BIBLICAL PROPHECIES FULFILLED
There are two extensive prophetic themes in the Old Testament:
the inspired record of God's covenant with Israel; and His
guidance in it. Both of these themes were given to the various
prophets from Moses (B.C. 1500) to Malachi (B.C. 400). One
concerns God's people of old, the Jews and their history to
come; the other the Lord's Messiah. Messiah (Hebrew) or Christos
(Greek) means "the anointed one" or, in modern terminology,
the ruler priest. No other subject receives such important
attention in God's sight as these themes. Let us begin with
the prophecies concerning Jesus. For the sake of brevity
only some have been selected:
Some prophecies regarding Jesus
- Prophecy of Jesus' birthplace and pre-existence ± B.C. 700:
- "But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be
among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth
for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin
is from of old, from ancient days." (Micah 5:2).
- "And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city
of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which
is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house
and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary,
his betrothed, who was with child. And while they
were there, the time came for her to be delivered.
And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped
him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger,
because there was no place for them in the inn."
- Prophecy of the virgin birth, divinity and unique sonship ± B.C. 700:
- "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.
Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel. (= God with us)
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government will be upon his shoulder,
and his name will be called 'Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.'".
- "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.
When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph,
before they came together she was found to be with
child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph,
being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame,
resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered
this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in
a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not fear
to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived
in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save
his people from their sins.' All this took place to
fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
'Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and his name shall be called Emmanuel' (which means,
God with us). (Matthew 1:18-23).
- Prophecy concerning the time of his coming ± B.C. 520:
- "Seventy weeks (of years, i.e 70 x7 years = 490 years)
are determined upon thy people (Daniel's people = Jews)
and upon thy holy city (Jerusalem), to finish the
transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make
reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting
righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy
(i.e. no more prophetic revelation added to the Bible
after that), and to anoint the Most Holy (anoint = exalt,
crown, dedicate). Know therefore and understand, that
from the going forth of the commandment to restore and
to build Jerusalem (which at that time was destroyed
and its inhabitants were captives in Babylon) unto the
Messiah, the Prince, shall be seven weeks (49 years)
and sixty-two weeks (434 years): The streets shall be
built again, and the wall, even in troubled times."
49 years were actually needed to rebuild Jerusalem after
Nehemiah got the royal order by Artaxerxes (B.C. 465-425),
which he gave in the 20th year of his reign (Nehemiah 2:1,8b),
i.e. 445 B.C. The book of Nehemiah states that Jerusalem was
indeed rebuilt in troubled times, since many enemies were
trying to hinder this. The remaining 434 years bring us to
the year A.D. 38. Although this is some years after the
triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem we must consider
the fact that.
- Historical dates of this time are not quite as
accurate as they are in more recent history, due to
the fact that there was no proper calendar and
different lengths of a year (Israel had a lunar year
of 354 days) and
- this described event does not fit any other
happening in history and we must consequently conclude
that the error is more likely to be found in history
than in the Bible.
"And after 62 weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not
for himself, and the people of the prince that shall
come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary (temple);
and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto
the end of the war desolations are determined."
(The "prince that shall come" is no doubt Titus, the Roman
conqueror and son of Emperor Vespasian who, after the death
of the Messiah, came and destroyed Jerusalem and, against
his will, the temple, in A.D. 70. After that "desolations are
determined" and lasted until this present time!) (Daniel 9:24-26).
- Prophecy foretelling that he came to save and to heal ± B.C. 700:
- "Behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God
with a recompense; He will come and save you. Then the
eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the
deaf shall be unstopped." (Isaiah 35:4-5).
- "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from
their sins." (Matthew 1:21).
"For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."
"No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended
from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up
the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man
be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have
eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave
his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not
perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son
into the world, not to condemn the world, but that
the world might be saved through him. He who believes
in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is
condemned already, because he has not believed in the
name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement,
that the light has come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil. For every one who does evil hates the light,
and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should
be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the
light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have
been wrought in God." (John 3:13-21).
"But now the righteousness of God has been manifested
apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear
witness to it, the righteousness of God through faith
in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no
distinction; since all have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as
a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ
Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his
blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's
righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he
had passed over former sins; it was to prove at the
present time that he himself is righteous and that
he justifies him who has faith in Jesus.
"Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through
him we have obtained access to this grace in which
we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the
glory of God." (Romans 5:1-2).
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who
are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of
life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of
sin and death." (Romans 8:1).
"And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought
to him; and when he came near, he asked him, 'What
do you want me to do for you?' He said, 'Lord, let
me receive my sight.' And Jesus said to him,
'Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.'
And immediately he received his sight and followed
him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they
saw it, gave praise to God." (Luke 18:40-43).
"And he went about Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom
and healing every disease and every infirmity among
the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria,
and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted
with various diseases and pains, epileptics, and
paralytics, and he healed them." (Matthew 4:23-24).
"Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of
the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said
to him, 'Are you he who is to come, or shall we
look for another?' And Jesus answered them, 'Go and
tell John what you hear and see; the blind receive
their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed
and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and
the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed
is he who takes no offence at me.'" (Matthew 11:2-6).
"That evening they brought to him many who were
possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits
with a word, and healed all who were sick. This was
to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah,
'He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.'"
- Prophecy predicting the name of Jesus ± B.C. 700:
- "Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken ye people
from far, the Lord has called me from the womb;
from the bowels of my mother has he made mention
of my name. And he has made my mouth like a sharp
sword; ... I will also give you for a light to the
Gentiles, that you may be my salvation (Hebrew =
Yeshua, the actual name of Jesus, when he lived in
Israel) unto the end of the earth. Thus says the Lord,
the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom
man despises, to whom the nation abhors." (Isaiah 49:14
and many other passages).
The Angel told Joseph:
"She (Mary) shall bear a son, and you shall call
his name Jesus, for he will save his people from
their sins." (Matthew 1:21).
Up to now Muslims and Christians can reasonably agree,
although Muslims will dispute the passage in Isaiah that
foretells or determines Jesus' deity and sonship. But we
have to consider the substantial weight of this claim of
God in prophecy and fulfilment. Consider:
Of no other man can it be said that he
- Was born in such a miraculous way
- could heal all manner of diseases
- cast out all evil spirits
- was sinless and holy (Sura 19:19, Hebrews 4:15,
I John 3:5, II Corinthians 5:21, I Peter 2:22,
Isaiah 53:9, etc.)
- is the Word of God (Sura 4:171, John 1:1-2,14)
- is a Spirit from God (Sura 4:171)
- is foretold in any such detail hundreds of years
ahead of its fulfilment.
But this is by no means all. Let us consider the end of the
life of Jesus as predicted in the Old Testament and its
- Prophecy of Jesus' humble entry to Jerusalem on a donkey ± B.C. 480:
- "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold,
your king comes to you, he is just and having salvation;
lowly and riding upon a colt, the foal of an ass (donkey).
- "And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to
Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent
two disciples, saying to them, 'Go into the village
opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass
tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring
them to me. If any one says anything to you, you
shall say, 'The Lord has need of them', and he
will send them immediately.' This took place to
fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is
coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of an ass.'
The disciples went and did what Jesus had directed
them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put
their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most
of the crowd spread their garments on the road,
and others cut branches from the trees and spread
them on the road. And the crowds that went before
him and that followed him shouted, 'Hosanna to the
Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!'"
- Prophecy of the betrayal of Jesus ± B.C. 480:
- "Yea, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted
... has lifted up his heel against me." (Psalm 41:9).
"And I said to them, if you think good, give me the
price, and if not forbear. So they weighed for my
price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said
unto me: cast it unto the potter: a goodly price
that I was prized at of them, (= the price of a slave).
And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast
them to the potter in the house of the Lord."
- "Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve,
went to the chief priests in order to betray him to
them. And when they heard it they were glad, and
promised to give him money. And he sought an
opportunity to betray him.
And when it was evening he came with the twelve.
And as they were at the table eating, Jesus said,
'Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me,
one who is eating with me.' They began to be
sorrowful, and to say to him one after another,
'Is it I?' He said to them, 'It is one of the twelve,
one who is dipping bread into the dish with me.
For the Son of man goes as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is
betrayed! It would have been better for that man
if he had not been born.' ... Judas came, one of
the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and
clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and
the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign,
saying, 'The one I shall kiss is the man; seize
him and lead him away under guard.' And when he
came, he went up to him at once, and said, 'Master!'
And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and
seized him." (Mark 14:10-11, 17-21, 43-46).
"When Judas, his betrayer, saw that he (Jesus) was
condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty
pieces of silver to the chief priests and the
elders, saying 'I have sinned in betraying
innocent blood.' They said, 'What is that to us?
See to it yourself.' And throwing down the pieces
of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went
and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking
the pieces of silver, said, 'It is not lawful to
put them into the treasury, since they are blood
money.' So they took counsel, and bought with them
the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Therefore
that field has been called the Field of Blood to
this day." (Matthew 27:3-8).
- Prophecy of Jesus' mishandling at His "trial" ± B.C. 700:
- "I gave my back to the smiters and my cheeks to them
that plucked off the hair: I did not hide my face
from shame and spitting." (Isaiah 60:6).
- "They answered, 'He deserves death.' Then they
spat in his face, and struck him; and some slapped
him, saying 'Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it
that struck you?" (Matthew 26:6S67). "one of the
officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand."
- Prophecy of the suffering and death by crucifixion of
Jesus ± B.C. 700:
- "When we shall see him, there is no beauty that
we should desire him. He is despised and rejected
of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,
and we hid our faces from him: he was despised and
we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows, yet we did esteem him
stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But he
was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities: the punishment that brought us
peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed.
All we, like sheep, have gone astray, we have
turned every one to his own way, but the Lord has
laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed
and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth;
he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a
sheep before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not
his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgement,
and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut
off out of the living. For the transgressions of my
people was he stricken. And he made his grave with
the wicked (killed between two criminals!) and with the
rich in his death (he was buried in the tomb of a wealthy
man), because he had done no violence, neither was any
deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise
him. He has put him to grief: When you shall make his
soul an offering (sacrifice) for sin, he shall see his
seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of
the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of
the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied. By his
knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many (not
ALL!), for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore
will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall
divide the spoil with the strong, because he has poured
out his soul unto death and was numbered with the
transgressors; and he bare the sin of many and made
intercession for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53).
- ± B.C. 1,000:
- "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are
you so far from helping me, and from the words of my
rearing? ... All that see me laugh at me to scorn,
they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying:
He trusted on the Lord. But you are he, who took me
out of the womb. You made me hope, when I was upon
my mother's breast ... They gaped upon me with their
mouths as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured
out like water and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax. It is melted in the midst of
my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd
and my tongue cleaves to my jaws and you have brought
me into the dust of death. For dogs have encompassed
me, the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they
pierced my hands and my feet - I may count all my
bones; they look and stare upon me. They part my
garments among them and cast lots upon my vesture."
(Psalm 22:1, 7-9, 13-18).
- "Jesus answered, 'My kingship is not of this world;
if my kingship were of this world, my servants would
fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews;
but my kingship is not from the world.' Pilate said
to him, 'So you are a king? Jesus answered, 'You say
that I am a king. For this I was born and for this I
have come into the world, to bear witness of the truth.
Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.' Pilate
said to him: 'What is truth?' After he had said this,
he (Pilate) went out to the Jews again, and told them,
I find no crime in him. But you have a custom that
I should release one man for you at the Passover;
will you have me release for you the King of the Jews?
They cried out again, 'Not this man, but Barabbas!'
Now Barabbas was a robber.
Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the
soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his
head, and arrayed him in a purple robe; they came up
to him, saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' and struck
him with their hands. Pilate went out again, and said
to to them, 'See, I am bringing him out to you, that
you may know that I find no crime in him.' So Jesus
came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple
robe. Pilate said to them, 'Behold the man!'
When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they
cried out, 'Crucify him, crucify him!' Pilate said to
them, 'Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I
find no crime in him.' The Jews answered him, 'We have
a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has
made himself the Son of God.' When Pilate heard these
words, he was the more afraid; he entered the praetorium
again and said to Jesus, 'Where are you from?' But Jesus
gave no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, 'You will
not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to
release you, and power to crucify you?' Jesus answered
him, 'You would have no power over me unless it had
been given you from above; therefore he who delivered
me to you has the greater sin.'
Upon this Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews
cried out, 'If you release this man, you are not Caesar's
friend; every one who makes himself a king sets himself
against Caesar.' When Pilate heard these words, he
brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgement seat
at a place called The Pavement, and in Hebrew, Gabbatha.
Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it
was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, 'Behold
your King!' They cried out, 'Away with him, away with
him, crucify him!' Pilate said to them, 'Shall I crucify
your King?' The chief priests answered, 'We have no
king but Caesar.' Then he handed him over to them to
So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own
cross, to the place called the place of the skull, which
is called in Hebrew Golgotha. There they crucified him,
and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus
between them. Pilate also wrote a title and put it on
the cross; it read, 'Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the
Jews.' Many of the Jews read this title, for the place
where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was
written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. The chief
priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, 'Do not write,
'The King of the Jews,' but, 'This man said, I am King
of the Jews.' Pilate answered, 'What I have written
I have written.'
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his
garments and made four parts, one for each soldier;
also his tunic. But the tunic was without seam, woven
from top to bottom; so they said to one another, 'Let
us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it
shall be.' This was to fulfill the scripture, 'They
parted my garments among them, and for my clothing
they cast lots.'
So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of
Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary
the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus
saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing
near, he said to his mother, 'Woman, behold, your son!'
Then he said to the disciple, 'Behold, your mother!'
And from that hour the disciple took her to his own
After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished,
said (to fulfill the scripture), 'I thirst.' A bowl full
of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of
the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. When
Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, 'It is finished';
and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent
the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath
(for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate
that their legs might be broken, and that they might be
taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of
the first, and of the other who had been crucified with
him; but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was
already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of
the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once
there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne
witness-his testimony is true, and he knows that he
tells the truth - that you also may believe. For these
things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled,
'Not a bone of him shall be broken.' And again another
scripture says, 'They shall look on him whom they have
pierced.' (John 18:36 - 19:37).
- Prophecy of the resurrection of Jesus ± B.C. 1,000:
- "I have set the Lord always before me, because he is
at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my
heart is glad and my glory rejoices. My flesh also
shall rest in hope, for you will not leave my soul
in hell (here 'sheol' = underworld, grave), neither
will you allow your Holy One to see corruption."
- "But on the first day of the 'week, at early dawn,
they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they
had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away
from the tomb, but when they went in they did not
find the body. While they were perplexed about this,
behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel;
and as they were frightened and bowed their faces
to the ground, the men said to them, 'Why do you
seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told
you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of
man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men,
and be crucified, and on the third day rise.' And
they remembered his words, and returning from the
tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all
the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and
Mary the mother of James and the other women with
them who told this to the apostles; but these words
seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe
them." (Luke 24:1-11).
- Prophecy of the Ascension ± B.C. 1,000:
- "The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool." (Psalm 110:1).
- "So when they had come together, they asked him,
'Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom
of Israel?' He said to them, 'It is not for you
to know times or seasons which the Father has
fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive
power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and
in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the
earth.' And when he had said this, as they were
looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him
out of their sight. And while they were gazing into
heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them
in white robes, and said, 'Men of Galilee, why do
you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was
taken up from you into heaven, will come in the
same way as you saw him go into heaven.'"
- Still unfulfilled prophecy of the repentance of Israel and
their turning to Jesus ± B.C. 480:
- "And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the
inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of
supplication (prayer); and they shall look upon me,
whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him,
as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in
bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for
his firstborn." (Zechariah 12:10).
- Prophecy of our situation now where people like to separate
Jesus the Son from God the Father ± B.C. 1,000:
- "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers
take counsel together against the Lord and against his
Anointed (Anointed = Messiah = Christ), saying, let us
break their bands asunder(!!!) and cast away their cords
from us ... I will declare the decree: The Lord has
said unto me: You are my Son; this day have I begotten
you (but please understand: not physically), ask of me,
and I will give you the heathen for your inheritance,
and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession ...
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the
Way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are
all they, that put their trust in him."
No critic in the world can explain away the evidence of these
fulfilled prophecies. It is unique in all history and to all
religious books. It is God's seal that is interwoven with
His message to mankind so that any earnest and honest seeker
can be totally reassured that he is not reading a book by
some religious men trying to impose their views on others.
No man dare claim on the evidence given above, that the
Bible has been corrupted!
However, the question may be raised: Was the Old Testament
perhaps, at least partly, written after the New Testament in
order to "supply" such "prophecy"? This is unthinkable for
several reasons. The Jews guarded the Scriptures with the
utmost vigilance and care. They themselves were, in fact, not
interested in having these prophecies in their Holy Book, for
they contradict their own faith and practice. It is significant
that few if any of the above-mentioned passages are ever read
on the regular Sabbath readings in any synagogue. But besides
that, the Old Testament was already very widely circulated
before Christ and had been translated already into Greek between
B.C. 250-100. To then "revise" a text that is widely distributed
is quite impossible. Besides, we have pre-Christian copies of
Old Testament books in our possession containing these prophecies.
But what about composing the New Testament to suit the prophecies?
Could not Christ have known these and lived to fulfill them on
purpose? Could not the disciples have composed this?
These happenings did not occur in a hidden corner, away from
any witnesses. They took place in public and all Israel was aware
of them. When the Gospel was written down by the four recorders
and the teaching of the Gospel defined in the Epistles, the whole
of Israel would have stood up in protest against these if they
were forgeries. On the contrary, the Apostles often challenged
the people to question the many eyewitnesses. Paul in his defence
before King Agrippa said:
"I am speaking the sober truth. For the king knows about
these things, and to him I speak freely; for I am persuaded
that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this
was not done in a corner." (Acts 26:26).
Also Peter on the Day of Pentecost and shortly after the crucifixion,
said to a great multitude of Jews:
"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man
attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and
signs which God did through him in your midst, as you
yourselves know - this Jesus, delivered up according to the
definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and
killed by the hands of lawless men. But God raised him up,
having loosed the pangs of death, because it was not
possible for him to be held by it." (Acts 2:22-24).
We note that the Jews never denied the execution of Jesus by
crucifixion. They only denied His Messiahship.
A little later Peter and the other Apostles were put into prison
for their teaching. While being interrogated by the council of
the Jews, they replied:
"We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers
raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour,
to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
And we were witnesses to these things, and so is the
Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him."
Paul likewise referred to the double security: it is
"in accordance with the Scriptures" (reference to prophecy of
the Old Testament) and evidenced by many witnesses of whom at
that time most were alive to be questioned. This was mentioned
to the people in Greece, for in Israel there would have been
little need to mention it:
"For I delivered to you as of first importance what
I also received, that Christ died for our sins in
accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried,
that he was raised on the third day in accordance
with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas
(Peter) then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more
than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom
are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then
he appeared to James, then to all the apostles."
(I Corinthians 15:3-7).
This again is supported by the Apostle Peter at a slightly later
stage, emphasizing the eyewitness report but pointing at the
fulfilled prophecy as "more sure". A witness may lie. Even many
witnesses may. But in prophecy and its fulfilment can be no flaw!
"we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made
known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For
when he received honour and glory from God the Father
and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory,
'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased',
we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with
him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic
word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention
to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the
day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy
of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man,
but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."
(I Peter 1:16-21).
The only academic among the Gospel narrators, Luke, begins his
"Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative
of the things which have been accomplished among us,
just as they were delivered to us by those who from the
beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
it seemed good to me also, having followed all things
closely for some time past, to write an orderly account
for you, ..." (Luke 1:1-3) (My emphasis).
Besides all this how could Jesus have chosen the predicted time
of His coming, the mode of his birth (by a virgin), or the mode
of His death (crucifixion) which was itself unknown to the
prophet who announced it, for it was not practised in his day
and age! Furthermore, how could He have performed His miracles?
On the basis of what precedes we must reject statements by
Muslims, similar to these words of Mr Joommal (we refer to
"The Bible was once upon a time the word of God: ...
the present Bible can never by any stretch of
imagination be called the inspired word of God ...
faith demands total allegiance to the Bible with its
faults, absurdities, everything. Reason, on the other
hand, is loath to accept matters that constitute an
insult to the human intelligence." (Please consider
also the historic evidences on pp. 98ff.).
We challenge every true Muslim to reconsider his views on the
"corruption and unreliability of the Bible" through seeking and
providing any evidence in support of the inspiration of the
Qur'an that is as strong and convincing as the above-mentioned
cases in the Bible.
We find the Qur'an without any acceptable prophecy that was
fulfilled; neither do we find acceptable evidence of witnesses
to any signs to support the office of prophethood in Islam.
Ultimately the claim of the divine origin of the Qur'an is
evidenced by one man only. That he managed to convince his
followers is another matter, but is in itself unacceptable
evidence, for thousands of originators of religious groups
have done the same. We are aware that statements like this are
likely to arouse indignation, or suspicion and may result in
rejection. In such a case, however, the basis of rejection is
neither spiritual nor intelligent, but to be found in emotions
or fear. We are indeed sorry to hurt the feelings of our Muslim
friends by such statements. May you be aware of our deep concern
for the truth of God - and for your spiritual standing before
the living God!
Some prophecies regarding the Jews
Anyone who is reasonably acquainted with history, particularly
Jewish history, will actually find it easy to associate the
forecast made by prophets long years before with the event
In B.C. 1,500 Moses was inspired to write this forecast:
"If you fully obey all of these commandments of the
Lord your God, the laws I am declaring you today,
God will transform you into the greatest nation in
the world. These are the blessings that will come
upon you: Blessings in the city, blessings in the
field; many children, ample crops, large flocks and
herds; blessings of fruit and bread; blessings when
you come in, blessings when you go out ... If you
won't listen to the Lord your God and won't obey
these laws I am giving you today, then all of these
curses shall come upon you: Curses in the city;
curses in the field; curses on your fruit and bread;
the curse of barren wombs; curses upon your crops;
curses upon the fertility of your cattle and flocks;
curses when you come in; curses when you go out. For
the Lord himself will send this personal curse upon
you. You will be confused and a failure in everything
you do, until at last you are destroyed because of
the sin of forsaking him ... He will exile you and
the king you choose, to a nation to whom neither you
nor your ancestors gave a second thought; and while
in exile you shall worship gods of wood and stone!
You will become an object of horror, a proverb and
a byword among all the nations, for the Lord will
thrust you away. You will sow much but reap little,
for the locusts will eat your crops. You will plant
vineyards and care for them, but you won't eat the
grapes or drink the wine, for worms will destroy the
vines. Olive trees will be growing everywhere, but
there won't be enough olive oil to anoint yourselves!
For the trees will drop their fruit before it is
matured. Your sons and daughters will be snatched
from you as slaves. The locusts shall destroy your
trees and vines. Foreigners living among you shall
become richer and richer while you become poorer
and poorer. They shall lend to you, not you to them!
They shall be the head and you shall be the tail!
All these curses shall pursue and overtake you
until you are destroyed - all because you refuse
to listen to the Lord your God. These horrors shall
befall you and your descendants as a warning: You
will become slaves to your enemies because of your
failure to praise God for all that he has given you.
The Lord will send your enemies against you, and
you will be hungry, thirsty, naked and in want of
everything. A yoke of iron shall be placed around
your neck until you are destroyed!
The Lord will bring a distant nation against you,
swooping down upon you like an eagle; a nation
whose languages you don't understand - a nation of
fierce and angry men who will have no mercy upon
young or old. They will eat you out of house and
home until your cattle and crops are gone. Your
grain, new wine, olive oil, calves, and lambs will
all disappear. That nation will lay siege to your
cities and knock down your highest walls - the walls
you will trust to protect you. You will even eat
the flesh of your own sons and daughters in terrible
days of siege that lie ahead. The most tender-hearted
men among you will be utterly callous toward his own
brother and his beloved wife and his children who
are still alive. He will refuse to give them a share
of the flesh he is devouring - the flesh of his own
children - because he is starving in the midst of
the siege of your cities ... And that is not all!
The Lord will bring upon you every sickness and
plague there is, even those not mentioned in this
book, until you are destroyed. There will be a few
of you left, though before you were as numerous as
stars. All this if you do not listen to the Lord
Just as the Lord has rejoiced over you and has done
such wonderful things for you and has multiplied you,
so the Lord at that time will rejoice in destroying
you; and you shall disappear from the land. For the
Lord will scatter you among all the nations from one
end of the earth to the other. There you will worship
heathen gods that neither you nor your ancestors
have known, gods made of wood and stone! There among
those nations you shall find no rest, but the Lord
will give you trembling hearts, darkness, and bodies
wasted from sorrow and fear. Your lives will hang in
doubt. You will live night and day in fear, and will
have no reason to believe that you will see the
morning light. In the evening you will say, 'Oh, that
morning were here!' You will say this because of the
awesome horrors surrounding you."
(Deuteronomy 28:1-6, 15-20, 36-55, 61-67).
We do see the Jews in this world being envied for their success.
All Antisemitism stems from this. Jews are successful - in
business, the arts and science. They have provided the largest
number (pro rata) of Nobel Prize winners. Why? A look at their
history will enlighten us.
Summary of Jewish history showing the fulfilment of
Let us as briefly as possible trace the history of these people.
In the morning time of history, in B.C. 1936, 412 years after
the flood, God called Abraham a Shemite, from Ur of the Chaldees,
to be the father of a new nation:
"Now the Lord said unto Abraham, get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's
house, unto a land I will show thee, and make thy
name great, and thou shalt be a blessing; and I will
bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth
thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be
blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3).
Notice that this is not a conditional promise, and there is not
a passage anywhere in the Bible that revokes it. The unconditional
promise was confirmed to his son Isaac and to his grandson Jacob.
When the descendants of Abraham had increased to about 70 they
migrated to Egypt and were settled in the land of Goshen, where
they had to work in slavery for 400 years as was prophesied in
The next great event in Jewish history was the Exodus. When the
time of their deliverance from Egypt came, God prepared them by
increasing the hardness of their lot, and when they cried to God
he sent Moses to deliver them. Within a year after their escape
from Egypt the law was given, the Tabernacle built, a sacrificial
system of worship inaugurated, and the 'Jewish Commonwealth'
set up. But when at the end of the year they had reached Kadesh
Barnea and refused to go up and take possession of the land,
God punished them by compelling them to wander for 40 years in
the wilderness, where they were miraculously fed and clothed,
and divinely guided by the "Pillar of Cloud and Fire".
At the end of the 40 years, under the leadership of Joshua,
they crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land and took
possession of it. Then began the third period of their history,
the time of the Judges, which lasted about 450 years. The
government was a Theocracy administered at first through
elders and then by Judges. The people, however, were not
satisfied with being ruled by an invisible King. They wanted
a king like the other nations around them, so they went to
Samuel, the Prophet, and asked him for a king. Samuel was
displeased, feeling it was aimed at his administration but
when he took the matter to God, He said:
"Hearken unto the voice of the people ... for they
have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me."
(I Samuel 8:7).
Samuel then warned the people of what the chosen king would
do to them but the warning was of no avail and Saul was
chosen. This was the beginning of the fourth period of the
history. Saul reigned for 40 years and was succeeded by David,
a man of God's choice, who also reigned 40 years and was
succeeded by his son Solomon, who in turn reigned 40 years.
During the reign of Solomon the first temple was built. His
reign was most glorious, but its weak feature was that he
married so many heathen wives, and permitted them to introduce
idolatrous worship in Jerusalem. This was the beginning of the
downfall of the Jewish nation. After the death of Solomon
B.C. 975, the kingdom was divided; his son Rehoboam retaining
the rule over two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, and with them
Jerusalem and the Temple. Jeroboam, an usurper, as ruler over
the remaining tribes, set up his capital at Samaria. This
division of the kingdom, known as Israel, rapidly declined
and in B.C. 721 the ten tribes were carried captive to Assyria.
The two tribes known as Judah, survived over a hundred years
longer, but in B.C. 606 they were carried into captivity to
Babylon, and Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in
B.C. 587. Thus ended a period of deadly tribal wars which was
made illustrious by the ministry of a noble succession of
With the captivity of Judah and the destruction of Jerusalem,
began that long period which is outlined and described in the
Book of Daniel. This period has not yet expired.
The fifth period began with the termination of the 70 years'
Babylonian captivity; the Jews returning to Jerusalem to rebuild
the Temple and the walls of the city. But while the Jews were
permitted to return to their own land, they never again secured
supremacy. They remained subject to different conquerors of their
land though for the most part governed by rulers of their own race,
in fulfilment of the prophecy that the sceptre should not depart
from Judah until Shiloh came (Genesis 49:10).
The following prophecy preceded the national captivity of Judah in
Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar (± B.C.605-538) prophesied by Jeremiah:
"For the Lord will send terror on you and all your friends,
and you will see them die by the swords of their enemies.
I will hand over Judah to the king of Babylon, says the
Lord, and he shall take away these people as slaves to
Babylon and kill them. And I will let your enemies loot
Jerusalem. All the famed treasures of the city, with the
precious jewels and gold and silver of your kings, shall
be carried off to Babylon." (Jeremiah 20:45).
"This entire land shall become a desolate wasteland; all
the world will be shocked at the disaster that befalls
you; Israel and her neighbouring lands shall serve the
king of Babylon for seventy years." (Jeremiah 25:11).
"A foreign nation you have not heard of will eat your crops
you will have worked so hard to grow. You will always be
oppressed and crushed. You will go mad because of all the
tragedy you see around you. The Lord will cover you with
boils from head to foot. He will exile you and the king
you choose, to a nation to whom neither you nor your
ancestors gave a second thought; and while in exile you
shall worship gods of wood and stone!"
In B.C. 168 Antiochus Epiphanes, King of Syria conquered Palestine
from Egypt; twice took and sacked Jerusalem; desecrated and closed
the Temple and cruelly persecuted the Jews until they became so
incensed as to rise in rebellion under the leadership of the
Maccabbees. This rebellion lasted from B.C. 160-40.
In B.C. 63 Judea became subject to Rome and during the next sixty
years the Roman Empire tightened its grip on the Holy Land. About
this time, B.C. 5, many of the students of prophecy, knowing by
Daniel, the Prophet, that the time set for the coming of "Messiah
the Prince" was not far distant (Daniel 9:24-27), frequented the
temple waiting for the consolation of Israel.
Jesus was born at Bethlehem; was visited by the shepherds. and
acknowledged a few weeks later in the Temple by Simeon and Anna;
the wise men from the East did him homage and he was taken to Egypt
and returned to Nazareth where he spent his youth and young manhood.
At thirty years of age, He appeared at the Jordan, was baptized by
John, and entered upon his public ministry. But His claim to be the
Messiah was rejected by the Jews. They handed Him to the Gentiles
to be crucified, crying:
"His blood be on us and our children." (Matthew 27:25).
How literally this was fulfilled we read in the history books.
In 70 A.D. the Roman armies came, Jerusalem and the Temple were
destroyed by Titus and the Jews were scattered among the nations
of the earth, as had been prophesied in the ninth chapter of
With the rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah, the sorrows of
the Jewish race really began.
In A.D. 50, 30,000 were killed in Jerusalem in a tumult with the
Romans but their worst sufferings began in A.D. 66 under Gessius
Florus, the Roman governor of Judea. His oppressions led to a
widespread revolt. Nero sent Vespasian, accompanied by his son
Titus, with an army of 60,000 men. He was met in Upper Galilee by
Josephus, a famous general of the Hasmonean race, and a noted
historian, who entrenched himself at Jotapata, but was finally
overpowered, after a siege of 47 days, with a loss of over 40,000
men. The subjugation of Galilee followed. Thousands perished in
that war. Judea and Jerusalem were spared because Vespasian was
called back to Rome through the death of Nero. When Vespasian was
made emperor he sent his son Titus to complete the subjugation of
the Holy Land and capture Jerusalem.
It was in April A.D. 70 that the Roman army, numbering 100,000 men,
marched against Jerusalem, a city but poorly prepared to withstand
a siege. Rival factions disputed among themselves for control. The
city was surrounded by a triple wall, defended by 90 towers. The
siege lasted four months. Great engines of elastic timbers aided
by the twisting of great cables, hurled stones against the walls.
Within the city famine reigned; wives snatched food from their
husbands; children from their parents; mothers from their babies,
and some mothers, having lost all sense of motherhood, killed,
cooked, and ate their own children. Many fled from the city to
meet a worse fate for, on being captured by Titus, they were
crucified as a warning outside the city walls. So horrible became
the condition of the besieged that Titus called God to witness
that he was not responsible.
At last, on August 5th, A.D. 70, the tower Antonia was taken; the
Romans swarmed into the Temple enclosure and although Titus
commanded his soldiers to spare the beautiful temple building,
for it was looked upon, even by Rome, as one of the wonders of
the world, a soldier threw a blazing torch through a doorway and
in the conflagration that followed the temple of Herod was
destroyed, leaving nothing but the rock upon which it stood.
Josephus says that over 1,000,000 perished in the siege, while
97,000 survived as captives of whom the handsomest young men were
taken to Rome to grace the triumph of the conqueror, and thus the
prophecy of Daniel was fulfilled that
"the people of the Prince that shall come shall destroy
the city and the sanctuary." (Daniel 9:26).
While the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus scattered the Jews far
and wide, it was by no means the final blow. Sixty-five years later,
by A.D. 136, the Jews had sufficiently recovered from that crushing
blow to rise afresh in revolt against Roman authority. Hadrian then
completed the work of dispersion. In a war lasting three and a half
years he devastated Palestine, destroyed 580,000 persons, ran a
ploughshare over Zion (thus fulfilling the prophecy of Micah 3:12,
uttered 885 years before) and forbade the Jews, on pain of death,
even to approach Aelia Capitolina, the new Roman city which he
erected on the site of Jerusalem. From that time on there were few
Jews in Palestine.
In A.D. 362 the Emperor, Julian the Apostate, made an attempt to
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, which would have run contrary to
the prediction of the Lord but his workmen were driven off by fire
that burst from the ruins.
The interval from Hadrian A.D. 140 to Constantine saw the Jewish
people prosperous and flourishing to some extent in the lands of
their exile throughout the Roman world. They even took part in
pagan persecutions of the early church. But the conversion of
Constantine to Christianity A.D. 312, changed all this; the Jews
then became a condemned and persecuted sect. This opened a sad
period in which, the Roman Church using its influence and political
power as well as the ignorance of its members, persecuted the Jewish
people in the Name of God
The gloom deepened until A.D. 1096, the time of the first crusade,
known in history as the "Holy War" when the pall of midnight
blackness fell upon them and did not lift until long after the
In A.D 1020 Canute banished all Jews from England. A little later
the only burial place in all England allowed to Jews was Cricklegate
in London. Then the Holy War began with the attempt to murder all
Jews in Europe who would not submit to baptism. Henry II ordered
the Jews to pay 60,000 towards defraying his expenses during one
of the crusades. At the accession of Richard I, in A.D. 1189,
murderous riots were instigated against the Jews and not a Jewish
household escaped robbery and murder.
The following year saw the tragedy of York Castle in which the
Chief Rabbi of York and 500 followers, were besieged in York Castle
and when escape became hopeless, they slew one another. The Chief
Rabbi, the last to die, started a conflagration, then took his own
life and when the besiegers broke in they found the besieged in one
great pile like a sacrifice upon an altar.
Up to the time of Edward I in 1272, the Crown claimed to own the
Jew and all he possessed and from time to time would allow him to
gather riches that they might be squeezed from him like water from
a sponge. Edward I drove all the Jews, 16,500 in number, from
England and for nearly four centuries there was no evidence that
British soil was trodden by a Jewish foot.
In 1306, on the morning of the fast, commemorating the destruction
of Jerusalem, all Jews in France, men, women and children numbering
100,000, were stripped of their possessions for the benefit of the
Royal Treasury and cast out of the land. In ten years they were
allowed to return but soon the "Pastoureaux", bands of fanatical
shepherds and malefactors, swept them away by the thousands. In
1683 the Jews were ordered to quit all French Colonies and it was
not until 1723, when Louis XV gave the Jews permission to hold real
estate in France, that the tide began to turn
The "Black Death", the plague which swept over Europe (1348-50)
and carried off one-fourth of the population, afflicted the Jews
but lightly, owing to their simple life and observance of the
hygienic requirements of the Levitical Law. Their comparative
exemption caused them to be suspected as the source of the plague
and they were charged with poisoning the wells and springs. In
Germany, the composition of the alleged poison, the colour of the
packages in which it was transported and the persons who conveyed
them, were all declared to be known; the result was that they
suffered the torture, the cauldron and the devouring flame at
the hands of the "Flagellants", an order of fanatics who swarmed
through Germany preaching extermination of all unbelievers. The
entire community at Strassburg, 2,000 souls, was dragged to an
immense scaffold which was set on fire.
They were also charged with stealing the children of Christians and
crucifying them as Passover Lambs; also stealing the consecrated
"Host" and piercing it with knives. In 1560, they were banished
from Prague and later in Constantinople, 3,000 houses in the Jewish
quarters were burnt and property to the value of 50,000,000 crowns
In Spain, the machinery of the Inquisition held full sway. It was
established to terrify into faithfulness apostate Jews; men and
women disappeared by the hundreds as if the ground had opened and
swallowed them up. Some never returned; others re-appeared after
years as human wrecks, pale and emaciated and semi-insane through
long incarceration in dark and chilly subterranean dungeons. Now
and then processions wound through the streets to the place of
burning, the victims being tortured in the hope that they would
recant before being thrown into the flames.
Many found themselves led from the Hall of Judgement along
subterranean passage-ways to the Chamber of the "Iron Maiden",
a rude hollow figure of a woman, made of iron which, at the touch
of a spring, flew open to disclose its inner surface studded with
iron nails, rusted by its numerous victims. When the condemned
stepped inside, the figure began to close, hugging the victim in
its iron grasp until the nails entering the body amid human shrieks,
pierced some vital part and when all was over the iron figure again
opened to allow the body to fall into the yawning pit below. But
this was not all. Ferdinand and Isabella, in 1492 issued an edict
of banishment against all Jews in Spain. A Jew offered 600,000
crowns for a revocation of the edict. The king and queen hesitated
and were inclined to accept, when the Spanish Inquisitor, Torquemada,
stalked into the presence of the abashed rulers and, holding up a
crucifix before them, cried
"Behold Him Whom Judas sold for 30 pieces of silver,
sell ye Him now for a higher price and render an
account of your bargain before God!"
The sovereigns trembled before the stern Dominican and the Jews
had to go. They were given four months in which to prepare; whither
they go they knew not, for there was no hospitable shore to which
to flee. Some embarked for Africa and were sold in slavery. A number
reached Italy. Their sufferings were indescribable. Two hundred years
later, in 1680, the spirit of Spain towards the Jews was unchanged.
And so, like a horrible nightmare, for centuries history records
the terrible punishments and persecutions that befell the seed of
Abraham and even today, in an age of humanism and civilization,
it is fresh in our minds how Hitler and his fanatical lunatics
systematically destroyed 6,000,000 Jews in camps and gas chambers.
The miracle of the preservation of the Jews during the long night
of their persecutions cannot be accounted for, except on the
supposition that they have been preserved for a purpose . (This
historical account was copied by me some 20 years ago from a script
which name and author I cannot recall anymore).
The Jews were by no means the only persecuted people but certainly
the most persecuted ones. They are the only nation in the world
to suffer and survive the "diaspora" (i.e. dispersion among the
other nations of the world) for close on 2,000 years! The Bible
"For the Lord will scatter you among all the nations
from one end of the earth to the other. There you will
worship heathen gods that neither you nor your ancestors
have known, gods made of wood and stone! There among
those nations you shall find no rest, but the Lord will
give you trembling hearts, darkness, and bodies wasted
from sorrow and fear. Your lives will hang in doubt.
You will live night and day in fear, and will have no
reason to believe that you will see the morning light."
"For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes
of my people, Israel and Judah, and I will bring them home
to this land that I gave to their fathers; they shall
possess it and live here again." (Jeremiah 30:3)
"Listen to this message from the Lord, you nations of
the world, and publish it abroad: The Lord who scattered
his people will gather them back together again and
watch over them as a shepherd over his flock. He will
save Israel from those who are too strong for them!"
"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you
from east and west from north and south. I will bring
my sons and daughters back to Israel from the farthest
corner of the earth. All who claim me as their God will
come, for I have made them for my glory; I created them.
Bring them back to me - blind as they are and deaf when
I call (although they see and hear!)." (Isaiah 43:5-8).
To me the most inexplicable event of all is the return of the Jews
to Israel, which began at the end of the last century but became
a great movement - after the last World War and with the founding
of the State of Israel in 1948. Unpredictable - and yet it was
predicted and is being fulfilled.
Prophecies being fulfilled now
The culmination of Biblical teaching is in the return of Jesus.
Although most Jews reject Jesus as their Messiah now, they look
forward to the Messiah, for they expect Him: the Victor, the
Liberator, the Great Conqueror. And He will come like this,
the second time.
"Then I will pour out the spirit of grace and prayer on
all the people of Jerusalem, and they will look upon him
they pierced, and mourn for him as for an only son, and
grieve bitterly for him as for an oldest child who died."
This will be in a time of "Great Tribulation". Christ and the
prophets foretold this:
"Sound the alarm in Jerusalem! Let the blast of the warning
trumpet be heard upon my holy mountain! Let everyone tremble
in fear, for the day of the Lord's judgement approaches.
It is a day of darkness and gloom, of black clouds and thick
darkness. What a mighty army! It covers the mountain like
night! How great, how powerful these people are! The likes
of them have not been seen before, and never will again
throughout the generations of the world! Fire goes before
them and follows them on every side! Ahead of them the
land lies fair as Eden's Garden in all its beauty, but
they destroy it to the ground; not one thing escapes.
They look like horses, and they run as fast. Look at them
leaping along the tops of the mountain! Listen to the noise
they make, like the rumbling of chariots, or the roar of
fire sweeping across the field, and like a mighty army
moving into battle. Fear grips the waiting people; their
faces grow pale with fright. These 'soldiers' charge like
infantry; they scale the walls like picked and trained
commandos. Straight forward they march, never breaking
ranks. They never crowd each other. Each is right in place.
No weapon can stop them. They swarm upon the city; they run
upon the walls; they climb up into the houses, coming like
thieves through the windows. The earth quakes before them,
and the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are obscured
and the stars are hidden. The Lord leads them with a shout.
This is his mighty army and they follow his orders. The day
of judgement of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing.
Who can endure it?" (Joel 2:1-11).
One does not need much fantasy to imagine what Joel saw in his
vision, despite the fact that he did not have words to describe
this piece of modern warfare. One can actually visualise tanks,
artillery and vicious fighting. How did he know?
The prophet Ezekiel deals in great detail with the time of the end.
He reports on the return to Israel and spiritual revival which is
still to come. But he also reports of war, terror and death caused
by the surrounding nations in alliance under Gog (chief prince of
the Rosh, Meshech and Tubal in Magog). Hebrew and Greek tradition
refer to these as being Scythians. This is the people living
within undefined boundaries between the Caucasus and the river
Don in the steppes of Russia! Gomer was traditionally placed first
in North West Asia and later in the Ukraine, the heart of European
Russia! The Celtic tribes appear to stem therefrom (Welsh).
Togarmah (toka = tribe (Sanskrit) and Armah = Armenia) is also to
be sought in Southern Russia. Peras (Persia), Cush (Ethiopia), and
Put (Lybia) fall into the league surrounding and seeking to destroy
the re-established Israel:
"Son of dust, when the people of Israel were living in
their own country, they defiled it by their evil deeds;
to me their worship was as foul as filthy rags. They
polluted the land with murder and with the worshipping of
idols, so I poured out my fury upon them. And I exiled
them to many lands; that is how I punished them for the
evil way they lived. But when they were scattered out
among the nations, then they were a blight upon my holy
name because the nations said, 'These are the people of
God and he couldn't protect them from harm!' I am concerned
about my reputation that was ruined by my people throughout
the world. Therefore say to the people of Israel: The Lord
God says, I am bringing you back again, but not because
you deserve it; I am doing it to protect my holy name which
you tarnished among the nations. I will honour my great name
that you defiled, and the people of the world shall know
I am the Lord. I will be honoured before their eyes by
delivering you from exile among them. For I will bring you
back home again to the land of Israel ... Acreage will be
cultivated again that through the years of exile lay empty
as a barren wilderness; all who passed by were shocked to
see the extent of ruin in your land. But when I bring you
back they will say, 'This God-forsaken land has become like
Eden's garden! The ruined cities are rebuilt and walled and
filled with people! Then the nations all around - all those
still left - will know that I, the Lord, rebuilt the ruins
and planted lush crops in the wilderness. For I, the Lord,
have promised it, and I will do it ..."
"Son of dust, face northward toward the land of Magog,
and prophesy against Gog king of Meshech and Tubal. Tell
him that the Lord God says: I am against you, Gog. I will
put hooks into your jaws and pull you to your doom. I will
mobilise your troops and armoured cavalry, and make you a
mighty host, all fully armed. Peras, Cush and Put shall
join you too with all their weaponry, and so shall Gomer
and all his hordes and the armies of Togarmah from the
distant north, as well as many others. Be prepared! Stay
mobilised. You are the leader, Gog! A long time from now
you will be called to action. In distant years you will
swoop down onto the land of Israel, that will be lying
in peace after the return of its people from many lands.
You and all your allies - a vast and awesome army - will
roil down upon them like a storm and cover the land like
a cloud. For at that time an evil thought will have come
to your mind. You will have said: 'Israel is an unprotected
land of unwalled villages! I will march against her and
destroy these people living in such confidence! I will go
to those once desolate cities that are now filled with
people again - those who have returned from all the nations
- and I will capture vast booty and many slaves. For the
people are rich with cattle now, and the whole earth
revolves around them!"
"You will come from all over the north with your vast host
of cavalry and cover the land like a cloud. This will happen
in the distant future - in the latter days of history. I
will bring you against my land, and my holiness will be
vindicated in your terrible destruction before their eyes,
so that all the nations will know that I am God." ... "But
when you come to destroy the land of Israel, my fury will
rise!" ... "You will never reach the cities - you will fall
upon the open fields."
(Ezekiel 36:17-24, 34-36; 38:2-12, 15-16-18; 39:5 -
Living Bible translation).
We see, as it were, half of this being fulfilled before our very
eyes. The coming to power of the Soviet Union, its ideological
outreach to Asia and Africa and the establishment of Israel a
nominal power, but rejected by the community of nations are a
reality - a reality totally unforeseeable from such a distant
time (6th century B.C.). The final conflict is yet to come, as
well as the national revival predicted in Ezekiel ch. 36:25-31,
37:1-14, Romans 11:25-26.
The New Testament also contributed to this subject. In a
discourse just before His death (recorded in Matthew 24,
Mark 13 and Luke 21) Christ stated that before His coming back
to this earth certain events must take place. It begins with
a prediction of the destruction of the then just rebuilt temple
(Matthew 24:2, Mark 13:1, Luke 21:6). Then He continues that
there shall be wars and rumours of wars but these should not
trouble us - they must come, and shall be followed by world
conflicts with escalated forms of earthquakes and famines.
At no time in recorded history have there been as many
earthquakes as now(!), not to mention the dreadful famines
in the belt across Africa south of the Sahara, terrible
mis-harvests in Asia and famine in Bangladesh. Christ then
continues to foretell opposition to Christians and their
persecution (there were never as many martyrs in history as
in this, our century!); and of the coming of many false
prophets. Are there any? Just think of Joseph Smith, the
founder of the Mormons, Madame Blavatsky, the originator of
Theosophy: Mrs Baker Eddy, the woman who inspired the
so-called Christian Scientists; Pastor Russell, who originated
the Jehovah's Witnesses; Ellen White, and Isaiah Shembe,
Lekganyane, just to mention two black "Messiahs". We could
continue with the Indian Gurus that present Transcendental
Meditation and other movements; the "Apostles" who created
the Old and New Apostolic Churches; and a man like William
Branham, who claimed to be the last prophet. It is sad that
many people look at this mass of sometimes very queer sects,
assuming that this is Christianity. Iniquity shall be
overwhelming; the love of many a Christian shall grow cold;
and the Gospel shall be preached "in all the world" (think
of the radio ministry!) as a "witness to all nations" (imagine
this 100, 500, 1,000 or 1,900 years ago!) and then the end
shall come. The "Great Tribulation" of Ezekiel 38 and Joel 2
is also mentioned. We live in a world of great conflict.
Therefore we are told by Christ to WATCH. Why? That we may
compare the "signs of the times" with the "more sure Word of
Prophecy" (II Peter 1:19) and come to an intelligent conclusion.
All the evidence weighs heavily in favour of the Word of God
being fully reliable in matters of faith and practice.
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