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How can I be sure I'm going to Heaven when I die?  A look at Prophecy.

It's strange for me to encounter people that plan all aspects of their lives out without considering the afterlife.   Where do I go to college?   Where do I work?   Who do I marry?   What house do I live in, or for that matter, what country do I live in?   All these questions are important in determining the path of your life, but NONE OF THEM bear any deciding vote on your afterlife.   They write this decision off as "who can know?   Why spend so much time on something that's uncertain by nature?"   But in fact, the bible says it was written for that purpose!   It's so everybody can KNOW that they can have eternal life (1 John 5:13).

There is only one decision that determines where you go.   You need to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that he's God's son, and that he was killed for the payment of all YOUR sins, and he rose himself from the dead, conquering death, and he's living again.   That's it.   That's what determines your afterlife.

So the question of "how can I be sure I'm going to heaven and not to hell" is answered in the Bible itself!   The bible was written to prove itself to us.   I'm 100% certain that if a person seeks with their whole heart, they WILL find the bible to be truth.   It's indisputable once the facts are before you.   The bible is God's book.   His signature is all through it. With this knowledge, the question can then turn into "how can I trust the Bible?", though there are other means to know, such as evidence from science, logic, reasoning, and history.  Those will be explored elsewhere.  For now, I’ll focus on using the Bible to prove itself.

There are probably several answers to the question of "how can I trust the Bible?", but probably the best is the fulfilled prophecy written within it.

A prophecy is a prediction of something to happen in the future.   There are well over 1000 prophecies written in the Bible, and some of them are very specific.   Hundreds of them have been fulfilled already, as proven by writings outside of the bible written down by those congruent to the time of the prophecy being fulfilled.   Some books early in the bible contain prophecies that were literally written several hundred years before they came true.   Other books of the Bible that were written later contain the fulfilled prophecy.   One of them actually calls out the person by name that wasn't born for hundreds of years.  Skeptical historians write it off as “impossible” and for that reason alone they discredit it, even though all evidence points to it being true.

Aside from prophecy, another way to show the Bible is true is the fact that the Bible was written over the course of 1,500 years, starting about 3,400 years ago.   The Bible has 40 authors, with none of them contradicting each other.   Everything fits together like a jigsaw puzzle: perfectly.   The sheer complexity of organization that would take, assuming it all to be a lie, is astonishing.

Looking at other books like the Quran, the book of Mormon, or writings from other cults, you'll see a ton of contradictions, errors and unscientific information.   Do you think the earth is sitting on the back of a turtle?   Hindus do.   The Bible says that God "hung the circle of the Earth on nothing".  There is no word for sphere in Hebrew, so circle is the closest word to use. That was written thousands of years ago when mainstream science thought the earth was flat until fairly recently!

But back to Bible Prophecy...

Rather than relist the work that others have done, I'll point you to their great works:


"The Forbidden Chapter" in the Hebrew Bible - Isaiah 53


"The Forbidden Chapter" explains to the Jewish person, who already has some familiarity with the Bible, that the prophecy written by Isaiah that describes the Messiah is actually describing Jesus Christ.   They know Jesus to be just a prophet, and a minor one at that.   Jews who aren't also Christians don't see Jesus as the Messiah.   But when they read Isaiah 53 in this new light, they come to the saving knowledge of their Savior.


Top 40 Most Helpful Messianic Prophecies https://jewsforjesus.org/answers/top-40-most-helpful-messianic-prophecies/

Messianic Prophecies are prophecies about the Messiah, which is Jesus Christ.   They show things written in the Bible predicting things about Jesus that were later proven to be true.


Fulfilled Prophecy Seven Compelling Evidences https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/4-fulfilled-prophecy/

Answers in Genesis is a great resource for those interested in the Creation vs Evolution debate.   They have a theme park called "The Ark Encounter" where they have a life-size Noah's Ark that you can tour.  They show how it's completely plausible to have all of the animals on the Ark with room to spare.   This resource, however, is about Biblical prophecy's.

That web-site has a great PDF: https://assets.answersingenesis.org/doc/articles/am/v6/n2/fulfilled-messianic-prophecies.pdf

This PDF shows where at in the Bible prophecies were made, and their counterpart scripture where it has been fulfilled.




I like the application of statistical probability to this area.   Looking at the odds of all of the scriptures of Jesus coming true by chance is beyond astronomical.   We're talking 1 chance in 1017, which is 1 chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000. Among other things, he mentions about science in the book of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible.   They talk about the shape of the earth, gravity, atmospheric circulations, ocean currents, the hydraulic cycle, the second law of thermodynamics, and those are just a few examples.   The statistical probability of all of those being true thousands of years ago before science discovered these things is 1 chance in 31*1021.   That's 1 in 31,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.   I think we can round that down to zero...


"400 Prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament" http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2012/07/27/400-Prophecies-of-Christ-in-the-Old-Testament.aspx

This page is in reference to a book called "400 Prophecies, Appearances, or Foreshadowings of Christ in the Tanakh (Old Testament)".   The book can be bought from them at this page: http://www.biblearchaeology.org/bookstore/product.aspx?id=199

It's also available on Amazon:

This is the right frame.   I'm not sure what I'll do with it right now, but it seems like it could come in handy for something.