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1 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God

2 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 2 Overview è The Bibles claim è 3 Types of evidence çArcheological çScientific çProphetic è Conclusion

3 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 3 Introduction è No proof when dealing with unseen è Science calls this Hypothesis testing and certainty factors è The Bible calls this faith Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11v1)

4 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 4 The Bible è 66 books è Approx. 40 different authors çkings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, herdsmen, poets, statesman, doctors, prophets, priests etc. è period of 1600 years è ONE MESSAGE

5 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 5 The Bibles claim è Supernatural authorship è Thus saith the LORD (4000 expressions like this) è Either is what it claims è Or it is a book of lies (that teaches people not to lie)

6 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 6 The Bibles claim 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in correcting and training in righteousness, righteousness, (2 Timothy 3v16)

7 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 7 Methods of proving the Bible è Key methods çArchaeological çScientific l Gematria l ELS l Medical, etc. çProphetic

8 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 8 Archaeological evidence è External testimonies to the veracity of the Bible è The more we learn the more the Bible is proved è Statements that seemed incorrect are now proved

9 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 9 Archaeological evidence 22 ¶ In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfil the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: 23 ``This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ```The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you- may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up. (2 Chronicles 36) è Cyrus and the rebuilding of temple - The BIBLE

10 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 10 Archaeological evidence è Cyrus and the rebuilding of temple - External evidence è Cyrus cylinder çContains details of this decree and the return of Jews to Jerusalem

11 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 11 Archaeological evidence è The Bible talks about çAssyria fighting against Israel çJehu as king while Assyria rule ç2 Kings 12-13

12 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 12 Archaeological evidence è Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III was found….has picture of King Jehu bringing tribute money

13 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 13 Archaeological evidence è Many more çSennacheribs prism çCity of Jericho çetc...

14 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 14 Scientific evidence è Scientific or Mathematical methods è Often quite complex è Use statistics to demonstrate the veracity of the Bible

15 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 15 Scientific evidence è Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS) è Gematria è Other çMedical çLegal çetc.

16 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 16 ELS Defined è Discovery of encoded names and events (relating to the 19th century) in the book of Genesis è Discovered by three mathematicians è Submitted to the prestigious scientific journal Statistical Science

17 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 17 ELS not chance è Editor Robert Kass, said: ç"Our referees were baffled: their prior beliefs made them think the Book of Genesis could not POSSIBLY contain meaningful references to modern day individuals, yet when the authors carried out additional analyses and checks the effect persisted." ("Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis", Statistical Science, August 1994, p.306 )

18 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 18 How does it work? è Hebrew text of Genesis was converted to an array of letters è Found coded words è Also found related words

19 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 19 Examples è Zedekiah near Mantanya (his original name) è Hanukkah near Hasmoneans (Family who lead army taking temple from Assyrians)

20 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 20 What was found? è Selected, at random, 300 related Hebrew word pairs è All 300 found è Statistical odds of this occurring by chance è 1 in 50 quadrillion (50,000,000,000,000,000)

21 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 21 The Conclusion è "We conclude that the proximity of ELS's (Equidistant Letter Sequences) with related meanings in the Book of Genesis is NOT DUE TO CHANCE." ç("Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis", Statistical Science, August 1994, p.434 )

22 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 22 Gematria è Gematria is a method of exploring the interrelationship between words and ideas based upon a numerical analysis of the Hebrew letters

23 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 23 The Ivan Panin Challenge è Sunday, November 19th, 1899, the NEW YORK SUN è Matthew 1v1-17 çFeature 1: 49 (7x7) words çFeature 2: 28 (4x7) begin with a vowel çFeature 3: 21 (3x7) begin with a constant çFeature 4: 266 (38x7) letters çetc...

24 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 24 Numeric Test applied to Matthew 1v18-25 è 13 features to do with the number 7 çFeature 1: 161 (23x7) words çFeature 2: 77 (11x7) vocabulary çFeature 3: 28 (4x7) used by angel è Probability of occurring by chance ç1 in 96,889,010,407 è And on it goes…other books, other passages

25 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 25 The Challenge è Let Mr W.R.L. try to write some 300 words intelligently like this genealogy, and reproduce some numeric phenomena of like designs. è The challenge still remains unanswered!

26 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 26 Genesis 1 Miracle è Miracles of 7 ç1. It contains 7 words. ç2. The total number of letters is 28, or 7 x 4 ç3. The sentence divides into two equal parts: the first three words, 'In-the- beginning God created,' contain 14 letters, and the remaining four words contain 14 letters.

27 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 27 è Miracles of 7 cont. ç4. The second half of the sentence divides again into two equal prts: The two words for 'the heavens' contain 7 letters, and the two words for 'and-the earth' contain 7 letters. ç5.The three nouns, God, heavens and earth have together 14 letters. ç6. The numeric value of these three nouns is 777, or 7 x 111….etc.. Genesis 1 Miracle

28 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 28 è Miracles of 7 cont. ç7. The numeric value of the verb, created, is 203, or 7 X 29. ç8. The middle word (2 letters) and the one before it (5 letters) have together 7 letters. ç9. The middle word and the one after it have together 7 letters….and so on Genesis 1 Miracle

29 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 29 Prophetic evidence è Predicting events before they happen è Hundreds of prophecies è Many very easy to understand è Some even taunting unbelievers to disprove them!

30 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 30 Prophecy of Jesus in OT

31 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 31 Prophecy of Jesus in OT è Fulfilled approx. 300 prophecies è Probability of one person fulfilling 48 prophecies 1 in 10,000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000!

32 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 32 Prophecy of Babylon è 605 BC - Babylon was the power of the world è King Nebuchadnezzar was king è Hanging gardens - Seven wonders of the ancient world

33 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 33 Prophecy of Babylon - Position

34 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 34 Prophecy of Babylon - Isaiah ¶ Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians' pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. 20 She will never be inhabited or 20 She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there. 21 But desert creatures will lie 21 But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about. 22 Hyenas will howl in her 22 Hyenas will howl in her strongholds, jackals in her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.

35 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 35 Prophecy of Babylon - fulfilled è 539 BC Cyrus the Great of Persia captured it è City began to fall into ruin è No longer inhabited - prophecy fulfilled è How long could this continued?

36 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 36 Prophecy of Babylon - fulfilled è 323 BC Alexander the Great è Conquered the world - easy to build a city è Alexander the Great dies

37 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 37 Prophecy of Babylon - fulfilled è 1979 Saddam Hussein è Dictator thought about rebuilding the city è Gulf war, sanctions......

38 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 38 Prophecy of Egypt è The Egyptians were masters of all things; çArchitecture, Engineering and Building, Mathematics, science, Art and Literature, medicine

39 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 39 Prophecy of Egypt è 586 BC Ezekiel said è Ezekiel 29v8-16 It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations. (v15)

40 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 40 Prophecy of Egypt fulfilled è 2500 years later è There is drastic overpopulation in relation to the countries resources... è Sadly today the nation is heavily dependent upon foreign aid, without which it would not survive....

41 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 41 Prophecy of Israel è There are many and detailed è God prophesied that they would be scattered throughout the world è God prophesied that he would bring them back

42 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 42 Prophecy of Israel - Scattering "Even a Biblical prophet could not have foreseen the cataclysms the 20th century would visit on the chosen people" (Time Magazine, February 6, 1995) "You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. In the morning you will say, 'If only it were evening', and in the evening you will say 'If only it were morning', because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see." (Deut 28v66,67)

43 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 43 Prophecy of Israel- Regathering Moses says, Leviticus Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the LORD their God. And Ezekiel concurs... Ezekiel For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.

44 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 44 Prophecy of Israel - Regathering è For almost 2000 years they remained scattered è In 1948 it began to be fulfilled as the Jewish people returned to the state of Israel

45 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 45

46 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 46 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when [there is] no peace. (Jeremiah 8v11) (Jeremiah 8v11) For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape (1 Thess 5v3).

47 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 47 How Soon? Time Magazine - November 2, 1998

48 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 48 Summary

49 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 49 Summary è There is a lot of evidence çScientific çArchaeological çProphetic çAnd other…. è However it is all only evidence

50 Proof that the Bible is the Word of God Slide 50 The Conclusion è Step of faith And without faith it is And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11v6) Evidence is there - We must take the step of faith!

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