Prophecies In The Bible: How Serious Do We Take Them?


Relentless fighting, along with shells and barrel bombs, have destroyed this once thriving middle-class neighborhood  of Homs-Syria.

A prophecy is a prediction of what will happen in the future. According to the J. Barton Payne’s Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, there are 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 prophecies in the New Testament, for a total of 1,817. These encompass 8,352 verses.

Before the birth and baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, the prophet Isaiah prophesied his birth: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14.

Then prophet Micah also made another prophecy about Jesus saying: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”

The two prophecies made thousands of years ago were fulfilled, but recently one of Isaiah’s prophecies about Damascus has been fulfilled as well. In the last days, the Bible tells us, a horrible series of events will take place in the lands of Israel and Syria. One of these events is the disappearance of Damascus as one of the premiere cities in the world.

Can the present war and ruins in Syria convince you that prophecies are not just mere stories carried away by the wind but prophecies that are bound to take place?