In the Bible study, “Two Ways That God Proves Himself to Us,” this writer gave two proofs of the existence of God: creation and miracles. Once a person is convinced that there is a supreme being, he must find out how that being communicates to humans. The Bible claims to be inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16). Let’s prove that God inspired the Bible.
The Bible gives accurate accounts of events that can be confirmed by secular writers. The reader may choose to research this independently.
There are numerous references to Jesus Christ in the Hebrew scriptures, often called the Old Testament. However, this would not be very convincing to a skeptic. It does show that there is consistency among all the writers of the books of the Bible.
The Bible teaches a way of life. A person can prove that way of life is correct by looking at the result of obeying or breaking the laws of God put forth in the Bible. This is perhaps the most convincing proof, but it takes time to see the results.
God predicts events in the Bible, and He makes them happen (Is. 46:9-10). Only God can do that. Here are several examples of prophesies that can be proven from history to have happened.
The Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and demanded that the wise men of the kingdom tell him what the dream was and what it meant. Read Daniel chapter 2:26-35. Daniel was able to accurately describe the dream about a great image. We don’t have to guess what the dream meant: if we keep reading, we find that the Bible interprets its own symbols. Daniel interpreted the dream in verses 36-43. He talked about four great kingdoms. History shows that there were four great ancient kingdoms: Babylon, then Persia, then Greece, and then Rome. (The kingdom he describes in verses 44 and 45 is the kingdom of God, which is yet in the future.)
In Daniel 7:2-7 we read of Daniel’s vision of four beasts. His vision is interpreted in verses 16-24. These four beasts represent four kingdoms. Again, history shows that these four ancient kingdoms of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome existed. In verse 6, the third beast had four heads. Those represented the four generals who divided Greece after the death of Alexander the Great. The Bible even includes this detail.
Ancient Egypt is also mentioned in the Bible. The historian Herodotus wrote that Pharaoh Hophra boasted that no god could deprive him of his kingdom. Read Jeremiah 44:29-30. Soon after this boasting by Hophra, he was dethroned by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. Egypt is further described in Ezekiel 29:1-2, 8-16 and Egypt has become among the lowliest of kingdoms (verse 15). It is a poor nation with very little political influence. The prophecy for Egypt continues in Ezekiel 30:10-13. In verse 13 it says, “There shall no longer be princes from the land of Egypt.” That is exactly what happened; the pharaoh of that time was the last pharaoh. Egypt was then ruled by Persians and then Greeks. A descendant of one of Alexander the Great’s Greek generals began a line of foreign pharaohs that ruled until 152 B.C. These were not native Egyptian pharaohs. Egypt was then ruled by Romans, Muslims, Turks, French (who built the Suez Canal), and British. It finally became a republic in 1953. Most of the people in Egypt are Arabs, not necessarily descendants of the people who lived there during Ezekiel’s prophecy.
A prophecy for the city of Babylon was written in Isaiah 13:17-22, which was written in the 700s B.C. History proves that the city of Babylon was conquered by the Medes in 539 B.C. These verses show it would never be inhabited. The late Herbert W. Armstrong visited the ruins of Babylon, and he asked the museum caretaker if he lived there. The man said nobody lived there. Verse 20 says, “Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there.” Mr. Armstrong asked the museum caretaker if Arabs pitch tents there. The man told him that they never do; there was a superstition against it. Isaiah wrote more about Babylon in Isaiah 44:28 and Isaiah 45:1-3. For a man to rebuild Jerusalem and lay the foundation of the temple, he had to defeat the kingdom that possessed that region. The kingdom was Babylon. Isaiah named the man who would conquer Babylon, Cyrus, 150 years before he was born. In verse 1, the double doors refer to the two-leaved gates of Babylon. In 539 B.C. Cyrus diverted the Euphrates River that flowed under the gates of the city. The water level decreased to the point where soldiers could wade into the city and open the gates for the rest of the army to enter.
There is a prophecy for a time after this in Daniel 8:1-22. We don’t have to wonder what the ram and the male goat represent: verse 20 interprets the ram as the kings of Media and Persia, and the male goat as the kingdom of Greece. History shows that its first king was Alexander. The four kingdoms that arise out of Greece in verse 22 were divided among the four generals of Alexander after his death.
The events that we have studied were predicted in advance in the Bible, a proof that the Bible was inspired by God. Once we are convinced that the Bible is the word of God, we should read it to learn about the beautiful mind of God, the purpose of our lives, and what God expects of us.