Reading through the Old Testament and again a number of times, you’ll find yourself familiar with a group called the Hittites. Remember when one of God’s prophets confronted David for murdering a man named Uriah the Hittite? Remember when the Israelite’s sometimes went to war with the Hittites? Don’t believe me yet? See for yourself:
[Joshua 1:4] From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
There you have it! The Hittites existed!.. Or did they?
During the 18th and 19th century, the scholars thought apparently not! Indeed, two hundred years ago historians, archaeologists and scholars knew not a trace of the existence of the Hittites. So, they thought to themselves, “if we haven’t found them yet, the only conclusion is that they never existed and the Bible is wrong”. This was no joke, it was considered a serious accusation against the Bible, a serious error in which necessitated explanation. So explaining these very imaginative scholars did.
One of them was named Julius Wellhausen. This guy had an (absurd) idea. He decided to create a theory (that did not particularly originate entirely with him) known as the documentary hypothesis — according to this hypothesis, the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), attributed to Moses, weren’t actually written by Moses. Rather, these four books have five different authors (known as J, E, P and D), and they were written several centuries after Moses lived, and the theory only takes off into insanity from there. I will not address this nonsense theory here (rather later posts), however one of the evidences that Wellhausen found for his theory was the supposedly fictional Hittites. There non-existence was supposedly confirmation of his idea. And his theory took off (at the time).
Until we found them.
We ended up finding the Hittites. But we didn’t just find a tribal group that called themselves Hittites. We found an empire. The Hittites were the first civilization to ever work with iron, and they destroyed Babylon in 1600 BC. They even had their own language. The Bible was right.
So, why is this important? Apart from me writing a post that names another one of the evidences and confirmation of the Bible, and remarking about another one of the crashing explosions for the “skeptics” like Wellhausen, this is important because it outlines a very, very important pattern that has been happening consistently for the last three hundred years. A scholar would note something in the Bible, point out that it was unknown to them at their time, claim the Bible as wrong, and half of academia was on his boat. Then, some discovery happens and it turns out the Bible is right. Whether it’s the Hittite peoples, the existence of Hebrews in Egypt before the exodus, domestication of camels in the time of Abraham, the mines of Solomon, or the fulfillment of a prophecy that says Israel would revive as a nation. It continues happening, the Bible continues getting proven right when everyone thinks it is wrong. How can we explain this?
[Proverbs 25:2] It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out the matter.
God hides things for us to find, and when we find them, we continue getting shocked and shocked every time. “Who would’ve known, God was right!” But the skeptics do not learn. It’s a 300-year pattern that they’re not aware of. But the believers of God are the ones who predict these things. Men like Steven Collins are ones who predict the Bible is right before it is figured out. I don’t know when, but one of these days I’m going to tell you about Steven Collins. And Albright as well. But all you need to know now is that God is right, and your next objection, if yet unanswered, will be revealed for its error one day. That is why we must trust in God — He proves to us yet and yet again He is right everytime, the evidence piles on one side but we pretend it is not there. Yes, the Hittites existed, and yes, we must put our faith into God.