FALSE PROPHETS
 
Prophecy is a sign that a message given to you by man is really from God when it predicts the future correctly and when guessing cannot explain it. A Bible with prophecies anybody could make is not from God but from man only.

 

JEREMIAH

 

Jeremiah (50, 51) said that God told him that the Medes would leave Babylon a terrible hellish ruin. When the Medes did come led by Cyrus the city was left relatively unharmed. Isaiah 13 agreed with Jeremiah which was worse. So we have a false prophecy here.

 

There is no room for saying that they were real prophets but mixed the prophecy with poetic style imagery for drama. That is a way of getting around the errors. The idea of God giving you a revelation and you casting it in the form of poetry and dramatic imaginary imagery does not ring true. Remember how difficult it was to get prophecy communicated in those days and how hard it was to write. Scribes took ages. The prophets meant what they wrote, period. The poetry interpretation leads believer to cherry-pick prophecy. The bits they don't like or which are considered false are regarded as being imagery not errors while the bits that are correct are prophecy. That does not work for it is clearly reading things that happened after the prophecy back into it and both the imagery bits and bits that came true cannot be told apart if you try to rewind to when they were written down.

 

Jesus made out that Jeremiah and Isaiah were true prophets which means he was a false prophet himself.

ROBERT NEWMAN

The Christian Robert Newman wrote a book called In Defense of Miracles. He correctly says that the prophecy has to predict very clearly. The prophecy must have been provably made before the event. The event must happen as predicted. The event must not have been rigged but must be something that only God could have allowed to happen. The prediction must be better than a good guess.

Newman then says that Hosea 3:4-5 predicts that Israel will be without a king or a prince or sacrifices or idols for many days. He argues that this has been the way with Israel for hundreds of years. But that was something that had to happen to Israel sometime and indeed kings and sacrifices had stopped a number of times for that nation.

Newman takes a prophecy from Zephaniah about the destruction of Nineveh as a real prophecy that was fulfilled even though this prophet wrote closely enough to the event to have written it afterwards.

Newman told several lies to make it seem that Ezekiel foretold things that came to pass. For example, he said the prophecies about Memphis and Thebes were clear though they were not and contradicts himself on whether or not there were idols left behind in Memphis while trying to make it appear that Ezekiel’s prediction that Memphis would have no idols left in it came true. It is like when he presents Jeremiah 51:26 as a marvellous prediction that no stone will be taken from Babylon though there was no stone there to quarry and Jeremiah knew that. Newman’s research is so bad that he never gives references for his historical statements at all.
 
This examination of Newman is a synopsis of the main points of Richard Carrier’s When is Prophecy Miraculous?

CONCLUSION
 
Bible prophecy fails to provide evidence for the supernatural production of the Bible by supernatural means. What it provides evidence for is that Christians trying to get us to believe in the Bible are operating a scam.
  
BIBLE QUOTATIONS FROM:
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BOOKS CONSULTED
 
Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible, John W Haley, Whitaker House, Pennsylvania, undated
Are There Hidden Codes in the Bible? Ralph O Muncaster, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 2000
Attack on the Bible, John R Rice, Sword of the Lord, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1965
Bible Dictionary and Concordance, New American Bible, Catholic Edition, CD Stampley Enterprises, Charlotte Enterprises, Inc, North Carolina, 1971
Encyclopaedia of Bible Difficulties, Gleason W Archer, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1982
Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Vol 1, Alpha, Scripture Press Foundation, Bucks, 1995
God’s Word, Final, Infallible and Forever, Floydd C McElveen, Gospel Truth Ministries, Grand Rapids, 1985
In Search of Certainty, John Guest, Regal Books, Ventura, California, 1983
It Ain’t Necessarily So, Investigating the Truth of the Biblical Past, Matthew Sturgis, Headline Books, London, 2001
Jesus Hypotheses, V Messori, St Paul Publications, Slough, 1977
Science and the Bible, Henry Morris, Moody Press, Bucks, 1988
Science Speaks, Peter W Stoner, Robert C Newman, Moody Press, Chicago, 1976
The Bible Code, Michael Drosnin, Orion, London, 2000
The Case for Jesus the Messiah, John Ankerberg Harvest House, Eugene, Oregon, 1989
The Hard Sayings of Jesus, FF Bruce, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1983
The Late Great Planet Earth, Hal Lindsay, Lakeland, London, 1974
The Signature of God, Grant R Jeffrey, Marshall Pickering, London, 1998
The Truth Behind the Bible Code, Dr Jeffrey Satinover, Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1997
The Truth of Christianity, WH Turton, Wells Gardner, Darton & Co Ltd, London, 1905
The Unauthorised Version, Robin Lane Fox, Penguin, Middlesex, 1992
The Virginal Conception and Bodily Resurrection of Jesus, Raymond E Brown, Paulist Press, New York, 1973
Theodore Parker’s Discourses, Theodore Parker, Longmans, Green, Rader and Dyer, London, 1876
Whatever Happened to Heaven, Dave Hunt, Harvest House, Eugene, Oregon, 1988
When Critics Ask, Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, Victor Books, Illinois ,1992
 
THE WEB-
 
www.awitness.org/essays/levjer.html, A Levite Scribe Pretends to be Jeremiah

www.geocities.com/Nashville/Opry/2092/False.html, Was Jesus Christ a False Prophet?
 
www.awitness.org/lostmess/fprophet.html, False Prophecy in the Prophets of the Bible

www.hotcc.com/users/shagbark/daniel.html, Kyle Williams, Daniel is False Prophecy

http://cs.anu.edu.au./~bdm/dilugim/secrets.html, Secrets of the Bible Code Invented, Brendan McKay
 
www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/indef/4d.html, When is a Prophecy Miraculous? Richard Carrier

www.mindspring.com/~bab5/BIB/lessons.htm What the Heck is a Jesus Code? This tells us that the Bible Code has a lot of phrases of Satan, His Name is Jesus all through Isaiah 53.
 
www.infidels.org/library/magazines/tsr/1995/3/3proph95.html
All Prophets Were False! Stephen Van Eck

www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/prophecy.html  
False Prophecies, Broken Promises, and Misquotes in the Bible
 
www.infidels.org/library/modern/steven_carr/non-messianic.html, Steven Carr, Critique of Josh McDowells Non-Messianic Prophecies This Site cannot be overly recommended. It is superb.