I was scrolling through Reddit last night and ran across a screenshot of an intriguing Facebook post. The post states that The Simpsons has been fulfilling prophecies for 32 years. Being raised in a fundamental Christian church I was told countless times that the Bible has many fulfilled prophecies. This post is meant to outline prophecies defined and fulfilled or unfulfilled in both The Simpsons and the Christian Bible.
Note: this post uses prophecy in reference to events predicted by The Simpsons.
Seeing posts like this in the past I chuckled and kept scrolling. However, this time a curiosity arose in me. I went to Duck Duck Go (no, not Google) and ran a few internet searches about The Simpsons and Bible prophecy fulfillment. I was surprised to find that The Simpsons has predicted many prophecies (events) that have occurred. Before we take a look at prophecies, let us define prophecy.
A prophecy is a message that is claimed by a prophet to have been communicated to them by a deity. Such messages typically involve inspiration, interpretation, or revelation of divine will concerning the prophet’s social world and events to come.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy
Now that we know what a prophecy is we can now take a look at prophecies that have been fulfilled from both The Simpsons and the Christian Bible.
Here is the rundown of fulfilled prophecies:
- They Predicted 2011’s Three-Eyed Fish Finding In 1990
- We Censored Michelangelo’s David In 2016, But The Simpsons Did It In 1990
- The Beatles Started Responding To Old Fan Mail In 2011, But They Had Already Done This 10 Years Earlier On The Simpsons
- Lisa Knew The Redskins Would Win Super Bowl XXVI Days Before It Happened
- Siegfried And Roy Got Attacked By Their Tiger In 2003 – 10 Years After It Happened On The Show…
- They Totally Predicted Modern Day Autocorrect Fails Back In 1994
- They Predicted Smart Watches In 1995, But They Weren’t Really Invented Until 2014
- They Were Ahead Of Their Time With Video Chats In 1995, Since That App Wasn’t Available Until 2010
- They Predicted 2014’s Ebola Outbreak In 1997
- Homer Discovered The Higgs-Boson Particle In 1998, But Real Scientists Only Caught Up In 2012
- Disney Bought 20th Century Fox In 2017, But The Simpsons Saw This Coming Back In 1998
- The Simpsons Totally Called That The U.S. Would Beat Sweden At Olympic Curling 8 Years Before It Happened
- Millhouse Predicted 2016’s Nobel Prize Winner Back In 2010
- They Knew 2005’s Guitar Hero Was Going To Be Huge 3 Years Before It Was Released
- Homer Used A Faulty Voting Machine In 2008, Similar To Those We Saw In 2012
- They Predicted The Entire Plot Of The Hangover In 1999, But The Movie Didn’t Come Out Until 2009
- Lady Gaga’s 2017 Super Bowl Performance Was Featured In 2012
- They Nailed FIFA’s 2015 Corruption Scandal A Year Before It Happened
- They Predicted Game Of Thrones’ Crazy Finale 2 Years Before The Episode Aired
- The NSA Spying Scandal Was Featured In 2007’s The Simpsons Movie, But Only Actually Happened In 2013
I ran across multiple articles. I will list them here so that you can explore for yourself:
- Time.com: 17 Times The Simpsons Accurately Predicted the Future
- TheThings.com 20 Times The Simpsons Predicted The Future And Freaked Us All Out
- IGN.com: The Simpsons Did It: Coronavirus, Murder Hornets and 12 Other Times the Show Predicted the Future.
- DuckDuckGo.com Search: simpsons prophecy future
The Christian Bible
Now that we have heard prophecies fulfilled from The Simpsons let’s take a look at prophecies fulfilled from the Christian Bible. With how prevalent Christianity is there are many more articles about Bible prophecies than The Simpsons prophecies.
This search was rather interesting. There are articles claiming that 365 prophecies have been fulfilled. Some claim that ~100 were fulfilled by Jesus. Reading through these it sounds like they are all grasping at straws. It could be that I’m not a biblical scholar that they sounds this way. Or could it be that these were self fulfilled by writers of the Bible? I’ll let you decide.
Here is a sample of the resources I used for the Christian Bible prophecies:
- Ten Bible prophecies fulfilled recently
- Jesus Fulfilled Over 300 Prophecies Mathematically proving that he is the messiah
- 356 Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ
- Fulfilled Prophecy as Evidence for the Bible’s Divine Origin: An Outline
- I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t include a controversial article: Rational Wiki: Biblical prophecies.
A number of years ago, Peter W. Stoner and Robert C. Newman wrote a book entitled Science Speaks. The book was based on the science of probability and vouched for by the American Scientific Affiliation. It set out the odds of any one man in all of history fulfilling even only eight of the 60 major prophecies (and 270 ramifications) fulfilled by the life of Christ.
The probability that Jesus of Nazareth could have fulfilled even eight such prophecies would be only 1 in 1017. That’s 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.
Stoner claims that that many silver dollars would be enough to cover the face of the entire state of Texas two feet deep. Now I’ve been to Texas. I’ve driven for days to get across Texas. Texas is a very big state. Who in his right mind would suppose that a blindfolded man, heading out of Dallas by foot in any direction, would be able, on his very first attempt, to pick up one specifically marked silver dollar out of 100,000,000,000,000,000?#6 at https://christiananswers.net/q-aiia/jesus-odds.html
Given the odds calculated above let’s say that there is 1 prophecy per episode of The Simpsons. There are 731 episodes as of this writing. We’ll take the number of prophecies fulfilled above to be 20. Jesus fulfilled 8/60 prophecies making the percentage of fulfillment equal to 13.3%. The Simpsons percentage of fulfillment is 2.7% (20/731). Mathematically we can see that Jesus fulfilled 4.92 times the prophecies of The Simpsons. So we take 100,000,000,000,000,000 and divide by 5. This tells us that the probability that The Simpsons could have accurately predicted 20 prophecies is 1 in 20,000,000,000,000,000 (1 in 0.217. That’s pretty good Matt Groening.
So you might be asking yourself what is next? Given that Christians believing the Bible is inerrant in part due to fulfilled prophecies must mean that The Simpsons is a good predictor of the future. Given the many events occurring in past episodes of The Simpsons have actually occurred. The most logical conclusion I can come to about the future is that you need to watch The Simpsons to determine what will happen next. In all seriousness I believe this to be sheer coincidence.