Fulfilled Prophecy

I was reading Deb Wolf’s blog Counting My Blessings and she included this interesting fact/quote.

The chances of 1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus! (from Biblical Prophesies Fulfilled by Jesus)

Is that amazing or what?  BTW that long number with all the zeros is a quintillion.  10 to the 157th power… is one and one-half+ googols or 157 zero’s after the 10.  It’s fun to think about but it definitely becomes mind-boggling, doesn’t it?

There are 8 specific prophecies that are connected to the birth of Jesus.

  • He would be born of a woman.   Found in Genesis 3:15, fulfilled in Matthew 1:20
  • He would be born in Bethlehem.   Found in Micah 5:2, fulfilled Matthew 2:1 and Luke 2:4-6
  • He would be born of a virgin.  Found in Genesis 12:3 and 22:18, fulfilled in
    Matthew 1:22-23 and Luke 1:26-31
  • He would come from the line of Abraham.  Found in Genesis 12:3 and 22:18, fulfilled in Matthew 1:1
  • He would be a descendant of Isaac.  Found in Genesis 17:19 and 21:12, fulfilled in Luke 3:34
  • He would be a descendant of Jacob.  Found in Numbers 24:17, fulfilled in Matthew 1:2
  • He would come from the tribe of Judah.  Found in Genesis 49:10, fulfilled in Luke 3:33
  • He would be called Immanuel. Found in Isaiah 7: 14 fulfilled in Matthew 1:23
In the beautiful Christmas Hymn by Charles Wesley, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, are these words:
Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord.
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the virgin’s womb.

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Veil’d in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th’incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Throughout this song, and many of the other Christmas hymns, the prophecies are repeated, reminding us that Jesus is who He says He is.

None of this should be mind-boggling.  It is what it is.  God’s Word is the truth.  Yet, there are millions who are still in the darkness.  Who believe only what they want to believe.  Who limit the beauty of this season to what’s going to be under the tree.

Let’s be different.  Let’s quit thinking and focusing on what we’re going to get and move on to what are we going to give.  Will you be the one to share the Story for the first time?  Will you be the one that shines light into the darkness?  Will you be the one, like Mary, who was called blessed because she believed? (Luke 1:45)

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Heavenly Music

Does God sing? 

I know the angels do.  The Christmas Story tells us after Michael announced the birth of Jesus they sang, ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men’. 

John tells us in Revelation that he heard and saw the angels around the throne singing heavenly music (my words). 

 I heard a sound like massed choirs in Heaven singing, Hallelujah!    Revelation 19:1 (The Message)

The Prophet Zephaniah not only says God sings but that He rejoices over us when He does.

The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17

How can I say thanks when Your word so clearly says You care so much that You not only sent Jesus but that You rejoice in me with Your song.  What a mighty God I serve.  Oh, Lord, let everyone who reads this feel Your great delight in them.   Make it so!