June 17, 2015
Failure is one of the hobbies of this world especially in telling prophecies in relation to its practical happening. Few people have tried to tell future events but they do not succeed since the future is one of the mysterious realities of life and this world. Future is still unknowable and secret to all of us. The desire to know the future is one of the jobs and duties and hobbies of most religions and their founders, but none of them have to date precisely visualized where this world is heading. Supported by science and academicians, science and scientific methods, few have tried to invent the future, have tried to design the future, but they still cannot manage. Who can ably tell us?
According to Wayne Jackson, well known Biblical teacher, he addressed in one of his works in relation to the characters of true prophecies, he stated the following.
Genuine prophecy involves proper timing. The oracle must significantly precede the person or event described. It must be beyond the realm of reasonable calculation so as to preclude the possibility of an “educated guess.” When one “prophesies” that it will rain tomorrow—with a weather front moving in—it hardly evidences divine intervention.
The prophecy must deal in specific details, not vague generalities which are capable of being manipulated to fit various circumstances. To predict that “someone” will do “something” at “sometime” is not terribly impressive. Exact fulfillment, not merely a high degree of probability, must characterize the prediction. A prophet who is eighty percent accurate is no prophet at all!
What does proper timing mean? Is it about year, dates and hours, in which it is stated in the New Testament that the Bible says, especially in relation to the coming of Jesus Christ, as one example, it states that I will come like thief in the night, the hour none knows, in which the above explanation sounds bit contradictory with the original source or book which they read and study claim, to the contrary they claim and put prophecies and fulfillment of prophecies with accurate timing and the like. This is one of the contradictions and confusions such people have and in such context and aspect of this world.
To cite more example, I find the following interesting two sects and aspects of Christianity with failed prophecies and these are the Mormonism and the Jehovah Witness although, one could say that almost all religions have failed in their precise prediction of the future events and happenings, but they still live with their own wishes and dreams, which is mere fantasies but they live afterwards by making certain amount of plastic surgeries when they realize that they have failed so that they maintain and keep the number of followers in their domain.
It is written in the book of Mormons as follows:
Verily, this is the word of the Lord, and that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation. . For verily this generation shall not pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill his house.
Verses four and five declare a “temple shall be reared in this generation. For verily this generation shall not all pass away” before the temple will be built. And this temple is to be built in Zion, which is Independence, Missouri. Over one hundred and eighty years later, there is still no Temple on the “temple lot” specified in this prophecy. Early Mormon leaders made it quite clear the word “generation” meant those who were alive when the revelation was given in 1832.
Finally, after 140 years, the Mormon Church itself admitted this was a false prophecy. No temple was ever built on this property and the close-dated, unconditional prophecy never came true. Joseph Fielding Smith finally admitted there was no expectation this prophecy would ever come to pass:
The following is an article which is read on the web in relation to failed prophecies of the Jehovah Witnesses.
1899 ” . . . the ‘battle of the great day of God Almighty’ (Revelation 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership, is already commenced,” (The Time Is at Hand, 1908 edition, p. 101).1918 “Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews 11, to the condition of human perfection,” (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, p. 89).
1931 “There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah’s faithful ones on earth concerning the years 1917, 1918, and 1925, which disappointment lasted for a time . . . and they also learned to quit fixing dates,” (Vindication, p. 338). 1968: “Why are you looking forward to 1975?” (Watchtower, Aug. 15, 1968, p. 494).A JW might say that the organization is still learning. If that is so, then how can they trust what they are taught now by the Watchtower? Will what they are being taught now change also?
These are just pieces of the experience of world history in such scope of life in which all others do share. If most people live in such way of life, where is this world heading, what is the point behind all these huge dramas, why do people prefer to be in lie and deception than the truth, can such agreement of people of the world create one single truth to the future, and how, it is possible to tell about the destiny of the future, while lie and deceptions are the one who manipulate the world history? In such world, it is better to be a carpenter than a prophet.