Friday, May 18, 2012

Advancing the Gospel Through Social Media: Mathematically Sound

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We know that Jesus is the real deal. But, why? Is there any proof?

On the April 16th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how social media has made a huge shift in how we do online evangelism. We also touched on prophecies that mention the increase of knowledge in the last days and that connection with today's electronics savvy generation.

Bill Salus

Jesus Beats the Odds

Bill Salus: A compelling piece of evidence is the hundreds of Bible prophecies that have been fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. They were verifiably written hundreds of years before Jesus' First Coming, and yet each one was fulfilled by the personage, life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

You used the Peter Stoner calculation on your very first Bible Prophecy Insights Web video (below), where he proved mathematically the accuracy of Bible prophecy. The Stoner calculation is very telling and very important. This mathematical calculation of the prophecies that were foretold about Jesus' First Coming that were fulfilled to the "T" by Jesus Christ identify Him as the true Messiah of the Bible.

Bill Salus: What are a couple of the prophecies Dr. Stoner used as an example in that outstanding calculation, and what's this about a 17th power?

Nathan Jones: Dr. Peter Stoner was a mathematician from the 1950's. I have his book right here called Science Speaks. Peter Stoner was a very, very knowledgeable professor of math and of course the Bible.

Dr. Stoner studied the Bible and looked at the 300 general prophecies concerning the First Coming of Jesus Christ. There are 108 specific prophecies about Jesus' First Coming. He wondered what the possibility could be that all of those prophecies could be fulfilled in the life of one man. He began his calculations with just eight. Instead of us figuring the probability of the whole 108, he took merely eight. These are the eight he used:

  1. The Messiah will be born in the town of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

  2. A messenger will prepare the way for the Messiah (Malachi 3:1).

  3. The Messiah will enter Jerusalem as a King riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).

  4. The Messiah will be betrayed by a friend and suffer wounds in His hands (Zechariah 13:6). (I for one think that is a two-for-one deal there, but he counts it as one.)

  5. The Messiah will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12).

  6. The betrayal money will be used to purchase a potter's field (Zechariah 11:13).

  7. The Messiah will remain silent while He is afflicted (Isaiah 53:7).

  8. The Messiah will die by having His hands and feet pierced (Psalm 22:16).

Dr. Stoner figured the probability of there being maybe 88 billion people who ever lived from Jesus' time up until now. After computing all of the calculations, he calculated that the probability of Jesus of Nazareth — one man — fulfilling just eight of the 108 prophecies is "1 in 10 to the 17th power." That number means "1 in 100 quadrillion." Statistically impossible! And yet, Jesus fulfilled not just those eight but all 108 prophecies. Peter Stoner demonstrated that mathematically Jesus proves 100% that the Bible is true and accurate, especially when it concerns His prophetic Word.

Bill Salus: Did you say 1 in 100 quadrillion? That sounds more than our American deficit at this point in time.

Nathan Jones: It's more than our world economies combined!

Bill Salus: Since this huge number is a little bit out of my mathematical grasp, I like the analogy a little better Dr. Stoner used concerning those coins falling on Texas.

Nathan Jones: Dr. Stoner was great to use an analogy because those numbers just blow my mind as well. Go to page 107 of his book Science Speaks, and there he makes an example that if you take his calculation, the "1 in 10 to the 17th power" would be equal to filling the entire state of Texas two feet deep in coins. Fill the entire state of Texas up, remembering that it's a really big, big state. After filling the state, throw a marked coin in and churn all those quarters up. Then you send a blindfolded man in and he wanders around Texas for awhile. The probability that the very first coin he picks up is the one that has the mark, that's the probability of Jesus fulfilling all eight of those prophecies.

Dr. Stoner's illustration of the chances of one person finding one coin in the middle of Texas when it's covered two feet deep is just staggering, and I thought he used it so well. The illustation is so good that that's the reason our ministry used it as the first Bible Prophecy Insights Web video. I have quarters raining down all around me in the video filling the room up to two feet high, but that's just a room, not even the scope of Texas. So, just picture being in a single room and finding one coin among two feet deep of quarters. That'd be virtually impossible as well. Now, picture an entire state. That's astronomically impossible! And yet, Jesus fulfilled all those prophesies proving that He is indeed the Messiah the Bible foretold would come.

In the next part of this interview on advancing the Gospel through social media, Bill and I will look at some of the many signs that point to the soon return of Jesus Christ.


Anonymous said...

How many more prophecies are left to be ful filled?

Nathan Jones said...

There remains 500 prophecies in the Old Testament and 1 in 25 in the New Testament that concern Jesus' Second Coming.

Anonymous said...

So the 500+prophecies( can,could,are) be fulfilled within a very short period of time? Just like during his first coming?

Also we're there prophecies saying that Christ would have to come back two separate times?

Thank you for your answers and study,it is a gift I'm glad has led you to share.

Nathan Jones said...

Indeed, probably within a 7-10 year timeframe involving the Tribulation. Non-Second Coming prophecies deal with the Millennial Kingdom that follows and the eternal state after that.

Jesus' Second Coming as one event but occuring in two phases – before and at the end of the Tribulation.

The Bible gives us a lot of detail concerning the length of the Tribulation. The length of the Tribulation is seven years long, described in a variety of ways as "one seven" year block (Dan. 9:27), half called "times, time and half a time" (Rev. 12:14), consisting of two "1260 days" periods (Rev. 11:3), or two "42 month" periods (Rev. 11:2; 13:5).

The Bible also gives us a lot of clues that the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation (Isa. 26:19-21; Mal. 3:17; Lk. 21:36; Jn. 14:1-14; I Cor. 15:51-58). Those along with the following verses showing the Church is exempt from God's wrath can encourage the believer as Paul said to know we will not have to endure those years (1 Thes. 4:13-18 and 1 Thes. 1:10; 5:9; Rom. 5:9; Eph. 5:6; Col. 3:4; Rev. 3:10).

Matthew 24 along with Zech. 14:1-21; Mk. 13:24-27; Lk. 21:25-27; and Rev. 19 are concerning Jesus’ Second Coming, while the Rapture is a separate event described in Jn. 14:1-14; I Cor. 15:51-58; and 1 Thes. 4:13-18.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the information and verses. I will study them in light of the second coming. Sometimes just knowing what to look for in the verses goes a long way in understanding and discernment.

Hope you and yours have a blessed weekend!

Rodney said...

Hal Lindsey recently had a telling video presentation known as "Ezekiel's Enigma" documenting the prophecies concerning the dispersions of Israel, the Holocaust and other pogroms, their promised regathing into the Land and the Gog/Magog invasion!

What is most startling of all is the precise detail of not only the Messianic prophesies yet even those including the destiny of Israel! Even now as the West consolidates is power and alliances in the region of the Middle East, the Lord God prepares to bring Russia, Iran, and a host of many nations to come against his people.

We can see clearly that the United States, European N.A.T.O. partnership, as well as their Sunni Arab allies are gathered together in the region in an alliance exactly as the Prophet Ezekiel declared 2,600 years ago! We can therefore expect the soon rapid deployment of Russia, Iran, and company to protect their strategic and economic interests as well.

It is further interesting that the Prophet Ezekiel identifies that this invasion occurs at the time in which the West and their Sunni Arab allies are prepared and gathered for war in the region. Thus they ask, "Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?"-Ezekiel 38:13.

What an awesome God we serve, to show these things to his children, that we might glorify and magnify his name throughout the earth! We are now living in the moment in which these things will occur, we are indeed the final generation and our expected time of gathering (Rapture) is drawing that much closer.

Susie said...

Rodney, i saw that program! Awesome!!! U r so right in saying the rapture is drawing sooo near!! How thrilling it is to see these prophecies unfolding before our very eyes!