Skip to comments.100 Bible prophecies explained:10 being fulfilled today
Posted on 04/02/2005 5:41:14 PM PST by John Lenin
In Genesis 15:18, the Lord said that Abrahams descendants would have their own country, and that this country would be between the river of Egypt and the Euphrates River. (People sometimes call this the Promised Land.)
Genesis also explains that this promise of land to the descendants of Abraham was inherited by Abrahams son, Isaac, and then by Abrahams grandson, Jacob. Jacob is the father of the 12 Tribes of Israel. (This web site uses the terms Jews, Israelites, people of Israel, and Hebrews, interchangeably.)
This prophecy of nationhood has been fulfilled more than once. About 3400 years ago, the Hebrew descendants of Abraham first established Israel. The Bibles book of Joshua explains how Joshua led the Israelites into the land that had been promised to them, as descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and established the nation of Israel.
The nation of Israel was later divided into two kingdoms, called Judah and Israel, about 2900 years ago. The kingdom of Israel lost its independence when it was conquered by Assyria about 2700 years ago. Judah lost its independence about 2600 years ago when it was conquered by Babylon.
Then, about 2000 years ago, the Romans scattered the Jews (or Israelites, or Hebrews) throughout the Roman Empire.
But, in 1948, after many Jews from around the world had returned to the land of Israel, the Jews issued a declaration of independence.
That was the first time in 2900 years that Israel was both united and independent.
On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates
2. Jacob saw a vision of Israel's future
Bible passage: Genesis 28:10-15
Written: perhaps 1400 BC
Fulfilled: Throughout history
In Genesis 28:10-15, the Bible says that Jacob, who lived about 4000 years ago, received a vision from God about the future of his descendants (the Israelites, who today are commonly called "Jews"). The vision accurately foretold their future. Here is our summary:
1. Jacob's descendants would have Israel as their own country. (Gen. 28:13). This was fulfilled about 3400 years ago when the Israelites first established Israel.
2. The Israelites would be like dust, spreading out to the east, west, north and south. (Gen. 28:14). Throughout history, the Jews have been scattered worldwide. They are the first and only group of people to be scattered worldwide.
3. The Israelites would have a worldwide impact. (Gen. 28:14). Jews have had a tremendous worldwide impact in science, art, literature, economics, music and theology. The worldwide spread of Christianity began 2000 years ago by Jews who were followers of Jesus.
4. Jacobs descendants would be brought back to Israel. (Gen. 28:15). This began to be fulfilled during the late 1800s when many Jews worldwide began returning to their ancient homeland. They re-established Israel's independence in 1948.
Jacob ... had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
3. Counting Abraham's descendants would be like counting the stars
Bible passage: Genesis 15:5
Written: perhaps 1400 BC
Fulfilled: Throughout history
In Genesis 15:5, the Bible said that Abraham would have many descendants and that counting them would be like counting the stars. Today, scientists say it is impossible to count the stars because the universe is too vast. Today, we also know that counting Abraham's descendants is also impossible. There are about 20 million Jews in the world today. But, it is impossible to know how many other people today are descendants of Abraham because many of the Israelites were scattered by Assyria during ancient times and history has lost track of them.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this prophecy is that Abraham, today, is still widely revered as being the father of many descendants. That in itself is unusual. Very few, if any, other people from ancient times are still revered today by their descendants.
He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
4. The people of Israel would be scattered worldwide
Bible passage: Deuteronomy 28:64
Written: perhaps 1400 BC
Fulfilled: 721 BC, 586 BC, 70 AD, 135 AD, modern times
In Deuteronomy 28:64, the Bible said the Jews would be scattered worldwide. This prophecy has been fulfilled in detail. Take a look at the explanation of the Jewish "Diaspora," which means "scattering," from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition:
by 70 A.D. Jewish communities existed in Babylonia, Syria, Egypt, Cyrene, Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome. Jews followed the Romans into Europe and from Persia and Babylonia spread as far east as China. In modern times, Jews have migrated to the Americas, South Africa, and Australia. The Jewish population of Central and Eastern Europe, until World War II the largest in the world, was decimated in the Holocaust. Despite the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, the vast majority of the Jewish people remains in the Diaspora, notably in North America, Russia, and Ukraine."
Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. …
5. God will never forget the children of Israel
Bible passage: Isaiah 49:13-18
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
Fulfilled: Throughout history
In Isaiah 49:13-18, the Lord makes it clear that even though the people of Israel are to be exiled from their land, the Lord will not forget them, and they will brought back to their land.
Isaiah lived about 2700 years ago. At about that time, the Assyrians invaded the northern part of the land of Israel and had scattered many of the people. More than a century later, the Babylonians would do the same to the people in the southern part of the land of Israel.
Many returned after the fall of Babylon, but the Romans later exiled and scattered the people again. And many remain scattered throughout the world today. Given the exile, the scattering, and the persecutions of the past 19 centuries, it is easy to understand the sentiment of Verse 14 (NIV translation): "The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me."
But Verses 15 and 16 show that the Lord will never forget. In fact, it says that even if a mother could forget her child, the Lord will not forget his children, for they are "engraved" on the palms of His hands. Verses 17 and 18 show that the sons of Israel will return to Israel.
Although there has always been at least a small number of Jews living in the land of Israel, millions have returned from around the world during the past 2 centuries, allowing Israel to reclaim independence in 1948, a few thousand years since the previous time that the nation had independence.
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me." "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you. As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.
6. The people of Israel would have a worldwide impact
Bible passage: Genesis 12:2-3
Written: perhaps 1400 BC
Fulfilled: Throughout history
In Genesis 12:2-3, and in Genesis 28:10-15, the Bible said that the descendants of Abraham and the descendants of Abraham's grandson, Jacob, would be a blessing for people worldwide. Jacob is the father of the 12 Tribes of Israel (the Jews). In 1898, Mark Twain wrote an essay for Harper's New Monthly Magazine that discussed how the Jews have had an impact on the world:
" the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also way out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone. Other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"
"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
7. Israel would be partitioned by other nations
Bible passage: Joel 3:2
Written: about 400 BC
In Joel 3:2, the prophet said that the nations of the world will be judged for having scattered the people of Israel and for having "divided up" (or "parted" or "partitioned") the land of Israel. Christian scholars believe that this is a prophecy that will be fulfilled during the End Times. But portions of the prophecy already have been fulfilled. The Jews have been scattered to nations throughout the world, and the nations of the world have divided up the land of Israel. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly approved a motion to partition the land into two separate states, one for Jewish people and another for Arab people.
I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.
(NOTE: "Jehoshaphat" means "the Lord judges.")
8. Israel would be restored and repopulated
Bible passage: Ezekiel 36:8-10
Written: between 593-571 BC
Fulfilled: late 1900s
In Ezekiel 36:8-10, the prophet Ezekiel said that the people of Israel would return, rebuild and repopulate their fallen cities. Ezekiel, according to the Bible, lived about 2600 years ago during the time of the Babylonian Captivity, when many Jews, including Ezekiel, were taken as captives to Babylon. After the Babylonian Captivity ended, many Jews returned to their homeland. But about 1900 years ago, the Jews again were forced into exile, this time by the Romans. However, since the late 1800s, millions of Jews have returned to their ancient homeland. And, once again, they have been rebuilding and repopulating their ancient cities. In 1948, there were about 600,000 Jews living in Israel. Today there are about 6,000,000.
"`But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home.
I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown,
and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.
9. Jesus' life was foreshadowed by the prophet Isaiah
Bible passage: Isaiah 42:1-9
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC
Fulfilled: About 2000 years ago
In Isaiah 42:1-9, the prophet Isaiah speaks of a servant of God who will be a light to the Gentiles (non-Jews) and bring justice to the world. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this promise. Jesus' teachings govern the lives of Christians throughout the world. Some estimates claim that there are as many as 2 billion Christians worldwide. More people follow the teachings of Jesus than those of any other person in history.
"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. … In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. … "I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. "I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you."
10. Jesus said His words would never be forgotten
Bible passage: Luke 21:33
Written: about 30 AD
Fulfilled: At this very moment
In Luke 21:33, Jesus said that regardless of what happens to the world, His words will never be forgotten. Here we are 2000 years later and the words of Jesus are all around us: Christianity has spread to people around the world and the Bible is the world's most circulated book. Of all the people who have ever lived, can you think of a single person who could have made this claim more effectively than Jesus - that his words would never be forgotten?
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
I have never thought we should have supported Israel because of what the Bible says.
Have you ever read the Bible Troll ?
"I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you."
That's what God says about Israel, and it is in the Bible.
Funny thing is, out of all the countries over in the MidEast, how many besides Israel have an elected representative governemnt?
And last I knew, it wasn't Israel that has been trying to kill us.
Skip the chapters about who begat who. It's like listening to grampa talking about the family of his second cousin.
How about I just rename my Farm Israel and you just follow me.
And what are you trying to imply by that?
You can name your farm any darn thing you want.
Paint it pink and call it Jeanette for all I care.
Again, last I knew, it wasn't Israel trying to kill us.
That wouldn't work because you are not chosen.
Nice personal attack. Its ok I have come to expect that from liberals. I grew up in the church its my life and the book of daniel say they will try to change God's laws and times. I pray that satan leaves you and your anger.
I agree with you on that that Israel is'nt trying to kill us. I just know what the Bible says.
Uhh.. that's not a personal attack.
Your comment is trollish in nature.
If you read the Bible as you claim, you'd notice that it does indeed say that God will bless those who bless Israel.
And what, pray tell, so you claim the Bible says?
No you called me a troll and that disrepectful.
Nice work with the word 'liberal', wouldn't you say? I wouldn't award him for stealth and context, but what he lacks in quality, he makes up for in quantity.
Your statements in this trhead are trollish in nature.
If you are not a troll, you would be wise to explain yourself.
My Pastor is always Preaching on Sunday how Israel is the devil's tool. To attack God and God's laws and times just like the good book says in the book of Daniel. I dont think my pastor is going to lie to me about that. He even showed me where it talks about the horned beast and how the false Israel is doing the devils work.
I am sorry I misunderstood you.
"I just know what the Bible says."
I assume you are familiar with these passages, then?
"I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. . .For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles. . .Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. . .And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob"--Romans 11
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."--Galatians 3:28
You are the attacker here poopy pants. I never debate a troll.
That was the old Testament. If we followed that we would be going to church on saturday.
"My Pastor is always Preaching on Sunday how Israel is the devil's tool. To attack God and God's laws and times just like the good book says in the book of Daniel."
What passage in Daniel are you talking about? Daniel speaks of Israel being persecuted, not of Israel being a horned beast.
And you deserve all the disrespect we can give you. What dose your bible say about Israel?
I quoted Romans and Galatians, which are in the New Testament. Get your New Testament and look at the table of contents, or search online for it, and you will see these books are in the New Testament.
Read Numbers 24 1-14.
I have the King James version not the new liberal flip flop John Kerry version.
I have a version with the original Greek and Hebrew next to the translations thereof.
In the days of the prophets, and in Christ's day, people didn't speak in "thee" and "thou" and "verily"s.
OK dark I will do that I will go read right now. And pray for the right answer. We are living in the end times and people will try to confuse you. Isnt that right Conspiracy Guy?
Come on man, if you're going to waste our time, at least have the courtesy to string your newfound conservative slang into meaningful sentences.
Good. Now read it.
Christ came first for the Jews, and since they rejected him, the Gentiles were blessed by him.
Read also Romans 9, 10, and 11.
Pay specific attention to Romans 11 13-21.
Thank You. To the people insulting others on here Jesus will deal with you. Jesus will see you on judgement day. If you think Jesus would approve of you making fun and putting people down. I cant wait to see your face on Judgement day. Its not to late to change. Theres no room in Heaven for Bullies.
Romans 11 makes mention of Gentiles as being grafted in branches.
Also has a warning about being overly confident and denigrating towards the 'branches' that were removed.
Because what was removed can be restored to it's original place.
I did not know that.
Admittedly, it gets overlooked all too often.
Much like what Christ said to the Samarian woman at the well.
He said that it wasn't right to give to the dogs what was intended for the children, and she replied that the dogs lick up the crumbs that fall from the table.
Christ's response to her says it all.
Especially since at the time, Israelites did not associate with Samarians.
You sound like an atheist.
You mind sharing that passage with the rest of us? I'm sure we'd all appreciate it.
With a name like John Lenin sounds like your the atheist.
Does your pastor also fill in as the stormfront.org chaplain?
It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with the fact we are blinly following a non christian country.
Stormfront is neo-nazi and isn't exclusively concerned about race. The Stormfront ilk regard Israel as a tool of the Devil just the same as the World Church of the Creator; which in hindsight may have been a better choice to inquire about your pastors comments.
My only concern is whats best for America and nobody else!
If thats the case then you should back Israel. We turned our backs on Iran and Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi , thanks to Carter, which was a major error. Iran was our ally in the middle-east. That was one facet in the rise of unchecked Islamic terror and militance. You can can follow the chronology right up to 9/11/2001.
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