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Evidence from Fulfilled Prophecies | The Supernatural Bible Part 2

How to trust the Holy Bible
Can we trust the Bible?

The Bible stands as one of the most scrutinised texts in history. In this article we will look at fulfilled prophecies from the Bible as evidence for it's supernatural origins.



For believers and skeptics alike, its authenticity and reliability have been points of contention. One compelling reason to trust the Bible is its record of fulfilled prophecies. These prophecies, written centuries before their fulfillment, span various aspects of history and personal destinies, providing a foundation for faith in its divine inspiration. Here, we explore five key points illustrating how fulfilled prophecies bolster the credibility of the Bible.


1. The Messianic Prophecies

A significant portion of the Bible's prophetic accuracy revolves around the predictions concerning the Messiah, Jesus Christ. These prophecies, written in the Old Testament, provide detailed descriptions of the coming Messiah’s life, death, and resurrection.

- Isaiah 53: Written around 700 years before Jesus' birth, this chapter vividly describes the suffering servant, Jesus Christ. Isaiah speaks of one who will be "pierced for our transgressions" and "crushed for our iniquities," language that parallels the crucifixion of Jesus.

- Micah 5:2: Predicts the birthplace of the Messiah in Bethlehem, a small town in Judah. This was fulfilled with Jesus' birth as recorded in Matthew 2:1.

- Psalm 22: Written by David around 1000 BC, it describes crucifixion details centuries before this method of execution was invented. It includes specific elements such as the piercing of hands and feet and the casting of lots for the victim's clothing.

These prophecies, written long before Jesus’ time and fulfilled in precise detail, show a divine foreknowledge that transcends human capabilities.


2. The Fall of Ancient Cities

The Bible contains numerous prophecies regarding the fate of various ancient cities. Their precise fulfillment supports the Bible's reliability.

- Tyre (Ezekiel 26): Around 587 BC, Ezekiel prophesied the destruction of Tyre, predicting that it would be attacked by many nations, its debris thrown into the sea, and it would never be rebuilt. Alexander the Great’s conquest in 332 BC, which involved throwing the city’s debris into the sea to build a causeway, fulfilled this prophecy.

- Babylon (Isaiah 13, 14, and Jeremiah 51): Both Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesied the complete and utter destruction of Babylon. They predicted that Babylon would be desolate, never to be inhabited again, a fate confirmed by archaeological findings and the city’s abandonment.

The fulfillment of these prophecies regarding Tyre and Babylon highlights the Bible's accuracy in foretelling historical events.


3. The Rebirth of Israel

One of the most remarkable modern fulfillments of biblical prophecy is the rebirth of the nation of Israel.

- Ezekiel 37: The vision of the dry bones coming to life symbolises Israel’s restoration. After nearly 2,000 years of dispersion, the establishment of Israel in 1948 aligns with this prophecy.

- Isaiah 66:8: Isaiah prophesied that a nation would be born in a day, which was dramatically fulfilled when the State of Israel was declared on May 14, 1948, and recognized immediately.

The re-establishment of Israel as a nation in such a precise and dramatic manner serves as a testament to the Bible's prophetic validity.


4. The Spread of Christianity

The Bible not only predicts specific events but also the broader trajectory of movements and ideas, such as the spread of Christianity.

- Isaiah 49:6: Speaks of the Messiah being "a light for the nations," and bringing salvation to the ends of the earth. The global spread of Christianity from a small Jewish sect to one of, if not the world's largest religion, is a fulfillment of this prophecy.

- Matthew 24:14: Jesus prophesied that the Gospel would be preached in all the world. Today, Christianity has a presence in nearly every country, fulfilling this statement.

This extensive and ongoing fulfillment underscores the Bible's predictive power concerning large-scale human history.


5. Specific Prophecies Concerning Individuals

The Bible also contains prophecies about specific individuals, demonstrating precise knowledge about future events.

- Cyrus the Great (Isaiah 44:28, 45:1): Isaiah named Cyrus about 150 years before he was born, predicting his role in the return of the Jews from Babylonian exile and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Historical records confirm Cyrus issued a decree allowing Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple.

- King Josiah (1 Kings 13:2): Prophesied by name about 300 years before his birth, Josiah was predicted to reform the worship practices in Judah, which he did during his reign, as recorded in 2 Kings 23.

The specificity and accuracy of these prophecies about individuals support the reality that the Bible's authors were guided by the hand of God.


Conclusion

The fulfillment of biblical prophecies serves as a strong foundation for trusting the Bible's reliability and divine inspiration. From detailed Messianic predictions to the fate of ancient cities, the rebirth of Israel, the spread of Christianity, and specific prophecies about individuals, these fulfilled prophecies provide compelling evidence that the Bible is not merely a historical document but a divinely inspired text. This accuracy in foretelling future events, often centuries before their occurrence, sets the Bible apart as a trustworthy and remarkable compilation of divine revelation.


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