BOOK: PROOF BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT
The Bible is a controversial book, it has caused conflict between religions for many centuries and it is even a source of disagreement between most Christians today. Some people believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, while others believe it is just a book of stories like any other. In my experience most people dismiss the Bible without having ever read it in its entirety. So the purpose of this publication is to provide PROOF BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that the Bible is the Word of God, I intend to do this by showing that the Bible is both historically and scientifically accurate. This publication will also provide you with undeniable proof that prophecies made in the Bible were fulfilled, and in some cases hundreds of years after they were written. The Bible not only contains prophecies that have been fulfilled, but it also contains prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled, and the fulfillment of these prophecies will directly affect your life, and the lives of every human being on this planet. It is my hope that after reading this publication you will believe that the Bible is God’s Word, and that Jesus Christ is Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Holy Bible has been published in over 2000 languages, it is estimated that over one million Bibles are distributed worldwide each week and that over one billion copies have been produced in total. The Bible was written over a sixteen hundred year period and it contains God’s message for all humanity. The first book of the Bible (Genesis) tells us how God created the earth and it explains God’s original purpose for mankind. The book of Genesis explains the downfall of mankind and the reasons for human suffering and death, while the last book of the Bible (Revelation) reveals the secrets of how and when this world will end. From Genesis to Revelation the Bible documents thousands of years of history that in every way relates to the revealing of God’s ultimate purpose for humanity. The Bible is also historically accurate and easily verifiable, biblical accounts of historical figures are detailed very specifically and these accounts not only name individuals, but often give detailed genealogies of their ancestry.
THE WORD OF GOD
As mentioned before the Bible was written over a sixteen hundred year period, but its writers lived at different times throughout history and they all came from many different walks of life. For example some writers were fishermen and farmers, while others were judges and kings. Despite the different backgrounds of the writers, the Bible remains historically accurate and it is perfectly harmonious. In fact, the Bible is the most impressive book ever written in the history of the world because it is literally the Word of God. This statement will lead people to question and say “how can this be so?” But the Bible itself gives the answer.
(2 Peter 1:21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Timothy 3:16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God…
To further illustrate this explanation, I will use a simple example: when a man of power and importance writes a letter, he does not write the letter himself, but rather he would have a secretary write the letter for him. The letter written by the secretary would contain the man’s thoughts and instructions, and even though he did not personally write the letter, it is still his letter, not the secretary’s. In the same way the Bible contains the message of God and not that of the men who wrote it down. Now I can understand that this concept can be hard for some to believe, but please examine the evidence outlined in this book and decide for yourself what you believe.
(1 John 4:1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.
SCIENTIFICALLY AHEAD OF ITS TIME
Throughout history people had always believed that the world was flat, but we now know and can verify with modern science that this is not the case. In fact, we know without a doubt that the world is a sphere (Flat Earth is unbiblical). The first man of prominence to theorize that the world was round was the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who died in 495 B.C.
But hundreds of years before Pythagoras, the Bible recorded that the world was round in the book of Isaiah, which was written in 701 B.C. (Isaiah 40: 21-22) have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth...
The book of Job which was written between 1500 B.C. and 950 B.C provides us with even more stunning evidence of the Bible’s scientific accuracy. It says in the book of (Job 26:7) He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
The book of Job expresses in a poetic way, that the earth is unsupported by any other object. This concept would have been something very unnatural for an ancient writer to envision. However science has proven that the earth is round, and that it does hang in space, just as the Bible records. In fact pictures have been taken from low earth orbit, which clearly show the earth to be both round and floating in a cosmic void, just as the Bible records.
The next evidence I would like to present regarding the scientific accuracy of the Bible is once again found in the book of Job. These next scriptures are a record of God speaking to Job, and I have listed the scriptures and detailed their significance and scientific accuracy.
God said to Job in (Job 38:4) Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. In this statement, God is declaring that He laid the foundations of the earth and the Bible gives specific scientific information to prove God’s declaration. For example, God asks Job in (Job 38:16) Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
Did you know that modern science didn't even discover that there were springs in the sea until the year 1977? This indicates that thousands of years before modern science had even discovered there were underwater sea springs, God was talking about them to Job, and this knowledge was recorded in the Holy Bible.
The final piece of evidence I would like to present regarding the scientific accuracy of the Bible, is God telling Job that light causes the wind. (Job 38:24) By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
The science of meteorology theorizes that the sun causes wind patterns, due to the ground heating up, which in turn expands the air and causes the winds. This knowledge is recorded in (Job 38:24) and it is further proof of the Bible’s scientific accuracy. It is often said that the Bible is an outdated book that is no longer relevant, however this publication has just proven that modern science is only beginning to catch up to the knowledge that has been recorded in the Bible.
BIBLE PROPHECY : PROOF BEYOND ANY DOUBT
The next section of this publication will focus on Bible prophecy, but what is prophecy? Prophecy is writings that were recorded under divine inspiration that accurately foretell future events. The Holy Bible is full of prophecies from Genesis to Revelation. Many of these prophecies have already been fulfilled and they stand as a monument to the greatness of God, and the truth of the Bible. This section of the book will list some of these prophecies and detail the time periods in which they predicted historical events, it will also detail the fulfillment of these prophecies and the time period in which they where fulfilled. The next chapters of this book provide PROOF BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that the Bible accurately foretold the future.
THE FALL OF BABYLON
The Neo Babylonian empire began in 626 B.C., it was a vast empire in the Middle East region, and it was the most powerful state in the ancient world after the fall of the Assyrian empire. Babylon was overthrown in 539 B.C. by the Medo-Persian empire, which was ruled by King Cyrus of Persia. History has recorded the fall of Babylon in great detail, and this book will now show you that the Bible not only predicted the fall of Babylon, but that it even named King Cyrus as its conqueror.
History has recorded that on the night of the Babylonian invasion, King Cyrus of Persia used large metal gates to divert the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which filled the motes that protected the city of Babylon, this action caused the motes surrounding Babylon to be shallow enough for the Medo-Persian armies to cross and approach the walls of the city. History further records that the armies of Cyrus found the gates of Babylon opened, which resulted in the fall of Babylon to the Medo-Persian army in 539 B.C.
Did you know that the Bible predicted this exact event over 160 years before it took place? It’s true, in 701 B.C. the Bible predicted the fall of Babylon. It even named King Cyrus and makes note of the method he used to conquer the city. Proof of this is found in the book of Isaiah, written In 701 B.C. (Isaiah 13:19-20) And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation...
More evidence that the Bible accurately foretold the fall of Babylon is found once again written in the book of Isaiah. (Isaiah 44:27-28) That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure…
This scripture is correctly describing the motes of Babylon being dry on the night of the Medo-Persian invasion, which is exactly what history records in regard to this event. The fall of Babylon is also recorded in the book of Jeremiah, which was written in 630 B.C. (Jeremiah 51:36-37) I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry. And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
The scriptures listed so far in this chapter, provide proof that the Bible did accurately foretell the fall of Babylon to King Cyrus, to conclude this chapter, I have listed a scripture that once again mentions King Cyrus and accurately describes the gates of Babylon being open on the night of the invasion, (Isaiah 45:1) Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
THE INVASION OF BABYLON 539 B.C.
As I have shown in the last chapter, the book of Isaiah which was written in 701 B.C., accurately foretold the fall of Babylon which took place in 539 B.C. The last chapter also listed many important details which confirm the accuracy of Bible prophecy. This chapter will list further evidence of the Bible’s ability to foretell the future, this amazing evidence is also found in the book of Isaiah.
This next scripture accurately predicted in 701 B.C., that the ancient city of Babylon would remain uninhabited after it was invaded in 539 B.C. (Isaiah 13:20) It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
Did you know that the land where the city of Babylon once stood, has remained uninhabited since the time of its destruction? It’s true, in fact Babylon has been an empty and uninhabited city for almost 2000 years.
The fall of Babylon provides PROOF BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that the Bible correctly foretold the future. It would have been impossible for anyone in the year 701 B.C. to know that the city of Babylon would be overthrown by King Cyrus in 539 B.C., and that it would remain uninhabited until this day. The evidence presented so far shows that the Bible correctly predicted the fall of Babylon over 160 years before this event took place. This book has given evidence that the Bible predicted that King Cyrus and his armies would overthrow Babylon, and that Babylon would remain uninhabited until this very day. History has verified the accuracy of this Bible prophecy, and the fall of Babylon stands as a witness to the divine inspiration of the Bible.
THE RUINS OF BABYLON
The next evidence I would like to present is the amazing prophecies found in the book of Daniel. These prophecies recorded in the book of Daniel, provide PROOF BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that the Bible is in fact the inspired Word of God. These prophecies are so detailed and their fulfillment is so accurate, that they should make even the most zealous Bible skeptic reconsider their position. However regardless of the accuracy of Daniel’s writings and the Bible’s ability to foretell world events, critics still dismiss the truth, and historical significance of the Bible. In fact many historians have even labeled the book of Daniel a fraud, therefore before I present these amazing prophecies and detail their fulfillment, I will explain the historian’s main accusation against the book of Daniel, and then explain how history has proved the critics wrong.
HISTORY PROVES THE CRITICS WRONG
Critics of the Bible claim the book of Daniel is historically inaccurate because it records the existence of a King Belshazzar. The Bible records that Belshazzar was king of Babylon at the time of its invasion in 539 B.C. (Daniel 5:31).
Historians have always claimed that King Belshazzar never existed, they claim that there is no record of King Belshazzar found anywhere outside of the Bible. It is this accusation that has lead many scholars and historians to label the book of Daniel fraudulent and historically inaccurate. However, in 1854, the Cylinders of Nabonidus were unearthed in the ruins of ancient Babylon. These cylinders contained information which both confirmed the existence of Belshazzar and detailed his royal authority. The discovery of the Cylinders of Nabonidus verified the historical accuracy of Daniel’s writings, and modern history has proved the critics wrong.
ABOUT THE BOOK OF DANIEL
The book was written by the Prophet Daniel between the years 609 B.C. and 538 B.C. It is a historical account of the seventy year captivity of the Jewish people in Babylon. The book details the lives of Daniel, and his three friends, after the invasion of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar. The book records that Daniel and his friends remained obedient to God, while living among people who practiced idolatry and worshiped false gods. Daniel and his friends faced many life and death situations, that they only survived because God chose to preserve their lives. God protected Daniel and his friends during their captivity because of their faithful conduct while captive in Babylon.
The book of Daniel is one of the most amazing books ever written, through visions recorded by Daniel, the book foretells the existence of every significant world empire and their leaders, from the time of Babylon until the return of Jesus Christ. These visions and their interpretations are found in (Daniel 2:1-45) and (Daniel 7:1-28). Although these prophetic visions and their fulfillment are important and an excellent example of the Bible’s ability to foretell the future, the next section of this book will focus on two other visions that are recorded in the book of Daniel.
The visions detailed in the next section of this book depict well documented historical events and famous historical figures, including Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. These historical events detailed in the book of Daniel, took place many years after Daniel recorded his visions, it would have been impossible for Daniel to know that these events would take place or for him to record them in such detail. The next section of this publication will list these visions and document their clear and unquestionable historical fulfillment.
This vision was received by Daniel in the third year of the reign of Belshazzar king of Babylon, which was the year 547 B.C. (Daniel 8:1).
(Daniel 8:3-8) (3) Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. (4) I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. (5) And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. (6) And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. (7) And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. (8) Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
Upon receiving this vision, Daniel had no idea of its meaning, so God sent an angel named Gabriel to make Daniel understand the vision which is recorded in (Daniel 8:15-19). Gabriel explained the meaning of the vision to Daniel and interprets the symbolism. This is recorded in (Daniel 8:20-22).
(Daniel 8:20-22) (20) The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. (21) And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. (22) Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
It is important to remember that Daniel received this vision in 547 B.C. while he was captive in Babylon. This fact is significant, because although Babylon was eventually conquered by Medo-Persia, it did not fall to the Medo-Persian army until the year 539 B.C., keeping this in mind, lets now look at the historical significance of this prophecy and its historical fulfillment.
THE HISTORICAL FULFILLMENT OF DANIEL'S VISION
As Gabriel explained to Daniel, the ram represented the Medo-Persian kingdom, and the two horns represent the kings of Media and Persia. The two horns (kings) are described in verse three, (3) The two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
The taller horn that came up last is describing the king of Persia whereas the other, shorter horn represents the king of the Medes. History records that the Medes were first seen as the more dominant empire, until Cyrus of Persia gained a military victory over the Median king, King Astyages. Shortly after this victory, king Cyrus combined the two kingdoms, and from then on the two kingdoms had a dual nature. The Persian faction of the united Medo-Persian empire became the more dominant force, and King Cyrus was ultimately the empire’s highest authority. The book of Daniel’s symbolic description of the kings of Medo- Persia is both correct, and historically accurate.
The vision continues in verse four, (4) I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
The description of the ram charging westward, northward and southward correctly correlates with the three principle directions of conquest by the Medo-Persian empire, and the territories that it seized. These territories were Asia Minor to the west, Babylon and Assyria to the North, and Egypt to the south. These three principle military victories gave Medo-Persia its regional dominance, and made it the most powerful empire of that time in history. The vision continues in verse five, (5) And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
As explained before, the goat represents the Greek empire which was west of the regions controlled by Medo-Persia. The notable horn on the goat is the king of Greece, and history records that this king was Alexander the Great.
The next sequence of this vision recorded in verses six and seven, is a prophecy foretelling the defeat of the Medo-Persian empire by the armies of Alexander the Great in the year 333 B.C.
(6) And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. (7) And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
the prophecy in verse eight continues to describe the Greek empire and the unexpected death Alexander the Great, (8) Therefore the he goat waxed very great : and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
In conclusion, this vision given to Daniel correctly predicted the destruction of the Medo-Persian empire at the hands of Alexander the Great. It also vividly describes the untimely death of Alexander and the kingdom of Greece being divided between four Greek generals. History records that after Alexander’s death, the Greek empire did fragment into four smaller empires, which were ruled by the four kings mentioned in verse eight. History tells us that these four kings were, Cassander who reigned in Greece, Lysimachus who reigned in Asian Minor, Ptolemy who became the king of Egypt and Seleucus who became the king of Syria. This prophecy and its historical fulfillment stands as PROOF BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that the Bible correctly predicted major historical events hundreds of years before they took place. The Bible records that Daniel received this prophetic vision in the year 547 B.C., and Greece did not conquer Medo-Persia until the year 333 B.C.
The next section of this book will focus on another prophecy that is recorded in the book of Daniel. Daniel is once again given a vision that foretells the future, and further details the division of the Greek empire. The prophecy detailed in the next chapter of this book was received by Daniel in the year 536 B.C., this prophecy correctly foretold the actions of two of the four Greek kings that succeeded Alexander the Great, these two kings were Ptolemy (King of the south) who reigned in Egypt and Seleucus (King of the North) who reigned in Syria.
GOD SHOWS DANIEL THE FUTURE
Chapter ten of the book of Daniel, records an amazing prophecy given to Daniel by God. The Bible records the exact year that Daniel received this prophecy.
(Daniel 10:1) (1) In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. The third year of Cyrus is the third year of his reign as king after the fall of Babylon, making it the year 536 B.C.
This is the Bible’s description of Daniel’s encounter with a mighty angel, sent by God to show him the future.
(Daniel 10:5-6) (5) Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: (6) His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
The angel tells Daniel that he came to reveal to him the future, and the events of the end times. (Daniel 10:14) (14) Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
The prophecy that the angel revealed to Daniel accurately predicted major world events from the year 536 B.C., all the way to the year 193 B.C. The prophecy begins in chapter eleven of the book of Daniel, and this section of the publication will document each verse and describe its historical fulfillment.
KING OF THE NORTH VS KING OF THE SOUTH
(Daniel 11:2) (2) And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
The angel begins by telling Daniel that three kings would arise in Persia after the reign of King Darius and King Cyrus of Medo-Persia. History records that this did in fact occur and these three kings were Cambyses II, the elder son of Cyrus; Bardiya (Smerdis) Cyrus’s younger son and Darius the Persian. The fourth king was Xerxes I who invaded Greece just as the prophecy describes.
(Daniel 11:3-4) (3) And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. (4) And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.
The mighty king described in verse three is a reference to Alexander the Great. Verse four is describing Alexander’s early death and short lived reign as King of Greece. Verse four predicts that the kingdom of Greece would be divided into four smaller empires. Modern history has verified the fulfilment of the prophecy found in (Daniel 11:3-4). In fact, history has recorded that the King of Greece (Alexander the Great) died only four years after conquering the world. History also records that after Alexander’s death, four kings did arise in his place, and these kings were named Cassander, Lysimachus, Ptolemy and Seleucus.
The prophecy continues in verse five, and it foretells the reign of two of the four kings that arose after Alexander the Great. (Daniel 11:5) (5) And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion.
History records that the king of the south was Ptolemy king of Egypt, and the prince mentioned was Seleucus, who became the king of Syria. It should also be noted that Seleucus once served under the command of Ptolemy, but after Alexander’s death Seleucus (King of the north) gained control over Syria and became more powerful than Ptolemy (King of the south). After the two kings established their empires there was hostility between the north and south kingdoms for many years.
(Daniel 11:6) (6) And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times.
The angel tells Daniel that after many years of conflict the two warring kingdoms would make a peace treaty involving marriage. History records that after the death of Ptolemy in 285 B.C. the two kingdoms made a peace treaty in the year 252 B.C. The treaty agreed upon was for the king of the north (Antiochus II) to marry Berenice the daughter of the king of the south (Ptolemy II). Verse six is accurately describing the political conditions of this time and the peace treaty made between the two kingdoms.
(Daniel 11:7) (7) But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:
History records that the peace treaty was broken when Berenice (the king of the south’s daughter) was murdered in the northern kingdom. Verse seven is foretelling the military retaliation that followed (historically known as the Laodicean war). History also tells us that Ptolemy II died soon after but his son, Ptolemy III (King of the south) sought revenge and subsequently invaded and captured the Syrian capital, which is also foretold in verse seven.
(Daniel 11:8-9) (8) And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north. (9) So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.
Verses eight and nine describe the result of Ptolemy’s invasion. History records that the armies of Ptolemy III (King of the south) recaptured treasures that were stolen from Egypt by the King of the north. After this conflict peace was made between Seleucus II (King of the north) and Ptolemy III (King of the south) in 240 B.C, this peace agreement held until the death of Ptolemy III in 221 B.C.
(Daniel 11:10-11) (10) But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress. (11) And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.
Verses ten and eleven are describing the sons of Seleucus II (Seleucus III and Antiochus III). History records that these sons launched an attack on the King of the south (Ptolemy IV) after the death of their father. This attack was a success and resulted in the conquest of Judea. As a result Ptolemy IV ( the King of the south) launched a counter offensive and eventually defeated the greater army of the King of the north (Antiochus III), at the battle of Raphia in 217 B.C.
(Daniel 11:12) (12) And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.
After his victory, Ptolemy IV (King of the south) slaughtered tens of thousands of Jews in Egypt. It was because of this massacre that he lost the support of his people and his kingdom was significantly weakened. The Bible predicted these exact events in verse twelve.
(Daniel 11:13-14) (13) For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches. (14) And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.
Fourteen years after his defeat, Antiochus III (King of the north) raised an army to fight against Ptolemy V (King of the south). However, because of the atrocities committed by Ptolemy IV, the Jews who lived in Egypt joined the King of the north (Antiochus III), to fight against Ptolemy V (King of the south). This rebellion was eventually subdued by an Egyptian general named Scopus, and the King of the north (Antiochus III) was defeated. Verses thirteen and fourteen accurately foretold these events in detail.
(Daniel 11:15-16) (15) So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand. (16) But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.
After his defeat, Antiochus III (King of the north) launched an attack southward where he defeated Scopus and captured the fortified city of Sidon in 198 B.C., it was this victory that allowed the King of the north (Antiochus III) to occupy Judea which is referred to in verse sixteen as the glorious land.
(Daniel 11:17) (17) He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones with him; thus shall he do: and he shall give him the daughter of women, corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him.
History tells us that after defeating Scopus, Antiochus III (King of the north) planned to gain control over Egypt. His plan was to give his daughter Cleopatra I in marriage to Ptolemy V (King of the south) which took place in 193 B.C. Antiochus III (The king of the north) believed that his daughter would conspire to murder the King of the south (Ptolemy V), but this plan failed when Cleopatra refused to betray Ptolemy V and remained loyal to the king of the south. To conclude this chapter, I would like to note that (Daniel 11:2-17) accurately foretold major historical events from the year 536 B.C. to the year 193 B.C. In only sixteen verses the Bible recorded in detail over three hundred years of world history before it took place.
THE END OF DANIEL'S PROPHECY IS A WARNING
The next section of Daniel’s prophecy is a dual prophecy, dual prophecy is a prophecy that has two fulfillments in different times of history. (Daniel 11:21-45) is a dual prophecy that describes the king of the north Antiochus IV, also known as Antiochus Epiphanes. Antiochus IV the king of Syria, captured Jerusalem in 167 B.C. and desecrated the Holy temple, by offering the sacrifice of a pig to an idol of Zeus (the Abomination of Desolation). Antiochus IV pillaged the city of Jerusalem and murdered many of its inhabitants, he also carried away captive thousands of women and children. Antiochus IV not only ravaged the city of Jerusalem, but he also stopped the daily sacrifice and made the Jews raise idol altars in every city and village. Antiochus IV forced God’s people to offer swine's blood upon these altars and worship idols contrary to God's law, Antiochus IV also made it illegal for the Jews to circumcise their sons, or worship the God of Israel.
THE FUTURE FULFILLMENT
The future fulfillment of this prophecy will be a coming global dictator known to Christians as the Antichrist. The reign of Antiochus IV as described in (Daniel 11:21-45) is a foreshadowing of the events that will soon occur under the reign of the Antichrist. The end of Daniel’s prophecy is a warning to every one. The satanic exploits of Antiochus Epiphanes will soon be repeated by a modern day King of the north. Just as Antiochus IV stopped the daily sacrifices and declared himself Antiochus Epiphanes (god manifest), so will the Antichrist declare himself to be God. The Bible describes these events in detail, and it reveals that a great time of tribulation is soon to come. The Bible teaches us that the Antichrist (King of the North) will make war with God’s people, shortly before he is destroyed at the second of Jesus Christ.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT PROPHECIES
To end this publication I have listed several other Bible prophecies that have also been fulfilled, although these prophecies may not be as extensive as those previous listed, they are by no means less significant. The first of these prophecies was a conversation that took place between Jesus and His disciples, in this prophecy Jesus Christ foretold the events of His death, burial and resurrection.
Prophecy - (Luke 18:31-33) Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
Fulfillment - This prophecy was fulfilled in the year 33 A.D. when shortly after His arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus was arrested by the Jewish authorities, and handed over to the Romans for execution. Jesus was beaten, mocked and spat upon before He was crucified. Jesus also predicted His arrest and execution in many other scriptures including (John 3:14-15).
The next prophecy that I have listed is also a conversation that took place between Jesus and His disciples, in this prophecy Jesus foretold the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.
Prophecy - (Matthew 24:1-2) And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Fulfillment - This prophecy was spoken by Jesus Christ in the year 33 A.D, it was fulfilled in the year 70 A.D. when Roman general Titus and his army invaded Jerusalem. The Roman army besieged the Holy city which resulted in the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem just as Jesus predicted in 33 A.D.
THE INVASION OF JERUSALEM 70 A.D.
NOW IS THE TIME TO SEEK GOD
Now is the time for you to seek God, this book is a record of the truth of the Bible, and its pages provide PROOF BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
The Bible is clear, and its message is that all mankind must accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. Everyone that is born into this world is given sufficient time and opportunity to learn the truth about God, and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the end of our lives we must all individually stand before our creator and be judged.
At this final judgment, those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, and His death as payment for their sins will be given eternal life in the Kingdom of God (John 3:16). Those that reject the Bible and the salvation offered to them by Jesus will be condemned and spend eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8).
(2 Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
God is very merciful and patient, He allows everyone to hear the truth of the Bible and decide for themselves whether they will believe in Jesus Christ.
BELIEVE IN JESUS
If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and you accept His death as payment for your sins, you will receive eternal life (John 3:16-18). God has a plan to save you and that plan is faith in His Son.
If you believe in Jesus and you want eternal life, God has a simple way for you to receive it.
GOD'S FOUR STEP PLAN FOR YOUR SALVATION
Step 1. You must know that you have sinned and because of this, you fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). You must also understand that you are not righteous (Romans 3:10).
Step 2. You must understand that the result of your sin is death, but God wants you to have eternal life (Romans 6:23).
Step 3. You must believe that Christ died for your sins (Romans 5:8).
Step 4. You must confess verbally that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10).
It is very important to understand that salvation is received through faith alone in Jesus Christ and you cannot trust in your own righteousness or good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
It is also essential that you know that once you are saved you are always saved, nothing can take away your salvation or separate you from the love of Jesus Christ (John 6:37).
These foundational beliefs are the true meaning of faith in Jesus Christ and without them there is no salvation or chance of eternal life. If you believe in Jesus and want to become God’s child, pray for Jesus to come into your life.
PRAY FOR JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE
“Dear God, I believe Jesus is your Son and that He came to earth to die for my sins. I believe that you raised Him to life and I want to be saved and receive the Holy Spirit. I accept the sacrifice Jesus made as payment for my sins and I want Jesus to be my Lord . Please God let me receive Jesus and open my eyes to your wisdom through reading the Bible. Help me to understand your words and guide me towards your purpose. I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.”