Thomas Paine

The error in the, “Examination of Prophecies,” by Thomas Paine.

The gist of this work is Paine’s passion for refuting prophecies related to Christ in the Bible. Paine is in error. I will use one example and you can see how Paine’s assumption is wrong. Paine refutes Matthew’s quoting of Isaiah 7:14, foretelling of the virgin birth:

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14.

Paine states that the prophecy was given as a sign to King Ahaz, and (according to Paine) a prophecy that is unfulfilled for the hearer as his sign would be a false prophecy.  

It is true; the virgin birth prophecy given by Isaiah to King Ahaz was not fulfilled in their days.  However, was this the prophecy to King Ahaz as a sign, or the latter part of Isaiah’s prophecy:

For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.  The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.”  Isaiah 7:16-17.

Isaiah clearly told King Ahaz that before the virgin birth, the land would be forsaken of both kings?  I believe the Bible is true, and Isaiah was prophesying about the future virgin birth, and the latter clause in the prophecy concerning that the land would be forsaken of both kings was the sign for King Ahaz that was fulfilled in his day.

This is a common practice of wresters of scripture.  They will only take part of a verse, or stop short of the rest, and ignore other verses to prove what they want to prove in contradiction to what the Bible really teaches on a subject.


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