Archaeology, History and Prophecy

- three exciting and intertwined fields of study which greatly assist our understanding of the Word of God.

Archaeology – revealing evidence of the epic story of the Jewish nation and of the early Christian community; illuminating the daily routines, beliefs, hopes and achievements of people whose lives are for the most part only briefly glimpsed in the Bible’s pages; uncovering the buried remains of long-vanished civilisations and demonstrating the fulfilment of Bible prophecies.

History – providing the backdrop to the Biblical dramas; the empires, the armies, the kings and queens, the priests and the politicians who created the setting for the events described in the pages of the Old and New Testaments; the means whereby we can better understand many of the things which are said and done by the authors and characters of the Bible.

Prophecy – the revelation by God, through the agency of the His power the Holy Spirit, of things which will take place in the future; prophecies given by angels, seen in visions, revealed in dreams; prophecies given to kings, priests and fishermen; concerning nations and cities and individual men and women; prophecies about the Saviour of the world; prophecies which were fulfilled within moments of them being uttered and others which would not be fulfilled for centuries.

We hope the notes in the following pages will assist you in your personal study of God’s Word and we pray they will help you to draw close to our Heavenly Father, of whom the prophet Daniel said:

"He changes times and seasons;

he sets up kings and deposes them.

He gives wisdom to the wise

and knowledge to the discerning.

He reveals deep and hidden things;

he knows what lies in darkness,

and light dwells with him.

I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers.”

(Daniel 2 v 21-23)