Our Goals

  • To provide evidence for the existence of God.
  • To show that the Bible is divinely inspired.
  • To give reasons for belief that Jesus is the Son of God.
  • To present a brief overview of extensive research and provide resources for further study
    by any truth seeker.

Setting the Scene

Choose a situation about which we could try to make some predictions. For example,
predict eight facts about a World Cup tournament 10 years from now:

  • Name of winning team and the other finalist
  • Venue and score of final game
  • Name of highest goal scorer and his ancestral tree
  • Name and birth place of the captain of the winning team, etc. etc. …..

Now, what are the chances of getting all eight predictions right?
If a group of us were able to accurately predict a series of very specific events 10 years
ahead of time, we would likely conclude that some sort of miracle occurred.

Some Bible Background

  1. The Bible contains hundreds of fulfilled prophecies.
  2. The bible is not a single book but a collection of books: 39 in the Old Testament, 27 in
    the New Testament, 66 in all.
  3. It was written by 40 different men with different backgrounds. A few examples are:
  • Moses – Shepherd
  • Joshua – Army General
  • David – Shepherd and King
  • Isaiah – Prophet
  • Peter – Fisherman
  • Luke – Doctor and Historian

4. It was written over a period of 1600 years (1500 BC- 100 AD)

  • Despite all this there is perfect consistency and accuracy in the many prophecies found
    throughout the bible.
  • Can anyone control the future, particularly the far distant future, other than God?
  • Repeated fulfillment of such prophecies surely demonstrates God’s intervention.

A Few Examples of Old Testament Prophecies:

1. Cyrus – ISAIAH 44:28 – 45:4, 45:13

The prophet Isaiah writing about 700 BC, names Cyrus as the king who will issue a decree
to rebuild Jerusalem and re-lay the temple foundations. At the time of Isaiah’s writing the
city of Jerusalem was fully built and the temple still standing. Only more than a 100 years
later would Nebuchadnezzar destroy both the city and the temple (586 BC). After
Jerusalem was taken by the Babylonians, it was conquered by the Persians in about 539 BC.
Shortly after that, a Persian king named Cyrus gave the decree to rebuild the temple. This is
around 160 years after Isaiah’s prophecy!

2. The destruction of Tyre – EZEKIEL 26:1-14

In about 590 BC, Ezekiel predicted:

  1. Nebuchadnezzar will destroy the mainland city of Tyre (v.8)
  2. Many nations will come against Tyre (v.3)
  3. The city will be made a bare rock; flat like the top of a rock (v.4)
  4. Fisherman will spread their nets over the site (v.5)
  5. The debris will be thrown into the water (v.12)
  6. She will never be rebuilt (v.14)

Fulfillment of each of these six prophecies:

  1. Encyclopedia Britannica (vol.43\xxii – 1970) tells us that after a 13-year siege by
    Nebuchadnezzar II, Tyre was over-run. However, when Nebuchadnezzar broke the
    gates down he found the city almost empty. The majority of the people had moved
    by ship to an island about 500m off the coast where they fortified a city there.
  2. Alexander the Great in his conquests also laid siege against Tyre, in 330 BC ( 260
    years later ). Not possessing a navy of his own he pressured his conquered subjects
    to make ships available for this operation. Sidon, Aradus & Byblus provided 80
    ships; 10 from Rhodes; 10 from Lycia; and 120 from Cyprus. Truly many nations
    came against her!
  3. & 4. Philip Meyers (a secular historian) has this to say of Tyre: “Alexander the Great
    reduced the city to ruins….the larger part of the once great city is now bare as
    the top of a rock – a place where fisherman that still frequent the spot spread
    their nets to dry.”

  4. Once again Encyclopedia Britannica (vol.43\xxii – 1970) tells us: “In his war on the
    Persians, Alexander III marched southward towards Egypt, calling upon the
    Phoenician cities to open their gates… The citizens of Tyre refused… So he
    demolished old Tyre and with the debris built a causeway 200ft. wide across
    the straits separating the old and new towns, erecting towers and war engines
    on the farther end”

  5. Floyd Hamilton in The Basis of the Christian Faith states: “The great freshwater
    springs of Reselin are at the site of the mainland city of Tyre, and no doubt
    supplied the city with an abundance of fresh water. These springs are still there
    and still flow, but their water runs into the sea. The flow of these springs was
    measured by an engineer and found to be about 10 million gallons daily. It is
    still an excellent site for a city and would have free water enough for a large
    modern city, yet it has never been rebuilt.” Only a small village, called Sur, remains today.

    An Example of a New Testament Prophecy:

    Jesus’ predictions against Chorazin, Bethsaida and CapernaumMATTHEW11:20-24.
    George Davis in his Bible Prophecies Fulfilled Today records that “an earthquake destroyed
    Capernaum about 400 AD and doubtless Chorazin and Bethsaida perished at the same

    Davis expands:
    “Ancient Bethsaida’s situation on the shore of the sea of Galilee had been so
    beautiful that about AD 700, King Albalid I of Damascus decided to build a
    magnificent winter palace on the site of the ruined city. For fifteen years his
    workmen laboured erecting the palace. Then King Albalid died, and the palace
    was never completed. As the centuries rolled by, the palace became mere ruins.”

    Davis explains the situation of Capernaum:
    “For long centuries the synagogue lay buried under the earth like the rest of the
    destroyed city…. A man conceived the idea of restoring the ancient synagogue
    from its ruins. At length part of the walls of the building were re-erected, and a
    number of the pillars were put in their places. Then the unexpected happened.
    The architect of the partly restored synagogue suddenly died – just as King Albalid
    had died centuries ago before his palace could be completed.”

    Davis concludes with these comments:
    “Not one word of judgement was pronounced on the city of Tiberius by our Lord.
    Each time I have visited the area around the sea of Galilee I have been impressed
    anew with the truthfulness and the super-natural inspiration of the Word of God.
    There are the ruins of the three cities, destroyed exactly as foretold by our Lord,
    and one city, Tiberius, upon which no word of judgement was uttered, still
    standing and flourishing after nineteen long centuries.”

    Examples of Old Testament Prophecies about the Promised Messiah

    1. Born of a virgin and will be our eternal King- ISAIAH 7:13-14, ISAIAH 9:6-7 (+ 700B.C.)

    • A virgin will give birth to a child who will be called “Immanuel” or “God with us.”
      He will rule with justice and righteousness forever and ever.

    2. The place of His birth – MICAH 5:2-5 (+ 500 B.C.)

    • A leader whose origins are from “days of eternity” or “from ancient times” will come out of Bethlehem and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord. His greatness will reach to the ends of the Earth.

    A messenger will prepare the way and then the Lord will come to the temple
    MALACHI 3:1 (+ 400B.C)

    John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus and then He came to the temple. This is
    especially significant because the temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and has never
    been rebuilt since.

    A description of His life and death – ISAIAH 53:1-12 (+ 700 B.C.)

    He was an ordinary looking Man, rejected by many people and familiar with suffering.
    He was pierced for our sins and yet by His wounds we have been healed because God
    laid on Him the iniquity of us all. On His way to His death, he kept silent. He was cut off
    from the land of the living and so left no descendants. He received two burial sites (the
    mass grave for all crucified criminals and Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb). Yet after the
    suffering of His soul, He will see the light of life again (be RESURRECTED) and because
    He made intercession for the transgressors, He would be given a position among the

    There are more than 60 Messianic prophecies, all which Jesus fulfilled.

    They were written over more than 1000 years. The first was written in Genesis (about 1500
    BC) and the last in Malachi, about 400 years before Jesus was born. The probability that any
    man might have lived and fulfilled just eight of these prophecies is 1 chance in 10 to the 17th
    power (or 1 in 100,000,000,000, 000,000). For someone to fulfill 48 prophecies, statistically
    it would be 1 chance in 10 to the power 157 (or 1 in 1000,00000,000,000,000,000,000,
    000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
    000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,
    000,000,000,000,000,000 ).iv

    So, the odds that Jesus is the Son of God, and the Messiah are rather heavily stacked in
    his favour! It takes a lot of faith to believe these were all fulfilled by random chance. In
    other words, it takes more faith to be an atheist than a believer in Christ.


      Was Jesus really raised from the dead? The response is critically important (1 CORINTHIANS

      1. The Prediction (MATTHEW 27:62-66). Jesus’ predictions about His own resurrection were
        so well known that guards were posted at the tomb to prevent a hoax. With this attention, it
        would have been doubly difficult to fake his resurrection. But did He really die? Perhaps He
        passed out on the cross and was later revived…
      2. The Death (JOHN 19:31-34). Professional executioners would not make such a basic error
        as to think a live person was dead. Medical experts indicate that the water that flowed from
        Jesus’ pierced side would be from the pericardium, a sac around the heart that fills with water
        when the heart ruptures. Jesus was clearly dead!! But perhaps they visited the wrong tomb
        and, when they found it empty, mistakenly thought He was raised…
      3. The Wrong Tomb JOHN 19: 38-42 – The tomb was near the cross, it was not difficult to
        MATTHEW 27: 61 – Mary saw where he was buried. MATTHEW 27: 58 – Pilate knew where to
        send the guards. Nobody visited the wrong tomb. So let’s consider the tomb where Jesus was
      4. The Empty Tomb. MATTHEW 28:11-15. Was the tomb empty? If it had not been empty,
        the Jews would have produced the body. The fact that they tried to explain away the empty
        tomb shows that they knew it was empty. So, was the body stolen then, as they claimed?
      5. The Stolen Body. It would have been rather difficult for anyone to steal the body
        considering the huge stone and the Roman guards in front of the tomb. A Roman guard unit
        was typically a 16-man security force. The strategy was to place four men in front of what they
        were to protect. The other twelve were asleep in a semi-circle in front of them with their heads
        pointing in. Every 4 hours, another unit of four guards was awakened and took over the watch.
        Motivation to perform your duty was high because a death sentence faced anyone who fell
        asleep on the job! No, stealing the body without being seen was virtually impossible. And how
        are we going to explain Jesus’ appearances after his death?
      6. The Appearances. There are two possibilities; a) Someone other than the disciples stole
        the body, the disciples were deceived and wishfully hallucinated the risen Christ; OR
        b) the disciples themselves stole the body and hoaxed the resurrection. Let’s consider the first

      a) Someone else stole the body and hired an actor to impersonate the risen Christ.
      JOHN 20:19-29 – The disciples are scared and in hiding, having earlier fled at Jesus’ arrest and
      now He comes and stands among them. Were they all so blinded by joy at the thought of
      seeing Jesus again that they didn’t recognise an impostor? Thomas, the sceptic, touched
      Jesus. What he experienced was no hallucination to Thomas. JOHN 21: 1-24 – The third time
      Jesus appeared to his disciples, He performed a miracle and spent time with His close
      companions of three years. Could any actor pull that off?

      1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-8. These men had all seen Jesus raised from the dead. In fact, over 500
      people at once saw the resurrected Jesus. If any of these thought they had been deceived,
      they would spoken out! But perhaps it was all a hoax, set up by Jesus’ disciples; this is our second possibility…

      b) The Disciples stole the body and pretended to see Him arisen to prove Jesus was the

      ACTS 4: 8-13. The cowardly disciples at Jesus’ arrest (Matthew 26:56) and their leader, Peter
      who denied Jesus, are now men of remarkable courage! Something had happened that
      changed them completely. They were now willing to die for what they believed in! In fact,
      according to early church history many of the disciples did eventually die martyrs’ deaths:

      Peter – crucified head downwardMatthew – martyred
      James – beheaded by HerodJames – crucified
      Andrew – crucifiedJude – shot with arrows
      Philip – martyredSimon the Zealot – crucified
      Bartholomew – flogged to deathMatthias – axed to death
      Thomas – speared to death

      Why did these men endure such atrocities? Who would suffer and die for a lie that gains them
      nothing? When men are all alone and under pressure, they crack. These men did not. Why
      not? There is only one explanation. They knew Jesus had been resurrected. The evidence is
      logical and overwhelming.


      We have looked very briefly at some key areas that provide reasons for belief. If God wanted
      to, he could do even more compelling things, like sky writing in the heavens or blowing up
      planets and commanding us all to go to church, but he is not a bully and he chooses to
      whisper to us rather than shout. He wants people that primarily love him, not just are afraid of
      him. It’s a relationship with your creator. If you want to hear his appeal just open your ears
      and heart. Provided below are a few examples of additional evidences from the fields of
      biology, archaeology and science.

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