I\’ve been reading a lot of OT prophecy lately in my normal course of reading. Right now I\’m reading Jeremiah. Here is what I\’ve noticed:

  • There is not a lot of predictive prophecy. Most of what the prophets say is just talking about how the folks have screwed up by worshiping other gods and stuff.
  • A lot of the predictive stuff is conditional. If you don\’t straighten up, you\’re going to get messed up. You don\’t have to see the future to make those kinds of predictions.
  • Apparently no one listened to the prophets. Because Israel is gone and Judah was conquered. The written prophetic collections were mostly used by the Second Temple Jews to remind themselves to not let that happen again.
  • There are not charts and timelines in anything I have read.