Prophecy Sermon Illustrations

Prophecy Sermon Illustrations

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The Bible in Prophecy

Fulfilled prophecies of Holy Scripture provide testimony to prove that God lives and reigns. Indeed, the Bible literally abounds with predictions concerning men and nations—predictions that have been so exactly fulfilled that they bear upon them the stamp of Divine inspiration.

Certainly the Prophets could not have foreseen the future themselves; that is beyond the power of any man. Even with the latest scientific instruments, it is not possible to foretell the nature of the weather more than a day ahead—much less the fate of empires. Ability to describe the future with accuracy demands supernatural vision; and a sequence of predictions fulfilled to the letter provides, without question, the strongest possible evidence of the existence of God and His guidance and control in the affairs of men.

More than a century before Nineveh was sacked and burned by Nebuchadnezzar, while Assyria was still the greatest power in the world, and men thought it would never be overthrown, Nahum the prophet wrote: Nineveh shall be "empty, and void, and waste" (Nah. 2:10).

While Babylon was in its prime and all the world marveled at its wealth and might, Jeremiah dared to foretell its doom in these striking words: "Babylon shall become heaps . . . without an inhabitant" (Jer. 51:37).

In the days of Tyre's supremacy in the Mediterranean, when her island fortress still proudly defied the world, and her ships ruled the waves, God declared through Ezekiel: "They shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, like the top of a rock. It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea" (Ezek. 26:4, 5).

While Egypt was still a power to be reckoned with in world affairs, the same prophet announced: "It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations" (Ezek. 29:15).

Of the beautiful Temple that was standing in Jerusalem in the days of our Lord, He Himself foretold: "There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down" (Matt. 24:2).

As for the city itself, He said: "Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).

A glance over history demonstrates how every word of these predictions has come true. The site of Nineveh is a sandy waste. All that remains of Babylon is a heap in the desert. Fishermen today spread their nets on the rocks where Tyre once stood. Certainly Egypt has never again exalted itself above the nations. As for Herod's Temple, it was thrown down within forty years of the prophecy; and to this day Gentiles still rule in Jerusalem.

No wonder H. L. Hastings once wrote:

"So long as Babylon is in heaps; so long as Nineveh lies empty, void, and waste; so long as Egypt is the basest of kingdoms; so long as Tyre is a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea; so long as Israel is scattered among all nations; so long as Jerusalem is trodden under foot of the Gentiles; so long as the great empires of the world march on in their predicted course—so long we have proof that one Omniscient Mind dictated the predictions of that Book, and `prophecy came not in old time by the will of man.'"

There is a God. Blessed assurance! He is infinite in power and can predict! By far the greater number of prophecies have to do with the Second Coming of Christ. What confidence and glorious expectation fill the heart when it is known that all the prophecies pertaining to the past have been fulfilled to the ultimate detail. Their fulfillment seals our assurance that those pertaining to the most stupendous event of all—Christ's Coming in power and glory—will likewise come to pass.—Selected.

Many Locks, One Key

Dr. A. W. Hare once said: "If you saw a half-dozen doors with as many locks to them, so new and strange that not a locksmith in the country could make a key to fit any one of them, and if a man then came with a key which fitted all these different locks and opened all the six doors, could you doubt that his was the right key? This is just the kind of proof which the prophecies afford of the truth and divinity of Christ. The weight of this proof rests on two simple facts: One is that the prophecies were written many hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. The other is that Jesus died the death related in the New Testament. Jesus is the true key for the prophetic lock; and the prophets who foretold all these things hundreds of years before must assuredly have spoken, as Peter says, `not by the will of man: but . . . as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.' Where—outside of the Bible—shall we find prophecies of this kind?"The King's Business.

The Gospel of the Old Testament

Daniel Rose, head of the Jewish department of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, dealing with one of his Jewish friends, said, "I want to read you a portion of the Bible, and when I have finished I want you to tell me what part of the Bible I have been reading." He agreed, and opening my Bible I began to read from Isaiah's prophecy beginning at the 13th verse of chapter 52 and reading through chapter 53, which marvelous passage has been called by some the `Gospel of the Old Testament.' When I had finished, I asked this friend from what part of the Bible I had been reading. Without hesitation he replied: 'From the New Testament.' 'And to whom does the passage refer?' Again, without the slightest hesitation the answer came back: `It refers to Jesus of Nazareth.' With my Bible still open to the page I had been reading, I showed my friend that I had not been reading from the New Testament, but from the Old Testament. `But,' I said, `your second reply is correct, for this Old Testament passage does refer to Jesus Christ, and this Jesus Christ is our true Messiah.'" Since that day Mr. Rose has repeated this procedure with many others, leading them to Jesus Christ.—Prophecy.

Pre-Written History

In all ages God has pre-announced certain things which He purposed to do. These announcements are termed prophecies. Prophecy is history pre-written. It is as credible as any Word that God hath spoken. The Bible is filled with prophecies. Almost all the sixty-six Books contain some prophecy; but sixteen Books of the Old Testament and one of the New Testament are wholly prophetic in character. In all, nearly one-fourth of the Bible was predictive when it was written. It is most reasonable to conclude, since every Bible prediction concerning the past has been fulfilled, in minutest detail, that we may expect all the remaining prophecies to be just as literally fulfilled.—Selected.

If We Believe the Living Word

A few years ago, in a railroad train a lawyer, seeing I had a Bible in my hand, asked, "Surely you don't believe that Deuteronomy belongs to the canon of Scripture?" I answered by asking the question, "Do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead?" He said, "Yes, certainly, I believe the resurrection of the God-Man to be the most authenticated fact in all history. But that has nothing to do," he said, "with my question of the inspiration of the Book of Deuteronomy." "Oh, yes, it has," was my reply. "Was Christ, as proved by the resurrection, divine and God's Son and perfect in life and teaching?" "Yes." "Then you must take your question to the final court of appeal. Christ expounded unto his disciples the Scriptures, beginning at Moses and all the prophets concerning Himself, and called it Scripture, and endorsed it as God's Word. Deuteronomy was in it."—Sunday School Times.

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