Prophesy

November 26

Many previously great nations have been the subject of Biblical prophecies,  "For example, Edom was a strong nation located next to the Israelites in Palestine.  The Edomites, as descendants of Esau, were related to the Israelites, but were idolatrous and treacherous, frequently warring with the Israelite nation.  Their land was rugged and their capital city, Petra, had a seemingly impregnable position in the rocks of the mountains."  It was a rich trade center; and even today its ruined palaces, carved out of solid rock, are an imposing and magnificent testimony to human ingenuity.

This nation seemed unconquerable,  Yet during the height of its power, the Scriptures (Ezekiel 31:1-15; Jeremiah 49:16-22) predicted its ultimate overthrow.  Edom was to be destroyed, and all of her inhabitants would disappear.  the fulfillment of these prophecies seemed long in coming, because Edom and Petra remained prosperous, even for centuries after Christ.  No one really knows the full story of their decline, but their land has been desolate for such a long time that the Edomites are now a people long forgotten.  the prophecy of Edom has been fulfilled exactly as the Bible Foretold.

Science and the Bible, p.120

"The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the height of the hill.  Though you build your nest as high as the eagle's, from  there I will bring you down," declares the Lord.  "edom will bedome an object of horror...."  Jeremiah 49:16-17

November 26

Prophesy

January 3

Prophesy

January 8

Prophesy

There are over 300 distinct prophecies in the Old testament that were literally fulfilled by Jesus Christ.  These prophecies, given hundreds of years before Christ was born, were very specific and could not be fulfilled by any other man in history.  The prophecies include the time, place, and manner of Christ's birth, including specifics about His ministry and genealogy.  Also predicted were details about His miracles, His trial, His death , His resurrection, and the events after His resurrection.  The probability of all of these prophecies being fulfilled by any other person is an absolute impossibility.

These predictions concerning the life of Jesus Christ were recorded in the sacred books of the Jewish people-now commonly known as the "old Testament."  Copies of these ancient documents, identical to the modern texts, were buried hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.  They were found sealed in clay jars near the Dead Sea in Israel.  These "Dead Sea Scrolls" and other manuscripts recorded specific details about Jesus long before they actually occurred.  Only a Creator God who is outside of time could have inspired these hundreds of specific details to be written down prior to their fulfillment.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict,  p. 141-176

"...Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand."  -Isaiah 14:24 NAS

February 20

Prophesy

Even the most mundane parts of Scripture can have great significance.  One example is the list of ancestors leading from Adam to Noah, which can be found in Genesis Chapter 5.  Ancient names were not just randomly selected but chosen to convey a meaning.  for instance, Adam means "man" and his son Seth means "appointed," because he was appointed to take the place of Abel.  Looking at the entire list:
     - Adam means "Man"
     - Seth means "Appointed"
      -Enosh means "Mortal"
      -Kenan means "Sorrow"
     -Mahalalel means "The blessed God"
     -Jared means "Shall come down"
     -Enoch means "Teaching"
     -Methuselah means "His death shall bring"
     -Lamech means "The despairing"
     -Noah means "comfort (or rest)"

Putting it all together, we find that the very names of the first 10 generations of mankind form the promise of our coming Savior.  "Man [is] appointed mortal sorrow; [but] the Blessed God shall come down, teaching [that] His death shall bring the despairing comfort (or rest)."  Could this be a coincidence, or can we see that the Holy Spirit truly directed both history and the writing of every detail of Scripture?

Hidden Treasured in the Biblical Text, p.11-12

...Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past?  Was it not I, the LORD?  And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and Savior; there is none but me. -Isaiah 45:21

February 21

Prophesy

The implication of the Gospel message within the very names of the first ten generations of mankind is staggering.  It demonstrates that from the beginning of time God had already laid out his plan of redemption for the predicament of mankin.  It is the beginnin of a love story, ultimately written in blood on a cross.

This simple list of names is one of many evidences that the Bible is...the product of supernatural engineering.  This punctures the presumption of most people who view the Bible as mere stories-as a record of an evolving cultural tradition.  The Bible claims to be authored by the One who alone knows the end from the beginning.  The One who is not just watching time pass by but instantaneously knows every detail of the past, the prestent, and the future...because He is the Creator of time itself.

It is astonishing to discover how many Bible controversies simply evaporate if one simply recognizes the unity and the integrity of these 66 books.  Every number, every place, every name, every detail---'every jot and tittle' (the smallest space of the Hebrew language)---is part of a tightly engineered design, tailored for out learing, our discovery, and our amazement.

Hidden Treasurers in the Biblical Text,  p.17

...I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot of one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  -Matthew 518 KJV

God left us with many evidences to show that His Word it true, but a prophecy is one of the strongest.  More than 25% of the Bible is prophecy.  God set a stringent standard on prophecy: it must be 100% accurate, or the prophecy is not of God.  This is a unique characteristic of the Bible, not found in the Velda (Hindu writings), the Koran (Islam's holy book), or any of the other writings of mankind.  The so-called prophecies of Nostradamus, Jeanne Dixon, and others are of a completely different class than the Bible.  Not only are these prophecies vague (leaving possibility of being interpreted to fit numerous events), but more often than not their predictions of the future prove to be wrong.  Biblical prophecies, however, are both specific and accurate.

When we hold the Bible, we are holding a collection of 66 books written over a period of about 1,500 years by more than 40 authors.  Yet this book reveals a single coordinated message.  The Bible repeatedly authenticates its uniqueness by describing history in exact detail before it happens.  How else could God authenticate his message and prove that He created everything and inspired the Bible?  God is not subject to constraints of time, any more than He is subject to constraints of mass, gravity, or acceleration.  He knows all of history before it happens.  Prophecy is merely god's demonstration that because He is the Creator, He is outside of time.

The prophecies of the Bible are proof of this fact.

Many Infallible Proofs,  p.14-15
Hidden Treasurers in Biblical Text,  p.17

You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?"  If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken.... -Deuteronomy 18:21-22

March 15

Prophesy

Prophesy

July 20

Psalm 22 is an amazing prophecy that describes the crucifixion of Christ. This Psalm was written approximately 1,000 years before its fulfillment. It describes in graphic detail the sufferings of Christ long before death by crucifixion was known or practiced by the Romans or Jews. This Psalm predicts how Christ's hands and feet would be pierced, His bones would be pulled out of joint, and He would experience extreme thirst. It also describes how men would gamble for His clothes and how the crowd would mock Him. Even the exact words Christ would speak from the cross were recorded in this Psalm. Is it logical to conclude that all of these prophecies, predicted in precise detail almost 1,000 years before they happened, could have been fulfilled by mere chance?

The science of probability (a mathematical method for calculating the likelihood with which an event is going to happen) can clearly reveal that guesses could not have produced this passage of Scripture. It could only have been written by inspiration from someone outside of time. Only God, who created mass, energy, and time could fulfill this qualification.

The Defender's Study Bible, p. 608

...My god, my god, why hast thou forsaken me? (v. 1)...All they that see me laugh me to scorn (v. 17)...they pieced my hands and my feet. (v. 16)...they look and stare upon me (v. 17)...and cast lots upon my vesture.... (v. 18) -Psalm 22, KJV

July 23

Prophesy

In Ezekiel 26:3-21, specific predictions were made against the city of Tyre. The prophecy stated that this city would be destroyed as many nations came against it. It was predicted that Tyre would be made bare as the top of a flat rock and that fishermen would spread their nets over the site. The walls and the towers would be destroyed, the debris would be scraped clean, and Tyre would be left barren. This very specific prediction was made at the height of Trye's power and importance.

Three years after the prophecy was given, Nebuchadnezzar laid a 13 year siege on mainland Tyre. When he finally entered the city, he found that most of the people had moved to an island 1/2 mile off the coast. They had fortified a city on t his island with powerful walls reaching to the very edge of the sea. Over 200 years later, Alexander the Great laid siege to the island city of Tyre. Since he had no fleet, he demolished the old city of Tyre, cast the debris into the sea and build a 200 foot wide causeway out to the island. By doing this, Alexander was able to move his army across the land bridge and destroy the island city. Tyre's history doesn't end here. Many subsequent attempts were made to rebuild Tyre, but sieges always destroyed the city. Today both the original city and the island city are bare rocks where fishermen can be seen drying their nets. The accuracy of biblical prophecy is undeniable evidence for the Bible's authenticity.

Why I believe, p

... I will bring many nations against you (v. 3) ... They will destroy the walls of Tyre ... I will scrape away her rubble and make her a bare rock (v. 4) ... I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar (v. 7) ... they will throw ... your stones ... and rubble into the sea (v. 12) ... I will make you a bare rock ... a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken " (v. 14) -Ezekiel 26:3-14

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