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  • What about that hundreds that didn't come true...I could predict something and chances are in 5,000 years it will probably happen somewhere.
  • I didn't realize the bible was about prophesizing. Which ones exactly have come true?
  • Her are ten related to Isreal as a nation. The Old Testament of the Bible was written more than 2000 years ago. Christians call it the Old Testament. Jews call it the Tanakh. Both regard it as the word of God. The Old Testament contains hundreds of prophecies about the future. These prophecies are not "predictions," they are promises from God. Many of these promises have found fulfillment in recorded historical events during the past 1900 years. Did you know that the Bible foretold the following events: 1. Jerusalem and the Temple would be destroyed.1. Jerusalem would be destroyed Daniel 9:26, Deuteronomy 28:49-52, Deuteronomy 29:23, Hosea 3:4-5, Leviticus 26:31-32, Luke 21:24, Micah 3:11-12. 2. The Jews would be exiled.Deuteronomy 4:25-30, Deuteronomy 28:36-37, Deuteronomy 28:65-67, Hosea 9:17. 3. Israel would become a wasteland.Deuteronomy 29:23, Ezekiel 36:33-35 (indirectly), Isaiah 51:3, Leviticus 26:31-32. 4. The Jews would be scattered worldwide.Deuteronomy 4:25-30, Deuteronomy 28:64, Deuteronomy 28:65-67, Genesis 28:10-15, Hosea 9:17. 5. The Jews would be persecuted worldwide.Deuteronomy 28:65-67, Deuteronomy 31:16-17, Leviticus 26:31-32, Zechariah 8:13. 6. The Jews would have a worldwide impact.Deuteronomy 28:64, Genesis 12:2-3, Genesis 15:5, Genesis 28:10-15, Genesis 35:9-12, Isaiah 27:6, Isaiah 42:1-9, Isaiah 49:6. 7. The Jews, and their national identity, would be preserved.Isaiah 66:22, Jeremiah 30:11, Jeremiah 31:10, Jeremiah 31:35-36, Jeremiah 32:36-37, Jeremiah 46:28, Leviticus 26:3-8, Leviticus 26:44, Zechariah 8:13. 8. The Jews would return to their ancient homeland.Amos 9:14-15, Deuteronomy 4:25-30, Deuteronomy 30:3-5, Ezekiel 20:34, Ezekiel 34:13, Ezekiel 36:24, Genesis 28:10-15, Isaiah 27:12-13, Isaiah 43:5-6, Jeremiah 23:3-6, Jeremiah 32:36-37, Jeremiah 32:37-41, Zechariah 8:7-8. 9. Enemies of the Jews would also reside in their homeland.Leviticus 26:31-32. 10. The Jews would have Israel again as their own country.Amos 9:14-15, Ezekiel 4:3-6, Ezekiel 11:17, Ezekiel 36:24, Ezekiel 37:10-14, Ezekiel 37:15-19, Ezekiel 37:21-22, Genesis 15:18, Genesis 28:10-15, Genesis 35:9-12, Isaiah 66:7-8, Jeremiah 16:14-15, Jeremiah 32:44, Micah 7:8-11. Source: AboutBibleProphecy.com
  • How do we know that it came true? Do we just accept that someone said that it did? For instance, do we accept that Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of a Messiah? The Jews don't. How do we know that these events happened? They were written down centuries, even millennia, ago by people (some unknown) with questionable credibility and a definite agenda (the priesthood had custody of the scriptures, and they definitely had power and an interest in maintaining it). I think you are really going to have to give us a rate of accuracy on Biblical prophecies and external sources to verify the date of the prophecy (I can write a book now and claim it is 1000 years old...what if they did that in 200 BCE?) and external sources to verify the fulfillment of the prophecy.
  • That is a solid, thought provoking question. Much of the Bible contains detailed prophecies. If there is no God, how can these be explained? For example: How could the Bible have foretold hundreds of years in advance where Jesus would be born? ( See Micah. 5:2; Matt. 2:1-6) His family line? (Gen. 22:15-18; 49:10; 2 Sam. 7:8-16; Matt. 1:1, 2, 6) When he would appear as Messiah? (Dan. 9:24-27) Certainly Jesus himself could do very little to control these factors. Yet these and hundreds of other prophecies of this nature in the Bible came true. How could this be—unless there is a farseeing God? No man has such ability to peer into the future. Many Bible prophecies have come true in such detail that critics claim they were written after the fulfillment. But such claims are untrue. God, being almighty, is fully capable of prophesying. (Isaiah 41:21-26; 42:8, 9; 46:8-10) Biblical prophecies that came true are evidence of divine inspiration, not of late authorship. The inspired messages from God pointed primarily toward Jesus. The entire spirit, or intent and purpose, of such true prophecy was to bear witness to him. Furthermore, the realization of the prophecies in Jesus marks them all as true. This is why the Bible says that “the truth came to be through Jesus Christ.” “For no matter how many the promises of God are, they have become Yes by means of him.” Please see also—John 1:17; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Acts 10:43; 28:23.
  • Isn't it all about interpretation, odds and time? Given all of that, I could argue that every single prophecy of Nostradamus has come true, to date. Same can be said of the bible.
  • If you keep your predictions vague and your interpretation of events highly subjective, sure! Everything can be seen to have "come true"
  • First I think you'd have to believe that the Bible ISN'T true. For the most part, I choose to believe that it IS true. Although I also believe that there may have been some man made changes as it's been rewritten and translated so many times. For me, prayer is usually the most basic comfort as I've found supportive answers in that activity many, many times.
  • There are prophecies that go along with many ancient beliefs. The Mayan calendar, for example, has been correct on our cosmology, the turn of the planet, and the boundries of time. The fun part is finding prophecies from different beliefs that coincide with one another. Most prophecies are similar.
  • Well, it doesn't exactly take a mesia to predict some things. Most of the things 'Prophecies' that 'Came True' were bound to happen eventualy. I mean, come on people, these predictions had thousands of years to come true, it doesn't take a god to predict the inevitable, especialy when you operate on that knd of timescale. And what about the hundreds that *didn't*? Huh? What about them?
  • Well, it doesn't exactly take a mesia to predict some things. Most of the things 'Prophecies' that 'Came True' were bound to happen eventualy. I mean, come on people, these predictions had thousands of years to come true, it doesn't take a god to predict the inevitable, especialy when you operate on that kind of timescale. And what about the hundreds that *didn't*? Huh? What about them?
  • Well, it doesn't exactly take a mesia to predict some things. Most of the things 'Prophecies' that 'Came True' were bound to happen eventualy. I mean, come on people, these predictions had thousands of years to come true, it doesn't take a god to predict the inevitable, especialy when you operate on that kind of timescale. And what about the hundreds that *didn't*? Huh? What about them?
  • A lot of Christians say "well you can't take ALL the bible literally". Which makes me think, how do they decide which parts are to be taken literally and which aren't!
  • As far as I know, ALL of the 'specific' prophecies are only fullfilled in the Bible, not neccesarily in history (for example: the exact nature of Jesus' birth is in the Bible, a fullfillment of the Biblical prophecy of the Messiah, however in reality the only support there is for this is the Bible itself, no where else...) Then you have a whole host of very vague, or broad prophecies which any one of us could make about anything, and it is a guarantee it will happen 'eventually'... The important thing to also remember is the vast amount of prophecies which 'havent' come true (These are the ones which go into specifics; dates, places, exact events, etc. When the prophecy is vague, it's not a very good prophecy. (Note: A prophecy is just a prediction of future events, I will make one right now for you, and it WILL come true in your lifetime, but im NOT anything special for it: The war in Iraq will take many lives, but eventually end... There, a prophecy which is undeniably going to happen, I guarantee you that it WILL take many more lives, and WILL end at some point. How about one which is a bit more special: There will be a great conflict involving Iran in the coming decades, and it will take a great deal of lives... (C'mon people, prophecies are guesses & lies, don't be a child about it, the Bible specifically states a great many things will happen at specific times, or after specific events, etc, and they -didnt- happen, then it says something like "Babylon will be attacked by great nations of the north" and people go "OH! THATS AMERICA! THE BIBLE'S TRUE!" : / (Despite the obvious idiocy of a prophecy which simply says somewhere will be attacked eventually {note, Babylon (Iraq) has been attacked a lot before in History by "nations of the north", as well as nations of the south, east, and west... Big deal? Human history is FULL of conflict everywhere in the world, to make a prophecy saying there will be more conflict is stupid}, isn't it important to remember that America is 'not' north of Iraq? Infact, not a single country which was involved with the invasion or subsequent occupation is north of Iraq, they are all east & west (more east than they are north, thus making it a stretch to call them nations from the north rather than nations of the east) Meh, I'm not saying the Religion itself is stupid, just the idea of using a Prophecy to try and prove somethings validity, given the overwhelming number of other prophecies which have been proven wrong, and the fact that the prophecies considered 'fullfilled' are extremely vague or undescriptive
  • I can tell you one thing that the bible says that is true. In the first book of Corinthians it says: "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God, For it is written: 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.' Where is the wise man? Where is the scholor? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength." 1Cor 1: 18-25 As I was reading everyone's answers this passage came into my mind. You have to admit it does describe what is being said here pretty good. Those who don't believe in the bible think it's foolishness while those that do think it's wisdom form God.
  • There are just as many prophecies by non religious people that have come true. That is not proof for or against the bible. What propheices have come true. You should name them, them we could better see what you are saying.
  • im muslim but i did believe that somethings in the bible are true and i believe jesus will come back
  • Stuff that was prophesied in the Book of Mormon has happened. Do you believe in it?
  • the quran also has prophecies that have come true The Minor Signs: 1. The disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Ahmad). 2. Books/writing will be widespread and knowledge will be low (Ahmad). 3. Adultery and fornication (voluntary sexual intercourse between an unmarried couple) will be prevalent (The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that this has never happened without new diseases befalling the people, which their ancestors had not known.) (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Al-Haythami). 4. When fornication (voluntary sexual intercourse between an unmarried couple) becomes widespread among your leaders (The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that this will happen when the people stop forbidding evil) (Ibn Majah). 5. ADULTERY ('the act of being unfaithful to one's wife or husband by voluntarily having sexual intercourse with someone else) and FORNICATION (voluntary sexual intercourse between an unmarried couple) will be performed in the open. 6. The consumption of intoxicants will be widespread (Bukhari & Muslim). 7. Women will outnumber men......eventually 50:1 (Bukhari, Muslim, & Ahmad). 8. Killing, killing, killing (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Ahmad). 9. People will beat others with whips like the tails of oxen (Muslim)? The Slave Trade. 10. The children will be filled with rage (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim). 11. Children will be foul (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim). 12. Women will conspire (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim). 13. Rain will be acidic or burning (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim). 14. Children of fornication will become widespread or prevalent (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim). 15. When a trust becomes a means of making a profit (at-Tirmidhi, Al-Haythami). 16. Gains will be shared out only among the rich, with no benefit to the poor (at-Tirmidhi). 17. Paying zakat becomes a burden and miserliness becomes widespread; charity is given reluctantly (at-Tirmidhi & Al-Haythami). 18. Miserliness will be thrown into the hearts of people (Bukhari). 19. Episodes of sudden death will become widespread (Ahmad). 20. There will be people who will be brethren in public but enemies in secret (He was asked how that would come about and replied, "Because they will have ulterior motives in their mutual dealings and at the same time will fear one another.") (at-Tirmidhi). 21. When a man obeys his wife and disobeys his mother; and treats his friend kindly while shunning his father (at-Tirmidhi). 22. When voices are raised in the mosques (at-Tirmidhi). 23. People will walk in the marketplace with their thighs exposed. 24. Great distances will be traversed in short spans of time. 25. The people of Iraq will receive no food and no money due to oppression by the Romans (Europeans) (Muslim). 26. People will hop between the clouds and the earth. 27. A tribulation will enter everyone’s home (Ahmad). 28. The leader of a people will be the worst of them (at-Tirmidhi). 29. Leaders of people will be oppressors (Al-Haythami). 30. People will treat a man with respect out of fear for some evil he might do (at-Tirmidhi). 31. Men will begin to wear silk (at-Tirmidhi). 32. Female singers and musical instruments will become popular (at-Tirmidhi). 33. When singers become common (Al-Haythami). 34. People will dance late into the night. 35. When the last ones of the Ummah begin to curse the first ones (at-Tirmidhi). 36. People will claim to follow the Qur'an but will reject hadith & sunnah (Abu Dawood). 37. People will believe in the stars (Al-Haythami). 38. People will reject al-Qadr (the Divine Decree of Destiny) (Al-Haythami). 39. Time will pass rapidly (Bukhari, Muslim, & Ahmad). 40. Good deeds will decrease (Bukhari). 41. Smog will appear over cities because of the evil that they are doing. 42. People will be carrying on with their trade, but their will only be a few trustworthy persons. 43. Wealth will increase so much so that if a man were given 10,000, he would not be content with it (Ahmad & Bukhari). 44. A man will pass by a grave and wish that he was in their place (Bukhari). 45. Earthquakes will increase (Bukhari & Muslim). 46. There will be attempts to make the deserts green. 47. The appearance of false messengers (30 dajjals) (Bukhari). 48. Women will be naked in spite of being dressed, these women will be led astray & will lead others astray (Muslim). 49. The conquest of Constantinople by the Muslims (Ahmad). 50. The conquest of India by the Muslims, just prior to the return of Jesus, son of Mary (peace be upon both of them)(Ahmad, an-Nisa'i, at-Tabarani, al-Hakim). 51. When people begin to compete with others in the construction of taller buildings (Bukhari). 52. There will be a special greeting for the people of distinction (Ahmad). 53. The Euphrates will disclose a treasure (The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that whoever is present should not take anything from it) (Bukhari & Muslim). 54. Two large groups, adhering to the same religious teaching will fight each other with large numbers of casualties (Bukhari & Muslim). 55. Wild animals will be able to talk to humans (Ahmad). 56. A man will leave his home and his thigh or hip will tell him what is happening back at his home (Ahmad). 57. Years of deceit in which the truthful person will not be believed and the liar will be believed (Ahmad). 58. Bearing false witness will become widespread (Al-Haythami & Ahmad). 59. When men lie with men and women lie with women (Al-Haythami). 60. Trade will become so widespread that a woman will be forced to help her husband in business (Ahmad). 61. A woman will enter the workforce out of love for this world (Ahmad). 62. Arrogance will increase in the earth (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim). 63. Family ties will be cut (Ahmad). 64. Men will begin to look like women and women will begin to look like men.
  • i believe that budda also existed and was a humble guy
  • Very crafted word play.
  • The same could be aked of the prophecies of Nostrodamus if you look at the facts just as any other book it was written by man and man makes mistakes, add that to the many differing translations of the same book plus the things that have been omited on purpose and hey presto. And for those that are going to say nopthing has been omited, check the secret library in the vatican, you will be surprised.
  • You poor sad fools obviously do not comprehend the nature of multidimensional realities. To be dead in terms of this reality is not to be dead to existence.
  • have you ever heard of probability theories.
  • The Bible is true. There is a fundamental difference between truth and fact. It is true that God exists but I cannot prove it. It is a fact that President Bush said he invaded Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction but it is not true. Catholics believe that the Bible teaches truth about God but it is not historically factual at all times. The Bible's primary purpose is to teach us the truth about God and His (or Her) love for us, not to teach facts about history or science. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, section 105 and following: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt1sect1chpt2.htm With love in Christ.
  • Errrrr what prophecies are these then?
  • If the Bible is true, why are there Hundreds of Prophecies that either did not come true, or were so vague they were about as helpful as predicting that tonight's lotto numbers will be a series of numbers that are all between one and one hundred?
  • A verse can be interpreted to come out true or false -- all depends on the point of view.
  • ... Because it is true; we just don't understand its meaning completely.
  • Oh really, like which one?
  • The question is a bit like: If you really believe that the rose bush has thorns, why are there hundreds of rose petals that are soft to the touch? Just like you can't use the presence of rose petals that are soft to prove that there are no thorns in the rose bush, similarly you can't use the presence of prophecies that came true to prove that there are no untruths in the Bible. In any case very few people will dispute the claim that there are hundreds of rose petals that are soft to the touch, but many may challenge the claim that there are hundreds of Biblical prophecies that came true.
  • How many prophecies are there? All of them had a 50/50 chance of being right. The Law of Averages suggests that some of them will be right.
  • the bible is absolutely untrue it was written by man
  • Fulfilled Prophecy: Evidence for the Reliability of the Bible by Hugh Ross, Ph.D. Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors. (The remaining 500 or so reach into the future and may be seen unfolding as days go by.) Since the probability for any one of these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance averages less than one in ten (figured very conservatively) and since the prophecies are for the most part independent of one another, the odds for all these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance without error is less than one in 102000 (that is 1 with 2000 zeros written after it)! The acid test for identifying a prophet of God is recorded by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:21-22. According to this Bible passage (and others), God's prophets, as distinct from Satan's spokesmen, are 100 percent accurate in their predictions. There is no room for error. As economy does not permit an explanation of all the Biblical prophecies that have been fulfilled, what follows in a discussion of a few that exemplify the high degree of specificity, the range of projection, and/or the "supernature" of the predicted events. Readers are encouraged to select others, as well, and to carefully examine their historicity. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) Some time before 500 B.C. the prophet Daniel proclaimed that Israel's long-awaited Messiah would begin his public ministry 483 years after the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25-26). He further predicted that the Messiah would be "cut off," killed, and that this event would take place prior to a second destruction of Jerusalem. Abundant documentation shows that these prophecies were perfectly fulfilled in the life (and crucifixion) of Jesus Christ. The decree regarding the restoration of Jerusalem was issued by Persia's King Artaxerxes to the Hebrew priest Ezra in 458 B.C., 483 years later the ministry of Jesus Christ began in Galilee. (Remember that due to calendar changes, the date for the start of Christ's ministry is set by most historians at about 26 A.D. Also note that from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. is just one year.) Jesus' crucifixion occurred only a few years later, and about four decades later, in 70 A.D. came the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 105.)* -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (2) In approximately 700 B.C. the prophet Micah named the tiny village of Bethlehem as the birthplace of Israel's Messiah (Micah 5:2). The fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of Christ is one of the most widely known and widely celebrated facts in history. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 105.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (3) In the fifth century B.C. a prophet named Zechariah declared that the Messiah would be betrayed for the price of a slave—thirty pieces of silver, according to Jewish law-and also that this money would be used to buy a burial ground for Jerusalem's poor foreigners (Zechariah 11:12-13). Bible writers and secular historians both record thirty pieces of silver as the sum paid to Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus, and they indicate that the money went to purchase a "potter's field," used—just as predicted—for the burial of poor aliens (Matthew 27:3-10). (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1011.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (4) Some 400 years before crucifixion was invented, both Israel's King David and the prophet Zechariah described the Messiah's death in words that perfectly depict that mode of execution. Further, they said that the body would be pierced and that none of the bones would be broken, contrary to customary procedure in cases of crucifixion (Psalm 22 and 34:20; Zechariah 12:10). Again, historians and New Testament writers confirm the fulfillment: Jesus of Nazareth died on a Roman cross, and his extraordinarily quick death eliminated the need for the usual breaking of bones. A spear was thrust into his side to verify that he was, indeed, dead. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1013.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (5) The prophet Isaiah foretold that a conqueror named Cyrus would destroy seemingly impregnable Babylon and subdue Egypt along with most of the rest of the known world. This same man, said Isaiah, would decide to let the Jewish exiles in his territory go free without any payment of ransom (Isaiah 44:28; 45:1; and 45:13). Isaiah made this prophecy 150 years before Cyrus was born, 180 years before Cyrus performed any of these feats (and he did, eventually, perform them all), and 80 years before the Jews were taken into exile. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1015.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (6) Mighty Babylon, 196 miles square, was enclosed not only by a moat, but also by a double wall 330 feet high, each part 90 feet thick. It was said by unanimous popular opinion to be indestructible, yet two Bible prophets declared its doom. These prophets further claimed that the ruins would be avoided by travelers, that the city would never again be inhabited, and that its stones would not even be moved for use as building material (Isaiah 13:17-22 and Jeremiah 51:26, 43). Their description is, in fact, the well-documented history of the famous citadel. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 109.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (7) The exact location and construction sequence of Jerusalem's nine suburbs was predicted by Jeremiah about 2600 years ago. He referred to the time of this building project as "the last days," that is, the time period of Israel's second rebirth as a nation in the land of Palestine (Jeremiah 31:38-40). This rebirth became history in 1948, and the construction of the nine suburbs has gone forward precisely in the locations and in the sequence predicted. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1018.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (8) The prophet Moses foretold (with some additions by Jeremiah and Jesus) that the ancient Jewish nation would be conquered twice and that the people would be carried off as slaves each time, first by the Babylonians (for a period of 70 years), and then by a fourth world kingdom (which we know as Rome). The second conqueror, Moses said, would take the Jews captive to Egypt in ships, selling them or giving them away as slaves to all parts of the world. Both of these predictions were fulfilled to the letter, the first in 607 B.C. and the second in 70 A.D. God's spokesmen said, further, that the Jews would remain scattered throughout the entire world for many generations, but without becoming assimilated by the peoples or of other nations, and that the Jews would one day return to the land of Palestine to re-establish for a second time their nation (Deuteronomy 29; Isaiah 11:11-13; Jeremiah 25:11; Hosea 3:4-5 and Luke 21:23-24). This prophetic statement sweeps across 3500 years of history to its complete fulfillment—in our lifetime. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 120.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (9) Jeremiah predicted that despite its fertility and despite the accessibility of its water supply, the land of Edom (today a part of Jordan) would become a barren, uninhabited wasteland (Jeremiah 49:15-20; Ezekiel 25:12-14). His description accurately tells the history of that now bleak region. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 105.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (10) Joshua prophesied that Jericho would be rebuilt by one man. He also said that the man's eldest son would die when the reconstruction began and that his youngest son would die when the work reached completion (Joshua 6:26). About five centuries later this prophecy found its fulfillment in the life and family of a man named Hiel (I Kings 16:33-34). (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 107). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (11) The day of Elijah's supernatural departure from Earth was predicted unanimously—and accurately, according to the eye-witness account—by a group of fifty prophets (II Kings 2:3-11). (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 109). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (12) Jahaziel prophesied that King Jehoshaphat and a tiny band of men would defeat an enormous, well-equipped, well-trained army without even having to fight. Just as predicted, the King and his troops stood looking on as their foes were supernaturally destroyed to the last man (II Chronicles 20). (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 108). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (13) One prophet of God (unnamed, but probably Shemiah) said that a future king of Judah, named Josiah, would take the bones of all the occultic priests (priests of the "high places") of Israel's King Jeroboam and burn them on Jeroboam's altar (I Kings 13:2 and II Kings 23:15-18). This event occurred approximately 300 years after it was foretold. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1013). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Since these thirteen prophecies cover mostly separate and independent events, the probability of chance occurrence for all thirteen is about 1 in 10138 (138 equals the sum of all the exponents of 10 in the probability estimates above). For the sake of putting the figure into perspective, this probability can be compared to the statistical chance that the second law of thermodynamics will be reversed in a given situation (for example, that a gasoline engine will refrigerate itself during its combustion cycle or that heat will flow from a cold body to a hot body)—that chance = 1 in 1080. Stating it simply, based on these thirteen prophecies alone, the Bible record may be said to be vastly more reliable than the second law of thermodynamics. Each reader should feel free to make his own reasonable estimates of probability for the chance fulfillment of the prophecies cited here. In any case, the probabilities deduced still will be absurdly remote. Given that the Bible proves so reliable a document, there is every reason to expect that the remaining 500 prophecies, those slated for the "time of the end," also will be fulfilled to the last letter. Who can afford to ignore these coming events, much less miss out on the immeasurable blessings offered to anyone and everyone who submits to the control of the Bible's author, Jesus Christ? Would a reasonable person take lightly God's warning of judgment for those who reject what they know to be true about Jesus Christ and the Bible, or who reject Jesus' claim on their lives? *The estimates of probability included herein come from a group of secular research scientists. As an example of their method of estimation, consider their calculations for this first prophecy cited: Since the Messiah's ministry could conceivably begin in any one of about 5000 years, there is, then, one chance in about 5000 that his ministry could begin in 26 A.D. Since the Messiah is God in human form, the possibility of his being killed is considerably low, say less than one chance in 10. Relative to the second destruction of Jerusalem, this execution has roughly an even chance of occurring before or after that event, that is, one chance in 2. Hence, the probability of chance fulfillment for this prophecy is 1 in 5000 x 10 x 2, which is 1 in 100,000, or 1 in 105. And some links: http://www.bible.ca/b-prophecy-60.htm http://www.allabouttruth.org/biblical-prophecy.htm
  • Because they made many predictions that could cover "all bases" so to speak
  • 1.) The "prophecies" are either so incredibly vague or so inevitable (e.g.; "There will be a big war"; "People will say your religion is full of cr@p") that it was bound to happen sooner or later. 2.) ALL of the THOUSANDS of religions that humanity has worshipped over the millennia have had similar prophecies that came to pass -- would you thus assert that they must ALL be true? Or just the one particular religion you grew up with? You can't have it both ways...
  • Prophecies in other holy books from other religions also came true. Are all of those religions right too?
  • what ones?.........
  • for a book to prophesy, it must be written before the prophesies were to come true ... the bible was written 300 years after the death of Jesus. prophesies in the bible do not prove the Bible is from God. they might prove that the events around that time were divine ... but definitely do not prove that the bible is divine
  • one can easily make "prophecy" fit given situations. fans of nostradamus, edgar cayce, et cetera have all done this as well. claravoyants, psychics, seers, prophets. whatever you want to call them, they are all frauds.
  • Dumb luck. In the 5th grade we were given an assignment to predict our own futures, the futures of our families and our town. Well over half of my predictions have come true. I chalk it up to self fulling prophecy, a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true.
  • Because by it's own standards, if a prophecy hasn't come true- then it's a false prophecy. Ergo- false prophet. A deceiver. And by the way, Old Testament prophecy said that the Messiah would be named Immaneul.http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/jewsandjesus/ And since Jesus didn't fulfill so many of the Old Testament prophecies, it kinda goes along that he wasn't the Messiah.
  • 1) Curiously, you won't be able to convince a believer of Judaism that a single prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus. 2) "Biblical prophecy is believed to be literally true by a number of conservative Christians. Interpreters uphold this principle by providing details of prophecies that have been fulfilled. In this view it is usually maintained that no Bible prophecy has ever failed, or ever will. It is therefore up to the interpreter to find a meaning in the words that is true. They also dispute the legitimacy of non-biblical prophets and psychics. Professor Peter Stoner and Dr. Hawley O. Taylor, for example, believed the Bible prophecies were too remarkable and detailed to occur by chance. Arthur C. Custance maintained that the Ezekiel Tyre prophecy (Ezek. 26: 1-11; 29:17-20) was remarkable. These interpretive issues are related to the more general idea of how passages should be read or interpreted - a concept known as Biblical hermeneutics. Bible prophecy is an area which is often discussed in regard to Christian apologetics. Traditional Jewish readings of the Bible do not generally reflect the same attention to the details of prophecies. Maimonides stated that Moses was the greatest of the prophets and only he experienced direct revelation. Concern with Moses' revelation involves law and ethical teaching more than predictive prophecy. According to Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed the prophets used metaphors and analogies and, except for Moses, their words are not to be taken literally. According to the Talmud, prophecy ceased in Israel following the rebuilding of the second temple. Nonetheless Maimonides held that a prophet can be identified if his or her predictions come true. Some Orthodox Jews believe that a future prophet, perhaps a returned Elijah, will identify the future Messiah, the correct location of the Holy of Holies, and other matters essential for the restoration of Jewish worship. Many academic scholars and historians who read the Bible today maintain that it contains no accurate predictions of any past or future events. Transcribers of the scriptures may have inserted prophecies or attributed work that was written much later to earlier authors. The neo-Platonist Porphyry of Tyros argued, for example, that the eleventh chapter of Daniel was written around 165 B.C. rather than at the time of the Babylonian exile period of 6th century B.C. when the book was purported to have been written (a view now shared by many modern scholars: see Book of Daniel). Gustave Holscher maintained that certain passages of the Book of Ezekiel were not written by a pre-Exilic prophet of Israel but were later added in the Persian period. In other cases readers of the Bible create what they see as "prophecy", a tendency known as postdiction. In the last century this view has been accepted by some more liberal theologians. Some have maintained that prophetic verses are ambiguous enough to allow flexibility of interpretation. Others say that there are prophecies which were not or could not be fulfilled within time frames which have already expired." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_prophecy#Literalism_vs._skepticism
  • A lot of great answers here based on a variety of beliefs, but just be fair for a moment and also consider the possibility that the Bible IS true! Six billion people that bought it so far seem to think so, and I'm sure they can't all be delusional!
  • I do believe the Bible is true. I also believe there is a much better understanding of it that you can achieve besides the opinions and advice of money & worldly prestige driven preachers and televangelist.
  • Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
  • Exactly. The Bible has many prophecies that have come to pass.
  • That's not very impressive. Fortune cookies do more than that every day.
  • Reason #1: It's easy to make predictions/prophecies that come true. Here, I'll make a prophecy just for you... "There will be war in the future". See? It's easy, and we probably won't have to wait a lot for it to be proved true. Most of the prophecies weren't all that spectacular. For instance, if there's a prophecy that someone will be born in Bethlehem, big deal! Thousands were born there. Reason #2: The people who wrote the story of Jesus already knew about those prophecies. It's the easiest thing in the world to change a few things here and there and declare that he was from Nazareth if he believed that the messiah had to be from there. Actually that was a bit of a gaffe on his part - the Bible doesn't mention prophecies about Nazareth, but about Nazirites. Since Hebrew is written without vowels it's easy to see how the mistake happened. So they wrote that Jesus was from Nazareth and that he was born from a virgin and lots of other things - some of which were real prophecies and others just misinterpretations. Reason #3: Where a prophecy was manifestly unfulfilled, the later church leaders reinterpreted it. For instance, the most fundamental definition of messiah is that he would ascend the throne of David, reestablishing the monarchy, and implicitly would remove the Romans from power over Judea. This didn't come true so instead they said the kingdom wasn't of this world. Nice trick. Reason #4: If reason #3 doesn't work, just invent a "second coming" where Jesus would fulfil any unfulfilled prophecies. There... all bases are covered.
  • Some came true after knowledge what was written. Like Jesus who came on a donkey in Jerusalem. (Get me a donkey, so the prophesy is come true). Some came true as some kind of miracle. It's a kind of hard to believe the bible is 'written' by the hand of God. If God really got a hand in the Bible, it definitely hadn't that much errors.
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