Is The God of The Bible The True Creator of the Universe? The Truth Will Shock You!


In my last article, “Does God Exist? Did Science Just Discovered God?” I promised to provide reasons as to why I strongly believe that the God of the Bible is the Creator of the universe. If you had read my last article you would have known that the Creator God of the universe must be immaterial, timeless, spaceless, omnipotent and personal in order to create the universe which we observe. So, why do I believe that my God is the true God and not Shiva, Allah or Ahura Mazda? First of all, I must stress that any deity can claim to be the Creator God! In the various holy texts around the world – any one of these deities can say, “I am the Supreme Lord” or “I am the Lord of all the Worlds,” but are these claims true? The one and only way that we will know for sure is if they demonstrate those five characteristics of the true Creator God and many of them do within these texts, however, all the other deities seem to fail miserably in the area of demonstrating the attribute of timelessness. Interestingly enough, the God of the Bible actually tells us that He will prove that He is the true God by revealing events that will happen in the future before they do – this is called prophecy:

Isaiah 46:9, 10
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 the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Isaiah 42:8, 9
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Isaiah 44:7, 8
And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.
Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

And this makes perfect sense, if this God is the true God, then wouldn’t it be logical that He would try to soothe our skepticism by demonstrating that He is indeed the true God via some sort of verification system? This is the system which verifies the true God – fulfilled Bible prophecy – proof beyond reasonable doubt. And this does not only prove that He is indeed God but it also proves His existence. Apart from the fact that God seems to endorse this verification method Himself, I agree that this is indeed the greatest and most logical proof to determine who is the true Creator God and whether or not the God of the Bible is this God, because it naturally weeds out any possible impostors – human or otherwise – because unlike the timeless Creator God, those beings are all bound by time and can never prophesy unless inspired by Him. I will share five fulfilled prophecies here in this article and I will share some more in future articles as God wills. Please read all of these proofs, because even these five prophecies are like ‘umbrella prophecies,’ as they contain several other smaller prophecies embedded within them. In any case, I am very confident that you will learn many new things which you had never known was in the Bible!:


1) Daniel Prophecies on the Empires of the Earth
A) The Babylonian Empire
B) The Medo-Persian Empire or the Achaemenid Empire
C) The Greek Empire
D) The Roman Empire: Past And Future
2) The Cyrus Prophecy and the Downfall of the Babylonian Empire
3) The Destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and Expulsion of the Jews From Israel
4) The Return of the Jews to Israel
5) The Division of the Land of Israel
Closing Thoughts


 


1) Daniel Prophecies on the Empires of the Earth

The prophet Daniel documents the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, who dreamed of a great image in Daniel chapter 2. Nebuchadnezzar had claimed that he had forgotten his own dream (Daniel 2:5), some Bible scholars believe that he never did, but rather presented this as a test for his servants. However, this test or hurdle never stopped Daniel from relaying the dream to him through the spirit of God:

Daniel 2:1, 2, 5, 25, 31-34
And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

Nebuchadnezzar Image

Daniel filled with wisdom and discernment proceeded to then interpret the dream as follows:

Daniel 2:36-42, 47
This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.

I will just recap this dream with you, the dream featured an image which had a golden head which is identified by Daniel as the Babylonian empire, silver chest and arms representing a second world empire, belly and thighs of brass representing a third world empire, legs of iron for the fourth world empire and iron feet mingled with clay representing a revival of the fourth kingdom in another form. After explaining the dream to Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel had a dream himself in Daniel chapter 7, but this time instead of seeing an image with various metals (like the king), Daniel saw these same four world empires in the form of four beasts which also represent four kings or four kingdoms:

Daniel 7:2, 3, 17
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

This prophecy is shrouded with many symbols: the “four winds” in Daniel 7:2 represent wars, chaos and strife upon the entire Earth as Jeremiah 49:36, 37 and Jeremiah 4:13 below suggests, while the sea is a common symbol used to represent peoples and nations as Revelation 17:15 indicates. I will now proceed to analyze these four beasts and reveal the identities of these empires with biblical and extra-biblical proofs in four separate points starting with the first beast. But as you read through these Daniel prophecies please keep in mind that the Book of Daniel was written between 605 and 536 B.C.

Jeremiah 49:36, 37
And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them:

Jeremiah 4:13
Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

Revelation 17:15
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

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A) The Babylonian Empire

Babylon-head of gold-lion with eagle wings

Daniel 7:4
The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

Daniel 2:32, 37, 38
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou (Nebuchadnezzar) art this head of gold.

This lion with the wings of an eagle, is Babylon – this mirrors Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great image which had the head of gold conveniently interpreted by Daniel to be Babylon (Daniel 2:38). Just as Nebuchadnezzar is described as a “king of kings” in Daniel 2:37, the lion is considered as the king of all beasts. Daniel chapter 2 contained a vision through the eyes of a man which saw these empires as glorious and great, while Daniel chapter 7 is a vision through the eyes of the holy God, who simply sees them as wild beasts. It must be noted that this beast becoming like a man reveals that it had lost its secular or godless nature which is confirmed in the person of Nebuchadnezzar who later seems to have became a servant of God in Daniel chapter 4 (Ezekiel 36:26). But prior to his possible conversion in chapter 4, Nebuchadnezzar, in Daniel 3:1 was so filled with pride that he fashioned the very same image of his dream in Daniel 2 but completely with solid gold. He was humbled by God in Daniel 4:33, after the events of Daniel 3:1, and became insane and behaved beast-like, an episode which was possibly hinted to in the description of this first beast of Daniel 7:4, which had it wings plucked and had the feet and heart of a man. In addition to all of this, other prophets in the Bible has pointed to this first beast as Babylon with the same lion and eagle imagery. Another scripture, 2 Samuel 1:23, goes as far as to liken Saul, a king of Israel, and his son Jonathan to lions and eagles:

Lamassu

Jeremiah 50:17, 44
Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.
Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?

Jeremiah 4:7
The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.

2 Samuel 1:23
Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

Babylon can trace its history all the way back to 2334 B.C. under the leadership of Sargon of Akkad also known as Sargon the Great who is agreed by historians to have been a Semite and descendant of Ishmael (Chavalas, 2006; Kramer, 1963). However, it was only under Nebuchadnezzar II (the very same Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel) in 605 B.C. that Babylon seized the title of world empire after the Battle of Carchemish (Wiseman, 1956; Horn, 1967). As you may have recognized by these dates, Babylon had a very lengthy existence even prior to Nebuchadnezzar II and hence can be agreed to be as long-lasting and precious as gold.

The prevalence of winged lions adorned on the Ishtar Gate in Babylon city seems to confirm the view that the first beast is indeed Babylon. Likewise, the protective spirits called “Lamassu” (part man, part lion and part eagle) in Babylonian society, have been uncovered by Archaeology, were depicted as statues and carvings upon the walls of the Babylonian city and certainly lends credence to this interpretation. Some of the depictions of the Lamassu even occur as part man, part eagle and part ox instead of part lion, which seems to perfectly shadow the fact that Nebuchadnezzar ate grass and even described himself as an ox due to his insanity (see Daniel 4:32). It is possible that these specific renditions of the Lamassu may have originated from this same king but that is just my personal speculation. All of these small details collectively confirm that this first beast is indeed the Babylonian empire. On a side note, Jeremiah the prophet in Jeremiah 25:11-12, prophesied between 627 and 585 B.C. that the Babylonian captivity would last for 70 years. Seventy (70) years is actually the biblical lifespan for human beings (see Psalms 90:10)! This detail from Jeremiah, only confirms the human-like attributes which this first beast displays. Did Jeremiah’s prophesy of the 70 year captivity come to pass? Yes. It was in 609 B.C. during the Battle of Megiddo that the Babylonians defeated the last Assyrian king, Ashur-uballit II, which crippled the Assyrian empire and thus paved its way to become a powerful empire in the region later in 605 B.C. The Babylonians were then conquered in 539 B.C., hence the prophesied 70 years lifespan for the captivity of the Jews were fulfilled.

winged lions of the ishtar gate

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B) The Medo-Persian Empire or The Achaemenid Empire

Medo-Persia-chest and arms of silver-bear with 3 ribs

Daniel 7:5
And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

Daniel 2:32, 39
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

This beast is indeed reflecting the Medo-Persian empire also known as the Achaemenid Empire, not only because this empire was the historical one which eventually eclipsed the Babylonian empire, but by the very specific symbols given to it in this prophecy. This same beast is connected to the chest and arms of silver in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (make a mental note of those two arms)! The arms represent the alliance between the Medes and the Persians – united by the chest, which is Cyrus the Great, who was discussed in my first point in this article. It might surprise you to learn that Cyrus the Great was actually half Median and half Persian! Because his mother Mandane was a Median, while his father Cambyses I was Persian (Church, 2009). On a side note, the ribs within the bear’s mouth also seems to allude to the ‘chest’ of silver which houses the rib cage.

The Medo-Persian empire began after Cyrus the Great’s conquest of Babylon, however, this empire ended around 331 B.C. This second beast was like a bear, a symbol possibly hinting to its resilience and strength – as this world empire lived on much longer than the reign of the Babylonian empire. Furthermore, this beast was seen by Daniel as being lifted on one side, possibly hinting to the initial inequality found in the Medo-Persian empire. You are probably asking yourself the question: “What inequality I am referring to?” Well, the Median empire was more dominant and actually predated the Persian empire, it took Cyrus the Great, under the banner of the Persian empire, to finally conquer the Median empire and forge an alliance between the two (Stokes, 2009) – hence the inequality. One of the most interesting aspects of this prophecy is the detail about the three ribs. Ribs are commonly used in the Bible as a symbol of nations, for instance, Eve was created from Adam’s rib and became the mother of all nations and consider the twelve pairs of ribs in the human body like the 12 tribes of Israel and 12 tribes of Ishmael. So these three ribs are actually three great nations, which fell to this united empire: Lydia in 546 B.C., Babylon in 539 B.C., and Egypt in 525 B.C (Rawlinson, 1997; Littlebury, 1737). This ‘bear’ was then told to “Arise, devour much flesh,” and this is precisely what the Medo-Persian empire did, it spread as far as Greece and along the Indus Valley near Pakistan.

Medo-Persian Empire

Believe it or not this point does not end there with the ‘bear.’ Daniel was given another prophetic vision which is found within Daniel chapter 8 which confirms that the second empire to replace Babylon was in fact Medo-Persia:

Daniel 8:3, 4, 16, 20
Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.

Have you recognized the same symbols used in the description of the ‘bear’ elaborated here? We see the mention of a river in this vision which, in my opinion, echoes the method by which Cyrus the Great defeated the Babylonians (by diverting a river course to enter the city, discussed more in point 2). We see the ram with two horns, this clearly points to the Median and Persian alliance. We even see that one horn was higher than the other – please remember the ‘bear’ lifted up on one side – with the higher horn being the Persian empire led by Cyrus the Great which rose to power after the Median empire. We even see the directions which the empire would spread into in order to “devour much flesh” so that no “beasts might stand before him” to the west (Lydia, Ionia, Thrace, and Macedonia), to the north (the Caspians of the Caucasus Range, the Scythians east of the Caspian Sea and the Oxus Valley to the Aral Sea), and to the south (Babylon along with Egypt). According to the historian, Ammianus Marcellinus in chapter 1 of “The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus Book XIX,” the Persians considered the ram, with sharp and pointed horns, to be their guardian spirit and was adorned on the head of the Persian king who “led his whole army, wearing instead of a crown a golden figure of a ram’s head inlaid with jewels” (Marcellinus, 2009). I am reminded of the 2006 movie “300” where Xerxes, the Persian king, arose from a golden throne with two golden rams with sharp points “guarding” him on either side. But I digress, one cannot ignore the fact that the angel Gabriel actually appeared to Daniel and openly said that the ram was Medo-Persia in Daniel 8:20, so this ram is indeed the Medo-Persian or Achaemenid empire. Due to the fact that the ram features many of the symbols of the ‘bear,’ we can safely conclude that both the second beast of Daniel chapter 7 and the chest and arms of silver of Daniel chapter 2 were indeed prophesying the rise of the Medo-Persian empire.

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C) The Greek Empire

Greece-belly and thigh of brass - 4 headed leopard with 4 wings

Daniel 7:6
After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

Daniel 2:32, 37
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

The leopard is perhaps the best animal to summarize Alexander the Great’s rise to power – fast and furious. The wings on this beast seems to further emphasize the speed of this empire’s expansion which occurred over the span of only 10 years (Roisman and Worthington, 2010; Morkot, 1997)! The leopard motif seems to additionally emphasize a stealthy nature, which employs agility and guile both of which were fully manifested in Alexander’s strategies, because he actually never lost a single battle despite being outnumbered on many occasions (Roisman and Worthington, 2010). Wings and leopards are often used as symbols for rapid invasions in the Bible:

Habbakuk 1:8
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

Jeremiah 5:6
Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

Hosea 13:7
Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:

Alexander the Great founded the empire in 331 B.C. after defeating Darius III, who was the final ruler of the Medo-Persian empire (Stoneman, 2004). Alexander the Great is often quoted by historians as weeping at the fact that he had no more lands to conquer, thus fulfilling Daniel 2:37 where he was prophesied to “rule over all the earth.” Please keep in mind that each beast in a sense “devours” its predecessor and grows larger and larger. But, why does this third beast has four heads and 4 wings? Well, Alexander the Great had four generals: Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleucus, and Ptolemy who spitted the empire in four parts, after Alexander’s untimely death at the age of 33, Greece, Turkey, Asia and Egypt respectively. This third beast is tied to the belly and thighs of brass seen in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great image. Why? We all must make a mental note of how Alexander the Great died, it is often said that he died due to heavy drinking, while other historians suggest that he may have been poisoned – in any case all of the main theories are squarely focused on Alexander the Great’s stomach. As such, I find it remarkable that the prophecy of Daniel 2 focuses on that very relevant area – the belly and thighs of brass.

Greek Empire divided in four parts

 

Daniel had another vision in Daniel chapter 8 which seems to shed more light into the identification of this ‘four-headed winged leopard’ and it even goes as far as to identify two famous historical leaders of that empire. It starts with Daniel’s vision of a fight between a ‘ram’ and a ‘goat’ (the ram has already been identified in point 1B):

Daniel 8:2, 5-8, 16, 21, 22
And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.
And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.

And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.

Medo-Persia defeated by Greece by Alexander the Great

This ‘goat’ seems to indeed be the Greek empire for many reasons. Why? Daniel saw the vision near the Ulai river, which is in Iran (Persia), and this ‘goat’ is described as coming “from the west” this is geographically implying Greece. Furthermore, we see that the ‘goat’ is moving so fast that it “touched not the ground,” this detail eerily reflects the fast nature of the four-headed winged leopard in Daniel chapter 7 and confirms that this beast is in fact the Greek empire. This ‘goat’ has a single “notable horn” or great horn between its eyes. Who do you think this horn is? You guessed it! It is Alexander the Great. But how can we be sure? Well, the passage says that “the great horn was broken” and “four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven” – these four horns clearly mirror the four generals of Alexander the Great, who replaced him when he died. So, we can have confidence that this beast is Greece. But of course, if you had read the passage you would see that, we are directly told by Gabriel that this empire is Grecia, the biblical name for Greece – thus we are 100% sure this is Greece.

Still not convinced that the Bible prophesied about Alexander the Great? Well, I have a final interesting Bible passage to show you which also clearly prophesies Alexander the Great – even hinting about his untimely death, the fact that he had no successor and his kingdom being divided among his four generals. You can also follow this link here to read extra-biblical passages in the Talmud, Jewish traditions and historical accounts, which claim to document accounts of Alexander the Great:

Daniel 11:2-4
And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.

On a side note, Daniel chapter 11 goes even further to describe another historical figure, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the son of Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid empire. He was like a ‘little horn’ emerging out of one of the four horns of the ‘goat’:

Daniel 8:9-12
And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

These prophecies were indeed fulfilled to the letter! Antiochus IV Epiphanes historically invaded the south – Egypt – which was ruled by Ptolemy VI and invaded all of Egypt but the city of Alexandria during the infamous Sixth Syrian War (170–168 B.C.), he invaded the east – Persia – which was invaded by Mithridates I of Parthia and finally he invaded Israel, “the pleasant land” as Daniel (the exiled Jew) describes it, during the Maccabean Revolt (167 to 160 B.C.). Antiochus Epiphanes sacked Jerusalem and set up an altar to Zeus in the Temple, ceased the sacrifices unto God, desecrated the sanctuary by sacrificing swine and violated the Mosaic laws. Antiochus Epiphanes slaughtered the “host of heaven,” a symbolic term used to describe Israel in Genesis 22:17, where God describes Abraham’s seed as “the stars of heaven” and Joseph’s dream of his brothers as stars bowing down to him (Genesis 37:9, 10). The Bible prophesied Antiochus’ pride and that “he magnified himself,” historically, he had named himself “Epiphanes” which basically means “God Manifest” and he was the very first Seleucid king to do this openly. These atrocities to the Jewish people was such a pivotal event in Jewish history that its memory has been preserved in the celebration of Hanukkah, which celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple after that whole sordid affair with Antiochus Epiphanes. I must let you know that Antiochus Epiphanes is a very interesting character because in many ways he prophetically foreshadows the biblical Antichrist of the Book of Revelation and Daniel chapter 11 who will arrive in the future.

I will wrap up this point with an absolutely fascinating account by Josephus in the The Antiquities of the Jews Book 11 (Chapter 8, Section 3-5), where Alexander the Great actually learned about the prophecy of Daniel chapters 7, 8 and 11 concerning himself! Both the Jewish high priest at the time, Jaddua, and even Alexander the Great in this account claimed to have had dreams of each other several days before hand and without ever seeing each other before:

“About this time it was that Darius heard how Alexander had passed over the Hellespont, and had beaten his lieutenants in the battle at Granicum, and was proceeding further; whereupon he gathered together an army of horse and foot, and determined that he would meet the Macedonians before they should assault and conquer all Asia…But the event proved otherwise than they expected; for the king joined battle with the Macedonians, and was beaten, and lost a great part of his army. His mother also, and his wife and children, were taken captives, and he fled into Persia. So Alexander came into Syria, and took Damascus; and when he had obtained Sidon, he besieged Tyre, when he sent all epistle to the Jewish high priest, to send him some auxiliaries, and to supply his army with provisions; and that what presents he formerly sent to Darius, he would now send to him, and choose the friendship of the Macedonians, and that he should never repent of so doing. But the high priest answered the messengers, that he had given his oath to Darius not to bear arms against him; and he said that he would not transgress this while Darius was in the land of the living. Upon hearing this answer, Alexander was very angry; and though he determined not to leave Tyre, which was just ready to be taken, yet as soon as he had taken it, he threatened that he would make an expedition against the Jewish high priest, and through him teach all men to whom they must keep their oaths. So when he had, with a good deal of pains during the siege, taken Tyre, and had settled its affairs, he came to the city of Gaza, and besieged both the city and him that was governor of the garrison, whose name was Babemeses.”

“…Now Alexander, when he had taken Gaza, made haste to go up to Jerusalem; and Jaddua the high priest, when he heard that, was in an agony, and under terror, as not knowing how he should meet the Macedonians, since the king was displeased at his foregoing disobedience. He therefore ordained that the people should make supplications, and should join with him in offering sacrifice to God, whom he besought to protect that nation, and to deliver them from the perils that were coming upon them; whereupon God warned him in a dream, which came upon him after he had offered sacrifice, that he should take courage, and adorn the city, and open the gates; that the rest should appear in white garments, but that he and the priests should meet the king in the habits proper to their order, without the dread of any ill consequences, which the providence of God would prevent. Upon which, when he rose from his sleep, he greatly rejoiced, and declared to all the warning he had received from God. According to which dream he acted entirely, and so waited for the coming of the king.”

Alexander the Great meets Jaddua near Jerusalem

“And when he understood that he was not far from the city, he went out in procession, with the priests and the multitude of the citizens. The procession was venerable, and the manner of it different from that of other nations. It reached to a place called Sapha, which name, translated into Greek, signifies a prospect, for you have thence a prospect both of Jerusalem and of the temple. And when the Phoenicians and the Chaldeans that followed him thought they should have liberty to plunder the city, and torment the high priest to death, which the king’s displeasure fairly promised them, the very reverse of it happened; for Alexander, when he saw the multitude at a distance, in white garments, while the priests stood clothed with fine linen, and the high priest in purple and scarlet clothing, with his mitre on his head, having the golden plate whereon the name of God was engraved, he approached by himself, and adored that name, and first saluted the high priest. The Jews also did all together, with one voice, salute Alexander, and encompass him about; whereupon the kings of Syria and the rest were surprised at what Alexander had done, and supposed him disordered in his mind. However, Parmenio alone went up to him, and asked him how it came to pass that, when all others adored him, he should adore the high priest of the Jews? To whom he replied, ‘I did not adore him, but that God who hath honored him with his high priesthood; for I saw this very person in a dream, in this very habit, when I was at Dios in Macedonia, who, when I was considering with myself how I might obtain the dominion of Asia, exhorted me to make no delay, but boldly to pass over the sea thither, for that he would conduct my army, and would give me the dominion over the Persians; whence it is that, having seen no other in that habit, and now seeing this person in it, and remembering that vision, and the exhortation which I had in my dream, I believe that I bring this army under the Divine conduct, and shall therewith conquer Darius, and destroy the power of the Persians, and that all things will succeed according to what is in my own mind.’ And when he had said this to Parmenio, and had given the high priest his right hand, the priests ran along by him, and he came into the city. And when he went up into the temple, he offered sacrifice to God, according to the high priest’s direction, and magnificently treated both the high priest and the priests. And when the Book of Daniel was showed him wherein Daniel declared that one of the Greeks should destroy the empire of the Persians, he supposed that himself was the person intended. And as he was then glad, he dismissed the multitude for the present; but the next day he called them to him, and bid them ask what favors they pleased of him; whereupon the high priest desired that they might enjoy the laws of their forefathers, and might pay no tribute on the seventh year. He granted all they desired. And when they entreated him that he would permit the Jews in Babylon and Media to enjoy their own laws also, he willingly promised to do hereafter what they desired. And when he said to the multitude, that if any of them would enlist themselves in his army, on this condition, that they should continue under the laws of their forefathers, and live according to them, he was willing to take them with him, many were ready to accompany him in his wars.”

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D) The Roman Empire: Past And Future

Rome-legs and feet of iron and feet mixed with clay - terrible beast

Daniel 7:7, 8, 19-21, 23, 24
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

Daniel 2:33, 34, 40-42, 44
His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

This fourth “dreadful and terrible” beast seems to parallel the iron legs and the iron in the feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and this connection is very visible in this beast’s description with “great iron teeth” in Daniel 7:7 and “teeth were of iron” in Daniel 7:19. The fact that this beast has ten horns and the image had ten toes confirms that they are both describing the very same empire.

Furthermore, this final beast in Daniel 7, seems to be an amalgam or fusion of all the other beast before it. Why? Because it is ravenous as it “devoured” just as the second beast (the bear) which came before it (Daniel 7:7), it had nails of brass which points to the belly and thighs of brass of Nebuchadnezzar’s image which belonged to Greece, the third beast (the leopard), and this beast has a horn which bears human characteristics much like the first beast which had the feet and heart of a man. Perhaps the most telling detail, is that this beast has one horn which subdues three other horns or kings which is eerily similar to that of the second beast, the bear, which has three ribs in its mouth or had subdued three kings. The strongest proof in my opinion, that this final beast is an amalgam is the use of the word “diverse,” this account is written in the Aramaic language and the Aramaic word used here is transliterated as “shĕna'” according to Strong’s Concordance H8133. This word “shĕna'” primarily means “to be changed” or “to be altered,” as such, this beast was not “different” or “unique” but rather it was “changed.” This particular Aramaic word is the very same word used to describe how Nebuchadnezzar’s heart changed from a man into a beast, when he became insane in Daniel 4:16 for seven years. Now, the million dollar question is: “This beast changed from what?” Logically, it would seem that the three beasts “changed” into this final beast or were somehow assimilated into this fourth beast – this seems to be the only reasonable explanation for this vocabulary which Daniel used in this prophecy as the word implies that something which already existed had deteriorated or altered into another form. So, yes the argument that this final beast is some freaky chimera of the three beasts seems very likely. Many Bible scholars are entirely convinced that this seems to indeed be the case as John, a disciple of Jesus Christ, wrote about a beast in Revelation 13:1, 2 which seems to be this very same beast!:

Revelation 13:1, 2
And I (John) stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Revelation 12:3, 9
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Unlike Daniel, who openly told us that he only gave the main facts or “sum of the matters” in Daniel 7:1, John elaborated more on the appearance of this beast and confirms that it has the attributes of the previous beasts but listed in reverse order, “like unto a leopard,” “the feet of a bear” and “the mouth of a lion” as Revelation 13:2 says. So John is connecting this beast to the fourth beast that Daniel saw. Also just as Jesus, the Son of God, inherited the likeness of His Father God, in like manner, this beast (Antichrist system or fourth beast) inherits the likeness of Satan with the seven heads, ten crowns and those “dreadful and terrible” dragon-like attributes as Revelation 12:3, 9 suggests.

The Roman empire rose to power in 168 B.C. after the Battle of Pydna (Davis, 1999). This empire was never “devoured” unlike its predecessors but rather its western “leg” broke up in 476 B.C. However, the eastern “leg,” called the Byzantine Empire, which later became the Ottoman empire, lived on even into the 20th century. But the question is this: why is this beast Rome? It seems to strongly describe the Roman empire because it is described as incredibly powerful – no other historical empire seems to even remotely qualify. On a side note, Rome (the western foot) and birthplace of the Holy Roman Empire and even Saudi Arabia (the eastern foot) and birthplace of Islam both geographically resembles feet! Coincidence? Oh no, I don’t think so. The Bible suggests that the fourth beast will never be conquered but rather will be revived – as the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream suggests – feet of iron mixed with clay.

I am convinced that the iron specifically refers to Western Rome or Europe, but the clay may actually be referring to the Arabs of the Middle East. Why? Because the four metals of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream represents Gentile (non-Jewish) nations while for some odd reason, the feet is mixed with clay. I will present to you my personal theory on this matter. First of all, in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream this image was struck down by a stone:

Daniel 2:34, 35, 44
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

This ‘stone’ is agreed by most Bible scholars to be none other than Jesus Christ (Exodus 17:6; John 4:13-14; 1 Corinthians 10:4; Deuteronomy 32:4, 31; 2 Samuel 22:2-4, 32; Ephesians 2:20). A stone is earth, clay is also earth, therefore stones are in a sense related to clay. In like manner, it seems that this “clay” in this dream may be Semitic in nature and actually related to Jesus in some way. Jesus was born a Jew, Jews are the descendants of Abraham via his son Isaac while the Arabs are the descendants of Abraham via his other son Ishmael. In addition to this, the clay is weak and is grafted into the feet of the image as some sort of “Antichrist” or “another Christ” which is struck down by the true Christ. This is why I strongly believe that the clay may be representing the Semitic groups of the eastern “leg” of the Roman empire aka the Arab nations. If you are reading this article, then please watch out for Islam – the Islamic nations, who are all Arabic, are likely to be a part of this fourth beast empire. To make matters worse, the Allah of the Qur’an has also expressed a great liking or affinity to iron (among all the other metals on Earth) this Allah brags that he sent down iron to mankind for warfare – so I must stress that you must keep an eye on Islam (Surah 57:15).

This revived Roman Empire is prophesied to behead those who do not worship the “strange god” of the Antichrist, would change laws, times and seasons and would restrict the buying and selling of goods among other things (Daniel 11:39; Revelation 20:4; Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:16, 17). So this prophesied empire is clearly both political and religious in its nature. Interestingly enough, Jesus comes down as a ‘stone’ or rock in Daniel 2 and destroys both the Western Roman or European empire (backed by the Roman Catholic church) and Islamic empire – and I find that detail very telling as to what God truly thinks of both Islam and Roman Catholicism – please leave them if you belong to either. Chuck Missler in the video (examining Daniel chapter 2) embedded above indicates that the iron may potentially be extraterrestrial, exactly as the Allah of the Qur’an claims. Also pay close attention to Syria, because it has a very visible connected to this “iron” trait of this fourth beast or empire as Amos 1:3 suggests, and if such is the case, then we truly need to watch the ISIS situation very closely (by the way Damascus is the capital of Syria):

Amos 1:3
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

Does Amos 1:3 suggest that ISIS will be the iron teeth of the fourth beast? Only time will tell. But even now, the revived Roman empire – the iron toes mingled with clay – are trampling over the world as Daniel 7:7, “it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it.” Think of the British empire, who is no doubt one of these “toes,” which has devoured many nations like the U.S. through colonialism, for instance, but has been broken into pieces. In addition to this, the key feature of iron toes mingled with clay in Daniel 2:42, “…the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken,” is quite telling. It is telling because across the western leg of Europe efforts to tame its countries has all been futile – Napoleon failed, Hitler failed, Stalin failed, Mussolini failed and even the European Union is failing. The same can certainly be said of the eastern “leg” or the Middle East which is so divided with frequent rising and downfalls of its leaders, the chaos stirred up by the Islamic terrorists and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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2) The Cyrus Prophecy and the Downfall of the Babylonian Empire

Cyrus the Great picture

The Cyrus prophecy is by far one of the most amazing prophecies, and occurs with the backdrop of the nation of Israel being held captive by the Babylonians commonly called the Babylonian Captivity. In the Book of Isaiah, we have the prophet Isaiah prophesying that the Babylonian empire will fall and that the Israelites who were held captive would be freed. Before I go any further please keep in mind that this prophecy uttered by the prophet Isaiah and was written between 740 and 680 B.C. in the Book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 13:19
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isaiah 21:9
And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

Then, Isaiah specified the identity of the individuals who would bring about Babylon’s downfall as an alliance of the Medes and Persians:

Isaiah 13:17, 18
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.

Isaiah 21:1, 2, 11, 13, 14
The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.
A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.
The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

Genesis 16:11, 12
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
And he (Ishmael) will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

Isaiah 21:2 references to Elam, a tribe that lived towards the southern regions in modern day Iran and hence were all Persians. Dumah, Seir, Arabia, Dedanim, Tema (Taima) or Tayma are all references to some of the children of Ishmael, who were part of this same Medo-Persian empire, which were prophesied in Genesis 16:12 to be wild and would always attack their neighbors – in this case the Babylonians. The scriptures even seem to hint to us as to how the Medo-Persians would conquer Babylon (modern day Iraq) – they would divert the Euphrates river which flowed through Babylon:

Isaiah 44:27
That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:

Persian and Babylonian Empire

The prophet Isaiah continues with the prophecy by indicating that a powerful individual from the north (please see map above), who would rise up to crush the Babylonians, to save the Israelites, this individual would have favor in the eyes of God and would re-establish the nation of Israel:

Isaiah 41:25
I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.

Isaiah 45:13
I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.

After identifying who would conquer Babylon, Isaiah did the unthinkable – he actually named the leader of this empire which would trample over the Babylonian empire!:

Isaiah 45:1-6
Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

Isaiah 44:28
That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

Please take note that Isaiah penned those words at least 140 years (written around 740-680 B.C.) before Cyrus conquered Babylon! In addition to this, the Book of Isaiah was written at least 80 years before Cyrus’ birth! So, the God of the Bible prophesied Babylon’s fall, which empire would do it, how Babylon will fall and even the name of the leader of this empire who would bring about Babylon’s downfall in 539 B.C. The God of the Bible refers to Cyrus as His “anointed” and Cyrus was so impressed when this prophesy was read to him that he assisted the Jews to return to their land and to rebuild the temple (Ezra 1:1-4, 7, 8; 3:7; 4:3):

2 Chronicles 36:23
Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.

For the skeptics who doubt that all I have said is true, I will now share the extra-biblical sources, which confirm that these events did indeed occur. Cyrus II, also know as Cyrus the Great, was the son of Cambyses I according to Herodotus in “The Histories” (Godley, 1920). Prior to his rule over the Medo-Persian empire, he had conquered Babylon during the winter of 539 B.C (Kuhrt, 1982). The Babylonians were indeed finally conquered, with their precious city falling without a battle taking place as the Babylonian historical text, the Nabonidus Chronicle, suggests. According to the same Nabonidus Chronicle, Nabonidus was the last king of the Babylonians, and this source documents the rise of Cyrus and confirms that Cyrus was the king of Persia. This same source documents the battle of Opis which was possibly referenced in Isaiah 13:17, 18 and even details that Cyrus entered the city peacefully without a battle (Isaiah 45:1, 2). The infamous “Cyrus Cylinder,” which dates back to that period in the 6th century between 538-529 B.C., was discovered in the ruins of Babylon in 1879, and confirms the story of Cyrus defeating the Babylonian empire and even documents the freeing of all those enslaved by the Babylonians including the Jews (Price, 1902):

“I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, mighty king, king of Babylon, king of the land of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four quarters, son of Cambyses, great king, king of Anshan, grandson of Cyrus, great king, king of Anshan, descendant of Teispes, great king, king of Anshan, progeny of an unending royal line, whose rule Bel and Nabu cherish, whose kingship they desire for their hearts’ pleasures…When I, well-disposed, entered Babylon, I established the seat of government in the royal palace amidst jubilation and rejoicing…I did not allow any to terrorize the land of Sumer and Akkad. I kept in view the needs of Babylon and all its sanctuaries to promote their well-being. The citizens of Babylon…I lifted their unbecoming yoke. Their dilapidated dwellings I restored. I put an end to their misfortunes…I gathered together all their inhabitants and restored to them their dwellings.”

“His widespread troops-their number, like that of the water of a river, which could not be counted, strolled along, their weapons packed away. Without any battle, he made him enter his city Babylon, sparing Babylon any damage. He delivered into my hands Nabonidus, the king who did not worship him.”

Most Bible scholars agree that Cyrus had later learned about this prophesy in Isaiah, which concerned himself, directly from the prophet Daniel (Daniel 6:28; Daniel 9:1, 2), either way we know that Cyrus had learned of this prophecy based on Cyrus’ decree which is documented in 2 Chronicles 36:23 and Ezra 1:1-4. The historian, Josephus, confirms this story of Cyrus in “The Antiquities of the Jews” Book 11: Chapter 1, and confirms that Cyrus did in fact learned about this prophecy which the God of the Bible inspired the prophet Isaiah to write:

“In the first year of the reign of Cyrus, which was the seventieth from the day that our people were removed out of their own land into Babylon, God commiserated the captivity and calamity of these poor people, according as he had foretold to them by Jeremiah the prophet, before the destruction of the city, that after they had served Nebuchadnezzar and his posterity, and after they had undergone that servitude seventy years, he would restore them again to the land of their fathers, and they should build their temple, and enjoy their ancient prosperity. And these things God did afford them; for he stirred up the mind of Cyrus, and made him write this throughout all Asia: ‘Thus saith Cyrus the king: Since God Almighty hath appointed me to be king of the habitable earth, I believe that he is that God which the nation of the Israelites worship; for indeed he foretold my name by the prophets, and that I should build him a house at Jerusalem, in the country of Judea.’

This was known to Cyrus by his reading the book which Isaiah left behind him of his prophecies; for this prophet said that God had spoken thus to him in a secret vision: ‘My will is, that Cyrus, whom I have appointed to be king over many and great nations, send back my people to their own land, and build my temple.’ This was foretold by Isaiah one hundred and forty years before the temple was demolished. Accordingly, when Cyrus read this, and admired the Divine power, an earnest desire and ambition seized upon him to fulfill what was so written; so he called for the most eminent Jews that were in Babylon, and said to them, that he gave them leave to go back to their own country, and to rebuild their city Jerusalem, and the temple of God, for that he would be their assistant, and that he would write to the rulers and governors that were in the neighborhood of their country of Judea, that they should contribute to them gold and silver for the building of the temple, and besides that, beasts for their sacrifices.”

Herodotus in Volume 1 of “The Histories” also confirms the fulfillment of this biblical prophecy in Isaiah 44:27, which alludes that the river into Babylon would be drained and used to take over the city:

“On the top, along the edges of the wall, they constructed buildings of a single chamber facing one to another, leaving between them room for a four-horse chariot to turn. In the circuit of the wall are a hundred gates, all of brass, with bronze lintels and side-posts…The city is divided into two portions by the river, which runs through the midst of it. This river is the Euphrates, a broad, deep, swift stream, which rises in Armenia, and empties itself into the Erythraean Sea.”

Babylon city

“At the rivers end of these cross streets are low gates in the fence that skirts the stream, which are, like the great gates in the outer wall, all of brass, and open towards the water…Cyrus on his way to Babylon came to the banks of the Gyndes, a stream which, rising in the Matienian mountains, runs through the country of the Dardanians, and empties itself into the river Tigris. The Tigris, after receiving the Gyndes, flows on by the city of Opis, and discharges its waters into the Erythraean sea.”

“Accordingly he put off for a time his attack on Babylon, and, dividing his army into two parts, he marked out by ropes one hundred and eighty trenches on each side of the Gyndes, leading off from it in all directions, and making his army dig, some on one side of the river, some on the other, he accomplished his threat by the aid of a great a number of hands, but not without losing the whole summer season. Having defeated the river Gyndes by dispersing it through three hundred and sixty channels, Cyrus, with Spring approaching, marched forward against Babylon. The Babylonians, encamped without their walls, awaited his coming.”

“In his distress either someone made a suggestion to him, or he himself came up with a plan, which he proceeded to follow. He placed a portion of his army at the point where the river enters the city, and another body at the back of the place where it comes out, with orders to march into the town by the bed of the stream, as soon as the water became shallow enough: he and his army then withdrew, and went to the place where Nitocris dug the basin for the river, where he did exactly what he had done in the past: he turned the Euphrates by a canal into the basin, which was then a marsh, on which the river sank to such a low level that the natural bed of the stream became crossable.”

“Hereupon the Persians who had been left at Babylon by the riverside, entered the stream, which had now sunk so as to reach about midway up to a man’s thigh, and entered into the city.”

The prophet Isaiah’s prophecy only scratches the surface of fulfilled bible prophecy and I am sure that you may have recognized that Cyrus foreshadows Jesus Christ as the Messiah, another person anointed by God, who sets the captive free (Psalms 68:18; Ephesians 4:7, 8). In like manner, the historical Antiochus Epiphanes in point 1C foreshadows the future Antichrist.

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3) The Destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and Expulsion of the Jews From Israel

Destruction of Jerusalem
The destruction of Jerusalem, the temple and the scattering of the nation of Israel is a well-established event in history. But did you know that this pivotal event in the history of Israel was actually prophesied by God through His prophets?:

Leviticus 26:33
And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

Deuteronomy 29:23, 28
And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.

Micah 3:11, 12
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

Please note that the Book of Leviticus and the Book of Deuteronomy were both written all the way back in 1405 B.C., while this account in Micah was written around 700 B.C.! The future Roman emperor Titus, along with Tiberius Julius Alexander were the ones who besieged, conquered and destroyed Jerusalem and reduced the city and its temple to rubble in 70 A.D. (Levick, 1999; Cawthorne, 2005). The historian, Josephus, also wrote on the destruction of Jerusalem in chapter 1, section 1 of these works, “The Jewish War Book VII” and “The Jewish War Book VI” respectively:

“Now as soon as the army had no more people to slay, or to plunder, because there remained none to be the objects of their fury: (for they would not have spared any, had there remained any other work to be done:) Caesar gave orders that they should now demolish the entire city, and temple: but should leave as many of the towers standing as were of the greatest eminency, that is, Phasaelus, and Hippicus, and Mariamne: and so much of the wall as enclosed the city on the west side. This wall was spared, in order to afford a camp for such as were to lie in garrison: as were the towers also spared in order to demonstrate to posterity what kind of city it was, and how well fortified, which the Roman valor had subdued. But for all the rest of the wall, it was so thoroughly laid even with the ground, by those that dug it up to the foundation, that there was left nothing to make those that came thither believe it had ever been inhabited. This was the end which Jerusalem came to, by the madness of those that were for innovations. A city otherwise of great magnificence, and of mighty fame among all mankind.”

…And truly the very view itself of the country was a melancholy thing. For those places which were before adorned with trees, and pleasant gardens, were now become a desolate country every way; and its trees were all cut down. Nor could any foreigner that had formerly seen Judea, and the most beautiful suburbs of the city, and now saw it, as a desert; but lament and mourn sadly at so great a change. For the war had laid all the signs of beauty quite waste. Nor if any one that had known the place before, had come on a sudden to it now, would he have known it again: but though he were at the city it self, yet would he have inquired for it notwithstanding.”

Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem by Francesco Hayez

As many as 1,100,000 Jews were slaughtered and 97,000 were taken as prisoners by the Romans (Cawthorne, 2005)! But one of the most horrible acts documented during this siege were the reports of cannibalism, where mothers actually ate their own children to survive the siege which had cut off all access to food for many days. This detail is recorded by Josephus in chapter 3, section 4 of the “The Jewish War Book VI”:

“There was a certain woman that dwelt beyond Jordan; her name was Mary; her father was Eleazar; of the village Bethezub; which signifies the house of Hyssop. She was eminent for her family, and her wealth; and had fled away to Jerusalem with the rest of the multitude, and was with them besieged therein at this time…She then attempted a most unnatural thing: and snatching up her son, which was a child sucking at her breast, she said, ‘O thou miserable infant! for whom shall I preserve thee, in this war, this famine, and this sedition? As to the war with the Romans, if they preserve our lives, we must be slaves. This famine also will destroy us, even before that slavery comes upon us. Yet are these seditious rogues more terrible than both the other. Come on. Be thou my food: and be thou a fury to these seditious varlets, and a by-word to the world. Which is all that is now wanting to complete the calamities of us Jews.’ As soon as she had said this, she slew her son; and then roasted him; and eat the one half of him; and kept the other half by her concealed…Upon which the whole city was full of this horrid action immediately; and while every body laid this miserable case before their own eyes, they trembled, as if this unheard-of action had been done by themselves. So those that were thus distressed by the famine, were very desirous to die: and those already dead were esteemed happy; because they had not lived long enough either to hear, or to see such miseries.”

These grim details of cannibalism was actually prophesied in the Bible – that the desolation in Israel would be so great and the siege would be so long that some would actually resort to eating their own children:

Deuteronomy 28:49-53
The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:
And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.
And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:

These scriptures that I have quoted thus far are all Old Testament prophecies, but do you know that Jesus Christ actually prophesied this would happen? The truth will shock you, He has prophesied Jerusalem and the Temple’s destruction many times in the New Testament:

Luke 19:41-44
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Luke 21:20-22, 24
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Matthew 24:1, 2
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Even when Jesus was on His way to be crucified, He gave the women of Jerusalem this prophetic warning in Luke 23:27-29 that they and their children would suffer many atrocities within the next generation (about 40 years later). Keep in mind that Jesus prophesied this event somewhere between 30 to 33 A.D.:

Do not weep for me but for yourselves and your children

Luke 23:27-29
And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.

Matthew 23:37-39
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Please note that Jesus actually revealed that the destruction that would befall Jerusalem was directly linked to the fact that the Jews had rejected Him as the Messiah in Luke 19:41-42 and Matthew 23:37-39. This detail is very telling, if such was the punishment for rejecting Jesus as the Messiah then how much more will the punishment be if we reject Him as Lord and Savior? In my opinion, when we reject or accept Him as Lord and Savior, the words of Psalms chapter 2 becomes fulfilled:

Psalms 2:12
Kiss the Son (Messiah), lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

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4) The Return of the Jews to Israel

Youngsters in New Jersey two days after the declaration of the State of Israel

The Bible has prophesied the return of Israel to their own land, a prophecy which was finally fulfilled in 1948. The nation of Israel was literally born in one day, May 14th 1948. Please make a mental note that the Books of Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah were written between 740 to 680 B.C., 593 to 560 B.C. and 627 to 585 B.C. respectively:

Isaiah 66:11
Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

Ezekiel 38:8
After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

Isaiah 43:5, 6
Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

Jeremiah 23:3
And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

Israel was a wasteland before the Jews returned home, now it is one of the leading agricultural exporters in the Middle East exactly as the prophets Amos and Ezekiel, under the inspiration of God, suggested it would be. The prophet Amos had penned this prophecy in the Book of Amos around 755 B.C.:

Amos 9:14
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

Ezekiel 36:34, 35
And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden
; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.

Israel once desolate now green

Look at the satellite images of Israel, they show green pastures while the majority of Israel’s hostile Arabic neighbors are like wastelands. Israel is actually one of the major exporters of fresh produce in the Middle East, has developed very advanced agricultural technologies and had its cultivated land area increase from 408,000 to 1.1 million acres from 1948 to around the year 2000 and is continually growing (Tucker and Roberts, 2008). The blossoming of Israel’s agricultural industry was so vast and rapid that the Arabs claim that the Jews bought the most fertile lands in the region – a claim which was debunked in the Peel Commission of 1937:

“The shortage of land is due less to purchase by Jews than to the increase in the Arab population. The Arab claims that the Jews have obtained too large a proportion of good land cannot be maintained. Much of the land now carrying orange groves was sand dunes or swamps and uncultivated when it was bought…there was at the time at least of the earlier sales little evidence that the owners* possessed either the resources or training needed to develop the land.” – Peel et al in “Report of the Palestine Royal Commission,” Part II: The Operation of the Mandate, Chapter IX: The Land, 1937. (*Arab owners who sold the land to the Jews)

Please keep in mind that almost 50% of Israel is actually covered by the Negev desert! This nation also produces 95% of its own food. With all that said, I think it is very safe to say that these are all examples of fulfilled Bible prophecies. I will now share with you the prophecies of the prophet Zephaniah, who wrote them in his book around 625 B.C.

Zephaniah 3:9, 10
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.


First of all, Zephaniah 3:9 is very interesting because it prophesies that when the Jews return they would worship God in one language. The Hebrew language was dead for many centuries but was revived between the late 19th to early 20th century and became Israel’s official language. Recently, the largest wave of Ethiopian Jews, believed to be descendants of Queen of Sheba and Solomon, has finally returned to Israel – this is a progressing fulfillment of Zephaniah 3:10. I am sure that there are some reading this, who are still skeptical about this prophecy concerning the birth of the nation of Israel. If you are in that number, then I will soothe your skepticism, but can you answer this question?: Did you know that God actually prophesied when the Jews would return to the land of Israel? He really did and in order to unravel this proof, I will need to share a few scriptures with you:

Hosea 6:1, 2
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Psalms 90:4
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

2 Peter 3:8
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

In Hosea 6:2, we learn that after two days God will “revive” the Jews, but the other scriptures actually seems to hint to us that a thousand years is like a day in God’s sight (Psalms 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8)! So, God is telling us that after two thousand years, but before the three thousandth year, the nation of Israel would be reestablished! Hosea wrote this prophecy in 710 B.C., while the nation of Israel was reborn in 1948 about 2700 years later! Considering all the prophecies which were interwoven in this point, I think it is very difficult to conclude that this was all just an elaborate coincidence or deliberate accident – this is just another example of prophecy fulfilled! This is evidence of the hands of the timeless God of the Bible at work.

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5) The Division of the Land of Israel

The Balfour Declaration of 1917, the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and the League of Nations with the British Mandate over Israel had all recognized that the Jews deserved the right to a Jewish state (Kassim, 1997). The most common misconception among people is the notion that the Jews stole the land from the Arabs, this is far from the truth, the Jewish National Fund actually bought most of it from the wealthy Arabic families via the Ottoman land Code of 1858 (Porath, 1977). In the 1920’s, 144 wealthy Arab families had owned and leased 3,130,000 dunams of the land to the Bedouins and Fellahin (Muslih, 1988). It was these same greedy wealthy Arab landlords who dispossessed the Bedouins and Fellahin in order to sell the land at high interest rates to buyers (Curtis, 1986). By 1948, over 80% of the land available for sale was already bought by the Jewish National Fund, the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association, and others with the rest of the land being wilderness and owner-less desert according to an official survey which was performed by the British government (Kark and Oren-Nordheim, 2001; Weitz, 1950; Curtis, 1986; British Mandate For Palestine, 1946). You may view this particular part of the report done in 1946 for free here (which covers the total land owned by large Jewish land owners) and this one here (which covers the total land owned by large and small Jewish land owners), both of which are conveniently hosted by an anti-Israel (pro-Palestine) website. You can also view this map which shows the land which was already bought by the Jews before 1945 here. Those in Israel who call themselves Palestinians are fully aware that the Jews have bought the land and thus have every legal right to it, the true reason for the hostility against the Jews is mainly motivated by Islam (even though the word “Palestine” never appears in the Qur’an). The truth is that there was never a nation called Palestine, the land was considered as a part of Syria, which for a long time was under the Ottoman Empire (Price, 2003).

UN with Israel in its crosshairs
But I digress, the United nations makes several proposals and many deliberations concerning Israel, one such example is the United Nations Resolution 181, proposed by the United Nations in November 29th 1947, which attempted to divide the land into three parts – a Jewish state, an Arabic state (which was rejected by the Palestinians) and Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem was designated as an international territory which is not under the exclusive control of the Jews. Thus, paving the way for the Antichrist to carry out the future “Abomination of Desolation” in Daniel 9:27. The international designation for Jerusalem can be viewed as a direct fulfillment of the words of Jesus Christ, that Jerusalem will remain under the control of the Gentiles until His return:

Luke 21:24
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

All British Territories With Dates from Annexation to Independence

 

Empire Timeline


With Great Britain ruling Israel since the early 1920’s and under the British Mandate for Palestine, it was at the heart of the deliberations which brought forth the UN Resolution 181 which is also known by the name “United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine” – please keep the word “partition” in mind while you read this point. Soon after the UN Resolution 181, the British empire began to crumble more rapidly than at any time before, with many of its colonies breaking up and becoming independent nations, like India within that very same year, Burma in 1948, Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka) gaining independence in 1948 and becoming a republic in 1972, Sudan in 1956, Malaysia in 1957, many of the West Indian colonies like both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in 1962, Australia becoming fully independent by 1986, and many others. Please take a look at the map above which shows the dates that these nations became colonies and when they became independent. Also the timeline chart above clearly shows that much of the dissolution of the British empire occurred after 1947 in accordance to the Zechariah 12:3 prophecy. Both of these charts have been acquired from this excellent website which analyzes the crumbling of the British empire here. Thus fulfilling the words of Zechariah 12:3, where those who “burden themselves” would be “cut in pieces.” Please keep in mind that this prophecy by Zechariah was written between 520 and 518 B.C.:

Zechariah 12:2-3
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

This prophecy has been fulfilled with the British empire but as long as nations offer propositions to divide Israel, God promises to “cut them in pieces.” Despite the case where the British empire was divided in a geopolitical manner, it is likely that this division, which God imposes, may extend into other areas like economic, social, spiritual, etc. This possibly explains why the hostile Arab nations, who hate Israel and wants to see her divided, are never united and are always in turmoil – this is perhaps God’s fulfillment of this prophecy on their own nations. In fact, those who find themselves divided have absolutely no excuse because God’s covenant with Abraham and the Jews states that He will bless all who bless the Jews and curse those who curse them:

Genesis 12:1-3
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

The prophet Zechariah also wrote, “I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about…in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people.” Is this true in our modern day? Yes! As of 2013, 44 resolutions and 73 reports have been made by the United Nations against Israel, which is actually the most resolutions and reports slammed against any country in the entire world! You can find the report here. So, yes Israel is indeed a “burdensome stone” for “all people,” and when I mean “all people” I literally mean that, because the United Nations represents virtually every sovereign nation on the planet. On the other hand, Jerusalem is a “cup of trembling” in the sense that those “round about” (Israel’s neighbors – the Arab nations) know that they would be penalized by the United Nations if they wage all out war against Israel for fear of retribution. This “cup of trembling” can even refer to Israel’s security and advanced military might, it is actually the number 1 military power in the Middle East, against all odds. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this article here and feel free to confirm this matter with your own research.

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Closing Thoughts

In light of all that I have shared with you, this fact is clear, it does not matter if you disagree with this God, or believe the Bible has many “so-called contradictions” (which are all easily resolved by using Google), or believe that it has many “scientific errors” (also quickly resolved by explanations found with Google), as long as this God proves that He is outside time then He is in fact the true God – the timeless God of the universe – beyond reasonable doubt:

2 Peter 1:20, 21
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Fulfilled Bible prophecy proves that the Creator God exists, that this Creator God is the God of the Bible and of course proves that the Bible is true. So, the so-called contradictions are really just merely misunderstandings which are often resolved by using a Strong’s Concordance, like this free one here. I already know that I am serving the true God and there is only one God, so all the others mean nothing to me. At this point I would imagine an informed Hindu or a Muslim saying, “Okay, there is only one God. What if the God of the Bible is the same as Shiva, Allah, etc? One God known by many names.” My response is simple, if this was ever the same God then your gods would have likewise made the effort to declare events before they occurred (Isaiah 46:9, 10; Isaiah 42:8, 9; Isaiah 44:7, 8). None of the other texts contain clearly fulfilled prophecies made by a being outside of time! They are just riddled with baseless claims. A small number of them claim to contain prophecies but none of these were ever fulfilled – there is a difference.

As a last-ditch attempt I would imagine a Hindu or Muslim saying, “My holy text has scientific proofs in it. Scientific facts prove that I serve the true Creator God.” First of all, every sacred text of the world religions claims to have scientific insights, even the Bible, however, such facts never prove that they were inspired by the same timeless Creator God that I serve. All the world religions agree that there are invisible spirit beings out there, who were created by this Creator God, and would have undoubtedly learned many scientific truths from Him (James 1:17). As such, it is entirely possible that some of these texts may have been inspired by some of these invisible spirit beings. Please research the supernatural phenomenon called “Automatic Writing” and look at the video testimony of this former Atheist, Peter Hockley, called, “Four Nights with the Devil.” He later left Atheism and joined the New Age and indulged in that particular practice. He was quickly tricked into believing that he was speaking with God but was actually speaking to a demon. I will embed that video testimony below along with two more which I am sure you will enjoy. But I digress, the Bible, which was indeed inspired by the Creator God, clearly tells us that the gods which the Gentiles (non-Jews) worship are demons and this includes the Allah of the Arabs, Shiva, Vishnu, etc. God had inspired Paul, a Jew who was converted by Jesus Christ Himself through a vision, to say these words on this matter:

1 Corinthian 10:19, 20
What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

The prophecies which I have shared are just a few of well over 2000 fulfilled prophecies in the Bible – some of which have infinitesimally small probabilities – virtually zero chance of being fulfilled – but were fulfilled precisely! Please if you are not a Christian then please accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Bible prophecies are being fulfilled on the news on a near daily basis, please accept Him before it is too late and He will forgive all of your sins and will invite you into that final glorious kingdom of God which was prophesied in Daniel 2.

~Planet Zion

 

 

 


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