Have you ever heard about Santa Claus? I was told that he was an old, fat man that wears red and white, and stays in the North Pole. Once a year, during Christmas, they said that he would give children gifts. Santa Claus doesn’t exist. He is a lie. I sadly believed a lie for many years. Many children still believe that Santa exists. Just because we believe something doesn’t make it true. We need to look at the facts. Facts alone indicate what is true.
Some people believe that all religions are actually lies that were created to encourage the people from different cultures to live good lives. Some people also believe that all religions are good and therefore it doesn’t matter what religion you follow. But what are their facts? We need to look at the facts. Just because people have these ideas doesn’t make it true.
I have heard some Christians say that God answers their prayers and therefore they know that He exists. That might be convincing for them personally, but it won’t be convicing for my Muslim friend who believes that his prayers have also been answered and therefore believes that he is right. Nor for my Buddhist friend who believes her prayers have also been answered and therefore she is right. You see, personal experience is fact for the one who had that experiecne, but not necessarily for everyone else, because others cannot always validate if that person’s personal experience is true or simply a lie made up to prove a point.
I’ve never met a person who enjoys being lied to. So when it comes to the existence of God, is it all a lie, like Santa Claus, or is it a fact? Is there evidence for the existence of God?
1. What does the Bible teach is evidence that someone is a god?
Isaiah 41:23 Shew the things that are to come _____________, that we may know that ye are _____
NOTE: The Bible makes it clear that if someone can predict detailed events in the future with 100% accuracy then we may know that he/she is a god. Not 90%, and not 99.99%, but 100% accuracy. It is not scientifically possible, or natural, for anyone to be able to predict detailed events in the future with 100% accuracy. Because it is not natural, it is supernatural. If somebody can fulfill this then we may know that they have a supernatural power. There are many people who guess about the future. There might even be those who get it right 99.99% of the time, but the Bible says only 100% accuracy will do. If someone is able to make detailed predictions about the future, and then pull it off 100% of the time, we should be willing to call that person a god with supernatural power.
2. What does the God of the Bible claim about Himself?
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am ________, and there is none else; I am God, and there is ________ like me
NOTE: The God of the Bible makes a bold statement by claiming that He alone is God and there is none else.
3. What is God’s reason, in verse 10, for the bold statement He made in verse 9?
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the _______ from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done
NOTE: The God of the Bible claims that He is able to predict detailed events in the future with 100% accuracy. He claims that this supernatural power shows that He is God and there is none else. Also see Isaiah 42:8-9.
4. Did Jesus say something similar in the Bible?
John 13:19 Now I tell you _______ it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that _______.
NOTE: Jesus, in the New Testament, makes a very similar statement to what we found in the Old Testament in Isaiah 46:9-10. Jesus claims that He can predict detailed events in the future with 100% accuracy and that this supernatural power will show that He is special.
5. What did God predict concerning ancient Babylon?
Isaiah 13:19-20 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall _________ be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
NOTE: The God of the Bible said that ancient Babylon shall never be inhabited or dwelt in again. Is this true today? Go to the site of ancient Babylon today and you will find it is in ruins and uninhabited just as God said it would be. Also see Jeremiah 51:26, 37
6. Did God predict accurately the downfall of Egypt? Will it be a world power again?
Ezekiel 29:15 It shall be the __________ of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more ______ over the nations.
NOTE: Read also Ezekiel 30:4, 12-13. Egypt was at one time the leading nation of the world. It was a center of the arts, sciences and religions.
7. What was God’s prediction concerning ancient Tyre?
Ezekiel 26:12-14 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the ________. And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard. And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread ______ upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
NOTE: God foretold the manner of the destruction and the unlikely millennia-long future of the site. Tyre was a city for business people. Nebuchadnezzar attacked the mainland Tyre and destroyed it. Babylon never conquered the island, but placed a commissioner on the island whose duty it was to make sure that the proper tribute was paid regularly to Babylon. Tyre on the mainland was not rebuilt at that time but the island city contuined past the Persian period. When Alexander threatened Tyre, this island city refused to submit to Grecian control. So Alexander, using timbers and debris from the old city of Tyre, built a road through the water to the island and fulfilled the prophecy of Ezekiel 26:12. His army marched over the water to the island and destroyed the city. He killed the leaders and sold the people as slaves. The city was rebuilt but it wasn’t as great as before. Later in A.D. 1291 it was almost completely destroyed by the Saracens. The road that Alexander built through the water has increased through the years to a width of almost 800metres. Some of the ancient buildings can still be seen in the water. There is still a fishing harbor on the north side of the island. The great nation of Ezekiel’s day is no more and it is just as God said it would be.
8. What events did God predict to happen in nature?
Revelation 6:12-13 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great _______________; and the sun became __________ as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as _________; And the ________ of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
NOTE: These events have all been fulfilled in exact order. In fulfillment of this prophecy, there occurred, in the year 1755, the most terrible earthquake that has ever been recorded. Though commonly known as the earthquake of Lisbon, it extended to the greater part of Europe, Africa, and America. It was felt in Greenland, in the West Indies, in the island of Madeira, in Norway and Sweden, Great Britain and Ireland. It pervaded an extent of not less than four million square miles. In Africa the shock was almost as severe as in Europe. A great part of Algiers was destroyed; and a short distance from Morocco, a village containing eight or ten thousand inhabitants was swallowed up. A vast wave swept over the coast of Spain and Africa engulfing cities and causing great destruction. Twenty-five years later appeared the next sign mentioned in the prophecy – the darkening of the sun and moon. On the 19th of May, 1780, this prophecy was fulfilled. “The Dark Day, May 19, 1780 – so called on account of a remarkable darkness on that day extending over all New England… The true cause of this remarkable phenomenon is not known.” Noah Webster Dictionary, ed. 1869. “Candles were used… Fowls retired to their roosts and went to sleep, cattle gathered at the pasture bars and lowed, frogs peeped, birds sang their evening songs, and bats flew about. But the human knew that night had not come” The Essex Antiquarian, April, 1899, vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 53, 54. After midnight the darkness disappeared and the moon appeared. “The moon, which was at its full, had the appearance of blood. The alarm that it caused and the frequent talk about it impressed it deeply on my mind” Milo Bostwick, Stone’s History of Beverly, Massachusetts. Then Revelation 6:13 reached its fulfillment in 1833. “Probably the most remarkable of all the meteoric showers… was that of the Leonids, on November 12, 1833. The number…was estimated as high as 200, 000 an hour for five or six hours.” Charles A. Young, Manual of Astronomy, p. 469. “People said they had no difficulty reading the newspaper all night without lighting a candle.” American Journal of Science and Arts, Volume XXV, 1834. We have scientific and historical evidence that the Bible was written before these prophecies were fulfilled. Once again, it happened just as God said it would be. Many people do not know these facts and have never even heard about them.
9. Is it important for us to be 100% sure that God exists?
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is __________ to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he _____
NOTE: Satan, the enemy of God, doesn’t want people to see the evidence for God’s existence. That is why there are so many different interpretations when it comes to Bible prophecy. Prophecy confirms God’s existence.
Just because our parents or teachers taught us something doesn’t make it true. People have been shown to be wrong time and time again. We need to look at the facts. The Bible makes it clear that if someone can predict detailed events in the future with 100% accuracy then we may know that he/she is a god. This ability is not natural, and therefore supernatural. The God of the Bible claims that He alone has this supernatural ability and therefore He is God alone. The Bible is filled with examples of where the God of the Bible predicted detailed events in the future with 100% accuracy before they took place. What is the evidence for God’s existence? The Word of God (Bible) predicting detailed events in the future with 100% accuracy is evidence for God’s existence. If the Word is true and the predictions are fulfilled, then logically the One who spoke the Word must exist and be true also. No other scripture has genuinely shown itself to have been full of foreknowledge. The Bible, therefore, has an edge over other scriptures like the Koran, the Book of Mormon, the Church Fathers, the scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and the unwritten ideas of the animalistic tribes. This edge also sets it above the research of modern men. This edge is predictive prophecy – the ability of the God of the Bible to predict detailed events in the future with 100% accuracy. The existence of God is a fact.
Now that you have seen that predictive prophecy is evidence for the existence of God, are you willing to commit to learn more about Him through His Word?