THE CASE FOR JESUS
INCREDIBLE PROPHECIES THAT PROVE GOD EXISTS
Did God Promise
to Speak Through His Prophets
Things Concerning the Future?
John Ankerberg, Dr.
John Weldon, and Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr.
Editor’s Note: This material was first published in book form in
1989 by the John Ankerberg Evangelistic Association (now known as
the Ankerberg Theological Research Institute).
Who then is like me? Let him
proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened…
and what is yet to come— yes, let him foretell what will come…Did I
not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? (Isa. 44:7, 8,
God promised to
speak through His prophets and said this would be proof that He was God,
indeed the true God for all the earth. He even challenged one and all to
make statements about the future that would be as accurate as His
statements about the future.
significant that in the most Messianic of all the Hebrew Scriptures,
Isaiah, God speaks most frequently of His ability to predict the future.
He challenges the false gods (idols) and their prophets to prove their
Declare to us the things
to come, tell us what the future holds, so that we may know that you
are gods. (Isa. 41:22-23)
Who foretold this long ago,
who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord? (Isa.
I foretold the former
things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then
suddenly I acted, and they came to pass…. Therefore I told you these
things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so
that you could not say, "My idols did them." (Isa. 48:3, 5)
Above all, you must
understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own
interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man,
but men spoke from God as they were carried along by His Holy
Spirit. (2 Pet. 1:20-21)
All the prophets testify
about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of
sins through His name. (Acts 10:43)
… So I stand here and testify
to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the
prophets and Moses said would happen—that the Christ [Messiah] would
suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to
His own people and to the Gentiles. (Acts 26:22,23; emphasis added
in the above verses)
Concerning this last statement
it is important that we understand what people usually meant when they
used the word and spoke about the "Messiah."
Copyright 2006, Ankerberg Theological Research Institute