Saturday, November 26, 2016

Future Shock

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,
but only the Father.

-- Matthew 24:36

With Thanksgiving now behind us, a special December event is right around the corner.

No, we don't mean Christmas. Instead it's that day when The National Enquirer publishes its list of predictions for 2017. According to, this much-anticipated annual issue is one of the most successful for the infamous checkout-line tabloid. Why? Let's consider some of The Enquirer's previous prophecies:
  • Good Morning America hostess Joan Lunden will become engaged to NBA star Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Nuclear missiles will be used to break up a giant asteroid found to be hurtling toward Earth.
  • O.J. Simpson will become a minister after confessing during testimony in a civil suit that he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The National Enquirer's predictions are fun to read, but its accuracy is way off the mark. On the Futureother hand, the prophecies found throughout the Bible are remarkably precise. For example, God promised in the Old Testament that the city of Tyre would be destroyed because of its harsh treatment of Israel. This seemed unlikely because of Tyre's impregnable fortifications. However, the armies of Alexander the Great indeed leveled the city. God also promised to one day re-gather his scattered people from around the globe. For centuries this made no sense because Israel had long been erased from the map. But in a miraculous series of events, the State of Israel was proclaimed shortly after World War II. And thousands of Jews came--and continue to arrive to this day--from distant nations to claim citizenship in their ancestral homeland.

J. Barton Payne's Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy lists more than 1,800 other promises from God in Scripture. And no doubt the Creator's greatest was fulfilled--again, as predicted centuries earlier--through the birth of the world's Savior in an obscure outpost of the Roman Empire. It was then that God came to Earth to live among his people in the person of Jesus. And the Bible's remarkable prophecies don't end there. It's in the Old Testament's Book of Daniel and the New Testament's Book of Revelation that we can read about world events that are unfolding today before our eyes.

In all fairness to The National Enquirer, one or two of their predictions actually have come true, and some of their legitimate cover stories have scooped the so-called Mainstream Media. But its record is still dismal when compared with the Bible, which was inspired by our Creator, who--unlike mankind--already knows the future. Let's consider these fulfilled words of prophesy from the Book of Jeremiah:

"When 70 years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." 

What does the future hold for us in these uncertain times? We won't find the answer when The National Enquirer hits the newsstands in December. Instead, the truth is as close as our nearest Bible.

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