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Prophecies of Worldwide Empires and Nations
Were Fulfilled Sometimes Centuries Later

These Prophets could not have known on their own.

(Remember, years count backwards, so that 700 BC was 91 years before 609 BC)
BIBLE PROPHECY AND YEAR MADE
BEFORE AND AFTER
ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITTANNICA PROOFS
ASSYRIAN / NINEVAH EMPIRE

630 BC - "He will stretch out his hand
against the north and destroy Assyria,
leaving Nineveh utterly desolate and dry
as the desert."  (Sahaif, Zephaniah
2:13-15)
FULFILLED:

609 BC - "Thus after the fall of Nineveh in
612, the fall of Harran in 610 and
Ashur-urballit's attempt at reconquering
the latter in 609, Assyria ceased to exist.  
(Encyclopedia, Vol. II, pg. 967)
 
AMMONITE NATION

760-750 BC - "For three sins of Ammon,
even for four, I will not turn back my
wrath.  Because he ripped open the
pregnant women of Gilead in order to
extend his borders, I will set fire to the
walls of Rabbah that will consume her
fortresses amid war cries on the day of
battle, amid violent winds on a stormy day.
Her king will go into exile and his officials
together."  (Sahaif, Amos 1:13-15)

626-586 BC - "The days are coming when
I will sound the battle cry against Rabbah
of the Ammonites; it will become a mound
of ruins....Yes afterward I will restore the
fortunes of the Ammonites.  (Sahaif,
Jeremiah 49:2,6)
FULFILLED:

165-163 BC - "Their chief city, Rabbath
Ammon (later Philadelphia, the modern
Amman, capital of the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan)....their civilization
flourished from the 13th to the 6th
century BC....continued until the fall of the
Assyrian empire in 612 BC....Little is
known of the history of Jordan under the
Neo-Babylonians and Persians....It was
not until the Hellenistic rule...that the
country prospered, trade increased and
new towns were built."  (Encyclopedia,
Vol. I, pg. 799, Vol. 13, pg. 82)
 
BABYLONIAN EMPIRE

700-681 BC - "Isaiah...saw during the
reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and
Hezekiah, kings of Judah....An oracle
concerning Babylon....She will never be
inhabited or lived in through all
generations....Hyenas will howl in her
strongholds, jackals in her luxurious
palaces....Go down, sit in the dust, Virgin
Daughter of Babylon....Both of these will
overtake you in a moment, on a single
day."  (Sahaif, Isaiah 1:1; 13:1,20,22;
47:1,9)

626-586 BC - "What a horror Babylon will
be among the nations!  The sea will rise
over Babylon; its roaring waves will cover
her.  Her towns will be desolate, a dry and
desert land where no one lives, through
which no man travels.  This is the
message Jeremiah gave...in the fourth
year of his [Zedekiah's] reign."  (Sahaif,
Jeremiah 51:41-44, 59)
FULFILLED:

539 BC - "After a short war Babylon was
taken without fighting in 539....This is the
end of the history of Babylonia."  
(Encyclopedia Vol. II, pg. 967-968)
 
EDOMITE NATION

626-586 BC - "The terror you inspire...you
who live in the clefts of the rocks, who
occupy the heights of the hill....Edom will
become an object of horror; all who pass
by will be appalled and will scoff because
of all its wounds....so no one will live there;
no man will dwell in it."  (Sahaif, Jeremiah
49:16,17)


593-571 BC - "I will make you desolate
forever, your towns will not be
inhabited....I will treat you in accordance
with the anger and jealousy you showed in
your hatred of them and I will make myself
known among them when I judge you."  
(Sahaif, Ezekiel 35:9,11)
FULFILLED:

525 BC - "The heyday of the Edomite
kingdom extended from the 13th to the
8th centuries BC, although it continued to
exist several centuries longer....Following
its recovery (734 BC) of Elath, Edom, like
Judah, experienced a progressive
decline....during the first part of the rise of
the Persians to power...resulted in the
weakening and destruction of the Edomite
state."  (Encyclopedia, Vol. 7, pg. 981)
 
EGYPTIAN KINGDOM

593-571 BC - "The land of Egypt a ruin
and a desolate waste from Migdol to
Aswan [400 miles S. of Cairo] as far as the
border of Cush [Africa].  No foot of man or
animal will pass through it; no one will live
there for forty years....At the end of
forty
years
I will gather the Egyptians from the
nations where they were scattered.  I will
bring them back from captivity and return
them to Upper Egypt, the land of their
ancestry.  There they will be a lowly
kingdom....and will never again exalt itself
above the other nations.  (Sahaif, Ezekiel
29:10-11)
FULFILLED:

562 - "Nebuchadrezzar III....reigned from
605 to 562.  In 605, as crown prince, he
defeated the Egyptians under Necho II at
Carchemish....Nebuchadrezzar died in
Aug. or Sept. 562 [
43 years later]."  
(Encyclopedia, Vol. 16, pg. 156)
 
GRECIAN EMPIRE

c. 550 BC - "In the third year of King
Belshazzar's reign, I Daniel, had a
vision....a goat with a prominent horn
between his eyes came from the west,
crossing the whole earth without touching
the ground....I saw him attack the ram
furiously, striking the ram and shattering
his two horns....The goat became very
great....The two horned ram that you saw
represents the kings of Media and Persia.  
The shaggy goat is the king of Greece,
and the large horn between his eyes is
the first king.  The four horns that
replaced the one that was broken off
represent four kingdoms that will emerge
from his nation but will not have the same
power."  (Sahaif, Daniel 8:1,5-7, 20-21)
FULFILLED:  

320 BC - "By the rebellion of Cyrus II,
king of Persia....the Medes were made
subject to the Persians.  In the new
empire they retained a prominent
position; in honour and war they stood
next to the Persians....and many noble
Medes were employed as officials....The
Greek world was exhausted and
leaderless in 354 BC when a new power
was growing in the north....Alexander III,
called the Great (356-323), king of
Macedonia....at an assembly of the Greek
League at Corinth was appointed
generalissimo....From his accession
Alexander had set his mind on the
Persian expedition....on June 13, 323, he
died in his 33rd year; he had reigned for
twelve years and eight months....No heir
had been appointed to the throne....The
empire could hardly survive Alexander's
death as a unit....The provinces became
independent kingdoms and the
generals...took the title of kings."  
(Encyclopedia, Vol. I, pg. 571-575, Vol.
15, pg. 68)
 
KINGDOM OF JUDAH

626-586 BC - "I will summon all the
peoples of the north and my servant
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon...and I
will bring them against this land and its
inhabitants and against all the
surrounding nations.  I will completely
destroy them....this whole country will
become a desolate wasteland, and these
nations will serve the king of Babylon
seventy years."  (Sahaif, Jeremiah
25:9,11)

700-681 BC - "Of Cyrus, he is my
shepherd and will accomplish all that I
please; he will say of Jerusalem, 'Let it be
rebuilt,' and of the temple, 'Let its
foundations be laid.'  This is what the Lord
says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right
hand I take hold of, to subdue nations
before him and to strip kings of their
armor....I summon you by name [before
born] and bestow on you a title of honor
though you do not acknowledge me."
(Sahaif, Isaiah 44:28-45:1,4)
FULFILLED:

605-535 BC - "Nebuchadrezzar
III....reigned from
605 to 562 BC.  In 605
BC, as crown prince, he defeated the
Egyptians....and won all Syria and
Palestine... Nebuchadrezzar died in Aug.
or Sept. 562....Cyrus...in
538 BC [67
years later] authorized the return to
Palestine of the Jews deported by
Nebuchadrezzar and made arrangements
for the rebuilding of the Temple in
Jerusalem."  (Vol. 16, pg. 156, Vol. VI, pg.
960)
 
MEDIAN AND PERSIAN EMPIRE

C. 535 BC - "In the third year of Cyrus
king of Persia, a revelation was given to
Daniel....it concerned a great war....Three
more kings will appear in Persia [
Cyrus II,
Cambyses
, Smerdis/Guamata, Darius I
~ named before birth or rise to power] and
then a fourth [Xerxes], who will be far
richer than all the others.  When he has
gained power by his wealth, he will stir up
everyone against the kingdom of Greece.  
Then a mighty king [
Alexander the
Great
] will appear who will rule with great
power and do as he pleases.  After he has
appeared, his empire will be broken up
and parceled out toward the four winds of
heaven." (Sahaif, Daniel 10:1; 11:2-12)
FULFILLED:

354 BC - "In 514-513 Darius I led the
forces of the Persian empire across the
Bosporus into Europe...conquered some
Greek islands....A strong Persian
expeditionary force sailed acrosss the
Aegean in 490 BC....In the spring of 580
BC, Xerxes entered Europe with a vast
army, supported by a large fleet....The
coalition won a series of successes
against the Persians in Europe and Asia
which culminated in an attack on a
Persian army and a navy...about  466....
defeated the Persian army....Alexander
[the Great of Greece] regarded himself as
the legitimate head of the Persian empire
and therefore adopted the dress and
ceremonial of the Persian kings....At this
critical juncture Alexander died in Babylon
in June 323 BC."  (Vol. 10, pg. 796-799,
Vol. 17, pg. 656)
 
God reacts to us with the “boomerang effect.”

Unless we are forgiven sinners, he does to us what we do to him and others.
"The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.  The Lord is known by his justice; the
wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands."  (Zabur/Psalm 9:15-16)

"In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises."  (Zabur/Psalm 10:2)

"The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.  But their swords will
pierce their own hearts."  (Zabur/Psalm 37:14-15)

"Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused."  (Zabur/Psalm 140:9)

"He mocks proud mockers."  (Proverbs 3:34)

"Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?" (Proverbs 6:27)

"If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him."  (Proverbs 26:27)

"Woe to you, O destroyer, you have not been destroyed!  Woe to you, O traitor, you have not been betrayed.  When you stop destroying, you
will be destroyed; when you stop betraying, you will be betrayed."  (Sahaif, Isaiah 33:1)

"According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes."  (Sahaif, Isaiah 59:18)

"I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices."  (Sahaif, Ezekiel 7:8)

"As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head."  (Sahaif, Obadiah 1:15)