6 ancient cities, 6 deadly accurate prophecies that prove the inspiration of the Bible
by Erik Manning
Most of you have probably seen the movie Groundhog Day. In the movie, weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) gets stuck in a time loop where he repeatedly relives the same day — Groundhog Day. Over the course of this weird experience, he falls in love with his producer Rita (played by Andie MacDowell). In trying to level with Rita about this phenomena, he has to demonstrate to her that he’s inexplicably reliving the same day over and over again.
So how does Phil prove such an extraordinary claim? Through some uncanny foresight.
Phil reveals personal particulars about the locals in the coffee shop. He then tells her about multiple, minute details about what’s going to happen in just a few moments, like someone dropping a tray of dishes or what one of his co-workers is going to say next. He even makes a theological point when he says to Rita saying, “Maybe God isn’t omniscient. Maybe he has just been around a long time and knows everything.”
K, so omniscience doesn’t work that way on the Christian view. But when someone is able to accurately predict the future down to small details, it should be a sign to us that something rather spooky is going on.
In Isaiah, God repeatedly challenges Israel’s idols by saying only he can accurately predict the future and their lame idols can’t. Here’s Isaiah 44:7: “Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come— yes, let them foretell what will come.” If God’s prophets can repeatedly and accurately predict the future, then like Rita, we ought to at least be curious about what else he has to say to us…