Is God the Author of the Bible Part 4 The evidence of prophecy

The evidence supports God as the author.

I am going to present 6 lines of evidence that God is the ultimate author of the Bible.  This is a cumulative case. The evidences I will present stand together and form a powerful case.

I will help you remember the material by using one hand.  Using the hand was an idea I got from a teaching called, “Has God Spoken[1],” by Greg Koukl President of Stand to Reason.  He is an author, speaker, and radio talk show host in Southern California.  Greg is also a personal friend.  You will learn evidences I have shared with non-Christians multiple times.

  1. Evidence from prophecy (pinky)

The little finger, your pinky, stands for prophecy.  Prophecies are predictions of the future that are precise, detailed, and accurate.  The Bible is the only religious book in the world to provide prophecies that are fulfilled in the future[2].

One prophecy pertains to the birth of the Messiah.  Matthew 2:1-6 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:      6 ‘AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH; FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.'”

The long awaited Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.  The religious leaders knew this based on the Old Testament book Micah.  Incredibly this prophecy or prediction from Micah 5:2 was written over 700 years before the birth of Jesus.  The coming Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem and Jesus perfectly fulfills this prophecy.

Another example of a prophecy could be found in Isaiah 53 about the suffering servant.  Long before Jesus was born, the Jewish people wondered who this servant was.  Some Jewish interpreters understood the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 was the Messiah.  However, most Jewish scholars expected a conquering Messiah, not one of many sorrows.

We read in Isaiah 53:12b “…because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.” We begin with the phrase, “and interceded for the transgressors. Interceded in this case means the suffering servant pleaded for God’s mercy upon the people who killed him.  Here we find fulfillment in Luke 23:34 where Jesus dying on the cross cries out, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Jesus is making intercession for those who were committing the sin of executing an innocent man.  He is forgiving his murderers just like what was written in Isaiah “and interceded for the transgressors.”

Next we look at the words, “Yet He Himself bore the sin of many.” The suffering servant took on the sins of others.  This is really at the heart of the Christian message.  Christianity teaches that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  1 Peter 2:24 “He himself [Jesus] bore our sins in his body on the tree…” Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross; He bore our sins.  Who could bear the sins of many?  I couldn’t pay for the sins of another person; I have to pay for my own sins.  Only Jesus, God in human flesh, could fulfill this prophecy; only a sinless Jesus could bear our sins.  Many Jewish hearts have trusted Jesus because these verses in Isaiah 53.

I could go on finding more verses in Isaiah 53 and other Old Testament books that point to Jesus.  The crucial question is; when was Isaiah written?  Just like Micah, Isaiah was written 700 years before the birth of Christ.  What are the odds of Jesus fulfilling these prophecies and many others?

Dr. Peter Stoner studied the mathematical probability of one man fulfilling 8 major prophecies concerning the Messiah.  His concluded one man fulfilling 8 Messianic prophecies was 1017.[3] So how big is 1017?  First you start by covering the state of Texas with silver dollars 2 ft. deep.  Then you mark on one silver dollar with an X and drop it from a plane and then mix it around.  You take a blindfolded person and have a helicopter drop her where she wants to land in Texas.  She walks around and when she is ready she bends over and reaches among the billions of silver dollars and pulls out one.  Finding the one silver dollar with an X on it among 2 feet of silver dollars spread over the state of Texas is the same odds as one person fulfilling 8 prophecies.

After examining the findings, the American Scientific Affiliation confirmed the accuracy of Dr. Stoner’s findings.  In the Bible we find that Jesus fulfills not just 8 prophecies, but over 60 messianic prophecies (found in the Old Testament pointing to the coming Messiah).  I believe such incredible odds can only be possible with a supernatural explanation.

Remember the Bible is the only religious book with true prophecies of future events. A prophecy must be precise, detailed, and accurate.  The pinky stands for prophecy.  In the next 3 posts I will complete my 6 evidences for God as the author.

Go to part 5 here

[1] Koukl, Greg, “The Bible: Has God Spoken,” Audio teaching

[2] Geisler & Nix, General Introduction to the Bible.  Moody Press, 1986

[3] Ankerberg & Weldon, Ready with an Answer. Harvest House Publ., 1997

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