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Short-Term Prophecies Fulfilled
Event Predicted Text and Time
of Prediction
Text and Time of Fulfillment Time Lapse from
Prediction to Fulfillment
Child named Josiah would be born in the family of David, who would become king 1 Kings 13:2, ca.975 BC “Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David.” 2 Kings 22:1, ca.648 BC
(New Bible Dictionary)
“Josiah was eight years old when he became king.”
About 327 years
Josiah would burn the bones of false priests on altar at Bethel 1 Kings 13:2, ca.975 BC
&ldquo…he [Josiah] will sacrifice the priests from the pagan shrines …human bones will be burned on you [the altar].”
2 Kings 22:3; 23:16, ca.622 BC
“In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah… sent and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar.”
About 350 years
Ahab, King of Israel, would die in battle, defeated 1 Kings 22:17
“I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd.”
1 Kings 22:34-35
“An Aramean soldier, however, randomly shot an arrow at the Israelite troops, and the arrow hit the king of Israel…and as evening arrived he died.”
A few days
Jezebel would die in disgrace 1 Kings 21:23, prophesied during reign of Ahab, ca. 874-853 BC
(The New Unger's Bible Dictionary)
“the dogs of Jezreel will eat the body of your wife, Jezebel, at the city wall.”
2 Kings 9:36, ca.842 BC
(New Bible Dictionary)
“This fulfills the message from the Lord,…'At the plot of land in Jezreel, dogs will eat Jezebel's flesh.'”
More than 10 years
Man who would rebuild Jericho would lose two sons while rebuilding Josh 6:26, ca.1451 BC (margin)
“May the curse of the Lord fall on anyone who tries to rebuild the city of Jericho.”
1 Kings 16:34, built during Ahab's reign, 873-851 BC
“Hiel, a man from Bethel, rebuilt Jericho. When he laid the foundations, his oldest son, Abiram, died. And when he finally completed it by setting up the gates, his youngest son, Segub, died.”
Approx 590 years
Sons of Eli the High Priest would die on the same day 1 Samuel 2:33-35, ca.1070 (margin)
“I will cause your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, to die on the same day!”
1 Samuel 4:5-11, ca.1050 BC (margin)
“Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were killed.”
About 20 years
King Zedekiah would be blinded and taken to Babylon to die Ezekiel 12:12-13, ca.592 BC (margin)
“Zedekiah will leave Jerusalem at night through a hole in the wall, …I will bring him to Babylon, …though he will never see it, and he will die there.”
Jeremiah 52:10-11, ca.586 BC (margin)
“There at Riblah, the king of Babylyon made Zedekiah watch as all his sons were killed; …Then they gouged out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon. Zedekiah remained there in prison for the rest of his life.”
About 6 years
God would use King Cyrus to “subdue nations,” even calling him by name before he was born. Isaiah 45:1-4, ca.690 BC (margin)
“Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand have I held—to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut: 'I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.'”
Daniel 5:30-31, ca.539 BC (margin)
“That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.”
About 150 years
Jews would be in captivity 70* years, then return to rebuild Jerusalem

*Dating from the 1st captivity about 605 BC
Jer. 29:10, ca.596 BC (margin) & Isaiah 44:28, ca.690 BC (margin)
“you will be in Babylon for seventy years. But …I will bring you home again. …Who says of Cyrus, He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, 'You shall be built,' and to the temple, 'Your foundation shall be laid.'”
Ezra 1:1-3, ca.535 BC
“In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the Lord fulfilled Jeremiah's prophecy by stirring the heart of Cyprus to put this proclamation into writing and to send it throughout his kingdom: 'This is what King of Cyrus of Persia says: The Lord, the God of heaven …He has appointed me to build him a Temple at Jerusalem in the land of Judah. All of you who are his people may return to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you!'”
About 160 years from Isaiah's prophecy; about 59 from Jeremiah's
In a time of severe famine in Samaria, Elisha predicted that an abundance of food would be for sale the next day. 2 Kings 7:1,
“By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, five quarts of fine flour will cost only half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain will cost only half an ounce of silver.”
2 Kings 7:16,
“Then the people of Samaria rushed out and plundered the Aramean camp. So it was true that five quarts of fine flour were sold that day for half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain were sold for half an ounce of silver, just as the Lord had promised.”
About 24 hours
The Prophet Elisha also predicted that the officer (who disbelieved the prediction) would see it but not eat of it. 2 Kings 7:2
The officer assisting the king said… “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!” But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!”
2 Kings 7:17
“The king appointed his officer to control the traffic at the gate, but he was knocked down and trampled to death as the people rushed out. So everything happened exactly as the man of God had predicted when the king came to his house.”
About 24 hours
Joseph’s eleven brothers would bow down to him. Gen. 37:6
“Listen to this dream…We were out in the field tying up bundles of grain. My bundle stood up, and then your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before it!”
Gen. 42:6
Joseph was 39 years old at this incident. “Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of the sale of the grain, it was to him that his brothers came. They bowed low before him, with their faces to the ground.”
About 22 years
King Ahaziah of Israel was sick, was told he would not recover. 2 Kings 1:2-4
“You will never leave the bed on which you are lying, but you will surely die.”
2 Kings 1:15-17
“So Ahaziah died, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah”
A few days
Kingdom of Babylon would fall to Medes and Persians Daniel 2:39
“after your kingdom comes to an end, anothergreat kingdom, …will rise to take your place. ”
Daniel 5:28
“your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians”
Daniel 5:30-31
“That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed. And Darius the Mede took over the kingdom.”
About 68 years and Within hours
Entire family of King Jeroboam’s would die 1 Kings 14:13-14, ca.940 BC
“a king over Israel ... will destroy the family of Jeroboam.”
1 Kings 15:27-29, ca.908 BC
(The New Bible Dictionary)
“Baasha…became the next king of Israel. He immediately killed all the descendants of King Jeroboam so that not one of the royal family was left”
About 25 years
Mary would be the Mother of Jesus Luke 1:31-33,
Angel to Mary: “You will… have a son, and you are to name him Jesus.”
Luke 2:6-9
“She [Mary] gave birth to her first child, a son [Jesus].”
Nine months
Jesus would die and be resurrected Mark 9:31; Matt. 17:23
“The Son of Man is going to be betrayed. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.”
Matt 27:50; 28:1-7,
His death: “Then Jesus shouted out again, and he gave up his spirit.” His resurrection: “you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead.”
Less than 3 years
Every member of Ahab’s family would die disastrously 1 Kings 21:21, ca. 874-853 BC
(The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary)
“The Lord is going to bring disaster to you and sweep you away. He will not let a single one of your male descendants, slave or free alike, survive in Israel!”
2 Kings 10:10-11, by Jehu, ca. 841 BC
(New Unger’s Bible Dictionary)
“Jehu killed all of Ahab’s relatives living in Jezreel and all his important officials, personal friends, and priests. So Ahab was left without a single survivor.”
More than 10 years
Descendants of Abraham would be slaves in a foreign land for 400 years. Gen. 15:13-16, ca. 1913 BC (margin)
The Lord told Abraham: “your descendants …will be oppressed as slaves for four hundred years…in the end they will come away with great wealth.”
Exodus 13:3;
Israelites leave Egypt “This is a day to remember forever. For the Lord has brought you out …by his mighty power.”
More than 400 years
False prophet Hananiah would die within the year. Jeremiah 28:15-16
“Listen, Hananiah! …the Lord says you must die. Your life will end this very year because you have rebelled against the Lord.”
Jeremiah 28:17 (2 months later)
“So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.”
2 months
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