The Bible tells us Satan, the serpent, is subtil, often saying things that sound logical and rational at first glance, but then a closer look at what he says will reveal he’s really lying. Those who unknowingly or knowingly follow him are the same way. So it is with skeptics who hate the fact that the Bible proves itself by predicting events that later come to pass, so they make claims that the Bible has failed prophecies. Here are three examples of their claims:
Tyre wasn’t destroyed as predicted
In Ezekiel 26:4-14, God told the city of Tyre that they would be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. God haters claim this never happened because after laying siege to Tyre for 13 years, Nebuchadnezzar gave up and returned to Babylon, leaving Tyre standing. Alexander the Great, they say, was the one who really destroyed it. They will also point out that Tyre is still around today when Ezekiel writes the city would never be rebuilt.
Such skeptics have not examined all of the facts. The ancient city of Tyre was, in fact, leveled by Nebuchadnezzar. Tyre had two territories–one on the mainland and the other on an island off its coast. The main city of Tyre was on the coastal mainland of Lebanon. When Nebuchadnezzar built his bulwarks to destroy the city, the survivors fled to the island. They were only able to get Nebuchadnezzar to stop the siege of the island by agreeing to pay him a tribute, or tax.
Years later, when Alexander the Great attacked the island, he used the ruins of the mainland city of Tyre to build a causeway to the island by throwing the ruins of Tyre into the sea. The island city was later rebuilt, but the mainland ancient city of Tyre remains in ruins to this day and is used as a place where fishermen clean their nets, just as predicted in Ezekiel. (Source: Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1986, pages 1077-78.)
Egypt wasn’t desolate for 40 years as predicted
Jeremiah 42, 43, and 46 and Ezekiel 29 and 30 speak of Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar defeating the Egyptians, who would be exiled for 40 years. But the skeptics claim this didn’t happen. They’re lying. Here’s how we know.
Ezekiel’s prophecies give us a proper timeline because he refers to his prophecies according to what year of exile the Israelites were in compared to what year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign. This tells us that Ezekiel’s prophecy regarding Nebuchadnezzar’s defeat of Egypt and Egypt’s exile took place in 590 BC. Ancient historical records in clay tablet form of the Babylonian kings were discovered in the 19th century. One of them is called the Nebuchadnezzar Inscription and gives the date of this king’s 37th year as the year he battled against Egypt, which would be 588 BC. Forty years after this, as recorded in the clay tablet annals of the Babylonian kings, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, the final king of Babylon who co-reigned with his son Belshazzar, makes a treaty with the exiled pharaoh of Egypt which allows them to return to their African nation. This would be in 548 BC.
So secular history matches what the Bible predicts here and the skeptics are avoiding the facts.
Israel doesn’t live in peace with its neighbors as predicted
Skeptics point out Ezekiel 28:24-26 as a failed Bible prophecy since it predicts Israel will live in peace without worrying about enemy nations surrounding it. What they don’t understand is that this prophecy is for the future Millenial period when Christ will reign with his saints from Jerusalem after he destroys the armies of the nations who unite against Israel on the day of Armageddon (Megiddo) at the end of the future tribulation period.
When God-hating skeptics make attempts to slam the Bible with accusations that its prophecies have failed, it’s good to keep in mind four things:
- Some prophecies are conditional and can only be fulfilled when the person that God prophesies over fulfills their end of the bargain. Such prophecies are based on free will and God does not force them to happen. They speak of what God wishes or desires to have happen, not what he makes happen.
- We don’t know everything there is to know about the history of ancient civilizations. There are archaeological discoveries buried in the soils and sands of time that have not been discovered yet, so much of human history still has unanswered questions, including some history mentioned in Bible prophecies.
- Many prophecies in the Bible are still for future times. The prophecies were meant to cover occurrences up to the time when God will establish his heavenly throne on earth after he makes new heavens and a new earth and rids the world of unbelievers.
- There are thousands of prophecies already proven to be fulfilled that provide enough evidence to show that the Bible speaks the truth when it prophesies, so skeptics don’t have any genuine excuse for their unbelief.
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Harry A. Gaylord