Is the Bible a book of prophecy? Did the Old Testament predict the coming of the Messiah? Does the New Testament show us the end of the world? In this essay, Ben Smith explains the distinct genre of scriptural “prophecy,” explores the evidence for its accuracy and fulfillment, and compares that accuracy with the putative prophecy of other religious writings. Smith presents substantive evidence for distinct, supernatural foreknowledge displayed in the Jewish and Christian scripture, supporting belief that the Bible is what it claims: the divinely inspired Word of God.
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Benjamin D. Smith Jr. has studied and taught theology and apologetics for over thirty years, doing extensive research on the Scripture’s bookends—Genesis and Revelation. He is the author of Genesis, Science, and the Beginning (Wipf & Stock, 2018), and is the Chapter Director for Ratio Christi at the University of West Georgia.