The fourth prophecy I would like to single out is the preservation of the Jewish people.
The Hebrew prophets were very precise about this. They made it clear that despite the dispersion of the Jews and their persecution wherever they went, God would supernaturally preserve them as a nation.
Consider this symbolic prophecy of Isaiah who wrote 2,700 years ago, 700 years before the birth of Jesus:
14) But Zion [the Jewish people] said, "The LORD has forsaken me,
And the Lord has forgotten me."
15) [God responds] "Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
16) "Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands ..."
Speaking more specifically in literal language, Isaiah wrote these words about the preservation of the Jews:
10) "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
11) "Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish."
Likewise, the prophet Jeremiah, who wrote 75 years after Isaiah, declared that God would preserve the Jewish people:
"For I am with you," declares the LORD, "to save you;
For I will destroy completely all the nations where I have scattered you,
Only I will not destroy you completely.
But I will chasten you justly
And will by no means leave you unpunished."
A more graphic prophecy by Jeremiah concerning the preservation of the Jews can be found in Jeremiah 31:
35) Thus says the LORD,
Who gives the sun for light by day
And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;
The LORD of hosts is His name:
36) "If this fixed order departs
From before Me," declares the LORD,
"Then the offspring of Israel also will cease
From being a nation before Me forever."
37) Thus says the LORD,
"If the heavens above can be measured
And the foundations of the earth searched out below,
Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel
For all that they have done," declares the LORD.
So, when will the Jewish people cease to exist? When the sun stops coming up and going down, when the seasons of the year cease to come, and only after all the heavens and the depths of the oceans have been explored. In short, the Jewish people are here to stay.
Do I need to inform you that these prophecies have been fulfilled? Despite their dispersion, their persecution and the murderous pogroms leading up to the Holocaust, 6 million Jews live in Israel today, with another 7 million in other countries.
One of my spiritual mentors when I was in my 20's was a man named Carl Ketcherside. I heard him in a question and answer session one time when he was asked, "What do you think is the greatest evidence that the Bible came from God?"
His answer: "The Yellow Pages of the phone book."
When the questioner asked what he meant, Carl said, "Look at the names of the banks, the names of the department stores, the names of lawyers and doctors and accountants. You will see one Jewish name after another. God promised He would preserve the Jewish people, and He has."
It's another example of precise prophecies being precisely fulfilled.
In the seventh segment of our study of how Israel proves the existence of God, we'll look at the fulfilled prophecies that concern the regathering of the Jewish people.