What are some Bible prophecies that confirm its inspiration?

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By BibleAsk Team


The Bible is replete with prophecies that have been fulfilled throughout history, serving as a testament to its divine inspiration. These prophecies cover a wide range of topics, including the rise and fall of empires, the coming of the Messiah, and events in the lives of specific individuals. This analysis will explore various prophecies from both the Old and New Testaments, demonstrating how their fulfillment confirms the Bible’s inspiration, with references from the New King James Version (NKJV).

1. Prophecies Concerning Nations and Empires

A. The Fall of Babylon

One of the most remarkable prophecies concerns the fall of Babylon, one of the greatest empires of the ancient world.

  • Isaiah 13:19-20: “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeanspride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation; nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.”
  • Jeremiah 51:26: “They shall not take from you a stone for a corner nor a stone for a foundation, but you shall be desolate forever,” says the Lord.

These prophecies were fulfilled when Babylon was conquered by the Medes and Persians in 539 BC. The city, once the jewel of the ancient world, eventually became desolate, precisely as foretold.

B. The Destruction of Tyre

The prophecy against Tyre, a powerful city-state and trading hub, is another significant example.

  • Ezekiel 26:3-5: “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. It shall be a place for spreading nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,’ says the Lord God; ‘it shall become plunder for the nations.'”

This prophecy was fulfilled through a series of events, culminating in Alexander the Great’s conquest of Tyre in 332 BC. He used the ruins of the mainland city to build a causeway to the island city, effectively fulfilling the prophecy of scraping the city and making it bare like the top of a rock.

The Bible says, “I am the Lord . . . new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:8, 9). “I am God . . . Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done” (Isaiah 46:9, 10).

3. Messianic Prophecies

A. General Prophecies

The Old Testament predictions of the Messiah were so specific and so clearly fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth. There are more than 125 of these prophecies. Here are just 12 of them:

ProphecyOld Testament ScriptureNew Testament Fulfillment
1.Born in BethlehemMicah 5:2Matthew 2:1
2.Born of a virginIsaiah 7:14Matthew 1:18-23
3.Of David’s lineageJeremiah 23:5Revelation 22:16
4.Attempted murder by HerodJeremiah 31:15Matthew 2:16-18
5.Betrayal by a friendPsalms 41:9John 13:18, 19, 26
6.Sold for 30 silver coinsZechariah 11:12Matthew 26:14-16
7.CrucifiedZechariah 12:10John 19:16-18, 37
8.Lots cast for His clothesPsalms 22:18Matthew 27:35
9.No bones brokenPsalms 34:20 Exodus 12:46John 19:31-36
10.Buried in rich man’s tombIsaiah 53:9Matthew 27:57-60
11.Year, day, hour of His deathDaniel 9:26, 27 Exodus 12:6Matthew 27:45-50
12.Raised the third dayHosea 6:2Acts 10:38-40

Dr. Peter Stoner, former chairman of the departments of mathematics, astronomy, and engineering at Pasadena College California, worked with 600 students for several years applying the “principle of probability” to the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming. They chose just eight from the many available and finally decided the chances of all eight being fulfilled in one man in a lifetime is one in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. What would the odds be on the more than 125 prophecies of the Messiah? It couldn’t happen by chance!

B. Specific Prophecies

Some of the most amazing prophecies about Christ point to the exact year of His baptism and resurrection, given hundreds of years before it actually happens. For more on that check: https://bibleask.org/what-was-the-purpose-of-the-prophecy-of-the-seventy-weeks-in-daniel-9/

4. Prophecies Concerning Specific Individuals

A. Cyrus the Great

The Bible specifically named Cyrus the Great as the ruler who would allow the Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem.

  • Isaiah 44:28: “Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”’”
  • Isaiah 45:1: “Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—To subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut.”

Cyrus fulfilled these prophecies when he issued the decree allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple (Ezra 1:1-2).

B. Josiah by Name

Another precise prophecy concerned King Josiah.

  • 1 Kings 13:2: “Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, ‘O altar, altar! Thus says the Lord: “Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.”'”

This prophecy was fulfilled about 300 years later when Josiah became king and carried out the described reforms (2 Kings 23:15-16).

5. End Times Prophecies

The New Testament contains numerous prophecies concerning the return of Christ and the end times.

  • Matthew 24:4-14: “And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for [a]all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

These prophecies concerning Christ’s return and the events surrounding it are being fulfilled in our world today indicating the soon return of the Lord.

Conclusion

The Bible’s prophetic accuracy is one of the strongest arguments for its divine inspiration. The fulfillment of prophecies concerning nations and empires, the coming of the Messiah, specific individuals, and end times events demonstrates the Bible’s unique nature and reliability. These fulfilled prophecies, often made centuries before their realization, reveal a divine foreknowledge and confirm the inspiration of the Scriptures.

By examining these prophecies and their fulfillments, believers can gain confidence in the Bible’s divine origin and trustworthiness. These prophecies also serve as a compelling witness to skeptics, providing tangible evidence that the Bible is not merely a collection of ancient writings but the inspired Word of God.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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