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The Moment of Truth - Lesson 18

Who Can Probe the Future?
 

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Let us pray together:

Our Lord and our God,

At all times, men have tried everything to know beforehand what the future might hold for them.

Is Your Word trustworthy when it foretells events of the future?

Please enlighten us during our study, we pray in Jesus Christ.

Amen.




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Isaiah 45:11

Thus said the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker,

«Ask Me of things to come.»

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To know the future, dream of many people, pretension of many charlatans...

Is it even possible to probe the future, so as to get precise and trustworthy information? Is there an infallible source of predictions?

With all our modern technology, we can hardly anticipate even the exact temperature of the following day!




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Isaiah 41:22-24

Let them bring them forth, and show us what shall happen: let them show the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things to come.

Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods: yes, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.

Behold, you are of nothing, and your work of nothing: an abomination is he that chooses you.

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At all times, fakes and false prophets have claimed to have the power to foretell the future...




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Isaiah 47:13,14

You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from these things that shall come on you.

Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them.

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Just as today, astrologers in the prophet Isaiah’s time predicted the future in a hit-or-miss manner, often mistaken because their predictions were about distant times.

Their sources of information did not seem to be very reliable...




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Proverbs 27:1

Boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth.

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We must admit: without «external» inspiration, almighty and omniscient, man cannot predict the future with consistent accuracy, especially centuries in advance!




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Isaiah 44:6,7

Thus said the Lord (...):

«And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for Me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming, and shall come, let them show to them.»

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Isaiah 46:9,10

I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done.

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Only God has complete knowledge of the future.

We will see in the next lessons that events to come appear to Him as in an open book.




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Isaiah 8:19 (NKJV)

And when they say to you,

«Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,»

should not a people seek their God?

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As we have seen in the lesson «The Dark Side of Spiritualism», it is very dangerous to consult sources other than God, when we desire to know the future.

But besides these dangers, we must understand that God is the only reliable source for prophetic revelations.




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Amos 3:7

Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

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Since only God has complete knowledge of the future, we can be delighted that He is willing to communicate a part of this knowledge to us through His prophets!




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Daniel 2:27,28

Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said,

«The secret which the king has demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show to the king.

But there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.»

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The mysterious dream of King Nebuchadnezzar will be the subject of our next lesson.

We will then enter the fascinating world of Bible prophecy, a world which holds more than one surprise.




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2 Peter 1:19

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place.

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As far back as the apostles’ times, a great number of prophecies were fulfilled with such accuracy that many people quickly understood the importance of studying the Scriptures more seriously in order to heed the warnings God gives to mankind.

Indeed the Lord knows that the future holds a lot of surprises for those who are not prepared.




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Deuteronomy 28:63-65

And you shall be plucked from off the land where you go to possess it.

And the Lord shall scatter you among all people, from the one end of the earth even to the other; and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known, even wood and stone.

And among these nations shall you find no ease, neither shall the sole of your foot have rest.

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For example, let us look at this amazing prediction concerning the Jewish people: it would have been difficult to better describe what they were going to experience in the course of history.

Let’s see the following verse.




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Deuteronomy 28:37

And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations where the Lord shall lead you.

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The history of the Jewish Diaspora (the dispersion of the Jewish people throughout the world) confirms the accuracy of this prophecy.

Just think of the persecution of the Jews during World War II, among other events.

Still today, we admit with shame that few can lay claim to never having made fun of Jews, at least once in their lifetime.




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Luke 21:24

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations.

And Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles.

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This prediction from Christ confirms the preceding prophecies concerning the Jewish nation, but it further describes the future of Jerusalem, a city which nations have trampled underfoot.

First of all, Romans, then Greeks, Arabs, even Christians have seized it more than once, shedding an unending flow of blood in its streets...




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Matthew 24:2

Jesus said to [His disciples],

«See you not all these things? Truly I say to you, there shall not be left here one stone on another, that shall not be thrown down.»

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The destruction of Jerusalem’s temple, in A.D. 70, happened in accordance with Christ’s prophecy.

After having burned down the temple, the Romans tried to recover the gold that was covering the walls, which had become trapped between the building’s stones under the effect of heat.

To do so, each stone was systematically dismantled, just as Christ foretold.




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Joshua 21:45

There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel; all came to pass.

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Prophecies do not only carry messages of destruction.

The study of Bible prophecy does not seek to satisfy our curiosity or to excite our imagination: it aims especially to develop our faith and to maintain our hope.

Our next lesson will clearly demonstrate this.




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Habakkuk 2:2,3

The Lord answered me and said,

«Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.»

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The prophecy has been given «that he may run that reads it», and not to mystify us endlessly.

Biblical prophecies have always been fulfilled until now: what do the Scriptures predict for tomorrow?




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1 Thessalonians 5:20

Despise not prophesyings.

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Revelation 1:3

Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

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God promises blessings to those who will take time to study the prophecies of the Bible.

Why? Because God eagerly desires that we know what the future holds for each one of us, so that we may make informed, accurate decisions right now.




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Isaiah 42:9

Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

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We are now going to look into the amazing world of Bible prophecy, which will become for each one of us an inexhaustible source of hope.

May God guide us during these lessons!




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Let us pray:

Almighty God,

How can we thank You for this message You give us through Your holy book, the Bible.

We have only begun to discover its precious treasures, and we know that there are even more awaiting us.

Please stay with us and guide us by the assistance of Your Spirit. In Jesus Christ, we pray.

Amen.


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