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3. The third reason why I believe the Bible is exclusively the Word of God is because it predicts the future.
The Bible declares “the end from the beginning:”
“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not ye done…” (Isa. 46:9-10).
“And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the lord has not spoken?’–when a prophet speaks in the name of the lord, if the thing [which he says] does not happen or come to pass... the prophet has spoken it presumptuously…" (Deut. 18:21-22).
“Known to God from eternity are all His works” (Acts15:18). God knows the end from the beginning.
There is no other book in all the religions of the world that contains specific predictive prophecies.
Consider, for example, the prophecy in the book of Isaiah concerning the city of Babylon:
“And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, The beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, Nor will it be settled from generation to generation; Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, Nor will the shepherds make their sheepfold there. But wild beasts of the desert will lie there, and their houses will be full of owls… The hyenas will howl in their citadels And jackals in their pleasant palaces. (Isa. 13:19-22)
Historically, when a city was destroyed, the people would rebuild it on top of the old city. Babylon was destroyed and was not rebuilt.
Consider also the prophecy of Christ concerning the city of Jerusalem:
“For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another…" (Luke 19:43-44).
In AD 70 Titus the Roman came and surrounded the city and destroyed it and did not leave one stone upon another.
Be sure: “If God said it, it is guaranteed.”