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Illustrations by Paul Agner
Another way that we know that the Bible is from God is through fulfilled prophecy. A prophecy is a statement about what will happen in the future. Only God knows for sure what the future will be like.
For example, the prophet Micah wrote where Jesus would be born over 400 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4).
Daniel predicted over 450 years before Jesus that the Messiah would appear in Jerusalem as King. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on the first Palm Sunday and was hailed as the King, it fulfilled Daniel’s prophecy to the day (Daniel 9:25–26; Luke 19:37–38)!
The prophet Zechariah wrote in about 500 BC that the Messiah would be betrayed. This was over 500 years before Judas betrayed Jesus (Zechariah 11:12–13; Matthew 26:15, 27:3–10).
Over 700 years before Jesus was put to death on the Cross between two thieves, Isaiah wrote about how the Messiah would die among criminals (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38; Mark 15:27; Luke 23:32–33).
Prophet: A prophet was a special spokesman for God. He spoke, by God’s power, the actual words God gave him to say.