Today’s Scripture: Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. Isaiah 46:9-11
|What is the difference between prediction and prophecy? Predictions are made by looking at events in the past and present and extrapolating them into the future. That is how our weather forecast works. By taking into account the present variables and how the weather has changed, computers simulate to find out what is most likely to happen. The stock market also runs this way. By interpreting how the market reacts to different events, brokers try to determine which stocks will rise and fall.
Many people are amazed at the predictions of the Mayans or Nostradamus. However, many of Nostradamus’ predictions have not happened, and the ones that have are so vague the only way to see a prediction is after the fact.
But God has given direct, exact prophecies several hundreds to thousands of years in advance of their fulfillment. Daniel prophesied of the 4 world kingdoms: the Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Greeks, and Romans at the time of King Nebuchadnezzar. Ezekiel prophesied of the destruction of Tyre. Many of the Old Testament prophets prophesied of the return of the Jews to the nation of Israel.
Also, God was very exact with His predictions of the Messiah: He would be of the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; of the tribe of Judah; a descendant of David; born in Bethlehem; sold for 30 pieces of silver; etc. The Bible even predicts how the 30 pieces of silver would be used!
God doesn’t need to guess what will happen – He knows. What He says will happen. The Bible is accurate in every area. This is proof that it is God’s Word. Only God can prophesy. He has recorded many prophecies so we can see that He truly is God. Show someone today some of the amazing prophecies in God’s Word.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.