Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Signature of the Creator

Just Proving the Bible, No Biggie

Often in the course of conversations with folks who are skeptical about the authenticity of the Bible, the question arises as to how it could even be proven if it were true. The argument is that since the Bible was written so long ago there's no way to prove it is actually the Word of God. 

Well, as it turns out there is a way to prove the Bible is from God. We can authenticate the Bible the same way we authenticate works of art. There are indeed the undeniable brushstrokes of the Creator all over this Book, and His signature is also present. But, what would the signature of an omniscient, timeless Being look like? In this case the signature comes in the form of history being written in advance - prophecy.

Unlike other so-called holy books, the Bible is full of prophecies. Many have been fulfilled. A few have not yet come to pass. But in all of them there is one which stands out. One that never ceases to impress me. The prophecy Gabriel gave to Daniel in the ninth chapter of his book is that prophecy.

I Dare You


Read to the end and tell me this isn't the most astounding messianic prophecy you've ever heard of. And that is a double-dog-dare.

Did you ever notice how a few different times the crowds had attempted to take Jesus and declare Him king, but that every time He slips away? Ever wonder why, especially in light of the account in Matthew 21 when He actually took the time and effort to arrange his entry into Jerusalem as King? Read on.

Way back in Daniel 9, the angel Gabriel payed a special visit to Daniel as he was in the middle of prayer. His purpose for the visit? To share a few pieces of headline news... from the future! Doc Brown wouldn't have been cool with that, but he wasn't even born yet, now was he?

The Triumphal Entry

In this chapter Jesus makes His "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem. As the crowd waved palm branches and shouted "hosanna," just like the prophet Zechariah foretold so many decades prior.

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass." - Zec 9:9

"Hosanna" means "oh! save," so the people shouting Hosanna directly ties into this prophecy as well - "... having salvation..." or "having the power to save."

But this isn't the the most amazing prophecy by far...

In part 2 I'll get into the angel's message to Daniel.
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