Future Perfect

Did you invest in Bitcoin last year?  If so, perhaps you made a killing.  Or, perhaps you lost your shirt.  Nobody but nobody saw the wild bitcoin ride coming.  But then again, who knows the future about anything?  As Yogi Berra quipped, “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

Can you think of any system of faith that has accurately predicted the future?  The God of the Bible sets His predictions up as a test of His credibility.  He said, “If these things don’t happen, don’t waste your time with me.”  And why should we?  Who wants to worship and depend upon a god that is constantly slapping his forehead and saying, “Well, I didn’t see that coming”?  I am amazed by how much of the Bible was written to foretell events that would eventually happen hundreds of years into the future.  If you are trying to decide if God exists, or, if He does, which one He is, here is how He says you can be sure:

3 I foretold the former things long ago,
my mouth announced them and I made them known;
then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
4 For I knew how stubborn you were;
your neck muscles were iron,
your forehead was bronze.
5 Therefore I told you these things long ago;
before they happened I announced them to you
so that you could not say,
‘My images brought them about;
my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’
6 You have heard these things; look at them all.
Will you not admit them?
“From now on I will tell you of new things,
of hidden things unknown to you.
7 They are created now, and not long ago;
you have not heard of them before today.
So you cannot say,
‘Yes, I knew of them.’ (Isaiah 48:3-7)

He went on to predict, through His prophet, Isaiah, the rise and fall of nations, the exile and return of Israel, and then the birth, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection and triumph of His Son, Jesus.  It all happened between 100 and 700 years later.  Except the last part, which is still coming.  Given His track record, skip Bitcoin and invest in God.

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