The discoveries at Qumran prove how reliably the Old Testament is preserved.
When the ancient Qumran scrolls were discovered, it was the time when the Jewish people finally received their own state after almost 2,000 years, in the year 1948. The discoveries at Qumran prove how reliably the Old Testament is preserved. Also, the findings indicate that God has not removed His promises from His people, as some theologians claim. The promises of the Jewish prophets are still valid, such as the words of God spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
“Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever” (Jeremiah 31:35-36).
As impossible as it is to destroy the sun, the moon and stars, so it is impossible to destroy the people of Israel. Thus says the God of the Old and New Testament. And that both He and His testimonies are sure, He has visibly confirmed before the whole world by the Qumran scrolls found at the Dead Sea.
Gerald Bray, an Anglican theologian and church historian, once said that through archaeology, many theologians have become more conservative, because the findings have so often precisely agreed with the biblical accounts. God was right, God is right, and God will remain right. And so we see that the findings from Qumran ultimately show us that the end time prophecy of the Bible is reliable. As true as it is that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah and Son of God expected in the Old Testament, so true is it that this Lord will return exactly as He has promised.
In the last book of the Bible, the Revelation, the Lord God says that He will “make all things new”; not only for Israel, but also for the whole world, namely for all who believe in the Messiah Jesus (Revelation 21:5, 7; cf. 5:5-6, 9; 7:4-12). God promises that He will make a new heaven and a new earth, where He will forever live “among the people” and “give them light,” and where His servants “will reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 21:1, 3; 22:5). And twice at the end of Revelation—once through God the Father Himself and once through an angel—it is emphasized: “These words are true and faithful” (Rev. 21:5; 22:6).
What God promises, He will also keep, “truly and faithfully.” Today, things are topsy-turvy in the world; Israel is attacked more and more, Christians are harassed and persecuted, militant Islam is on the rise, and the political instability of the West is steadily increasing... and yet, at the end of all things a new creation will emerge. At the end of all things, God will be victorious. At the end of all things, Satan will be destroyed. Paul even says that “the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly” (Romans 16:20). The time is near! “Surely I come quickly,” says our Lord (Rev. 22:20). These words are also “true and faithful.” He is coming, “and all the saints” with Him. And then He will be “king over all the earth” (Zechariah 14:5, 9). Maranatha!
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