An Obscure Man with an Incredible Future
To believe in the Bible's ability to predict the future, we need only to look at predictions in the past. It is absolutely certain that the prediction concerning Abraham becoming a blessing to all the earth was made in the ancient past. If you take the chronology of the Bible at face value, this prediction was made 4000 years ago. If you doubt that chronology, you can still have confidence that the prediction made to Abraham was very old. It was made before the birth of Christ, the establishment of Judaism, the establishment of Christianity, and the establishment of Islam.
Now the LORD said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
He was told that he would be a blessing to the entire earth. All the families of the earth will be blessed in him. What does history tell us? Judaism derives its creation to him. Christianity claims that Jesus is a direct descendant of him, and Islam considers him the greatest of prophets. The monotheistic religions of the world claim him as their founder. In fact, he created monotheism. This prophecy is stunning. An obscure man wandering the hills of Israel influenced the history of the entire world, and the Bible predicted it.
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