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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 7, Chapter 6

Absolutely Reliable
Prophetically

Back to Chapter 5

God speaking through Amos the prophets states,

"For Adonai Yehovah [Lord Yehovah] will do nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7)

God tells us through Amos that He does nothing among men unless He has revealed it beforehand. God further reveals in His Word:

"For I am El [God], and there is no other Els, there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’." (Isaiah 46:9-10)

"I declared the former things long ago and they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. Therefore I declared them to you long ago, before they took place I proclaimed them to you, lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them, and my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.’" (Isaiah 48:3, 5)

God tells us that He reveals His future intentions among men through his true prophets for the following reasons:

  1. So that we will know who His true prophets are.

  2. So we will know who God really is: Yehovah Elohim.

  3. So that we will know that it is He who has performed them and not some demon or false idol.

  4. So that we will know that it is He who is truly the author of the events that take place.

During Jesus’ ministry, over and over again Jesus said not only was He Yehovah Elohim in the flesh,204 but that He did not come to destroy the Law of the Old Testament (O.T.), but to fulfill all prophecies that were made about Him:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill." (Matt 5:17).

"And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in the Scriptures." (Luke 24:27).

"Now He said to them, ‘These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’" (Luke 24:44, 4:20-21, 22:37; John 5:39-40, 46-47, 15:25; Matt 21:42, 26:56).

While on earth Jesus tells his disciples what is going to take place in the near future concerning Himself that will fulfill O.T. prophecy, so that when it does come to pass they will know that He is the great I AM of the O.T. in the flesh meaning Yehovah God, the name He claimed for Himself to Moses on Mount Sinai in Exodus 3:14, the Messiah and Savior come down from God. Jesus said,

"From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I AM." (John 13:19).

There are many religious books in the world, but outside of the Judeo-Christian Bible there is not one containing detailed prophecies about the future. Why? Because there is only one true God and as we already shared earlier, His signature to what is His Words and His Book: the Judeo-Christian Bible is His prophecies to us about the future and there fulfillment.

"Thus says Yehovah, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, Yehovah of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, and there is no Els besides Me. And who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it; yes, let him recount it to Me in order, from the time that I established the ancient nation, and let them declare to them the things that are coming and the events that are going to take place." (Isaiah 44:6-7)

There are over two-thousand prophecies in the Old Testament, three-hundred and thirty-two of these concern Jesus Christ alone. Many more deal with events that have been fulfilled not only in this century but within the past few decades. There have been many scholars who have tried to discredit these prophecies saying that they were later written into the text after the events took place. There are many reasons why this statement is absolutely false: the Dead Sea Scrolls are conservatively dated 150 B.C. There is also the Greek Septuagint translated from the Hebrew text of the Old Testament in 250 B.C. The prophecies of the Old Testament are genuine and were written hundreds of years before Jesus was born.

What is the significance of Bible prophecy. Josh McDowell in his book, Evidence That Demands A Verdict, wrote that first it concludes that there is a divine intellect behind the Old and New Testament; second, it establishes the fact of God; third, it authenticates the Deity of Jesus; and fourth, it demonstrates God’s control and inspiration of the Bible.34/144

There are 1,817 individual predictions in the Bible concerning 737 separate subjects found in 8,352 verses. These predictions take up 27% of the 31,124 verses that are in the Bible. The intent of this Chapter is not to cover all 1,817 prophecies in the Bible, but to cover a few of the very significant prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ and to then cover some most amazing prophecies that have been fulfilled in our life-time today.

The first significant prophecy given about Jesus is in Genesis 3:15. God says to Eve,

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." (Genesis 3:15).

What is the significance of this prophecy about the coming Messiah and Savior Jesus? The seed always comes from the man, not the woman. Right here in the third Chapter of Genesis we have the first prophecy of the Virgin Birth of Jesus. Eve further understood and realized that this birth of the Messiah would be Yehovah God Himself in the flesh. She states in Genesis 4:2,

"And the man knew Eve his wife, And she conceived and bore Cain, and said, ‘I have gotten a man: Yehovah.’"

She honestly thought her son Cain was the fulfillment of the prophecy, except that this child was through Adam’s seed, not through her seed as prophesied. This prophecy was again made in Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore Yehovah Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel." Matthew tells us in the Gospel of Matthew 1:23 that these prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The Term Immanuel is two words in the Hebrew (la WnM[)343 meaning God with us. Matthew further tells us that the Angel told Joseph that the baby was to be named Jesus because He would save us from our sins. The name Jesus in Hebrew is Yeshua ([Wv/hy)286. Yeshua is a compound word meaning Yehovah is Savior. God speaking through Isaiah in Isaiah 43:10-11 states,

"‘You are My witnesses,’ declares Yehovah, ‘And My servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no El formed, and there will be none after Me. I, even I, am Yehovah; and there is no Savior besides Me.’"

Yehovah God tells us that there is no Savior besides Him and that He and He alone is God. Jesus came to save us from our sins. Jesus is Yehovah God in the flesh who was conceived of by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary. Isaiah prophecies,

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty-El344, Father-of-Eternity, Prince-of-Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

Concerning this passage Delitzsch wrote,

"There is no reason why we should take El in this name of the Messiah in any other sense than in Immanu-El; not to mention the fact that El in Isaiah is always a name of God, and that the prophet was ever strongly conscious of the antithesis between El and Adam, as ch. 31:3 (cf. Hosea 11:9) clearly shows."205/252

God next prophecies to us about the coming Messiah through Abraham. God says to Abraham:

"And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." (Gen 22:18, 12:2-3).

The fulfillment of this prophecy is confirmed in the following New Testament Passages:

"The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." (Matthew 1:1).

"Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as referring to many, but rather to one, ‘And to your seed,’ that is, Christ." (Gal 3:16).

This passage made clear that Jesus would come from the Hebrew race and that through Him all the nations of the earth would be blessed. History and our present show that wherever Christianity is a nation’s main religion, those countries have prospered greatly.

The next prophecy about Jesus I want to cite is written in Micah 5:2,

"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity." (Micah 5:2).

Matthew wrote in Matthew 2:1, "Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea."270 In Matthew 2:6 the scribes who knew these Old Testament prophecies tell Herod with full assurance that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. This was a well known fact among the Jews in General (John 7:42). Through this prophecy of the coming Messiah, God eliminates all the cities of the world except one.

After Jesus was born, when the Magi came to see Jesus, Herod made them promise to come back and tell them where he was so he too could come worship the new born king. Being warned in a dream by God not to return to Herod, they returned to their country by another way. Concerning this Matthew wrote,

"Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its environs, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the magi." (Matt 2:16)

Jeremiah had prophesied about this event hundreds of years before. He wrote:

"Thus says Yehovah, ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.’" (Jer 31:15).

Prophecies About Jesus Christ

  1. The O.T. told about the person and nature of Jesus before He came. Concerning Jesus, it said the following about him:

  2. That He was from eternity past, that He had no beginning:
    Prophecies: (Micah 5:2, Is 9:6-7; 41:4; 44;6; 48:12; Ps 102:25; Prov 8;22-23).
    Fulfillment:
    (Col 1:17, Jn 1:1-2; 8:58; 17:5, 24; Rev 1:17; 2:8; 22:13).

  3. That He would be Yehovah Elohim God in the flesh:
    Prophecies: (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, Isaiah 43:10-11)
    Fulfillment: (Matt 1:23; Lk 7:16, John 1:1, Heb 1:3, 8, Rom 1:4).

  4. Isaiah and Malachi prophesied that Jesus’ coming would be preceded by a messenger: John the Baptist:
    Prophecies: (Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1)
    Fulfillment: (Matt 3:1-2. Also see Matt 3:3; 11:10; Jn 1:23; Lk 1:17).

Why was it necessary for John to come first before Jesus? As long as we are living in sin, we will not turn to God and we will not listen to His messenger. John came to call the people to repentance. Because the people through John’s message had repented of their sins, when the Messiah appeared they were not afraid to turn to Him. If men had not repented of their sins first before Jesus appeared, they would have had nothing to do with Him. The Book of Revelation Chapter 7 tells us that in the last days that Jesus will send 144,000 more John the Baptists throughout the earth to warn men to repent to prepare them for His second coming.

  1. Jesus would speak in parables:
    Prophecies: (Ps 78:2).
    Fulfillment: (Matt 13:34).

  2. Jesus will ride into Jerusalem on a Donkey:
    Prophecies: (Zechariah 9:9)
    Fulfillment: (Luke 19:35-37)

  3. Jesus would be put to death through crucifixion:
    Prophecies: (Ps 22:14,17)
    Fulfillment: (Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 18-19)

  4. Jesus would rise physically from the dead:
    Prophecies: (Ps 16:10. Also see Ps 30:3; 41:10; 118:17; Hosea 6:2)
    Fulfillment: (Acts 2:31. Also see Acts 13:33; Lk 24:46; Mk 16:6; Matt 28:6; 1 Cor 15)

  5. Jesus would physically Ascend to Heaven:
    Prophecies: (Ps 68:18a)
    Fulfillment: (Acts 1:9)

Over 29 prophecies were fulfilled in one day. They were the following: Jesus would be betrayed By A Friend,345 He would be sold For 30 Pieces Of Silver,346 the money would be thrown into God’s house,347 and used to purchase Potter’s Field.348 Jesus would be forsaken by His Disciples,349 accused by false witnesses,350 He would be silent before his accusers,351 He would be wounded and bruised,352 He would be smitten and spit upon,353 He would be mocked,354 He would fall under the weight of the cross,355 His hands and His feet would be pierced,356 and he would be crucified with thieves.357 Concerning crucifixion, The Encyclopedia Americana records:

"The history of crucifixion as a mode of punishment for crime must be studied as a part of the Roman system of jurisprudence.... The Hebrews, for example, adopted or accepted it only under Roman compulsion: under their own system, before Palestine became Roman territory, they inflicted the death penalty by stoning."206/253

The prophecies of Jesus’ crucifixion prophesied in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 did not even exist until the establishment of the Roman empire hundreds of years later.

Jesus made intercession for His persecutors.358 He was rejected by His own people.359 He was hated without a cause.360 His friends stood afar off.361 People shook their heads at Him.362 He was stared upon.363 His garments would be cast for lots.364 He would suffer thirst365 and be offered Gall and Vinegar.366 A. R. Fausset writes:

"His bitter sufferings might have been expected to soften even His enemies, who had caused those sufferings; but instead of cordials, they gave Him gall and vinegar. Twice vinegar was offered to the Savior on the cross - first vinegar mixed with gall (Matt 27:34), and myrrh (Mk 15:23); but when He had tasted it, He would not drink it; for He would not meet His sufferings in a state of a stupefaction, which is the effect of myrrh. As given to criminals, it was a kindness; as given to the righteous Sin-bearer, it was an insult. Next, in order to fulfill this Scripture, He cried ‘I thirst,’ and vinegar was given Him to drink" (Jn 19:28; Matt 27:48).207/246

Jesus’ gave a forsaken cry.367 He committed Himself to God.368 Not one bone in his body was forsaken.369 Concerning this prophecy Josh McDowell writes:

"Although not stated in Scripture, there are two other prophecies which concern His bones that undoubtedly had an exact fulfillment:

  1. And ‘all my bones are out of joint’ (Psalms 22:14). The disjointing of bones while hanging on the cross by the hands and feet could easily come about, especially when we note that His body was attached to the cross while it was lying on the ground.

  2. ‘I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me’ (Psalms 22:17). All His bones could easily be seen while He was left hanging on the cross. The extension of His body during crucifixion would tend to make the bones more prominent than usual."34/165

Jesus’ heart was broken.370 The blood and water which came forth from His pierced side are evidences that the heart had literally burst. His side was pierced.371 Darkness came over the land.372 He was buried in a rich man’s tomb.373

The Science of Probability

Peter Stoner in Science Speaks, states concerning the following eight prophecies: 1) Born at Bethlehem, 2) Preceded By a Messenger; 3) He was to enter Jerusalem on a donkey; 4) Betrayed by a friend; 5) Sold for 30 pieces of silver; 6) Money to be throne in God’s house, price given for potter’s field; 7) Dumb before accusers; 8) Hands and feet pierced, crucified with thieves that there is 1 chance in 1017 that Jesus could have fulfilled all of them in His life.208/109-110

How is the Science of Probability determined. To flip a coin and have heads up is 1 chance in 1 x 2 because you have two variables. To flip two coins at once and have both come up heads is 1 chance in 2 x 2 = 4 because you now have two coins with two variables each. When all the variables are taken into consideration for Jesus to fulfill just these eight prophecies in His life, the chance of His doing this is 1 chance in 1017. This is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. To illustrate the size of this number, this would be like marking a silver dollar mixed into a layer of silver dollars over the state of Texas two feet deep and then have a man walk across Texas blind folded and try by chance to pick out the first time this marked silver dollar. This is the same chance of all these eight prophecies being fulfilled in one man. They all came true in Jesus. Concerning this fact, Stoner states,

"Now these prophecies were either given by inspiration of God or the prophets just wrote them as they thought they should be. In such a case the prophets had just one chance in 1017 of having them come true in any man, but they all came true in Christ. . . . This means that the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone proves that God inspired the writing of those prophecies to a definiteness which lacks only one chance in 1017 of being absolute."208/110

Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament. Stoner states that the possibility of 48 prophecies being fulfilled in one person to be 1 chance in 10157. How large of a number is this? Stoner explains:

"This is really a large number and it represents an extremely small chance. Let us try to visualize it. The silver dollar, which we have been using, is entirely too large. We must select a smaller object. The electron is about as small an object as we know of. It is so small that it will take 2.5 times 1015 of them laid side by side to make a line, single file, one inch long. If we were going to count the electrons in this line one inch long, and counted 250 each minute, and if we counted day and night, it would take us 19,000,000 years to count just the one-inch line of electrons. If we had a cubic inch of these electrons and we tried to count them it would take us, counting steadily 250 each minute, 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 times 19,000,000 years or 6.9 times 1021 years.

"With this introduction, let us go back to our chance of 1 in 10157. Let us suppose that we are taking this number of electrons, marking one, and thoroughly stirring it into the whole mass, then blindfolding a man and letting him try to find the right one. What chance has he of finding the right one? What kind of a pile will this number of electrons make? They make an inconceivably large volume."208/109-110

*The Removing of the Scepter

Jacob prophesied to his son Judah in Genesis 49:10, "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples." (Gen 49:10). Though in Israel’s history they had lost their personal national identity and had for a time been dominated by Babylon, not until they came under Roman domination did they lose their right to rule their own people with the death penalty which the scepter symbolized. According to this prophecy the Messiah would not come until this scepter was removed from Israel. The removing of this scepter began to take place when Herod the Great, who had no Jewish blood, succeeded the Maccabean princes, who belonged to the tribe of Levi and who were the last Jewish kings to have their reign in Jerusalem.271 It was solidified, though, under his son Archelaus in 11 A.D.272 The procurators, who administered in the Augustus name, took the supreme power of the Sanhedrin away so they could exercise the jus gladii themselves; that is, the sovereign right over life and death sentences. All the nations under Roman dominance had this right removed. As Tacitus said, "The Romans reserved to themselves the right of the sword, and neglected all else." Later it was written in the Talmud: "A little more than forty years before the destruction of the Temple, the power of pronouncing capital sentences was taken away from the Jews."273 Rabbi Rachmon wrote,

"When the members of the Sanhedrin found themselves deprived of their right over life and death, a general consternation took possession of them; they covered their heads with ashes, and their bodies with sackcloth, exclaiming: `Woe unto us, for the scepter has departed from Judah, and the Messiah has not come!’"209/28-30

But the Messiah had come and was alive and walking in their midst.

*The Destruction of the Temple

Malachi prophesied:

"Behold, I am going to send My messenger [John the Baptist], and he will clear the way before Me. And Yehovah [Jesus Christ], whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple." (Malachi 3:1)

The significance of this prophecy was that the Messiah had to show up on the seen and enter the temple before it was destroyed (Psalms 118:26; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 11:13; Haggai 2:7-9). The temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. and has not been rebuilt since. Daniel prophesied: "Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary" (Daniel 9:26).

ASTONISHING
FULFILLED PROPHECIES
IN OUR DAY
 

*Captivities of Israel

There were three Captivities of Israel in their history:

  1. Four-hundred and Thirty years in Egypt.

  2. Seventy years in Babylon

  3. And a worldwide dispersion that lasted two-thousand years

The rebirth of the nation of Israel on May 15, 1948 was foretold by the prophet Ezekiel 2,500 centuries before it occurred. In Genesis 15:13-14 God prophesys to Abraham Israel’s first captivity:

"And God said to Abram, Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve; and afterward they will come out with many possessions."

As a result of Joseph’s deliverance of Egypt during a time of famine, Israel did come to live in a foreign land and eventually became slaves of Egypt. Moses wrote in Exodus 12:40-41:

"Now the time that the sons of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came about at the end of four hundred and thirty years, to the very day, that all the hosts of Yehovah went out from the land of Egypt."

Jeremiah predicted Israel’s second captivity would last 70 years for every year they had not observed the Sabbath year rest of the land. "And this whole land shall be a desolation and a horror, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years." (Jer 25:11) The Babylonian army conquered Israel in the spring of 606 B.C. Confirmed by history as well as the Bible, Israel’s captivity in Babylon ended exactly 70 years later in the spring of 536 B.C., in the Jewish month Nisan. As was predicted, the Persian King Cyrus freed the Jews to return to their land (Ezra 1:3).

Daniel, Jeremiah and Ezekiel were major Jewish Prophets and lived at the same time. Ezekiel knew of Jeremiah’s prophecy of a 70 year captivity, but along with this prophecy, God gave Ezekiel a further prophecy which is recorded in Ezekiel 4:3-6 which revealed when Israel would become a sovereign nation again:

"Then get yourself an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city, and set your face toward it so that it is under siege, and besiege it. This is a sign to the house of Israel. As for you, lie down on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; you shall bear their iniquity for the number of days that you lie on it. For I have assigned you a number of days corresponding to the years of their iniquity, three hundred and ninety days; thus you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. When you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and bear the iniquity of the house of Judah; I have assigned it to you for forty days, a day for each year."

First God tells Ezekiel that this prophecy will be a sign to the house of Israel and that each day represents one biblical year. A Biblical year is a solar year of 360 days compared to our calendar year which is 365 ¼ days. The prophecy predicted that Israel would be punished for 390 plus 40 equaling 430 solar years.

The beginning point of Israel’s world captivity started at the end of their 70 years of captivity in Babylon which was in the month of Nisan, 536 B.C. During this time, though, only a small remnant of Jews left their homes in Babylon. The majority stayed in the Persian Empire. At this point Israel had paid 70 years of its punishment leaving 360 more years of punishment.

At the end of this 360 years, Israel did not return to the land Yehovah had given them and rebuild. Neither did they repent of their sins which led to this punishment in the first place. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell us that the fifty-thousand who did return, returned with little faith. The majority, 95%, refused to return home and chose instead to remain in what is now known as Iran-Iraq.

This appears to be a contradiction to the prophecy that they would return to the land in 430 years. It would be except for something Yehovah said to Moses in Leviticus 26:18: "If also after these things, you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins." God tells Israel that if after his allotted punishment over a matter they still do not repent of their sins, that He will punish them seven times more. At the end of Israel’s captivity in Babylon they did not repent. As a result their punishment was increased by 7 times the remaining 360 years which equals 2,520 biblical years from 536 B.C. which equals 2,483.8 calendar years. 2,483.8 years minus 536.4 B.C. years equals 1,947.4 years A.D. There was no zero year from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D., so you add one more year which brings it to May 14, 1948. On May 14, 1948 the Jews proclaimed their independence and the rebirth of the nation of Israel.288/165-169 The Judeo-Christian Bible is absolutely the Word of God and is absolutely literal in all it says, teaches, promises and commands.

Never in the history of man has a nation been destroyed and then thousands of years later in one day been rebirthed. Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 66:8:

"Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such a thing? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons."

Israel Will Be Surrounded By Enemies

God through David three thousand years ago predicted that right after Israel became a nation again that they would be surrounded by enemies including Arab nations of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria:

"O Elohim, do not remain quiet; do not be silent and, O El, do not be still. For, behold, Your enemies make an uproar; and those who hate You have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against Your people, and conspire together against Your treasured ones. They have said, ‘Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.’ For they have conspired together with one mind; against You do they make a covenant: the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; they have become a help to the children of Lot." (Psalm 83:2-8; see also Ezek 38-39, Zechariah 14)

The Hebrew Language Will Be Restored

The Hebrew language, long before Christ’s time, had ceased to be the common language of the Jews. Concerning this the prophet Zephaniah prophesied: "For then I will change to the peoples a clear speech, to call all of them by the name of Yehovah, to serve Him with one shoulder" (Zephaniah 3:9). Never has a nation lost its language, thousands of years later become a nation again and restore its original language. A Jewish Scholar, Eliazar ben Yehuda, earlier in this century revived the 7,000 word Hebrew language and invented thousands of new words for modern terms like airplane, pen, etc. When the Jews from seventy different nations came pouring back into the promised land in 1948, the government and army went to work bringing the people together by teaching all of them their ancient tongue of Hebrew. Today it is again the spoken language of Israel.

The Return of The Ethiopian Jews To Israel

Zephaniah and Isaiah (Zephaniah 3:10, Isaiah 43:6) prophesied the return of the Ethiopian Jews to Israel. During the days of King Solomon a group of Jews from each of the twelve tribes immigrated to Ethiopia with Prince Menelik, the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.288/187 Isaiah predicted that the Jews would return from both Russia, the north, and from Ethiopia, the south. Late in the 1980s and especially in 1991 over eighty-five thousand black Jews returned home to Israel from Ethiopia.

Israel Shall Fill The World With Its Fruit

Isaiah in Isaiah 27:6 prophesied: "In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout; and they will fill the whole world with fruit." Due to modern means of cultivation and the ability to bring in water, modern Israel has transformed the previously deserted and desolate land into the most agriculturally efficient land on earth according to the United Nations. Israel now supplies over 90% of the citrus fruit consumed by Europeans.

The prophet Joel predicted that in the last days that the rain in Israel would increase. He prophesied in Joel 2:23: "Be glad then, sons of Zion, and rejoice in Yehovah your God; for He has given you the former rain according to righteousness, and He will cause the rain to come down for you, the former rain and the latter rain in the first month." The rain in Israel increased by ten percent every decade of the last century. Since the Jews have returned they have planted over two hundred million trees and completely changed the land of Israel.

Israel Will Dwell Without Walls

Ezekiel in Ezekiel 38:11 predicted that Israel would dwell without walls in the last days: "And you shall say, ‘I will go up to the land of open spaces; I will go to those at ease, who live securely, all of them living with no walls; and there are no bars and gates to them.’" Ezekiel had no way of knowing 2,500 years ago that modern warfare would with bombs, missals and jets make walls and gates useless for defense in the last days.

The odds of just ten of these prophecies being fulfilled in our generation is 1 chance in 97.5 zillion. The Bible is the Word of God Absolutely! Jesus said "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near" (Luke 21:28). Jesus said that the beginning of the fulfillment of these prophecies means He is coming very very soon in our generation.

The Bible: ABSOLUTELY Reliable Prophetically!

CONCLUSION

People have argued that the manuscripts of the Bible we have today are not reliable, but we showed in Chapter 2 that historical documents, archaeology and ancient manuscripts of the Bible itself prove this to be completely false. We also demonstrated that what we have is the original writing of the Word of God down to the very letter due to the fact of the mathematical preciseness of the text and through Hebrew encoding which modern science and super-computers cannot duplicate, which would have been corrupted if several documents had been integrated together over hundreds of years. Other people have argued that the Bible is not historically or scientifically reliable and we have shown clearly how false this is in Chapters 3, 4 and 5. Other critics claimed prophecies of the Old Testament were added later, but there is no way they can explain how this could have been done in all of the hundreds and hundreds of ancient Bible’s in the world in several different languages which have the same modern predictions of prophecies which have been fulfilled in our generation or how the Hebrew Codes could have been placed in the Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament which man with all his technology and modern coding methods cannot duplicate. The evidence of the Judeo-Christian’s God: Yehovah Elohim, Jesus Christ of Nazareth being infinite, all powerful and all knowing and being the absolute author of the Bible, His Signature is all over the Bible as it stands and states with absolute definiteness that the Judeo-Christian Bible is Absolutely the Word of God, God’s Holy Word alone.

Suggested Further Reading:

  1. Jeffrey, Grant R. The Signature of God. Toronto: Frontier Research Publications, Inc., 1996.
  2. Lockyer, Herbert. All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible. Grand Rapids: Herbert Lockyer, 1973.
  3. McDowell, Josh. Evidence That Demands a Verdict. Vol 1. San Bernardino: Heres Life Pub., 1979.
  4. Rambsel, Yacov A. Yeshua: The Names of Jesus Revealed in the Old Testament. San Antonio: Messianic Ministries, Inc., 1998.

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