Can We Really See the Future?

8/12/2017 18 Comments

No man can see the future

Bro. Eli,

I have this mysterious question in my mind. I only realized I have proven this ability to foresee things to happen exactly as they are even before year 2004-2005. But it happened so often only lately that I realized what I was foreseeing before has come true. I never had confidence or trust in myself whenever I foresee things that will happen. I would only realize that those thoughts and visions were real after they occurred exactly. One example was 3 years ago every time I pass by a tower I could see myself working there and wishing and praying it will come true and it happened. Another was last week, I heard several compliments of my skin and I foresee I will suffer terrible skin allergies, and after a few days I woke up exactly what I’m seeing has occurred. This afternoon, while I was cooking I said to myself the stove will run out of gas, then after a few minutes I checked the stove and it has no fire anymore. Another was last few weeks ago. I was having thoughts that one of my officemates will be terminated, after one week it happened. These are only some instances among which I have experienced. I would like to know why I am having this. I don’t believe in them at all until they happened. I am not even worthy as like those who have gifts like the prophets. I appreciate that your answer will grant me peace. Thanks and God bless!

Aplgreenlass

aplgreenlass@hotmail.com

Dear Aplgreenlass, 

Generally and biblically speaking, no human being has the capacity to see what exactly will happen in the nearest future. Of course, the nearest future is tomorrow.

PROVERBS 27:1 (MKJV) 
Do not boast yourself of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

In fact, tomorrow can outlive us.

JAMES 4:13-14
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

As one saying goes: “There is no rule without an exception.” Prophets and seers in the Bible, through God’s spirit, were able to see dreams and visions foretelling exactly things that will happen in the farthest future. In the Bible, the end of everything was predicted.

1 SAMUEL 9:9 
Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.

REVELATION 1:19 
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Other people claim that they have the power to foresee a forthcoming event because of ‘ESP’ or “extrasensory perception”; but most of the times, things happen because of mere coincidence.

May I ask you something? And I hope you will be honest to yourself in answering my question.

Have all the things which you have foreseen happen exactly without fail? If your answer is yes — and since only God knows the details without amiss of all things that will happen in the future — then, maybe, you are being inspired of God. But if your honest answer is that not all that you predicted happened 100 percent, then, there is no special calling on you. Instead, what is happening is subnormal but not supernatural; and you must not bother yourself thinking about this.

Did you know that sometimes even the predictions of false prophets happen? God allows them to happen to test if we love Him and believe in Him with all our hearts and soul.

DEUTERONOMY 13:1-3 
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Hence, we can conclude that not because something perceived did happen we will already assume it has any supernatural importance.

The devil’s agenda is always, and will ever be, to mislead people in their belief about the Almighty God. We must be completely aware that Satan is the archenemy of God. He is the cause of all confusions in this present world. God is not a god of confusion. So, it is Satan that causes them.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:33 
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

The devil or Satan can pollute the minds of people.

2 CORINTHIANS 11:3 
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Satan also has the power to perceive what might happen in the future. He has long been with mankind, and has mastered the ways of men, and can even mathematically compute what will happen in the near future. Satan can be a possible perpetrator in the minds of people to perceive what may happen and then mislead people from their belief and trust in the true, faithful God. Remember, the Bible tells us of the subtlety of Satan the serpent.

GENESIS 3:1 
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

REVELATION 12:9 
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

A person’s mind may think of something which is not proper for him to think, thus, the Apostle Paul admonished the Christians and the first century Church to think soberly.

ROMANS 12:3 
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Human mind is far reaching, and may even think of things which is not reachable and achievable by the human body. Perhaps, this is the reason why there are those who call themselves ‘free thinkers’. Maybe, they have an uncontrollable mind so God said that the minds and the thinking of men are vain and nothing.

PSALMS 94:11 
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

I pray that you may put your trust in the power of God, and ask for His guidance that you may perceive and see the truth.

God Bless,

Bro. Eli Soriano

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God is Not the Author of Confusion

8/05/2017 24 Comments


1 CORINTHIANS 14:33 
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Would you believe that in order to execute God’s will for mankind to populate, fill, and subdue the earth, God ‘confused’ the only one language of people living on earth in those times? This is how the story goes —

GENESIS 11:1-8 
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. 
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

God’s command to the family of Noah to repopulate or replenish the earth is ecologically sound. People must not only inhabit a particular place and let the other places of the earth become dominated by beasts and wild animals. Humankind, not beast, must subdue the earth.

EZEKIEL 14:13, 15 
13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: 
15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts…

Due to their apparent resistance to God’s will, God confused their language. This event that happened in the Tower of Babel saw the birth of different nations and languages in the human family. The rest is history.

Historically, there are four groups of ancient languages.

QUICK FACTS

Linguists divide the Semitic languages into four groups. The North Peripheral group is represented by the Assyro-Babylonian language, or Akkadian. The oldest attested Semitic language, with the oldest Semitic literature, Akkadian was spoken in Mesopotamia between about 3000 B.C. and 600-400 B.C. and used as a literary language until the 1st century ad.

The North Central group includes the ancient and modern Hebrew language; ancient tongues such as Ugaritic and Phoenician; and the Aramaic language, including Syriac, or Christian Aramaic.

The South Central group consists of literary or Standard Arabic and the modern spoken Arabic dialects (see Arabic Language). Maltese, an offshoot of Arabic, is spoken on the island of Malta and, because of its location, has been heavily influenced by Italian.

The South Peripheral group consists of the South Arabic dialects, now spoken in parts of the southern Arabian Peninsula (and in ancient times by peoples such as the Minaeans and Sabaeans); and the languages of Ethiopia. The latter include Ge’ez, or classical Ethiopic, now surviving only as a literary and liturgical language; Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia; and regional Ethiopian languages such as Tigré, Tigrinya, and Gurage.

Source: Encarta 2007

Because of the confusion that happened, the human race were forced to scatter in all the habitable face of the earth. As a result, a group that does not understand the language or the speech of another group was forced to depart and separate from the other groups.

But there is another question that emerges: If humankind came from only one family, why do people differ in terms of color, physical features, etc.?

The Bible tells us the root-cause and not necessarily the results. The results can be obtained in reality. Apparent reality can be traced back to the root-cause.

Mathematically, the more than seven billion people that now populate the entire earth came from a much smaller stock in the early 19th century, about six hundred million, and further, from eight souls that survived the great flood.

1 PETER 3:20 
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Is there, by chance, a possibility that a family may grow up to a huge global population of different colors, breeds, cultures, and physical features? The answer is, reality; but how?

The color of the skin is influenced by the environment. In places where there is an abundance of scorching sunlight, the skin of the people there can turn darker.

SONGS OF SOLOMON 1:6 
Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.

It may take a thousand years for the skin of particular race to achieve a complete blackening of the skin. No wonder we have dark-colored people because the human family have existed on earth for many thousands of years.

QUICK FACTS

Jablonski and Chaplin proposed an explanation for the observed variation of untanned human skin with annual UV exposure. By Jablonski and Chaplin’s explanation, there are two competing forces affecting human skin tone:

1. The melanin that produces the darker tones of human skin serves as a light filter to protect against too much UV light getting under the human skin where too much UV causes sunburn and disrupts the synthesis of precursors necessary to make human DNA;

versus

2. Humans need at least a minimum threshold of UV light to get deep under human skin to produce vitamin D, which is essential for building and maintaining the bones of the human skeleton.

Jablonski and Chaplin note that when human indigenous peoples have migrated, they have carried with them a sufficient gene pool so that within a thousand years, the skin of their descendants living today has turned dark or turned light to adapt to fit the formula given above – with the notable exception of dark-skinned peoples moving north, such as to populate the seacoast of Greenland, to live where they have a year-round supply of food rich in vitamin D, such as fish, so that there was no necessity for their skin to lighten to let enough UV under their skin to synthesize the vitamin D that humans need for healthy bones.

Source: https://humanskin.wordpress.com/healthy-bones/

The question about the different skin colors of mankind can biblically and scientifically be explained; but what about the different physical feature? To learn more, read: The Origin of Humankind.

Sincerely in Christ,

Bro. Eli Soriano

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