465 Prophecies of the Messiah…Science Speaks

Recent studies by Biblical scholars indicate that there are 465 prophecies concerning the Messiah. What are the laws of probability on the fulfillment of these prophecies? Peter Stone wrote an article on this in Science Speaks in 1963 in which they consider these eight prophecies:

1. The place of the Messiah’s birth;
2. His being preceded by messenger;
3. How He was to enter Jerusalem;
4. His betrayal by a friend;
5. He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver;
6. The money would be through in God’s house;
7. He would be mute before His accusers;
8. He would be crucified.

Stone reported that by using the modern science of probability in reference to these eight prophecies, “we find that the change of any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is one in ten to the 17th power. This would be 1 in 100, 000,000,000,000, 000. In order to help us comprehend this we take 10 to the 17th power in silver dollars and lay them down on the face of Texas. They will cover the state of two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell them that he can travel as far as he wished, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chancce that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, provided they wrote them in their own wisdom.” What then is the probability of one man fulfilling each and every one of the 456 prophecies?

In Daniel 9:26 we are told that the city and the sanctuary will be destroyed by the prince who shall come after the Messiah has been cut off; this occurred in A.D. 70 when the Temple was destroyed by Titus and his legions. Genealogy was of critical importance in Israel and in Jewish life they were maintained in the Temple. When the Temple was destroyed so were the genealogies. It would never again be possible for anyone to prove that any man proclaiming himself as the Messiah could belong to the House of David. And this was critical proof needed to establish that he was the Messiah. The Messiah had to be the seed of Abraham, the Son of Isaac, the son of Jacob, and the Tribe of Judah, of the Family of Jesse, and the House of David.

If no could ever establish his ancestry, no Messiah could ever be proved. This reasoning puts all Jews in a very uncomfortable position; either the prophecies concerning the Messiah are incorrect and thereby false; and the entire concept of a Messiah are incorrect and thereby false; and the entire concept of a Messiah in Jewish life is nothing more than a myth; and the Bible is nothing more than a story book of the Jewish people; or the Messiah came before the Temple was destroyed.