God Wrote Scripture; Lyell and Darwin Made up Stories: There is a Difference
If Scripture Predicted the Entire Future History of Israel in Advance, How Could it Fail to Record Past History Accurately?
Which is easier, to predict the future or record the past? Most of us would say its easier to write history. Anyone can gather a few books, old newspapers or research on the internet and then write a fairly accurate history of the Viet Nam War or Desert Storm, or the Stock Market Crash and Depression in the 1930’s. Or if we have enough time, we can write a history of an entire nation, like Britain or France, and do it with some confidence of accuracy on the main points. And besides, if we are wrong or disagree on some issues where history isn’t clear, it’s impossible to go back and prove us wrong.
In predicting the future however, it’s all to clear when what we predict doesn’t come to pass. Predicting the future is a much more difficult task and one that quickly falls into the realm of impossibility for long range events. Nations come and go. Entire peoples have disappeared off the map, their languages forgotten and their cities buried in dust. The Hittite people, talked about in the bible were a powerful people in the ancient Middle-East, but disappeared with so little trace that the secular historians said thay never existed. However due to the persistent digging of the anthropologists, they were re-discovered and the Scriptures were vindicated. Like so many other once dominate nations, they met with sudden disaster, or just slowly faded away into oblivion.
Rome and Greece came and went, Egypt’s glory faded along with mighty Babylon, Persia and so many other smaller nations. One nation, though, has persisted with remarkable tenacity, that of the Israeli or Jewish people. They have survived even after being cast out of the land two times, the last time for almost two thousand years of exile. During this time of exile and wandering the Jewish people were persecuted to the point of becoming a byword for reproach and oppression. Yet despite this, and though they are one of the most ancient of the nations, having coexisted with ancient Egypt and Babylon, this nation has survived and even thrived, with language and religious identity intact.
The Jewish People. the people of the Book, Gods chosen people. Remember Him? The God of the Bible, who along with giving us a history of the ancient world from Adam and Eve to the coming of the Messiah, also gave us prophecies of the future of the jewish people up to the end of time. There are a staggering number of prophecies over the Jewish Nation and the Messiah, but we’ll just look at a few major ones in brief.
1)They would become a great nation and the world would be blessed by them.
In Genesis 12: 1-3, God tells Abram that He would make him a great nation and would bless him. He also said, “I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
That God has blessed all the nations through the Jewish is probably referring foremost to the coming Messiah and Scriptures , however it shouldn’t be lost on anyone that more Nobel prizes for medicine have been awarded to Jews than to all other ethnic groups combined. And that is only a small part of the contribution they have made to mankind in general. As far as the cursing goes, have you met any Moabites or Philistines, or Edomites or Ammonites etc. etc? No. All these nations were among those that cursed Israel and they have all gone to the graveyard of the nations. So in this prophecy alone there are actually at least 3 or 4 fulfilled prophecies, and they were all made before Abram had even had a son.
2) They would be scattered into all the nations of the world and be persecuted, but be preserved and regathered in time.
Deuteronomy 28:64-67, “Then the LORD will scatter you among all people’s, from one end of the earth to the other…and among those people you will have no rest…your life shall hang in doubt before you…and in the morning you will say, ‘Oh, that it was night, and in the evening you will say, ‘Oh, that it were morning, because of the fear that terrifies your heart.”
And, Deuteronomy 30:1-3, “Now it shall come to pass when all these things come upon you…the LORD your God will…gather you again from all the nations where the LORD your god has scattered you.
This happened once in 586 BC and they were regathered in 536-7 after 70 years, and again they were scattered after Titus destroyed the temple in 70 AD. In 1948, just a few short years after the horrors of the Holocaust, 1900 years after the Roman destruction and despite tremendous opposition, a new Jewish Nation was formed in thier homeland and millions of Jews from all parts of the earth have returned there. These particular prophecies were made before they had even entered into their land for the first time.
3) The Jewish people will never cease to exist or cease from being a people. God will make an everlasting covenant with them to plant them in their land and prosper them there.
Jeremiah 31: 35-37, “Thus say the LORD, that gives the sun for light by day and the ordinances of the moon and stars for a light by night…if those ordinances depart from before me, says the LORD, then shall the seed of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.
If Heaven can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out, then I will also cast out Israel for all they have done.”
Jeremiah 32: 37-41
“Behold I will gather them out of all the countries where I have driven them in my great anger…and I will bring them back to this place and cause them to dwell safely. They shall be my people and I shall be their God and I will give them one heart that they may fear me forever…and I will make an everlasting covenant with them and not turn away from doing them good but will put my fear in their hearts so they will not depart from me.., I will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and all my soul.”
That’s what He said, and the idea is repeated but I think this is sufficient.
4) A religious leader would arise from the Jews whom the Gentiles of the world would turn to.
Genesis 49:10, ” The scepter shall not depart from Judah…until Shilo comes, and unto him shall be the obedience of the people’s.”
Isaiah 11:10, “‘And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse who shall stand as a banner to the people, to Him shall the Gentiles seek…”
Speaking of the Messiah’s ministry in Galilee and beyond it said in Isaiah 9: 1,3, “…by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the gentiles, the people who walked in darkness saw a great light, those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.”
Certainly it cannot be denied that millions of people and generations of rank pagans have turned to the light of the Scriptures through the message of a lowly Jewish carpenter named Jesus. Born in a small village called Bethlehem and raised in an equally small nondescript town called Nazareth, he was crucified after a very short life of 33 years. And yet from China to Russia to Europe and Africa and the Americas and elsewhere His name is known and revered. Even the Koran honors him. And say what you like about him, He was Jewish.
There are so many other prophecies about the Messiah and over the Jewish people as well as dozens over towns like Tyre and Babylon and various nations, almost all fulfilled centuries after the scriptures were written. One of the oft-repeated prophecies in the minor prophets is that in the “last days” a coalition of nations of the world would unite and come against Israel in order to annihilate her. This hasn’t happened yet, but certainly is not hard to conceive of, the media’s handling of Israel in the press is atrocious, and secular college campuses often espouse the new antisemitism, being very biased and negative towards the only Jewish, or non-islamic nation in the middle east.
The point is, however, that the ability to predict the future of one nation, thousands of years in advance, is utterly impossible without supernatural aid. Obviously the bible had that and has proven itself quite reliable in predicting the future. How is it then that even Christians become so confused and distressed over stories of monkeymen or rock layers that, according to one very anti christian lawyer (admitted by modern geologists to be a snake oil salesmen), took millions of years to form? Fossils only form under catastrophic conditions and the monkey men stories never pan out and keep changing every year.
Do we really need to force the Scripture to its knees in obedience to the fairy tales of men, no matter how pressing or “scientific” they claim to be? They are mere men, and comparing their stories from even 60’s textbooks to todays, it’s a wonder how their histories change as more discoveries wreak havoc on past claims. If God can tell the future with complete accuracy, I think He is quite capable of recording past events accurately as well. Let’s not let Darwin or Lyell dictate how we understand the Scripture, but instead let’s judge their stories by the Bible. Is it really that tough of a call?
We needn’t be worried about stories of trees laying on the ground for millions of years with out rotting, (a woodcutters dream) or monkey-men.
Have a great day