Are there still prophecies that need to be fulfilled from the Old
Testament and the New Testament?

Absolutely. If you think about it, you will realize this yourself. For
example, consider 1 Thess 4:16f, “For the Lord himself will come down from
heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the
trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that,
we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the
clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord
forever.” Or consider an Old Testament passage such as Daniel 12:1-3. “But
at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the
book–will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth
will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting
contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the
heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever
and ever.” Another prophecy of the future is found in Revelation 20 and 21
in which Judgment Day is described and in which the coming of the New
Jerusalem down to earth is described in joyous detail.

Any passage which describes the coming again of Jesus or the final
Judgment Day will clearly be fulfilled in the future. The problem which
arises is that certain people will claim certain prophecies are of the
future when in fact they are not. There are a number of judgment days, in
which God came to judge the nations during Old Testament and even during
New Testament times. A number of premillenialist teachers, especially
those who specialize in (incorrectly interpreting) the book of Revelation
mistake prophecies of God’s judgment on nations who oppose his people or
judgment on God’s own people as referring to the future. Not knowing the
exact cause of your question, it is hard to anticipate what passages you
might be thinking of, but let me mention just a couple of prophetic
passages which have already been fulfilled, but which some teachers
incorrectly claim are about the future.

First, one could mention Matthew 24 and Luke 21 which are primarily
(although not exclusively) prophecies about the destruction of Jerusalem
which occurred in AD 70. “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you
will know that its desolation is near” (Luke 21:20) is clearly a reference
to the events of AD 70, not to some future event. Another example would be
in Daniel 2:41f in which feet and toes, partly of iron and partly of clay
are described. Premillenialists have traditionally claimed that the ten
toes of Daniel two refer to some sort of future alliance of ten countries
which will be involved in the final battle of Armageddon. The problem with
this is that the prophecy refers to the Roman Empire and its division
which occurred almost two thousand years ago. This fact is made clear by
the context of the prophecy, which describes the establishment of the
Church during the time of Rome.

Probably, the greatest number of examples of prophecies which have already
been fulfilled being erroneously applied to future events by some Bible
teachers come from Revelation. The exact nature of the prophecies of
Revelation are a difficult issue which cannot be addressed sufficiently
here, but let it suffice to be said that the great majority of prophecies
in Revelation were fulfilled during the time of the Roman Empire. This is
clearly stated in Revelation 1:1 “to show his servants what must soon take
place.” I would suggest for further reading Gordon Ferguson’s book on
Revelation which is available at or my book on Daniel,
which contains an appendix on the subject. The book is available at this

John Oakes, PhD

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