Monday, July 18, 2011 7:50 AM

Prophecy

Monday, July 18, 2011 7:50 AM
Monday, July 18, 2011 7:50 AM

Prophecy is the one thing that separates the Bible from all other books and all other writers, and that includes the books of other religions. Peter tells us directly that each prophecy is of God. What could make a book more believable than the fact it predicts not only particular events, future births of individuals as well as their names, and in the book of Daniel; God predicts all of world history.

2Peter2.19 And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

G. L. Archer writes the following about prophecy in the Bible. “The accuracy and specificity of biblical prophecy is uncompromisingly unique and breathes with the evidence of divine revelation recorded in the written oracles of the Old Testament. A very comprehensive collection and analysis of nearly 600 topics of prediction in Holy Scripture has been assembled by J. Barton Payne in his 754-page volume, Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy (Harper & Row, 1973), which pertain to the era of the Old Testament and of the New Testament as well, up to the present century. (He lists 127 more topics of predictions pertaining to the Last Days and the Millennial Kingdom.) This immense body of evidence renders all claims to uninspired human origin of the Bible totally absurd. Such a denial amounts to a hide-bound fideism unworthy of any scholar who claims to be an intelligent thinker. There is no possibility of explaining away 600 topics of fulfilled prophecies as within the competence of uninspired human authorship.

The evidence of fulfilled prophecy lies not only in the realm of historical accuracy, but also in volume. According to J. Barton Payne, 8,352 verses of the Bible are predictive; a total of 27 percent of the entire Bible. Of the total Old Testament Scripture texts that are predictive, 70 percent find fulfillment within the confines of the biblical narrative itself. The 30 percent that remain unfulfilled are primarily eschatological in nature, i.e., the second coming of Christ, the Millennial Kingdom, and the consummation of the Church Age. Virtually no prophetic utterance recorded in Scripture pertaining to any event through to the advent of the Church in New Testament narrative has failed to be fulfilled. Biblical prophecy is precise, explicit, and accurate with a record of proven fulfillment that stands as its own testimony of conclusive evidence as to the veracity of Scripture.”[1]



[1] Archer, G. L. (1998). A survey of Old Testament introduction (3rd. ed.].) (564). Chicago: Moody Press.

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