Daniel's prophecies of remotely distant events is spectacular. The "70 weeks" prophecy recorded in Daniel 9: 24- 27 "Daniel predicts the precise year of Christ's appearance and the beginning of his ministry in A.D 27" (The Expositor's Bible commentary, pg 9)

                  Cyrus King of Persia (Isaiah 44:28-45:1). Since Isaiah lived between about 740 and 690 BC and Cyrus did not make his proclamation for Israel to return from exile until about 536 (Ezra 1), there would have been no human way for him to know what Cyrus would be named or what Cyrus would do.

                  Israel to Be Returned to Its Land A Second Time (Isaiah 11:11-12). The first time God reclaimed a people was from Egypt through the Exodus; the second time is from the Babylonian Exile (Isaiah 51:9-11)

                  The Closing of the Golden Gate (Ezekiel 44:2-3). The Golden Gate is the eastern gate of Jerusalem, through which Christ made his triumphal entry on Palm Sunday before the crucifixion (Matthew 21). Ezekiel predicted its closing and in 1543 Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent closed the gate and walled it up, not knowing he was fulfilling prophecy. It remains sealed to this day exactly as the Bible predicted.

                  The Destruction of Tyre (Ezekiel 26:3-14). The prophecy was partly fulfilled when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city and left it in ruins. Alexander the Great later attacked the seemingly impregnable Island of Tyre by taking the stones, dust, and timber from the ruined mainland city to build a causeway to the Island. This prophecy is comparable to saying that Chicago will be destroyed and never rebuilt.

                  The Doom of Edom (Petra) (Jeremiah 49:15-17). Given the virtually impregnable nature of the ancient city carved out of rock and protected by a narrow passageway, this was an incredible prediction. Yet, in 636 AD it was conquered by Muslims and today stands deserted but for tourists.

                  Flourishing of the Desert in Palestine (Ezekiel 36:33-35). Since before the turn of the twentieth century, Israel has been renovated and Israel's agriculture is flourishing.
                  Destruction of Jerusalem (Mark 13:1-2). Fulfilled literally when the Romans completely destroyed Jerusalem and the temple buildings. According to historian and eyewitness Josephus, some of the stones were 37 feet long, 12 feet high and 18 feet wide. Stones were even pried apart to collect the gold leaf that melted from the roof when the temple was set on fire.

                  Evidence 3
                  The Testimony of Fulfilled Prophecy IN OUR TIME! The Bible is talking about OUR DAY!

                  PROPHECY of coming events in our day: Reference: Ray Comfort

                  i. The rebirth of Israel and the rebuilding of the Temple.Did you know that no nation that has ceased to exist has EVER come back into being after 2000 years of not being a nation? The Bible says that Israel would come back in the end times and that the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. See Ezekiel 37, 2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 11 For information on the rebuilding of the temple, go here and click on "Preparations for the Rebuilding of the Temple"

                  ii. The rebirth of the Roman Empire.-See Daniel 2, Daniel 7 - THIS is HAPPENING

                  iii. The Bible foretold that we would have to have a mark on our right hand or our forehead to buy or sell. - Revelation 13 John describes a one-world government with cashless money system that worked with a mark on each person's hand or forehead. "How did John know?"http://www.greaterthings.com/News/Chip_Implants/index.html


                  iv. The Bible foretold that there would be an army of 200 million. Before the 20th century the population of the world was such that an army of that magnitude was inconceivable.- Revelation 9:13-19 (18) John describes an army of two hundred million soldiers that will cross the Euphrates river from the east. At that time there weren't even two hundred million people on the earth let alone in one army. Today China boasts of an army of two hundred million soldiers. John describes this army as riding on horses with breastplates and of which out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. They had power in their tails and were used to kill a third of mankind. It sounds like John is describing modern day warfare with tanks. He called them horses because that was the only mode of transportation then.

                  v. False Bible teachers would be money hungry. They would be smooth talkers, have many followers, and slur the Christian faith (2 Peter 2:1-3) See some at: Fakemessiah.com

                  vi. Homosexuality would be increasingly evident at the end of the age (2 Timothy 3:3)

                  vii. Earthquakes would be in diverse places (Matthew 24:7)

                  viii. Stress would be part of living (2 Timothy 3:1)
                  ix. Many wars would erupt (Matthew 24:6)

                  x. People would forsake the Ten Commandments as a moral code, committing adultery, stealing, lying, and killing (Matthew 24:12)

                  xi. There would be a cold religious system, in denying God's power (2 Timothy 3:5)

                  xii. Men would substitute fantasy in place of Christian truth (2 Timothy 4:4). This is so evident at Christmas when the birth of the Savior is lost behind the myth of Santa Claus.

                  xiii. Deadly diseases would be prevalent (Matthew 24:7). The worldwide increase in AIDS deaths is almost inestimable. Over 160,000 Americans die of cancer each year.

                  xiv. The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic flood) would be denied (2 Peter 3:5-6 There is a mass of fossil evidence to prove this fact, yet it is flatly ignored by the scientific world because of its uncanny implication.

                  xv. The institution of marriage would be forsaken by many (1 Timothy 4:3)

                  xvi. There would be an increase in famines (Matthew 24:7)

                  xvii. Increase in vegetarianism would increase (1 Timothy 4:3-4)

                  xviii. There would be a cry for peace (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

                  xix. The possession of Jerusalem would be at the center of international turmoil (Zechariah 12:3)

                  xx. Knowledge would increase (Daniel 12:4)

                  xxi. There would be hypocrites within the Church (Matthew 13:25-30)

                  xxii. There would be an increase of religious cults/false teachers (Matthew 24:11 & 24)

                  xxiii. The future would seem fearful to many (Luke 21:26)

                  xxiv. Humanity would become materialistic (2 Timothy 3:4)

                  xxv. There would be many involved in travel (Daniel 12:4)

                  xxvi. The Christian Gospel would be preached as a warning to all nations (Matthew 24:14)

                  xxvii. Jesus said Christians would be hated "for His name's sake" (Matthew 24:9)

                  xxviii. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26).

                  xxix. Youth would become rebellious. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy (2 Timothy 3:2)

                  xxx. Men would mock the warning signs of the end of the age saying, "for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2 Peter 3:4). The Bible even reveals their motivation, they love lust (verse 3). They fail to understand that a day to the Lord is as a thousand years to us. God is not subject to the time that He created. He can flick through time as we flick through the pages of a history book. The reason He seems to be silent, is because He is patiently waiting, not willing that any perish, but that all come to repentance.

                  xxxi. Zechariah 14:12-16 (19) Describes a battle which God will use to judge the nations (compare with Revelation 19:17-21 (20)). He describes the "plague" like this: "Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths." This sounds gory but we can't escape the similarities to the destruction of people by nuclear warfare and fallout or biological or chemical warfare. How did Zechariah know? There was nothing comparable to this at all in his day. The most likely explanation is that God, who can see the future, told him, thus verifying the Bible.


                  EVIDENCE 2
                  JESUS CHRIST FULLFILLED OVER 300 Prophecies FORTOLD BEFORE HE WAS BORN Found In the Old Testament Scriptures

                  1. Messiah to be the seed of the Woman Claimed in Genesis 3:15 Fullfilled in Luke 2:5-7 & Galatians 4:4

                  2. Messiah to be the seed of Abraham Claimed in Genesis 12:2-3, 18:18 Fulfilled in Matthew 1: 1-2, Luke 3:34, Acts 3: 25 Galatians 3:16

                  3. Messiah to be of the tribe of Judah Found in Genesis 49:10 Fulfilled in Matthew 1:1-2

                  4. Messiah to be of the seed of David- 2 Samuel 7:16 , Psalm 132:11 , Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15 Fulfilled in Matthew 1:6, 22:42-45 ,Luke 1:31-33 Acts 2:29-30 , Romans 1:3

                  5. Messiah to be born of a virgin Found in Isaiah 7:14, Fullfulled in Matthew 1:18-25 , Luke 1:26-38

                  6. Messiah to be born in Bethlehem, Found in Micah 5:2, Fullfilled in Matthew 2:1-6 , Luke 2:4-6

                  7. Tribute paid to Messiah by great kings Found in Psalm 72:10-11, Fullfilled in Matthew 2:1-11

                  8. He will be a priest after the order of Melchisedek (Melchisedec) (Psalm 110:4). Fulfilled: Hebrews 5:6

                  9. He will come while the Temple of Jerusalem is standing ( Malachi 3:1; Psalm 118:26; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 11:13; Haggai 2:7-9). Fulfilled: Matthew 21:12, etc. (Note: The Temple did not exist at certain periods in Jewish history, and it was finally destroyed in 70 AD.

                  10. He will perform many miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6).

                  11. He will open the eyes of the blind (Isa. 29:18). Fulfillment: Matt 9:27-31; 12:22; 20:29; Mark 8:22-26; 10:46; Luke 11:14; 18:35; John 9:1-7.

                  12. He will speak in parables (Psalm 78:2). Fulfillment: Matthew 13:34, etc.

                  13. The Gentiles will believe in Him, while His own people (the Jews) will reject him ( Isaiah 8:14; 28:16; 49:6; 50:6; 60:3; Psalms 22:7-8; 118:22). Fulfillment: 1 Peter 2:7, etc.

                  14. A messenger (a man of the wilderness) will prepare the way for Him (Isa. 40:3; Malachi 3:1). See John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-3; 11:10; John 1:23; Luke 1:17).

                  15. He will enter Jerusalem riding a donkey (the colt of an ass) (Zechariah 9:9). Fulfillment: Matt. 21:5; Luke 19:32-37.

                  16. He will be hated for no reason (Psalm 69:4). Fulfillment: John 15:25.

                  17. He will be betrayed (Psalm 41:9). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:3-10.

                  18. More specifically, He will be betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:3-10; 26:47-48.

                  19. The price of his betrayal will be thirty pieces of silver (Zech. 11:12). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:3-10.

                  20. The betrayal money will be cast onto the floor (Zech. 11:13). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:5.

                  21. More specifically, it will be cast onto the floor of the Temple (Zech. 11:13). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:3-10.

                  22. The betrayal money will be used to buy a potter's field (Zech. 11:13). Fulfillment: Matt. 27:6-10.

                  23. He will not open his mouth to defend himself (Isaiah 53:7). Fulfillment: Matthew 27:12.

                  24. He will be beaten and spit upon (Isaiah 50:6). Fulfillment: Matthew 26:67; 27:26-30.

                  25. He will be "numbered with the transgressors" (Isaiah 53:12). Fulfillment: Jesus was crucified as a criminal in between two thieves (Mat 27:38).

                  26. He will be pierced (Zechariah 12:10). Fulfillment: John 19:34

                  27. His hands and feet will be pierced (Psalm 22:16; cf. Zechariah 12:10; Galatians 3:13).
                  28. Crucifixion foretold. Psalm 22 graphically prophecies the Messiah's manner of death. At the time the psalm was written (and long after), the penalty for blasphemy was stoning. However, at the time Jesus was condemned by the Sanhedrin, it no longer had the legal right to put people to death. Thus, the case was taken to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate who crucified him according to Roman custom (see: Crucifixion).

                  29. His bones will not be broken (Psalm 34:20; Exodus 12 states that the Passover lamb's bones are not to be broken.). Fulfillment: John 19:33.

                  30. They will divide his clothing and cast lots for them (Psalm 22:18). Fulfillment: John 19:23-24.

                  31. He will be given vinegar and gall to drink (Psalm 69:21). Fulfillment: Matthew 27:34, 48.
                  32. He will say: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Psalm 22:1). Fulfillment: Matthew 27:46.

                  33. He will be buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9). Fulfillment: Matthew 27.

                  34. He will not decay (Psalm 16:10). Fulfillment: Acts 2:31

                  35. He will be resurrected from the dead (Psalm 16:10). Fulfillment: Acts 2:31, etc. See: "Resurrection of Christ".

                  36. He will ascend into heaven (Psalm 68:18). Fulfillment: Acts 1:9.

                  37. He will be seated at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1). Fulfillment: Hebrews 1:3.

                  38. He will be the Son of God (Psa. 2:7). Fulfilled: Matthew 3:17, etc.

                  39. Messiah to be heralded by a messenger Isaiah 40:3 Malachi 3:1 Fullfillment : Matthew 3:1-3

                  40. Messiah to be the Son of God Psalm 2:2,7 Fulfilled Matthew 3:17 Luke 1:32-33

                  41. Messiah to be anointed by the Holy Spirit Isaiah 11:2 Fullfilled Matthew 3:16-17

                  42. Galilee to be the first area of Messiah's ministry Isaiah 9:1-7 Fulfilled Matthew 4:12-16

                  43. Messiah to be meek and mild Isaiah 40:11, 42:2-3, 53:7 Fulfilled Matthew 12:18-20, 26:62-68

                  44. Messiah to minister to the Gentiles Isaiah 42:1, 49:6-8 Fullfilled Matthew 12:21Luke 2:28-32

                  45. Messiah will perform miracles Isaiah 35:5-6 Fullfilled Matthew 9:35, 11:3-6, John 9:6-7

                  46. Messiah to be a prophet like Moses Deuteronomy18:15-19 Fullfilled Matthew 21:11, 24:1-35, John 1:45, 6:14, Acts 3:20-23

                  47. Messiah to enter the temple with authority Malachi 3:1-2 Fullfilled - Matthew 21:12

                  48. Messiah will enter Jerusalem on a donkey Zechariah 9:9-10 Fullfilled Matthew 21:1-11

                  49. Messiah to be betrayed by a friend Psalm 41:9 Fullfilled John 13:18-21

                  50. Messiah to be forsaken by his disciples Zechariah 13:7 Fullfilled Matthew 26:31, 56

                  51. Messiah will be smitten Isaiah 50:6 Fullfilled Matthew 26:67, 27:26,30

                  52. Messiah to experience crucifixion (long before crucifixion was invented) Psalm 22:15-17 Fullfilled Matthew 27:34-50 John 19:28-30

                  53. Messiah will be pierced Zechariah 12:10 Fullfilled in John 19:34-37

                  54. Details of Messiah's suffering and death and resulting salvation (hundreds of years before Christ!)

                  55. Messiah to die in 33 AD Daniel 9:24-26 33 AD is the widely accepted historical date of the crucifixion

                  56. Casting of lots for His garments Psalm 22:18 Fullfilled in John 19:23-24

                  57. Messiah to be raised from the dead Psalm 16:10 Fullfilled Acts 2:25-31, 13:32-37, 17:2-3

                  58. Messiah's resurrection Job 19:25Psalm 16:10 Fullfilled Acts 2:30-31, 13:32-35, 17:2-3 - 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

                  59. Messiah to ascend to heaven Psalm 68:18 Fullfilled Luke 24:51 Acts 1:9 Ephesians 4:8-13

                  60. Messiah to be at the right hand of God Psalm 110:1 Matthew 26:64 Mark 14:62 Romans 8:34 Hebrews 1:3

                  61. He would be like a lamb going to the slaughter.(Isaiah 53:7; Acts 8:26-35)

                  62. He is King of the Jews (and the world).(Psalm 2:6; John 18:33,37; 19:19-22)

                  63. He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:4-6; John 7:42) BUT He would be from Nazareth and be called a Nazarene. (Matthew 2:23; Luke 1:26-27; John 1:45; Judges 13:5-7,24)

                  64. The exact time of His crucifixion was known (483 years from the decree to build the temple, which was around 444 B.C.E.). (Daniel 9:25; Nehemiah 2:1-8; 5:14)

                  65. He would be circumcised the eighth day according to the law of purification. (Luke 2:21-24; Leviticus 12:1-6)

                  66. He would go to Egypt and return to the land of Israel.(Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:13-15)
                  67. Young babies would die in an attempt to kill Yeshua at His birth.(Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)

                  68. The ministry of Yeshua would be in Galilee.(Isaiah 9:1-2; Matthew 4:12-16,23)

                  69. He would not seek publicity.(Isaiah 42:1-2; Matthew 12:15-19; 9:30; 8:4)

                  70. He can be trusted and would be compassionate.(Isaiah 42:3; Matthew 12:15,20-21)

                  71. No evil words would proceed from His mouth. (Isaiah 53:9; Luke 23:41; 1 Peter 2:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

                  72. His disciples would forsake Him.(Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:31-35,56)

                  73. There was nothing physically beautiful in Him to be desired.(Isaiah 53:2; Psalm 22:6; Mark 6:1-3; Philippians 2:7)

                  74. He would be sold for 30 pieces of silver.(Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-16)

                  75. He would be nailed to a tree.(Deuteronomy 21:22-23; Psalm 22:16; John 19:18; 20:25)

                  76. He would be mocked.(Psalm 22:7-8; Matthew 27:39-43)

                  77. He would be spit upon.(Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67, 27:30)

                  78. Not one bone would be broken. (JESUS Died before they had to break his bones. The guards broke the other two men’s legs on the cross in order for them to die before Passover)(Psalm 34:20; John 19:33,36)

                  79. He would be pierced.(Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34,37)

                  80. He would die.(Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:50)

                  81. Others would rise from the dead with Him. (Psalm 68:18; Ephesians 4:8; Matthew 27:52-53)He would rise the third day from the grave.(Jonah 1:17; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Luke 24:45-46; Matthew 12:40)





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