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The Impossible Test - Does the Bible Predict the Future?

Fulfilled prophecy stands up to the scrutiny of time.

The Bible claims to predict events centuries and millennia ahead, all the way to the end of time.

Of course, anyone can make predictions. The crucial question is: Do those predictions come true?

The Bible sets up its own validation process: “How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.” Deut. 18:21, 22. See also John 13:19. In other words, the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy confirms the inspiration of that prophecy and implicitly confirms the Bible’s reliability as a whole.

Someone has counted 2,500 prophecies in the Bible; it is thought that 2,000 of these have been fulfilled. Space permits only a handful of examples.

Major World Empires Beginning with Babylon

In the sixth century bc, the prophet Daniel recorded

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  1. For an overview of the arguments that point to an early, sixth century BC authorship of Daniel’s book, see the article “Daniel in the Critic’s Den” in this issue.