One of the things Peter wants us to remember in his second letter is the validity of the Bible. No other book in the world contains as many specific prophecies that have been fulfilled. Most of these prophecies are specifically about Christ. The following are just a few.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
This was written 700 years before Christ was born, specified Bethlehem as the city of the Messiah’s birth.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
This was also written about 700 years before Christ was born.
Graphically gives details concerning Jesus’ crucifixion 800 years before it was instituted as a means of punishment by the Romans. At the time, the punishment for blasphemy was stoning.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?…”
Jesus’ words from the cross in Matthew:
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
“ …scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
People’s reaction to Jesus’ crucifixion in Matthew:
“And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him.”
“For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet—I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”
“Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.”
Even the amount of money and what that money would later be used to buy is prophesied about in Zach. 11:11-13, 500 years before it is fulfilled in Matthew 27:3-10.
“So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep traders, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the Lord. Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”— the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.”
“Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.”
Even in the symbolism of the Bible is astonishing. In Isaiah 1:8 it says “… though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” and in Matthew 27:28 it says “And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him” Or the fact the Jesus was crucified at Passover, the day Jews commemorate with the sacrifice of a lamb for their sins.
Everything the OT prophesied about the Messiah was fulfilled in Jesus, and in 2 Peter we are also reminded that these prophecies are no mere coincidence:
“knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Also here in 2 Peter 3:3 we are reminded that there will still be mockers…
“knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.”
…and there are mockers not because there is a lack of evidence, because there is plenty…but because their hearts are hard. We also see from Scripture that it is God who hardens and softens men’s hearts, either away from Him or toward Him, and we need be prayer for the softening of men’s hearts toward Him, and be alert for the opportunity as Peter tells us in his first letter:
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect”