THE PROOFS OF GOD
We are raised to believe in experts. By second grade, the smart children know that accepting the
guidance of the teacher (our classroom expert) leads to classroom success. By graduation, most
students have an unhealthy respect for experts.

So many believers were dismayed, and atheists were vindicated, when Stephen Hawking CH, CBE, FRS,
FRSA, a British theoretical physicist and cosmologist, a renowned expert on black holes, announced
that the universe could have been created without God. In Hawking's new book, "The Grand Design," he
wrote that because of the law of gravity, the universe could create itself, so there need not be God to
begin the universe.

I have seen pictures of the universe. Its size and complexity amaze me. I can't conceive of any possible
way that it could have been created without God. However, obviously Hawking can.

Fortunately, God has not left the proofs of His existence to the desires and imaginations of men. He has
instead given us the history of His chosen people and a record of prophecy fulfilled to prove Himself to
mankind. "The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and
as I have purposed, so shall it stand..." (Is. 14:24).

The Bible contains the exploits of the chosen people, the Israelites, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob and a record of the great miracles that empowered them. An example is the crossing of the
Red Sea, part of the Exodus from Egypt. There is controversy about this, but if you have a open mind, I
have a video for you. It comes in four parts, and it's on YouTube, called "Exodus Revealed," uploaded
by sam3374 on Mar. 9, 2008.

Although the researchers were hampered by the governments of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, who refused
them permission to remove coral formations for close examination, they did find a wide platform in
shallow water that crossed the Red Sea (consistent with the Bible history), and coral formations on that
crossing that suggested chariot wheels and axles (from Pharaoh's destroyed chariots). Metal detectors
showed metal inside these coral formations.

(Do not be put off by a modern copy of an ancient chariot wheel found on the sea bed at the site. Any
artifact not covered in coral could not be original. I believe this recent addition was introduced to cause
confusion.)

The Battle of Jericho is another miracle from the Bible, and I recommend a video about this also. The
video is on YouTube, titled "Literally, by faith the walls of Jericho fell down, Hebrews 11:30," Part 1 and
2, uploaded by FreeTheMasons on Aug. 13, 2010. This is a fascinating video which shows from the
findings of the archaeological digs at Jericho that the destruction layer at Jericho is completely
consistent with the biblical account of walls falling down and a burnt city. An analysis of the pottery
found at the site even confirms the date for the overthrow of Jericho which can be inferred from Bible
history.

The Babylonian Exile is another proof of the existence of God. Here is an event with both its beginning
and end prophesied in advance. Moreover, thousands of slaves were freed, and sent back to their
homeland, with money and provisions, so that they could rebuild. Could anyone but God arrange such
events?

First, the prophecy of the exile. "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Because ye have not heard My
words (admonishing you to keep My Law and My Sabbaths), behold, I will send and take all the families
of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them
against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will
utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. And
this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of
Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will
punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the
Chaldeans (area around Babylon), and will make it perpetual desolations." (Jer. 25:8,9,11,12).

A number of cylinders and artifacts confirm that Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon. A clay tablet in
London’s British Museum records the activities of king Nebuchadnezzar between the years 605-594 B.C.
In the seventh year of king Nebuchadnezzar (598-7 B.C.), he marched his army to Hatti-land (Syria-
Palestine) and besieged the capital city of Judah, Jerusalem. On the second day of the month Addaru
(15/16 March), he captured Jerusalem and its king. He appointed a new ruler (Zedekiah), and took heavy
tribute, which he sent to Babylon. This is a confirmation of the biblical record of these events that is
found in 2 Kings 24.

After the exile, there was a prophesy of the return to Jerusalem. "Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God
of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem
unto Babylon; build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; take ye
wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to
husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.
And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the
Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy
years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform My good word toward you, in
causing you
to return to this place
." (Jer. 29:4-7,10).

The return was also prophesied in Isaiah, who named the great king who would accomplish it. "
Thus
saith the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus
, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him...
that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
For Jacob My
servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee,
though thou hast not known Me. I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he
shall build My city, and he shall let go My captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts
." (Is.
45:1,3,4,13).

It must have been the prophet Daniel who called Jeremiah's prophesy to the attention of Cyrus. "In the
first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm
of the Chaldeans (put in charge of Babylon by king Cyrus after its overthrow); in the first year of his
reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to
Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem." (Dan. 9:
1,2).

In response to the unveiling of these prophesies, King Cyrus sent almost 50,000 people back to
Jerusalem (Ezra 2:64,65). "Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the
mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made
a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, thus saith Cyrus king of
Persia,
The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and He hath charged me to
build him an house at Jerusalem
, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? His God
be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of
Israel, (He is the God,) which is in Jerusalem." (Ezra 1:1-3).

There is an archaeological set of artifacts that collaborate the biblical account of these events. The
tomb of Cyrus and the Cyrus Cylinder in London's British Museum testify to his existence as a great
king. “I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, legitimate king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and
Akkad, king of the four rims of the earth... From Babylon and from Susa, I returned the images of the
gods, who had resided there to their places.
I gathered all their inhabitants and returned to them their
dwellings
.” (Cyrus Cylinder).

The scattering of the lost tribes of Israel was also predicted in prophecy, but I will not discuss it in depth
here. In history, it is in no way remarkable for a native people to lose their homeland.

The restoration of the tribe of Judah (the known Jews) to their ancestral lands in Israel after the
Holocaust was also prophesied.

"Gather yourselves together (in the land of Palestine), yea, gather together (in the land of Israel), O
nation not desired (the known Jews of Judah remained a nation but were universally unpopular, no
country desired their presence); before the decree bring forth (all the scattered tribes), before the day
pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord's anger
come upon you (to avenge the blood of His saints and martyrs - see Is. 26:21, Rev. 6:9-11). Seek ye the
Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness:
it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger." (Zeph. 2:1-3).

The tribe of Judah is to be joined in the Holy Land by the descendants of the lost tribes. Note that Judah
is gathered first.

"Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, for Judah, and for the children of
Israel his companions (stick of Judah taken first): then take another stick, and write upon it, for Joseph,
the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions (the lost tribes taken second): and
join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And say unto them,
Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they
be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and
I will make them
one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel
; and one king shall be king to them all: and they
shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: and David
My servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd (Christ): they shall also walk in
My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given
unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and
their children, and their children’s children for ever: and My servant David shall be their prince for
ever." (Ez. 37:16,17,21,22,24, 25).

Note that the known Jews are joined to the lost tribes and become one nation in God's hand
inside the
land of Israel, they become "
one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel".

This brings us to the present, because the lost tribes have not been gathered yet. But they will be. See
Revelation 14:1-5 and 7:1-8.

If you need further proofs, the prophecy of the Holocaust is found in Ezekiel 7 and that chapter is fully
explained on this website, see No. 39, "The Judgments Of Ezekiel 7." No. 44, "Zachariah 1, Estranging
Israel" is also about prophesy fulfilled. It explains breaking of the bond of brotherhood between Judah
and the ten scattered tribes of Israel, and proves that the ten lost tribes are found in the Christian
church.

In conclusion, God has given men plenty of reasons to believe the Bible. This article is posted for the
Day of Atonement, 2010. If you feel that you have slighted or insulted God by your actions and attitudes
in the past, the Day Of Atonement is a good day to repent, confess your sins and take Christ as your
Savior.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden