Some people regard the Bible merely as a book of Israel’s history or mythology. However, the Bible is the oldest book in the world, written at different times by dozens of people of different occupations and ages over 1,600 years.
What is more surprising is that everything written over 1,600 years is connected as prophecy and fulfillment.
Among the Bible records, let us study the prophecy about King Cyrus and its fulfillment. King Cyrus was the founder of the Persian Empire and the conqueror of the Orient. Let us look at his great achievement recorded in the Bible.
“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.’ ”Ezr 1:2–3
Why did Cyrus, the king of Persia, praised the God of Israel and set the Israelites free?
King Cyrus saw his name written in the book of Isaiah which had been written about 170 years before he freed the Israelites.
“ ‘This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him . . . I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.’ ”Isa 45:1–3
King Cyrus came to realize that God had helped him conquer Babylon, and he freed the Israelites as prophesied in the Bible. As a result, King Cyrus has still been praised by people as an ancient monarch who set the slaves free and recognized the right to freedom of religion. The Bible also foretold the birth of Jesus as a child about 700 before His coming to the earth.
“. . . ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.’ ”Isa 7:14
According to this prophecy, God was born as Jesus through the body of the virgin Mary (Mt 1:18–23). Moreover, the Bible predicted in detail how Jesus would suffer.
“. . . He was despised and rejected by men, . . . But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”Isa 53:1–5
According to this prophecy, Jesus was pierced with a spear and whipped (Mt 27:26–35; Jn 19:34). Although the prophecies of the Bible were not understood by people when they were written down, they have all been fulfilled.
So the Bible warns us not to treat prophecies with contempt (1 Th 5:20). It’s because we cannot be saved if we despise the prophecies of the Bible. As many prophecies have been fulfilled exactly as written, so the prophecies that remain will all be fulfilled without fail.
“ ‘There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.’ ”Lk 21:11
The Bible tells us that we must flee to Zion in order to be saved when the last great disaster and destruction come.
“ ‘ “. . . Gather together . . .” ‘Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction.’ ”Jer 4:5–6
Zion, where God’s feats are celebrated, is a place of refuge and salvation God has promised us (Isa 33:20).
In the world, the World Mission Society Church of God is the only church that celebrates God’s feasts according to the teachings of the Bible; it is Zion.
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