Truth That Matters

"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ

PROPHECIES BY JESUS

Jesus' miraculous ability to predict future events authenticate his claims to being from God. Let's look at some examples.

The destruction of Jerusalem

For instance (in around 32 AD):-

And as He [Jesus] went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings! And Jesus answered and said to him: Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.” – Mark 13: 1, 2

How did this happen?

Gessius Florus, the governor of Judea appointed by Emperor Nero in AD 66 was a wicked man who wasted the Jews. This prompted fiery Jewish revolutionaries to kill Roman soldiers in Judea and capture Jerusalem for themselves. To quash the rebellion, the Roman general Cestius led a large army from Antioch (in Syria) towards Jerusalem. The Jews holed up in Jerusalem included revolutionaries as well as moderates, who wanted to surrender to the Romans and have the war come to an end. Cestius was on the verge of recapturing Jerusalem for Rome, but for some reason retreated. This prompted the Jewish rebels to attack the Roman contingent. Cestius’ army suffered heavy losses at the hands of the Jewish guerillas, slowed as it was by the presence of heavy equipment.

When Nero learned of the reverses that the Romans had at the hands of the Jews, he pretended an air of disdain. “These unpleasantries are due to poor generalship,” he said, “not the valor of the enemy”. He sent Vespasian, a veteran general to tackle Jerusalem. However, before Vespasian could reach Jerusalem, Nero died, and after some short-reigning emperors, Vespasian was declared Emperor and went to Rome. Titus was appointed the general in charge of recapturing Jerusalem. While the Romans were distracted by uncertainty in Rome, the Jews in Jerusalem were busy fighting among themselves. There were three camps of revolutionaries, united only in their opposition to Rome.

However, the Roman army under Titus soon arrived, and famine struck Jerusalem as supplies ran out. Mary of Bethebuza is remembered as the woman who ate her own infant son. Even after the walls were broken through (in AD 70) Titus did not want to destroy the temple. However, the Jews used the temple as a vantage point to continue fighting against the Romans. In frustration, a Roman soldier hurled a burning brand inside the temple, and it caught fire. The Roman soldiers, angered by a long and daring Jewish opposition, showed absolutely no mercy, and completely destroyed Jerusalem. We have an eye-witness to tell us exactly what happened:-

"The Jews were accustomed to hide their gold and other valuables in the walls of their homes. The Temple itself was also the treasurey in the Jewish nation. When the fires consumed the whole of the Temple and City, the gold melteed and descended into the cracks and crevices of the stone foundations. In order to recover this melted  gold, the Tenth Legion had the Jewish captives uproot every stone of the Temple and the whole of the City. So much gold was discovered in this fashion, that the price of the metal in the Roman Empire went down half of its pre-war value" - Flavius Josephus, The Complete Works of Josephus: "The Wars of the Jews", Book VI, Chapter V, 2; Book VI, Chapter VI, 1. 

Thus, not one stone was left on top of the other – just as Jesus had predicted around 40 years earlier. The image shows Masada, the last fortress of the Jews as they withstood the Romans. The Jews at Masada chose to commit suicide rather than surrender to the Romans.

Breaking up of families over Jesus

He prophesied that allegiance or non-allegiance to him would be so strong that it would split households (Matthew 10:33-37). This has come to pass. I have friends who have been kicked out of their homes because of their decision to become disciples of Jesus Christ. This is remarkable, given that they were not kicked out of home for getting drunk, watching porn, having unhealthy relationships with the opposite sex, and loafing around instead of earning their own living. Jesus' foreknowledge of the same makes him beyond compare.

Persecution of Christians

The Lord Jesus predicted that his disciples will be harassed and pulled up for their faith (Luke 21:12-19). This would give them an opportunity to be witnesses to him in front of prominent people. Of course, this is exactly what happened. We see this happening in the book of Acts. For two thousand years now, true Christians have been persecuted ruthlessly. The spread of Biblical Christianity in Europe and America in the last five hundred years has led to the spread of concepts such as democracy, freedom of expression, etc. While this development has reduced the persecution of Christians (and others), it is an exception to the overall trend.

The foreign (non-Jewish) occupation of Jerusalem

During Jesus' time, there were no "Arab Palestinians". All Arabs lived in the East Bank. But today, Arabs occupy part of Jerusalem, including the most significant "Temple Mount", the site of the Jewish Temple. Jesus predicted this state of affairs. Details

The woman who anointed Jesus

In Mark 14:9, Jesus predicts that the gospel, that is, The Main Message, will be preached all over the world, and that it would be accompanied by tribute to the lady who anointed him with perfume. With Matthew and Mark mentioning this woman, and the Bible spreading all over the world, both predictions have come true.

Peter's denial

Jesus Christ warned Peter that he would go through a tough time:–

"And the Lord Jesus said, Simon, Simon. Behold, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith does not fail; and when you have returned, strengthen your brethren." – Luke 22:31-32

Peter was very vocal about his devotion to Jesus Christ:–

"But he said to Him, Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death." – Luke 22:33

Surely enough, Peter failed when the crucial moment came (Luke 22:55-60). What was Jesus' reaction?

"And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. And Peter went out and wept bitterly." – Luke 22:61-62

Is the above incident true? Peter went on to become one of the most prominent Christian leaders. Why would Peter agree for such a personally embarrassing episode to be included in the New Testament if it were not true?

End time problems

A short while after he predicted the destruction of the temple, Jesus was telling his disciples about the end times, just before he comes and sets up his kingdom:

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” – Matthew 24: 6, 7

During Jesus’ time, there was no technology to even monitor or count the number of natural calamities all over the world. Today, the technology exists, and we certainly have observed a sharp rise in the number of wars and natural calamities all over the world. Evolutionists are obsessed with “climate change” [they used to call it global warming, but now they want to use any weather as an excuse to control how people live], and I guess we have them to thank for alerting us to these things. It’s just that for those of us who are familiar with Jesus’ words, we know that the climate change, political turmoil and drug resistant diseases we observe today is exactly what God has already predicted will happen.

Peter's death

Shortly before Jesus died, his disciple Peter denied that he even knew Christ. Needless to say, he was embarrassed when he stood individually with Jesus after Jesus’ resurrection. After restoring their relationship that had become uneasy, Jesus told Peter:
Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” – John 21:18
What was Jesus talking about? John (another disciple) clarifies:
This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God.” – John 21:19
Surely enough, Peter was crucified upside down for preaching The Main Message. Jesus' offhand ability to predict the future accurately is evidence of his divinity.

Emergence of false Christs

Jesus predicted that in the last days, a lot of impostors claiming to be him will arise:-

"There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." – Matthew 24:24

Although Jesus is referring specifically to the (future) Seventieth Week, we are seeing a "warm up" to this for the last century or so. Numerous people have surfaced, claiming to be Jesus Christ.

Conclusion

Jesus' ability to predict the future vindicates his claims about himself and thus makes him eligible to be your savior.