Prophecy Is Not Predicting the Future, It Is Stating What Has Already Happened

COPYRIGHT WARNING

Prophecy is an advanced look at what has already taken place.

This is the unique capacity that God alone possesses. Only an eternal being, who has Himself made all that exists, can experience everything that is yet to happen, as if it has already taken place. For God, there is no future; all things exist in the present.

When all of the linear events in the history of man on earth have concluded, they will be funneled down into a single arrival at eternity. In heaven, every event of human history has already happened, and you and I who love Jesus are already there with the Lord in heaven. Only as we live out our lives and wait for the conclusion of these events—in the process of time, have these events yet to take place.

God speaks of things in prophecy as if they already exist, because they do.

Romans 4:17 -18 [as it is written, “I have made you (Abraham) a father of many nations”] in the presence of Him whom he believed-God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did…

“…God who calls those things which do not exist as though they did…”

It is not really that difficult for the Lord to speak of things that will happen, as though they have already taken place. This is the way that things work in eternity. The ability to tell us what will happen with great precision, is in itself, compelling evidence for the existence of God.

Scientists today struggle with the concept of a God who has no beginning. Although the materialist can conceive of matter and energy as eternal, it seems that an eternal person is out of the question. It is interesting that one theoretical astrophysicist believes the words of the Bible. Dr. Lawrence Krauss postulates that the entire universe began from nothing.[1] These are the precise words of the first line of the Hebrew Bible: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The english word created was translated from the Hebrew word bara, which means to create from nothing, or non existent materials. The majority of the scientific community requires that all things which exist, owe their existence to a cause. Therefore, to consider a God who has no beginning or first cause is out of the question. Of course this is exactly the point of God—that His existence is beyond the capacity of human understanding. We are limited, earthly beings, He is eternal and knows all things.

If God could entirely be understood, then it is for certain that this being would not really be God at all. The fact we know little of the God who made the universe is what we might expect, if in fact He did exist. Whatever knowledge we might gain of such a being, could only be known if He decided to reveal Himself to us. The facts are that the universe itself is the greatest evidence for the existence of God. The reality that you and I are alive today; you are reading the words that I wrote, is a pretty good indication that something marvelous happened at some point in time, to bring us into being, and allow us to live on this planet. Scientists today acknowledge freely that the chances of human life existing on any planet is impossible—given the chances that an additional planet that would support life, could exist. When the initial conditions of the universe are examined, scientists have been stunned to realize that the precise chain of events that would have to occur—from the first picoseconds of the big bang, up to the present day—must have been carefully controlled and ordered, during the past 14 billion years, or none of us would be alive to observe it all.

Bible prophecy reveals the existence of God

This is the major reason that I have such a great interest in Bible prophecy. In the study of events that have, as their revelator, a mind outside of time and space, I am able to know only a particle of what God knows and comprehends regarding His total plan for all things.

Prophetic predictions only seem future to us because we live on a planet that is revolving in a 24-hour cycle—each day, located in a solar system, which moves in a circuit around a sun. Heaven has no such marking of time or delineation of events. Everything that is yet to happen for us on earth has already taken place in eternity.

When God promised Abraham that one of his descendants would bless the entire world, He was thinking ahead—in time—to Jesus who, in the mind of God, had already died to redeem the whole world. This is why Jesus is often spoken of as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 13:8 (Jesus) …the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

When God promised Abraham, in Genesis 12:7, that his descendants would possess the land of Israel, He was giving Abraham a look ahead, thousands of years into the future, where God had already seen Jesus sitting on His throne in Jerusalem, ruling over the entire world during the Millennium.

Matthew 25:32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

For God, the events that He described to Abraham—regarding the land of Israel, were already a reality in heaven.

Every single instance in the Old Testament, where God was making a future promise of blessing to Israel, Abraham’s descendants, or a reference to the land of Israel belonging to the “seed” of Abraham, God was thinking of Jesus. All of the promises of God are comprised in His Son. When we read in Galatians 3:16, that the promise was not made to Abraham’s seeds, as in the normal human descendants of Abraham, but to one specific Seed, Jesus Christ, who originated from eternity.

“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ.”

Jesus fulfilled the entire purpose of this 6th prophecy of the Old Testament. He came as the Seed promised to Abraham in Genesis 12, who made the redemption of Israel a reality. His promise to the whole world is that every person can enjoy the blessings of eternal life if they will trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

The preceding is from the new book: “The Prophecies of the Messiah,” now available at Amazon.com


NOTES:
[1] Dr. Lawrence Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing, Atria Books (January 1, 2013) ISBN-10: 1451624468
ISBN-13: 978-1451624465



Categories: Empirical Evidence for God, God knows all things, Messianic Prophecies, Principles of Biblical Interpretation, Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus

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