Coincidence or Prophecy

by Joel Stephen Williams

Consider the following words to a song composed in autumn of 2000, in an apartment on Reade Street, a mere 400 yards from the Twin Towers in New York City.

Like towers falling down,
Like a bomb blast in your town;
Destroy, she said,

The end will come quickly;
Destroy, she said,

When you blew it all away.

A premonition? Insider knowledge? A prophecy? A coincidence of words? An examination of the rest of the words in this song suggest the latter. The author of the song, Alexander Perls, confirms this fact. He wrote the song the day after he and his girlfriend broke up. There was no connection to 9-11.

Those who are skeptical of the Bible and the claims Christians make in regard to Jesus Christ often suggest exactly the same thing about prophecies of the Messiah. The Old Testament, we are told, is a vast body of literature from which one can mine phrases and sentences, which can be pasted together in order to create the fiction of prophecy, similar to the way people treat the writings of Nostradamus.

This would be a serious objection except for three facts: 1) the number of Old Testament prophecies, 2) the non-trivial nature of those prophecies and 3) the miraculous nature of many of those prophecies. If the Old Testament prophecies of Christ were insignificant matters which could fit many different individuals, we should be cautious about calling them supernatural prophecies. But the large number of these prophecies plus the difficulty-no, the impossibility-of any single individual fulfilling them (unless he was God) suggests overwhelmingly that this is the supernatural work of God almighty.

In order to fulfill all the prophecies, an individual would have to arrange who his ancestors would be, where he would be born, where he would travel as an infant, where he would grow up, and numerous other details of his life right down to how he would die-and then how he would rise to live again!

Consider the word "fulfill" in the Gospel of Matthew (Mt. 1:22; 2:15, 23; 8:17; 12:17; 13:35; 21:4; 27:35). Consider Isaiah 53. Consider scores of other quotations and allusions to the Old Testament in the New Testament Scriptures. And these are only the tip of the iceberg. Jesus was the recapitulation and fulfillment of the whole Old Testament system-legal, sacrificial, prophetic, royal-and of the history of the Jewish people. Coincidence? Hardly!

Joel Stephen Williams is a faculty member at Southern Christian University

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