Why The Bible Is True: Part II of III

Isaiah Scroll

Isaiah Scroll

The Bible is a unique book because it predicts future events with great accuracy. This can be a difficult idea in our modern age because we also know that no human being can know the future. The best we can do as human beings is create complicated models that predict outcomes, but even those are educated guesses based on probability and not certainty. We also know how wonderful weathermen are at predicting the weather with those models! The Bible makes modern people feel uncomfortable because it does claim divine inspiration. If this is true, which it is, there should be evidence of God's knowledge of future events.

II. The Second Reason the Bible Is True Is Prophecy: The Bible predicts future events with amazing accuracy.

Some people have been befuddled at the amazing accuracy of the Bible's prophetic claims. In fact, some were so amazed by the Bible's claims that they reasoned the Bible had to have been rewritten after the fact to make its prophetic claims true. It seems logical if the Bible is written by human beings. The only way a human can engage in prophecy is if they trick their audience into believing something that they really do not know. The problem is that this hypothesis about the Bible wasn't accompanied by one piece of real evidence. It was based on a premise that the Bible can't be written by God. 

However in 1947, some nomadic goat herders discovered some ancient religious texts in the caves of Qumran, near the Dead Sea. Later, these ancient manuscripts became known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The manuscripts had been hidden in caves by a group of Jews, called the Essenes, who were preserving their religious traditions from the corruption of the religious leaders in Jerusalem. What they didn't know at the time was that they were preserving copies of the Old Testament that would strengthen the reliability of the Bible for us today! Some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are dated to as much as 200 years before Jesus Christ ever walked the face of the earth. This is an amazing discovery because before the Dead Sea Scrolls were unearthed, the oldest Old Testament manuscripts we had were from the 11th Century AD, which is way after Jesus. Now we have Old Testament manuscripts from before Jesus and can see if the Bible was rewritten or not. One of the scrolls that was discovered was the Isaiah Scroll, which was dated to 200 BCE. If the Bible was rewritten, this scroll would show that it was different from the book of Isaiah that we have in our Bibles today. Yet, the Isaiah Scroll proved the contrary. It was overwhelmingly accurate! It demonstrated that the Old Testament has been transmitted faithfully and accurately throughout the ages. This proved that the prophecies in Isaiah were written more than 200 years before the events of their fulfillment in Jesus Christ just as we have them in our Bibles today.

Isaiah 53 is only one chapter, but it reveals the amazing accuracy of God's prophecy about Jesus. It accurately predicted that Jesus would suffer death for the sins of humanity. Jesus suffered by being tortured and crucified. It accurately predicted that Jesus would not fight back, but willingly give his life. Jesus told His disciples not to fight for His freedom when He was arrested. It accurately predicted that Jesus would be assigned a grave with criminals and the rich. We know that Jesus was sentenced to be crucified as a criminal, but was buried in the grave of the rich man, Joseph of Arimathea. It also accurately predicted that Jesus would have His remaining earthly possessions divided among those who killed Him and that His death would mean the forgiveness of the sins for the entire world. All this is common knowledge of Jesus' crucifixion found in John 19. These and other prophecies found in the book of Isaiah reveal a specific knowledge about the future that no human being can possess. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls we have evidence that the Bible was not rewritten, but has been transmitted over the years with amazing accuracy! Only God could have inspired such accurate prophecy about the future and that prophecy confirms the reliability of the Bible.

"Prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." -2 Peter 1:21

God Bless,

Pastor Joel