When we came to the end of eight prophecies I applied mathematical principles to calculating the chances for all eight to have been fulfilled by one person in the Nugget Applying All Eight Prophecies to One Person. I have given you the same table I created for that first summary Nugget again for ease of reference.

### The Probabilities for Eight Prophecies Converted to a Power of Ten

The Eight Prophecies | Probability | Converted to a Power of ^{10} |

Prophecy One | 1:1000 | 10^{3} |

Prophecy Two | 1:100 | 10^{2} |

Prophecy Three | 1:10000 | 10^{4} |

Prophecy Four | 1:100000 | 10^{5} |

Prophecy Five | 1:10 | 10^{1} |

Prophecy Six | 1:100000 | 10^{5} |

Prophecy Seven | 1:10000 | 10^{4} |

Prophecy Eight | 1:1000 | 10^{3} |

All Eight Prophecies | 10^{3+2+4+5+1+5+4+3} | 10^{27} |

One chance in 10 multiplied by itself 27 times. In other words **1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!** I told you in the Nugget when I gave you that table that I wanted to know how to say the number at *God’s Awesome Book* seminars. Mathematicians told me, ‘We don’t call that number as a standard number, we just say “Ten to the 27th Power”.

Now let’s apply those same methods to the second set of eight prophecies as I was told by several mathematicians during the *God’s Awesome Book* seminars. ‘You can’t just double the first set of probabilities for eight prophecies in order to estimate the possible outcome for sixteen prophecies. Each calculation made has to be related to a specific discrete event. Here then is the second table to cover prophecies # Nine through # Sixteen.

### The Probabilities for the Second Set of Eight Prophecies Converted to a Power of Ten

The Eight Prophecies | Probability | Converted to a Power of ^{10} |

Prophecy Nine | 1:100000 | 10^{5} |

Prophecy Ten | 1:10 | 10^{1} |

Prophecy Eleven | 1:1000000 | 10^{6} |

Prophecy Twelve | 1:100 | 10^{2} |

Prophecy Thirteen | 1:1000 | 10^{3} |

Prophecy Fourteen | 1:1000 | 10^{3} |

Prophecy Fifteen | 1:1000000 | 10^{6} |

Prophecy Sixteen | 1:1000000 | 10^{6} |

All Eight Prophecies | 10^{5+1+6+2+3+3+6+6} | 10^{32} |

You can see I am sure that I have now combined the second set of eight prophecies (9 through 16) into the second table above. You can check for yourself that I have not made a mistake in gathering all prophecies in the second batch and applying them to the likelihood of being fulfilled by one person using the same method. The outcome?

- One chance in 10 multiplied by itself 32 times.
- In other words
**100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!** - One chance in ten to the power of
^{32}.

That is the probability if all of the second set of eight prophecies were to be fulfilled in one person. In order to calculate the probability for both sets of eight prophecies (i.e. sixteen prophecies) all we have to do is to add together the two separate powers of ten (i.e. both sets of integers ^{27+32}). If we add both sets of eight together we end up with 10^{59} or ten to the 59^{th} power. 1 with 59 zeroes after it. As a finite number that is **100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!**

That’s an inconceivably large number. So much so that we don’t have a specific name to call it other than “Ten to the Fifty Ninth Power”. Physicists say that anything over the 10 to the 50^{th} in terms of probability is absurd, such a probability lies outside of the realm of possibility. It’s absurd. It is estimated that the number of atoms in the known universe is 10^{82}.

There are 300 prophecies in Scripture that relate to Jesus Christ’s first coming. Jesus Christ not only fulfilled sixteen distinct prophecies in the Old Testament. **In point of fact He fulfilled all 300 prophecies, not just 16!** The selection above in both tables is only 16 prophecies out of 300 that deal with His First Coming. For every prophecy that deals with His First Coming there are **eight** that deal with Christ’s Second Coming – 2400 in all. The prophecies related to Jesus Christ when he first came down on earth were very specific. They weren’t the type of prophecies that are written in Nostradamus that have multiple ways that you might look at them, there are lots of specificity to the biblical prophecies; amazing detail spelled out centuries before the fulfilment. All of which, even though we just looked at only 16 of 300 prophecies applying to Jesus, have astronomical odds. I am not even looking at the whole 300 prophecies all fulfilled in one man, when just the probability of 16 lie outside of the realm of possibility.

Remember too, that over the course of calculating the probability for each one of these sixteen prophecies, if there was any possibility that my estimate was too high I erred on the side of caution. I then reduced the probability factor so no one could claim that I was inflating the probabilities beyond what was reasonable.

I will go on record and say that just as Jesus Christ came the first time; there is nothing surer in all the world than that He will return just like He said He would. You can count on it. It is as good as being history already. As I have told classes in Deeper Bible, in the arrangement of the TANAKH (The Law, The Prophets and the Writings) the Prophets [Nevi’im] contain both the Bible historical books and the Bible Prophetic books. Why is that? Because when God speaks out prophecy through the mouth of a prophet centuries before it comes to pass, it is thought of as **history written in advance **because God has said it. Prophecy and History; History and Prophecy – it’s all the same when God is the One saying it.

I think you have to admit that rather boggles the mind.

**My response to the fact there have been no Gems since Monday last week**

A few people have written to me asking what has happened to the Gems. I am currently investigating a problem. I am *Tracking The Tangled Trail To Taberah*. When I have done my initial research into the problem I will start sharing Gems again. I did tell you in the last two paragraphs of Gem 2062 that is what I would do. True to my word I am working on solving a difficult problem.

The probabilities are beyond human imagination just like the depth of the galaxies are! Truly amazing glory.

They sure are Ross. Some might be tempted to claim because of the sheer ‘impossibility’ of the numbers the claim that Jesus fulfilled every prophecy is nonsense. But thinking people know otherwise. So many qualified critics, starting from the viewpoint of disbelief, have looked into the big three issues: Jesus’ Resurrection, Jesus’ fulfilment of prophecy, the factuality of Jesus life and claims – and their quest for refutation led them to become Christ followers.