Chapter 3 - Other prophecies that have been fulfilled

Again, these are only a few of the prophecies fulfilled.  There are many others that I have not listed here in order to keep this book fairly small.  These should be enough to prove the point though.

The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed as predicted by Jesus

Matt 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

In 70 AD, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem.  During the destruction, fire was set to the Temple. The fire caused the gold inlay on the Temple ceiling and walls to melt. The melting gold flowed into crevices within the stones. The Romans pried apart the stones to remove the gold. This fulfilled Jesus' prophecy that not one stone would be left standing on another.

The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple is prophesied in Daniel

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Daniel predicted that the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.  This means that before the Antichrist takes power in the end time, the people (his ancestors) will destroy Jerusalem and the temple.  This was predicted sometime around 500 BC and was fulfilled in 70 AD.  This prophecy is part of Daniels “70 weeks”, and the portion of the prophecy up to this event is 483 years.

I do have to comment here that the Romans hired many Arab Mercenaries in those days for their armies, and “the people of the prince that shall come” could be referring to a man of another nationality other than a Roman, and is very likely referring to an Arab as you will see in other areas of this book.

Israel would become a wasteland

Deut 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:

Since the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, the land of Israel has been described many times as having been a sparsely populated wasteland. In 1867, Mark Twain wrote this about the land of Israel, which at the time was called Palestine, "Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes… the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies… Palestine is desolate and unlovely… It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land." - from Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad.

The exiled people of Israel would return to Israel

Ezek 38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

This passage is talking about the Battle of Armageddon when Russia and Iran come down against Israel into the land that is brought back from the sword and gathered out of many people.  In recent years, millions of Jews have returned to Israel.  After the holocaust at the end of World War 2, Jews clamored to return to Israel, even at the cost of many lives.  They flocked onto boats that would be attacked by the Palestinians when they reached shore and seemed driven by some unknown force to return home.  Today, the nation of Israel is recognized as a sovereign nation!

If you’re skeptical and don’t really know if you believe this prophecy mumbo jumbo, I have to ask if you really understand the importance and magnitude of this prophecy.  Israel was scattered to the wind for 1900 years.  Their land was a wasteland for that time.  They didn’t die off or become assimilated into the other nations and peoples in almost 2000 years!  It wasn’t until the middle of the last century that they returned to Israel and today they are once again a Jewish nation!  How is that possible?  Never in the history of the world has anything like that happened.

The rise of Alexander the Great was predicted 200 years before he overran the Medes and the Persians in 331 BC

In Daniel chapter 8 we see the rise of the Media/Persian empire, the conquering of them by Alexander the Great, the fall of the Grecian Empire into it's four parts and then a leap to the end time and the rise of the Antichrist and his subsequent defeat by Jesus.

Dan 8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. 23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

Daniel 11 goes on to explain a lot more about the historical past leading up to the antichrist as well.  If it were possible to trace the lines we could know exactly where the antichrist will rise from, but the four kingdoms following Alexander's reign went through too much chaos for us to be able to figure it out without speculation.  Maybe the information is out there somewhere and someone will unearth it for us.

Do you think the bible is truth?  God gave us prophecy so we could know He is real and believe in Him.



  



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