Summary: Fulfilled prophecy proves that we can trust the Bible.
1,817 individual prophecies / 8,352 verses / 27% of all Scripture!
17 Messianic prophecies ("Signature of God" page172-)
The Law of Compound Probability
1 in 480 billion X 1 billion X 1 Trillion chance of fulfillment
300 Messianic prophecies / 26 details about His death!
Isa 34:16 Look in the scroll of the LORD and read: None of these will be missing, not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth that has given the order, and his Spirit will gather them together. NIV
Isa 42:9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you." NIV
Isa. 43:8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf. 9 All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Which of them foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things? Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, so that others may hear and say, "It is true." 10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no saviour. 12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed--I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God. 13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No-one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?" NIV
Isa 46:9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. 10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. 11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfil my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do. 12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are far from righteousness. NIV
Isa 48:3-5 (68 prophecies in Isaiah alone!)
Mt 24:34 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. NIV
Fulfilled Prophecy teaches us that… IMPLICATIONS
1. There Is a Divine Intelligence At Work. (Texts from Isaiah)
• No one else verifies this way, nor can they!!! (Buddha, Mohamed, etc.????)
• Implies Divine intellect!!!
2. God’s Word (the Bible) Can Be Trusted.
1. The Bible is accurate historically - archeology. (Adds credence)
2. The Bible is accurate geographically - archeology. (Adds credence)
3. The Bible is accurate scientifically.
(A) The laws of thermodynamics. (Laws that describe the nature of the universe)
(1) Conservation of energy. (consistence Heb 1:1-3, Col 1)
[Energy can’t be created or destroyed just transferred]
(2) Entropy. (Evolution????)
[Evolutionists say that that simple systems can become comples over time]
(a) The universe could not create itself. (Always has been or Created?)