Prophecy – The Proof of The Word of God
"Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure...’" Isaiah 46:9-10 There are many "holy" books, and many deities worshiped. What makes the God of the Bible different from the others? Prophecy. God declares the end from the beginning. The entire Gospel story is complete with prophecy. The very first book in the Bible shows the fall of Adam and Eve, our first parents. Satan lusts for dominion and was jealous of these humans that God had made. He was enraged that God had given them authority over the earth. Satan knew that if he could cause them to sin, to rebel against God, that he then could take dominion after their sin of rebellion. They believed him, and they sinned – and Satan took their place in dominion over the earth. He is now “the god of this world,” (2nd Corinthians 4:4). What Satan didn't realize at the time was that God would not be outdone by Satan. God promised in Genesis chapter three that he would provide a Redeemer. And to teach mankind what redemption was all about, the first thing he did was to clothe them in animal skins. When they realized they had fallen from intimacy with God, they covered themselves with leaves, but God did not allow mankind to be covered with things of their own making. No, the covering had to be taken from the death of an animal because this was an object lesson showing that redemption would be by blood, not by the works or "coverings" of man's hands. This foreshadowed the Redeemer, his Son who would come at a specified time and take upon himself the judgment on sin, in their place, in our place, the covering made in the blood that Jesus Christ, "the Lamb of God" shed for us (John 1:29). When a believer receives for himself this atonement, he is taken out of the dominion of Satan into which he was born, and becomes a member of the Kingdom of God, destined for an eternity of glory. The whole story began with prophecy, God declaring the end from the beginning. There are a multitude of prophecies in the Bible, and many are about this Redeemer who would come. It was foretold where he was to be born, that he would be born of a virgin, and that he would be "cut off" out of the land of the living, but "not for himself," that his death would be for all who would believe in him. All of this was prophesied with 100% accuracy. People have scoffed, suggestting that Jesus Christ cleverly arranged the story making the prophecies fit himself. But how could one choose the place of his birth, or the nature of his death? How could he have arranged to be born in Israel, even in Bethlehem as was prophesied? How could he have arranged to be born in the tribe of Judah, a direct descendant of king David? There are hundreds of prophecies about the Redeemer who was to come, and he fulfilled them all perfectly, with 100% accuracy, not one of them failed. And in like manner, the prophecies of his second coming will also be fulfilled precisely. But do you believe? We believe what we have been told, either by our parents or by our teachers. Most people wouldn't even think of questioning the teachings of those who raised them. But I challenge anyone reading this: if you have not been told about the redemption and salvation found in Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, then make it your business to find out about it. Get yourself a Bible and read it. Understand that the Bible is the one book God has given to mankind to explain to them who he is, who we are, where we're going and how we are to get there. There is no other book that contains 100% accurate prophecy, because Satan is the one behind all the books of all the false religions, and Satan cannot prophesy anything except what is already revealed in the Word of God, or things that he can cause to happen. There is only ONE source of guaranteed prophecy, and that is the Bible, the Scriptures that God has given to us that we might know him. The Bible also has much to say about the last generation, and it has foretold to us what the signs would be that would point out that it is that generation. Friends, this age is fast coming to a close, because ALL the signs mentioned ...are here now. Get yourself a Bible. And read it.