December 6, 2009
I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
Over the past three weeks we have examined the three primary “voices” that people are looking to for information concerning the future. It seems when you get right down to it, everyone wants to know what the future holds, yet no one really does. One of the most important questions we can ask is, “How can we know which scenario of the end times or the end of the world is correct?”
Could the 2012 theory be true? Does the Bible have the answer to what’s ahead?Or should we look somewhere else? Is there any way to be certain about what the future holds? I believe that the only way to know is to ask another question: Which view of the future has a proven track record we can examine? As far as I am concerned the answer is clear, only the Bible.
The Bible, God’s Holy Word is the best place, the only place, to look for ultimate answers. Even the most skeptical person can put the prophecies of the Bible to the test by noting the literal, precise fulfillment of past prophecies. In fact, the God of the Bible is so certain that only He can accurately predict the future that He throws down the gauntlet and challenges any other so-called god to tell the future. [See Isaiah 46:9 – 11]
Think about it for a moment. What would one need to truly and accurately predict the future? One would need to be omniscient (know everything), omnipresent (be present everywhere), and omnipotent (possess all power). So, the true prognosticator would have to know all things, must possess all power, and must be present at all times and in all places so as to make sure the prediction is fulfilled. Only the one true God meets those requirements, so only He can accurately predict the future.
He is infinite, every other being is finite. Not only that, but He has proven His ability to tell the future by compiling a 100 percent track record. God bats a perfect one thousand when it comes to predicting the future. Bible prophecy is the lens through which we can view today’s headlines and world events. Lest you think that these are just the beliefs of this preacher, recent surveys reveal that most Americans believe that the Bible holds the key to this world’s future. According to these surveys,
- 59 percent believe the prophecies of in Revelation will come true
- Nearly 25 percent believe the Bible predicted the 9/11 attack
- 35 percent are paying more attention to how news events might relate to the end of the world and Bible prophecy
Again, only the one true God can predict the future, and He can do it with 100 percent accuracy. The Biblical prophets didn’t speak in vague generalities like Nostradamus and other so-called prophets. Some who hold to 2012 theories point to a few Mayan predictions that have come true. These are quite sparse and frequently vague. Even if a few prophecies do come true, it really doesn’t prove anything. If someone makes enough predictions, some of them are bound to come true. Bible prophets, by contrast, gave very specific statements about future events that can be easily checked out and confirmed.
In his excellent book, Every Prophecy of The Bible, Dr. John Walvoord underscores the reliability of Bible prophecy. In this book, Dr. Walvoord explains every prophecy from Genesis to Revelation. He covered about 1000 prophetic passages, some of which were single verses, and others of which were entire chapters. As a result of his study, he discovered that half of these prophecies, some 500 of them, had already been literally fulfilled. What are the mathematical probabilities of that? The number is too large to comprehend.
Think about this. 28 percent of the Bible was prophetic at the time it was written. I would direct the reader to the following URL that will give you a chart of all of the prophecies fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3ZGq90Pjc. What are the odds of even one of these prophecies being fulfilled perfectly? Experts claim that there are about 300 Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled just in the first coming of Christ. Thirty-three specific prophecies were fulfilled just in the final 24 hours of Jesus’ life on earth. The odds of one person coincidentally fulfilling just eight of these prophecies, in an entire lifetime, are 10 to the 17th power. That’s a 1 with 17 zeroes after it.
Fulfilled prophecy proves the veracity and reliability of the Bible. It proves that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be, the Son of God, God in human flesh. It also proves that the prophecies in the Bible that have yet to be fulfilled will be fulfilled just as literally and exactly as the ones that have already come to pass.
So what does the Bible say will happen in the last days? We will explore that in greater detail next time.
The Weekly Word is found in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 18. Here the Bible says,
4:13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. [1 Thess. 4:13 – 18 NKJV]
Until next time, this is THE WEEKLY WORD.
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson