How Do You Prove the Bible is True?
Let's look at the prophecies of the Old Testament.
These verses were written hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ and they state exactly what will occur.
Deuteronomy 18:17; The Lord said to me: “What they say is good.18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
God is telling Moses about the arrival of Jesus “a prophet like you”, 1,443 years before Jesus came to us.
It also shows how God operates out of time. 1,443 years is nothing to Him. He knew the right time for Jesus to arrive.
Isaiah 7:14; All right then, the Lord Himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son…
God is telling us through the prophet Isaiah – 700 years before the birth of Jesus, how Jesus will be conceived.
Isaiah 50:6; I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face.
God is telling us through the prophet Isaiah – 700 years before the birth of Jesus, what Jesus would say during His crucifixion.
Isaiah 53:3-9; He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Isaiah, 700 years before the event, is describing the death of Jesus in every detail.
Matthew 27:57; As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.
Matthew is showing us how Isaiah’s prophecy came true. Matthew, over 700 years later, explains that Jesus was assigned a grave with the wicked, but was moved to a rich man’s grave. See Isaiah 53:9 above.
Micah 5:2; “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the (3) clans of Judah, (4) from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Micah 5:4; “ He will stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they will live securely, for then His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
The prophet Micah, 700 years before the event, is stating the prophecy of God, that from this small town of Bethlehem Ephrathah, which is too small even to be part of the clans of Judah, would come a new ruler in Israel (Jesus). This prophecy even knows that the origins of this new ruler are from “old, from ancient times.”Bethlehem means ‘House of Bread’, and Jesus is known as ‘the Bread of Life’ (John 6:35). “Ephratah” means ‘fruitfulness’ or ‘abundance.’ Both names signify the fertility of the region. Then Jesus was born in the house of fruitfulness/abundance in the town called ‘House of Bread’ (Bethlehem) which is very fertile.
(NOTE: There were 2 Bethlehems in Israel, ‘Bethlehem Ephrathah' AKA 'Bethlehem of Juda/Judea', AKA 'City of David'. The other Bethlehem was larger and further North, known as Bethlehem of Galilee).
Psalm 22:16-18; Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. 17 All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment. pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face.
David 5-600 years before the birth of Jesus, is describing His death.
Psalm 41:9: “Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”
5-600 years before the birth of Jesus, David is describing what He would say soon before His death.
Psalm 55:12-13: “It is not an enemy who taunts me – I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me – I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you – my equal, my companion and close friend.”
This is so very sad.
These events were prophesied hundreds of years before the advent of Jesus. This proves the Bible to be a true and reliable book. It also proves the Book of Revelation and its events, are in our future.
There are more.
For me at least, it demonstrates how the Bible was written for all ages and is the Book God has given us for our instruction.
Background photo credit pngtree.com