Summary of passages: Various passages for the day.
3) Personal Question. My answer: Visit psychics, witchcraft. From the past we picture rituals such as reading the entrails of animals, cauldrons and potions, the heavens, stars, sun, and moon, and crystal balls. In fantasy we see “seers” scrying the future, vampires with the gift of sight (Twilight, anyone?), oracle at Delphi, clairvoyants, and of course Nostradamus. Tarot cards, ESP, dreams, and palm reading. You name it, it’s been done in the millennia humans have walked this planet.
4) Prophecy is from God carried along by the Holy Spirit. Man has nothing to do with prophecy. Because what God says will happen, will happen. What man says will happen, will not. God is in control, not man. We can only be certain of prophecy if it’s from God.
5) Part Personal Question. My answer: The foretelling of the future does two things: 1) increases our faith in God 2) reveals God to be true. When future events come true that were predicted ahead of time, it results in belief and conversion. God wants believers to be stronger in faith and He wants unbelievers to believe. When we see prophecy come to pass, our faith is strengthened and we become witnesses to others.
Conclusions: I am excited that we are not diving right into Revelation, but this day didn’t do it for me. In modern times, most of us are aware of the quacks out there. Most of us don’t believe those who claim to predict the future. Most of us know the future is unknown except by God. However, the point BSF is making here is good: God is the only one who does know the future and we can trust in Him when what He says comes to pass.