God's Sure Word of Prophecy
Let's consider why anyone should believe in Bible prophecy. 2 Peter 1:19-21 is a powerful statement with respect to this question: "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed…knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
Prophecy is a risky business because it means to predict….The amazing thing about…Bible prophecy is that there is no guess work. The Bible states history ahead of time. The Bible can let us know things…prior to their happening, and we can be sure these events will be fulfilled exactly as the Bible says…. God's Word is a sure word of prophecy. If you really want to base your life on something sure and solid, base it on the written Word of God, the Bible…
At the time of its writing, one fifth of the Bible was prophetic. If all of this prophecy was put together, it would make up approximately 13 of the 66 books of the Bible. This is equivalent to about one half of all the New Testament. Now you see how important prophecy is in the Bible.
Why would God give us prophecy? Because prophecy is one of the best proofs that the Bible is true and that it was written by God not man. No man can predict things like the Bible predicts. For example, in the book of Daniel, the Bible predicts every world power from Daniel's day until now. God names every world power, as well as putting them in order and accurately describing them…God has given us Bible prophecy to show His Word to be unique, true, and worthy of trust.
As we continue, we will see how truly incredible Bible prophecy really is…This same God who gave man these prophecies controls current events…. I really believe the Bible is the guide to the future. Without this Book we would have no light on the plan of God for today or tomorrow.
One of the best ways to develop confidence in Bible prophecy is to look at some specific prophecies that have been fulfilled in the past… Someone has counted 333 prophecies which relate just to Christ's coming. More precisely, 109 of these prophecies describe details concerning His first coming. These are prophecies which tell how He would come as a baby, would be crucified, and would come alive again by resurrection…. Either these prophecies were fulfilled by accident or the Bible is indeed the written Word of God….
If we were to arbitrarily say that the odds of any one of these 109 prophecies coming true was 50-50 …that would be the same as flipping a coin to get a "heads." To fulfill 109 prophecies by accident would be like flipping 109 "heads" in a row. To show you how incredible it would be to count on flipping 109 "heads" in a row, or to believe that 109 prophecies came true by accident, consider this….
NASA now says there are 100 billion galaxies. The Milky Way, our galaxy, is only one small galaxy. These galaxies average 100 billion stars per galaxy. If we could put five billion people on each of the 100 billion stars in each of the 100 billion galaxies, and give each person a quarter the odds say no one would get 100 "heads" in a row! This is why I believe Christ is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. When Jesus Christ came He fulfilled 109 very specific prophecies. Prophecy is God's writing, a sure word, not just the guesses of men.
In these last days in a very special and direct way, God is fulfilling His Word so that you and I might realize that Christ not only came the first time, but He is coming again. For every one detail God gave about Christ's first coming, there are two prophecies concerning His second coming…. Be assured Christ will come again! The promises of God are guaranteed (2 Corinthians 1:20).
—Rob Lindsted, Ph.D. from "The Next Move," published by Bible Truth, P.O. Box 8550, Wichita, KS 67208. Used by permission.
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