Have you heard people predicting the future? Have you gone to a fortune teller, or someone who reads your palm? Do you believe they can tell you the future, how your life will turn out? Have you heard people saying the end is coming soon? Do you believe Jesus is returning soon?
We do not have to look very hard to find someone who is thinks they can predict the future. Some of them will promise us what they say is true. They may predict we will find a spouse, become rich, or a catastrophe is about to fall upon us. It is unfortunate that many fall for these predictions.
The Apostle Peter tells us in today’s passage that no prophecy comes from humans on their own. It only comes when people are moved by the Holy Spirit. Can the Holy Spirit move in people today? Absolutely! Does he regularly provide prophecy of the future. No, especially not about personal futures, and not about riches.
When will Jesus return, we may ask. No one knows. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:36 that neither He nor the angels know when He will return. We know from the various letters of the apostles that they all thought He would return soon. Yet, He has not returned. So, anyone who tells us that Jesus will return soon is speaking of something they do not and cannot know.
On the other hand, the prophecy we read in Scripture came from God via the Holy Spirit. We can believe the prophecies we read. We can believe Jesus when He says He will return. We will better understand the prophecies when we ask God to fill us with the Holy Spirit and help us interpret what has been prophesied. Despite what many may think, we can better understand. We simply need to lean on God and ask him to reveal the understanding to us, rather making our own interpretation based on our limited experience and thought capacity.
I pray we all ask God to fill us with the Holy Spirit. I pray we discard false predictions of the future. I pray each one of us seek to understand the truth of the prophesies in Scripture. Do not fall for false predictions. Seek to understand God’s prophesies. Ask God to reveal his prophesies to you. Seek to understand the truth.
2 Peter 1:20-21 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.