What the apostle Peter says in 2 Peter 1:19 is very significant. He says that we have something more sure to the truth of the Bible than them being eye witnesses to the events and that is the PROPHETIC WORD.
2 Peter 1:19 ESV
“And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as a lamp shining in a dark place ………. , knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of scriptures comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but from men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit”.
Note well; there are 300 plus prophecies in the old testament that have come to pass in amazing detail concerning the birth, life, death and resurrection of JESUS.
A number of very significant prophecies are in Isaiah 53, written some 700 years before Christ. A complete manuscript of Isaiah was found with the Dead Sea Scrolls (dated between 100BC – 335BC) which authenticates without doubt these prophecies.
There are about 3,000 prophecies in the OT, most have come to pass in the NT enough to understand why Jesus said in Matthew 5: 17-18
“Do not think I have come to abolish the Law (first five books of the OT) or the Prophets (rest of the OT): I have not come to abolish them but fulfill them”.
THE GREATEST BOOK IN THE WORLD
In the Bible we have a book that defies belief: 66 books penned by 40 very different, divinely guided authors over 1,500 years, to narrate a skilfully designed inspired story of the Creator and His creation from its beginning to prophesied fiery end. It reveals our Creator is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerfull) and omniprescent (present everywhere at the same time). He knew the outcome of His Story before the beginning.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega”, says the Lord God, who is, who was and is to come, the Almighty.”
It relates the greatest drama of all time and the world should recognize its hero as He divided history into BC and AD.
It tells the miracle of our origins and the mystery of our destiny.
It has survived all attempts to destroy it and many people have sacrificed their life to defend it. It tells us of unseen realms and beings, of a cosmic battle that is going on, of which we are the major players.
It talks of the timeless past and an eternal future.
It tells us of time travellers – Elijah departed this planet in 900BC, returned at the time of Christ on Mt Transfiguration and is scheduled to return again in the near future.
It reveals that there are other than our visible space dimensions – King Belshazzar sees “a human hand writing on the palace wall”.
It tells of a time past when the world/universe was perfect, no death, animals ate grass fruit and herbs.
Man was made in the image of His Creator to be friends with God and to rule over the earth but also to OBEY and TRUST GOD.
Enter God’s adversary Satan (also created by God), deception and rebellion follow causing God’s promised judgment – The Fall.
Adam and Eve are banished from Eden and it appears they lost the ability to operate in another dimension where they could walk and commune with God.
Death, pain and suffering are now part of life but at least the first 10 generations from Adam all lived 900 years or more, giving us a glimpse of what was meant to be.
The Cosmic Battle heats up with the appearance of Nephilim (hybrid angel/man) to thwart God’s Plan of Redemption. Corruption and evil are rampant.
God sends a world wide catastrophic flood but with Noah’s Ark God provided a way out for one family along with the animals (fossil fuels and remains of dead things buried in rocks all over the world is ample evidence for Noah’s Flood but for the majority, evolution and billions of years is a preferred option rather than face the fact our Creator judged and destroyed all mankind other than Noah and his family).
Just two generations on and mankind again rebels against God, building the Tower of Babel. God confuses their languages (at least 12 new languages at that time), scatters the people and the nations are formed. (Anthropologists have no explanation for the origin of languages and therefore the nations).
God next creates a nation with whom He makes an eternal covenant. This nation will be His witness to the other nations of the world – enter Abraham and the nation of Israel. He will bless it as long as they keep His commandments and follow Him. They learn from the Sacrificial Sysytem that God set up, that forgiveness of sin can only be achieved through the shedding of blood. Sadly they don’t obey God and we know their chequered history including the Dispersion, the Holocaust but also their New Beginnings. God has not finished with Israel. It is amazing how this little nation is still at the centre of world events. Satan is still doing his best to wipe them off the face of the earth.
The rest of the BC part of His Story is of God’s dealing with the nation of Israel, its Judges, Kings and Prophets. We are introduced to many wonderful, memorable characters and their amazing stories.
Wonderfully woven throughout the story are many prophecies of a coming Messiah (Saviour, Liberator, King).
Finally our HERO emerges as predicted – JESUS, the MESSIAH – IMMANUEL (GOD with US).
In the NT, His followers (disciples) tell of His birth, life, death and RESURRECTION.
All that He taught is documented so everyone can be told the GOOD NEWS that leads to Eternal Life. God himself, JESUS, shed His blood to offer forgiveness of sins to all who would acknowledge Him as Lord and repent of their sin (rebellion against God and His ways).
By His death, Jesus provides the way back into a relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). We are born again in the Spirit.
The foundations of our Lord’s church are established and its amazing growth but also its struggles are documented.
Jesus sits on the throne in heaven alongside the Father and has been given all authority over heaven and earth.
He will return to the earth in the not too distant future as King of Kings, Lord of Lords and we know that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord whether they want to or not.
We will all face judgment before the Great White Throne of God where our eternal destiny is determined. For all those who repented of their evil ways when on earth, and accepted JESUS as their Lord and Saviour there will be a new heaven and a new earth – paradise with no pain, death or suffering. What a great ending but not for everybody.
- It is no wonder this book is the best selling book in the world.
- It is a literary masterpiece: it tells the greatest drama, the greatest evils, the greatest good, the greatest mysteries and even the greatest romances.
- It has influenced cultures and nations for good like no other. It contains the words of LIFE – God breathed.
- It reveals the true HISTORY of the Universe. It tells us who we are and how much our Creator loves us. It tells us what went wrong and the extent God went, to put it right.
- It reveals our purpose and gives our lives meaning.
Above all it reveals the awesome nature and character of our GOD.