Purpose: The purpose of this study is to build a foundation for a person’s faith that the Bible is completely inspired of God and not man!

2 Peter 1:20-21. How can we be sure that the origin of Scripture is not found in the will of men, but from God alone? Would you record your most embarrassing moments in your life in a history book? Why not? If you would never record a historical document that made you look bad, why then would the characters found in the Bible do the same? Some examples to consider…

  • Noah and the flood: Nearly every civilization with a religion more than a few thousand years old has a record of the great flood and that only a few survived. The difference is how the hero was reflected. The Babylonian hero was rewarded with immortality, honor and treasures. While the Biblical character, Noah, had his sins exposed. Ref: Genesis 9:20-23
  • Abraham: Is one of the greatest men within the Bible, best known as a friend of God, a man of incredible faith, and also a coward and a liar. Ref: Genesis 12:10-20
  • King David: The Kings of old were always remembered with great honor and glory, never mentioning their flaws, mistakes and sins. However, the Bible records its greatest king with all of his adultery (2 Samuel 11:2-5), deception (2 Samuel 11:6-13) and murder (2 Samuel 11:14-18). Compare that to the Pharaohs of Egypt.

No prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.”

Because of the Bible’s Impartiality Towards its Characters

The Bible, between the Old and New Testament is made up of 66 books, written over 1,500 years, by more than 40 writers from all walks of life. Some were fishermen, kings and peasants, generals, shepherds and historians. They wrote from dungeons, in temples, on beaches and on; hillsides during peacetime and war. These writers were from three different continents. The Bible is written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Most amazing was that these writers wrote on hundreds of controversial subjects, and yet, they wrote with complete agreement and harmony. Consider just 10 people today who can’t write on one controversial subject and agree! God chose 40 different people to write the Bible-which has stood the test of time perfectly! From Genesis to Revelation the theme is the same… God’s salvation of mankind.

“No prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.”

Because of the Bible’s Continuity

 

Isaiah 20:1 records the Assyrian King Sargon attacking Ashdod. The Assyrian king and his empire were not known by any historical record to date. In 1845 to 1857 in Khorsabad, Iraq, an English Assyriologist named Austen H. Layard, dug up the entire city of Nineveh with its temples and palaces. Layard discovered Sargon’s palace and recorded on the palace walls was the capture of Ashdod, which was recorded, first in Isaiah 20:1. History was confirmed!

“No prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.”

Because of the External Evidence found in Archaeology

The Prophecy: Isaiah 44:28 (700 B.C.) Isaiah named King Cyrus as the one who would allow Israel to rebuild.

The Fulfillment of Isaiah’s Prophecy: Ezra 5:13-14

“No prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.”

Because of the Internal Evidence found in Prophecies