The Bible is a book unlike any other. It is very clear in describing itself and its Author. It claims to be inspired by God. This claim can be true or false, but it can only be one or the other. The fact that it was written over 1600 years by forty different human writers, yet never loses its focus or its unity, nor its integrity as a collection of frequently copied documents, is nothing short of miraculous. The Bible also claims to be supernatural in content; the fact that innumerable generations of people have come to know and love a Savior God through its pages should be proof enough of its power to change lives.
"The Bible is the Word of God because in it Jesus, the Word incarnate, comes to us. ...God's highest self-disclosure takes place in the cross of Christ...who was both God's greatest revelation and God's greatest action. In Jesus, God was revealed to us. And also in Jesus God overcame the powers of evil that had us in subjection. God's revelation is also God's victory." (Justo L. Gonzalez, in The History of Christianity)
There's yet another piece of evidence that the Bible is what it claims to be, and that is fulfilled prophecy. There are at least 60 detailed prophecies concerning the Messiah, all of which were fulfilled by Jesus. Most of those Jesus could do nothing by Himself toward fulfilling, and the chance they could have all been fulfilled by one person is so astronomical, mathematically, that this is beyond possibility unless their fulfillment was directed by God. Most of us never stop to realize, in fact, that fully one-fourth of the Bible was prophecy when it was written, and that at least half its one thousand prophecies have already been fulfilled. More than this, no Bible prophecy has ever been proven false. Fulfilled prophecy is itself, then, substantial evidence of the inspiration of Scripture, and should give us great comfort that the entire Bible is true.
"The Bible is just as relevant today, in our new millennium, last days society, as it was in the first century. Maybe more relevant, since we're so close to seeing (and living) its ultimate truth." (Rev. John Busser, President, Malachi Ministries, Inc.)
Modern man is asking questions about the future as never before. They are solemn questions; they are searching questions. The Bible is certainly the best place to look for answers. Many biblical prophecies have already been fulfilled with stunning accuracy and others are coming true right before our eyes, or at least the stage is being set for their fulfillment. Even the most skeptical person can put these prophecies to the test by noting the literal, precise fulfillment of past prophecies. For this reason, biblical prophecy is being discussed more than ever before. In these prophecies it's possible to probe for clues to find where we are in God's program and the predicted events that may occur in our lifetime. Prophecies, which in the past were sometimes brushed aside as too incredible are now being studied again.
Unlike the self-proclaimed prophets of yesterday and today, like Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, or Jeanne Dixon, Jesus and the biblical prophets did not peddle vague and general predictions that could be adjusted to any situation. The prophecies recorded in the Bible are detailed and intricately interwoven.
Most people have probably never considered the fact that more than one-fourth of the Bible was prophetic at the time it was written. The Bible is a book of prophecy. It contains about one thousand prophecies, about five hundred of which have already been fulfilled down to the minutest detail. With this kind of proven track record of 100 percent accuracy with five hundred prophecies, we can confidently believe that the remaining five hundred yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies will also come to pass at the appointed time. Someone has well-said, "we don't believe in prophecy because it's contained in the Bible, but we believe in the Bible because it contains prophecy."
Prophecy is the most credible proof of the uniqueness and divine inspiration of the Bible. Its importance can hardly be overstated. Fulfilled prophecy validates the Bible and all the precious truths it contains. Think about it. If hundreds of biblical prophecies have been meticulously, accurately fulfilled, then it stands to reason that what the Bible has to say about other things—such as the nature and character of God, creation, the nature of man, salvation, and the existence of heaven and hell—are 100 percent accurate as well. It also demonstrates that the Bible's content is not man-made but rather has its origins outside our own time-space continuum.
— The Amazing Claims of Bible Prophecy
by Mark Hitchcock [Source]