Prophecy Confirms Inspiration of the Bible
“The Bible is just a good book with some helpful insights and wise sayings, but it is nothing more than the work of men and NOT the words of God…”? Have you ever heard someone say that? Statements such as this must be evaluated by the evidence. Let’s just take one ‘small’ example for now.
The book of Daniel can be historically traced back to a period from 605 B.C. to 536 B.C. Scientists who specialize in “Paleography” (the study of ancient writing), attest that the Hebrew and Aramaic found in Daniel match the exact same style of Hebrew and Aramaic found during the 6th century B.C. in secular writings.
In Daniel chapters 2, 7, & 8 the writer explicitly prophecies the rise and fall of the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Grecian Empire, and the Roman Empire. For instance, “These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth…” (Daniel 7:17).
But let’s ignore the fact that Daniel “just happened” to perfectly identify the exact events that we can verify historically several hundred years before each of them happened. What’s more is that he perfectly identified the exact number of kings that would be involved. In addition, he accurately reports the exact sequence of events that would lead up to each one of these kings rising to power and later being overthrown!
Christianity is an evidence-based faith. We cannot find a perfect repetition of historically verifiable prophecy in any other religious book out there. We can choose to turn a blind eye to the insurmountable evidence in our efforts to sooth our consciences, or we can choose to humble ourselves and be objective in our truth searching. Here we have a book that undeniably foretells historical events several hundred years before they happened. That’s real evidence.
If the Bible is right in that prophecy, is it possible that it’s right in the ones still waiting to be fulfilled? “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will,” (Matthew 24:44). Are you ready? Have you given the evidence a fair trial?