Failed Prophecies

Not so long ago I was having a conversation (if you can call it that) with the Rev. Dwight Knight, who told me that every single prophecy in the Bible, with the exception of those about the end times, has been fulfilled. I decided to research that a bit. Here’s what I’ve got:

Jeremiah informs us that God will smite all the Israelites migrating into Egypt (42:15-18). Even so, I think we can be reasonably certain that people from Israel have journeyed into Egypt without suffering God’s wrath. Egypt isn’t even the enemy of Israel it was in Biblical times, so what reason would God have for a jaunt into another neighboring country now?

Isaiah predicts that five cities in Egypt will undergo a language conversion to the Canaanite tongue (19:18). Of course, since this never happened, and since the language of the Canaanites is now dead, I don’t see it happening any time in the near future. Of course, I’m not a true prophet.

Isaiah just a few verses later fortells of an alliance between Israel, Egypt and Assyria (19:23-25). Since Assyria is no longer a country, the odds of this prophecy being fulfilled have dropped considerably. And if Assyria were to reform, it wouldn’t be the same Assyria that Isaiah, in all his God-given prescience, predicted.

Ezekiel purports God making claims that the Ammonites will be “no more remembered” (21:32). The difficulty with accepting this bold declaration is that it is printed in the Bible, which means that for the memory of the Ammonites to be truly erased, the Bible would have to be erased as well. Which would make the prophecy known to nobody, and hence useless. Apparently Ezekiel’s God didn’t take Logic 101.

I think that’s enough for this evening’s lesson. Your insights, class?

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~ by kriskodisko on July 25, 2013.

2 Responses to “Failed Prophecies”

  1. I think all of the problems in the Middle East are due to insufficient bacon consumption. 😀

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