If Satan can destroy countless millions' faith in the Bible, he can much more easily deceive them. Remember, God described Satan as one "who deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9). Satan wants to cut people off from the very source by which they could truly understand the great Plan and Purpose their Creator is working out here on earth.
As the end of this age approaches, Satan is mounting a furious attack on the validity of the Bible. A curious novel, The DaVinci Code, has spurred a wave of books, articles and films that in essence attack the Bible's credibility. If Satan can destroy countless millions' faith in the Bible, he can much more easily deceive them. Remember, God described Satan as one "who deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9). Satan wants to cut people off from the very source by which they could truly understand the great Plan and Purpose their Creator is working out here on earth.
Make no mistake. The Holy Bible is God's divine revelation to His potential sons and daughters. It reveals the ultimate purpose for human life, and how to fulfill that supreme purpose. It reveals the spiritual laws that govern our relationships with one another, and with God Himself. Through the perfect example of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, God beautifully reveals to us the entire pattern of how human beings ought to live, love, serve and be successful—and attain eternal life in the soon-coming Kingdom of God.
But a very real Satan the Devil would like to obliterate our faith in the God of the Bible. Recent articles about the "Gospel of Judas"—and books with totally unscriptural theories about Jesus being married and having children—pervert Christ's mission into something totally different than Scripture describes. Satan wants to convince us that the Bible has not been preserved faithfully and handed down to us as God's complete revelation.
So, how can we be sure?
The magnificent way that the Bible alone describes the creation of earth—and of mankind's history and purpose—certainly indicates to an open and discerning person that a Supreme Mind must have inspired those accounts. The way of life the Bible describes—the only way that really "works"—also reveals its divine inspiration when you truly practice it. And the wonderful promises of the Bible—often culminating in answered prayer—also show the sincere believer that only an all-powerful God could have inspired the awesome book we call the Bible.
Some will still not be convinced by these proofs. Only the Bible's powerful and accurate prophecies will be enough to prove to them its divine inspiration—if they are willing to learn. As the Apostle Peter wrote: "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy [Spirit]" (2 Peter 1:19–21, KJV).
Yes, we must consider the "sure word" of Bible prophecy. Remember, only the God of the Bible has clearly revealed "the things that are coming and shall come" (Isaiah 44:7). And through the prophet Daniel, God specifically described the four major empires that would arise and dominate the world in the millennia after the prophecies were given. God revealed, thousands of years in advance, the final form of the European Empire that is now being put together, slowly but surely, right in front of our eyes! It will have a core of ten nations—some of which are much stronger and more committed than the others—"just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay" (Daniel 2:41). And notice: "In the days of these [final ten] kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever" (v. 44).
Historians have long acknowledged that Daniel 2 and 7 clearly describe the four major empires of human history—first the Babylonian Empire, then the Medo-Persian, then the Greco-Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great—then, finally, the Roman Empire that continued for hundreds of years after Daniel gave these inspired prophecies. Only the great God of creation could so clearly reveal such events of enormous significance so many years in advance!
Another of the many signs of the Bible's divine inspiration is that Isaiah names the great Persian Emperor, Cyrus, years before Cyrus was born! Notice: "Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut" (Isaiah 45:1). Unbelievers and secular historians have long wrestled with this problem! How could God possibly describe and even directly "name" a great pagan emperor so far in advance? Textual scholars widely acknowledge that Isaiah prophesied from about 745 to 695bc, more than 150 years before the days of Cyrus! Yet God inspired Isaiah to call Cyrus by name, and to predict that Cyrus would "rebuild" a temple that in Isaiah's day had not yet fallen (Isaiah 44:28)!
In our own day, my friends, this very Work that publishes the Tomorrow's World magazine you are now reading has repeatedly and explicitly described literally dozens of major events that have happened, are happening or soon will happen in world events! Because of our understanding of Bible prophecy, we in this Work described the fall of the Berlin Wall long before it occurred. I have repeatedly preached and written that the major sea "gates" (Genesis 22:17; 24:60) that formerly belonged to the British and American peoples would be taken away by Gentile nations if our national sins continued. Now, only two of these major gates remain in our possession. For Singapore and the Strait of Malacca are gone. The Panama Canal is gone. The Suez Canal, the Bab el Mandeb and the Strait of Hormuz are gone. The Simonstown sea base controlling the tip of South Africa is gone. Only the Falkland Islands and the Strait of Gibraltar remain under British control—and even these are the subject of repeated challenges and disputes. How much longer will it be until all these sea gates are taken away from the English-speaking peoples?
In this magazine, we have repeatedly written—as I have personally preached for decades—that the British-descended and American peoples would be brought down, and the pride of their power would be "broken" (Leviticus 26:19) unless they would come to profound national repentance. Already, we see that the British Empire is no more. We see that the American dollar is crashing. We see that America and Britain are hated all over the world with growing fury by increasing millions upon millions of people. We see American strength being expended so fully in the Middle East and elsewhere that the U.S. will soon have very little left—either militarily or financially—with which to carry on as a great power in the world.
What is going on? The answer is clearly and dramatically revealed in our inspiring booklet, The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy. It reveals the Bible prophecies that explain what is happening in our nations today. Do you doubt the Bible, or wonder why others doubt it? If so, you need to write for your free copy of our newest booklet, The Bible: Fact or Fiction? This important and enlightening booklet will help you understand and withstand the Satanic propaganda now pouring forth to discredit the Bible.
You need both of these booklets. If you do not already have them, please call or write us and request your free copies. Then, please study them with an open mind, ask God for understanding, and be willing to act on the truth that the great Creator is working out His purpose here below—and that the Holy Bible is His inspired revelation to mankind! Also, please read my article on page 4 of this issue, which describes how the Bible really does mean what it says. For you, personally, need not only to know the Truth, but to act on the Truth and fulfill the purpose for which you were created!