In “Part 1” we acknowledged the call to have an answer to give to interested souls for the reason for our hope as Christians. We saw the need to be equipped with the right tools to build belief in the Word of God- faith. And we understood the need to furnish ourselves with an intelligent faith- one that can appeal to an intelligent mind who is not yet convinced of the veracity of Scripture.
Are you ready to grasp the “secret weapon” of an intelligent faith?
Many today would have us believe that all “gods” are alike; all “gods” are just different paths or representations of the same God. Did you know the God of the Bible issued a challenge to all other “gods?”
Isaiah 44:6-8 describes this challenge.
Thus says the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, will call, and will declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming and will come, let them show unto them. Fear not, and don’t be afraid: have not I told you from that time and have declared it?
Did you catch that? God is saying “you can test me by looking at the things I have predicted and see if I’ve told you the truth. Can your ‘god’ do that?” In other words, only the true God can predict something to happen…and it does, exactly as predicted-even thousands of years in advance!
Let’s look at one of these powerful evidences for our God.
Daniel 2. This book of the Bible was written thousands of years ago. We’ll summarize the story below.
The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar has a troubling dream of a metal man. A head of gold, chest & arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet partly of iron and partly of clay. He can’t remember the dream or figure out the meaning of it, so he tries to get all the “wise” men of the land to help him interpret it. They can’t, so he asks a Jewish man named Daniel to do so. Here is Daniel’s interpretation:
Babylon is represented by the head of gold (v. 38). Babylon would fall to an inferior kingdom (silver-Medo-Persia) (v.39). They would fall to another kingdom (bronze-Greece), the brazen coated soldiers, who would rule over the then-known world. Greece would fall to another kingdom (Rome-the iron monarchy).
Rome would not fall, but be divided into ten (toes/feet) barbaric tribes (modern Europe-they were the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Franks, Vandals, Alemannians, Sueves, Anglo-Saxons, Heruls, Lombards, and Burgundians. Seven of them still exist today in Europe. For example, the Anglo-Saxons became the English, the Franks-French, the Alemannians-Germans, and the Lombards-Italians.)
Did It Happen Just as Predicted?
How easy would it have been for this prophecy to have been debunked? There are a number of ways. Here are just a few.
- Babylon, the head of gold, could have been conquered by a stronger nation than Medo-Persia, who diverted the Euphrates river and marched in under the heavily fortified walls without much of a struggle.
- There could have been more or less than 4 kingdoms to conquer in succession after Daniel wrote the prophecy.
- The 4th kingdom, Rome, could have been conquered rather than divided.
- There could have been more or less than 10 barbaric tribes that were divided from Rome.
This is just one of many predictive prophecies which are falsifiable. That is, we can look back through the stream of time and historically validate or disprove the prophecy based upon facts outside of the Bible.
So friends, the God of the Bible is NOT just another god. He is the shaker and the mover of history. No other “god” or prophet can accurately predict events and civilizations literally THOUSANDS of years in advance.
And this is how we know the Bible’s claims about our salvation can be trusted.