The Bible: Power of prophecy, found within its pages
If you are reading this, then it would seem that the Mayan Calendar was wrong in its prediction concerning the end of the world. Fortunately, I do not believe many people gave a lot of credence to said prediction. Only a few were reported of making life altering decisions on the belief that the world would end on this day.
One major concern I have, however, is that now people will be unwilling to listen to the prophetic voice of the Bible and simply lump it together with this Mayan mess. People do tend to do things like that. After all, atheists are quick to affirm a disbelief in God for the same reason they hold a disbelief in the tooth fairy. As if the two were identical in every respect.
So I would like to present a short piece that will introduce the reader to some passages in the Bible that either directly or indirectly demonstrate its prophetic power. Since I am limited in space, it is my hope that each reader will verify with scripture.
• The prediction concerning Cyrus — The prophet Isaiah lived in a time in which the Jews were about to be taken into Babylonian captivity. After that time, however, God would permit the Jews to come home and rebuild their destroyed temple. The power of God is demonstrated in that Isaiah mentions the Persian king by name (Cyrus) who would authorize the return of the Jews to their homeland centuries before he is even born (Isaiah 44:28 cf. Ezra 1:2).
• The destruction of the Jewish Temple — The Gospel of Matthew records Jesus predicting that the temple of his day would be destroyed and that “there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down,” (Matt. 24:2). This destruction occurred in A.D. 70, with the Gospel of Matthew being written approximately five to eight years earlier. The Gospel of Mark records the same account and most scholars agree that it was written even earlier than Matthew.
• The promise of legacy — There are instances in the Bible in which God has promised certain individuals would not be forgotten in history. Abraham was told by God that his name would be great (Gen. 12:2). Jesus predicted that Mary, the brother of Lazarus, would be remembered for anointing Jesus with oil (Matt. 26:13). Mary, the mother of Jesus, said that all generations will call her blessed (Luke 1:48). How could the Bible guarantee this people’s place in history if it was void of prophetic power? I could not guarantee anybody that promise. Most Americans could not tell you who the 28th president was but everyone knows the Virgin Mary.
In conclusion, I challenge every reader to look into the teachings of God’s word, and realize it stands out amongst the other claims of the world.