Why We Know The Bible Is Inspired Of God
By T. J. McCrossan, 1929
The marvelous prophecies of the Bible, which have been fulfilled to the very letter, prove it to be inspired of God.
In Genesis 15:13-14, we read, "And God said to Abraham, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them 400 years. Also that nation whom they shall serve I will judge; and afterwards shall they (the Jews) come out with great substance." These words were spoken to Abraham fully 300 years before Joseph was born, and the Israelites were not made slaves in Egypt until long after Joseph's death. Then, marvelous to narrate, they were enslaved for 400 years, and when they were loosed from bondage, they went out with great substance just as predicted to Abraham. Read Exodus 12 to confirm these statements. Now how could Abraham have known these future events unless God informed him?
Deuteronomy 28:64-66 gives us a wonderful prophecy regarding the Jews: "And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from one end of the earth even to the other . . . And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy feet have rest, but the Lord shall give thee a trembling heart, and sorrow of mind. And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee, and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance for thy life." Read Milman's history of the Jews, and you will see that this prediction spoken fully 1400 B.C. has been fulfilled to the very letter.
In Numbers 23:9 we have another remarkable prediction regarding the Jews. Here we are told, "This people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations." These words were spoken 1400 B.C., and today we see the Jews scattered far and wide among every nation; but, unlike all other people, they never lose their nationality by assimilating themselves with the people amongst whom they dwell: they do dwell alone.
Deuteronomy 28:68 gives us another marvelous prediction regarding the Jews: "And the Lord shall bring these (the Jews) into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee. Thou shalt see it no more again; and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you." Was this ever fulfilled? Were the Jews ever taken by ships into Egypt, and there sold as slaves with no one to purchase them? Yes.
Josephus and Diodorus both tell us, that when Titus took Jerusalem (70 AD.), all the Jews over seventeen years old, both men and women, were sent by ships into Egypt to labor in the mines. There they were actually sold as slaves, but the slave market was so glutted that none would buy; exactly as Moses predicted 1400 years before. Regarding this prophecy see John Urvhart's, "Wonders of Prophecy," p. 223 and Bettex's, "The Bible the Word of God," p. 110. How did Moses know this would happen fully 1400 years before it came to pass?
In Isaiah 13:19 we have a remarkable prophecy regarding the utter ruin and desolation of ancient Babylon, written fully 700 B.C., while great Babylon was at the very height of her glory.
A few years ago Dr. Cyrus Hamlin, of Robert College, Constantinople, was asked by a Turkish colonel to give him just one sure proof that the Bible was God's Book. Dr. Hamlin asked him if he had ever visited the ruins of ancient Babylon. Yes, he replied, and let me tell you my experience. I hired a rich Sheik and his men to take me there to hunt. We found that all manner of wild animals, owls and birds were dwelling there amongst the ruins, so we had the best hunting of our lives. It was so good that we were annoyed when the Arabs told us they must go miles away to pitch their tents for the night. We tried to bribe them to camp right there, but they refused, saying, that no Arab had ever been known to camp there, because it was haunted after dark by all manner of evil spirits, who would surely kill them or bring great evil upon them. Then Dr. Hamlin opened his Bible to Isaiah 13:19-21, and the colonel read: "And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation, neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures, and owls shall dwell there…” By this one fulfilled prophecy that Turkish colonel was convinced that the Bible was a God inspired Book. For a full account of this interview see the Women's Missionary Magazine of the U. P. Church, April, 1921.
In Isaiah 31:5 we have a remarkable prophecy only fulfilled during the last great war.
When General Allenby came to capture Jerusalem, he thought he would have to fire upon that sacred city, and if so, great destruction would have followed. He went to God in prayer, and besought the Heavenly Father to so overrule that the Holy City might be taken without suffering any great damage. He then felt led to send a large number of airplanes to fly over the city, hoping thus to arouse within the Turks a sense of awe. God used this very thing to induce the Turks to surrender the city without a single gun being fired.
Now read Isaiah 31:5: "As birds flying, so will the Lord of Hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also He will deliver it; and passing over He will preserve it."
In Isaiah 45:1, fully 100 years before King Cyrus was born, we read concerning the capture of Babylon: "Thus saith the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden to subdue nations before him; I will loose the loins of kings (make them careless) to open before him (Cyrus) the two-leaved gates, and the gates shall not be shut."
When we read Daniel's prophecy and Herodotus' account of the fall of Babylon, we see what a marvelous prediction this was.
When Cyrus besieged Babylon he soon discovered that it had a wall 300 feet high and fifty feet wide, and was well provisioned. Finding he could not take it by force, he adopted another plan. The Euphrates River ran right through the center of ancient Babylon, and the great wall was carried over it on pillars. Great two-leaved gates stretched across the river from shore to shore, the water flowing between the iron bars. This prevented any enemy entering the city by way of the river.
Some distance up the Euphrates Cyrus discovered an old channel which once had carried that river around the city of Babylon. Herodotus tells us thousands of men were put to work to dig out this old river bed while Cyrus ordered others to build a dam across the present channel. When all was ready he suddenly withdrew his troops from the city. King Belshazzar thought he had abandoned the siege, and, as Daniel informs us, sent out invitations to a thousand of his lords to come to his palace that night, and celebrate the event. About midnight Cyrus closed the dam and changed the course of the Euphrates around the city, thus making the river bed through the city dry. He then marched back to Babylon, found the two-leaved gates wide open, as Herodotus informs us, and thus entered the city, exactly as Isaiah predicted he would do 100 years before he was born. Such a prediction, giving the very name of the conqueror a hundred years before he was born, proves most clearly that the Bible is God's own Book. (See Keith's Evidence of Prophecy," pp. 100, 101, 102; also Herodotus.)
In Isaiah 44:28, we read, "He (King Cyrus) 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." History records that at the close of the seventy years' captivity in Babylon, Cyrus did issue two decrees, one to rebuild the Temple, and the other to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. But how did Isaiah know that a king named Cyrus would issue such decrees fully one hundred years before Cyrus was born? There is just one explanation: the Bible is God's Book.
Daniel 8:20 predicts that the two great kingdoms of Media and Persia, then equally great, would yet become one. They did when Cyrus conquered Babylon.
Daniel 8:21 predicts that one would come forth out of Greece, and conquer this combined kingdom of the Medes and Persians. Alexander the Great did this very thing fully 200 years after Daniel died.
Daniel 8:22 predicts that Alexander's great kingdom would be divided into four parts. It was so divided after his death. These four parts were Macedonia, Thrace, Egypt, and Syria.
In Daniel 11:2 we have a remarkable prediction: "Behold there shall stand up three kings in Persia, and the fourth shall be far richer than they all, and by his strength, through his riches, he shall stir up all against Grecia. (4) And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken."
These three kings were Cambyses, Smerdis, and Darius. The fourth, the richest of them all, was Xerxes. Herodotus tells us he stirred up his people against Greece, and then invaded that country with two and a half million men; but was utterly defeated at Salamis, 480 B.C. How did Daniel know these facts fully one hundred years before Xerxes was born?
In Daniel 8:22-25 Syria's success is foretold under a certain fierce king who would obtain the kingdom by flattery.
This was true of Antiochus Epiphanes, 176 B.C. His older brother, the king, died suddenly, leaving an infant son. Antiochus Epiphanes mingled so freely with the people, was so kind and genial, and flattered them so wisely, that they at last made him their king. Now look at some of Daniel's predictions regarding this cruel king.
In Daniel 11:22 we are told he would break the Prince of the Covenant, meaning the High Priest. He did, for he put Onias III out of office, and another in.
Daniel 8:11 predicts that Antiochus would destroy the Holy people (the Jews), pollute their sanctuary, and take away their daily sacrifices. He did these very things, for history records that he captured Jerusalem and killed 40,000 Jews. He then slew a sow in the Holy of Holies, and sprinkled its blood over the altars and all the sacred vessels. He then forbade the Jews to sacrifice to Jehovah under penalty of death. Thus he fulfilled to the very letter Daniel's prediction spoken fully 300 years before he was born. Is not this positive proof that the Bible is inspired of God?
Daniel 8:25 also predicts: "By peace this cruel king would destroy many Jews." He did this when he sent his general, Apollonius, with 22,000 men to Jerusalem on a mission of peace. These soldiers went in and out among the Jewish people, and were so kind and affable, that they disarmed all suspicion. Then on the Sabbath, when the Jews were worshipping in their temple, the order was given to slaughter them, and thousands perished. Thus by peace Antiochus did destroy many Jews, as Daniel predicted he would do hundreds of years before he was born.
Lastly, Daniel 8:25 predicts that this cruel king, Antiochus: "Will stand up against the Prince of Princes (God), and be broken without hand." This means he would stand up against God Himself and be slain without the help of any human being. When Antiochus Epiphanes heard that the Jews had cast out of their temple the image of Jupiter Olympus, which he himself had placed therein, he was so enraged that he at once raised an army to exterminate the whole Jewish race; but before he could set forth he was seized with a dreadful pain in his bowels and he soon died in awful agony, slain by God, without the help of any human being.
Reader, how did Daniel know all these facts fully 300 years before Antiochus Epiphanes was born? The only possible explanation is that the Bible is really inspired of God. To confirm all these prophecies and many others, read William Taylor's book on Daniel.
In Daniel 9:25-26 we have a wonderful prediction. Here we read, " . . . from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah, the Prince, shall be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks." The prediction then states that after sixty-nine prophetic weeks, or 483 years, from March 14, 445 B.C., when Artaxerxes issued his order to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, would be slain. Sir Robert Anderson in his great book, Daniel In the Critic's Den, pp. 124-134, and John Urquhart in his splendid work, The Wonders of Prophecy, pp. 201-206, prove most conclusively the correctness of this prophecy. They show that just exactly 483 years (69 prophetic weeks) from the time that King Artaxerxes issued his order to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, our Lord Jesus died on Calvary.
Daniel has so many wonderful prophecies which have been fulfilled to the very letter, that all Modernists now claim that he must have lived after these events had transpired, and was therefore a historian, and not a prophet. However, the Lord Jesus, whom these same Modernists extol as the greatest and best of all teachers, clearly states that Daniel was a prophet. He says in Matt. 24:15 and Mark 13:14: "When ye shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet . . . ."
Let any unbiased person read "Daniel In the Critic's Den," by Sir Robert Anderson, and "Studies In the Book of Daniel," by Professor Robert Dick Wilson (Hebraist of Princeton), and he will be thoroughly convinced that the Book of Daniel is most authentic prophecy, and that all the objections of the critics are only puerile nonsense. Such books prove clearly that the world's best scholars still uphold the Bible as God's inspired word.
Ezekiel 26:12 records a wonderful prediction regarding Tyre, when it was one of the earth's mightiest cities. Its wall was then so high and so thick that the great king, Sennacherib, failed to take it after a siege of thirteen years. Ezekiel says (590 B.C.) : "They shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant homes, and they shall lay thy stones, and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water."
Now Nebuchadnezzar took Tyre about 550 B.C. but he left nearly all the wall standing, and most of the houses, being content with carrying away the spoil. During the siege the people managed to slip out under cover of darkness, and escaped to an island a half mile or so out in the sea. Here they built up a second city of Tyre, and being on an island, they constructed for self-protection the strongest navy of ancient times. Years now passed, and still Ezekiel's prophecy was unfulfilled; the stones of the wall of old Tyre, the timbers of its houses, and the very dust on those timbers were not yet carried into the water. However, about 315 B.C. Alexander the Great came that way on his great tour of conquest. He asked certain privileges and favors of the new city of Tyre. These were refused, as they saw he only had a great army, but no navy. Alexander then ordered his soldiers to tear down the wall of ancient Tyre, and with these stones and the timbers of the houses to construct a bridge from the shore out to the new city of Tyre in the sea. When this was completed he went out and captured that city, and so Ezekiel's great prophecy was fulfilled, though spoken several hundred years before Alexander was born: "They shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant homes, and they shall lay thy stones, and thy timbers, and thy dust in the midst of the water." See Urquhart's "Wonders of Prophecy," pp. 16-17; also Keith's "Evidence of Prophecy," pp. 109-110. Such a prediction, fulfilled to the very letter, is positive proof that the Bible is God's own book.
In Ezek. 12:13 we have a remarkable prophecy regarding King Zedekiah: "I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it (Babylon), though he shall die there." Think of it; this king will be brought a captive to Babylon where he will be kept till he dies, and yet he will never see that city. Was this strange prophecy ever fulfilled? Yes, for 2 Kings 25:7 informs us: "They (soldiers of King Nebuchadnezzar) slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon." Zedekiah was taken to Babylon and died there, yet never saw that city, just as Ezekiel predicted, because he was blind. How could Ezekiel have known this years before it happened, unless God had revealed it and spoken through him?
In Luke 19:43 Christ predicts: "For the days will come upon thee (Jerusalem) that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side." Now the word here for trench is "charaka," the accusative singular of "charax," meaning a pointed stake, or a palisade made of pointed stakes. Was this prophecy fulfilled when Titus took Jerusalem? Did he actually enclose the whole city with a palisade of pointed stakes? He did. Josephus tells us that in three days, the whole Roman army being employed, a high wall of earth, held in place by pointed stakes, was erected to encompass the whole city. Thus every single avenue of escape was cut off. But how did the Lord Jesus know that Titus would build such a wall forty years before this event happened? Read Josephus and you will find that all of Christ's predictions regarding the taking of Jerusalem (Mark 13:1, 2; Luke 19:41-4; and Luke 21:24) were fulfilled to the minutest detail.
In Matt. 24:2 Christ predicted the utter destruction of the temple. Again in Luke 21:24 He predicted: "Jerusalem will be trodden down of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled." This meant that the temple in Jerusalem would never be rebuilt while any Gentile power controlled Jerusalem. Now the temple was utterly destroyed by Titus about 70 A.D. as Christ predicted. About 350 A.D. Julian the Apostate decided to rebuild the temple in order to prove to the world that the Lord Jesus was a false prophet. Regarding his attempt to do this, Gibbon, the historian, says: "And earthquake, a whirlwind, and a fiery eruption, which overturned and scattered the new foundations of the temple, are attested, with some variations, by contemporaneous and respectable evidence." A few years ago also there was unearthed a letter of Ammianus Marcellinus, the officer placed in charge of this work by Julian. In this letter Marcellinus says: "Balls of fire came out of the ground, and scorched and burnt the workmen, so that the work had to be abandoned." Thus Christ's prophecy has been fulfilled in spite of man's attempt to prove Him false.
Let us now leave all other prophecies to examine some referring to Christ's first coming:
(1) In Isaiah 9:6 we read, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Here is a clear prediction, 700 B. C., that a God-child was to be born. Turn now to John 1: 1, 14, and we read, "In the beginning was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (14) And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." A God-child then was born.
(2) Isaiah 7:14 informs us that this God-child would be born of a virgin. Matt. 1: 18-25 tells us that He was so born of a virgin named Mary; and that the Holy Ghost (God Himself) was His father.
(3) Micah 5:2 (700 B.C.) declares that this God-child would be born in Bethlehem: "Out of thee (Bethlehem) will He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." The claim here is that Christ lived before He came to this earth, lived from all eternity, for "His goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Now Matt. 2:1 informs us that He was born in Bethlehem, as predicted, and John 8:42 tells us that He lived before coming to this earth as a man: "I proceeded forth and came from God."
(4) Zech. 9:9 (500 B.C.) predicts that Christ would enter Jerusalem as a king, riding on an ass. Matt. 21:2-7 informs us that He did so enter Jerusalem.
(5) Zech. 11:12 (500 B.C.) predicts that Christ would be sold to His enemies for 30 pieces of silver. In Matt. 26: 14, 15 we read, "They covenanted with Judas to betray Him for 30 pieces of silver."
(6) Zech. 13:7 (500 B.C.) tells us the smiting of the Shepherd (Christ) would scatter the sheep. In Matt. 25:56 we read (after Christ had been seized), "Then all His disciples forsook Him and fled."
(7) Psalm 35:11 (1000 B.C.) predicts that false witnesses would accuse Him; and in Matt. 26: 59 we read, "Now the chief priests and the elders sought false witnesses against Jesus to put Him to death."
(8) Isaiah 50:6 (700 B.C.) informs us that Christ would give His back to the smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked out the hair; and they would spit upon Him. Turn now to Matt. 26:67 and we read "Then did they spit in His face, and buffeted Him; and others smote Him with the palms of their hands."
(9) In Isaiah 53:7 (700 B.C.) we read, "He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth." Matt. 27:12 informs us: "And when He was accused of the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing."
(10) Isaiah 53:5-6 (700 B.C.) says: "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities . . . and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." In Matt. 26:28 Christ confirms this prediction, when He says: "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Peter also confirms it (1 Pet. 2: 24); "Who His own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree."
(11) Isaiah 53:4 (700 B.C.) predicts that Christ would bear our griefs (sicknesses) and carry our sorrows (pains)." Then in Matt. 8:16-17 we read, "He cast out the spirits with His word and healed all that were sick. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses."
(12) In Psalm 109: 24 (1000 B.C.). it is predicted, His knees would become weak, and His flesh would fail. John 19:17 informs us, "And he bearing his cross went forth." But His strength gave out, for Matt. 27:32 tells us, "And as they came out they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to bear His cross."
(13) Psalm 22:15 (1000 B.C.) predicts, "His hands and feet would be pierced." Luke 23:33 says: "When they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him." Thus His hands and feet were pierced.
(14) Psalm 109:25 (1000 B.C.) informs us, "He (Christ) would be a reproach to the people, and when they looked on Him they would shake their heads." Matt. 27:29 says: "They that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads."
(15) Isaiah 53:12 (700 B.C.) predicts, "He would be numbered with the transgressors"; and Mark 15:27 informs us that he was: "So with Him they crucified two thieves, the one on His right hand and the other on His left." Think of Isaiah predicting this of that God-child mentioned in Isaiah 9:6: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father . . . ." Predicting that this child, who was in reality The Mighty God and the Everlasting Father, would die as a transgressor with transgressors, proves conclusively that Isaiah was inspired of God. No man would have made such a seemingly absurd prediction regarding this God-child.
(16) Psalm 22:8 predicts Christ would be mocked because of His trust in God, Who would be challenged to deliver Him. Matt. 27:41-44, written one thousand years later, says: "The chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and the elders, said, He saved others, Himself He cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let Him come down from the cross. He trusted in God, let God deliver Him now." How did David know this would happen 1000 B.C.? He was inspired of God.
(17) Psalm 22:17 (1000 B.C.) declares, "The people would look and stare upon Him." Matt. 27:36 says "So sitting down, they watched Him there," as He was dying.
(18) Psalm 22:8 predicts, "His garments would be parted among His enemies, and for His vesture they would cast lots." Now read John 19:23, 24: "The soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also His coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be." How did David know all this one thousand years before Christ was born? There is only one answer for any logical mind; his words were inspired of God.
(19) Psalm 69:21 (1000 B.C.) predicts, they would give Christ vinegar to drink. John 19:28, 29 declares they did do so: "And after this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scriptures might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar; and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it to His mouth."
(20) Psalm 31:5 predicts that Christ would cry out, "Into Thine hands I commit My spirit." Luke 23:46 informs us, "When Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thine hands I commit My spirit." Again we ask: How did David know 1000 B.C. that Christ would utter these words?
(21) Psalm 34:20 predicts, "His bones were to be kept, not one of them should be broken." Now John 19:33, 36 informs us, "When they (the soldiers) came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs: (36) For these things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled. A bone of His shall not be broken." How did David know this 1000 B.C.? If Modernists would only study prophecy, the Bible would be a new book to them.
(22) Psalm 38:11 (1000 B. C.) predicts His friends would stand aloof from His sore, and His kinsmen would stand afar off. Luke 23:49 informs us, "All His acquaintances, and the women that followed Him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things."
(23) Psalm 22:14 tells us, His heart would be broken. In John 19: 34, we read, "But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith there came out blood and water." Doctors tell us that this is a sure and certain proof that Christ died of a broken heart, as predicted. See Torrey's "Bible and Its Christ." p. 68.
(24) Amos 8: 9 declares, The sun would go down at noon (sixth hour) and the earth be darkened on a clear day. Matt. 27:45 tells us that ". . . from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour." How could Amos have known this 800 B.C.? There is only one explanation. He was inspired of God.
(25) Isaiah 53:12 predicts Christ would make intercession for the transgressors (His murderers). In Luke 23:34, we read: "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." How did Isaiah know that Christ would pray for His enemies 700 years before? The Bible is God's Book.
(26) Isaiah 53:9 predicts, "And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death." Matt. 27:44 says: "The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth." Then He did make His grave with the wicked. But Matt. 27:57-60 informs us that, "When even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph . . . He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And laid it in his own new tomb." Then Christ was with the rich in His death. How did Isaiah know this 700 B. C. ?
(27) Psalm 16:10 predicts, "For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." In Acts 2:27-31 Peter quotes these words, and then adds, "Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch, David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his (David's) loins, according to the flesh, He would raise up Christ to sit upon his throne He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption." Christ's resurrection therefore, since His flesh did not see corruption, was most assuredly a physical resurrection and not a spiritual one merely. But how did David know this fact 1000 B.C.? The Bible is God's Book.
No wonder Peter says (2nd Peter 1:18-21): "And this voice (the voice of God on the mount of Transfiguration) which came from heaven we heard when we were with Him in the holy mount. 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, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." This is the only possible explanation of these wonderful prophecies which have been fulfilled in every detail.
Reader, since these and scores of other prophecies have been fulfilled to the very letter, had we not better believe that all the other prophecies referring to the Second Coming of Christ and the judgments will yet be literally fulfilled?
Many deny that there will be any judgment after death. What does the Bible predict? Heb. 9:27, "And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Acts 17:31, "Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." 2 Cor. 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." Rev. 20:12, "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." Yes, judgments await both saint and sinner after death, and the Bible, God's own Book, will be the Book of final authority in these judgments, for Christ says (John 12: 48): "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him; the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."
But, praise God, we do not need to fear the judgment if only we will accept Christ as our Saviour, the One who died as our Substitute to redeem us from sin. Listen to Christ's own words on this subject. (John 5 24): "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment (krisis), but is passed from death unto life." Now this word for judgment (krisis), is the very same as that in Hebrews 9:27: "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (krisis-the sinner's judgment)." What a blessed truth this is. As soon as we accept Christ by faith as our personal Saviour, the One who died to redeem us from sin, that moment we receive eternal life (the new birth), and Christ's assurance that when we die we will not come into the sinner's judgment.
Reader, the fact that so many Bible predictions have been fulfilled, surely ought to convince you that every other prediction will yet be fulfilled. Then act accordingly. “He that receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him; the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."
But, praise God, we do not need to fear the judgment if only we will accept Christ as our Saviour, the One who died as our Substitute to redeem us from sin. Listen to Christ's own words on this subject. (John 5:24): "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but is passed from death unto life." Now this word for judgment (krisis), is the very same as that in Heb. 9:27: "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (krisis-the sinner's judgment)." What a blessed truth this is. As soon as we accept Christ by faith the One who died to redeem us from sin, that moment we receive eternal life (the new birth), and Christ's assurance that when we die we will not come into the sinner's judgment.
Reader, the fact that so many Bible predictions have been fulfilled, surely ought to convince you that every other prediction will yet be fulfilled. Then act accordingly.
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