Prophecy is its own apologetic.
I read the Quran through last year (not for everyone I know) and one of the things that stood out to me in my reading was the absence of prophecy. All I remember was reading one prophecy and that was one that referred to the triumph of the Byzantines over the Persians within a matter of years and that struck me as perhaps being a educated guess. Besides this one, there were a few general statements regarding the times before judgment day etc. but besides the singular prophecy I mentioned I saw no real prophecy. Honestly speaking, it wasn't that I was actively looking for a absence of prophecy, it was just that after reading I realized there wasn't much at all. That's not a prejudiced statement it's just a statement of fact. This lack of prophecy was in sharp contrast to what I am used to when reading and studying the Bible.
I think the large volume of prophecies found in the Bible, particularly the large number of fulfilled prophecies, set it apart from any other book. Prophecy has been described as God's divinely appointed apologetic regarding Himself. It is an apologetic itself.
21 - "Present your case", the Lord says. "Bring forward your strong arguments," the King of Jacob says.
22 - Let them bring forth and declare to us what is going to take place: As for the former events, declare what they were, that we may consider them, and know their outcome; or announce to us what is coming.
23 - Declare the things that are going to come afterward, that we may know ye are gods; indeed, do good or evil, that we may anxiously look about us and fear together. (Isaiah 40:21-23)
26 - Who has declared this from the beginning, that we might know? or from former times, that we may say, "He is right!"? Surely there was no one who declared, surely there was no one who proclaimed, surely there was no one who heard your words. (Isaiah 41:26)
8 - "I am the Lord, that is My name; I wil not give My glory to another, nor my praise to graven images.
9 - "Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth I proclaim them to you. (Isaiah 43:8-9)
6 - "Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: 'I am the first and the last and there is no God besides Me.
7 - 'And who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it; yes, let him recount it to Me in order, from the time that I established the ancient nation. And let them declare to them the things that are coming and the events that are going to take place.
8 - 'Do not tremble and do not be afraid; have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, or is there any other Rock? I know of none.'" (Isaiah 44:6-8)
21 - Declare and set forth your case; indeed, let them consult together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has long sinnce declared it? Is it not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me. (Isaiah 45:21)
9 - "Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 - Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, My purpose will be established,
and I will accomplish all My good pleasure; (Isaiah 46:9-10)
5 - Therefore I proclaimed them to you long ago, before they took place I proclaimed them to you, lest you should say, 'My idol has done them, and my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.'
6 - You have heard; look at all this. And you, will you not declare it? I proclaim to you new things from this time, even hidden things which you have not known. (Isaiah 48:5-6)
Being able to prophesy of future events before they happen and then being able to actively work so that they come to pass sets the Christian God apart from all other deities. God Himself invokes the phenomenon of prophecy as the open and undeniable evidence that sets Him apart from all other deities and competing truth claims. Prophecy is one of the strongest apologetic arguments that the Christian faith and the Christian himself has. Fulfilled prophecy hardly needs a defense in a way because historically verified and fulfilled prophecy is again an apologetic in itself. Things prophesied and then fulfilled takes one beyond a general deistic concept or a belief in an unknown god who is a transcendent prime mover or the likes. The Christian God foretells things before they happen and then actively works for their fulfillment and this is verifiable from the record of history. And this God not just works to bring about things prophesied but to bring them about in line with His plans and purposes. Acknowledging Him and His stated purpose because of historically fulfilled prophecy helps sheds light on His identity and nature. If He foretells things and then they come to pass then other things He has said about Himself and His nature and His purpose can be relied upon to be true. Which makes the prophesied appearance of Christ and His message all the more significant. It all helps underline the eternal nature of a God who can foretell the end from the beginning because only one standing outside of time can do this. Prophecy, abundant and overflowing in the Bible from beginning to end, shows not only THAT God is, it also shows WHO He is, the eternal Creator of the universe and the sender Of Jesus Christ. On the road to Emmaus, Christ began "with Moses and with all the prophets", and "He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:27). When Paul stood before King Agrippa, he replied, "And so, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He should be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles" (Acts 26:22-23). Christ and Paul both referred to the foundation of the prophets.
Forgive me for my little lesson here regarding things that many of you are no doubt aware of. It's just that the prophecies of the Bible stand in a league of their own because the God who prophesies in this manner is in a league of His own if you will. Be encouraged once again.
"For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."