I talked to my friend Leonard on Friday. This is a guy who picks who is going to be in the Superbowl during preseason. Last year he picked the Colts and the Saints, but he predicted the Colts would win, as did everybody else. The difference between him and everybody else is that he picked it before the first regular season game had even been played. I think you can tell he studies the pro sports news a bit more than your average person.
Now Leonard told me he already has the pick for this year’s World Series. Have games even started yet? Aren’t they still in training camp? I don’t even know. I personally don’t like watching baseball. It’s fun to play but boring to watch in my opinion. I have been told before how un-American I am for this view of mine. Just for the record, Leonard picks the Yankees and the Cardinals to be in the World Series this year. He picks that the Cardinals will win but it will have to go to game seven. That’s pretty detailed if you ask me.
Now Leonard could wind up being wrong. A whole lot of things can happen between now and… whenever the World Series happens. But Leonard has taken a very educated guess. And you have to at least respect him for his dedication to the world of sports.
The subject of prophecy is the same in some ways but different in others. It is different in the sense that there are some things that are not guesswork. Jesus will return to earth. This is not a guess. Spiritual blindness for the nation of Israel will be lifted sometime in the future. This is something revealed to us in scripture. There will be a new heavens and a new earth. The details are debated, but that basic statement is unilaterally affirmed throughout orthodox Christianity.
However, there is a lot of study that goes into formulating someone’s views on the subject of prophecy. My friend Leonard didn’t wake up one day and start taking wild guesses that got lucky. He started by studying the teams, the drafting, the coaching, the leagues, etc. He started noticing patterns which were consistent to some degree. Then he started predicting things before they happened because he had seen the pattern. This is what it takes to be a prophecy scholar. You need to study the scriptures, the context in which the prophecies were given, the fulfillment of certain prophecies, the parallels between differing prophecies, how one prophecy quotes another prophecy, seeing which prophecies remain unfulfilled, etc. etc. etc. You don’t start taking wild guesses and hope you will get lucky with some random scripture to back your view. You have to notice the patterns that are uniform throughout scripture before you can begin to say with clarity, “Thus saith the LORD.”
Leonard, we’ll see if you are right.
Readers, we will see that the scriptures are right.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman