Provisions for the Levites 18 1“The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, will have no portion or inheritance with Israel. They will eat the Lord’s fire offerings; that is their[F][G] inheritance. 2Although Levi has no inheritance among his brothers, the Lord is his inheritance, as He promised him. 3This is the priests’ share from the people who offer a sacrifice, whether it is an ox, a sheep, or a goat; the priests are to be given the shoulder, jaws, and stomach. 4You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared wool of your flock. 5For Yahweh your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes to stand and minister in His name from now on.[H] 6When a Levite leaves one of your towns where he lives in Israel and wants to go to the place the Lord chooses, 7he may serve in the name of Yahweh his God like all his fellow Levites who minister there in the presence of the Lord. 8They will eat equal portions besides what he has received from the sale of the family estate.[I]   Occult Practices versus Prophetic Revelation   9“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations. 10No one among you is to make his son or daughter pass through the fire,[J] practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery, 11cast spells, consult a medium or a familiar spirit, or inquire of the dead. 12Everyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and the Lord your God is driving out the nations before you because of these detestable things. 13You must be blameless before the Lord your God. 14Though these nations you are about to drive out listen to fortune-tellers and diviners, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do this. 15“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. 16This is what you requested from the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, ‘Let us not continue to hear the voice of the Lord our God or see this great fire any longer, so that we will not die!’ 17Then the Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. 19I will hold accountable whoever does not listen to My words that he speaks in My name. 20But the prophet who dares to speak a message in My name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods—that prophet must die.’ 21You may say to yourself, ‘How can we recognize a message the Lord has not spoken?’ 22When a prophet speaks in the Lord’s name, and the message does not come true or is not fulfilled, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
IX. Accuracy in Prophesies The Bible contains numerous prophecies. This would be the ultimate test of inspiration. If the Bible was a man... Read More
IX. Accuracy in Prophesies The Bible contains numerous prophecies. This would be the ultimate test of inspiration. If the Bible was a man-made fairy tale or good "self-help" book it would not be able to accurately portray the future. True prophecy is a declaration of future events such as no human wisdom or forecast is sufficient to create. Due to its very nature, prophecy must be a divine revelation. H.W. Everest gave the criteria for true prophecy as follows: 1. The event must be beyond the power of man to foresee 2. It must be demonstrated that the prediction was written before the event 3. The language of the prediction must be unambiguous and unmistakable 4. The prediction must have a clear and demonstrative fulfillment The Bible lays out a test of a true prophet (Deut 18:9-22). If the prophecy does not come true, it is not from God (Deut 18:22; 2 Peter 1:19-21) (example: Jer 28:1-17). The purpose of a fulfilled prophecy is so that we may believe (John 14:29). 1. Prophecies about Israel (Deut 28:1-64) 1. Israel to have a king (28:36) – fulfilled in Saul 1050 B.C. 2. To be defeated and carried away into bondage and there serve idols (28:25, 36, 41, 49) – fulfilled in Assyria (722 B.C.), Babylon (597 B.C.), Rome (70 A.D.). 3. Cities to be destroyed (28:52) – archaeology illustrates that this happened many times (e.g. Lachish destroyed by both Assyrians and Babylonians) 4. Great sufferings would accompany siege (28:53-57; Jer. 19:9; Ezek. 5:10) – notice what happened during a Syrian siege (2 Ki. 6:24-31); a Babylonian siege (Lam. 2:20; 4:10); a Roman siege (Josephus documents these same conditions – Wars, Bk. 6, Ch. 3, Par. 4) 5. To be scattered and sold again into Egypt (28:64, 68) – Josephus 2. Tyre in Prophecy (Ezek 26) This was written in about 592-570 B.C. Its fulfillment continues even to this day. Shortly after this was written, Nebuchadnezzar led the Babylonians in besieging the city of Tyre. After a long siege, some of the people fled to the island city nearby; Nebuchadnezzar left the mainland city in ruins. During the Greek Period (332 B.C.), Alexander built a causeway to the island city using the ruins of mainland Tyre. After a 7 month siege, they breached the 150 foot high wall on the island and took the city. The island city has had a small population over the centuries consisting mostly of fishermen who “spread their nets” on the ruins. To this day the mainland city has never been rebuilt. 3. Babylonian Prophecy (Dan 4:30; Jer 50-51; Isa 13:17-22) The city of Babylon was one of the great cities of the ancient world. Babylon covered about 200 square miles and had 17 miles of walls wide enough for chariots to ride on. There were 250 towers and 8 gates. The hanging gardens were considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Babylonian empire maintained world supremacy between 626 and 539 B.C. Long before Babylon came into power Isaiah penned the prophecy regarding its destruction (written about 740-700 B.C.). Jeremiah also described the downfall of Babylon (written about 627-585 B.C.). In 539 B.C., Cyrus the Mede captured the city of Babylon without even breaking down the walls. Herodotus (a Greek historian, 484-425 B.C.) reports that “Cyrus had his men to divert the water which flowed under the city walls around the city. The invaders then went in under the city wall and surprised the Babylonians who were having a drunken party.”4 The Persians made their capital at Babylon for a while, but it eventually declined in importance. Alexander the Great came there in 331 B.C. intending to make it the capital of a new commercial empire. This was not to be, however, because he died at Babylon in the grip of some sudden and mysterious disease in June of 323 B.C. The city’s decline continued and the Parthians stripped the city of its substance in 124 B.C. The last mention of Babylon is on a tablet dating from 10 B.C. The ancient location of Babylon today consists of only desolate ruins. 4. Messianic Prophecies There are 332 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The prophecies about Christ were written centuries before He was born. List of some of the prophecies: 1. Micah 5:2 (fulfilled Matt 2:1-6) 2. Gen 49:10 (fulfilled Heb 7:14) 3. 2 Sam 7:12-14 (fulfilled Luke 1:32; 3:31) 4. Isa 7:14 (fulfilled Matt 1:21-25) 5. Zech 9:9 (fulfilled Matt 21:1-9) 6. Zech 12:10 (fulfilled John 19:34,37) 7. Isa 53:9 (fulfilled Matt 27:57-60)
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