Should We Believe Biblical Prophecies? - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Should We Believe Biblical Prophecies?

 

April 2


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Read Luke 24:44 (ESV)

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

 

Reflect

How many prophecies can you think of that Jesus fulfilled?

 

Have you ever heard someone claim that they can predict the future? It seems like usually one of two things happens when we run into people like that. First, someone might give such a vague “prophecy” that it could be interpreted in many different ways and is likely to happen anyway. For example, someone might say, “I see happiness in your future” or “something good is going to happen to you soon.” It’s easy for this “prophecy” to come true because “something,” “good,” and “soon” are not specific and could easily “come true” coincidentally. Or, of course, most prophecies turn out to be just plain wrong.

 

Thankfully, the Bible’s track record with prophecies is infinitely better than the false prophecies the world offers. The Bible’s prophecies are specific enough that they are not likely to be a coincidence. Even better, most of them have already come to pass!

 

As we read through the Gospels, we see prophecy after prophecy fulfilled in Jesus. In Genesis 12:3, we read the prophecy that the Savior would come from the line of Abraham. In 2 Samuel 7:12-13, we learn that the Messiah would be an heir to King David’s throne and that He would reign forever. The prophet Micah named Bethlehem as the Messiah’s birthplace about 700 years before Jesus was born (Micah 5:2). Both Matthew and Luke confirm that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Further, the genealogies listed in these Gospels confirms that Jesus’ lineage can be traced back to King David and Abraham.

 

There were also many prophecies regarding His death. Zechariah 11:12-13 specifically mentions the Messiah being worth 30 pieces of silver which is the exact amount Judas betrayed Jesus for in Matthew 27:3. Psalm 22:16-18 predicts that His hands and feet would be pierced and that they would cast lots for His clothes which are all confirmed in the crucifixion accounts. In Isaiah 53:9, we read of how Jesus was meant to be buried with the criminals He died alongside but instead He was with a “rich man” in His death. This points to the Gospel accounts that Joseph of Arimathea donated his tomb and gave Jesus an honorable burial.

 

I could go on all day explaining prophecies that are ultimately fulfilled in Christ. But some prophecies are still unfulfilled. For example, prophecies declaring our hope that Jesus will return and establish His eternal kingdom. “Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you...’ And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Isaiah 35:4,10).


Friends, we can believe the prophecies in the Bible. Scripture’s impeccable record of fulfilled prophecy should fill us with hope and expectation! Because most prophecies have already been fulfilled, we can take God at His Word that He is not finished fulfilling His Word yet. Jesus said all things concerning Himself must be fulfilled! We know He is coming back, just as He said: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3).

 

Pray

Jesus, I am waiting expectantly for all of the prophecies concerning You to be fulfilled. I am hopeful and confident in the future because I know that You are coming back and establishing Your Kingdom. And a place for me! Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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I believe in all of the prophesies that are attributed to You in the Holy Bible. I rely on them to provide the impetus for looking forward to a brighter day in tomorrow and the day after, and the day after...
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I believe and I want a place to be prepared for me and my family as of Jesus Christ words I know we must put in the work please Lord I need and want your help.thanks Father in Heaven in the name of Jesus Christ Amen I love you Lord.
Thsnk you Lord for paying the price for my sin when you have your life on the cross. I can now live in hope that pne day I will be with you in heaven.
Thank you Lord Jesus, for gave your life and your blood on the Cross for us today. We praise you Lord with all our hearts and our souls. We love you Jesus. Amen
Thank you, Lord. You have been better than good for me. Amen.
Shirley remember Jesus tells us to keep our lamps burning bright for when He does return or calls us "Home," He will see that light for Him alone burning bright. Remember to live and not just be alive for His Goodness is for us. He continues to work on us because we have more to do before He returns to us so we can help lead more to Him. Shirley if you have not yet seen I invite you to watch The Chosen. There is an app you can download to watch free. As well on YouTube for free. May God Bless You with His Peace and Patience till He calls upon you. God Bless You and Keep You in His Presence always. In Jesus name Amen
John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments.” “We may feel at times that God’s laws restrict our personal freedom, take from us our agency, and limit our growth. But as we seek for greater understanding, as we allow our Father to teach us, we will begin to see that His laws are a manifestation of His love for us and obedience to His laws is an expression of our love for Him.” He Jesus paid this sacrifice so I could receive the abundant life that comes through knowing Him personally." Every Proficiency in The Holly Bible has and will continue to come to be as it is The Truth of God. Father You tell us to keep our laps burning bright this new day and each new day so when You return we will be standing with our Lights burning bright for You OH Mighty God. Jesus though we are not deserving of The Love You give and Choose us We Praise and Thank You for being alive within us keeping Your every Promise. Father we Praise You for the patience You give us to wait for You. For the day You call us "Home" in hope of You saying well done my child to bow before You. Father Please Bless and teach us to live and not just be alive to become more like You and less like us for The Glory and Honor belong to You. I Love You Lord need You every second in Jesus name I Pray Amen
We are praying for your children and grandchildren. Though they have heard our prayer is they would be baptized in The Father Son and Holly Spirit there in their turning away from Jesus holds no Strength for Jesus remains alive within them. Father we pray for this family that You would touch their heart fill them with Your Healing Presence that they may feel Your Love and turn back to You to live and not just be alive this I surrender to You Lord in Jesus name Amen 🙏
Kellie Pastor Nat will answer and give you the link or you can go to the app and find it there as well. Blessings be upon you in Jesus name Amen
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I injoy reading the Bible thank you for the message that you are sending to my phone pray that I will always be what God would have of me because that my desire it to please Him. Lela Hunt
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Thank you Pastor Nat. You explained well that most prophesied have been fulfilled. I had not grasped this. I focus one the major prophesy of Christ's return. The fact that He fulfilled so many strengthens my faith. Gives me peace.
Thank you so much. This was wonderful and again, proves our Savior lives.
Thank you pastor Nat For explaining that's so nice I don't think that I would ever get tired of listening about The Bible I have never been a good reader reading for me to read it hard but to listening I love to listen
Glory be to God. Truth...Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Amen
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotional Amen and happy Easter 🐣
In my selfishness, I want Jesus to return now. In God's love, I want to see more people accept Him as Savior before God sends Him back for His followers. I pray to be a faithful witness.
Because He lives, we can face tomorrow. All fear is gone. Because He lives, we too shall live, with Him, eternally. Please pray for my children and grandchildren, who have heard the gospel message but have turned away. Pray that I may be a witness and a blessing to them. Pray that the Holy Spirit would touch them and change them and they might claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Jesus, I believe that what the Bible says is true. I know no one knows the future. Only Our Father who art in Heaven knows and knew before we were even conceived. Jesus, You died and rose again for our sins and You are coming back. Thank You Jesus. In Your Holy name I pray, Amen.
I am looking forward to His return! What a day of rejoicing that will be!
Pastor Nat, please lift up my momma in prayer...she has cancer and she (and my Dad) are very angry at God. Misguided I know AND I ask for prayer that both of them will see the Light. I am asking for healing, wisdom, and peace...by His stripes my mom is healed!!!
Good morning God is so Good we serve a awesome God thank you Lord Jesus for saving us all,all who except you as they savior we love you Lord 🙏🙌🙏
What was said in the old testament myself has witnessed what has said by the prophets through the Holy Spirit and we are all seeing the signs there's hope in Jesus let's continue believing and trusting in His words. Amen.
Jesus we love 💕💕💕💕 you ❣️❣️❣️
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
I never knew there were 2500 proficies in the Bible and 2000 have already been fulfilled! I'm so interested now in learning what the other 500 proficies are!! It excites me to no level. I simply cannot express it in words. 🙏😇💕