Today’s Scripture: Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Revelation 22:7
Both the Old and New Testaments contain fascinating predictions which have yet to be fulfilled—some frightening and others majestic. With all the doubt and skepticism surrounding our faith, how do we know the prophecies of Scripture will come to pass? How can we be sure the Bible is true, and God is really God?
The proof is found in Prophecy. In fact, there are dozens upon dozens of Scriptural proofs that have been fulfilled so precisely that skeptics claim someone came along after the fact and wrote in the details. However, the Dead Sea scrolls prove otherwise. Among some of the fulfilled prophecies we find within those scrolls are the predictions of the rise and fall of various nations.
According to prophecy, Babylonian power was to rule Judah for 70 years and then be overthrown (Jeremiah 25:11, Isaiah 13:19, 20). History validates the accuracy of this event. Nineveh was predicted to be destroyed by fire while the city’s inhabitants were drunk, and the Encyclopedia Britannica confirmed exactly what the Bible predicted (Nahum 3:11-15). The city of Tyre’s ruin, predicted in Ezekiel 26:12, came to pass and the rubble of their city was thrown into the water just as prophesied.
If that’s not enough proof, consider the Messiah. He was born of a virgin in Bethlehem of the tribe of Judah. He was a descendant of David and performer of miracles who was betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. His death by crucifixion was predicted before that method of death was used. His clothing was gambled for, He was buried in a rich man’s tomb, and He rose again. All these precisely fulfilled prophecies are a tremendous assurance that this is God’s Word.
We need to know these prophetic proofs so that we can refute the attacks on Scripture. God is real, and His Word stands. This world will test us, and we need to be ready with answers.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.