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The Amish Voice 12

Introduction to Prophecy

Most people are very interested in the

future. What is going to happen in the

days and years ahead? Will things get

better or will things get worse? Will there

be peace on earth or will there be war?

What will happen to planet earth? What

will the world be like a hundred years

from now? A thousand years from now?

Is the world going to come to an end?

What happens to people after they die?

What lies beyond the grave? These are

interesting and very important questions.

Can you think of other questions that

people might ask about the future? Are

YOU interested in what is going to

happen in the future?

How can a person learn about the

future? How can a person know what

the future will bring? Does man really

know what will happen in the future

(Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14)? ________

Why not? _________________________


When it comes to knowing what will

happen in the future, man does not have

the answers! Man does not even know

what will happen in the next 24 hours!

Who does have the answers? Who does

know what will happen in the days and

years ahead? According to Isaiah 46:9-

10, who is the only one who knows all

about the future? ___________________

God knows the future and He is able to

declare the end from the beginning.

Suppose the Yankees were ahead of the

Red Sox by a score of 9 to 3 with only

one inning to go. Suppose you were at

the ball park watching this game. You

would probably think that the Yankees

would win, but would you know this for

sure? It is possible that the Red Sox

could win the game by a score of 11 to

10 (or by some other score). We do not

know the final score of a baseball game

until the game is over. But God knows

all about that baseball game before it

even starts. Even before the first pitch

is thrown, God knows exactly who will

win and what the final score will be. God

knows all future events that will ever

take place.

God's Predictions Always

Come True

Here are just a few examples of God's

predictions and their precise fulfillment:

1) God predicted that the temple in

Jerusalem would be totally

destroyed (Matthew 24:2). About

40 years later this was literally

fulfilled as the Romans destroyed the

temple under Titus.

2) God predicted to Abraham that his

descendants would be slaves in a

foreign land for 400 years (Genesis

15:13). Several generations later,

following the death of Joseph, this

was literally fulfilled (Exodus 1).

3) God through Daniel predicted the

coming world empires of Persia,

Greece, and Rome (Daniel 2,

Daniel 7, etc.) with such accuracy

that unbelieving scholars have

insisted that the book of Daniel

must have been written at a much

later time because no one living in

Daniel's day could have known

about these future kingdoms!

4) In 1 Kings 13:2, God predicted that

a man would be born in the line of

David by the name of Josiah. The

book of 1 Kings was written three

centuries before Josiah's birth!

5) In Isaiah 44:28 and 45:1, God

predicted that a future Persian king

would come on the scene by the

name of Cyrus. Yet Isaiah wrote

this more than 100 years before

Cyrus was even born! This is one

reason why unbelieving Bible

scholars insist that Isaiah could not

have written these chapters, because

no one in Isaiah's day could have

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As the world continues to turn its back on God, we want to

take a look at what the future holds according to the One

who is the Beginning and the End—God! We hope you

enjoy and benefit from this series, courtesy of Middletown

Bible Church. Follow along, fill in the blanks, and look up!

May we all be ready for the return of Jesus Christ!