27% of the Bible is Prophecy
By George Konig
Every now and then I run into someone who believes that Bible prophecy is a bunch of fairy tales, or that they are completely unaware that the Bible contains prophecy. For example, we once received an email from a minister, asking how many prophecies are contained in the Bible. It seemed that this person, although an ordained minister, had never studied any Bible prophecy while in the seminary.
In answering her question, we quoted from a book, Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, by J. Barton Payne, which lists 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament, and 578 prophecies in the New Testament.
That works out to a total of of 1,817, by his count. And prophecies involve 8,352 of the Bible's verses.
And because there are 31,124 verses in the Bible, the 1,817 verses works out to about 27 percent of the total, meaning one-fourth of the Bible is prophecy.
There are many web sites that explain Bible prophecy, including one at 100prophecies.com, which offers commentary on 100 of the Bible's prophecies.
There are many different types of Bible prophecy. Some Bible prophecies predicted details involving the birth, life, mission, death and resurrection of a Messiah (Jesus Christ), according to AboutBibleProphecy.com. Other Biblical prophecies foretold of events involving the people and land of Israel, the surrounding nations, and the future of the world.
There also is a group of Biblical prophecies that people dub as "End Times" prophecies, which speak of how the world as we know it will come to an end. While that might sound like a scary topic, it actually is good news for Christians because the end of the world marks the beginning of something new, and better: eternal life in heaven with God.
Copyright © George Konig and konig.org
By George Konig
Aug. 31, 2003
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