Can the Future Be Accurately Predicted?
Second, we have proof of Christ's return—His second coming. It is reassuring to know that Jesus Christ's first coming was predicted in the Old Testament and every prediction was fulfilled in minute detail. For instance, 1500 years prior to Christ's coming, Moses said that [the Savior] would be "the seed of woman"5 and that He would come from the nation of Israel through the tribe of Judah.6 A thousand years before Christ Samuel predicted that Christ would be a descendant of the family of David.7 Seven hundred years before Christ Micah said Christ would be born in Bethlehem.8 About the same time Isaiah prophesied that He would be born of a virgin.9 A hundred years later, Daniel predicted the very time of Christ's coming.10
David and Isaiah both foretold the sufferings of Christ and the manner of His death hundreds of years before. Referring to Christ, David wrote, "They pierced My hands and My feet."11 This is all the more remarkable in light of the fact that death by crucifixion (being nailed to a cross) was unheard of in the time of David.
Because every prediction about Christ's first coming was fulfilled in detail, we can be just as certain that every prediction regarding His second coming will also be fulfilled in detail.
Third, we need preparation for Christ's second coming. Nobody knows except God12 the exact time of Christ's return which will end the world as we know it. The Bible says that this event will be announced by the trumpet call of God. Christians who have died will be raised first and then living Christian believers "Will be caught up with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord."13
While man's predictions can never be
depended on, God's predictions always can be.
At this time Jesus said, "Two people will be in one bed; one will be taken, and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."14 Those taken will spend forever with God in heaven. Those left will have to appear before the Great White Judgment Throne of God15 where all whose names that are not written in God's Book of Life16 will be judged for their sins because they failed to accept Christ's pardon. And as Jesus warned, God will have to say to them, "Depart from me you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."17
Christ likened the kingdom of heaven to ten virgins preparing for a wedding. Five were ready for the bridegroom's coming. Five were not. Those ready were taken to the wedding. Those not ready were left behind. In other words, those who have accepted Christ as their Saviour and have received His forgiveness and pardon for their sins and are thus ready for His return, will be taken with Him, to be with Him forever in Heaven. Those who have not, will be left behind.
Because Jesus met the sentence of God's judgment for our sins—which was death—God offers to us a free pardon. If we fail to accept this pardon, we will have to face God’s judgment for our sins ourselves—which is eternal death and damnation in the place God's Word makes clear: hell!
While man's predictions can never be depended on, God's predictions always can be.
So if you're not sure you are ready for Christ's return, and to meet God face to face, why not pray and admit to God that you are a sinner? Tell Jesus that you believe He is the Son of God and thank Him for dying on the cross in your place for your sins. Ask for His forgiveness and invite Him into your heart and life as personal Lord and Savior. In so doing you will receive God's full and free pardon, your name will be written in God's Book of Life, and you will receive the God's forgiveness and His gift of eternal life. Why not pray and do this today and you will be ready for Christ's return? God’s pardon is yours for the asking.
NOTE: To Help you to do this click on the Yes to God link below.
1. Newsweek, 27 January, 1997, page 86.
2. John 14:1–3. 3. Acts 1:11. 4. Revelation 22:20. 5. Genesis 3:15, 12:3 with 49:10. 6. Genesis 12:3 with 49:10. 7. 2 Samuel 7:12–16. 8. Micah 5:2. 9. Isaiah 7:14. 10. Daniel 9:25,26. 11. Psalm 22:16. See also Isaiah 53. 12. Matthew 24:36. 13. 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17. 14. Luke 17:34,35 NIV. 15. Revelation 20:11. 16. Revelation 20:15. 17. Matthew 25:41 NIV.
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