We can come to know Jesus by personal experience. But, knowing Jesus is the Truth is more than having a spiritually euphoric experience! He has given us His sure and true Word so that we might know Him, what He says, and His ways of being and doing. His Word is even more sure of being true than our experience. We can know He is real and true by His Word and fulfilled prophesy. Remember that the Bible tells us that Jesus is the Word made flesh.
What proves Jesus and His Word are true? His Word is prophecy fulfilled! That is the real evidence! Peter tells us that he has experienced and witnessed Jesus as a real physical Son of God in the earth…with testimonies of visible miracles and resurrection, BUT he goes on to tell us that God’s Word of PROPHECY is even MORE SURE in truth than his own experiences!
1 Peter 1: 10-12, “Of this salvation the PROPHETS have inquired and searched carefully, who PROPHESIED of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.”
1 Peter 1: 16-21, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were EYEWITNESSES of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we HEARD this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
And so we have the PROPHETIC WORD CONFIRMED, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no PROPHECY of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for PROPHECY never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
The WORD of God PROVES itself to be true when it is fulfilled! It is true scriptural PROPHECY revealing the evidence of God. And Yeshua Jesus PROVED Himself to be the true promised and prophesied Messiah-Savior when He FULFILLED the PROPHETIC Word of God!
So, eyewitnesses saw the fulfillment of prophecy in God’s Word. The disciples and many others were eyewitnesses! And it has been proven by scientific, historical, and archeological dating that their writings in the New Testament were written shortly after Jesus ascension into heaven and the establishment of the early church. Eyewitnesses saw Yeshua Jesus fulfill the writings of the Old Testament and prove them valid. Many people had experienced and seen Yeshua Jesus. These were still “current events” at the time the New Testament was written. Remember how on the road to Emmaus, Jesus taught from the Old Testament all those prophecies that applied to Himself?
I pressed on to know real truth. I studied and discovered that historically, Yeshua Jesus did exist even outside of Biblical record. He is not just a religious myth. There are ancient historical records of Yeshua Jesus written by the ancient non-Christian historian, Josephus. I learned that archeology and the Dead Sea scrolls prove the authenticity and accurate dating of the Bible. I read books filled with knowledge and facts of Yeshua Jesus fulfilling the multitude of Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. Some of these books include: “Messiah Prophecies Fulfilled” and “Why I Believe” by D. James Kennedy PhD; “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” by Josh McDowell. I discovered that the Old Testament has over 2000 specific prophesies that have already been fulfilled exactly as God said. The Word of God is real actual truth! The Word of God prophesied real truth before it happened. God is Supreme and All Knowing! He has PROVED Himself repeatedly in His Word of prophesy!
Isaiah 46: 9-10, “Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand….”
God exists and His Word is proven Truth in reality! God is still fulfilling His Word in reality today! We stand on a solid true real Rock foundation when we stand on Yeshua Jesus who fulfills all of God’s Word of truth as prophesied!