Prophecy Confirms God’s Word Is Truth
What would you think or do if someone showed you a book that was written 400 years before you were born and spoke of a great victory you were going to have? And named you by name? As we explained in our post Destiny Decisions destiny is like one’s destination and destiny does not appear in scripture, but purpose does. And purpose means there was a plan, a purpose.
Prophecy is like someone showing you information that was written hundreds of years ( sometimes thousands of years ) before it happens. Why? God wrote prophecy to prove God’s word is truth. People confused prophets of God with false prophets and even with “fortune tellers”. God wanted mankind to know his word was truth and only he is 100% accurate.
But prophecy is not always easy to understand. And then we see there are also fakes out there. Yes, there are “false prophets” in the world. If prophecy is speaking something that is in the future, and maybe hundreds of years in the future, how can we know if the prophecy is true? And if prophecy is part of telling something in the future, aren’t prophets prognosticators?
A prognosticator, by definition, is someone who tells a future event by present signs. Weather men are prognosticators. Weather men foretell the weather in their weekly weather forecasts and they base their forecast on “present” weather signs, winds, fronts and weather patterns.
But prophecy is based on God and events laid out in the scriptures. Like a weatherman predicts the weather for the day, for the week, the people of God predict events God lays out in scripture. And because God lays out explanations and events relating to mankind, God also lays out events that affect nations of the world.
And today, in the 21st century, people still ask, how can we know this “prophecy” is true or accurate? There are many so called prophets in the world and many make claims or predictions. There are two things for anyone to consider when it comes to prophets and Bible prophecy:
~ The test of a prophet as laid out in Jeremiah (Notice God is very specific with information)
~ God’s word – prophecies need to line up with the teachings of God’s word.
Regarding the test of a prophet, Jeremiah says
Jeremiah 28:1-17 KJV “And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the Lord , in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
 Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the Lord’s house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:
 And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the Lord : for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
 Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the Lord ,
 Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the Lord do so: the Lord perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the Lord’s house, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place.
 Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people;
 The prophets that have been before me and before thee of old prophesied both against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.
 The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him.
 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah’s neck, and brake it.
 And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the Lord ; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
 Then the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the prophet , after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord ; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron.
 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.
 Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.
 Therefore thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord .
 So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.
People say when we get closer to a prophetic event the prophecy is made clearer to the people of that time. That would explain why some writers in scripture use phrases like fire in the sky and stinging locust. How could people from 2000 years ago understand modern fighter jets or trips to the moon?
But God opens our understanding to things that may have been hidden before when we get close to the time of the prophecy. I can think of two examples right away.
There are many great books written by Bible Believers. A great book on Dispensations was written by Clarence Larkin. But Clarence Larkin wrote his books around 1918. Automobiles were just invented and electricity was right around the corner.
Then there is a Bible Dictionary that is illustrated, written in 1859 and was used in schools to teach Americans. Both this Bible Dictionary and Clarence Larkin’s books are excellent tools. But there is a key prophecy that has been fulfilled that the Bible Dictionary and Clarence Larkin did not understand – Israel.
Bible students know Israel is God’s focus and time clock, so to say. Israel became a nation in their own land (again) in May 1948. And to me, I can see it like popcorn popping, pop – that prophecy is fulfilled. Pop, pop, those prophecies are fulfilled. And today, we can see how the prophecies regarding the land of Israel will be fulfilled. We see from scripture, God has something to say about the nations that surround Israel, about the land and not dividing the land. About other nations God also speaks. And we will look at prophecy more next time.