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When you mention prophecy to someone, many people ponder in thought about possible future events. Many people wonder about if, how, or when the world will end. End time events get pretty exciting to study, especially if you’re a Christian, because we Christians win in the end. The topic of this website is apologetics so I want to show the evidence of CHRIST through prophecy. I will cover very little about end time prophecy. The word prophecy can be expressed as a noun as written here and pronounced (präfˊə sē). When prophecy is used as a verb it is spelled prophesy and pronounced (präfˊə sī´).
There are two types of prophecy I wish to dwell on: 1) the prophetic events of Israel and her surrounding enemy nations. 2) The prophetic events of the Messiah, JESUS CHRIST. Much of the Bible is a prophetic book. The Old Testament has sixteen books that are named by the prophet’s name, but several books in the Old Testament have prophetic messages in them including much of the book of Psalms. Even the very beginning of Genesis we see the first Messianic prophecy concerning the Messiah in Genesis 3:15.
In the New Testament Matthew is known as being the most Messianic gospel, because it quotes more Messianic prophecy than any other gospel. Mark, Luke, and John also contain Messianic prophecy. Jesus prophesied about the end times too. Read Matthew 24.
The book of Revelation is devoted to end time prophecy. In the book of Acts we see in chapter 2 that the apostle Peter acknowledges Joel’s prophecy of the introduction of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost bringing about the birth of the church.
Every prophecy from the Bible about Israel and her surrounding nations and the Messiah has come true. The same will be true for end time events. Jesus will come again. The first time He came as a lamb to be slaughtered. Jesus was our blood sacrifice for our sins. Jesus voluntarily submitted to crucifixion. He became our sacrificial lamb for sin. If we believe in Him and repent we can be saved from our sins by the loving grace of Jesus Christ. Jesus further proved who He was by rising from the dead. He is now alive and seated at the right hand of God the Father.
Recently it was a fad for Christians to wear a bracelet with the letters, “WWJD.” The letters represented the first words of the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” We will find out when He comes back again. He will not be coming back like a gentle lamb. He will be coming back as a roaring lion. Check it out. In Revelation 19:15-16 the prophet apostle John says: “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:15-16 NKJV®)
How do I know that the Bible is 100% accurate when it comes to prophecy? We can prove the accuracy of Bible prophecy by looking into history. History confirms the capture of the Jewish people of Israel and Judah to Babylon. History confirms the capture of Assyria and Babylon. Finally in recent history Israel once again became a nation. This was predicted by Ezekiel and many other biblical prophets. We witnessed this fulfillment of biblical prophecy on May 14, 1948. All Messianic prophecies that were prophesied by the biblical prophets were 100% accurate. You can read it in the Old Testament and see the fulfillment in the gospels. It’s like the Bible was written by one author. That one author would be the Holy Spirit which took writings by many men and produced one written work, The Bible. As Peter mentions, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21 NKJV®)
Do you want more proof of the 100% prophetic accuracy of the Bible? We live in the early 21st century. Imagine what it was like 800 years ago. Let’s take a trip in a time machine. Set our time machine back 800 years. That would put us in the 1200s. The printing press wasn’t even invented until 1440. So there was not much progress throughout the world in the 13th century. We have achieved a lot since the early 1200s. Imagine going back in history to 1211 and telling one of those people, “Oh yea, in the late 20th century we sent a dozen men to the moon. They walked around there, studied it, and told us all about it.” Those people from the 13th century would think you were crazy. They would tell you, “People will never be able to travel to the moon.”
Let’s go back further to the birth of Christ. We see a baby Jesus. Let’s not stop there. Now let’s go back in our time machine and travel another 800 years in the past. Yes, that’s 800 years before Christ. We get out of our time machine; we are in the country of Judah and near Jerusalem. We see a man by the name of Isaiah predicting the future. We listen to part of his speech. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him. And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53: 5-6 NKJV®) Isaiah was speaking in the past tense, but he was speaking about the future Messiah to come, Jesus the CHRIST. If you haven’t all ready read the complete chapter of Isaiah 53, it is all about JESUS.
How does one test a prophet to see if what he or she says is true? God gave Moses a test for a prophet. “But the prophet who presumes to speak a Word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’—when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:20-22®)
So I will cover prophecy of Israel and her surrounding nations and Messianic prophecy. I will also cover Daniel’s 70 weeks which is an amazing prophecy which calculates the exact time which the Messiah would first come. This 70 Week prophecy started at the Jewish captivity into Babylon and the 69th week ended on Palm Sunday when Christ rode in Jerusalem on a donkey. There is a respite during the church age. The last 70th week of Daniel's prophecy will take place during the end times after the antichrist signs a peace treaty with Israel during the tribulation. As I said I will not cover end time prophecy, but I will write about Daniel's 70 weeks. I just won't get into detail about the last 70th week. I like prophecy; it proves the accuracy of the Bible. Amen.