The central book in the Bible is Psalms, or Songs. This is actually a collection of five books:-
|Book No||Chapters||Central Theme|
|1||1 to 41||Creation: "The heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1)|
|2||42 to 72||Redemption: "Have mercy on me O God..." (Psalm 51:1)|
|3||73 to 89||Worship: "How lovely is your dwelling place O God..." (Psalm 84:1)|
|4||90 to 106||Pilgrimage: "Teach us to number our days..." (Psalm 90:12)|
|5||107 to 150||Obedience to God's Word: "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of Jehovah" (Psalm 119:1)|
Notice that these five books, whose content was mostly developed ~1000 BC, are parallel in their themes to the first five books of the Bible described above. Again, such a parallel is inexplicable unless a sovereign, all-knowing God himself shaped both history and the Bible.
The Bible records the names of some of the first human beings (see Genesis 5:1 onwards). The first man was Adam. One of his sons was Seth, his son was Enosh, and so on. Here are the names of the first ten ancestors before Noah's Flood.
|Seth||Compensation/that which is incurred|
|Enosh||Man (as one who is weak)/helplessness|
|Methuselah||His death will bring|
Put all the meanings of the names together: Man has incurred for himself helplessness as his possession, but the blessed God will come down, dedicated to the mission that His death will bring the sorrowful comfort. That's the message of the whole Bible! To have a book that records the names of the first 10 people on earth is remarkable. For these names to reflect the message of the book is downright incredible - except when we accept that God was shaping both the book and historical circumstances.
Revelation 2 and 3 contain messages that the Lord Jesus sent in the first century AD to seven churches in seven cities in (what is now) Turkey through John the apostle. Each church is identified by its city and given certain commendations and warnings. These warnings include veiled references to things that the inhabitants would be familiar with. For example, the drinking water in Laodicea was lukewarm and thus unpleasant. The Lord Jesus warned this church that they were spiritually lukewarm and he would spew them out. These connections are remarkable, but capable of being constructed by the human mind. The real kicker is that the last two thousand years of church history can be divided into seven phases that parallel these seven churches in the same order!