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Why it makes Sense to Trust the Bible : 

Why it makes Sense to Trust the Bible 6. Bible Prophecy of the Nations

Prophecy : 

Prophecy Many try to predict the future. If they could, they would win on their bets and make money on stock market. Everyone would turn to them. But noone can. Consider a few non-Biblical “prophets”...(next slides)

Michel de Nostredame (1503-1566) : 

Michel de Nostredame (1503-1566) Nostradamus was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. Nostradamus has attracted a following that, along with the popular press, credits him with predicting many major world events. Most academic sources maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus's quatrains are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations (sometimes deliberate) or else are so tenuous as to render them useless as evidence of any genuine predictive power. Moreover, none of the sources listed offers any evidence that anyone has ever interpreted any of Nostradamus's quatrains specifically enough to allow a clear identification of any event in advance. (from Wikipedia)

Edgar Cayce (1877 – 1945) : 

Edgar Cayce (1877 – 1945) Edgar Cayce (pronounced keisi) was an American who was believed to be psychic. In 1984, the Cayce foundation supported an effort to carbon date the pyramids of Giza. The average radiocarbon dates were 374 years earlier than expected by the Egyptologists, but nowhere near the 10,500 years B.C. claimed by Cayce. The carbon dates of the Great Pyramid ranged from about 3800–2850 B.C.—about 7,000 years later than Cayce's claim. (From Wikipedia)

The God of the Bible : 

The God of the Bible God makes a bold claim: “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God , and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” Isaiah 46:9-10. No man would make this claim, since it is too easily proved wrong. We can look at the predictions and see if it holds up.

Consider What the Bible says about Three Nations : 

Consider What the Bible says about Three Nations Babylon – the greatest nation of its day Israel – small and vulnerable Egypt – secure for thousands of years

About Babylon (1) : 

About Babylon (1) Before Babylon was at its peak, when it looks unbeatable, God said.. "...The day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty... Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them... And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans` pride, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited... neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there, neither shall shepherds make their flocks to lie down there. But wild beasts of the deserts shall lie there." (Isaiah 13v6, 17, 19-21)

Babylon (2) : 

Babylon (2) When Babylon was at its peak, God also said.. “Behold, I will raise up against Babylon a destroying wind . . . Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed . . . Prepare against (Babylon) the nations, with the kings of the Medes . . . Babylon shall become heaps (ruins), a dwellingplace for jackals, an astonishment and an hissing, without inhabitant . . . The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly overthrown, and her high gates shall be burned with fire . . . O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place to cut it off, that none shall dwell therein, neither man nor beast, but it shall be desolate for ever.” And finally the prophet is commanded to bind a stone to the roll of the prophecy and to throw it into the river Euphrates, declaring, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise again . . . (Jeremiah 51:1,8,28,37,58,62-64).

Babylon (3) : 

Babylon (3) It was destroyed by the Medes and Persians It was never rebuilt, despite attempts by Sadam Hussein. As predicted in the Bible. American troops used the site as a military camp and have been accused of damaging the relics. Babylon remains a wasteland, as the Bible predicted.

Israel : 

Israel God’s favourite, but to be destroyed for its sins. The people were scattered around the globe. Is 44:28 Cyrus – to destroy Jerusalem

Concerning Israel : 

Concerning Israel "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments... the Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known... And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all the nations whither the Lord shall lead thee... The Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even to the other... And among these nations shalt thou find no ease..." (Deuteronomy 28v15, 36-37, 64-65).

This came true many times over during history. : 

This came true many times over during history. Nazi Germany Russian Pogroms Expelled from UK in 1290 by Edward 1st

Israel : 

Israel How could a broken nation survive? They were not a great nation compared to the empires. Dispersed among the globe and persecuted everywhere they went. Why are they still around today? “Do not fear, O Jacob my servant, for I am with you," declares the LORD. "Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished." Jeremiah 46:28

The Formation of the Nation of Israel – happened in the times of your folks : 

The Formation of the Nation of Israel – happened in the times of your folks "For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah... and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it" (Ezekiel 30 v 3) 1948

Israel – in the times of your folks : 

Israel – in the times of your folks "Now therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel... Behold, I will gather them out of all the countries, whither I have driven them, in mine anger... and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: and they shall be my people and I will be their God..." (Ezekiel 32v36-38) "I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them as at the first. And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity..." (33v7)

Concerning Egypt : 

Concerning Egypt "Thus saith the Lord God: at the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the peoples whither they were scattered . . . and will cause them to return to the land of Pathros [in upper Egypt, the original seat of Egyptian power], into the land of their birth; and they shall be there a base kingdom (RSV, a lowly kingdom). It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: and I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations . . . Thus saith the Lord God: I will also destroy the idols and will cause the images to cease out of Noph (Memphis); and there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt..." (Ezekiel 29v13-15; 30v13).

Egypt – the last 2500 years : 

Egypt – the last 2500 years From about 600 BC Egypt fell under the domination of a succession of conquering invaders: first the Babylonians in the 6th century BC; then the Persians, from the 6th to the 4th centuries; then the Greeks in the 4th century; then the Romans from the lst century BC to the 5th century AD. They were followed by the Arabs and the Turks from the 7th century AD onwards. Even the British ruled in Egypt for a period in the 19th century. For 2500 years Egypt has remained, as Ezekiel prophesied it would, "a lowly kingdom", always dominated by others. But Egypt and the Egyptians did not disappear. They still exist, and they have even recovered a measure of independence in recent times, thanks to massive financial support from the U.S.A. and Saudi Arabia

Three Nations – Three Destinies : 

Three Nations – Three Destinies Babylon, that great power in the Middle East, was to lose its empire and its magnificent capital city was to become a site of desolate ruins, shunned by man and beast. And so it came to pass. Egypt, also a great empire, was to remain a recognizable kingdom. The Egyptians were to continue to inhabit their own land. But they would be constantly dominated by other powers, remaining "a lowly kingdom". And so they have been. The fate of Israel was not to be like either of these. Scattered from their own land into other countries, and suffering severe persecutions and constant contempt, they were to return to the very land from which they were scattered, and to establish themselves there once again. The prophecies concerning these nations were uttered about 2500 years ago. Their truth has been demonstrated in history right up to the present day.

World History : 

World History Described in the book of Daniel Daniel dates from the time of Nebuchadnezzar. Documents written in 5th century BCE Egypt (~495 BCE TO ~402 BCE) reveal unique textual and linguistic styles from that era. These documents are called the Elephantine Papyri. By comparing the texts of the Elephantine Papyri to the texts of Daniel, scholars have concluded that the textual style of Daniel places the book within the era of the 5th century BCE. World history was told accurately in advance – even foretelling what is happening today.

The Focus of the 4 Empires is the Land and People of Israel : 

The Focus of the 4 Empires is the Land and People of Israel The land and people of Israel were at the centre of all these empires

Consider the Phoenicians – based at Tyre : 

Consider the Phoenicians – based at Tyre Ezekiel 26:3:“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, O Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves.” At about the time that Ezekiel delivered this prophecy, Babylon had begun a 13-year attack on Tyre's mainland. Later, in about 332 BC, Alexander the Great conquered the island of Tyre and brought an end to the Phoenician Empire

Prophecies of Tyre (continued) : 

Prophecies of Tyre (continued) In Ezekiel 26:12, the Ezekiel says that the cities stones, timber and soil would be thrown into the sea. Alexander the Great built a land bridge from the mainland to the island of Tyre, when he attacked in 333-332 BC. Alexander's forces took rubble from Tyre's mainland and tossed it - stones, timber and soil - into the sea, to build the land bridge (which is still there). In v 21, it said that Tyre would be brought to an end and would never again be found.

The Class of 500BC. Where are they now? : 

The Class of 500BC. Where are they now? Only Israel is left. Why? "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” (Is 43v10)

Prophecies of the Life of Jesus : 

Prophecies of the Life of Jesus There are well over 100 prophecies; about.. Place of birth Place of upbringing Place of crucifixion Rejection by all 70 weeks prophecy Betrayal money

Conclusion : 

Conclusion Bible Prophecies are specific and clear. The Bible got it right for Babylon, Israel and Egypt – and is still getting it right. It got it right for Israel and all its surrounding nations – and is still getting it right. The prophecy of world empires was an amazing long-range forecast of world politics (Nebs Image). Right again – and still right today. The life of Jesus was predicted superbly, covering details that he could not have brought about. What does this all mean? Only a God who has predicted the future and has the ability to make it happen could have got it right. This means that the Bible was written by God, and God is in control of the nations. God says this … (see next slide)

God is in Control : 

God is in Control Daniel 4:17 “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” Daniel 4:34-37 “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: