David Lee Brown
Proof of the God of the Bible
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21)
J. Barton Payne’s Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy lists 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 prophecies in the New Testament, for a total of 1,817. Others have said that there are about 2,500 prophases in the Bible and about 2,000 have already been fulfilled – most are verifiable through historical research and archeology.
In my devotion of September 27th, I shared that Isaiah prophesied that his people would return to their Sweet Beulah Land after being in captivity. This was prophesied about 200 years before it happen. According to Dr. Ross, the probability of this happening is 1 in 10 to the 15th power. In other words there would be a 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000 chance that this could happen by chance alone. Horrible odds – God had to have his hand in this prophesy. According to Professor Peter W. Stoner, author of An Evaluation of Certain Christian Evidences, “There are some 300 – 350 prophecies which were written in the Old Testament to help us identify which person is the promised Messiah.” Even if only 16 of these identifiers of the Messiah are used in a calculation, “Those odds would be…1 in 10 to the 45th power."
Written out that would be: a 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 chance, or you could just say impossible. Imagine if you used all 300-350 prophesies in your calculation instead of just 16 – absolutely mind boggling.
The Bible was inspired by God – transferred from the mind of our Almighty God into the minds of men that God chose to write down the information that God selected to share with us, and God allowed them to write it down in their own styles without losing any of its truth and reliability. The Bible is true and trustworthy and God is real, almighty, all knowing and ever present. The proof is in the fulfilled prophesy. On the other hand, of the claimed 22 prophesies of the Qur’an, according to, "The Prophecies of the Holy Qur'an," by Q.I. Hingora, none can be substantiated – not prophesy. The predictions of Joseph Smith, who founded the Mormon Church, have also gone unfulfilled – not prophesy. The predictions of the Watch Tower Society, who are the leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, are also dismal failures – not prophesy. The Bible is the only religious text with fulfilled, verifiable, documented prophesies. Therefore, the God of the Bible is truly the one and only God.
Read the Bible (Christian version, e.g. KJV, NKJV) and trust it, because it’s trustworthy. Halleluiah! (Praise the Lord!), Amen! (Truly!/So be it!)