Bible Prophecies are Abundant in the Bible
Bible prophecies are passages found within the religious text that describe communications between prophets and God.
In the Bible, the prophecies written down are considered to be revelations from God. These revelations reveal truths or information to a prophet or may include a prediction for the future.
Some of the prophecies within the Bible are explicitly conditional, meaning that the statement remains true so long as the conditions stated or implied remain true.
Some prophetic texts within the Bible, however, are considered direct messages from God.
Examples of Prophecies in the Bible
These prophecies are found throughout the Bible, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. In Genesis 17:8, for instance, the following prophecy promises Abraham and his descendants the land of Canaan:
“The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
Other prophecies in the Bible come from the Book of Kings and Isaiah. In Jeremiah 34:2-5, it says that God informed Zedekiah:
“I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will burn it down. You will not escape from his grasp but will surely be captured and handed over to him. You will see the king of Babylon with your own eyes, and he will speak with you face to face. And you will go to Babylon… You will not die by the sword; you will die peacefully.”
Isaiah 7:14 says that, after the Jews heard that Aram had allies with Ephraim, God told them:
“It will not take place, it will not happen…Within sixty-five years, Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people.”
Examples of Bible Prophecy Coming True
Bible prophecies fulfilled are quite common. The Bible accurately foretells a multitude of events that happened either soon after, or in some instances, centuries later.
One of the best-known examples of a fulfilled prophecy came from the prophet Micah. The prophet had named Bethlehem, a tiny and largely insignificant village, as the birthplace of the Messiah. This was stated in Micah 5:2, and of course, it came true when Jesus Christ was born. It is the most popular and most celebrated fulfilled prophecy in the Bible today.
Some other examples are outlined below.
In Zechariah 11:12-13, the prophet Zechariah said that the Messiah would be betrayed for the price of a slave. According to Jewish law, this is thirty pieces of silver. The prophecy also said that the money would be used to purchase a burial ground for the poor foreigners living in Jerusalem.
Historians and Biblical experts and writers have noted that thirty pieces of silver was in fact the amount of money paid to Judas when he betrayed Jesus. Experts have also indicated that the money was used to buy a “potter’s field,” which was used for burying poor foreigners.
Isaiah 44:28, 45:1, and 45:13
The prophet Isaiah had predicted that there would be a conqueror by the name of Cyrus, and this conqueror would take down Babylon (which was considered impregnable), as well as subdue Egypt and the rest of the civilized or known world.
Isaiah also said that this man would let Jewish exiles living in his territory go free, with no requirement of ransom or payment.
The prophecy was made a century and a half before Cyrus was born, and 180 years before, Cyrus did in fact do all of the things that were predicted by Isaiah.