GOD'S WORD THE BIBLE: Evidence for Inspiration


One of the most astounding facts to be considered about the Bible is the prophecies which have been made by it's authors which at later times were fulfilled in history. There is no other explanation for this phenomena other than the fact that these prophesies were made by men who were inspired by God who alone has the ability to know the future.

(Isaiah 46:9-10) "Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, {10} Declaring the end from the beginning And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure';


The topic of biblical prophecy by itself has been the subject of entire books. The scope of this presentation will only permit a brief consideration of the subject. One of the more notable biblical prophecies concerns the scattering of the nation of Israel throughout the world and it's eventual regathering in it's original homeland.

Moses predicted that the people would be unfaithful to God and as a result would be uprooted from the land and scattered among the nations, " I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you shall surely perish quickly from the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You shall not live long on it, but shall be utterly destroyed. {27} "And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left few in number among the nations, where the LORD shall drive you." (Deuteronomy 4:26-27) Moses again says, "Moreover, the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known. {65} "And among those nations you shall find no rest, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the LORD will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul." (Deuteronomy 28:64-65) This prophecy found partial fulfillment first in 722 B.C. with the Assyrian captivity and then in 586 B.C. with the Babylonian captivity. Finally in 70 A.D. the Romans sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the temple leaving the Jews with nothing. They were persecuted by the Romans and were consequently scattered throughout the then known world where there dispersion continued throughout history.

Moses also predicted the eventual regathering of the nation of Israel in their homeland, "So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the LORD your God has banished you, {2} and you return to the LORD your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, {3} then the LORD your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you. {4} "If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. {5} "And the LORD your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.(Deuteronomy 30:1-5)

The prophet Isaiah also spoke of the regathering of the nation of Israel, "Then it will happen on that day that the Lord Will again recover the second time with His hand The remnant of His people, who will remain, From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, And from the islands of the sea. {12} And He will lift up a standard for the nations, And will assemble the banished ones of Israel, And will gather the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth." (Isaiah 11:11-12). To the amazement of the entire world in 1948 against all odds the nation of Israel was "reborn" once again in their homeland. Since then many Jews have migrated from the four corners of the earth back to Israel just as the prophets had predicted.


Another notable example of fulfilled prophecy is the city of Tyre. The prophet Ezekiel predicted the city would be attacked by many nations including Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon. The end result would be that the city would be scraped clean down to bare rock only to become a place where fisherman would spread their nets. Ezekiel 26:3-21. Nebuchadnezzar did lay siege to the mainland city of Tyre resulting in it's eventual downfall. Finally Alexander the Great while laying siege to the island city of Tyre scraped every timber and stone available from the mainland to make a causeway from the mainland to the island city. The result was the fulfillment of Ezekiels prophecy where to this day the ancient city remains unbuilt and a place where fisherman anchor their boats and spread their nets to dry on the bare rocks.


The most significant examples of fulfilled prophecy are found in the life of Jesus Christ. Josh McDowell in his book "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" discusses in detail over 60 specific prophecies made in the Old Testament that were fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Furthermore, enlarging upon that he references over 300 prophesies that are applicable to Jesus. The following ten items provides some examples of fulfilled prophecy in the person of Jesus Christ:

1). Born of a virgin: Isaiah 7:14 / Matthew 1:18-25;
2). Born at Bethlehem: Micah 5:2 / Matthew 2:1;
3). He is the prophet promised by God: Deut 18:18 / Matthew 21:11, John 6:14;
4). He is Lord of all: Psalm 110:1 / Luke 2:11, 20:41-44;
5). He is the Son of God: Psalm 2:7 / Matthew 3:17
6). He was anointed by the Holy Spirit: Isaiah 11:2 / Luke 4: 16-21;
7). He was to be a light to the nations: Isaiah 9:1-2 / Matthew 4:12-17, John 8:12
8). Details of His death: He was mocked and sneered at - Psalm 22: 7,8 / Matthew 27:31; they divided His garments among themselves -Psalm 22:18 / John 19:23-24; His heart burst - Psalm 22:14 / John 19:34; being thirsty He was offered wine and gall - Psalm 69:21 / Matthew 27:34; none of his bones were broken Psalm - 34:20 / John 19:33; his side was pierced - Zechariah 12:10 / John 19:34; His hands and feet were pierced - Psalm 22:16 / Luke 23:33, John 20:25; He was crucified with thieves yet buried in a rich man's tomb - Isaiah 53:9-12 / Matthew 27: 38, 57-60; He was the Lamb of God who was sent by God to take away the sins of the world - Isaiah 53 / John 1:29,
9). His resurrection: Psalm 16:10 / Acts 2:31;
10). His ascension to the right hand of God: Psalm 68:18, 110:1 / Acts 1:9, 2:34-35, Hebrews 1:3.

In closing we may say that a book consistently displaying the ability to predict future events is one that transcends the capabilities of man and most likely has it's origin in God. The Bible is such a book who's ability to predict the future is best explained by reason of it's inspiration by God.