“And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” – John 14:29
Historically one of the common assertions that theologians make with a well-intended motive is a nominal concession that the Bible never makes any attempt to prove the existence of God. Many teach that the Bible operates from the standpoint that God is, and that everything that He has said in the Bible is self-evidently true, and observable from the ontological argument reasoning that creation by intelligent reason, demands a creator.
While it is true that the Bible is self-evidently true to those with spiritual awareness; and the truth within it is observable with intelligent thought and reason; it is not quite so true that the Bible makes no attempt to prove the existence of God, or to prove that the Bible and the Bible alone is His revealed Word. The truth is that God has told the intellectual mind where to find a clear and undeniable proof, not only of His existence, and not only of His Power, but that the Bible is His Word. It does stand to reason that if we want to see with our own two eyes with crystal clear clarity we need to look where the Bible tells us to look.
The empirical evidence of God that the Bible tells us to look for is not in the fossil record of the earth (though some may be there); neither is it in the cosmic radiation of space (though some may be there); nor is it in the radio carbon-dating of bones. The evidence that the Bible tells us to look at is not in the dirt, but on the calendar.
It is not an overused concept, but rather it is the Biblically accurate premise that prophecy is a fundamental, undeniable proof that God is God, and the Bible is His book.
As Jesus said in John 14:29 “I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.”
The prophecies of the Bible are nothing more than history before it is revealed. To overstate this, I’ll say it like this . . . the future is already history to God, and He has proven that He is beyond time, space, and matter, by telling us the history before it happens. We aren’t just speaking of “spiritual” prophecies, or “religious, mystical prophecies” but rather plain simple blatantly secular prophecies visible throughout all of history.
From the naming of Cyrus, the king of Persia, multiplied decades before he was born, to the revelation of the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome; the Bible spoke into world history before it was world history. The Bible is saturated with historical events, before they were historical. Now that being said, it is this fact that God says is His intended proof that He is, and that the Bible is His book.
What many, most, and practically all of those men and women who refuse to believe the Bible refuse to investigate honestly is the Bible’s account of history, back when it was prophecy. One of the most mind-boggling mysteries to any Christian thinker is the fact that some people readily admit the historicity of the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ, yet they pass over, refuse to see, will not admit, or do not discuss the historicity of the prophecies about his birth, life, and death. In the same vein no one with two brain cells to rub together deny the history of the four world empires, and yet they often pretend that the history of the prophecies of the four world empires doesn’t exist.
Too many people have fallen into backwards thinking. For example, many deny Genesis 1:1 because they have not seen the miraculous, nor can they put the ten plagues under a microscope for examination. In other words, since they cannot repeat the miraculous, see the miraculous, or naturally explain the miraculous, then Genesis 1:1 can’t be true.
The reality is, that if Genesis 1:1 is true, then that is the explanation for every miraculous claim the Bible makes. If Genesis 1:1 is true, we don’t have to dig up dirt, look in the microscope, stay glued to a telescope or dissolve dirt in a test-tube in order to explain the parting of the Red Sea, or expound on the construction of Noah’s Ark. If Genesis 1:1 is true then everything from Adam’s botched apple-pie, to the demons in revelation to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is at it says it is. Right and wrong is as the Bible says it is. Judgment and Eternity, sin and salvation, all things then are as the Bible says they are. We haven’t even mentioned the history, existence, persistence, and survival of the nation of Israel. That will be for another time.
How then do we know Genesis 1:1 is true? God has essentially said, “Here’s how you know I am, and that this is my book, and Jesus is my Son” (from strictly a naturally intellectual standpoint), – Isaiah 48:3 “I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass . . .” – Isaiah 48:5 – “I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.” – Isaiah 42:9 – “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
If a man or a woman is going to give an honest evaluation of the history of humanity the only way he or she will be able to do so, is to give consideration to the Biblical prophecies within that history. Ignoring them is dishonest, denying they exist is delusional, attempting to explain them away is disingenuous, but admitting they exist, and seeing them for what they are will be a change worth making.