Fulfilled In Every Detail Up To Date
Two thousand years ago an ancient king said of God's Holy Book, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path," -- Psalms 119:105. Still "this ray of sacred light, this lamp from off the everlasting throne," shines upon humanity's pathway.
God has not left man in darkness, that the great events of the world should come upon him unawares. "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as into a light that shineth in a dark place." -- 2.Peter 1:19; "I am God and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet dons," -- Isa.46:9,10.
Enoch, the seventh from Adam, who lived contemporary with Adam three hundred and eighty years, prophesied of the coming of Christ with ten thousand of his saints, and the execution of judgment upon the earth (Jude 14,15). This is one of the earliest prophecies and reaches to the end of time. All through the past, other prophecies have covered the more important events in the great drama of history.
God Issues a World-Wide Challenge
"Declare us things for to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods," -- Isa.41:22,23. This challenge was made to ancient idol worshipers, who were put to silence, -- for only God who made the heavens and the earth, and controls the destinies of men, can predict future
events, for that is a sign of Divinity. God says, "Remember the former things of old," "I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done." "Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass," -- Isa.46:9-ll,
Past Prophecies Have Been Fulfilled
How About the Future?
The prophecies of God pertaining to the past have all, come true; prophecies pertaining to the present are now being fulfilled; and the prophecies pertaining to the future are just as sure to meet their fulfillment. "I am God and there is none like me," the living God who is the author of the Bible, he only can declare the end from the beginning.
In the early history of this world, God gave us great lines of historic prophecy, naming the kingdoms of earth that should rise and fall in succession, even calling some of the kings by name, years before they were born. God asked the idol worshipers of old to do this, but they were silent.
Comparing these prophecies with the records of history, and seeing their exact fulfillment, should inspire confidence in God and His word.
The Prophecies of God Are As Beacon Lights
We are not left in darkness that the events of the world should come upon us unawares, for, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place," -- 2.Peter 1:19. "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth His secrets unto His servants the prophets," -- Amos 3:7. "Behold the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them." -- Isa.42:9.
"There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets . , . and maketh known what shall be in the latter days," -- "He that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass," -- Dan.2:28,29. "Now I have told you before it come to pass, that when it come to pass ye might believe," -- John 14:29.
Prophets of God Guide His People
During the pilgrimage of God's people upon this earth from the time of Adam to the time when Christ shall gather His faithful at the end of the world, God has guided his people by His prophets.
"It was by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved," -- Hosea 12:13. Noah was warned of the flood; in Ahab's time, God sent warning through the prophet Elijah; wise men asked where Christ should be born, and they knew by the prophecies, for it had been written by a prophet, -- "In Bethlehem of Judea," -- Matt,2:2-5.
Christ's First Advent Foretold by Prophecy
God says. through the prophet, Isaiah, "Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God with us)" and the prophet Micah tells us, that out of Bethlehem is to come one who is to be ruler in Israel, -- Micah 5:2. His birth in "Bethlehem of Judea," the slaughter of children by the decree of Herod, in an effort to destroy the child Christ; his growth to manhood; his preaching, and teaching, and healing of the sick, cruel treatment, suffering and death upon Calvary's Cross, -- had ail been recorded by the prophets through the inspiration of God.
Nineveh a Fulfillment of Prophecy
Nineveh was the capitol of the Assyrian Empire, situated upon the banks of the Tigris River, and according to Strabo, a city larger than Babylon, -- comprising much wealth and splendor. God had said through the prophet Nahum, that Nineveh should become "empty, void and waste." So completely was this prophecy fulfilled, that for a while the city was only a myth. In 1843, Botta, a French consul, made excavations of a mound which proved to be the remains of the once populous, ancient and affluent City of Nineveh.
Tyre Proved Prophecy
Tyre was a mighty city of antiquity situated upon the Phoenician Coast overlooking the Mediterranean, Sea. From her coastal fortress she defied the world. Her wealth and her warships ruled the waves in her day.
God said by the prophet, -- "They, shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers; I will also scrape the dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock," -- Ezek.26:4. Ezekiel even went so far as to name the man Nebuchadnezzar, and the nation, Babylon, who was to cause the destruction. Ezek.26:7,9.
Tyre was once rebuilt, as foretold by prophecy, then destroyed again, eternally, "and thou shalt be no more," "shall not be inhabited," "never be found again," -- Ezek.26:19-20. "I will also scrape her dust from her and make her like the top of a rock." "It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea. I have spoken it," -- Ezek. 26:4,5,14.
These predictions have all been fulfilled in detail. Tyre is now an island rock in the edge of the sea, inhabited by fishermen who spread their nets there. All this was told twenty-five hundred years ago to the prophets by inspiration, and now we are able to see the fulfillment with our own eyes.
Egypt Went the Way of Prophecy
Egypt was once a great power in the affairs of the world and ruled supreme. She was the center of the arts and sciences of her day. Ezekiel had prophesied. -- "It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations; for I will diminish them, and they shall no more rule over the nations," -- Ezek.29:15. The country should be invaded, conquered and spoiled; "The sword shall come upon Egypt, they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken," "I will make the land waste," "I will destroy the idols," and "there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt," -- Ezek.30:4,12,13.
Egypt was destroyed by, Nebuchadnezzar; since those days, there has been "no more a prince" of the land of Egypt, -- for she has since been subject to other powers.
Memphis and Prophecy
This city was once the metropolis and capitol of Egypt, which at one time was the greatest power on earth. Speaking of Memphis, God says through the prophet Ezekiel, -- "I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their images to cease out of Noph" (Memphis), -- Ezek.30:13.
Miss Amelia B. Edwards says that, -- "All that remains of Memphis, eldest of cities, is a few rubbish heaps, a dozen or so broken statues, and a name. One can hardly believe that a great city ever flourished on this spot, or understand how it should have been effaced so utterly," -- from, "A Thousand Miles Up The Nile."
Babylon The Great a Notable Fulfillment
Babylon was the capitol of the Babylonian Empire, situated upon the banks of the Euphrates River. The riches, wealth and grandeur of Babylon was proverbial.
The city was surrounded by immense walls, had a hundred gates of brass, hanging gardens, and ornamentations of gold and precious stones.
The King Nebuchadnezzar, in the exultation of his pride, said, -- "Is not this great Babylon which I have built?"
God had said through his prophets that the proud city should be destroyed, and even named the country which should bring about the destruction two hundred years before, and told the name of the King who should lead the armies of destruction. Isa. 13:17,19, 15:1-4.
"Babylon shall become an astonishment among the nations," It became a tributary city, going from ruin to ruin, until it became totally "desolate," and "not inhabited," -- Jer.50:3,13. "Wild beasts of the desert shall be there," and "doleful creatures and owls shall dwell there."
Travelers tell us that these Bible predictions have come true. The site of the once great city now consists of a few mounds and waste and wreckage which invites the presence of wild animals. There is a superstitious fear hanging over the locality, so that the Arabs and shepherds avoid it, (Jer.51:37). Every iota of prophecy in reference to this once proud city has been exactly fulfilled.
The Jews a Remarkable Fulfillment of Prophecy
Prophecy has foretold the history of the Jewish people. Moses, inspired of God, foretold their history from their beginning to the present day, -- how that the land of Judah should be emptied of its people; the land remain uncultivated; the cities waste; her people dispersed over the earth; Zion be ploughed as a field, and Jerusalem become heaps; and yet, for all that, they should not be destroyed utterly, nor lose their characteristics or identity, -- Leviticus 26:31-34. Micah 3:12.
That they should be overrun by the Chaldeans and Romans was foretold in Deut.28:49,50, and the destruction of their cities is foretold in Deut.28:52. The miserable condition of the people in their sieges, even to eating their own children is foretold (Deut.28:53-57). Enormous slaughter was predicted (verse 62), removal, depression, and wandering among the nations from that time onward (verses 63-65); that they should not be totally destroyed, or perish altogether from the earth. -- Leviticus 26:14.
History Proves Prophecy Pertaining to the Jews
The prophecies concerning the Jews have been borne out in history. They have been driven from their own land into eternal exile and wandering; and after going through many wars, battles and sieges, -- through rebellions, massacres, and persecutions, -- many years of captivity, and misery, yet they have not been "destroyed utterly," and though scattered to the ends of the earth, they still remain as a separate and distinct people.
"The Jews have been torn from home and country, and removed, not in a body, but in scattered fragments, all over the world. Yet, they are as distinct from every other people now as they were in the days of Solomon," -- Duke of Argyll in, "Reign of Law."
"So long as Babylon is in heaps; so long as Egypt is the basest of kingdoms; so long as Tyre is a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea; so long as Israel is scattered among all nations; so long as Jerusalem is trodden under foot of the Gentiles; so long as the great empires of the world march along in their predicted course, -- so long we have proof that one Omniscient mind dictates the predictions of that Book. and, -- 'Prophecy came not in olden time by the will of man.'"
Could "clever guessing" result in the fulfillment of so many prophecies to their very detail? Or was it that, "The prophecy came not in olden time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," -- 2.Peter 1:21.
Prophecy of Daniel Most Wonderful and Comprehensive
The book of Daniel was written by Daniel the prophet, whose name it bears, and contains a prophecy covering centuries, from the time of Daniel, down through the ages, through the kingdoms of the earth that have arisen and fallen, to the coming of Christ at the end of time.
During the seventy years of Jewish captivity predicted by Jeremiah (Jer.25:11), Daniel resided at the Court of Babylon most of the time, minister of the great monarchy. Daniel was beloved and honored of God and his holy angels, and was admitted to the knowledge and councils of the Most High.
His prophecy, in many respects, is the most remarkable in the sacred record. It is the most comprehensive, being the first prophecy to give a consecutive history of the world from the time that then was to the end of human history, mentioning the kingdoms by name, even the name of some of the kings, hundreds of years before they were born, -- introducing some special features, and locating "the time of end," and Christ's coming.
The Dream of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon
In the second year of the reign of the King, he dreamed dreams, "wherewith his spirit was troubled and his sleep break from him." The dream must have greatly impressed him, but when he awoke, the dream had departed from him.
He sent for the wise men of his kingdom and demanded that they tell him of the dream and the interpretation thereof. They said, -- "tell us the dream and we will tell thee the interpretation thereof." The king was angered and commanded that they all be slain.
Daniel, the prophet of the Lord, who was at this time connected with the court, being a prisoner of Rome as a Jewish captive, -- was among them. Daniel and several of his companions who worshiped God, -- prayed to Him for wisdom and to know what to do.
That night, Daniel saw in vision the dream which Nebuchadnezzar had forgotten. God also made known to him the interpretation thereof. Daniel returned to the palace for an appointment with the king, and said, -- "There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known unto the King Nebuchadnezzar, what shall be in the latters days."
The Dream and It's Interpretation
Daniel said to the King, "Thou O King sawest, and behold a great image. The great image whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. The image's head was of fine gold, his breasts and arms of silver, -- his belly and thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay; thou sawest till that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to pieces; then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer's threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, and no place was found for them; and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth." -- Dan.2:31-35.
This is the dream, related in every detail, which came to Nebuchadnezzar's mind with great force; nothing was missing.
"This is the dream, said the prophet, and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the King." "Thou O King art a King of Kings; for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power and strength, and glory. And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and fowls of the heaven hath he given into
thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all."
"Thou art this head of gold; and after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth; and the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron; for as much as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things; and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise; and whereof thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter's clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, for as much as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." -- Dan.2:36-43.
Here was opened up to the King in panoramic view, the coming political kingdoms of the earth. After the great Babylonian kingdom, represented by the head of gold, -- shall come Medo-Persia, Greece, and then Rome with the final division of her kingdom into ten parts, -- and the final setting up, "in the days of these Kings," of God's kingdom of heaven, which shall stand forever.
"For as much as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain, and that it break in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter; and the dream is certain and the interpretation thereof sure." -- Dan.2:44,45.
Prophecy of Daniel the World's Guide-Post
As a guiding hand this wonderful prophecy points down over the ages; the gold represents Babylon; silver, Medo-Persia; brass, Grecia; the iron Rome, with her breaking up into other kingdoms, when finally, at the coming of Christ, the King of Kings, -- the "God of heaven sets up a Kingdom."
Man could not make a prophecy, like this without inspiration; it could only come from one who "changeth times and seasons" and "removeth kings," -- God who "revealeth the deep and secret things."
Prophecy is equivalent to a miracle, and is itself miraculous. Following is a comment from Alexander Keith's "Evidences of Prophey."
If the prophecies of the Scriptures can be proved to be genuine; if they be of such a nature as no foresight of man could possibly have predicted; if the events foretold in them were described hundreds, or even thousands of years before those events became parts of the history of man; and if the history itself corresponds with the prediction, then the evidence which the prophecies impart is a sign and a wonder to every age; no clearer testimony or greater assurance of the truth can be given; and if men do not believe Moses and the prophets, neither would they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
There Are Many Remarkable Prophecies
Many other remarkable prophecies have come to pass in a wonderful way. In Daniel 8th Chapter is a time prophecy of "seventy weeks," where the time has been fulfilled to parts of a week and exact days, -- reaching from the time of Christ on this earth on through the years to the end of time.
There are many prophecies in the New Testament by the Lord himself, Peter, Paul, and the Revelation. The book of Revelation contains many prophecies covering the Christian Era to the coming of Christ and the end of the world.
The fulfillment of the many predictions through many centuries, with the many varieties of events predicted make it altogether impossible to account for them on any other grounds than that they were divinely given. They prove that an all knowing God could foresee the end from the beginning, -- and should prove to men that the Bible is an inspired revelation of God, and is scientifically accurate. The Scriptures show themselves in advance of science.
The Scriptural prophetic guide posts have pointed the way down through the centuries. The signs have been plain to the student of prophecy.
"Look for the waymarks as you journey on,
Look for the waymarks passing one by one;
Down through the ages past the kingdoms four,--
Where are we standing? Look for the waymarks.
First the Rabylonian Kingdom ruled the world,
Then Medo-Persia's banners were unfurled;
And after Greece held universal sway,
Rome seized the scepter, -- where are we today?
Down in the feet of iron and of clay,
Weak and divided, soon to pass away;
What will the next great, glorious drama be?
Christ and His coming and Eternity.
Look for the waymarks, the great prophetic waymarks,
Down through the ages past the kingdoms four.
Look for the waymarks, the great prophetic waymarks,
The journey's almost o'er."
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