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04C BIBLE PROPHECIES ARE FULFILLED
The Bible has foretold events thousands of years before they took place. It contains approximately one thousand predictions, or prophecies, foretelling future events. A large portion of these are already fulfilled, and others are today being fulfilled. Of the entire number no prophecy has failed, and this fact gives certainty to the Bible's predictions of the future.
Perhaps the grandest city of all ancient times was Babylon. Speaking under guidance from God, the prophet Isaiah foretold Babylon's complete destruction. Isaiah 13:19.
When Isaiah wrote, his prophecy must have caused the people of his day to laugh. For not only was Babylon a great city, but kings were still enlarging it and making it one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Then one hundred years later, Babylon was destroyed, just as the Bible has foretold.
Isaiah not only foretold the destruction of Babylon, he also predicted, "It will never be inhabited or dwelt in for all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there, ... but wild beasts will lie down there." Isaiah 13:20, 21.
According to this Bible prophecy, Babylon was never again to be inhabited, except by wild beasts of the desert, and no Arab would pitch his tent on the ruins of Babylon. If you should visit the ruins of Babylon today, as I have, you would find that not one word of the prophecy has failed; all has been fulfilled.
How did Isaiah know that Arabs would still be living near Babylon in our day? How did he know that the Arabs would not pitch their tents at the ruins of Babylon? How did he know that Babylon would be destroyed as a nation and never again be inhabited? There is only one possible answer. he was told what to write by God.
The striking Bible prophecies, made many hundred years of years ago, describe our modern world.
One Bible prophet wrote of our day, "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." Daniel 12:4. Here is a prediction of the rapid advance of world-wide travel and invention that have taken place during the last fifty years. There has been more advance of knowledge in the past fifty years than in the previous two thousand years.
Another Bible prophecy says of our day: "And upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity ... men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken." Luke 21:25, 26. These words were written in the Bible nineteen hundred years ago, yet what language could more vividly describe the picture of our world today? The finger of prophecy has pointed out conditions as they are. Today these prophecies are being fulfilled before our very eyes.
Whenever the Bible makes predictions, they are certain to come true. This is the most severe test. Only God could have such accurate and detailed knowledge of events before they happen.
Much of the Bible is devoted to prophecy. In the thousands of details of Bible prophecy study and comparison with history shows that nothing has failed thus far. Faced with this, my soul can but stand in awe and say, "God, I believe."
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