The Odds of Jesus Fulfilling Prophecy

Someone much smarter than I has done the math on what the odds of Jesus “accidentally” fulfilling the prophecies about the Messiah.  In other words, if Jesus wasn’t really the Messiah, what are the odds that he just happened to fulfill the prophecies that were written about the Messiah hundreds and sometimes thousands of years before He was born.

The odds of Jesus fulfilling just 8 prophecies, Born at Bethlehem, Preceded by a Messenger, Enter Jerusalem on a Donkey, Betrayed by a friend, sold for 30 pieces of silver, money thrown into God’s house and used to by the Potter’s field, Silent before His accusers, and crucified between two thieves are 1 in 10 to the 17th power.  Or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.  That number is 100 quadrillion in case you want the name for it.  To picture the odds, cover the state of Texas with silver dollars two feet deep.  Mark one silver dollar.  Have someone blindfolded and have them choose the marked coin.  Those are the odds of Jesus fulfilling all 8 of these prophecies.

Now, there are 48 major prophecies concerning the Messiah.  (You’re likely to read several different numbers depending on the interpreter.  Some of the prophecies overlap and one interpreter counts it all as one prophecy while another interpreter counts it as separate prophecies.)

The odds of Jesus fulfilling 48 major prophecies are in 1 in 10 to the 157th power.  That a 1 with 157 zeroes behind it.  The number has no name but looks like this: 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Give or take a couple of zeroes because I’m not recounting them, you get the picture.  That’s a really big number and we can’t even conceptualize it.  Suffice it to say though, it defies all odds that someone other than the Jesus could fulfill all of the prophecies made about the Messiah.

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