Approximately one-fourth of the Word of God was prophetic at the time it was written. The obvious conclusion any serious Bible student can make from this statistic is that if the Almighty devoted that much of His Word to the subject of prophecy, it certainly benefits every Believer to study it. The knowledge of Biblical prophecy produces the following important results:
The Bible’s Authority
The detailed descriptions of coming events and their precise fulfillment validate that “Scripture is of divine origin, trustworthy, and to be studied with confidence.” All that man knows of God is recorded in His Word; without this assured foundation, we are nothing.
God Almighty inspired the writers of His Holy Word through the communion of His Spirit with the spiritual nature and intellectual abilities of man. Remember this truth: all Scripture is written by God; it is His voice and His authority.
The Bible’s Accuracy
The Holy Scriptures are not merely man’s account of historical events— they are a living, accurate, and authoritative message from God to His people. Christ acknowledged the Scriptures in His earthly ministry by referring to the Old Testament writings as those things “spoken to you by God.”
There are 353 prophetic Scriptures in the Old Testament dealing with the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These accounts were recorded centuries before He came to earth, and every word has been fulfilled. Man, with all of his knowledge and with the assistance of all the technology afforded him, cannot come close to this degree of accuracy—only God can.
Only the Almighty, in His infinite capacity, can inspire the compiled writings of sixty-six books that were penned on three continents in three different languages—Hebrew,Aramaic, and Greek.
The Holy Scriptures were chronicled by approximately forty people of diverse education and backgrounds, including kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, an army general, fishermen, priests, and a physician, most of whom never met.
This sacred masterpiece was written over a period of about 1,400 years, covering over 4,000 years of human history. There are 1,239 prophecies found in the Old Testament and 578 prophecies in the New Testament, for a total of 1,817, which comprise 8,352 verses.
The study of prophecy and its fulfillment reveals that God’s powerful hand will stretch as far as needed to achieve His divine plan. The greatest proof of God’s power lies within His Word and its fulfillment, which includes our personal redemption from sin and conformity to Christ’s resurrection.
Remember this truth: God is power. His Word is power; therefore, when God speaks—it comes to pass!
Consider the rebirth of the nation of Israel (Isaiah 66:8). Every major prophet in the Old Testament prophesied that God would bring the Jewish people “out of their Gentile graves,” which were the nations into which the Jewish people had been dispersed following various conquests.
By May 14, 1948, when the United Nations officially recognized the State of Israel, over 800,000 Jews had fulfilled the prophecies of the ingathering. Currently, out of the 14.3 million Jewish people in the world, 43 percent of them reside in Israel; as of this writing, that equates to more than 6.4 million Jews.
Only God could have foreseen this miraculous ingathering and rebirth over 2,500 years before it began, and only God had the power to make it happen!
God Almighty demonstrates beyond any doubt that He knows the end from the beginning and is orchestrating the events on earth to fulfill His perfect plan. The study of prophecy provides a better understanding of the current economic and political events in the world that will bring the Antichrist to power.
When Jesus spoke of His approaching death and resurrection with His disciples, they naturally became troubled. Many today are also troubled due to the disturbing world conditions. We are asking the same questions the disciples most likely asked themselves: “Who will defend us from our enemies?”
Jesus calmed their fears with these prophetic words:
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2–3)
Because they had already witnessed the fulfillment of Scripture through the life and ministry of Jesus, the disciples believed Him when He gave the prophetic promise of His return.
Like the disciples and so many of God’s people before them, we are also comforted by the fulfilled promises of prophetic Scriptures, which confirm that every event on earth occurs by divine design.