The old man Daniel had seen kings, conquerors and even empires come and go. It was around 540 BC and Daniel believed that God was going to bring the Jews out of exile in Babylon. Remarkably he knew when this would happen, because of what God’s prophets had written:
“I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.”
Moving forward we find more wise men using the Bible to unlock the future. At the birth of Jesus, travellers coming from the East asked at the palace in Jerusalem, “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews?” The people of Jerusalem used the Old Testament prophecy of Micah to answer the question:
“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.”
The birth of Jesus was foretold in such detail that these men were able to travel at the right time and be directed to Bethlehem. This is remarkable, but quite normal for Bible prophecy.
The Bible gives very clear details of the future of the world, and how we can fit into it. Jesus is going to return to the earth and raise those men and women who have heard his message:
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”
He will give faithful followers a place in the Kingdom of God:
“Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
God wants every one of us to be part of His kingdom, and He even sent Jesus to die to make it possible. Are you ready to read your Bible, to believe God’s promises and to be baptised? What an amazing world we have to look forward to!
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”