If you remember or have seen the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell as the two lead characters, you know he’s local TV reporter, she is his producer and he becomes trapped in a day-long time loop.
And of course, he falls in love with her, but she’s skeptical when he tries to explain the time-loop. Only when he repeatedly tells her details easily forgettable details about what is about to happen does she realize he’s telling her the truth.
Erik Manning, whose blog, Is Jesus Alive?, I discovered via The Poached Egg, is a former atheist-turned Christian who uses the movie to illustrate a way of testing the Bible’s prophetic accuracy. He notes that:
Murray “reveals personal particulars about the locals in the coffee shop. He then tells her about multiple, minute details about what’s going to happen in just a few moments, like someone dropping a tray of dishes or what one of his co-workers is going to say next.
“He even makes a theological point when he says to [Andie] saying, ‘Maybe God isn’t omniscient. Maybe he has just been around a long time and knows everything.’”
In other words, when somebody repeatedly and accurately tells you precise details about the future, it’s probably a good idea to pay attention.
“When we do these ‘twin city’ pairings and then reverse the names and see if they could still be accurate, this takes things out of the realm of just some really good guesswork.”
Manning notes in a fascinating analysis linked on The Poached Egg that there are six pairs of ancient cities whose futures are described in gripping detail in the Old Testament, including Babylon and Ninevah, Memphis and Thebes, and Tyre and Sidon.
“When we do these ‘twin city’ pairings and then reverse the names and see if they could still be accurate, this takes things out of the realm of just some really good guesswork,” Manning points out.
He then goes through the details of each pairing and concludes:
“That these major cities would be destroyed eventually might be an easy guess. But that some of these sites would remain desolate for thousands of years defies the odds, especially given the varying details for each city.
“And it’s eyebrow-raising how the outcomes of Thebes and Memphis differ so strikingly. The idols were destroyed or buried in Memphis, but Thebes is a giant drive-thru museum.
“That these prophetic words could come to pass with such accurateness should arrest our attention. And again, if we just switch the details with the twin cities, they wouldn’t be precise.”
Ours is an age full of prophets proclaiming the end of the world. There have been others in centuries past like Nostradamus. But Manning’s three city pairings provides a highly persuasive case for the ultimate and unchallenged prophetic accuracy of the Bible.
And if the Bible is true, that changes everything. Think about it. And read the rest of Manning’s great analysis.