God claims to be able to reveal the future. He says, “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9. God is able to declare “the end from the beginning.” Isaiah 46:9, 10. Therefore fulfilled prophecy becomes a mighty testimony to the inspiration of the Bible.
1. What did God predict concerning ancient Babylon?
“And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation; nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.” Isaiah 13:19, 20.
NOTE: Read also Jeremiah 51:26, 37. Go to the site of ancient Babylon and youwill find it is in ruins just as God said it would be.
2. What did the prophet say God would do to the great city of Nineveh?
“And He will stretch out His hand against the north, destroy Assyria, and make Nineveh a desolation, as dry as the wilderness…..This is the rejoicing city that dwelt securely, that said in her heart, “I am it, and there is none besides me.” How has she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down! Everyone who passes by her shall hiss and shake his fist.” Zephaniah 2:13,15.
NOTE: Nineveh was a large city. It was seven and a half miles around, its walls enclosing 1,640 acres of land. In the excavations of Nineveh parts of Sennacherib’s and Ashurbanipal’s palaces have been uncovered. A clay prism of Sennacherib names fifteen gates in the walls of Nineveh. These walls were about sixty feet high and forty feet thick.
3. Did God predict accurately the downfall of Egypt – will she be a world power again?
“It shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for I will diminish them so that they will not rule over the nations anymore.” Ezekiel 29:15.
NOTE: Read also Ezekiel 30:4, 12, 13. Egypt was at one time the leading nation of the world. It was a centre of the arts, sciences and religion.
4. What was God’s prediction concerning ancient Tyre?
“They will plunder your riches and pillage your merchandise; they will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses; they will lay your stones, your timber, and your soil in the midst of the water. I will put an end to the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more. I will make you like the top of a rock;you shall be a place for spreading nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken,’ says the Lord God.” Ezekiel 26:12-14.
NOTE: Tyre was a city of merchants who traded with all countries around the Mediterranean Sea and even beyond. Because of their wealth they were many times involved in undesired wars. Nebuchadnezzar besieged the mainland Tyre and destroyed it. He carried on the thirteen-year siege of the island which he never conquered. However a compromise was entered into which permitted Tyre to retain its kingdom on a semi-independent status. Babylon maintained in the city a commissioner 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 continued 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 causeway out to the island and fulfilled the prophecy of Ezekiel 26:12. His army marched over the causeway to the island and captured and destroyed the city. He killed the leaders and sold the remaining inhabitants into slavery. The city was rebuilt but never was quite as it had been before its fall. Later in A.D. 1291 it was almost completely destroyed by the Saracens. The present day village is partly on the northern part of the island and partly on the causeway,which has increased through the years to a width of almost half a mile. Some remains of the ancient buildings can still be seen in the water. There is still a fishing harbour on the north side of the island. The great nation of Ezekiel’s day is no more.
5. What did God predict about the nations of modern Europe?
“As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.” Dan 2:43
NOTE: In the dream given to Nebuchadnezzar God revealed the future of certain nations to the end of time. Read Daniel 2:31-45. The king was shown an image, and the various parts of the image represented great world powers. The head of gold represented Babylon. The breast and arms of silver depicted the next world empire, Medo-Persia. The belly and thighs of brass represented the Grecian Empire. The legs of iron represented Rome. The feet and toes of iron and clay represented the nations into which Rome was divided. Just as it is impossible to mix iron and clay and unite them, so the prediction is that the nations of Europe will never unite. Charlemagne, Louis XIV,Napoleon, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Hitler all tried to bring about a united Europe and failed. Why? Read Daniel 2:43 again.
We are living in the last days of earth. We must take heed to the Bible counsel, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” 1Corinthians 10:11. “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 2Chronicles 20:20, last part.