The Unfolding Accuracy Of The Bible: Demonstrated In Two Prophecies About Nations In The Book Of Ezekiel -- By: Carl T. Martin
Journal: Journal of Dispensational Theology
Volume: JODT 11:34 (Dec 2007)
Article: The Unfolding Accuracy Of The Bible: Demonstrated In Two Prophecies About Nations In The Book Of Ezekiel
Author: Carl T. Martin
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The Unfolding Accuracy Of The Bible: Demonstrated In Two Prophecies About Nations In The Book Of Ezekiel
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Clearwater Christian College
For some time this author has been interested in the subject of the accuracy of the Bible, particularly in the face of recent developments both within and beyond the context of Fundamentalism, Evangelicalism and the assorted combinations of thereof. While more moderate theologians have little difficulty making claims that the Bible has numerous errors, an erosion has shown up in more conservative writings. As an example, the popular Introducing Christian Doctrine by Millard J. Erickson, while defending the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy stated, “It appears that even Paul and Peter may on occasion have made incorrect statements.”1 While holding great appreciation for Erickson’s valuable work, one should not readily concede to such a position. At the same time, questions should be carefully explored and answers carefully sought to provide more than superficial responses.
This author has been particularly interested in the way these matters have been addressed in the Older Testament of Scripture. One of the particular points of interest for me has been that of the prophecies of Ezekiel. Admittedly that is not one of the top ten books of Scripture quoted in the average testimony given in most congregations. Because the book of Ezekiel is not generally familiar to many professing Christians today, one will not understand the particular details that are desired for consideration in this article. Therefore, it will be advantageous to begin with a brief historical background.
Ezekiel’s World Context2
Ezekiel lived at the conclusion of the Davidic dynasty—600 years before Christ. He would have been a boy during the reign of Josiah (640–609 BC). Josiah had attempted reforms both economically and spiritually in Judah, in part because of concerns with resisting the major super power of the time, Assyria. When Pharaoh Necho attempted to pass near Israel, on the highway by
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the Mediterranean Sea, en route to assist the Assyrian military in their efforts to resist the emerging power of one of their conquered states to the East, the region of Babylon, Josiah was unwilling to permit Pharaoh Necho to pass through the territory. Rejecting the appeals from Pharaoh Necho, Josiah engaged him in battle at the expense of his own life. Josiah was killed by Pharaoh Necho in 609 BC.
Josiah’s son, Je...
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