For Moses Said…

The topic of prophetic announcements is an interesting one. For centuries, folks have been making prophecies about a wide range of topics, including the end of the world. A very influential Puritan minister named Cotton Mather predicted that the world would end in 1697. When that date came and went, he shifted his focus to 1716. When 1717 arrived, he moved his prediction to 1736.

More recently, Jeane Dixon made all manner of prophecies in the 20th century. She declared that cancer would be cured in 1967, thought the world would end in 1962, and said that the Soviets would be the first country to get to the moon. In her book, The Call to Glory (published in 1997), she predicted that 2020 would be the year of Armageddon.

The problem with all of these “prophets” is that they are FREQUENTLY wrong. Yet, the biblical standard for a prophet of God is 100% accuracy (see Deuteronomy 18:21-22).

This brings us to the topic of biblical prophecies that came up in the middle of last week’s sermon. As Peter was preaching at Solomon’s Colonnade, he drew everyone’s attention to fulfilled prophecy. He mentions Moses, Solomon, Abraham, and “the prophets.”

Fulfilled prophecy is a very important subject because it speaks to the reliability of the scriptures. Things that were prophesied hundreds of years before and came true exactly as predicted are one of the strongest arguments for the trustworthiness of our Bible.

I am told that there are approximately 2,500 prophesies in the Bible, of which about 2,000 have already come to pass, exactly as stated. Included in that number are 351 Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled in the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ. Peter is referring to some of those predictions when he declares, “Moses said…” (Acts 4:22).

So why are prophecies such a big deal? For a moment, consider the probability of all 351 prophecies accomplished exactly in the manner they were given. Actually, consider the calculations of just eight of them coming to pass.

That is what the mathematician, Peter Stoner, did in his important work, Science Speaks. He took just eight Old Testament statements about Jesus (such as that He would be born in Bethlehem, that a messenger like John the Baptist would prepare His way, and that He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, and so on) and calculated the probability of such events coming true.

What was the probability of just those eight prophecies coming to pass? His mathematical conclusion was one in 100,000,000,000,000,000. That number is one in one hundred quadrillion! To illustrate the meaning of that number, Peter Stoner asks us to imagine filling the state of Texas “knee deep in silver dollars.” Ahead of time, we would mark just one coin in that mix. The odds that the first coin we pick up would be that marked coin, is one in one hundred quadrillion.

And yet, just as “Moses said…” the prophecies have all come to pass, indeed. Be encouraged; God’s word is trustworthy!

Sherry Worel

10/15/2020

Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.

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