"Evidence You Can’t Ignore"
"The title of this article is “Evidence You Can’t Ignore”. That, however, is unfortunately and obviously, not the total truth. You can choose to ignore anything you wish to. However, the evidence supporting Jesus Christ is VERY strong, and if you walk away not at least thinking about the possibility that Jesus is who he said he is, then you should seriously question your objectivity.
To me, fulfilled prophecy of Jesus Christ is the most compelling and logical reason to believe in Christianity. The evidence here is simply overwhelming. These prophecies were made hundreds of years before Jesus was born. This is documented fact. The Jewish Scriptures pre-date Christianity by over 800-1000 years. Jews have been reciting the prophecies of the Messiah that long (generation to generation). The Dead Sea Scrolls, uncovered from1947-1956, prove the ancient nature of these prophecies, if there was ever any doubt (There really wasn’t).
There are over 300 individual, separate, and specific prophecies of the Messiah in the Jewish scriptures that Jesus Christ fulfilled. Do you realize how significant, how compelling this evidence is? Peter Stoner was the Chairman of the Departments of Mathematics and Astronomy at Pasadena City College until 1953, and Chairman of the Science Division of Westmont College from 1953 to 1957. Stoner calculated the probability of one man fulfilling only 8 Messianic prophecies was one in 10^17. He further calculated the odds of one person fulfilling just 48 of the over 300 prophecies was one chance in 10^157! It’s ludicrous. The American Scientific Affiliation even gave Stoner’s work their stamp of approval:"
"The manuscript for Science Speaks has been carefully reviewed by a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation members and by the Executive Council of the same group and has been found, in general, to be dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented. The mathematical analysis included is based upon principles of probability which are thoroughly sound and Professor Stoner has applied these principles in a proper and convincing way." (American Scientific Affiliation, H. Harold Hartzler, Ph.D., Secretary-Treasurer, Goshen College)
"The fulfillments were witnessed by countless people and are some of the most well documented events in all of recorded history. Many of these events are recorded, not only by followers of Jesus Christ, but also by Roman and Jewish officials and historians. You can’t just reason this evidence away. It is simply too incontrovertible. For emphasis, I thought it would be relevant to discuss a few of the major ones. Here are 7 specific prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus and only Jesus.
1. The exact day of Jesus entry into Jerusalem as the “conquering King”
The time he entered Jerusalem and was hailed as “King” was predicted down to the very day!
“Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed One—comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, despite the perilous times.” ~ Daniel 9:25
"That’s (7*7) + (7*62) = 483 Hebrew years. Each Hebrew year is 360 days, so a total of 173,880 days. Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem occurred exactly 173,880 days after Artaxerxes’ decree was given in 445 B.C. (as recorded in Nehemiah 2:1-20) to rebuild Jerusalem! This was the first time that Jesus allowed anyone to proclaim him as “King”. This is a major fulfillment of prophesy.
“Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus. . . The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” ~ John 12:1, 12-13
"Another prophecy about this same event when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back a donkey is..." (Part 1of 7)
"I am Scotsman in the tradition of my heritage: a warrior, a poet, a patriot, a scientist and engineer, a musician, a student of history, a defender of freedom, and a lover of Jesus Christ. I have been an Officer, a Captain in the US Air Force. I have served in Oman, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
I have been a Flight Test Engineer and a Program Manager. I am a Boeing Engineer designing the next version of the 747 passenger and freighter aircraft. That is what I am on my own. Jesus Christ has rescued my soul and through Him I am so much more. Those are now my disguises. What I really am is a bond servant of Jesus Christ. A missionary immersed in one of the most indifferent cultures towards Jesus Christ to ever exist. It is my endeavor to live for Christ and through Christ. For me to live is Christ. He is the focus, direction, and meaning in my life. Everything I do is in Him and through Him. I am his tool to create more and better followers of Jesus. Te Deum Laudamus ~Jake McWhirter"
Question: Do you concur with these findings? If not, aren't you interested in considering the claims of Christ?