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Discover the Book - Jan. 12, 2009

  • 2009 Jan 12
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Biblical Prophecy I

Isaiah 41

What is the simplest and yet most profound evidence the Bible offers for its authenticity?

It is prophecy fulfilled, an irrefutable verification reserved to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures alone. Prophecy is the missing element in all other sacred scriptures of the world's religions; It (prophecy) is not to be found in the Koran, the Hindu Vedas, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Book of Mormon, the sayings of Buddha, or the writings of Mary Baker Eddy (Christian Science). By contrast prophecy comprises about one third of the Scriptures! Isaiah 41:21 " Present your case," says the LORD. "Bring forth your strong [reasons,"] says the King of Jacob. (NKJV)

Wilbur Smith (The Incomparable Book, Beacon Publications), a man who has read several thousand books, concludes that "whatever one may think of the authority of and the message presented in the book we call the Bible, there is world-wide agreement that in more ways than one it is the most remarkable volume that has ever been produced in these some five thousand years of writing on the part of the human race. It is the only volume ever produced by man, or a group of men in which is to be found a large body of prophecies relating to individual nations, to Israel, to all the peoples of the earth, to certain cities, and to the coming of One who was to be the Messiah."

The ancient world had many different devices for determining the future, known as divination, but not in the entire gamut of Greek and Latin literature, even though they use the words prophet and prophecy, can we find any real specific prophecy of a great historic event to come in the distant future, nor any prophecy of a Savior to arise in the human race. Neither can the founders of any cult in this country rightly identify any ancient text specifically foretelling their appearance."

When we say PROPHESY we mean detailed, specific descriptions of future events.

  • Not a few, hundreds.
  • Not close calls, fulfilled to the letter.
  • Not historical accounts as they unfolded, but prophesies written centuries, many centuries before they took place.


Remember when we started this series we saw there are several reasons why I believe the Bible is true: JESUS CHRIST believed it, the APOSTLES & PROPHETS believed the Scriptures, HISTORICAL ACCURACY and
SCIENCE proves the Bible.

Now lets consider its PROPHETIC ACCURACY: Because of its fulfilled prophecy, the Bible has proven itself to be true. Just for an example let me share some of the Scriptures that surround the life of Christ that are quite well known.


A. PROPHECIES ABOUT JESUS CHRIST. There are no less than 300 specific prophecies in the Scriptures about our Lord Jesus Christ. Those who won't believe the Bible say He just arranged to have all these events happen. Listen to just a few and see if you think it would take anything less than the OMNIPOTENCE of God to 'arrange' these details!

DIVINE DETAILS ABOUT HIS FIRST COMING:

  1. First, Jesus arranged to have His death described a thousand years before it took place with the precision of a medical research project. In about 1000 BC David was moved by the Holy Spirit to pen the words of Psalm 22. The graphic details are just another reminder. This Psalm details the death of Christ a millennium before it took place. Who described crucifixion hundreds of years before its use as a form of execution? God through David. These prophesies surrounding the death of Christ are amazing. But God spoke with equal clarity on other topics. Each of the following events could stand up in any court of law as a perfect case for supernatural divination. God telling the future to the minutest detail.
  2. Second, Jesus arranged to have a man living in 700 BC named Isaiah to foretell that His birth would be a miraculous virgin birth. That was 7 centuries before it happened. In fact all of history AD & BC is built on Christ and His coming! Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (KJV)
  3. Third, Jesus arranged that He would be able to die with some thieves? And that He wanted to be buried in a rich man's tomb. He also had to arrange that He be disfigured by beating. And through the whole ignominious affair he had to remain like a lamb silent? Did all that really happen? Yes, and in Isaiah 53, again 700 years before the event, God tells us in stunning detail exactly how it would happen. Christ arranged it because He is God the Son!
  4. Fourthly, Jesus had to persuade His parents (before He was born) to travel all the way to Bethlehem so He could be born there. How come? Because a little known prophet named Micah gave us the exact location of the Messiah's birth, 500 years before it took place! Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephrathah, [though] thou be little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of thee shall he come forth unto me [that is] to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth [have been] from of old, from everlasting. (KJV) Luke 2:4-7 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (KJV) And it took Augustus Caesar to make an empire wide decree, all to accomplish the plan of God.

 

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