Failed biblical prophecies
This list contains quotes taken directly from the New World Translation, published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
List of Failed Biblical Prophecies
Isaiah 19:5-8 claims that the Nile river will dry up and "be no more".
- "5 And the water will certainly be dried up from the sea, and the river itself will become parched and actually run dry. 6 And the rivers must stink; the Nile canals of Egypt must become low and parched. The reed and the rush themselves must molder. 7 The bare places by the Nile River, at the mouth of the Nile River, and every seedland of the Nile River will dry up. It will certainly be driven away, and it will be no more. 8 And the fishers will have to mourn, and all those casting fishhooks into the Nile River must express sorrow, and even those spreading fishing nets upon the surface of the water will actually fade away. "
- The Nile is still here, and has never dried up.
Isaiah 17: 1-3 claims that Damascus will cease to be a city
- The pronouncement against Damascus: “Look! Damascus removed from being a city, and she has become a heap, a decaying ruin. 2 The cities of A·ro´er that have been left behind become mere places for droves, where they actually lie down, with no one to make [them] tremble. 3 And the fortified city has been made to cease out of E´phra·im, and the kingdom out of Damascus; and those of Syria remaining over will become just like the glory of the sons of Israel,” is the utterance of Jehovah of armies.
- The people currently living in Damascus would like a word...
Ezekiel 26:7-14 claims that Nebuchadnezzar will destroy the city of Tyre.
- 7 “For this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said, ‘Here I am bringing against Tyre Neb·u·chad·rez´zar the king of Babylon from the north, a king of kings, with horses and war chariots and cavalrymen and a congregation, even a multitudinous people. 8 Your dependent towns in the field he will kill even with the sword, and he must make against you a siege wall and throw up against you a siege rampart and raise up against you a large shield; 9 and the strike of his attack engine he will direct against your walls, and your towers he will pull down, with his swords. 10 Owing to the heaving mass of his horses their dust will cover you. Owing to the sound of cavalryman and wheel and war chariot your walls will rock, when he comes in through your gates, as in the cases of entering into a city opened by breaches. 11 With the hoofs of his horses he will trample down all your streets. Your people he will kill even with the sword, and to the earth your own pillars of strength will go down. 12 And they will certainly spoil your resources and plunder your sales goods, and tear down your walls, and your desirable houses they will pull down. And your stones and your woodwork and your dust they will place in the very midst of the water.’
- 13 “‘And I will cause the turmoil of your singing to cease, and the very sound of your harps will be heard no more. 14 And I will make you a shining, bare surface of a crag. A drying yard for dragnets is what you will become. Never will you be rebuilt; for I myself, Jehovah, have spoken,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.
- But wait! Ezekiel 29:17-20 says: "17 Now it came about in the twenty-seventh year, in the first [month], on the first [day] of the month, that the word of Jehovah occurred to me, saying: 18 “Son of man, Neb·u·chad·rez´zar himself, the king of Babylon, made his military force perform a great service against Tyre. Every head was one made bald, and every shoulder was one rubbed bare. But as for wages, there proved to be none for him and his military force from Tyre for the service that he had performed against her."
Ezekiel 29:8-12 predicts that Egypt will become desolate and unihabited for 40 years. Also takes another stab at the Nile River.**
- "8 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “Here I am bringing upon you a sword, and I will cut off from you earthling man and domestic animal. 9 And the land of Egypt must become a desolate waste and a devastated place; and they will have to know that I am Jehovah, for the reason that he has said, ‘To me the Nile River belongs, and I myself have made [it].’ 10 Therefore here I am against you and against your Nile canals, and I will make the land of Egypt devastated places, dryness, a desolated waste, from Mig´dol to Sy·e´ne and to the boundary of E·thi·o´pi·a. 11 There will not pass through it the foot of earthling man, nor will the foot of domestic animal pass through it, and for forty years it will not be inhabited. 12 And I will make the land of Egypt a desolate waste in the midst of desolated lands; and its own cities will become a desolate waste in the very midst of devastated cities for forty years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them among the lands.”"
- Egypt has never been desolate and uninhabited. It did not just shut down for 40 years and no one scattered about.
Ezekiel tries again in 19-20 saying that Nebuchadnezzar will conquer Egypt and carry away the spoils.
- "19 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said, ‘Here I am giving to Neb·u·chad·rez´zar the king of Babylon the land of Egypt, and he must carry off its wealth and make a big spoil of it and do a great deal of plundering of it; and it must become wages for his military force.’"
- Give it up Ezekiel.
Jeremiah 36:30 prophecies that Jehoiakim, king of Judah, will have no successor.
- " 30 Therefore this is what Jehovah has said against Je·hoi´a·kim the king of Judah, ‘He will come to have no one sitting upon the throne of David, and his own dead body will become something thrown out to the heat by day and to the frost by night."
- Let's turn to 2 Kings 24:6:
- "6 Finally Je·hoi´a·kim lay down with his forefathers, and Je·hoi´a·chin his son began to reign in place of him."
- List of Failed Biblical Prophecies at RationalWiki.org