I was surprised when I talked to a Muslim man recently and he questioned why the Bible was different in validity from the Qur’an. Well, for starters, the Bible is a much older book than the Qur’an, which was only written in 632 A.D. But, also, in contrast to the Qur’an, which contains no prophecies that have come true, the Bible contains numerous prophecies that have fulfilled.
Below are several biblical prophecies that have all been supernaturally fulfilled:
|The Succession of Great World Kingdoms||Daniel 2:37-42 (written between 605 B.C. to 520 B.C.)||The Kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome|
|Cyrus King of Persia||Isaiah 44:28; 45:1 (written around 700 B.C.) predicts by name the reign of Cyrus||Cyrus founded the Persian Empire, conquered Babylon in 539 B.C., and allowed the Jews to re-build and return to Jerusalem|
|The Destruction of Tyre||Ezekiel 26:3-14 (written around 590 B.C.)||Partially fulfilled when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city of Tyre in 575 B.C. and left it in ruins, then, completely fulfilled when Alexander attacked the city and removed the stones, dust, and timber when he utterly destroyed it in 332 B.C.*|
|Jesus Christ’s coming||Daniel 9:25 predicts that the Messiah will come 483 years after the command to re-build Jerusalem is given (see Nehemiah 2:1-8)||Matthew 21:1-12 – April 6th, A.D. 32 – Messiah Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was worshipped as King|
|The Return of Israel to the Land||Isaiah 11:11||The modern State of Israel was re-gathered and became a country in 1948, nearly 2000 years after the Jewish people were sent into exile|
|The Closing of the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem||Ezekiel 44:1-2||In 1543, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent closed the gate and walled it up. It remains sealed to this day awaiting the return of the Messiah when it will be re-opened for Him to enter through it*|
*Norman L. Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, 1999, 613-14.