Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Prophetic Blunders

According to Moses, “When the prophet speaks in the name of Yahweh and the word does not come to pass, that is the word Yahweh has NOT spoken.” If this guideline remains applicable today, then a great many churches have embraced an interpretive school of Bible prophecy that does not represent what the Bible says about the Last Days, namely, Dispensationalism. Among other factors, this is demonstrated by its long history of failed predictions, projections, speculations, calculations, and expectations.

There have been many supposed prophets and prophecy “experts” over the centuries who have predicted the soon return of Jesus. Though the details have varied from one “prophet” to another, two things have remained the same.

Schedule Board - Photo by Jo Szczepanska on Unsplash
[Photo by Jo Szczepanska on Unsplash]

First, in every case, the perpetrator either did not heed the repeated warning of Jesus that no one except God alone knows the timing of his return, or he or she created loopholes in his words. Second, so far,
EVERY such prediction has failed, and the failure rate has been 100%.

Great effort has been expended on finding exceptions to the rule of Chrit’s warning to rationalize why his words do not mean what they do or are not applicable to us today, or at least, apparently, not to the prophecy “experts.”

For example, many contemporary preachers claim that though Jesus said we could not know the “day or hour,” he did NOT say we could not know the general “season” of the end and his appearance “on the clouds of Heaven.”

However, this argument employs false logic. It amounts to an argument from silence, a conclusion based on what Jesus did NOT say. Neither did he say we could not know the week, the month, the year, the decade, or the century of his return. Should we now assume we can predict all those timeframes with the only exception being the precise day and hour of his arrival?

This line of reasoning is contrary to the Lord’s clear intent, which was (and is) to stress that God alone knows the timing of the end. Moreover, that is precisely why he repeatedly exhorted his disciples to be prepared for his sudden and unexpected arrival.

For that matter, before his ascension, he warned the disciples that it was “NOT for you to know TIMES,” plural, “and SEASONS,” plural, information that God alone knew and knows to this very day – (Mark 13:33, Acts 1:7-9).

Sheep - Photo by Marco Bianchetti on Unsplash
[Sheep - Photo by Marco Bianchetti on Unsplash]

PROFITING


Dispensationalism has become what could be described as the End-Time Prophecy Industry. It has thrived over the last several decades despite its many failed attempts to produce objectively verifiable prophetic fulfillments, and make no mistake, it is a moneymaking venture. It can only maintain its audience, and thereby its income, by peddling heightened expectations about the immediate future.

For example, up until 1988, the “experts” claimed that Jesus would return within a "biblical generation" of the founding of the nation of Israel in 1948. According to them, a “biblical generation” was defined as being approximately forty years in length, and that meant the Lord would return by the year 1988.

Ever since 1988 came and went without the Second Coming, rather than admit error and return to the biblical drawing board, the Prophecy Industry has worked tirelessly to redefine what a “biblical generation” is. Now, the “experts” claim that it ranges anywhere from forty to one hundred and twenty years. Having learned their lesson, they have built a comfortable fudge factor into their guesswork.

Similarly, until 1990, the Prophecy Industry sold books, seminars, and videos in which they predicted the Soviet Union, “Rosh,” would become the army of "Gog and Magog" and invade Israel from the north. Instead, the U.S.S.R. collapsed under its own weight in one of THE most pivotal events of the last century, and one that NONE of the prophecy “experts” saw coming.

In the 1960s and 1970s, popular prophecy teachers often taught that the European Common Market would evolve into a ten-nation confederacy based in Rome, a revived Roman Empire from which the Antichrist would reign over the nations. Instead, it morphed into the European Union, which today has twenty-seven member states and is based in Brussels, Belgium. For that matter, militarily, it is a paper tiger, and as of the date of this paper, is teetering on economic collapse.

Examples like this can easily be multiplied. Perhaps a better question to ask is, “When has the End-Time Prophecy Industry ever made an accurate prediction that has come true?”

More telling is how the Prophecy Industry reacts to its many failures. Popular preachers rarely admit errors or retract their past books, statements, etc. Rather than confess their blunders, they simply redefine terms, recalculate dates, and reformulate end-time chronologies.

The history of Dispensationalism and its failed predictions should warn us to heed the Lord’s warning about coming deceivers who propagate false information about his coming and thereby “deceive MANY,” and we must recognize the End-Time Prophecy Industry for what it is - a vehicle for propagating some of the very deceptions and deceivers that Jesus warned his followers to expect, and for “making merchandise” out of God’s people.



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