Absolute proof that the Bible is the Word of God.

If you can't handle proof, then stop reading. That will allow you to keep lying to yourself, and pretend you're not lying. The proof centers around the fact that no one can predict the future. By "predict the future", I don't mean generalities, I mean predict what's going to happen and when it's going to happen. A guy named Daniel did. Except Daniel said it wasn't him. Daniel repeatedly said an angel of God told him.

Many people will point to the fact that Daniel named the exact day of the Triumphal Entry hundreds of years in advance, but I'll use something else; the first 33 verses of Daniel 11. I'm going to lay out what Daniel wrote, and then what history shows happened.

Secular history tells us in the 7th century BC, the Battle of Carchemish was fought between the allied armies of Egypt and Assyria against the armies of Babylon, the Medes, Persians and the Scythians. A Babylonian general, who later became king, named Nebuchadnezzar led the coalition and won the war. Nebuchadnezzar stopped at Jerusalem on the way home to Babylon and took prisoners. One of those prisoners was a teenager named Daniel. Daniel lived through the Babylonian reign and into the beginning of the Persian reign.

In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, Daniel wrote chapters 10, 11, and 12 of the Book of Daniel. At this point, Daniel is in his 60's. In chapter 11 verse 2, Daniel wrote what an angel told him.

Now then, I will reveal the truth to you. Three more Persian kings will reign, to be succeeded by a fourth, far richer than the others. He will use his wealth to stir up everyone to fight against the kingdom of Greece

Daniel 11:2 NLT

Darius was the king at this time. The three kings that followed were Ahasuerus (also known as Cambyses), Artaxerxes, and Darius Hystaspes. The fourth king was Xerxes. In 2006, a movie entitled 300 was released. 300 was a fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae, which was fought between the Greeks and Persians. The fourth king of Daniel 11:2 was Xerxes, the Persian leader. The same Xerxes from the movie 300. Xerxes was very wealthy, very powerful and history shows the Battle of Thermopylae was fought in 480 BC. Daniel was dead by then, but the question is, how did Daniel know the fourth king from the time of his writing would fight Greece? If Daniel was just making a lucky guess, then I'd say it was pretty convenient for this all to happen exactly as Daniel said - the fourth king, naming Greece, but keep reading, we're just getting warmed up.

Daniel 11:3 and 4 says

Then a mighty king will rise to power who will rule with great authority and accomplish everything he sets out to do. But at the height of his power, his kingdom will be broken apart and divided into four parts. It will not be ruled by the king's descendants, nor will the kingdom hold the authority it once had. For his empire will be uprooted and given to others.

Daniel 11:3-4 NLT

That mighty king was Alexander the Great, who did rule with great authority and he conquered every kingdom he fought. The Greeks literally overran the countryside. At the age of 29, Alexander is said to have fallen on his bed in tears because there were no more places left to conquer. At the age of 32, Alexander the Great dies. While on his deathbed, they asked him who to hand the kingdom to. He said, "Give it to the strong." Well, the kingdom was divided among his four generals Cassander got Greece & Macedonia. Lysimachus got Thrace & Bithynia (Asia Minor). Seleucus got Syria, Babylonia and east to India. Ptolemy got Egypt, Palestine, and an area known in those times as the Arabia Petraea. At the time of his death, Alexander the Great had a brother and a son. A second son was born to him posthumously. Yet the kingdom didn't go to is descendants, it was divided up amongst four people, who weren't related to Alexander - just as Daniel wrote.

The king of the south will increase in power, but one of his own officials will become more powerful than he and will rule his kingdom with great strength. Some years later an alliance will be formed between the king of the north and the king of the south.

Daniel 11:5 and the first sentence of 6 NLT

Now he begins to give some interesting details that were all fulfilled in history. The King of the North and the King of the South were fighting, but in the end they ended up joining themselves together.

The daughter of the king of the south will be given in marriage to the king of the north to secure the alliance, but she will lose her influence over him, and so will her father. She will be abandoned along with her supporters.

Daniel 11:6 NLT

History shows the King of the South gave his daughter, Berenice, to the King of the North. The problem was, the King of the North had a wife. To make the alliance work, the King of the North divorced his wife to marry Berenice. When Ptolemy (King of the South) died, the King of the North dumped Berenice and took his first wife back again. This first wife then killed Berenice, killed Berenice's son (a son by the King of the North), and then she poisoned her husband, the King of the North. How did Daniel know all these details? The King of the South's daughter gets married to the King of the North. Her father dies, so he loses influence over the King of the North, and she does too. With the King, the ex-wife, and the offspring out of the way, that put the first wife's sons in line for the throne.

And a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and prevail

Daniel 11:7 NLT

That "branch of her roots" was Ptolemy Euergetes, the brother of Berenice. Berenice's brother put an army together, marched north and dealt with the first wife who killed his sister. Somehow, Daniel knows this and writes it down hundreds of years in advance.

When he returns to Egypt, he will carry back their idols with him, along with priceless articles of gold and silver. For some years afterward he will leave the king of the north alone. Later the king of the north will invade the realm of the king of the south but will soon return to his own land. However, the sons of the king of the north will assemble a mighty army that will advance like a flood

Daniel 11:8-10 NLT

That is, his sons, the King of the North, who was defeated by Euergetes. And they, the sons, assemble a great army.

and carry the battle as far as the enemy's fortress. Then, in a rage, the king of the south will rally against the vast forces assembled by the king of the north and will defeat them. After the enemy army is swept away, the king of the south will be filled with pride and will execute many thousands of his enemies. But his success will be short lived. NOTE KJV says but he shall not be strengthened by it.

Daniel 11:10-12 NLT

This is Ptolemy Philopator. He was the King of the South at this time. He gathered together a great army and came against the King of the North. Although he defeated him and took a lot of loot, he didn't take full advantage and subjugate the people. He was too interested in the licentious life that he was living in Egypt. So where it says, He will execute many ten thousands, he did destroy a lot of the army, but he will not be strengthened by it. -he didn't take advantage of it. He just went back and lived a life of luxury and decadence in Egypt.

A few years later the king of the north will return with a fully equipped army far greater than before. At that time there will be a general uprising against the king of the south. Violent men among your own people will join them in fulfillment of this vision, but they will not succeed.

Daniel 11:13-14 NLT

So the king of the north came back again. This was Antiochus Megas, known as Antiochus the Great. The general uprising against the king of the south was Philip of Macedon who was joined by rebels in Egypt and some of the Jews - they all joined Antiochus the Great against Egypt. How did Daniel know Jews would join the King of the North? How did he even know there would be a King of the North? Why not east or west?

Then the king of the north [Antiochus the Great] will come and lay siege to a fortified city and capture it. The best troops of the south will not be able to stand in the face of the onslaught. The king of the north will march onward unopposed; none will be able to stop him. He will pause in the glorious land of Israel, intent on destroying it. He will make plans to come with the might of his entire kingdom and will form an alliance with the king of the south. He will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom from within, but his plan will fail.

Daniel 11:15-17 NLT

At this point, Euergetes is the King of the South in Egypt. When he took over he was just seven years old. So, he was just at that point a figurehead. Antiochus the Great took his daughter Cleopatra (not THAT Cleopatra) and made a deal that she should marry Euergetes. He figured that when she married the King of the South and became queen of Egypt, she would be for her father. Years later after Cleopatra was the wife of Euergetes, rather than siding with her father Antiochus the Great, she sided with her husband against her father. So his plan backfired. How did Daniel know that Antiochus the Great would give his daughter to Euergetes as a plan to overtake the south, hundreds of hears before any of these people were alive? How did Daniel know the plan would fail?

After this, he will turn his attention to the coastland and conquer many cities. But a commander from another land will put an end to his insolence and cause him to retreat in shame. He will take refuge in his own fortresses but will stumble and fall and be seen no more.

Daniel 11:18-19 NLT

So not being able to conquer into Egypt, he then turned and gathered a navy of 300 ships. With his navy he began to travel in the Mediterranean, and found himself fighting against Rome, which at this point was beginning to be a power in the ancient world.

He was defeated by the Romans and Rome decided they would charge him for all of these wars. And so he was given a sum that he was to pay every year. Well, he and his men went into a temple to take away the treasures and the people of the city were so incensed they killed him. Again, how did Daniel know?

His successor will send out a tax collector to maintain the royal splendor. But after a very brief reign, he will die, though not from anger or in battle

Daniel 11:20 NLT

His son, Seleucus Philopater, still had to raise the taxes to pay this Roman tribute. He was poisoned and killed after a very short reign. Why? Because the people didn't like the taxes he was trying to exact from them. And somehow Daniel predicts this too.

The next to come to power will be a despicable man who is not in line for royal succession. He will slip in when least expected and take over the kingdom by flattery and intrigue.

Daniel 11:21 NLT

This next person was Antiochus Epiphanes.

Before him great armies will be swept away, including a covenant prince. With deceitful promises, he will make various alliances. He will become strong despite having only a handful of followers Without warning he will enter the richest areas of the land. Then he will distribute among his followers the plunder and wealth of the rich-something his predecessors had never done. He will distribute among his followers the plunder and wealth of the rich. He will plot the overthrow of strongholds, but this will last for only a short while. Then he will stir up his courage and raise a great army against the king of the south. The king of the south will go to battle with a mighty army, but to no avail, for there will be plots against him.

Daniel 11:22-25 NLT

He began to conquer and he did what his fathers did not do. His forefathers amassed the wealth for themselves, but Antiochus Epiphanes began to give away all of the money to all of his generals and those that were with him. This practice of distributing the loot among the men is here predicted by Daniel. So he came against Egypt with a tremendous army and Egypt met him, but he began to defeat the Egyptians.

His own household will cause his downfall. His army will be swept away, and many will be killed. Seeking nothing but each other's harm, these kings will plot against each other at the conference table, attempting to deceive each other. But it will make no difference for the end will come at the appointed time.

Daniel 11:26-27 NLT

The King of the North and the King of the South were both stopped by the Roman government and history shows us the brother of Antiochus Epiphanes was in Alexandria and both of them were doing a lot of lying while negotiating. They were all lying to each other, making treaties which none of them intended to honor. Daniel said His own household will cause his downfall. Exactly how would Daniel know Antiochus Epiphanes' brother (of his own household) would cause his downfall?

The king of the north will then return home with great riches. On the way he will set himself against the people of the holy covenant, doing much damage before continuing his journey. Then at the appointed time he will once again invade the south, but this time the result will be different. For warships from western coastlands will scare him off, and he will withdraw and return home. But he will vent his anger against the people of the holy covenant and reward those who forsake the covenant. His army will take over the Temple fortress, pollute the sanctuary, put a stop to the daily sacrifices, and set up the sacrilegious object that causes desecration.

Daniel 11:28-31 NLT

Antiochus Epiphanes returned home, but stopped off in Jerusalem to wreck the place again. After some period of time, he invades Egypt again. However, when he gets to Alexandria this time, Roman ships were there in the port. This is a well-known historic meeting. The Roman general, Popillius Laenas, came to him, and he said, "The Roman senate has ordered you to go home with your troops." Antiochus told Popillius, "I will consult with my men and we will send an answer to Rome." That apparently wasn't the best response. Popillius, the Roman general, took his cane and he drew a circle in the sand around Antiochus Epiphanes and said, "Make your decision before you leave that circle." Antiochus Epiphanes was intimidated by the Roman general, and said, "I've decided to go home, tell the Roman senate." How did Daniel know where the Roman navy was going to be hundreds of years before there was a Roman navy? Now Antiochus Epiphanes was angry because he was rebuffed by Rome, so he was determined to take it out on Israel again. On his way back to Syria, he came to Jerusalem and really sought to desecrate the place. He came back to Jerusalem and polluted the temple. He built an altar, a pagan altar above the altar of God and he offered a pig upon this altar to an idol that they had set up there in the temple of God.

He will flatter and win over those who have violated the covenant. But the people who know their God will be strong and will resist him.

Daniel 11:32 NLT

His desecration of the temple so incensed the people, that Judas Maccabaeus gathered together a group of zealots and began to attack the Syrians using guerrilla warfare tactics. They defeated every Syrian contingency that was sent against them, and finally retook and purified the temple. This rededication is still celebrated and known as the Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah in the Jewish calendar.

Wise leaders will give instruction to many, but these teachers will die by fire and sword, or they will be jailed and robbed.

Daniel 11:33 NLT

Both Judas and his brothers were all slain by the sword.

There are too many details in these 33 verses and the descriptions are too accurate for this to be anything other than someone accurately predicting the future. Since the Book of Daniel is in the Bible, and it predates the events by hundreds of years, and no one can tell the future, that means the Bible must be the word of God.

Those who say Daniel was obviously written after the evens have a problem. Daniel was originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic. It was converted to Greek, known as the Septuagint, which was completed in 270 B.C. 270 B.C. was still before much of what we've just reviewed - meaning that Daniel was in multiple languages before the predictions were fulfilled.