They say that history repeats itself; and I’ll have to admit it seems to be true. Actually, there are two perfectly good reasons why history would repeat. Number one: human nature doesn’t change. Number two: God doesn’t change. So in spite of all the changes in technology, man still has the same needs, the same hopes, the same fears, the same lusts. So, we make the same mistakes, over and over again. And God responds to those mistakes the same way, over and over again. But before God does respond, he always sends a prophet—a real prophet, not a fortune-teller, not someone with a lot of guesswork. He actually talks with someone, gives them a messages, and says,
Go tell them. There’s an interesting little passage in Amos that goes this way:
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, unless he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord God has spoken, who can but prophesy?
Once God speaks to you, says Amos, you have to prophesy. But, really, until God speaks to him, a prophet—a real prophet—has nothing to say. So, why would God bother, then, to speak to a prophet? Why does he tell a prophet what is going to happen? It’s certainly not for our entertainment. It’s not for us to sit around a table, like with fortune cookies, and joke and laugh about them. The reason why God reveals the future will be a surprise, I think, to a lot of people. You may want to listen to this carefully. God reveals the future to give us a chance to change the future. If you can read the Old Testament prophecies with this principle in mind, you’ll have gone a long way to understanding what the Bible is all about.