Was Jesus a Failed Eschatological Prophet?

Hi Dr. Craig

I have been a Christian all my life, I love Jesus and I want to believe in Him now more than ever, since as a young man I am thinking of of marriage and raising a god-fearing family.

However my faith has come under tremendous attack due to my exposure to atheistic arguments that attack my faith. For the most part I have been able to resist many of the arguments atheists have presented to me with the help of great philosophers like yourself, who defend the faith with reason. However recently I have been exposed to the argument that Jesus was a failed prophet i.e. His Matthew 24:34 prophecy. C.S. Lewis said of this passage "It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible." after going over the typical Christian responses I have to agree with him.

I am trying really hard to hang on to my faith, but this passage has provided the strongest objection to my personal faith yet. I have not been able to convince myself that Jesus was referring to a future generation as some theologians have tried to explain, because the language and the context of the verse make it clear that He was talking about the contemporary generation. This was the interpretation I favored but it doesn't look like it is shared by the vast majority of scholars.

The other explanation is that Jesus gave two prophecies, one about the temple's destruction and about the end of the world. However this interpretation seems compounded and forced into the passages. I have always viewed Matthew 24:34 as an end-time prophecy but it doesn't seem to have a lot of scholarly support and the context doesn't seem to support this view.

C.S. Lewis thought that Jesus simply made a wrong prophecy in his human weakness, but I have a moral problem with this view, namely why would Jesus make a prophecy about the future of the world knowing that he didn't know the future of the world?

I am desperate to believe in Jesus but how can I continue to trust in and have faith in Him if he got a the future wrong.

Please help me Dr. Craig I am really struggling to deal with this objection to my faith. What do most scholars say on the subject, and did Jesus make a false prophecy?

Jessie

 

Russian Federation

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Is Biblical Prophecy a Powerful Apologetic Tool?

Well, that is a subject I address in this teaching, "The Power of Prophecy."  The Early Church apologists such as Tertullian, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus appealed to Biblical prophecy as a powerful evidence of the truth of the Scriptures and the Christian worldview.

Did you know these facts about Biblical Prophecy:

- It's the only book in the world that has predicted history in advance.

- About 27% of the Scriptures are prophetic predictions of future events.

- The Scriptures contain about 1,000 predictions, and over 8,000 prophetic verses.

- The Bible is the only book in history to have 100% prophetic accuracy.


Watch this teaching, "The Power of Prophecy" and we hope it will give you a good understanding of why Revelation 19:10 tells us that the evidence of Jesus Christ is the reason we have prophecy.

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Can Probabilities Vindicate Jesus? - pt.2

How hard is it to fulfill ancient prophecy....accidentally?

(pt.2 of 3) This is an interesting video in which Dr. Missler examines the statistical likelihood of Jesus of Nazareth accidentally fulfilling 8, 16, and even 48 Messianic predictions from the Old Testament. This research is based off of Dr. Peter Stoner, from Harvard, and the book he wrote entitled "Science Speaks", where as a mathematician he employs Probability Theory to arrive at the conclusions he does.

The interesting thing is that all of the predictions were written down over 400years before hand (or more in many cases) and we can still read the manuscripts today to verify them. The Septuagint manuscripts are one such famous ancient manuscript that we have.

Any unbelieving skeptic has plenty of opportunity to verify the manuscript's age and prediction, and then cross reference it with the historical fulfillment in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Please investigate it for yourself, as I did, if you are skeptical.

Finally, if even ONE of these predictions be true, the cause must be supernatural/beyond our universe, since no natural explanation will suffice. All of the Old Testament authors said that they were inspired by GOD to write these predictions down, which would seem very plausible, especially of dozens of predictions were fulfilled, and were then verified historically.

Investigate the evidence and follow it wherever it leads. Try to disprove it, and if it holds true - accept it and its implications for your life.

- Pastor J

Probability of Jesus Fulfilling Ancient Predictions? - Dr. Missler

What are the odds of fulfilling ancient predictions?

Could it happen accidentally?

What is the probability?

This is an interesting video in which Dr. Chuck Missler examines the statistical likelihood of Jesus of Nazareth accidentally fulfilling 8, 16, and even 48 Messianic predictions from the Old Testament. This research is based off of Dr. Peter Stoner, from Harvard, and the book he wrote entitled "Science Speaks", where as a mathematician he employs Probability Theory to arrive at the conclusions he does.

The interesting thing is that all of the predictions were written down over 400years before hand (or more in many cases) and we can still read the manuscripts today to verify them. The Septuagint manuscripts,

Greek translation of the Old Testament, are one such famous ancient manuscript that we have.

Any unbelieving skeptic has plenty of opportunity to verify the manuscript's age and prediction, and then cross reference it with the historical fulfillment in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Please investigate it for yourself, as I did, if you are skeptical.

Finally, if even ONE of these predictions be true, the cause must be supernatural/beyond our universe, since no natural explanation will suffice. All of the Old Testament authors said that they were inspired by GOD to write these predictions down, which would seem very plausible, especially of dozens of predictions were fulfilled, and were then verified historically.

Investigate the evidence and follow it wherever it leads.

Try to disprove it, and if it holds true - accept it and its implications for your life.

- Pastor J.

"Jesus Christ historically fulfilled over 300 prophecies accidentally?"

One of the most convincing evidences for the inspiration and validity of the Scriptures is the verified historical fulfillment of hundreds of specific predictions.  The historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth, fulfilled over 300 precise detailed predictions.  These ranged from the place of his birth, the method of his death, and even the amount of money he would be betrayed for. 

A serious thinker must investigate these claims, and not simply dismiss them.  If true, they have tremendous implications regarding the existence of God, the validity of the Christian Scriptures, and the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth.

This video investigates the statistical probabilities of just 8 prophecies of Jesus Christ coming true by accident.  The research was done by Dr. Peter Stoner in his classic book "Science Speaks" and is available for free on the internet. 

I encourage you to put aside your presuppositions, and follow the evidence and proof wherever it leads you.  Examine the facts.  Make a reasoned decision based on investigation, not an irrational one based purely on emotion.

- Pastor J.