A contrast between failed and fulfilled predictions

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BY ALBERT HULL - Failed predictions or promises. In the political realm and also in the scientific world there are so many predictions from politicians and scientists who have failed to materialize and they leave people at times bewildered, confused, even agitated and with the big question: “Who and what can we believe?” 

Of course the “excuse system” comes into play and there are crafty ways around the failing propaganda. However, we all appreciate honesty and genuine acknowledgements when things turn out negative. We all agree that millions of dollars are spent on propaganda politically, and in explorations scientifically, and there follows, at times, empty rhetoric or unproven theories that somehow we seem to swallow, hook, line and sinker. We leave the failed predictions and check into the fulfilled and reliable predictions or promises, tried and proven.

Fulfilled predictions or promises. Consider a few of the more than 300 predictions and promises in the Scriptures of truth that were fulfilled exactly as spoken. Amazing! Some span millenniums and some centuries. A select few will confirm the accuracy of these predictions. Micah 5:2 says the town of Christ’s birth was predicted more than 700 years before He was born. Micah chapter 5:2 says “But thou Bethlehem Ephratah … out of thee shall come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been of old, from everlasting.” Yes, the birthplace of Christ was fulfilled in Matthew chapter 2:1.Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea is this not miraculous. It is fulfilled.

The prediction of Psalm 22:16: “they pierced my hands and my feet” 1,000 years before it happened was fulfilled when they nailed Jesus to that old rugged cross. The horrible invention of crucifixion was unknown when these words were penned. Amazing. Indeed in a coming day the nation of Israel shall look on Him whom they pierced, says Zechariah 12:10, which was written 500 years before Christ was crucified.

Isaiah chapter 53:3 was written 700 years B.C. before it actually happened. Note these expressions, “He is” despised and rejected. This, an abiding attitude by humankind, written as if it had already happened. Verse five says: “But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities and the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed.” Also, verse six: “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Fulfilled!

Isaiah 53: 9 says, “He (they) made his grave with the wicked, (they plotted a shameful burial), “but He with the rich (one) in His death.”

In addition, “Joseph of Arimathaea, a rich man, wrapped Jesus’ body in clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb” (Matthew 27:59-60).

And there are many scriptures that point to Christ’s death.

Isaiah 53:12-15 says,“Therefore I will divide Him (Christ) a portion with the great …” Isaiah 53:11 says, “He (Christ) shall see of the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied.”

1 Corinthians 15: 3: 4 is the confirmation of the prophet Isaiah’s Old Testament predictions. How that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. Hallelujah Christ arose! Indisputable fact. Fulfilled! What a message! Pure, powerful, personal.

It is not a feel-so, think-so, hope-so message but a “know-so” message. Repentant sinners who trust alone in Christ are justified. Martin Luther said it well when he stated clearly and powerfully, “Justified by faith alone.” Those who trust Christ will never be put to shame but will one day join heaven’s anthem. Revelation 5:9 and 10 says, “and they sung a new song; for Thou (Christ) was slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, tongue, and people and nation...” Note it is not by works, by ritual, by the sacrament, but all and only Christ, the Lamb of God. These are predictions and promises that can be accepted without reserve offered to all, both Jew and Gentile. 

Albert Hull lives in Bible Hill and has been doing evangelistic work for more than 50 years. He with his wife Mae left Irish shores on July 10, 1963 and settled in Nova Scotia, the land they love. His evangelical work has taken him all over Canada, as well as St. Lucia, USA, England, Scotland and, Ireland.

albertwillhull@gmail.com

Geographic location: Israel, Bethlehem, Bible Hill Nova Scotia Canada St. Lucia USA England Scotland Ireland

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