___Isaiah was a true prophet of God. The test applied to prophets was that they must be
100% correct in their predictions. True prophets spoke for God. The probability of even a
very small collection of unusual prophecies coming true just by chance is extremely small,
with computations of odds beyond comprehension.1 However, God knows the future, so
with true prophets there is no "chance" involved--it’s for real!
___A large portion of the Bible is prophetic and every single one of the prophecies
fulfilled so far was, of course, 100% accurate (Is 42:9, Ps 119:140). In fact, Jesus fulfilled
over 300 prophecies about Him in His first coming. There are many more prophecies that
have yet to be fulfilled relating to the end times and eternity. We know that God does not
lie and that the whole Bible is completely accurate in the original manuscripts (Heb 6:18).
We also know that if God fulfilled all the previous Bible prophecies accurately, He will
fulfill all the future prophecies accurately, too. There are over 500 prophecies about His
second coming. We can rest assured in the truth of the prophecies predicting how Jesus
will return again, rapture true believers to heaven, save the tribulation saints at the Second
Coming, conquer the people who rejected God, and set up His kingdom on earth.2
___By the way, many people scoff at these prophecies about the end times. Guess what?
Their ridicule also fulfills prophecy--God said people would do that (2 Pet 3:3-4)! Bible
prophecy is truly awe-inspiring and exciting!
[Note: The Bible means "the book." The Protestant Bible consists of 66 books (39 in
the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament). Some religions include another
12-16 books called the Apocrypha. The Bible was written over a period of
approximately 1,500 years by some 40 men in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic
and Greek), on three continents (Asia, Africa, Europe). In spite of these facts, the
Bible has perfect unity, which can only be accounted for in that all its writers wrote
under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:16-17).3]
2 Pet 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke
from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Deu 18:21-22 You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has
not been spoken by the LORD?" If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the
LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not
spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
Additional Reference Verses
Is 42:9 "See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they
spring into being I announce them to you."
Ps 119:140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.
Heb 6:18 . . . it is impossible for God to lie . . .
2 Pet 3:3-4 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come,
scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he
promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of
2 Tim 3:16-17 (KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God
may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
An Extra Lesson: What About False Prophets?
If a prophet spoke something in the Lord's name that did not come from the Lord, or if he
spoke in the name of false gods, he was to die (Deu 18:20). If a prophet predicted
something that came true, but he tried to encourage the people to follow false gods, that
prophet was to be put to death (Deu 13:5).
Deu 18:20 (KJV) But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my
name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name
of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
Deu 13:5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached
rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt and
redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the
LORD your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among
[Resource: For an easy to use an online Bible search program, see
1 Josh McDowell, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Volume I (San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers, Inc.,
1972, 1979) 318-323.
2 Hal Lindsey, The Late Great Planet Earth (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1970) 160-165.
3 McDowell 15-17.
Above all, you must understand that
no prophecy of scripture came about
by the prophet's own interpretation.
2 Pet 1:20
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