by Britt Gillette
Calls have recently been made for a predictions registry, a means by which we might hold modern-day prognosticators accountable for their predictions. Those who build a strong track record of specific and correct predictions concerning the future would establish greater credibility than those who maintain a poor record. Over time, the world would be able to identify which voices should be given the most weight when making decisions concerning the future. This is a great idea, and if we are objective in setting up our predictions registry, the source which ranks as the #1 most reliable repository of information concerning the future is clear. That source is the Bible.
Although billions of people quote, read, and study the Bible every year, most of the world remains ignorant of the staggering number of specific prophecies found in the Bible. More than 25% of the Bible is prophecy. And every prophecy except those concerning the “last days” and the millennial kingdom that will follow have been precisely fulfilled with 100% accuracy. Some of these prophecies, such as Jeremiah’s claim that Israel would be taken into captivity for a period of 70 years by the Babylonians, were written decades before fulfillment. Others, such as Ezekiel’s forecast of the exact year in which Israel would be re-established as a nation, were written 2,500 years before fulfillment.
Yet despite the millions of people who attend church and synagogue every week and the existence of countless books on the subject, most people are simply unaware of these prophecies. They feverishly search through the writings of Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, the Koran, and countless other sources in hopes of finding a profound truth or revelation concerning the future, only to be disappointed. Yet, the most credible source of information on future events, the Bible, somehow escapes notice. In addition, I remain boggled by the number of educated and intelligent people who, without investigation, dismiss the validity of these amazing biblical prophecies, despite mountains of historical data, archaeological evidence, and the staggering mathematical probability of their occurrence merely being the result of chance.
Biblical prophecies can be divided into the following three categories:
Fulfilled Bible Prophecies
A number of prophecies found in the Bible have already been fulfilled. For instance, in the Book of Daniel, the prophet Daniel identifies the ascendance and succession of world empires that would be established throughout history, from the time he spoke until the end of the age. He even identifies the breakup of the Greek Empire into four separate kingdoms following the death of Alexander the Great. These prophecies are so detailed, that until recently, many historians were convinced the Book of Daniel was written after these events occurred. However, recent archaeological discoveries have unearthed copies of the Book of Daniel that pre-date the aforementioned events. Examples of other Bible prophecies fulfilled include:
1) The Babylonian captivity
2) The exact length of the Babylonian captivity
3) The end of the Babylonian captivity at the hands of a Persian king named Cyrus
4) The prophecies of the “suffering Messiah”
5) The destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70
6) The disbursement of Israel among the nations (the Diaspora)
7) The gradual re-gathering of Israel as a nation
8) The re-establishment of Israel as a nation in a single day
9) Israel as a “burdensome stone” among the nations during the last days
Messianic Bible Prophecies
The Old Testament contained dozens of specific prophecies concerning the coming of a great Messiah, the Savior of Israel. Each prophecy, with the exception of those which allude to the Second Coming, were fulfilled by one historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth. The prophecies include such details as the Messiah’s birthplace, his family lineage, and the exact year in which he would arrive at the Temple and “appear to be killed.” The majority of the Old Testament pointed toward the coming of the Messiah, and this site maintains a comprehensive list of prophecies concerning the first coming of a “suffering Messiah”. Each and every one of those prophecies was fulfilled by the life of Jesus.
Unfulfilled Bible Prophecies
Only those Bible prophecies concerning the end times, the Second Coming, and the subsequent millennial kingdom of Christ have yet to be fulfilled. According to the Bible, several events will signal the “end times” or the “last days,” a period of time which immediately precedes the Second Coming of Christ. The key events to look for are:
1) General Signs of the Times
2) The Re-establishment of Israel as an Independent Nation
3) The War of Gog/Magog
4) The Rapture
5) Revival of the Roman Empire
6) The Rise of a Global Dictator
7) The Revival of Babylon as a Great City
8) The Appearance of Two Supernatural Witnesses
9) A Great Rebellion Against God
It’s my hope that this site will raise awareness of the existence of Bible prophecy so that others may investigate the evidence for themselves. This is important because if one acknowledges the accuracy of Bible prophecy, then as yet unfulfilled prophecies take on a much more significant meaning.
The Bible clearly tells us what will happen in the end times. In so doing, the Bible clearly tells us what will happen in your future. How can I be so sure? Because Jesus Christ tells us the generation which witnesses the re-establishment of Israel as an independent nation will not pass away until “all these things are fulfilled” (a reference to the “end of days” and the Second Coming). The exact dates on which they will be fulfilled are not yet known, but given the Bible’s track record, it’s reasonable to assume each and every prophecy will be fulfilled to the letter. This is a good thing, because when Christ returns, all the evils of this world will melt away in his presence. So if you see the aforementioned events taking place, remember this invitation from Jesus, the invitation he extends to all, when he says, “stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near!” Luke 21:28 (NLT)
4 thoughts on “Bible Prophecy”
Well written. Clearly stated without bias to one or another point of view, and practical in its possible application.
Perhaps it is too much to hope that many other blogs could be similar,.
I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be cruel or anything, but I find it hard to believe a book supposedly written by God where he even gets his own son’s name wrong. Is it Jesus or Emmanuel? How many other mistakes did this guy make?
There are no mistakes in the Bible! God has many names. Here are a few:
Adonai-Jehovah — The Lord our Sovereign
El-Elyon — The Lord Most High
El-Olam — The Everlasting God
El-Shaddai — The God Who is Sufficient for the Needs of His People
Jehovah-Elohim — The Eternal Creator
Jehovah-Jireh — The Lord our Provider
Jehovah-Nissi — The Lord our Banner
Jehovah-Ropheka — The Lord our Healer
Jehovah-Shalom — The Lord our Peace
Jehovah-Tsidkenu — The Lord our Righteousness
Jehovah-Mekaddishkem — The Lord our Sanctifier
Jehovah-Sabaoth — The Lord of Hosts
Jehovah-Shammah — The Lord is Present
Jehovah-Rohi — The Lord our Shepherd
Jehovah-Hoseenu — The Lord our Maker
Jehovah-Eloheenu — The Lord our God
As you may or may not know….Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and the Father are one! That’s why they call it the trinity. If you have never done so I suggest you open your mind and read the Bible completley before making judgment about it’s content. Besides, if you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior yet I think you will be amazed at the work the Holy Spirit will do in you as you read it. Your eternal future could depend on it. You will live forever…the only question is where you choose to do so! Seek the Lord Jesus Christ while there is still time!
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Don’t worry. Your enquiry was reasonable in the circumstances, though phrased in a way that created a challenge.
Neither the words Jesus or Emmanuel conflict, Using the English translations of the Jewish names, Joshua, which has been translated as Jesus, means one with God, and Immanuel, which has been translated as Emmanuel means God is with us.
To me they sound like pretty reasonable statements of the same thing.
But I actually prefer the title and the name combined in the English translation as Jesus Christ, as meaning the one anointed by God.
The important thing for you, if you are serious, is to start reading the Gospels with an open mind. That will explain everything for you. It’s quite amazing how everything falls into place when you are on the inside looking out instead of the outside looking in.