Why I Am a Christian
By Kenneth J Eden
Five Amazing Prophesies
We all know that if a person or a book could accurately predict the future and be correct every single time (not 50% not 75% but 100% of the time) then that person or that book would have to have divine help.
Is there a book that does accurately predict the future and get it right 100% of the time? Yes, there is. It’s called the Bible, and it contains scores of amazing prophecies that prove it to be from God. We’ll take a look at just five.
The fall of the city of Tyre in the year 597 BC
The prophet Ezekiel made a bold Proclamation against the city of Tyre. At the time, the City was one of the wealthiest and most secure cities in the entire world.
It had massive walls and an Island City that the inhabitants if they were attacked, could go out to that Island city, yet for all that Ezekiel predicted several things that would happen to tyre.
He said that the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar would come up against the city, that he would build siege mounds against the wall, and the city’s walls would be broken down. He also predicted that many nations would come up against the city and the city would be scraped clean like a rock.
He predicted that it’s stones and it’s timber and its soil would be thrown into the sea. How are you going to get these stones and timber and soil of a huge city like Tyre thrown into the sea?
As we look at history, secular history, it provides the answer. Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon did come up against the city of Tyre. He did exactly what Ezekiel predicted but it didn’t stop there because, after he built a siege mount against Tyre, the inhabitants moved out to the island city and he couldn’t attack it. Now, in about 330 BC a man by the name of Alexander the Great attacked tyre and the inhabitants did the same.
They went out to that Island City but Alexander wasn’t happy with a simple victory over the mainland city. He took the rocks the timbers and the soil and scraped them clean threw them into the sea, and made a causeway out to the island city. Now, how could Ezekiel have looked into the future more than two hundred and fifty years, and predicted what would have happened? It had to be God.
2) The fall of Babylon. (IRAQ)
Babylon was one of the richest cities in the world during the years of about 742 680 BC it had walls that were 75 feet thick. Its walls were 300 feet high and it was surrounded by the Euphrates River that created a moat around it, in some places 65 feet in other places 250 feet across, and yet the biblical prophets, Jeremiah and Isaiah, prophesied that God would call them to come up against Babylon. An assembly of great nations.
Jeremiah recorded that God had declared He would cause the sea to dry up and make her springs dry. The prophet also foretold that a drought would come against her waters, and they would be dried up, for the land is a land of carved images, and also the prophet promised that the Lord had spoken saying ” I will prepare a feast and I will make them drunk that they may rejoice and sleep a perpetual sleep “Interestingly secular history validates this prophecy. It shows us that the Euphrates River went under the city of Babylon and yet Cyrus the king of the Medes and the Persians redirected the river and caused it to go into a basin, and he marched his troops under the wall of Babylon and incidentally, the Babylonians were drunk and feasting.
When that happened, God dried up the waters of Babylon and they were drunk and slept a perpetual sleep.
You know there are hundreds of prophecies in the Old Testament that talk about a coming Messiah, then talk about how that Messiah is going to live, where he will be born how he will die, how he will be buried and the things that he would do in his life like riding a donkey into the city of Jerusalem. Some of them were written a thousand years before Christ came, and yet in every single instance, Jesus Christ fulfilled those prophecies to the letter. In Luke 24: 27, Jesus taught his disciples beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
The fall of Jerusalem in Luke: 21v 20 Jesus said to his apostles “but when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies then know that it’s desolation is near”
in Matthew 24: 1- 2 ” then Jesus went out and departed from the temple and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple, and Jesus said to them ‘do you not see all these things assuredly I say to you not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down’
The Lord Jesus made these comments about AD. 30 or 33, and yet for another 40 years or so, nothing much happened to the city of Jerusalem but in AD 70, the Roman army under the command of Titus who later would become the Emperor, destroyed Jerusalem in an event that is marked as one of the most destructive events in all of ancient history. This all happened exactly as Jesus had predicted!
The reign of Cyrus
Isaiah wrote his prophesying about 720 BC.
In his book, he made a bold prediction that the great nation of Babylon would fall. He further specified that it would be destroyed by the Medes and the Persians.
Then he narrowed the target and predicted that a king named Cyrus would be the man to conquer the city in the nation. Now the interesting aspect of this prophecy, was that it occurred almost a hundred and fifty years before Cyrus even existed! Isaiah called him out by name.
Can you imagine finding a document that was almost as old as the United States of America that mentioned you would be born and be doing exactly what you are doing today and that’s amazing?
When we look at the Bible and see the amazing historically accurate prophesies, we’re forced to the conclusion that the Bible really is God’s Word.
Some Proof From The Bible re Salvation.
Romans 3:23 – Every person has sinned and is therefore separated from God.
Romans 6:23 – We have earned an eternal death penalty because of our sin.
John 3:16-18 – We were under condemnation, but because God loves us so much, He sent Jesus to provide a way of salvation.
Romans 5:8 – God showed His love for us by sending Jesus to die for us.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – Sinless Jesus, took our sin, so we could have His righteousness.
1 Peter 3:18 – Jesus, who was completely righteous, died for us, the unrighteous, so He could bring us to God.
Ephesians 2:8-10 – We cannot do anything to earn our salvation. God saves us by His grace through faith in Christ.
Romans 10:9-10 – We are saved through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
John 14:6 – Jesus is the way to God the Father.
Acts 4:12 – Jesus is the only name that can save us.