What are some of the prophecies that confirm Bible inspiration?

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).

Bible prophecies confirm the inspiration of Scripture. Here are some of these prophecies:

A-Prophecies about nations:

  1. Four world empires to arise: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome (Daniel chapters 2, 7, 8).
  2. Cyrus to be the warrior to capture Babylon (Isaiah 45:1-3).
  3. After Babylon’s destruction, it would never be inhabited again (Isaiah 13:19, 20 Jeremiah 51:37).
  4. Egypt would never again have a commanding position among the nations (Ezekiel 29:14, 15 30:12, 13).
  5. Earth-shaking calamities and fear toward the end of time (Luke 21:25, 26).
  6. Moral degeneracy and decline of spirituality in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

B-Prophecies about the Messiah:

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!

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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