Bible prophecy

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Biblical prophecy is a doctrine of foreknowledge and predictions in the Bible. Seventeen of the books of the Old Testament are the writings of prophets, from Isaiah to Malachi, who are considered the Men of God. Women of God are also mentioned in the Bible such as Deborah. These prophets spoke to the children of Israel, usually concerning rewards and punishment dependent on following the word of God.

Isaac Newton is one of many great thinkers who studied the Bible for its prophecy. Newton particularly analyzed the Book of Daniel.

The arrival of Jesus

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are predicted by prophets throughout the Old Testament in such passages as:

  • Isaiah 7:14 - Predicting his virgin birth.
  • Micah 5:2 - Born in Bethlehem.
  • Deuteronomy 18:15 - would be a Prophet.
  • Isaiah 53:3 - Rejected by his own.
  • Zechariah 12:10 – Pierced through hands, feet, and side.
  • Psalm 16:10-11; 49:15 - Resurrected from the dead.
  • Psalm 68:18 – Ascension to the right hand of God

As set forth in Luke 4:18-19, Jesus read the following passage as a prophecy of Him from the Book of Isaiah:[1]

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,

Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.

Alleged unfulfilled Bible prophecy

See also: Alleged unfulfilled Bible prophecy

Skeptics, Bible critics, and atheists sometimes advance allegedly unfulfilled Bible prophecy in support of their claims that Christianity is false.

However, the accuracy, reliability and remarkable nature of biblical prophecy makes biblical prophecy one of the strongest arguments for the divine inspiration of the Bible (see: Science speaks - Prophetic accuracy by Dr. Peter Stoner).

End time prophecy

The Book of Revelation, in addition to various passages in New Testament, warns of prerequisites and calamity that will culminate in the Second Coming. Much biblical scholarship is devoted to determining the exact meanings of such prophecies, allusive and cloaked in metaphors, to correlate past events and predict future world events, particularly apocalyptic happenings.

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Analysis of Bible prophecy from Christian scholars/apologists

Rebuttal to atheist Steven Carr concerning Bible prophecy:


  1. NASB quoted here.