You might just have him google: Bible prophesies fulfilled. It may not be “scientific” to him but, if a Book is 100% historically accurate…I would think it would “give him pause” to agree that “something” is going on here?
Can you help us out with more detail? For instance, in your own words, can you present a succinct yet clear explanation of a particular Bible prophesy that was fulfilled? Instead of pointing people to Google something, we want to provide kind, credible answers to particular questioners.
Here is one of 100s that I have read. I think the real challenge when speaking with someone is to determine whether they are truly interested in “finding Truth”. It has been my experience that many stop searching at a point of comfort or a point where their “mind” is satisfied. I “lived there” once upon a time until I simply woke up one day and said: "I want to KNOW. Life is not a dress rehearsal and I need to do my own thinking, reading and research. Honestly, I would have walked away from Christianity in a heartbeat if I were required to “check my brain at the door”. The answers and the Truth is abundantly available to those who NEED TO KNOW…and, we all do NEED TO KNOW, FOR SURE.
I think the big three are:
- prophecies regarding Jesus as Messiah
- Jesus’ prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem - specifically that ‘not one stone’ would be left on another of the temple
- Daniel’s prediction of the rise and fall of the great empires hundreds of years beforehand
This thread has lists of fulfilled prophecies regarding Jesus the Messiah.
Jesus predicted the total and complete destruction of the temple in Jerusalem a full generation before it occurred:
Luke 21:5-6- Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, 6 “These things which you see—the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”
Also, in the OT Daniel predicted the rise and fall of nations long before they occurred. Secular scholars claim the book was written later, but that is only because they assume the nonexistence of God.
One of the most significant demonstrations that the Bible is divine rather than merely human in origin is the undeniable reality that the prophet Daniel, writing six centuries before the advent of Christ, was empowered by Almighty God to do what no soothsayer or astrologer could. With awe-inspiring precision, he predicted a succession of nations from Babylon through the Median and Persian Empires, to the “terrifying and frightening and very powerful” kingdom of Greece, which “crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left” (Dan. 7:7). Daniel foresaw the mighty Alexander the Great suddenly burst into history, traverse “the whole earth without touching the ground” (8:5), shatter Medo-Persia, and leave a horrific legacy that culminated in the persecution and suffering of the Jews under the second-century Greco-Syrian beast Antiochus IV Epiphanes, including the despot’s desecration of the Jerusalem temple, his untimely death, and freedom for the Jews under Judas Maccabaeus. Moreover, as Daniel looked down the corridor of time, he got a glimpse of a kingdom that will itself endure forever. Truly, the succession of nations immortalized by the book of Daniel is a surpassingly spectacular star in the constellation of biblical prophecy.
I would say these are the big 3, irrefutible, supernatural, fulfilled prophecies, in my opinion.
︎Destruction of Tyre & Sidon (Ezekiel, Jeremiah, & Isaiah: unsure of chapters and verses)
︎Jesus’ death and resurrection (Isaiah 53)
︎Jesus’ death as a result of crucifixion (Psalm 22:16-18) David prophesied that Jesus would die as a result of the punishment of crucifixion 8 centuries before it was invented as a form of punishment
I think there are many, like the return of the Jews to Israel for e.g., or the 6 day war, etc.
One of my personal favs is this.
“Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.
“This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.
“After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. (Daniel 2:31-45)