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Against All Odds Part 2

Watch Against All Odds Part 2
May 19, 2018
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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Against All Odds Part 2

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  • the one who superintended the writing because the prediction
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  • is so precise, it's undeniable.
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  • Bible prophecy isn't a good guess.
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  • It always has multiple contingencies and multiple
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  • features that cannot be known and cannot be controlled
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  • and is simply a proof of divine authorship.
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  • Skip: "He expounded to them the things concerning himself."
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  • Notice Jesus begins with an admonition,
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  • followed by an exposition.
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  • First he rebukes them, then he informs them.
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  • First he says, "You're slow of heart," and then he fills
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  • their hearts with hope.
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  • Now, it's an interesting phrase, do you notice it?
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  • "Foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that
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  • the prophets have spoken."
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  • I meet Christians all the time that are slow of heart
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  • to believe what the prophets have spoken.
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  • They're slow of heart to believe what the Bible says.
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  • It's not that they ditch the Bible, it's just certain parts
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  • of the Bible.
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  • They're slow of heart to believe that Jesus is actually
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  • going to come back again.
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  • They're slow of heart to believe the Bible's description
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  • of what heaven is like.
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  • They're slow of heart to believe what the Bible says
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  • about marriage, or divorce, or purity.
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  • They like the Bible, but they like, you know, I like Psalm 23
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  • in the red letter thing right there.
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  • I like that little verse. I call this Dalmatian theology.
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  • They believe the Bible's inspired in spots.
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  • "I like that spot, and that spot,
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  • and that spot, but not those spots."
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  • But if you are slow to believe God's promises,
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  • you'll be slow to receive God's benefits.
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  • Now, Jesus, in verse 27, gives them a Bible study.
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  • Now, think about this, the first Bible study Jesus ever gave
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  • after the Resurrection was an exposition of biblical prophecy.
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  • I just gotta tell you honestly, I'm always disappointed when I
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  • read this verse 'cause it's not included in the Bible.
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  • If there's one discourse that I wish was included,
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  • it's that one.
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  • It must have been a lengthy one because by the time he's done,
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  • the sun is setting and the evening comes.
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  • I mean, just imagine the greatest teacher explaining
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  • the greatest themes from the greatest book that bring the
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  • greatest blessings to us all.
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  • But it says beginning at Moses, and that's the first five books
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  • of Moses, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
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  • Numbers, Deuteronomy, that's where he began,
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  • Moses then all the prophets.
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  • So, I imagine that he began probably around Genesis chapter
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  • 3 and he said, "Hey guys, remember that prediction that a
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  • seed is gonna be born, a child is gonna be born who's gonna
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  • crush the head of the serpent?
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  • That's me."
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  • He probably went over to Genesis 22, remember when
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  • Abraham sacrificed almost his son Isaac on Mount Moriah?
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  • Well, the mountain he was almost sacrificed
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  • on, the very mountain I was sacrificed on.
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  • And he may have even pointed out what we pointed out to you.
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  • In Genesis 22, God says to Abraham,
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  • "Take now your son, your only son Isaac."
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  • He had two sons by that time, not one.
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  • But he refers to him as his only son whom he loves.
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  • The very first time love is ever used in the Bible,
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  • it is used of a father sacrificing his only son on
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  • the same mountain Jesus would be sacrificed in.
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  • Imagine being a disciple and having that be unfolded to you.
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  • He would have stopped at Exodus chapter 12, the story
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  • of the Passover lamb, the blood covering the lintels
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  • and doorposts, all figurative of him.
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  • He would have mentioned the Levitical sacrifices of the Old
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  • Testament, the tabernacle layout,
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  • the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur all being fulfilled in him.
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  • Unquestionably he would have mentioned Numbers 21 'cause he
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  • does in John chapter 3, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
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  • wilderness, the son of man must be lifted up.
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  • He would have mentioned, no doubt, Psalm 2, and Psalm 16,
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  • and Psalm 22,
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  • which gives a detailed description of death by
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  • crucifixion hundreds of years before crucifixion
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  • was even invented.
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  • Certainly he would have mentioned Isaiah chapter 7,
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  • "A virgin will conceive and bear a son and you will call his name
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  • Emmanuel, which is God with us."
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  • And two chapters later, he would have made mention of Isaiah
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  • chapter 9, "For unto us a child is born," right?
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  • You know that one?
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  • "Unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his
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  • shoulders, and his name will be Wonderful, Counselor,
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  • mighty God, everlasting Father,
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  • Prince of peace."
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  • He would have unfolded that to all of them.
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  • Beginning in Moses and all the prophets,
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  • he expounded all the things concerning himself.
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  • Let me ask you a question, how impressive is prophecy?
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  • See, that was a question that changed my life.
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  • When I was a young believer and I was attacked by agnostic and
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  • atheistic professors where I was going to school,
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  • and I was surrounded in the medical profession by all sorts
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  • of cynics and critics, it was this study that
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  • made my faith ironclad.
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  • First of all, do you know how much of your Bible is
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  • prophetic, is prophetic literature?
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  • Do you know how much is prophecy?
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  • One-fourth.
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  • One-fourth of that Bible you have is about things in the
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  • future that have been fulfilled or we're still waiting for their
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  • fulfillment, one-fourth.
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  • To be exact 26.8% if you're to tally up all the
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  • verses is prophetic.
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  • Now, anybody can make predictions,
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  • getting them fulfilled is quite another category,
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  • especially as you add detail.
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  • See, if you predict something and then you add a detail,
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  • and another detail, and another detail,
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  • now you are entering the realm of compound probability that
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  • that thing could ever come to pass.
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  • I'm gonna mention a name and some of you are familiar,
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  • some of you probably are not familiar unless you only read
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  • about her, but in the 1950s and '60s,
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  • there was a pretty famous psychic in American named
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  • Jeane Dixon and Jeane Dixon made several predictions,
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  • and she was catapulted into international status and fame
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  • because supposedly, she made the prediction of the assassination
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  • of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
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  • I say supposedly, it really wasn't that.
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  • What she actually said in 1956 to "Parade" magazine in an
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  • interview is that, "the next president will be Democratic and
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  • will die in office," that's what she said.
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  • Now, what are the chances 3-1/2 years before an election cycle
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  • that a Democrat will win?
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  • Fifty percent.
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  • There's only two parties back then that would--had any merit.
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  • What are the odds in that time era that any president would die
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  • in office?
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  • In the '50s and '60s, it's estimated it was 40% are the
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  • odds because the president was largely unprotected like
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  • he is today.
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  • And number two, in that century, three presidents
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  • had died in office.
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  • So, together it was 20% chance that it could happen.
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  • It was one in five, those were the odds,
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  • one in five that that could happen.
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  • So, just making that statement, every oohed and ahed at Jeane
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  • Dixon, what they failed to recognize are all of the false
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  • prophecies she made, that is, the things she predicted that
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  • she got wrong.
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  • For example, she predicted World War III would start in 1954.
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  • We're still waiting for that to happen.
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  • She predicted that Jacqueline Kennedy,
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  • the wife of JFK, would never remarry, and she did.
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  • She predicted the Panama Canal Treaties would not be approved,
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  • they were.
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  • She predicted the Russians would be the first to the
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  • moon, they weren't.
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  • She made a number of predictions that fell flat and
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  • were simply not true.
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  • So, when you compare that to the kind of prophecy we're talking
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  • about in the Bible and the odds, there's no comparison.
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  • Let's just say, for example, I had
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  • in my pocket ten pennies, ten coins.
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  • I don't, I have mints but let's say I had ten coins,
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  • ten pennies and they were marked,
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  • all of them, consecutively one through ten.
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  • So, they were lying in my pocket and I make a prediction that I'm
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  • gonna reach in my pocket, randomly, pick out a coin and
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  • it's going to be the coin marked number one.
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  • My odds are one and ten 'cause there's ten coins.
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  • Now, if I put it back and I make a prediction that I'm gonna
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  • reach in my pocket and by random,
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  • pick out coin marked number two, now my odds are exponentially
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  • decreased.
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  • It is now one in a hundred that I could do number one and then
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  • number two.
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  • And if I make the prediction that I'm gonna reach in my
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  • pocket ten times and pull them out in consecutive order,
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  • one, two, three, four, all the way to ten,
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  • my odds of doing that are one in 10 billion
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  • that that could happen.
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  • That would be mighty amazing forecasting to be
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  • able to pull that off.
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  • female announcer: Now here's Skip Heitzig giving the author's
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  • perspective on his book "The Bible From 30.000 Feet."
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  • Skip: Well, you need to read this book to get an idea of how
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  • God speaks and what he is saying to you as a follower.
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  • You know, God speaks today through his Word principally,
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  • through the Bible.
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  • And you might be like most Christians, they
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  • know the Bible as the basis of everything that Christians
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  • believe but when you go to read the Bible,
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  • there's a whole lot of it you just don't get,
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  • you don't understand, you don't know why it's there,
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  • you don't how it applies to modern life so give me a year
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  • and I'll give you the Bible.
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  • Give me 52 weeks, and I'll give you an understanding and tools
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  • to apply the main principles of all 66 books to your life.
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  • Skip: Did you know that there are 300 prophecies concerning
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  • Jesus Christ in the Old Testament?
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  • You see, in the Old Testament, the prophets,
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  • Moses and the prophets like it says here, made
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  • a prediction that in the future,
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  • God will enter human history in time and space as a man.
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  • He would be the fulfillment of the expectations of Mashiyach,
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  • Messiah, the Christ, the Jewish Messiah.
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  • He will be Emmanuel, that is, God with us.
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  • And there are many prophecies about where we would be born,
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  • what he would go through, what his circumstances would be like.
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  • So, I'm gonna read you 16 of them.
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  • I'm not gonna give you 300.
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  • We'd be here for months. You'd be going, "I'm hungry."
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  • Here's 16 notable ones that he would be born of a virgin,
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  • that narrows down to a small degree, Isaiah 7:14.
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  • That he'd be born in Bethlehem, Micah chapter 5, verse 2.
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  • that he would be born of the tribe of Judah, Genesis 49:10.
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  • That his ministry would begin in Galilee, Isaiah
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  • chapter 9, verse 1.
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  • That he would work miracles, Isaiah 35:5 and 6.
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  • That he would enter Jerusalem on a donkey,
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  • Zechariah 9:9.
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  • That he would be betrayed by a friend, Psalm 41 verse 9.
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  • That he'll be sold for 30 pieces of silver, Zechariah 11:12.
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  • That he would be wounded and bruised, Isaiah 53:5.
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  • That his hands and feet would be pierced, Psalm 22:16.
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  • That he'd be crucified with thieves, Isaiah 53:12.
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  • His garments would be torn and lots cast for them, Psalm 22:18.
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  • That his bones would not be broken, Psalm 34:20
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  • and Psalm 22.
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  • That his side would be pierced, Zechariah 12:10.
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  • That he would be buried in a rich man's tomb, Isaiah 53:9.
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  • And that he would rise from the dead, Psalm 16, verse 10.
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  • Now, what are the likely--what is the likelihood of any one
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  • person fulfilling all of those things?
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  • Because some of those predictions
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  • are impossible to manage.
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  • You can't decide where you're gonna be born.
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  • You can't decide in advance who your mom's gonna be,
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  • what tribe you're gonna be born into.
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  • You can't do that.
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  • Well, this is something that a mathematics professor, years ago
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  • and many since, have looked at.
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  • They've, from their background, studied mathematical probability
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  • of anybody fulfilling those predictions.
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  • This guy that I'm mentioning his name Peter Stoner,
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  • professor of Meritorious of Mathematics, Pasadena
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  • College and later on Westmont University in Santa Barbara.
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  • And he decided to write a book called "Science Speaks."
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  • I have a copy at home, "Science Speaks," a little
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  • book where he looks at 48 predictions that Jesus
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  • fulfilled, 48 out of the 300, and it's about the
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  • odds of that happening.
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  • So, this is what he begins with, the odds of one man fulfilling
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  • just eight of those predictions
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  • is one in ten to the 17th power.
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  • If you know math, you know that's a pretty sizable number.
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  • And so, he illustrates how big of a number and what
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  • the odds are.
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  • It's so big that it's like this, if you took the state of Texas,
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  • any Texans here?
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  • You got a big state.
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  • It takes like two days to drive through your state and that's
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  • the speed limit I mean, maybe if you go faster,
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  • I don't know, but it's a big state.
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  • If you took the state of Texas and filled the state of Texas 2
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  • feet thick with silver dollars, pre-marked one of them,
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  • so the whole state is filled with silver dollars,
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  • pre-marked one of them, put a little black mark on one of
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  • them, blindfold a man, send him through the state of Texas.
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  • Say, "You can go as long and as far as you want,
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  • but you select the one that I have preselected blindfolded,"
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  • his odds of doing that would be the same odds of one man
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  • historically all fulfilling eight prophecies,
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  • one and ten to the 17th power.
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  • Then he goes, "Wow, now, what would it be for one man
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  • to fulfill 16 prophecies?"
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  • Remember I just read to you 16 of them.
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  • What are the odds of one man fulfilling those 16, ready?
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  • One in ten to the 45th power.
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  • In his book he illustrates, but you
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  • can't use the state of Texas.
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  • You can't even use the United States so he says,
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  • "Imagine you create with your silver dollars a metal
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  • ball of solid silver.
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  • It would be so big that from the center of that sphere to the
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  • circumference of that sphere would be the distance the
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  • earth is from the sun times 30."
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  • So, it's 93 million miles times 30, that's the distance from the
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  • center to the circumference.
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  • In other words, we're dealing with a metal ball of silver
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  • dollars that in diameter is 5 billion, 580 million
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  • miles in diameter.
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  • You get my picture?
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  • Okay, pre mark your silver dollar and send
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  • that dude in there.
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  • The odds of him finding the pre-marked one,
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  • as a blindfolded man, would be the same odds that Jesus
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  • fulfilled 16 predictions.
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  • Said Stoner and I quote, "We find the chance that one man
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  • fulfilling all 48 prophecies is one
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  • in ten to the 157th power," end quote.
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  • And he does illustrate it in the book,
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  • but he has to use electrons and I won't belabor it.
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  • This is the stuff, when I was struggling with my
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  • early faith, when I studied fulfilled prophecy,
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  • it moved me toward an ironclad faith in Christ.
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  • For anybody to walk away and go, "Well, you
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  • know, the Bible's just a good guess.
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  • Oh, that's kind of nice."
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  • It's like they don't have an IQ to say that.
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  • I mean, when you study this, there's no way to explain the
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  • Bible's ability to predict the future unless we see God
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  • as the author or the one who superintended the
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  • writing because the prediction is so precise, it's undeniable.
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  • Bible prophecy isn't a good guess.
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  • It always has multiple contingencies and multiple
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  • features that cannot be known, and cannot be controlled,
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  • and it's simply a proof of divine authorship.
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  • Now, when I read that, I was amazed and then I remember
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  • thinking, and I still think, you know I really shouldn't be
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  • amazed because the Bible so often says that God knows
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  • everything, right?
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  • He's omniscient, that's the word, he's omniscient.
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  • He knows everything.
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  • He knows everything, he knows future things.
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  • No wonder Jesus said to his critics,
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  • "Search the Scriptures, for in them you think that you have
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  • eternal life, but these are they which testify about me."
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  • Did you know that when the prophets said those things,
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  • they didn't always understand what they were writing?
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  • You know that, right?
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  • They made a lot of predictions, some about events that would
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  • happen in the short term, other events that would happen in the
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  • long term, about cities, about nations,
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  • about governments, et cetera, but many of them about
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  • this one person sandwiched in between all of them.
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  • So, they didn't always understand what was going on.
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  • Listen to what Peter says, 1 Peter chapter 1,
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  • verse 10, "The prophets prophesied about this gracious
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  • salvation prepared for you, even though they had many questions
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  • as to what it could all mean.
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  • They wondered what the Spirit of Christ within them was talking
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  • about when he told them in advance about Christ's
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  • sufferings and his great glory afterwards.
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  • They wondered when and to whom all of this would happen."
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  • See, the prophets were like archers,
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  • they were shooting their arrows of prophecy into the sky.
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  • They didn't really know where they were gonna land.
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  • So, Isaiah shot up his arrows of truth and Ezekiel,
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  • and Daniel, and Jeremiah, and Zechariah,
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  • and those arrows of truth went up into the sky,
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  • out of sight, over the horizon, and they didn't
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  • know where they landed.
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  • But what I want you to know is simply this, 300 plus arrows all
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  • landed on one person and that is against all odds.
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  • Now, having covered that, let's finish this off.
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  • We go from a sorrowful walk, to a scriptural
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  • talk, to a satisfied flock.
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  • This really helps these characters.
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  • Verse 28, "Then they drew near to the village where they were
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  • going and he indicated, Jesus, that he would have gone further,
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  • but they constrained him saying, abide with us for it is toward
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  • evening and the day is far spent,
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  • and he went in to stay with them.
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  • Now it came to pass as he sat at the table with them,
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  • that he took bread, blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them.
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  • Then their eyes were opened, and they knew him, and he vanished
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  • from their sight."
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  • Oh man, anti-climatic, just when they get it, bye.
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  • "And they said to one another, did not our heart burn within us
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  • while he talked with us on the road and while he opened the
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  • Scriptures to us?
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  • And so, they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem
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  • and found the 11.
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  • And those who were with them gathered together saying,
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  • the Lord is risen indeed and has appeared to Simon.
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  • Then they told about the things that happened on the road and
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  • how he was known to them in the breaking of bread."
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  • Don't you find it interesting that they get to this little
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  • place and Jesus acts like he'd keep going?
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  • It's like, "See ya. Have a nice meal."
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  • Just keep like he's gonna keep walking.
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  • They had to like, "Wait, wait, don't go.
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  • Please stay with us."
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  • That's what it means when it says, "They constrained him."
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  • I find that fascinating, and I see that as a principle.
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  • Jesus will never force himself on anyone.
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  • He's the perfect gentleman. He works by invitation only.
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  • He said, "Behold I stand at the door and I knock.
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  • If you'll open the door, I'll come in."
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  • They invited him in.
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  • And then when he left them, they looked at each and said,
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  • "Wow, didn't our hearts burn within us?"
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  • They got heartburn, the good kind,
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  • the scriptural kind, the kind I'd pray we'd all get.
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  • Now, this burning of heart, notice they didn't say,
  • 00:22:34.000 --> 00:22:37.270
  • "Didn't our hearts burn within us as we were talking to him in
  • 00:22:37.280 --> 00:22:42.030
  • prayer, or didn't our hearts burn within us as he gazed
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  • into our eyes?"
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  • No, it says, "Didn't our hearts burn within us as we spoke to
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  • us, as he spoke to us."
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  • Their hearts burned when they stopped talking and they started
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  • listening to what he had to say to them.
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  • It's very important to make a note of that.
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  • What does it mean, this burning of heart?
  • 00:23:05.020 --> 00:23:10.260
  • It is simply a statement of description that means a new
  • 00:23:10.270 --> 00:23:15.270
  • understanding of old things, a new understanding of old things.
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  • It's like something you've read before and then the light comes
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  • on you go, "Oh wow, I get it.
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  • Oh, that's so good. That's so rich."
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  • See, Jesus didn't tell them anything they didn't know.
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  • They'd heard these Scriptures growing up.
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  • They were Jewish boys, raised in the synagogue.
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  • They had heard the prophets and Moses all their lives,
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  • but not like this.
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  • It was like new stuff to them.
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  • It's exactly what happened to me when I saw Jesus fulfilled in
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  • the prophetic Scriptures against all odds,
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  • it set my heart on fire.
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  • It set my heart on fire. I was intellectually satisfied.
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  • I was spiritually satisfied.
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  • And, you know, every now and then I'll meet somebody who
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  • says, "Yeah, you know, I've heard this before."
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  • "Oh really, you've heard it?"
  • 00:24:04.250 --> 00:24:06.040
  • "Yeah, I've heard all this before.
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  • I've heard this before."
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  • "And so, yeah, you're really excited about it,
  • 00:24:08.250 --> 00:24:10.250
  • right now, aren't ya, 'cause you've heard it before?
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  • So what?" "Well, I want something new.
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  • I want a new revelation." You don't need a new revelation.
  • 00:24:15.260 --> 00:24:19.100
  • You need a new application of the old revelation.
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  • That's what caused their hearts to burn within them.
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  • You need the same old Scriptures but opened up in a way that you
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  • understand it, and you'll hear his voice speaking.
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  • It will set your heart ablaze as it did theirs.
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  • Now, I want to close with this question,
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  • a God who is this accurate, this detailed,
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  • and this good at what he does, do you think
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  • he deserves your trust?
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  • So, if you think about the new year,
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  • and you think about the fear, and all the things that we all
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  • live with as humans, I want you to put that in perspective with
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  • what we have just studied.
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  • A God this detailed, this precise,
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  • this good at what he does, do you think he can
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  • handle your finances?
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  • Do you think he can handle your family,
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  • your future, your medical troubles,
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  • all the stuff, the relationships that you freak out about?
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  • Do you think the safest place is to put him in his hands and to
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  • leave them there?
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  • If he can do that, your life is like,
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  • "I think God has it," right?
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  • "I think I've got you covered," God would say.
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  • "I'm good.
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  • I don't need your help, I'm good."
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  • "Just give it to me, trust me, look to me,
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  • you know, lean on me, put a smile back on your face,
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  • step back and, you know, a little spring back in your step
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  • 'cause I'm gonna manage just fine, just trust me."
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  • That's where I started like this, ought to leave us.
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  • I'll tell you what, it set my heart on fire and I
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  • hope it does yours.
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  • announcer: From an earthly perspective, it can feel like
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  • this world continues to sink deeper into
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  • darkness and despair.
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  • You may feel like you don't see any light in humanity.
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  • True love seems like a thing of the past and if you focus on
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  • what you see outwardly, you can come to a place of unrest but
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  • when you experience God's love through his Son Jesus Christ,
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  • darkness is dispelled.
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