“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11 (NIV)
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen. Revelation 1:7 (NIV)
We are living in the last days with the return of Jesus imminent and with the countdown of Biblical prophecy to the His return is coming to a close. With stunning authority and accuracy, the prophesies that spoke of future events have been fulfilled with a 100 percent accuracy, leaving just a few more things still to be fulfilled before the return of Christ.
The prophecies foretold in the Bible, some in the Old and some in the New Testaments, have come to pass with amazing accuracy. In fact, the prophesies regarding the Messiah that were all fulfilled in Jesus are nothing short of miraculous. There are more than 400 prophesies regarding the Messiah that were fulfilled in Jesus.
Peter Stoner, a professor of science at Westmont college, set the problem of probability before 600 math students of the likelihood of one man fulfilling all the prophesies about Jesus. The students calculated the chances of only eight prophesies (out of 400 plus) coming true in one person as 1 in 10 to the 17th power or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (17 zeros). Next the chances of 48 (out of 400 plus) prophesies coming true in one man were calculated and the result is 1 in 1 to the 157 power, or a 1 with 157 zeros. The probability of this happening apart from the divine and miraculous is nil.
Fred Meldau in his book, Messiah in Both Testaments, detailing the manner that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies regarding His life and death offers to pay $1,000 to anyone who can present either living or dead, a person that fulfills even half of the predictions. There is ample evidence, both inside and outside the Bible of the reality of Jesus. There is no evidence to assert He did not exist, and there are secular historians who record the life of Jesus and the beliefs of His followers, even mentioning the resurrection as something His disciples believed.
He is coming back. That’s all we know, but it is enough. Jesus told His disciples even He did not know the day or hour of His return but awaits the word from the Father that it is time (Matthew 24:36). Let us eagerly look to the sky with expectation to see Jesus coming on the clouds announcing His return when every eye will see Him.