How Much Of The Bible Is Prophecy


The Bible is considered to be the most influential book of all time and for many is seen as the basis for the Christian faith. But how much of the Bible is actually prophecy? This article will look at the different views on this question, the evidence and the implications of this for those who believe.

The Old Testament and prophesy

According to some, the Bible is comprised of 73% prophecy, with the Old Testament being the most important part of the Bible when it comes to prophesy. The Old Testament consists of 39 books and stories and many of these are prophetic in nature, covering a range of topics; from the birth of Jesus to the fall of Babylon.
Such prophecies are believed to have been written in the period between 1,500 and 500BC, with the majority being written between 1,300 and 4,000 years ago. Those who believe in this Old Testament prophecy, believe that the authors of these books were inspired by God and they were meant to be read as actual predictions.

New Testament prophesies

The New Testament is believed to be comprised of 27 books, of which all but four are believed to contain prophesy. These four books are the Gospels, which are said to explain Jesus’ teaching. The other prophecies are mainly found in the Book of Revelation, which is a book of promises and warnings. It contains predictions about the physical and spiritual world in which believers should live, the Second Coming of Christ and the Last Judgment.

Expert opinion

Some experts argue that the Bible is actually not a work of prophecy, but rather a work of literature and a record of religious events. They suggest that the prophetic nature of the Bible is often exaggerated and there is no real reason to believe that many of the prophecies are actually true.
Other experts contest this view, arguing that it is impossible to discount the prophetic nature of the Bible. They argue that you cannot simply ignore the long history of prophecies and the way they have been interpreted and accepted by believers over the centuries.

Data Analysis

Studies have shown that around 40-50% of the Bible is devoted to prophecy. There are 38 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament and it has been estimated that of these 65 books approximately one third are prophetic in nature.
Of the 39 books of the Old Testament, 14-16 of them are believed to be dedicated to prophecy. This means that around 38-40% of the Old Testament is devoted to prophecy, while the New Testament is believed to be made up of 27 books and 19 of them devoted to prophecy, giving it a 70% prophecy rate.

Different Contexts

The Bible is often seen as a source of prophesy and this has been seen as a sign of its divine nature. But, it is also important to see that the Bible has been written in different contexts and so this needs to be taken into account when considering the prophetic nature of the Bible.
The Old Testament was written in a time of great insecurity in the Near East and Palestine, while the New Testament was written during a period of relative Roman peace. This has led to many prophecies being seen as having a dual meaning; one that is relevant to the time in which it was written and another that is more general and wide-ranging.


No matter what the context for a prophecy is, it is important to stress that interpretation is key. How a prophecy is interpreted will have a big effect on how it is seen and as such understanding the context in which it was written is essential. Different interpretations of a prophecy can lead to very different interpretations of the same events and this can lead to very different understandings of the Bible.


When looking at the biblical prophecies it is also important to note that many of them are based on the authority of a single individual. This means that any interpretation of a prophecy can be questioned, either through a scholarly debate or a re-examination of the text.
The authority of a single prophet or text can also mean that similar prophecies can exist in multiple books, as often a person will tell the same story or offer similar advice and this can lead to confusion, as it may be unclear which version is the most accurate.


Many different opinions exist when it comes to how much of the Bible is prophecy, but it is broadly accepted that the majority of the Bible is largely made up of prophetic books. There is a lot of debate as to how these prophecies should be interpreted and it is important to take into account the context in which they were written in order to gain a more accurate understanding of them.

Marcos Reyna is a Christian author and speaker. He is dedicated to helping create disciples of Christ through spreading the power of the gospel to others. He has written several books and articles on a variety of theological topics, including matters of faith, worship, biblical studies, practical ethics, and social justice. A trained theologian and devotee of spiritual writing, Marcos has a mission to spread Christian love everywhere. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN where he spends his days encouraging others to seek Christ's grace in all things.

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