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God wrote down an inspired record of the history of the world: from the time when John was sitting on Patmos in AD 95, right up to the very end of days. That is what you are holding in your hands today.
The online world mourned for a few moments this week, the passing of another icon from the former, pre-cyber world of the past. After 244 years of publication, the Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer be printed on paper. Thus ended the longest published record of civilization’s knowledge.
The byline of that monumental compendium of knowledge, are these words: facts matter.
Facts matter even more to God. Today, the facts about what God has said, describing the future of every person in the world, are crucial. The facts that God has given to us are quite clear. The ability to precisely tell the future is part of God’s uniquely Divine identity. First we know that:
God Always Gives the Facts
Do you remember a few weeks ago when we looked at how we know the Bible is true?
Remember the fourth reason we should trust God’s Word? It was: Fulfilled Prophecy is the simplest and yet most profound evidence the Bible offers. Prophecy fulfilled is an irrefutable verification found only in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures.
Prophecy is the missing element in all other sacred scriptures of the world’s religions. It is not to be found in the Muslim’s Koran, the sayings of Buddha, the Hindu’s Vedas, or the Mormon’s Book.
By contrast: prophecy comprises about one-third of the Scriptures! The Book of Isaiah contains six of the clearest declarations of God’s sole ability to write the future, plus perhaps the clearest and most remarkable prophetic passage, in the Bible!
Look at this string of declarations from the one and only God, who reveals Himself by writing down history before it happens. Start with me in Isaiah 41:21.