The Bible is the only known religious document with historically verifiable prophecies that have consistently been fulfilled... God has been establishing His track record for millennia... He has consistently predicted future events that have been fulfilled just as He said they would be. We are very fortunate to be living when we are, because so many of the prophecies recorded in the Bible have been fulfilled.... There are many ministries that have more complete works on prophecy than this post contains, there are dozens of them that have been fulfilled in a way that can be confirmed by secular history... Nevertheless, here are a few examples:
Genesis 12:2. God said He would make Abraham’s name great and make him into a great nation... Although God spoke to Abraham about 2,000 B.C., and Moses, by revelation, wrote this prophecy down about 1,450 B.C.,... today the people of three great religions of the world, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all know about and honor Abraham... How could anyone have known so long ago that Abraham would have a great name and become a great nation? Moses could not have known this when he wrote... but God, who has His hand on history, reveals Himself as the God of all creation by foretelling the future.... Interestingly, the “great nations” at the time the prophecy was spoken have disappeared. The Sumerians, Elamites, and Hittites were powerful nations ... but the majority of people today, even if well educated, know little about them. That the prophecy about Abraham was so accurately spoken by God thousands of years before Christ, gives us confidence that when He speaks of what is still future....He is just as accurate.
Genesis 16:10. The Word of the L ord given to Hagar, the slave of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was, “...I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count.”.... Who would have ever thought that Ishmael, the only child of Abraham and Hagar, would grow into a nation of millions and millions of people? Man could not possibly have known that... but God reveals He is the God of creation by foretelling the future.... Today, thousands of years after the prophecy was spoken, we know those descndants as Arabs, and it is well known they trace their own ancestry to Abraham through Ishmael.
Isaiah 44:26-45:6. Isaiah the prophet foretold that Jerusalem and the Temple would be rebuilt by Cyrus... We know that Isaiah prophesied between 776-696 B.C. because Isaiah 1:1 says Isaiah lived in the time of Uzziah (who started reigning in 776 B.C.), Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (who ended his reign in 696 B.C.).. Cyrus was a king of the Persian Empire, and he came to the throne in 559 B.C., almost 150 years after Isaiah died... In 538 B.C., he entered Babylon and shortly thereafter commanded that Jerusalem and the Temple be rebuilt (Ezra 1:1-4)
When Isaiah foretold the rebuilding of the Temple, it had not even been destroyed yet!... It was still standing, and it continued to stand for more than 100 years after his prophecy.... In 586 B.C. it was burned to the ground by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. God told Isaiah what the future had in store for the kingdom and people of Israel, and even told Isaiah that a man named “Cyrus” would command that the Temple be rebuilt.... Only God can predict the future with that kind of accuracy, and the Bible is the only book ever written that contains prophecy so clear and exact... The history of the reign of Cyrus and what he did for Israel is common knowledge and can be read in any good encyclopedia.
This is just a small sampling of the many prophecies spoken long ago, recorded in Scripture, and fulfilled in such a way that their accuracy can be seen and documented, not only in the Bible, but in secular history as well. That future events are accurately predicted over and over again in the Bible is one of the great proofs that God authored it.... Most of these facts can be found with a simple search,ie..google, etc.
The Old Testament prophets also foretold the coming of the Messiah in great detail.... According to the Old Testament, the Messiah would:
Be a descendant of Abraham (Gen. 12:3; Gen. 22:18) ...be from the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:10) ...be a descendant of David (2 Sam. 7:12 and 13) ... be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) .... ride into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech. 9:9) .... suffer (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 53:5 and 6) ... be silent before his accusers (Isa. 53:7) ...be considered a criminal and executed with them (Isa. 53:12).... make intercession for those who really were criminals (Isa. 53:12).... be killed (Isa. 53:8)... have his hands and feet pierced (Ps. 22:16 (this is especially interesting because crucifixion was not yet practiced when Psalms was written... so there was no known reason to pierce anyone’s hands and feet)....have people gamble for his clothing (Ps. 22:18)... as a criminal be assigned a burial place with the wicked... but actually end up being buried in the tomb of a wealthy man (Isa. 53:9).... get up from the dead (Ps. 2:7-9; Ps. 16:10 and 11; Isa. 53:9-12).... ascend into heaven from where he will one day return to rule the earth (Ps. 110:1; Dan. 7:13 and 14)
Jesus Christ fulfilled all these prophecies and even more......but my favorite i s concerning Isreal...this was a nation that had literlly disappeared...scattered, with only a remnant left...yet the prophecies in Ezekial and many other places foretold hundreds of years before the fact, that Isreal would return to their homeland...then in 1948...well you know the rest...for more detail on Isreal you can go here....