Prophecy in the Bible
Updated: May 3, 2019
Things in our world seem to be increasingly chaotic and bizarre. People crave reassurance about the future. There are many famous psychics in the media. The “Long Island Medium” -Theresa Caputo, James Van Praagh, John Edward and Sylvia Brown are just a few that most of us have heard of or seen on TV. The problem is that these sources are not reliable. Even the most famous psychics are only right a fraction of the time.
It is said that the content of the Bible is about 1/3 prophecy. Some of these predictions concern the time we are currently living in and our immediate future. They describe in detail what is happening in the world right now and refer to these events as “birth pains”. (Matthew 24:8)
If a book that claims to be the Word of God contains so much prophecy, you would expect it to be 100% accurate when it makes a prediction. Is it? Before exploring the prophecies about our time and the future, it is important to establish the reliability of Bible prophecy in the past.
Two prophecies from the Old Testament refer to the future coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The first passage, Isaiah 53 is a description of the future Messiah, written over 680 years before the time of Christ. Since the Jewish people were expecting the coming Messiah to be a conquering hero, they didn’t recognize him in this description:
- “… he was despised and we esteemed him not.” v. 3
- “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; …” v. 5
- “…with his wounds we are healed.” v. 5
- “…and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” v. 6 - “…like a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." v. 7 - “And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, …” v. 9 - “…yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” v. 12
The second passage, Psalm 22 is a description of Christ's future crucifixion:
- “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” v. 1 - “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: …” v. 14 - “…they have pierced my hands and feet …” v. 16 - “…they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” v. 18
There are many examples of Bible prophecy being fulfilled that will be covered in future posts. If these prophecies have proven true in the past, isn’t it logical that prophecies for our future can also be relied on?