Previously, in this series of lessons on “How I Know The Bible Is From God,” I have presented three things that support my unwavering conviction of the Bible’s Divine origin:
The Author – I know the Bible is from God because I believe in God and it just makes sense that God would want to communicate with His creation.
The Claim – I know the Bible is from God because the Bible claims to be from God and I have no reason to doubt those claims.
The Unity – I know the Bible is from God because the Bible shows a unity that would not be capable, of forty men writing sixty-six books and letters over a period of fourteen hundred years, without Divine guidance.
In this fourth installment I will present what is one of the most powerful internal evidences for how I know that the Bible is from God – the fulfilled prophecy contained in the Bible.
Fulfilled prophecy refers to those places in the Bible where we read of a future prediction and then in another, later, passage read of its coming to pass exactly as the prophet foretold it. God gave His prophets this ability in order to verify that what they were preaching was indeed from Him (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). The Bible is literally full of such fulfilled prophecy and, thus, confirms itself to be from God.
The regular reader will recall an article I submitted some weeks ago entitled “Jesus: The Fulfillment Of Prophecy.” In that article I showed how Jesus fulfilled every single one of the over three hundred Messianic prophecies concerning Him.
The purpose of those prophecies was to identify, beyond any doubt, the Messiah (Christ) when He came into the world. These precisely fulfilled Messianic prophecies are certainly powerful evidence of Jesus, the Christ. However, they also serve as powerful evidence that the Bible is from God.
The only way those prophets could so accurately predict the time of His birth (Dan. 2:44), the place of His birth (Micah 5:2), the manner of His miraculous virgin birth (Isa. 7:14), His unlawful trial and mistreatment (Isa. 53:7, 8), His crucifixion for our sins (Isa. 53:1-6, 9; Ps. 22:1, 16), the place of His burial (Isa. 53:9), etc., etc., is that they were writing from a Divine source.
Aside from these remarkably accurate predictions concerning Christ, there are hundreds of detailed predictions of people, places and governments that have all been precisely fulfilled in every regard. For example, the prophet Daniel was so detailed and accurate in his predictions of the rise and fall of the empires from Babylon to Rome that critics have claimed it must have been written by a latter writer and not the Daniel by whom the book claims to have been written.
The same accusations have been made about Isaiah’s authorship. Isaiah’s prophecies concerning the judgment on the kingdoms of his time, and their precise fulfillment has caused critics to claim that the book was writer by an “early” and “late” Isaiah.
However, when the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 a copy of Isaiah was discovered among them – a unified book, not two books by an “early” and “later” Isaiah. Once again, the critics were shown wrong and the Bible stands true.
The only reason to deny that the prophetic books were written by the ones who claim to have written them is that the critic already has his mind made up that he does not believe the Bible. So, with that preconception concerning the Bible, any evidence of the Bible’s Divine origin will be discounted and “explained away.”
Even when their claims are proven false, they just come up with other reasons why the Bible can’t be from God. That’s why I stared out by saying that I believe the Bible is from God because I believe in God. All the apologetic evidence that I know simply reinforces that belief.
I believe Daniel wrote hundreds of years before the Roman empire came into existence that it would follow the Greek empire, which followed the Medo-Persian empire, which followed the Babylonian empire (Dan. 2, 7, 9). The critic can offer no compelling evidence that Daniel didn’t write it.
Other than to say that such predictions, so accurately fulfilled in the pages of history, are not possible. Well, it is possible if the source of those predictions is the God Most High, Who knows the end from the beginning! (2 Pet. 1:19-21).
“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isa. 46:9-10).
I know the Bible is from God because it is fulfilled with irrefutable evidence in the fulfilled prophecy it contains.
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Norm Fields is the minister for the Church of Christ Northside meeting at 1101 Hogansville Road in LaGrange. He may be reached at 706-812-9950 or BibleQnA@NormFields.com.