"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
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
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
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.
How long was the Egyptian captivity? This verse says 400 years,
but Ex.12:40 and
Gal.3:17 say 430 years. 15:13
"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
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. 22:17-18, 26:4
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
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
God promises to bring Jacob safely back from
Egypt, but Jacob dies in Egypt (Gen.47:28-29) 46:3
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.
"He washed his garments in wine ... His eyes shall be red with wine."
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
Contrary to the prophecy in 48:21, Joseph died in Egypt, not Israel.
God promises to cast out many nations including the Canaanites and the Jebusites. But he was unable to fulfill his promise.
In this verse God says he will write on the stone tablets, but in 34:27 he tells Moses to do the
"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
God promises to cast out seven nations including the Amorites, Canaanites, and the Jebusites. But he was unable to
fulfill his promise. 7:1
God says that the Israelites will destroy all of the peoples they encounter. But according to Joshua (
17:12-13) and Judges (1:21,
3:1-5) there were some people they just couldn't kill.
Those who do as God says will never be infertile (neither will their cows!) and will never get sick. 7:14-15
Prophets and dreamers are to be executed if they say or dream the wrong things.
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
Misquoted in Rom.10:8.
God promises to "destroy these nations before thee." That he didn't keep his promise see
and 3:1-5. 31:3-6
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
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
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.
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
"And they drave not out the Canaanites." Once again God fails keep his promise to destroy all the people the
Israelites encounter. 16:10
The Israelites, contrary to God's promises to them, could not drive out the Canaanites. 17:12-13
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
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
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,
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
"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 puts a "lying spirit" in the mouth of his prophets. 22:22
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)
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.
The trouble with prophets 18:5-34
God puts lies into the mouths of his prophets and speaks evil about people.
Josiah died from an arrow wound in battle, not "in peace" as is promised in
2 Kg.22:20. 35:23
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".
Misquoted in Mt.13:35.
"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
Song of Solomon
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
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.
As a sign that he's getting ready to destroy the world, God will destroy the whole universe. 13:10-13
These verses falsely predict that Babylon will never again be inhabited. 13:19-20
Dragons will live in Babylonian palaces and satyrs will dance there. 13:21-22
Every head will be bald, every beard will be shaved, and everyone will howl and weep abundantly. 15:2-3
"Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl." 16:7
"Within three years ... the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant
shall be very small and feeble." 16:14
This verse prophesies that Damascus will be completely destroyed and no longer be inhabited. Yet Damascus has never
been completely destroyed and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities. 17:1
God will ride in on a cloud and scare the hell out of the Egyptians. 19:1
The river of Egypt (identified as the Nile in RSV) shall dry up. This has never occurred. 19:5
"The land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt." Judah never invaded Egypt and was never a
military threat to Egypt. 19:17
This verse predicts that there shall be five cities in Egypt that speak the Canaanite language. But that language was never
spoken in Egypt, and it is extinct now. 19:18
These verses predict that the Egyptians will worship the Lord (Yahweh) with sacrifices and offerings. But Judaism has
never been an important religion in Egypt. 19:18-21
These verses predict that there will be an alliance between Egypt, Israel, and Assyria. But there has never been any
such alliance, and it's unlikely that it ever will since Assyria no longer exists. 19:23-24
"They have ... changed the ordinance. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth
of the land is gone."
Is this a prophecy about prohibition in
the United States? 24:5-11
"The priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink." You can't even trust a drunken prophet anymore.
Misquoted in Rom.9:33.
"The light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be
sevenfold." Well, this is one prophecy that will never come true. Since the moon has no light of its own, but only
reflects that of the sun, it could never shine like the sun. And the sun will not, at least not while there are humans to see
it, shine 7 times as bright as it does now. 30:26
"The host of heaven shall be dissolved ... and ... shall fall down."
The stars will dissolve and fall from the sky. 34:4
"Henceforth there shall no more come into thee [Jerusalem] the uncircumcised and the unclean." But many
uncircumcised people have visited and occupied Jerusalem after this prophecy was made.
Nations that do not serve Israel will perish. 60:12
"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
claimed in Luke 4:16-19, where he supposedly read these verses in the synagogue while applying
them to himself. 61:1-2
Jeremiah prophesies that all nations of the earth will embrace Judaism.
This has not happened. 3:17
"The prophets prophesy falsely." 5:31
God will make Jerusalem an uninhabited "den of dragons." 9:11
Judah will become a desolate den of dragons. 10:22
"The prophets prophesy lies" in God's name. 14:14
God will destroy by famine and sword those who are misled by the prophets, as well as the prophets
Matthew (1:12) lists Jeconiah as an ancestor of Jesus -- which, according to this prophecy,
disqualifies Jesus as the Messiah. 22:28-30
God's priest and prophets are profane, wicked, adulterous, lying sodomites. 23:11-14
p>God damned lying prophets 23:25-40
God says he is going to punish Nebuchadnezzar and the
Babylonians for what they have done to his people -- even though God Himself is the one who made the
Babylonians attack and enslave Judah! As part of the punishment God will take the land of the
Babylonians and "make it perpetual desolations." A false prophecy, since present-day Iraq is quite
Hananiah vs. Jeremiah: Good Prophet, Bad Prophet 28:1-17
A new prophet shows up proclaiming the good news: God was going to break the yoke of Babylon and bring the people of Judah back home.
His name was Hananiah. 28:1-4
God kills Hananiah for disagreeing with Jeremiah. 28:16-17
God will send his usual blessings upon his people: "the sword, the famine, and the pestilence." He "will make them like vile figs,
that cannot be eaten, they are so evil." Why will he do this? Because they didn't listen to his prophets. 29:19
Matthew (2:17-18) quotes this verse, 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 passage 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. 31:15
Misquoted in Heb.8:9. 31:32
"David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel." But the Davidic line of Kings ended with Zedekiah; there were none during the Babylonian captivity, and there
are none today. 33:17
God lies to Zedekiah again by telling him that
he will die in peace and be buried with his fathers. But later (2 Kg.25:7 and 52:10-11)
he dies a violent death in a foreign land. 34:2, 5
The beginning of the end for Zedekiah. Despite God's earlier assurances
(34:5) that he would die peacefully at home, here
Zedekiah watches as his children are killed and then has his eyes put out and he
is shackled and taken to Babylon. 39:6-7
All those who move to Egypt will die by the sword, famine, or pestilence. None "shall
escape from the evil" that comes directly from God. But many, including Jews, have moved to Egypt
and most seem to have escaped from God's promised evil. 42:15-18, 22
Jeremiah predicts that humans will never again live in Hazor, but will be replaced by dragons.
But people still live there and dragons have never been seen. 49:33
God prophesies that Babylon will never again be inhabited. But it has been inhabited constantly since the prophecy was
supposedly made, and is inhabited still today. 50:39
God says that Babylon will be desolate and uninhabited forever. He says that only dragons will live there. But Babylon has been
dragon-free and continuously inhabited since then. 51:26, 29, 37, 43, 62, 64
"The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the
waves thereof." 51:42
God promised Zedekiah (Jer.34:5) that he would die peacefully and be buried with his fathers.
But here we see that he died a miserable death in foreign land. 52:10-11
The "prophets also find no vision from the LORD." 2:9
"Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee." 2:14
"Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy." 13:2
God deceives some of his prophets and then kills them for believing his lies.
Ezekiel prophesies that Tyrus will be completely destroyed by Nebuchadrezzar and will never be built again. But it wasn't destroyed, as evidenced by the visits to Tyre by Jesus and Paul (Mt.15:21, Mk.7:24, 31, Acts 21:3).
26:14,21, 27:36, 28:19
Ezekiel prophesies that Israel will reside in its homeland safely and
securely, never again to fight neighboring nations. 28:24-26
Ezekiel makes another false prophecy: that Egypt would be uninhabited by humans or animals for forty years after being destroyed by
Nebuchadrezzar. But there was never a time when Egypt was uninhabited. Humans and animals have lived there continuously since Ezekiel's prophecy.
"The day of the LORD is near ... it shall be the time of the heathen." 30:3
The rivers of Egypt (identified as the Nile in NIV, NASB, and RSV) shall dry up. This has
never occurred. 30:12
Ezekiel prophesies God will protect
the Israelites from "the heathen". "And they shall be safe in their land." But the Israelites have
never lived peacefully with their neighbors, and they've never been safe from attack.
"And David my servant shall be king over them."
How's that supposed to happen? David had been dead (if he ever lived) for more than 400 years when these words were written. 37:24
"Thou shalt come up against my people of Israel ... in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me ... O Gog."
"I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it." (If Daniel couldn't understand his
visions, then how could anyone else?) This is the one true prophecy in the book of
Daniel: "none understood it." 8:27
"After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight."
This may be the verse referred to in Luke 18:31-33 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. However, Hosea 6:2 refers to the people living at the time (hence "us") who
were to be torn up by God and therefore cannot be fulfilled by the the death and resurrection of Jesus.
"The prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad." 9:7
"When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."
Matthew (2:15) claims that the flight of Jesus' family to Egypt is a fulfillment of this verse. But Hosea 11:1 is not a prophecy at all. 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 ("Out of Egypt I have called my son").
"The day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand." 1:15,
God shows Amos a basket of summer fruit and tells him that the end has come. 8:1-2
"They shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them." Despite this promise, the Jews have been continually uprooted and
their lives disrupted. Even today, their land ownership is far from secure. 9:15
"For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen." If so, then it must have
come and past, unnoticed, long before the birth of Christ. 15
Jonah prophesies that in forty days Nineveh shall be overthrown. But it didn't happen because God repented (Jonah 3:10).3:4
Watch out for lying prophets that bite (with their teeth). 3:5
"The prophets thereof divine for money." Some things never change. 3:11
In the last days God will put "the mountain of the house of the Lord" on "top of the mountains." 4:1
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."
The gospel of Matthew (2:5-6) claims that Jesus'
birth in Bethlehem fulfils this prophecy. 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 verse 5:6.
This leader is supposed to defeat the Assyrians, which, of course, Jesus
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
"The day of the LORD is at hand." 1:7
"The great day of the LORD is near." 1:14
"And men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of
the heathen." 2:11
"The cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it."
A prophecy for birdwatchers. 2:14
A whole lot of shaking going on.
God will shake the heavens, the earth, sea, and dry land. He'll shake until "the desire of the nations" comes and his house is filled with glory.
"I will shake the heavens and the earth." 2:21
"And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod." 9:6
"I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth." 9:7
The gospels (especially Mt.21:4-5 and Jn.12:14-15) claim that Jesus fulfils the prophecy of
Zech.9:9. But the next few verses (9:10-13) show that the person referred to in this
verse is a military king that would rule "from sea to sea". Since Jesus had neither an army or a kingdom, he could not have fulfilled this prophecy.
Israel shall never again be oppressed. Another obviously false prophecy; Israel has been occupied
many times since the time of Zechariah. 9:8
The river of Egypt (identified as the Nile in NIV, NASB, and RSV) shall dry up. This
has never occurred. 10:11
Misquote by Matthew of Zech. 11:12
Matthew (27:9) quotes this verse, but incorrectly attributes it to Jeremiah.
God plans to expel the prophets and unclean spirits. Sounds like a good plan to me.
Someday prophets will be killed by their own parents by "thrusting him through when he prophesieth." 13:3
"The prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision." 13:4
Somday there will be a day that will have neither day nor night with a bright sunny evening. 14:7
"Living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea:
in summer and in winter shall it be." 14:8
"The day cometh, that shall burn as an oven." 4:1
The gospel of Mark claims that John the Baptist fulfilled the prophecy given in Malachi. 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. 4:5