Signs of Inspiration in the Bible

Recently I was reading a book entitled “Science and the Bible” by a Henry Morris (Moody Press). The purpose of this fascinating book was to highlight scientific truths that have lain hidden in the Bible for thousands of years . It was difficult to put the book down

From our school days we know how the boat crew under the command of Columbus mutinied for fear of sailing over the edge of the world! That was as recent as 1492  when scientists believed the world was flat . In Isaiah 40:22 however it stated, “God sits above the circle of the earth.” The word translated circle is the Hebrew “khug” which means sphere. The book of Isaiah was written about 700BC.

Again in The Book of Job 26:7 it stated, “God hangs the earth upon nothing” a clear reference to the planet being suspended in space. The Book of Job i
s thought to have been written about 1500 BC. It wasn’t until the 17th century that Galileo and Newton confirmed this scientific fact and indeed Galileo was almost burnt at the stake as a heretic! A clear and sobering reminder that what the Bible teaches and what the church decides to teach is not always the same!

Ecclesiastes 1:7 explained that rain is caused by evaporation and condensation of water – again a discovery only understood and accepted in recent centuries. “All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full(evaporation). To the place from which the rivers come (clouds) there they return again.” This was written around 970 BC.

Most amazing of all is perhaps Ecclesiastes 12:7. Scripture teaches that God created the human race out of the dust of the ground. Verse 7 declares that when we die our bodies or “dust will return to the earth as it was, and our soul will return to God.” Modern science has confirmed that there isn’t one single chemical element contained in the human body which is not found in the dust of the ground. When one thinks of the complexity of the human brain , DNA, the ear, eye or the human body in general this scientific fact is remarkable beyond words. It just goes to show what God can create from a lump of dirt!

The Bible which is the world’s number one best seller, is not strictly speaking one book – it is in fact a volume of 66 books written over 1500 years by about 44 different authors. Each author states that the information thery are consigning to ‘paper’ has been given to them by the Creator. Something like 2700 times they expressly put it “Thus saith the Lord.” In other words they are emphasizing these are not their own thoughts or ideas, far from it. Some of them like Isaiah actually died for the views they expressed, a clear indication that they really they were teaching the truth and not simply stories invented by themselves.

One third of the Bible is narrative, one third is history and an incredible one third is composed of prophecies and predictions. There are around 300 prophecies in the Old Testament which predicted the birth,life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. For example Psalm 22:12-18 gives a shocking description of the crucifixion. Incredibly this Psalm was written over 1000 years before its fulfillment by King David, who stated that “the Spirit of God” inspired the Psalms he wrote.

When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, they were found to contain every book of the Old Testament(except for the Book of Esther). The manuscripts upon which these prophecies were written were dated at being 120 – 150 BC, clear proof they were written centuries before their fulfillment. Fulfilled prophecy is one of the simplest ways to discern the Hand of God upon the Bible.

Sadly there is one prophecy which appears to be being fulfilled in our generation. In Jude 18 and 2 Timothy 4:3-4, the writers predicted an age when Scripture would no longer be taken seriously and would indeed be derided and ignored!

Other prophecies being fulfilled in modern times can be read in Chapter 4 of ‘ A Call to the Nation.’ This can be downloaded free from this website. The sad fact is that although the Bible is the world’s best seller, many people fail to explore the treasury of knowledge it contains. Often this “instruction manual for the human race” lies gathering dust unopened and unread. The Bible is full of the most amazing things. Take it seriously and it will change your life and open your eyes to the Heavenly Father Who loves you so much, He sent His only Son to die for you on the Cross at Calvary.