<242613> Jeremiah 26:13 ? ?amend your ways...and the Lord will repent him of the evil which he hath pronounced against you. <320304>Jonah 3:4 ? ?Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown...10 ? ?God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and. God repented of the evil, which he said he would do unto them; and he did it not?; cf . <241808>Jeremiah 18:8; 26:19.
Instances of actual fulfillment of prophecy are found, according to Davidson, in Samuel?s prediction of some things that would happen to Saul, which the history declares did happen (1 Samuel 1 and 10). Jeremiah predicted the death of Hannah within the year, which took place (Jeremiah 28). Micaiah predicted the defeat and death of Ahab at Ramoth-Gilead (1 Kings 22). Isaiah predicted the failure of the northern coalition to subdue Jerusalem (Isaiah 7 ): the overthrow in two or three years of Damascus and Northern Israel before the Assyrians (Isaiah 8 and
17); the failure of Sennacherib to capture Jerusalem, and the melting away of his army ( <233734>Isaiah 37:34-37). ?And in general, apart from details, the main predictions of the prophets regarding Israel and the nations were verified in history, for example, Amos 1 and 2. The chief predictions of the prophets relate to the imminent downfall of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah; to what lies beyond this, namely, the restoration of t he kingdom of God; and to the state of the people in their condition of final felicity.? For predictions of the exile and the return of Israel, see especially <300909>Amos 9:9 ? ?For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations, like as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least kernel fall upon the earth...14 ? And I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them.? Even if we accept the theory of composite authorship of the book of Isaiah, we still have a foretelling of the sending back of the Jews from Babylon, and a designation of Cyrus as God?s agent, in <234428>Isaiah 44:28 ? ?that saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying of Jerusalem She shall be built; and of the temple, Thy foundation shall he laid?; see George Adam Smith, in Hastings? Bible Dictionary, 2:493 . Frederick the Great said to his chaplain: ?Give me in one word a proof of the divine origin of the Bible?; and the chaplain well replied: ?The Jews, your Majesty.? In the case of the Jews we have even now the unique phenomena of a people without a land, and a land without a people, ? yet both these were predicted centuries before the event.
5. Messianic Prophecy in general.
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