Some biblical prophecy awaits future fulfillment: the Rapture (the catching up by Christ of all true believers to heaven), the revealing of Antichrist and the establishment of his world government, the Great Tribulation, Armageddon, and the Second Coming of Christ to rescue Israel. Most Bible prophecies, however, have already been fulfilled, and these constitute irrefutable proof that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Repeatedly, the God of the Bible reminds us that He alone declares what will happen in advance and proves that He is the only true God by specific fulfillment of prophecy. For example:
Behold, the former things [I foretold through my prophets] are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.
I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I showed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them. (Isaiah:42:9; 46:9-10; 48:5)
There are two major topics of prophecy in the Bible: Israel and the Messiah who comes to Israel and through Israel to the world. There are hundreds of prophecies concerning Israel (God’s chosen people) that have been fulfilled, and many more are in the process of fulfillment, as we are witnessing in our day. The fulfillment of prophecies concerning Israel is found throughout vital parts of history acknowledged by the entire world. Here is a brief outline.