How Does Prophecy Work
How Does Prophecy Work?
How does prophecy work? Prophecy is defined as a declaration of events yet to pass. Since humans are unable to foresee future events, 100%-fulfilled prophecy would appear to be an acceptable evidence of Divine inspiration. For those that argue that some people have prophetic abilities, the evidence reveals that the best predictors are correct about 30% of the time.
Do any of us think that the gambling industry would exist if people could really tell the future? Biblical prophecy is evidence Jews and Christians hold to validate the Bible's claims of Divine inspiration. Is this authentic evidence or an illegitimate claim to bolster these religions? Let's take a quick look.
The Bible contains over 1,000 prophecies, 668 of which have been fulfilled, with none proven wrong (three are unconfirmed). Of these fulfilled prophecies, over 300 of them predict a future Messiah of the Jewish people, all of which were fulfilled by Jesus Christ about 2,000 years ago.
Why is this so dramatic today? With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the reliability of the Septuagint version of the Old Testament (Jewish Scriptures), both of which have been proven to exist prior to the time Jesus walked the earth, we can be assured that these prophecies were not "conspired" after-the-fact.
How Does Prophecy Work? The Impact
These prophecies are so powerful because of the statistical odds that one man would fulfill every single one of them. If we just analyze a handful of the more specific prophecies in the Old Testament, that were later fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ, we are stunned by the statistical impossibility of such an historical reality. Prophecy is indeed phenomenal evidence that sets the Bible apart from the other "holy books."