Pat's Chat (Sept. 3)

Someone I love very much does not believe in God.  How can we KNOW there IS a God?  He has inspired men to write about Him.  If He can predict what is going to happen; He says He is Omnipotent (knows everything), then His Word, the Bible should convince us that He is who He says He is.  If you have studied prophecy at all, I am sure you know that time prophecies are accurate.  Remember the Dead Sea Scrolls that proved to scholars that the Bible we now have was written way before the prophecies proved to be true.  One of those prophecies was about the city of Tyre, which was to the Middle East sort of like New York City is to our modern world.  It was a commercial city in the height of her power in 590 B.C. and seemed like it would stand forever.  Ezekiel said that God had shown him that the city would be destroyed, never to be rebuilt. (And it never has.)

History tells us that soon after this prophecy, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, destroyed the city and left the buildings in ruins, then two and a half centuries later all that was left of the old Tyre buildings was scraped into the sea to build a causeway (a raised road or track across low or wet ground) to an island which was the new Tyre.  See: just as predicted in Ezekiel 28, etc.  The ruins had been there until Alexander the Great came and wanted to attack the new Tyre.  He is the one who scraped off the ruins of old Tyre to make that bridge or causeway so he could conquer the new Tyre.  It all happened just like God through Ezekiel had predicted. 

Daniel 2 tells of a dream that Nebuchadnezzar had that gave an exact picture of kingdoms in the middle East from Daniel’s time through to Jesus’ second coming.  Read Daniel 2 and compare what was predicted to what happened in history.  The king dreamed that this great statue had a head of gold which represented Babylon.  The arms and chest were of silver which represented Medo-Persia who conquered the Babylonian kingdom.  Then bronze belly and thighs represented Greece, with Alexander the Great taking over.  After this, the legs of iron mixed with clay representing the Roman power.  You will notice that these kingdoms represent world powers that held dominion over God’s people.  We are living in the toes (or perhaps toenails) of that prophecy and waiting for the Stone cut without hands that will be Christ who comes for His faithful people.

Some have wondered why the Bible did not mention other kingdoms like China and other places on earth.  He was concentrating on His people, Judah.  This shows it was because His story is the “history” of God’s people and is also dealing with many who chose NOT to be His people.  One of the things He asked His disciples to do is teach all the other nations about Him and His great love for all people (Mark 16:15).  It is His desire that EVERYONE be saved for eternal life (I Timothy 2:4).  But He will not force anyone.

The most interesting prophecies that took place as predicted have to do with Jesus, His birthplace, date of birth, virgin birth, and even His time in Egypt for safety was predicted more than 700 years earlier (see Hosea 11:1 and Matthew 2:14, 15).  There are many, many other predictions that are too numerous to mention, like he was betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9, John 13:18) and sold for the price of a slave (Zechariah 11:12 and Matthew 28:14, 15). 

We do not know why God does things the way they are done.  We can reason from our point of view and think that there must have been a better way for some things to be done.  We will have an eternity to talk those things over with Him and let Him explain why things happened, why a pandemic, why certain ones are elected to offices, why someone had to die, etc., etc.  Daniel 2:21 tells us that he removes kings (or presidents) and raises up kings (or senators).  He IS in control.  We can just do the best we know how to do and have faith; it may take a long, long time to understand it all.  Take time to get acquainted with our Wonderful Savior through His love letter, the Bible.  Be kind to one another.  




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