Why is prophecy taken seriously?

Ezekiel
29:10 Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia.
29:11 No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.


I never can figure how Christians put so much stock in prophecy.  You hear it all the time.  "Well, how do you atheists explain all the prophacy in the Bible that has happened?"

 

I’d venture to say that most of it is flat out misses.  This is a great example.

 

Egypt has never been uninhabited for a day, much less 40 years.  The Tower of Syene is not longer even identifiable so it pretty obviously can't be for the future.  I don't get it.

 

Go to any Jewish website you'll find dozens of things that Jesus didn't fulfill from the messianic prophecy.  Not the least of which is he wasn't a real king, he didn't bring world peace, and he didn't rebuild the Temple.  He was supposed to have Jews knowing the Torah with no study.  He was supposed to be a person that all leaders would turn to for guidance.  Instead what we have is a guy leading a cult that was so small no one who was alive at the time bothered to write about him.

 

I'm always stunned that they think this is a reasonable approach.

 

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Comment by Alice Browne on July 3, 2011 at 2:39pm

Jesus was supposedly a scholar of Jewish law, prophecy and tradition (see Luke 2:46-49) and made some pretty transparent attempts to fulfill prophecy. My favorite was when he had his disciples steal an ass for him to ride into Jerusalem, because that's what the Christ was supposed to do (no, seriously). I guess he was still pissed at his mother for naming him Jesus instead of Emmanuel.

 

I can sort of understand the enthusiasm behind the End Times mania. It provides a little anticipatory thrill to life, and it's the ultimate revenge fantasy. The Rapture Ready crowd, for example, love to crow about how they'll be lounging around in their beautiful Barbie Dream Houses in the sky while their enemies scream in torment forever. It seems to be what keeps some of them from killing themselves. (They obviously haven't read the description of Heaven in Revelation 4-5, which is bizarre, incoherent, and frankly a little bit scary.)

Comment by Brandon on July 3, 2011 at 2:48pm
I've always thought that about the Heaven of Revelations as well.  My mind's eye sees it as a cheap sci-fi movie where there are mindless drones worshipping a huge robot that just so happens to have a beard.  It is also very noisy, and I gotta tell you... outside of going to concerts and performing music for a few hours... constant thunder is just too much for me.
Comment by Alice Browne on July 3, 2011 at 3:47pm

When the rapture happens, I will be looking down while dancing and singing 'I told you so' as we raise through the air.

 

Oh dear. Will they be chanting "neener, neener, neener!" as well?

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