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Proof that the Bible is the Word of God. Overview. The Bible’s claim 3 Types of evidence Archeological Scientific Prophetic Conclusion. Introduction. No proof when dealing with unseen Science calls this Hypothesis testing and certainty factors The Bible calls this faith.

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  • The Bible’s claim
  • 3 Types of evidence
    • Archeological
    • Scientific
    • Prophetic
  • Conclusion
  • No proof when dealing with unseen
  • Science calls this Hypothesis testing and certainty factors
  • The Bible calls this faith

Now faith is being sure of what

we hope for and certain of what we do

not see.

(Hebrews 11v1)

the bible
The Bible
  • 66 books
  • Approx. 40 different authors
    • kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, herdsmen, poets, statesman, doctors, prophets, priests etc.
  • period of 1600 years
the bible s claim
The Bible’s claim
  • Supernatural authorship
  • “Thus saith the LORD” (4000 expressions like this)
  • Either is what it claims
  • Or it is a book of lies (that teaches people not to lie)
the bible s claim1
The Bible’s claim

16 All Scripture is God-breathed

and is useful for teaching, rebuking,

correcting and training in


(2 Timothy 3v16)

methods of proving the bible
Methods of “proving” the Bible
  • Key methods
    • Archaeological
    • Scientific
      • Gematria
      • ELS
      • Medical, etc.
    • Prophetic
archaeological evidence
Archaeological evidence
  • External testimonies to the veracity of the Bible
  • The more we learn the more the Bible is proved
  • Statements that seemed incorrect are now proved
archaeological evidence1
Archaeological evidence
  • Cyrus and the rebuilding of temple - The BIBLE

22 ¶ In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfil the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: 23 ``This is what Cyrus king of

Persia says: ```The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms

of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you- may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.’ (2 Chronicles 36)

archaeological evidence2
Archaeological evidence
  • Cyrus and the rebuilding of temple - External evidence
  • Cyrus’ cylinder
    • Contains details of this decree and the return of Jews to Jerusalem
archaeological evidence3
Archaeological evidence
  • The Bible talks about
    • Assyria fighting against Israel
    • Jehu as king while Assyria rule
    • 2 Kings 12-13
archaeological evidence4
Archaeological evidence
  • Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III was found….has picture of King Jehu bringing tribute money
archaeological evidence5
Archaeological evidence
  • Many more
    • Sennacherib’s prism
    • City of Jericho
    • etc...
scientific evidence
Scientific evidence
  • Scientific or Mathematical methods
  • Often quite complex
  • Use statistics to demonstrate the veracity of the Bible
scientific evidence1
Scientific evidence
  • Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS)
  • Gematria
  • Other
    • Medical
    • Legal
    • etc.
els defined
ELS Defined
  • Discovery of encoded names and events (relating to the 19th century) in the book of Genesis
  • Discovered by three mathematicians
  • Submitted to the prestigious scientific journal Statistical Science
els not chance
ELS not chance
  • Editor Robert Kass, said:
    • "Our referees were baffled: their prior beliefs made them think the Book of Genesis could not POSSIBLY contain meaningful references to modern day individuals, yet when the authors carried out additional analyses and checks the effect persisted." ("Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis", Statistical Science, August 1994, p.306 )
how does it work
How does it work?
  • Hebrew text of Genesis was converted to an array of letters
  • Found coded words
  • Also found related words
  • Zedekiah near Mantanya (his original name)
  • Hanukkah near Hasmoneans (Family who lead army taking temple from Assyrians)
what was found
What was found?
  • Selected, at random, 300 related Hebrew word pairs
  • All 300 found
  • Statistical odds of this occurring by chance
  • 1 in 50 quadrillion (50,000,000,000,000,000)
the conclusion
The Conclusion
  • "We conclude that the proximity of ELS's (Equidistant Letter Sequences) with related meanings in the Book of Genesis is NOT DUE TO CHANCE."
    • ("Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis", Statistical Science, August 1994, p.434 )
  • Gematria is a method of exploring the interrelationship between words and ideas based upon a numerical analysis of the Hebrew letters
the ivan panin challenge
The Ivan Panin Challenge
  • Sunday, November 19th, 1899, the NEW YORK SUN
  • Matthew 1v1-17
    • Feature 1: 49 (7x7) words
    • Feature 2: 28 (4x7) begin with a vowel
    • Feature 3: 21 (3x7) begin with a constant
    • Feature 4: 266 (38x7) letters
    • etc...
numeric test applied to matthew 1v18 25
Numeric Test applied to Matthew 1v18-25
  • 13 features to do with the number 7
    • Feature 1: 161 (23x7) words
    • Feature 2: 77 (11x7) vocabulary
    • Feature 3: 28 (4x7) used by angel
  • Probability of occurring by chance
    • 1 in 96,889,010,407
  • And on it goes…other books, other passages
the challenge
The Challenge
  • “Let Mr W.R.L. try to write some 300 words intelligently like this genealogy, and reproduce some numeric phenomena of like designs.”
  • The challenge still remains unanswered!
genesis 1 miracle
Genesis 1 Miracle
  • Miracles of 7
    • 1. It contains 7 words.
    • 2. The total number of letters is 28, or 7 x 4
    • 3. The sentence divides into two equal parts: the first three words, 'In-the-beginning God created,' contain 14 letters, and the remaining four words contain 14 letters.

Genesis 1 Miracle

  • Miracles of 7 cont.
    • 4. The second half of the sentence divides again into two equal prts: The two words for 'the heavens' contain 7 letters, and the two words for 'and-the earth' contain 7 letters.
    • 5.The three nouns, God, heavens and earth have together 14 letters.
    • 6. The numeric value of these three nouns is 777, or 7 x 111….etc..
prophetic evidence
Prophetic evidence
  • Predicting events before they happen
  • Hundreds of prophecies
  • Many very easy to understand
  • Some even taunting unbelievers to disprove them!
prophecy of jesus in ot1
Fulfilled approx. 300 prophecies

Probability of one person fulfilling 48 prophecies

Prophecy of Jesus in OT

1 in 10,000, 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!

prophecy of babylon
605 BC - Babylon was the power of the world

King Nebuchadnezzar was king

Hanging gardens - Seven wonders of the ancient world

Prophecy of Babylon
prophecy of babylon isaiah 13
Prophecy of Babylon - Isaiah 13

19 ¶ Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms,

the glory of the Babylonians' pride,

will be overthrown by God like Sodom

and Gomorrah.

20 She will never be inhabited or

lived in through all generations; no

Arab will pitch his tent there, no

shepherd will rest his flocks there.

21 But desert creatures will lie

there, jackals will fill her houses;

there the owls will dwell, and there

the wild goats will leap about.

22 Hyenas will howl in her

strongholds, jackals in her luxurious

palaces. Her time is at hand, and her

days will not be prolonged.

prophecy of babylon fulfilled
539 BC Cyrus the Great of Persia captured it

City began to fall into ruin

No longer inhabited - prophecy fulfilled

How long could this continued?

Prophecy of Babylon - fulfilled
prophecy of babylon fulfilled1
323 BC Alexander the Great

Conquered the world - easy to build a city

Alexander the Great dies

Prophecy of Babylon - fulfilled
prophecy of babylon fulfilled2
1979 Saddam Hussein

Dictator thought about rebuilding the city

Gulf war, sanctions......

Prophecy of Babylon - fulfilled
prophecy of egypt
The Egyptians were masters of all things;

Architecture, Engineering and Building, Mathematics, science, Art and Literature, medicine

Prophecy of Egypt
prophecy of egypt1
Prophecy of Egypt
  • 586 BC Ezekiel said
  • Ezekiel 29v8-16

“It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations.” (v15)

prophecy of egypt fulfilled
Prophecy of Egypt fulfilled
  • 2500 years later
  • “There is drastic overpopulation in relation to the countries resources...”
  • “Sadly today the nation is heavily dependent upon foreign aid, without which it would not survive....”
prophecy of israel
Prophecy of Israel
  • There are many and detailed
  • God prophesied that they would be scattered throughout the world
  • God prophesied that he would bring them back
prophecy of israel scattering
Prophecy of Israel - Scattering

"Even a Biblical prophet could not have

foreseen the cataclysms the 20th century would visit on the chosen people"

(Time Magazine, February 6, 1995)

"You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. In the morning you will say, 'If only it were evening', and in the evening you will say 'If only it were morning', because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see." (Deut 28v66,67)

prophecy of israel regathering
Prophecy of Israel- Regathering

Moses says,

Leviticus 26

44 Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the LORD their God.

And Ezekiel concurs...

Ezekiel 36

24 “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.”

prophecy of israel regathering1
Prophecy of Israel -Regathering
  • For almost 2000 years they remained scattered
  • In 1948 it began to be fulfilled as the Jewish people returned to the state of Israel

For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying,

Peace, peace;

when [there is] no peace.

(Jeremiah 8v11)

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape

(1 Thess 5v3).

how soon
How Soon?

Time Magazine - November 2, 1998

  • There is a lot of evidence
    • Scientific
    • Archaeological
    • Prophetic
    • And other….
  • However it is all only evidence
the conclusion1
The Conclusion
  • Step of faith

And without faith it is

impossible to please God, because

anyone who comes to him must believe

that he exists and that he rewards

those who earnestly seek him.

(Hebrews 11v6)

Evidence is there -

We must take the step of faith!