Chapter Three (Continued)

There was a rather lengthy period of time over the last couple of centuries that religious scholars of a secular mindset, whose work was set off by the German School of Higher Criticism, attempted to cast doubt upon the prophecies of Isaiah and Daniel. First they insisted, on the basis of style, that multiple authors had contributed to each of these books. From there they proceeded to insist that the books were written much later than the previously-accepted dates. Their motive, of course, was to place the prophetic writings to dates after Jesus’ incarnation, thus removing the supernatural element entirely from the prophecies. Unfortunately, much of the theological community, including a number of well-recognized seminaries, swallowed these lies to their everlasting shame, which propagated from there out to a gullible public through weak pastors, causing great damage to the common faith. This train of thought was abruptly terminated by its exposure to the light of day with the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were dated to before Jesus came in the flesh. Among the documents recovered there is the complete text of Isaiah and prophetically important passages of Daniel.

Had the Dead Sea Scrolls not been found, the Christian of faith still would have possessed in Scripture much prophecy of indisputably supernatural prophetic value. Before Isaiah and Daniel, David graphically described Jesus’ suffering on the cross in Psalm 22 a thousand years before the great event and several hundred years before crucifixion was known to Israel as a punishment.. Micah foretold the place of Jesus’ birth. A host of other prophecies describe many other details of Jesus’ life and mission. In Chapter 28 of Deuteronomy, Moses foretold the Diaspora of the Jews and gave the reason for it. Both Moses, in Chapter 30, and Ezekiel, in Chapters 36 and 37, foretold in great detail the return of Israel to their land. In the Book of Revelation, the apostle John foretold a currency system that is impossible to implement without modern electronics and computer science. In addition to the overt words of the prophets, Scripture has defined with astonishing accuracy the purpose of God in its record of the lives of Biblical characters.

Bible scholar Grant Jeffrey discovered quite recently another astonishingly accurate ancient prediction, one which would have brought the adherents of the German School to speechless consternation with an inability to rationalize away the supernatural element. According to him, the prophet Ezekiel, a contemporary of Daniel, was told by God to lie on each side for a number of days, on his left side for the iniquities of Israel and on his right for the iniquities of Judah. The relevant passage is in Ezekiel 4 and the total time, for which God would punish Israel and Judah a year for each day, amounted to 430 years. The search for significant events following a 430-year period failed to yield anything of note until Dr. Jeffrey happened to link this period of punishment with the chastisement foretold in Leviticus 26, wherein if, after Israel’s punishment had been completed, it continued in its disobedience, the punishment period would be multiplied by a factor of seven. Recognizing that Israel and Judah remained disobedient for the most part after the initial captivity, Dr. Jeffrey then subtracted the 70-year period of Israel’s captivity in Babylon from the initial 430-year period of Ezekiel 4, and multiplied the resulting 360-year period of punishment by seven, yielding a time period of 2520 years from the end of the initial 70-year period, between 535 and 536 B.C. Reckoning by 360-day prophetic years, the remaining punishment period would occupy a duration of 907,200 days. Observing the lack of a 0 B.C., the date of the prophesied restoration of Israel is calculated as some time within the year 1948 A.D. It is common knowledge that Israel became a modern nation May 14-15, 1948. Numerous other Old Testament prophecies, including Isaiah 66 and Ezekiel 36 and 37, also predict the restoration of Israel as a modern nation. Of these, the most startlingly accurate are those of Hosea 4:4,5 and 6:2:

“For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king,and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim; Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord, their God, and David, their king, and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.”

“After two days will he revive us; in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”

In addition to prophecy, there are other elements concealed in Scripture, creation and our own history that, when revealed, show in startling clarity that the hand of God upon the affairs of man run far deeper than we normally attribute to our relationship with God. They also show the treasures of God that await the person of patience, diligence and, above all, faith.

There is a passage in Scripture, Proverbs 25:2, which indicates that these riches are beyond the ability of the superficial Christian to acquire:

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”

Among those who have acknowledged this passage are Grant Jeffrey and other successful hunters of treasure within the pages of Scripture. Some of Jeffrey’s demonstrations of his findings have already been noted. He is surrounded by a number of other modern Christian thinkers of intellectual depth, notably Chuck Missler, Irvin Baxter and John Hagee. They have been preceded by a number of illustrious Bible scholars in the past, the most successful and famous of whom may be Sir Isaac Newton. Perhaps having been spurred on by this passage in Proverbs, Newton applied his mind to the development of the modern science of physics, fully appreciating that his investigations of the world about him were not of a secular nature, but instead dealt with the creative mind of God. He habitually offered his humble thanksgiving to God for revealing to him His creation whenever he uncovered a new principle. He was spectacularly successful at it, for the science of physics essentially led to our modern understanding of the world. Moreover, this understanding also led to the framework of inventions that gave us the cornucopia of modern conveniences, toys and useful devices that we lump under the umbrella of technology.

Physics is a hard science, meaning that it demands precision of thought, offers creativity in its application, and produces consistent and repeatable statements about our world. It is inextricably linked to calculus, a branch of higher mathematics which Newton himself invented to assist him in deriving useful expressions of his discoveries. While calculus, like addition and subtraction, is often treated as a purely secular mathematical tool, its conception and application display such innate beauty, majestic elegance and universal utility that one can easily attribute its invention to divine inspiration. Newton himself certainly thought of it that way.

The enormous contribution of Newton’s physics toward the development of our modern society has given the rest of science a credibility that, with some notable exceptions, is largely undeserved. Chief among the parasitic and undeserving branches of science are geology and biology, which are just now beginning to emerge from their own dark ages by means of the technology and methodology that have roots in Newton and other devout Christians. How ironic that modern science, which so vocally claims to be secular in nature, was given its biggest impetus forward by committed Christians!

[to be continued]


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