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==Genesis==
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The following examples of '''failed prophecies''' have been selected from the long list found at the [http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/proph/long.html Skeptic's Annotated Bible].
  
1. "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
 
God says that if Adam eats from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, then the day that he does so, he will die. But later Adam eats the forbidden fruit (3:6) and yet lives for another 930 years (5:5). 2:17
 
  
2. As a punishment for killing Abel, God says Cain will be "a fugitive and a vagabond." Yet in just a few verses (4:16-17) Cain will settle down, marry, have a son, and build a city. This is not the activity one would expect from a fugitive and a vagabond. 4:12
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As a punishment for killing Abel, God says Cain will be "a fugitive and a vagabond." {{Bible|Genesis 4:12}} Yet in just a few verses ({{Bible|Genesis 4:16-17}}) Cain will settle down, marry, have a son, and build a city.
  
3. God promises Abram and his descendants all of the land of Canaan. But both history and the bible (Acts 7:5 and Heb.11:13) show that God's promise to Abram was not fulfilled. 13:15, 15:18, 17:8, 28:13-14
 
  
4. How long was the Egyptian captivity? This verse says 400 years, but Ex.12:40 and Gal.3:17 say 430 years. 15:13
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God promises Abram's descendants the land of Canaan from the Nile to the Euphrates. {{Bible|Genesis 15:18}} But according to {{Bible|Acts 7:5}} and {{Bible|Heb 11:13}} God's promise to Abram was not fulfilled.
  
5. "In the fourth generation they [Abraham's descendants] shall come hither again." But, if we count Abraham, then their return occurred after seven generations: Abraham, Isaac (Gen.21:1-3), Jacob (Gen.25:19-26), Levi (Gen.35:22-23), Kohath (Ex.6:16), Amramn (Ex.6:18), and Moses (Ex.6:20). 15:16
 
  
6. God promises Abram's descendants the land of Canaan from the Nile to the Euphrates. But according to Acts 7:5 and Heb.11:13 God's promise to Abram was not fulfilled. 15:18
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God promises to cast out many nations including the Canaanites and the Jebusites. {{Bible|Exodus 33:2}} But he was unable to fulfill his promise.
  
7. God promises to make Isaac's descendents as numerous as "the stars of heaven", which, of course, never happened. The Jews have always been, and will always be, a small minority. 26:4
 
  
8. God renames Jacob twice (32:28, 35:10 ). God says that Jacob will henceforth be called Israel, but the Bible continues to call him Jacob anyway (47:28-29). And even God himself calls him Jacob in 46:2. 32:28, 35:10
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"If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will ... speak unto him in a dream." {{Bible|Numbers 12:6}} Now there's a reliable way to communicate with someone!
  
9. God calls Jacob Jacob, though he said in Gen.32:28 and 35:10 that he would no longer be called Jacob but Israel. 46:2
 
  
10. God promises to bring Jacob safely back from Egypt, but Jacob dies in Egypt (Gen.47:28-29) 46:3
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God promises to cast out seven nations including the Amorites, Canaanites, and the Jebusites. {{Bible|Deuteronomy 7:1}} But he was unable to fulfill his promise.
  
11. The tribe of Judah will reign "until Shiloh," but Israel's first king (Saul) was from the tribe of Benjamin (Acts 13:21), and most of the time after this prophecy there was no king at all. 49:10
 
  
12. "He washed his garments in wine ... His eyes shall be red with wine."
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God promises to give Joshua all of the land that his "foot shall tread upon." He says that none of the people he encounters will be able to resist him. {{Bible|Joshua 1:3-5}} But later we find that God didn't keep his promise, and that many tribes withstood Joshua's attempt to steal their land.
Did Judah really wash his clothes in wine? Were his eyes bloodshot from drinking too much? Or is this a prophecy of Jesus? (I didn't know Jesus had a drinking problem.) 49:11-12
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13. Contrary to the prophecy in 48:21, Joseph died in Egypt, not Israel. Gen.50:24
 
 
==Exodus==
 
 
14. God promises to cast out many nations including the Canaanites and the Jebusites. But he was unable to fulfill his promise. 33:2
 
 
15. In this verse God says he will write on the stone tablets, but in 34:27 he tells Moses to do the writing. 34:1
 
 
==Numbers==
 
 
16. "If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will ... speak unto him in a dream." Now there's a reliable way to communicate with someone! 12:6
 
 
==Deuteronomy==
 
 
17. God promises to cast out seven nations including the Amorites, Canaanites, and the Jebusites. But he was unable to fulfill his promise.7:1
 
 
18. God says that the Israelites will destroy all of the peoples they encounter. But according to Joshua ( 15:63, 16:10, 17:12-13) and Judges (1:21, 27-36, 3:1-5) there were some people they just couldn't kill. 7:24
 
 
19. Those who do as God says will never be infertile (neither will their cows!) and will never get sick. 7:14-15
 
 
20. Prophets and dreamers are to be executed if they say or dream the wrong things. 13:1-5
 
 
21. False prophets are to be (you guessed it) executed. How do you know who is a false prophet? By whether or not their predictions come true. (Watch out Jehovah's Witnesses!) 18:20
 
 
22. Misquoted in Rom.10:8. 30:14
 
 
23. God promises to "destroy these nations before thee." That he didn't keep his promise see Jos.15:63, 16:10, Jg.1:21, 1:27-36, and 3:1-5. 31:3-6
 
 
==Joshua==
 
 
24. God promises to give Joshua all of the land that his "foot shall tread upon." He says that none of the people he encounters will be able to resist him. But later we find that God didn't keep his promise, and that many tribes withstood Joshua's attempt to steal their land. 1:3-5
 
 
25. Joshua tells the Israelites that God will "without fail" drive out the Canaanites and the Jebusites. But later, the Bible tells us that he could not drive them out. 3:10
 
 
26. This verse says that Ai was never again occupied after it was destroyed by Joshua. But Nehemiah (7:32) lists it among the cities of Israel at the time of the Babylonian captivity. 8:28
 
 
27. God promised the Israelites that he would drive out all the inhabitants of the lands they pass through. But this verse shows that he didn't keep his promise since he couldn't drive out the Jebusites. 15:63
 
 
28. "And they drave not out the Canaanites." Once again God fails keep his promise to destroy all the people the Israelites encounter.16:10
 
 
29. The Israelites, contrary to God's promises to them, could not drive out the Canaanites. 17:12-13
 
 
30. Joshua tells Manasseh that he will be able to drive out the Canaanites, but it turns out (see Jg.1:27-28) that he couldn't do it. 17:17-18
 
 
31. According to these verses, God fulfilled his promise to give the Israelites all of the lands that they encountered. But in several places the Bible tells us that these promises were not kept. 21:43-45
 
  
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==Judges==
 
==Judges==
  
32. God promised many times that he would drive out all the inhabitants of the lands they encountered. But these verses show that God failed to keep his promise since he was unable to drive out the Canaanites. 1:21, 27-30
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God promised many times that he would drive out all the inhabitants of the lands they encountered. But these verses show that God failed to keep his promise since he was unable to drive out the Canaanites. 1:21, 27-30
  
33. God promised many times that he would drive out all the inhabitants of the lands they encountered. But these verses show that God failed to keep his promise since he was unable to drive out the Canaanites. 3:1-5
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God promised many times that he would drive out all the inhabitants of the lands they encountered. But these verses show that God failed to keep his promise since he was unable to drive out the Canaanites. 3:1-5
 
==2 Samuel==
 
==2 Samuel==
  
34. "Thy kingdom shall be established for ever."
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"Thy kingdom shall be established for ever."
 
God says that Davids's kingdom will last forever. It didn't of course. It was entirely destroyed about 400 years after Solomon's death, never to be rebuilt. 7:13, 16
 
God says that Davids's kingdom will last forever. It didn't of course. It was entirely destroyed about 400 years after Solomon's death, never to be rebuilt. 7:13, 16
  
 
==1 Kings==
 
==1 Kings==
  
35. God puts a "lying spirit" in the mouth of his prophets. 22:22
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God puts a "lying spirit" in the mouth of his prophets. 22:22
  
 
==2 Kings==
 
==2 Kings==
  
36. God promises Josiah that he will have a peaceful death. But Josiah's death was anything but peaceful. (2 Kg.23:29-30, 2 Chr.35:23-24) 22:20
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God promises Josiah that he will have a peaceful death. But Josiah's death was anything but peaceful. (2 Kg.23:29-30, 2 Chr.35:23-24) 22:20
  
37. In Jeremiah (34:4) God tells Zedekiah that he will die in peace and be buried with his fathers. But this verse and Jer.52:10-11 say that he died a violent death in a foreign land. 25:7
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In Jeremiah (34:4) God tells Zedekiah that he will die in peace and be buried with his fathers. But this verse and Jer.52:10-11 say that he died a violent death in a foreign land. 25:7
  
 
==2 Chronicles==
 
==2 Chronicles==
  
38. The trouble with prophets 18:5-34
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The trouble with prophets 18:5-34
  
39. God puts lies into the mouths of his prophets and speaks evil about people. 18:21-22
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God puts lies into the mouths of his prophets and speaks evil about people. 18:21-22
  
40. Josiah died from an arrow wound in battle, not "in peace" as is promised in 2 Kg.22:20. 35:23
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Josiah died from an arrow wound in battle, not "in peace" as is promised in 2 Kg.22:20. 35:23
  
 
==Psalms==
 
==Psalms==
  
41. Misquoted in Eph.4:8, which says: "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men."
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Misquoted in Eph.4:8, which says: "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men."
 
The author changed the words and meaning of the psalm from "received gifts" to "gave gifts". 68:18
 
The author changed the words and meaning of the psalm from "received gifts" to "gave gifts". 68:18
  
42. Misquoted in Mt.13:35. 78:2-3
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Misquoted in Mt.13:35. 78:2-3
  
43. "I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations." But the Davidic line of Kings ended with Zedekiah; there were none during the Babylonian captivity, and there are none today. 89:3-4, 34-37
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"I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations." But the Davidic line of Kings ended with Zedekiah; there were none during the Babylonian captivity, and there are none today. 89:3-4, 34-37
  
 
==Isaiah==
 
==Isaiah==
  
44. God told Isaiah to tell Ahaz, the King of Judah, not to be concerned about Rezin (the king of Syria) or Pekah (the king of Israel). But according to 2 Chr.28:5-6 "God delivered him [Ahaz] into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter." 7:3-7
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God told Isaiah to tell Ahaz, the King of Judah, not to be concerned about Rezin (the king of Syria) or Pekah (the king of Israel). But according to 2 Chr.28:5-6 "God delivered him [Ahaz] into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter." 7:3-7
  
45. The King James Version mistranslates the Hebrew word "almah", which means "young woman" as "virgin". (The Hebrew word, "bethulah", means "virgin".) In addition, the young woman referred to in this verse was living at the time of the prophecy. And Jesus, of course, was called Jesus -- and is not called Emmanuel in any verse in the New Testament. 7:14
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The King James Version mistranslates the Hebrew word "almah", which means "young woman" as "virgin". (The Hebrew word, "bethulah", means "virgin".) In addition, the young woman referred to in this verse was living at the time of the prophecy. And Jesus, of course, was called Jesus -- and is not called Emmanuel in any verse in the New Testament. 7:14
  
46. As a sign that he's getting ready to destroy the world, God will destroy the whole universe. 13:10-13
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As a sign that he's getting ready to destroy the world, God will destroy the whole universe. 13:10-13
  
47. These verses falsely predict that Babylon will never again be inhabited. 13:19-20
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These verses falsely predict that Babylon will never again be inhabited. 13:19-20
  
48. Dragons will live in Babylonian palaces and satyrs will dance there. 13:21-22
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Dragons will live in Babylonian palaces and satyrs will dance there. 13:21-22
  
 
49. Every head will be bald, every beard will be shaved, and everyone will howl and weep abundantly. 15:2-3
 
49. Every head will be bald, every beard will be shaved, and everyone will howl and weep abundantly. 15:2-3
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196. In Genesis (13:15, 15:18, 17:8) and Exodus (32:13) God promises Abraham and his descendants "the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession." But here Paul admits that God's promise went unfulfilled. 11:9-13
 
196. In Genesis (13:15, 15:18, 17:8) and Exodus (32:13) God promises Abraham and his descendants "the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession." But here Paul admits that God's promise went unfulfilled. 11:9-13
  
==James==
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James quotes a scripture that says, "The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy." {{Bible|James 4:5}} But there is no such verse in the Bible.
  
197. James quotes a scripture that says, "The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy." But there is no such verse in the Bible. 4:5
 
  
198. James thought that Jesus would return soon. 5:8
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Peter believed that he was living in the "last times." {{Bible|1 Peter 1:5}}, {{Bible|1 Peter 1:7|7}}, {{Bible|1 Peter 1:20|20}}
  
==1 Peter==
 
 
199. Peter believed that he was living in the "last times." 1:5, 7, 20
 
 
200. "The end of all things is at hand." 4:7
 
  
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The author of 2 Peter is aware of the failed expectations of early believers. He knows that Jesus, who was to come soon, didn't come at all. Many have begun to ask, "Where is the promise of his coming?" He tries to cover for Jesus by claiming that "one day with the Lord is as a thousand years." 3:4
 
The author of 2 Peter is aware of the failed expectations of early believers. He knows that Jesus, who was to come soon, didn't come at all. Many have begun to ask, "Where is the promise of his coming?" He tries to cover for Jesus by claiming that "one day with the Lord is as a thousand years." 3:4
  
==1 John==
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Jesus himself is convinced of his earthly return and take-over within the lifetimes of his audience on two occasions in Matthew. {{Bible|Matthew 16:28}}, {{Bible|Matthew 23:36}}
202. John thinks he is living in "the last times." He "knows" this because he sees so many antichrists around. 2:18, 4:3
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203. John warns his followers to get ready because Jesus is coming soon. 2:28
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204. John expects to live to see Jesus return. 3:2
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==Jude==
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205. Jude says Enoch, "the seventh from Adam", prophesied that God would come with 10,000 of his saints "to execute judgment upon all." But this prophecy is from the Book of Enoch, not from the Bible. 14-15
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206. "Remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles" ... that they told you there should be mockers in the last time."
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The author of Jude thought he was living in "the last time." 17-18
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==Revelation==
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207. John believed that the things that he wrote about would happen soon, within his own lifetime. After nearly 2000 years, believers still believe that "the time is at hand" and that the events described in Revelation will "shortly come to pass." 1:1, 3
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208. "Every eye shall see him," including those who executed him. Everyone will "wail because of him." But millions have lived and died without ever seeing him coming "with clouds." 1:7
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209. John quotes Jesus (1900 years ago) as saying, "Behold, I come quickly." 3:11, 22:7, 12, 20
 
  
210. "And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth...." To John, the stars are just little lights a few miles away that can easily fall to the earth.6:13
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John expects to live to see Jesus return. {{Bible|1 John 3:2}}
  
211. "And the name of the star is called Wormwood."
 
Some believers say that the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl was the fulfillment of the third trumpet in 8:10-11. 8:10-11
 
  
212. "And there was no more sea."
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John quotes Jesus (1900 years ago) as saying, "Behold, I come quickly." {{Bible|Revelation 3:11}}, {{Bible|Revelation 22:7}}, {{Bible|Revelation 22:12|12}}, {{Bible|Revelation 22:20|20}}
For an old sailor like me, this verse, if it were true, would be one of the saddest verses in the bible. 21:1
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213. "Things which must shortly be done"
 
All the crazy stuff in this book was supposed to happen soon. And crazy people today still expect it to happen soon. 22:6
 
  
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"And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth...." {{Bible|Revelation 6:13}} To John, the stars are just little lights a few miles away that can easily fall to the earth.
  
  
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Revision as of 19:23, 8 October 2012

The following examples of failed prophecies have been selected from the long list found at the Skeptic's Annotated Bible.


As a punishment for killing Abel, God says Cain will be "a fugitive and a vagabond." Genesis 4:12 Bible-icon.png Yet in just a few verses (Genesis 4:16-17 Bible-icon.png) Cain will settle down, marry, have a son, and build a city.


God promises Abram's descendants the land of Canaan from the Nile to the Euphrates. Genesis 15:18 Bible-icon.png But according to Acts 7:5 Bible-icon.png and Heb 11:13 Bible-icon.png God's promise to Abram was not fulfilled.


God promises to cast out many nations including the Canaanites and the Jebusites. Exodus 33:2 Bible-icon.png But he was unable to fulfill his promise.


"If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will ... speak unto him in a dream." Numbers 12:6 Bible-icon.png Now there's a reliable way to communicate with someone!


God promises to cast out seven nations including the Amorites, Canaanites, and the Jebusites. Deuteronomy 7:1 Bible-icon.png But he was unable to fulfill his promise.


God promises to give Joshua all of the land that his "foot shall tread upon." He says that none of the people he encounters will be able to resist him. Joshua 1:3-5 Bible-icon.png But later we find that God didn't keep his promise, and that many tribes withstood Joshua's attempt to steal their land.


James quotes a scripture that says, "The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy." James 4:5 Bible-icon.png But there is no such verse in the Bible.


Peter believed that he was living in the "last times." 1 Peter 1:5 Bible-icon.png, 7 Bible-icon.png, 20 Bible-icon.png


Jesus himself is convinced of his earthly return and take-over within the lifetimes of his audience on two occasions in Matthew. Matthew 16:28 Bible-icon.png, Matthew 23:36 Bible-icon.png


John expects to live to see Jesus return. 1 John 3:2 Bible-icon.png


John quotes Jesus (1900 years ago) as saying, "Behold, I come quickly." Revelation 3:11 Bible-icon.png, Revelation 22:7 Bible-icon.png, 12 Bible-icon.png, 20 Bible-icon.png


"And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth...." Revelation 6:13 Bible-icon.png To John, the stars are just little lights a few miles away that can easily fall to the earth.


Sources

Skeptic's Annotated Bible


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