Major example: The First Coming of Christ
Over 300 prophecies in the OT about the coming of Messiah.
These can be grouped into about 60 categories.
In an earlier broadcast we talked about the astronomical odds against these prophecies being fulfilled coincidentally. In essence, it is unthinkable.
For details on that, visit our website and listen to Is the Bible True?
2 - Important difference between Bible prophecy and other kinds Astrology
Famous Prognosticators like Jeanne Dixon, Edgar Cayce, and Notradamus
Even prophecies from other holy books.
The Difference: The Bible prescribes death for false prophecy. Most of the prophets made near and far prophecies. If their near prophecies had not come true, they would have been put to death.
Deuteronomy 18:20 - "But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death."
3 Ė The Rebirth of Israel -1948 Ezekiel 36 & 37 -
4 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'"
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'" 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet-a vast army.
11 Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.'"
(from New International Version)
1 and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel.
(from New International Version)
Such a thing had never happened in history, that a people who had been dispersed throughout the world for more than 2000 years would be brought back to their own land and reestablished with their own name again.
Historians have pointed out how amazing it was that world opinion would be favorable to such a thing. The persecution of the Jewish people during World War II was a major factor in the miraculous return of Godís chosen people.
On the very day that Israel announced their independence, six nations closest to them declared war against them. Nothing less than the hand of God could have given Israel victory in that first war, or in the several other wars that they have had to fight to maintain their independence.
This was one of the greatest fulfillments ever of Biblical prophecies!
Now let's look at another apparent fulfillment in our generation - The Revived Roman Empire
- Daniel Chapter 2