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PROPHECIES IN THE BIBLE:

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Overview:

Prophecies are predictions of future events. There are literally hundreds of them scattered throughout the Bible. Two books:  Daniel from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and Revelation from the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) are perhaps the most important prophetic books in the Bible.  

There is no consensus about the accuracy of Bible prophecies:

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Many conservative Christians believe that hundreds of Bible prophecies have precisely come true in exact detail. The remainder will be fulfilled in our future. None have actually failed. 1

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Some religious liberals and skeptics maintain that no "real" biblical prophecy has ever come true. 2

The gap between these two positions appears unbridgeable. 

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Future plans:

This is an important topic that we will try to examine in depth. Josh McDowell has written that 61 prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures were fulfilled in the life of Jesus. 3Campus Crusade for Christ estimates over 300. 4 We would like to describe many of these  from both the conservative and the liberal / skeptical point of view. There are hundreds of other prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures that are not directly related to the life of Jesus. We hope to cover the most important ones here as well.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet What is a valid fulfilled prophecy?

bullet Analysis of important prophecies:
bullet Isaiah 7:14: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
bullet The Book of Daniel  and his interpretation of the four future kingdoms
 
bullet Lots more to come

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References

  1. "Who is Jesus - Preview: What were people saying before he was born," Campus Crusade for Christ Online, at:  http://www.ccci.org/whoisjesus/ 
  2. Tim Callahan, "Bible prophecy: Failure or fulfillment?," Millennium Press, (1997). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
  3. J. McDowell, "New evidence that demands a verdict - Revised," Thomas Nelson, (1999). Read reviews or order this book
  4. "Who is Jesus? His coming foretold," Campus Crusade for Christ Online, at: http://www.ccci.org/whoisjesus/hiscoming.html 

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Copyright 2000 & 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2000-JUN-30
Latest update: 2001-MAR-21
Author: B.A. Robinson

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