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The Old Testament (which was finished over 400 years before the birth of Jesus) contains at least 450 prophecies about the birth, life, and death of the Messiah.

Peter Stoner (a professor of Science at Westmont College) decided to calculate the probability that one person could fulfill just EIGHT of those 450 prophecies. The mathematical probability came out to 10 to the 17th power. Now, I don’t know about you, but 1017 doesn’t mean much to me. So think of it this way:

Suppose you take 10 to the 17th power of silver dollars and spread them all over the state of TEXAS. They would cover the state 2 feet deep. (We have to use Texas for this illustration --- it takes a BIG state!) Then you fly over in a plane and you mark one silver dollar and throw it out the window. You then shuffle all the silver dollars (now, don’t ask me how you’re supposed to do that…) Then you take some guy, put a blindfold on him, and...

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