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New Testament: Prophecy

    Matthew

  1. The prophecy given in Isaiah 7:14 referred not to a virgin but to a young woman, 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. 1:23

  2. Matthew claims that Jesus' birth in Bethlehem fulfils the prophecy in Micah 5:2. But this is unlikely for two reasons.
    • "Bethlehem Ephratah" in Micah 5:2 refers not to a town, but to a clan: the clan of Bethlehem, who was the son of Caleb's second wife, Ephrathah (1 Chr 2:18, 2:50-52, 4:4).
    • The prophecy (if that is what it is) does not refer to the Messiah, but rather to a military leader, as can be seen from Micah 5:6. This leader is supposed to defeat the Assyrians, which, of course, Jesus never did.
    It should also be noted that Matthew altered the text of Micah 5:2 by saying: "And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda" rather than "Bethlehem Ephratah" as is said in Micah 5:2. He did this, intentionally no doubt, to make the verse appear to refer to the town of Bethlehem rather than the family clan. 2:5-6

  3. "Out of Egypt I have called my son,"
    Matthew claims that the flight of Jesus' family to Egypt is a fulfillment of Hosea 11:1. But Hosea 11:1 is not a prophecy at all, as is clear when the entire verse is quoted ("When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."). It is a reference to the Hebrew exodus from Egypt and has nothing to do with Jesus. Matthew tries to hide this fact by quoting only the last part of the verse. 2:15

  4. Matthew quotes Jeremiah 31:15, claiming that it was a prophecy of King Herod's alleged slaughter of the children in and around Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus. But this verse refers to the Babylonian captivity, as is clear by reading the next two verses (16 and 17), and, thus, has nothing to do with Herod's massacre. 2:17-18

  5. "He shall be called a Nazarene." Matthew claims this was a fulfillment of prophecy, yet such a prophecy is not found anywhere in the Old Testament. 2:23

  6. The devil correctly quotes scripture (Ps 91:11-12), while Jesus misquotes Deuteronomy by adding "only" to Dt 6:13. 4:6, 10

  7. Families will be torn apart because of Jesus (this is one of the few "prophecies" in the Bible that has actually come true). "Brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death." 10:21

  8. Jesus tells his disciples that he will return before they can "go over the cities of Israel." Later (24:14) he says he will not come until the gospel is preached throughout the world. Well, his disciples went over the cities of Israel and then died waiting for the "return of the Lord." Now, nearly 2000 years later, and long after the gospel had been preached throughout the world, his followers still wait. 10:23

  9. When Jesus and his disciples are accused of breaking the Sabbath, he excuses himself by referring to a scripture in which priests who "profaned the Sabbath" were blameless. But there is no such passage in the Old Testament. 12:5

  10. Misquote of Ps.78:2-3 13:35

  11. Jesus visits Tyre which according to Ezekiel (26:14, 21; 27:36, 28:19) was not supposed to exist. 15:21

  12. Jesus mistakenly tells his followers that he will return and establish his kingdom within their lifetime. 16:28

  13. This verse claims that Jesus fulfils the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. But this cannot be since the person referred to in Zechariah (see verses 10-13) was both a military leader and the king of an earthly kingdom. 21:4

  14. Jesus predicts the end of the world within the lifetime of his listeners. 23:36

  15. The end of the world will be signaled by wars, famines, disease, and earthquakes (6-7). And that's just "the beginning of sorrows" (8). Next believers will be hated and killed by unbelievers (9), believers will hate and betray each other (10), false prophets will fool people (11), iniquity will abound and love wax cold (12). But hey, if you make through all that, you'll be saved (13).

    Only one more thing will happen before the end comes: the gospel will be preached throughout the world (14). Well, that and the abomination of desolations will stand in the holy place (15), many false Christs and false prophets will show great signs and wonders (24), the sun and moon will be darkened and the stars will fall (29), the sign of the son of Man will appear in the sky, everyone on earth will mourn, and then, finally, the great and powerful son of Man will come in all his glory (30).

    Oh, and all these things will happen within the lifespan of Jesus' contemporaries (34).

    Or maybe not. Jesus was talking about things he knew nothing about (36). (See Mark 13:32.) 24:3-51

  16. Jesus says the gospel will be preached to all nations "and then shall the end come. Well according to Paul the gospel has been preached to everyone (Rom.10:18) yet the end hasn't come. 24:14

  17. Jesus is a false prophet, since he predicts that the end of the world will come within the lifetimes of his disciples. The world of course didn't end then, and according to Ec.1:4 it never will end. 24:34

  18. "But all this was done, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." What scriptures? What prophets? There is no such prophecy in the Old Testament. 26:56

  19. Jesus falsely prophesies that the high priest would see his second coming. 26:64

  20. This is not a quote from Jeremiah, but a misquote of Zechariah (11:12-13). 27:9

    Mark

  21. Mark claims that John the Baptist fulfilled the prophecy given in Malachi (3:1, 4:1, 5). But the Malachi prophecy says that God will send Elijah before "the great and dreadful day of the LORD" in which the world will be consumed by fire. Yet John the Baptist flatly denied that he was Elijah (Elias) in John 1:21 and the earth was not destroyed after John's appearance. 1:2

  22. Ezekiel (26:14, 21, 27:36) prophesied that Tyre would be completely destroyed, never to be built again. But it wasn't destroyed and continued to exist, as shown by this verse in which Jesus visits Tyre. 7:24, 31

  23. Jesus falsely prophesies that the end of the world will come within his listeners' lifetimes. 9:1

  24. Jesus shows that he is a false prophet by predicting his return and the end of the world within the lifetime of his listeners. 13:30

  25. Jesus falsely prophesies that the high priest would see his second coming. 14:62

    Luke

  26. Jesus misquotes Deuteronomy by adding "only" to Dt.6:13. 4:8

  27. "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me."
    These words were spoken by Isaiah and referred to Isaiah. They were not a prophecy about a future prophet, as Jesus claims here, where he supposedly read these verses in the synagogue while applying them to himself. 4:16-20

  28. Jesus falsely predicts that some of his listeners would live to see him return and establish the kingdom of God. 9:27

  29. Jesus prophesies that families will be divided because of him and his teachings. Sadly, this is one prophecy that has been fulfilled. 12:52-53

  30. There will be nothing subtle about Jesus' return. It will be like lightning that flashes from one end of the heaven to the other. Like the Wicked Witch of the West writing "Surrender Dorothy" in the sky. Like that. 17:24

  31. Before the end of the world there will be many false Christs that claim the end of the world is near (Don't believe them) (8), there will be "wars and commotions" (but ignore that) (9), along with earthquakes, famines, pestilences, and "fearful sights" and "great signs from heaven" (11).

    Believers will be arrested and persecuted by the Jews, who will throw them in prison (12), friends and family will betray each other and some will be put to death (16), and believers will be hated by everyone (17). But don't worry. Not a single hair on your head will be hurt (even if you are killed) (18).

    When you see armies around Jerusalem, then you'll know desolation is near (20). Then it's time to head for the hills. Unless you're a pregnant or nursing women, that is. (23) Then you're just fucked. Too bad for you.

    God's wrath will be on everyone, with dead bodies all over the place, Jerusalem will be trodden on by Gentiles until "the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." (24) There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars, with lots of waves in the sea. (25)

    Everyone will be afraid of everything (26) and then they'll see the Son of Man coming in all his glory. (27)

    Oh, and all these things will happen within the lifespan of Jesus' contemporaries (32). 21:8-27

  32. Jesus says that all that he describes (his return, signs in the sun, moon, and stars, etc.) will occur within the within the lifetime of his listeners. 21:32

  33. Jesus claims that his suffering and death were a fulfillment of prophecy. But there is no such prophecy in the Old Testament. 24:44, 46

    John

  34. Jesus falsely prophesied that Nathaniel would see heaven open and angels descend upon Jesus. Nathaniel never saw it; neither has anyone else. 1:51

  35. Jesus says that "the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live." 5:25, 28

  36. Jesus claims that Moses wrote about him. Where? It's a shame he didn't give us chapter and verse. 5:46

  37. Jesus says that those who believe in him will, as the scripture says, have living waters flowing out of their bellies. Well that sounds like fun, but there is no such scripture in the Bible. 7:38

  38. Jesus falsely prophesies that "there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." This will never happen as long as Christian beliefs are based on the Bible. 10:16

  39. This verse claims that Jesus fulfils the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. But this cannot be since the person referred to in Zechariah (see verses 10-13) was both a military leader and the king of an earthly kingdom. 12:15

  40. "None of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled."
    Jesus "lost" Judas in order to fulfill scripture. What scripture? 17:12

  41. Verse 33 says that during Jesus' crucifixion, the soldiers didn't break his legs because he was already dead. Verse 36 claims that this fulfilled a prophecy: "Not a bone of him shall be broken." But there is no such prophecy. It is sometimes said that the prophecy appears in Ex 12:46, Num 9:12 and Ps 34:20. This is not correct. Exodus 12:46 and Num.9:12 are not prophecies, they are commandments. The Israelites are told not to break the bones of the Passover lamb, and this is all it is about. And Psalm 34:20 seems to refer to righteous people in general (see verse 19, where a plural is used), not to make a prophecy about a specific person. 19:33, 36

  42. Jesus implies that he will return to earth during the lifetime of John. 21:22

    Acts

  43. Peter says that their strange behavior (speaking in tongues, etc.) was to be expected since they were living in "the last days." 2:17

  44. In the last days (which Peter believes have already come) God will show great signs and wonders -- things like "blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke." 2:19

  45. Peter claims that Dt 18:18-19 refers to Jesus, saying that those who refuse to follow him (all non-Christians) must be killed. 3:23

  46. Ezekiel (26:14, 21; 27:36) prophesied that Tyre would be completely destroyed by Nebuchadrezzar, never to be built again. Yet it wasn't destroyed, as is evident from this verse. 12:20

  47. Gen 49:10 says that all of Israel's kings will be from the tribe of Judah, yet we see in this verse that Israel's first king was from the tribe of Benjamin. 13:21

  48. Paul quotes God as saying, "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will." But no such quote can be found in the Old Testament. (Although 1 Sam 13:14 does refer to David as "a man after his [God's] own heart." And it makes some sense, too, since David was nearly as cruel as the biblical God.) 13:22

  49. In one of the few times that Paul quotes Jesus, he attributes to him words that are not found in the gospels. (It is better to give than to receive.") 20:35

  50. Ezekiel (26:14, 21; 27:36) prophesied that Tyre would be completely destroyed by Nebuchadrezzar, never to be built again. Yet it wasn't destroyed, as is evident from these verses. 21:3-4

  51. These verses claim that Moses and the prophets prophesied that Jesus would suffer and rise from the dead. But in what scripture is such a prophecy made? 26:22-23

    Romans

  52. Misquote of Is.28:16, which says: "Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste." 9:33

  53. Paul misquotes Dt.30:14, leaving off the words "that thou mayest do it" and adding "that is, the word of faith which we preach." By doing so he completely changed the meaning of quoted verse (that it is necessary to follow the Law) to support his doctrine of salvation by faith alone. 108:

  54. Paul says that everyone, even in his day, had the gospel preached to them. Even the Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders? In any case, if Paul is right about that, then Jesus is a false prophet, since he said he would return before the gospel was preached to everyone. (Mt 10:23) 10:18

  55. Paul believed that the end of the world was coming soon. "The day is at hand." 13:11-12

  56. Paul believed that Jesus would return and defeat Satan "shortly" -- within his own lifetime. 16:20

    1 Corinthians

  57. Paul tells the Corinthians to be good until "the day of our Lord Jesus Christ." (He expected Jesus to return within their lifetimes.) 1:7-8

  58. Paul, like Jesus and the other New Testament writers, expects the end to come soon. "The time is short." So there's no time for sex or marriage, since the world will be ending soon. 7:29

  59. Paul says that the end of the world will come during his lifetime. 10:11, 15:51

  60. "Whether there be prophecies, they shall fail."
    Paul prophesies that all prophecies will fail. But since this itself is a prophecy, it also will fail (if the prophecy is correct), making it a false prophecy. 13:8

  61. These verses claim that the scriptures prophesied that Jesus would suffer, die, and be resurrected from the dead. But where are the prophecies that are referred to here? Hosea 6:2 perhaps? But this verse refers to the people living at the time (hence "us") and therefore cannot be fulfilled by the death and resurrection of Jesus. 15:3-4

    2 Corinthians

  62. "We are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus."
    Paul expected to see Jesus return in his lifetime. 1:14

    Galatians

    Ephesians

  63. Misquote of Psalm 68:18, which says: "Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men."
    The words and meaning of the psalm were changed from "received gifts" to "gave gifts". 4:8

    Philippians

  64. Paul tells the Philippians to be good "till the day of Christ." So he must have expected Jesus to return within their lifetimes. 1:10

  65. "The Lord is at hand." Paul thought that the end was near and that Jesus would return soon after he wrote these words. 4:5

    Colossians

    1 Thessalonians

  66. "Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?"
    Paul believed that those alive in 49 CE would live to see Jesus come. 2:19

  67. "We told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass."
    Paul thought that the tribulation that he believed would precede Jesus' coming had already passed. 3:4

  68. Paul expected Jesus to return within the lifetime of his followers. 3:13

  69. Paul thought he would live to see the rapture. 4:15, 17

  70. Paul prays that the Thessalonians will be good until Jesus returns, implying that he expected this to happen within their lifetimes. 5:23

    2 Thessalonians

  71. The day of Christ is at hand?
    If Paul wrote this letter (and many scholars think he didn't, then he is changing his mind (since writing 1 Thessalonians)about the timing of the Christ's return. The day of the Lord is no longer at hand. In fact it's nowhere near. Many things must happen first: there will be a great "falling away", a "man of sin" will be reveled, and Satan will show off his power by doing all kinds of signs and wonders. 2:2-9

    1 Timothy

  72. "Keep this commandment ... until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ."
    The author expected Jesus to return within his lifetime. 6:14

    2 Timothy

    Titus

    Philemon

    Hebrews

  73. The author of Hebrews believed that he was living in the "last days." 1:1-2 Misquote of Jeremiah 31:32, which says:
    "Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD."

  74. Jesus sacrificed himself "in the end of the world." 9:26

  75. "As ye see the day approaching."
    The approaching day was the return of Christ. 10:25

  76. "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." 10:37

    James

  77. 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

  78. James thought that Jesus would return soon. 5:8

    1 Peter

  79. Peter believed that he was living in the "last times." 1:5, 7, 20

  80. "The end of all things is at hand." 4:7

    2 Peter

  81. "Where is the promise of his coming?"
    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

  82. John thinks he is living in "the last times." He "knows" this because he sees so many antichrists around. 2:18, 4:3

  83. John warns his followers to get ready because Jesus is coming soon. 2:28

  84. John expects to live to see Jesus return. 3:2

    2 John

    3 John

    Jude

  85. 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

  86. "Remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles ... that they told you there should be mockers in the last time."
    The author of Jude thought he was living in "the last time." 17-18

    Revelation

  87. 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

  88. "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

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

  90. "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

  91. "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

  92. "And there was no more sea."
    For an old sailor like me, this verse, if it were true, would be one of the saddest verses in the Bible. 21:1

  93. "Things which must shortly be done" 22:6

  94. "Behold, I come quickly." 22:7, 12, 20

    2 Corinthians

  95. "We are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus."
    Paul expected to see Jesus return in his lifetime. 1:14 [../tapitcode.html]

    Galatians

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    Ephesians

  96. Misquote of Ps.68:18, which says: "Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men."
    The words and meaning of the psalm were changed from "received gifts" to "gave gifts". 4:8 [../tapitcode.html]

    Philippians

  97. Paul tells the Philippians to be good "till the day of Christ." So he must have expected Jesus to return within their lifetimes. 1:10

  98. "The Lord is at hand." Paul thought that the end was near and that Jesus would return soon after he wrote these words. 4:5 [../tapitcode.html]

    Colossians

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    1 Thessalonians

  99. "Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?"
    Paul believed that those alive in 49 CE would live to see Jesus come. 2:19

  100. "We told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass."
    Paul thought that the tribulation that he believed would precede Jesus' coming had already passed. 3:4

  101. Paul expected Jesus to return within the lifetime of his followers. 3:13

  102. Paul thought he would live to see the rapture. 4:15, 17

  103. Paul prays that the Thessalonians will be good until Jesus returns, implying that he expected this to happen within their lifetimes. 5:23 [../tapitcode.html]

    2 Thessalonians

  104. The day of Christ is at hand?
    If Paul wrote this letter (and many scholars think he didn't1), then he is changing his mind (since writing 1 Thessalonians)about the timing of the Christ's return. The day of the Lord is no longer at hand. In fact it's nowhere near. Many things must happen first: there will be a great "falling away", a "man of sin" will be reveled, and Satan will show off his power by doing all kinds of signs and wonders. 2:2-9 [../tapitcode.html]

    1 Timothy

  105. "Keep this commandment ... until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ."
    The author expected Jesus to return within his lifetime. 6:14 [../tapitcode.html]

    2 Timothy

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    Titus

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    Philemon

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    Hebrews

  106. The author of Hebrews believed that he was living in the "last days." 1:1-2

  107. Misquote of Jeremiah 31:32 8:9

  108. Jesus sacrificed himself "in the end of the world." 9:26

  109. "As ye see the day approaching."
    The approaching day was the return of Christ. 10:25

  110. "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." 10:37 [../tapitcode.html]

    James

  111. 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

  112. James thought that Jesus would return soon. 5:8 [../tapitcode.html]

    1 Peter

  113. Peter believed that he was living in the "last times." 1:5, 7, 20

  114. "The end of all things is at hand." 4:7 [../tapitcode.html]

    2 Peter

  115. "Where is the promise of his coming?"
    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 [../tapitcode.html]

    1 John

  116. John thinks he is living in "the last times." He "knows" this because he sees so many antichrists around. 2:18, 4:3

  117. John warns his followers to get ready because Jesus is coming soon. 2:28

  118. John expects to live to see Jesus return. 3:2 [../tapitcode.html]

    2 John

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    3 John

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    Jude

  119. 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

  120. "Remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles" ... that they told you there should be mockers in the last time."
    The author of Jude thought he was living in "the last time." 17-18 [../tapitcode.html]

    Revelation

  121. 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

  122. "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

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

  124. "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

  125. "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

  126. "And there was no more sea."
    For an old sailor like me, this verse, if it were true, would be one of the saddest verses in the bible. 21:1

  127. "Things which must shortly be done" 22:6

  128. "Behold, I come quickly." 7, 12, 20 [../tapitcode.html] [../tapitcode.html]