How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? Part 2

How do we know the Bible is God’s Word? Part 2

September 18th 2016

  1. It claims to be God’s Word.
  2. Unity
  3. Miracles
  4. Prophecy
  5. Jesus said it is God’s Word
  6. The Bible changes lives
  7. Science
  8. Archeology and historical accuracy
  9. The Jewish people

3. Miracles

As proof to the people, God gave many of his authors the power to perform miracles, such as Moses, who wrote the first five books of the Old Testament (see Exodus 4:1-9). Also, the apostles, who wrote many books of the New Testament (see Mark 16:20). When the bible was written, eyewitnesses could have disputed these and many other miracles, but there is no indication they did.

2. Prophecy

Many events were foretold by God in the Bible with absolute accuracy, including more than 300 prophecies about the birth of Jesus (the time, the situation, his ancestors, how he would die, etc). Here are two good links with bible verses prophesying about Jesus: 

There are hundreds of other fulfilled prophecies not directly relate to Jesus. Here is a link with some prophecies not concerning Jesus:

The Phoenician city of Tyre was one of the most ancient and prosperous cities in history. Ezekiel prophesied this about Tyre not long after 600 BC.

v3 – Many nations will be involved in destroying Tyre
v4 – They will destroy the walls and towers
v4-5 – They will remove all the stones and even scrape off the dust 
v5 – It will end up as bare rock where fishermen spread their nets
v7 – Nebuchdnezzar will be come, with cavalry and chariots
v8 – He will kill the women in the field and besiege the city
v9 – He will break down the walls and towers with battering rams
v10 – His army will enter the city
v12b – Someone will destroy houses
v12 – He will throw the stones, timbers and even dust in the sea
v14 – Till it is a bare rock, smooth enough for fishermen to spread their nets
v14 – No one will rebuild the city

A quick summary of the fulfillment of the prophecy:

Nebuchadnezzar came and besieged the city in 585 BC. They wouldn’t open the city gate, so he killed all the field workers (mostly women) who unluckily were left outside the city.

Eventually he broke down the walls and destroyed the city. He only killed the field workers, because most of the rest escaped by boat to an island before he got into the city.

In 333 BC, Tyre had been rebuilt, and Alexander destroyed it. The residents had developed the island into a fortress, and they once again escaped to the island.  Alexander used the ruins of Tyre to build a landbridge to the island (threw it into the sea). They dug up the city till they hit bare rock. Alexander called on many nations he had conquered to help.

Even though it is a great location, Tyre was never rebuilt on the original site, it is today a bare rock where fishermen hang their nets.

It is hard to go into all the depth and detail necessary to really appreciate this but here are some good links with lots of details:

 

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