Fulfilled Prophecy – Week 2
Prepared and Presented by Stacy Walters, Youth Group Leader
Apologetic Spotlight Week 2
Last week we talked about the prophecy of Tyre and how Alexander the Great fulfilled the prophecy many years later.
Tonight, we are going to cover a prophecy made by Jeremiah. In Jeremiah 49:16-18 it was prophesied that the ancient kingdom of Edom would be destroyed and desolated. This prophecy was made sometime around 600 B.C.
This is what the prophecy said, “The horror you inspire has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, you who live in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as the eagle’s, I will bring you down from there, declares the Lord. ‘Edom shall become a horror. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its disasters. As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities were overthrown, says the Lord, no man shall dwell there, no man shall sojourn in her.’”
Almost 500 years later, long after Jeremiah had died, this prophecy was fulfilled. Around 100 B.C. Edom’s capital city, Petra, was completely destroyed. It has remained that way ever since. Petra is in the country of Jordan in the Middle East, and it is no longer a functioning city. It is considered an ancient historical city.
There are all sorts of archaeology that backs up the fact that Edom was a city. The evidence that it was destroyed and desolated is right before our eyes today. If you go to Petra today it is a bunch of ruins with no one living there.
This goes to show that once again God had one of his prophets prophesy something that was fulfilled hundreds of years later by someone else who was not the original prophet, with evidence that the city existed and that the prophecy was fulfilled.