Prophecy is the greatest evidence of the inspiration and inerrancy of Holy Scripture.
One day my sister called me and said she was having doubts about the inspiration and authority of Scripture. At that point I only mentioned the amazing prophecy of Cyrus the Great. But I did promise that I would write an article about this amazing prophecy and email it to her. Below is what I sent her.
Proof of Prophesy
Prediction about Cyrus the Great
God predicts that Cyrus the Great will return the Jewish people from the Babylonian captivity over 176 years before Cyrus the Great is even born. This prophecy was declared by God even before the Jewish people are taken into the Babylonian captivity in 606 B.C., 597 B.C., and 586 B.C.
The below Scripture was written by Isaiah in 712 B.C. which was many years before Cyrus the Great was even born. God also predicts what Cyrus will do. Cyrus the Great will bring the Jewish people back from their captivity in Babylon. This prediction was made even prior to the Jewish people being taken into captivity in 606 B.C., 597 B.C. and finally in 586 B.C. This Jewish captivity lasted 70 years. The Jewish people were returned to their land somewhere around 536 B.C. which is 176 years after this prediction was made. This is indeed an amazing prediction.
One of the attributes of God is His omniscience. He knows the end from the beginning. This prophecy is clear evidence of the Divine nature of Holy Scripture. Isaiah’s prophecy is given 176 years before it actually took place. In Isaiah 46:8-11 God declares His ability to know all the future even before it happens.
8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. Isaiah 46:8-11 (KJV) Written by Isaiah 712 B.C.
28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. Isaiah 44:28 (KJV) Written by Isaiah 712 B.C.
1 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; 2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: 3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name,am the God of Israel. 4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. Isaiah 45:1-4 (KJV)Written by Isaiah712 B.C.
13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts. Isaiah 45:13 (KJV) Written in 712 B.C.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Isaiah 46:9-10 (KJV) was written in 712 B.C. The Bible which is the Holy Scriptures clearly shows divine inspiration by the clearly fulfilled prophetic events that they predict.
There are many other prophecies that have been literally fulfilled exactly and clearly as stated. There are many fulfilled prophecies of Jesus Christ’s first coming.
This should give all God’s children confidence and hope. My confidence in the Bible, the Word of God, is most convincingly confirmed by God’s prophecies. God’s Word has changed my life through the years. My study of God’s Word has now been for over 52 years. Even now I continue to learn more every year.
God holds His Word in high regard. He states in Psalms 138:2 “…Thou hast magnified thy Word above all thy name.”
Psa 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
We are not guilty of bibliolatry when we exalt God’s Word. But we must recognize that God’s Word is to be used in an instrumental sense.
Joh 5:38And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
Joh 5:39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Joh 5:40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
The Holy Scriptures were given for the purpose that we might receive eternal life through Jesus Christ. It was not because of the merit of simply reading and studying Holy Scripture.
Rev. Thomas L. Clark – Phil. 3:14 773-934-0592