Bible Prophecy Fulfilled in Jesus Christ Messiah and End Times Israel

By Rory Roybal

 

Fulfilled Bible Prophecy

Fulfilled Bible Prophecy is Uniquely Accurate

The Bible is completely unique among all religious books or ‘Scriptures’ in that it contains hundreds of specific future prophecies, unlike all others which may contain a few vague forecasts at best. Popular individuals such as Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and Jeane Dixon have also made many predictions, and a small percentage of their prophecies seem to have been fulfilled in a general sense, but most of them completely failed. In contrast, some of the Bible’s fulfilled prophecies are spectacular, even predicting specific events hundreds or thousands of years in advance to the exact day.

Precisely fulfilled Biblical prophecy firmly establishes its credibility as a revelation from the Creator, who alone exists outside of time. In addition to unparalleled historical and documentary evidence, the Bible stands alone in this regard, and there is nothing else even remotely similar. Because it has been proven impeccably trustworthy for an abundance of very specific prophecies via recorded history, it can be trusted for events we cannot empirically verify, including those in the distant past or future.

According to the Bible, fulfilled prophecy is one of the strongest proofs of its authenticity as a precisely accurate and unique revelation from God, in contrast to all false religions, belief systems, and individual cult leaders. Biblical prophecy illuminates exactly what our Creator said:

“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” (Isa. 46:9b-10a).

Two Amazing Examples of Fulfilled Bible Prophecy

The first example below is how the Bible predicted the exact day of Christ’s presentation of Himself as Messiah over 600 years in advance. The second example is how the 20th century end times rebirth of Israel was predicted over 2,500 years in advance by the Bible. There are hundreds of other excellent examples of fulfilled Bible prophecy, but the following are not as generally well known, and some may find these exceptionally incredible.

 

Example #1: Jesus Christ’s presentation to Israel as Messiah and King predicted over 600 years in advance, to the exact day

Here are the relevant Scriptures from the prophets Daniel and Nehemiah:

Daniel 9:24-27 (literal translation) – written in 6th century B.C.

“70 sevens are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the King shall be 7 sevens, and 62 sevens: the plaza shall be built again, and the wall, even in troubled times. And after 62 sevens shall Messiah be violently put to death, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with sudden destruction, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with the majority for 1 seven: and in the middle of the seven he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolator.”

Nehemiah 2:1-8 (excerpts) – written in 5th century B.C.

“And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the 20th year of Artaxerxes the king … and I said to the king, why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lies waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? … If it please the king, and if your servant has found favour in your sight, that you would send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it … Moreover I said to the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over until I come into Judah. And a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace … and for the wall of the city … And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.”

Ancient Jewish Rabbinical writings in the Talmud, which are dated from the time between the prophet Daniel and the time of Jesus Christ, reveal that Hebrew scholars recognized Daniel’s prophecy as referring to the coming of the Messiah. This prophecy was written in the 6th century BC, and indicates there will be 69 (7 + 62) ‘sevens’ between the ‘going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem’ and the coming of ‘Messiah the Prince’. The starting date for the prophecy, the ‘going forth of the commandment’, is also referred to in the second reference above, Nehemiah 2:1-8, and is a date well known in history, since this command was issued by the King of Persia. This date is the 1st of Nisan (a Jewish month), 445 B.C., and this was indeed in the 20th year of the reign of Persian king Artaxerxes Longimanus. Now let’s do a little math, keeping in mind that a year in the Bible always refers to a Jewish year of 360 days (the prophecy was written in Babylon, which also used a 360-day year).

69 ‘sevens’ = 69×7 Jewish years = 483 Jewish years

483 Jewish years = 483×360 days = 173,880 days

… so we need to add 173,880 days to the start date of 1 Nisan, 445 B.C. to see the end date of the prophecy.

173,880 days = 476 ‘modern’ (365.25 day) years + 21 days ‘left over’

so we take: Nisan 1, 445 B.C. + 1 year (because there is no year 0) + 476 years

… and this comes out to March 14, 32 A.D.

From this date, add 2 days (because there is no leap year every 400 years and we passed two of them), and add the 21 days we had ‘left over’.

The result is Sunday, April 6, A.D. 32, ‘Palm Sunday’, the exact day of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the only time he officially presented Himself to Israel as their Messiah! Moreover, Daniel predicted that after this time the Messiah would be violently murdered, but not for Himself (it was for us).

Example #2: 20th century rebirth of end times Israel predicted over 2,500 years in advance

Consistent with the first prophecy example above, King Cyrus of Persia released the Jews to return to their homeland after 70 years of captivity, exactly as both Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesied and Daniel recognized (Isa. 39:5-7, Jer. 25:11, Dan. 9:2). Despite royal permission, however, only a small remnant of the Jews left Babylon for Israel. The vast majority never returned, choosing rather to reside in the nation of their captivity. The Bible contains numerous prophecies of a final return of Jewish exiles to the Promised Land in the “last days”, and the prophet Ezekiel was given a specific vision concerning the final return of his people:

“This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: [according] to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, 390 days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah 40 days: I have appointed thee each day for a year” (Ezekiel 4:3b-6).

Ezekiel declared that each day represents one year. Therefore, Israel and Judah were to be punished for a total of 430 Biblical (360 day) years (390 + 40 years). Since the Jews were already punished 70 years in Babylonian captivity, 360 years of punishment remained after their captivity until the final return of the Jews to Israel, and therefore the prophecy would have been fulfilled in the second century B.C. However, fulfillment of the prophecy was delayed, according to disobedience of the vast majority of Jews who chose to remain in the Persian Empire as colonists, along with a previous condition God stated in Leviticus that extended the prophecy if Israel continued to disobey.

God told Israel repeatedly that if, after being punished for her sins, they still would not repent, the punishments previously specified would be multiplied by seven:

“And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins” (Leviticus 26:18, 21, 23-24, 27-28).

“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” (Lev. 26:33).

Since the Israelites did not repent, the punishment previously promised by Ezekiel (360 years remaining for fulfillment) was multiplied seven times (360 years x 7 = 2,520 Biblical years).

During this long duration, God would preserve Israel as a nation for most of this period even without a homeland:

“And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I [am] the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I [am] the LORD” (Lev. 26:44-45).

The starting date for this prophecy is the release of the Hebrew captives to return to Judea to rebuild their temple, which is known from history to have occurred in the summer of 537 B.C. (although the exact date is not yet historically known). If the Jews were released on July 23, 537 B.C., we need to add 2,520 Biblical years to see the end date of the prophecy:

2,520 years x 360 days/year = 907,200 days

907,200 days = 2,483 ‘modern’ exact (365.24225) years + 304 days ‘left over’

so we take:

July 15, 537 B.C.
+1 year (because there is no year 0)
+ 2,483 years
+ 304 days

= May 14, 1948

May 14, 1948 is the exact day the modern state of Israel was proclaimed by the Jewish leader, David Ben Gurion! The Jewish people proclaimed the independence of Israel and the end of their worldwide captivity on the precise date prophesied by Ezekiel. On this day a united Israel again took its place as a sovereign, independent state among the nations, after being without a homeland for an unprecedented ~2,000 years.

The existence of the Jews as a separate group at all outside a homeland for thousands of years is another unprecedented ‘miracle’, since all nations throughout history without a homeland ceased to exist as a nation within a few centuries, intermarrying and losing their national identity.

Could these seemingly impossible prophecies have been faked, written after they were fulfilled, or intentionally fulfilled?

There’s no way to fake them, since archeological evidence indicates the prophecies are very ancient. The events mentioned are well known in secular history. The book of Daniel is one of the most authenticated books of the Old Testament, translated into other languages several hundred years before the birth of Christ, including the Greek Septuagint, so there is absolutely no possibility this prediction was written after the fact. Archaeologists discovered almost complete Ezekiel texts on stone tablets dated from 500-600 B.C., so there is no possibility his prophecy was written later or that the text was changed. Also, the events prophesied were out of the control of any individuals who might imagine fulfilling them, so they were not “self-fulfilling prophecy” as skeptics might claim. For example, how does one predict in the distant future when someone will be born or murdered, or when an entire nation could be free to return to their homeland?

Does this kind of prophecy exist anywhere else but the Bible?

There is nothing like this in any other kind of ‘scriptures’ in any other ‘religion’, or anywhere else. Ask yourself what the odds are of predicting Jesus’ offer of Himself of Messiah to Israel over 600 years in advance to the exact day, or the rebirth of end times Israel over 2,500 years in advance. This is just a small sampling, and there are many other fulfilled Biblical prophecies as well!As our Creator and Lord Jesus Christ said:

“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matt. 5:18).

The God-inspired psalmist also confirmed the Creator’s eternal omniscience in the Scriptures when he said:

“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness [is] unto all generations: (Psa. 119:89-90a)!

Except for those whose hearts are irrevocably hardened against Him, fulfilled Bible prophecy is a miracle of God and dramatic evidence of precise word for word accuracy of the Holy Scriptures, God-breathed from our eternally loving and omniscient Creator.

For further reading

Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications, 2008.

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2 thoughts on “Bible Prophecy Fulfilled in Jesus Christ Messiah and End Times Israel

  1. Wonderful! Can I use those figures in a book I’m writing in French on the end-times? (I’m French…and we have nothing but very poor information in our country about those things…) God bless you abundantly my brother!

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