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Fullfilled prophecies in the bible

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Fullfilled prophecies in the bible

Do you want to know why Simeon and Anna were waiting for the consolation of Israel which was the coming of the Messiah? They understood the book of Daniel
Thankfully, neither your salvation, nor mine, hangs in the balance with getting Daniel 9:24-27 exactly right. But God has already laid down when the Messiah was coming when Danial was in Babylon
Daniel 9:24,27 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy Place . Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Daniel was next told by Gabriel that the 70 sevens are to accomplish six purposes.
1) The first is to finish transgression. The Hebrew word translated “to finish” means “to restrain firmly,” “to restrain completely” or “to bring to completion.”
2) The second purpose of the 70 sevens is to make an end of sins. The Hebrew word translated “to make an end” literally means “to seal up” or “to shut up in prison.”
3) The third purpose is to make reconciliation for iniquity. The Hebrew word translated “to make reconciliation” is “kaphar,” which has the same root meaning as the word “kippur,” as in Yom Kippur. The word “kaphar” literally means “to make atonement.”
4) The fourth purpose of the 70 sevens is to bring in everlasting righteousness. More literally this could be translated “to bring in an age of righteousness,”
5) The fifth purpose is to seal up vision and prophecy. Here Daniel used a word which means “to shut up.” So “to seal up” means to cause a cessation or to completely fulfill. Thus, vision and prophecy are to be completely fulfilled.” Vision” is a reference to oral prophecy, while “prophecy” refers to written prophecy. Both oral and written prophecy will cease
6) The final purpose of the 70 sevens is to anoint the most holy. A better translation here would be “to anoint a most holy place.” This is a reference to the Jewish temple which is to be rebuilt when Messiah comes.

The time of the 70 Sevens Daniel 9:24,27 “Seventy sevens are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city…” The focus of the program of the sevens was “thy people and…thy holy city.” the Jewish people. The Hebrew text is shavuim, which means “sevens.” The word refers to a “seven” of anything, It was not “70 years,” but “70 sevens of years,” a total of 490 years (70 times seven).
The Start of the 70 Sevens Daniel 9:25 “Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem.…”
Artaxerxes to Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:1-8 ), issued in the year 444 B.C.E. This decree specifically concerned the rebuilding of the walls around Jerusalem.
The 70 sevens are divided into three separate units—seven sevens, 62 sevens and one seven. During the first time period (49 years) Jerusalem would be “built again, with street and moat, even in troublous times.” The second block of time (62 sevens, a total of 434 years) immediately followed the first for a total of 69 sevens, or 483 years. The last seven is known as the seven-year tribulation.
Daniel taught that 483 years after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem had been issued, Messiah would be here on earth. “unto Messiah the Prince.” “Would be cut off but not for himself” v26

“the Messiah shall be cut off and not for himself” The Hebrew word translated “cut off” is the common word used in the Mosaic Law and simply means “to be killed.”
The Hebrew expression translated “and not for himself” has two meanings. It may mean “nothingness,” emphasizing Messiah’s state at death and he died for others rather than for himself.
The point of this phrase is that between the end of the second subdivision (the 69th seven) and before the start of the 70th seven, Messiah would be killed and not for himself. During this interim period “the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood.…” The city and the temple that were to be rebuilt would now be destroyed. So sometime after the Messiah was cut off, Jerusalem and the temple would suffer another destruction. The Romans, and Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed in year 70 C. E. Based upon this verse, it is also clear that the Messiah should have both come and died prior to the year 70 C.E.

In Luke 2:25-38, we learn about Simeon and Anna who also obeyed and clearly understood the time the Messiah was coming according to Daniel in God’s Word.

Daniel was in Babylon, so he would have used the Babylonian calendar, and not the Jewish calendar. The Babylonian calendar is 360 days and the Jewish is 365.
Some scholars I have read have a hard time lining up the Daniel 9 timing with Jesus's death because they assume the Jewish calendar was used.
Using the 365 day calendar produces errors in dating. However if you use the 360 day calendar, it works out to the very day that Jesus entered into Jerusalem the day of His triumphal entry.
One wonders at the reception He was given. He was hailed as the Messiah very clearly. The people knew from Daniel's prophecy that the time of the fulfillment was at hand. 

Jesus delayed His trip so that His entry to Jerusalem would line up exactly with Daniel's prophecy, when the correct calendar was used.

353 Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ

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We really know very little about it.
William Thompson (Lord Kelvin)

The concept of compound probabilities gives us insight as to the identity of the Messiah. To understand compound probabilities, let's do a little mind experiment.
Imagine you are in a room with 100 other people randomly distributed. Half of them are men and half are women. If you were blindfolded and began to wander about the room the probability that the first person you would bump into is a man is 50 out of 100 or 50%

Now imagine 10% of the men and 10% of the women are left-handed. What is the probability that you would bump into a left-handed man?
100 x 50% x 10% = 5% or 5:100 (five out of a hundred)
You have a 1 in 20, or five percent chance that you would bump into a left-handed man. As you can see, as more conditions are added to your search, the number of qualifying solutions are quickly reduced.

Old Testament contains over 300 prophecies detailing the Coming Messiah. What are the chances of Jesus being the messiah? Let's take a look at just eight of these prophecies and see what the compound probabilities are.

Micah 5:2. Born in Bethlehem (pop <7000)
What is the probability of the earth's population through recorded history being born there? 
P = or < 10,000/1,000,000,000
P = or < 10^4 / 10^9 = 1:10^5 (generous estimate)

Zech 9:9 Present self as king, entry into Jerusalem on a donkey
What is the probability of the earth's population through recorded history?
P = or < 1:100 (generous estimate)

Zech 11:12 Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver
What is the probability of the earth's population through recorded history?
P = or < 1:1,000 (generous estimate)

Zech 11:13 Same silver pieces thrown into the Temple and later given to a potter. (see Mat 27:4-5, 6-8 )
What is the probability of the earth's population through recorded history?
P = or < 1:100,000 (very generous estimate)
Zech 13:6 Wounded in the hands 

What is the probability of the earth's population through recorded history?
P = or < 1:1,000 (generous estimate)

Isa 53:7 Accused of capital crime, made no defense though innocent.
What is the probability of the earth's population through recorded history?
P = or < 1:1,000 (generous estimate)

Isa 53:9 Died among common, yet buried with the rich.
What is the probability of the earth's population through recorded history?
P = or < 1:1,1000

Ps 22:16 Crucified, hands and feet pierced. (Official form of execution in Israel was stoning and this was written 700 years before crucifixion was invented by the Persians).
What is the probability of the earth's population through recorded history?

P = or < 1:10,000 (generous estimate)
Was Jesus really the Messiah???
Prophecy, verse. Probability

Born in Bethlehem, Micah 5:2 

King on Donkey, Zech 9:9 

30 pieces of silver, Zech 11:12 

Silver to Temple, then potter, Zech 11:13

Wounds on hands, Zech 13:6 

No defense, yet innocent, Isa 53:7 

Died with common, buried with rich, Isa 53:9 

Crucified, Ps 22:16 
.00001 x .01 x .001 x .00001 x .01 x .01 x .01 x .001 
= 10^-28 (ten to the negative 28th power)
Total population of the earth through time = or < 100 billion (10^11)
= 10^-17 or 1:100,000,000,000,000,000
Total compound probability one person could fulfill all of these eight prophecies is 1 in 100 Quadrillion.
How big is that number? If you were to paint a silver dollar red and place it in a bucket with 99 other silver dollars, your chances or reaching into the bucket blindfolded and pulling out that red silver dollar would be 1 in 100.
To understand the size of 10^17, take that same red painted silver dollar and place it in a bucket of silver dollars the size of Texas covered two feet deep in silver dollars!

Here's a list of some of the major prophecies:
He was to be of David's family

2 Sam 7:12-16; Ps 89:3-4, 110:1; 132:11; Isa 9:6-7; 11:1
He would be born of a virgin

Gen 3:15; Isa 7:14
He would be born in Bethlehem 

Micah 5:2
He would sojourn in Egypt 

Hos 11:1
He would live in Galilee Isa 9:1-2

... In Nazareth. Isa 11:1

To be announced by an Elijah-like herald
Isa 40:3-5; Mal 3:1; 4:5

His coming would occasion the massacre of Bethlehem's children. Gen 35:19-20; Jer 31:15

His mission would include the Gentiles 
Isa 42:1-4

Ministry would be one of healing 
Isa 53:4

He would teach through parables 
Isa 6:9-10; Ps 78:2

He would be disbelieved, rejected by Rulers
Ps 69:4; 118:22; Isa 6:10; 29:13; 53:1

Would make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem 
Zech 9:9, Ps 118:26

Betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver
Zech 11:1-13, Ps 41:9

Would be like a smitten shepherd
Zech 13:7

Would be given vinegar and gall
Ps 69:21

They would cast lots for His garments 
Ps 22:18

His side would be pierced 
Zech 12:10; Ps 22:16

Not a bone would be broken
Ex 12:46; Num 9:12; Ps 34:20

Would die among malefactors 
Isa 53:9, 12

His dying words foretold 
Ps 22:1; 31:5

Would be buried by a rich man
Isa 53:9

Rise from the dead on the 3rd day
Gen 22:4; Ps 16:10-11; Jon 1:17

Resurrection followed by destruction of Jerusalem
Dan 9:26; 11:31; 12:1,11
What are the chances that Jesus is not the Messiah? Remember, there are over 300 prophecies related to the Messiah, and Jesus fulfilled them! The numbers for the probabilities are so astronomical that one person fulfilling all these prophetic conditions mathematically eliminates with absolute certainty the probability that it could be anyone else.

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
WE HAVE ALSO A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
2 Peter 1:16,19 (KJV)

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