“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21)
The Bible itself claims to be the divinely inspired Word of God. That is, God spoke through men, and it was recorded as the Bible. The Bible claims to be inerrant and absolutely truthful. Jesus said, “Your [God’s] word is truth” (John 17:17). “All your [God’s] words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” (Psalm 119:160)
To say that the Bible is divinely inspired, inerrant and absolutely truthful is a huge statement for most people to accept. But what is the proof that the Bible is divinely inspired? How do we know that those who penned the Bible did not just record their own ideas or make mistakes?
There is a way that God himself has chosen to demonstrate to us that the Bible is of divine origin: through Bible prophecy.
In Isaiah 41:21-23 God makes a challenge to all other alleged gods (and those who worship them). He says:
“‘Present your case,’ says the LORD. ‘Set forth your arguments,’ says Jacob’s King. ‘Tell us, you idols, what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear. But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; whoever chooses you is detestable.” (Isaiah 41:21-24)
Only God can know the future and declare it to us beforehand. Therefore, in order to demonstrate to us that the Bible is indeed divinely inspired, God filled it with hundreds of prophecies. Then, with 100% accuracy, God fulfilled the events that he declared to us beforehand. Perhaps the most stunning example of this is through the 300+ Messianic prophecies of the Bible, which were all fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
Please see: 5) Has The Bible Been Lost in Translations? (for many more links to websites and videos on this subject)
Please see: “Can You See Jesus Fulfilled Biblical Prophecies?“
Please also see, 8) Can Bible Prophecy Be Proven?
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