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History written in advance!

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to his servants the prophets.   A lion has roared!   Who will not fear?   The Lord God has spoken!   Who can but prophesy? (Amos 3:7-8)

One of the most powerful proofs that the Bible is the inspired word of God is the evidence of fulfilled prophecy.   Many times in its pages God foretells events still in the future, and from our vantage point we can see how those events have come to pass, often down to the last detail.

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Our opening quotation taken from the Old Testament prophet Amos makes this clear: God reveals His plans to His servants the prophets.   When a lion roars, we tremble in fear; when God speaks, His prophets are impelled to record His words.   As the apostle Peter says:  “...prophecy never came by the will of man but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)

A preview of Calvary

At this time of year many people remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in Jerusalem almost two thousand years ago, as recorded in the New Testament Gospels.   What few realise is that this terrible event was foretold centuries beforehand, and in startling detail, in the Old Testament!

Take Psalm 22 as an amazing example.   It describes the Man of God being put to death by his enemies.   Instead of using the common Jewish method of execution, which was by stoning, they “pierce his hands and feet.” 

He is tormented by thirst as he dies.   His enemies stand round him and stare at him.   They laugh and jeer, and ask why God does not rescue him.   They strip off his clothes and share them out, casting lots for one of his garments rather than tear it in pieces.

Or read the poignant words of Isaiah 53.   He was to be “despised and rejected” by his fellow men, a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”   He would be wounded and flogged, led as a condemned prisoner to his execution.   Yet he would accept his fate meekly and without speaking in his own defence, although he was innocent of any crime.

What else can these words be but a picture of Calvary, painted hundreds of years before it happened?   Look at any one of the Gospels and you’ll see how accurate these prophecies are. How else can they be explained but as the prophetic words of Almighty God?

Can it be possible then that God would so accurately prophesy the crucifixion of His Son and keep us in the dark about what would happen next and what has still to happen?   Surely, by no means!




The resurrection – foretold!

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Consider these further prophecies.   First, Jesus himself foretold his own death, and his resurrection:

“...the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify.   And the third day he will rise again.” (Matthew 20:18-19)





Christ’s second coming – foretold!

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Then consider the words of the angels on the Mount of Olives when Jesus ascended into heaven:

“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?   This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:10-11)



The final day of judgement – foretold!

The reality of the second coming of Jesus to establish the Kingdom of God on earth is the key message of the New Testament, best summed up in the words of the apostle Paul:

“(God) has appointed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.   He has given assurance of this to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)

This is the true Gospel message – the Good News of the Kingdom of God!

 

 

 

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