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The Future Looks Uncertain...but God - Part A

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January 26, 2021 2:00 am

The Future Looks Uncertain...but God - Part A

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January 26, 2021 2:00 am

Prognosticators and psychics abound all around us, but they can only guess at the future. In the message "The Future Looks Uncertain...but God," Skip reminds you that though the future is shrouded in mystery, God knows what will happen.

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According to Atlantic magazine. This is millennial's have taken astrology and run with it. They feel that they are the most stressed-out generation of all and they're looking to astrology to cope.

Now why is it that people have been so accessed about knowing their future and I notice this for years among virtually every group of people they want to know what the future is in a whole why is that and I say all people.

I mean even Christian people.

Many people pay money to know anything about the future, with the only place you find real certainty about your future is in God's word today on connect with Skip HiTec scriptures about how the future is well known to God and why you can rest in his plan. Now we want to tell you about a great resource that sheds light on what the Bible says about God's nature and character, including his plans and purpose for your life the best biographies make you feel like you personally intimately know the person you've read about from Mozart to Mother Teresa Sojourner Truth to Steve Jobs. It's exciting to learn the details of influential people, but one biography stands out above the rest. Biography of God hears the author skip. I think there's nothing more elevating to mankind than the study of God himself discovered the omnipotence paradox is an mystery central to God's being and remove the limits you may have placed on who God is. I've noticed that almost every problem that a person has in their life stems from an inadequate of God's new book is our thanks when you give $35 or more today to help keep this ministry on the air, call 800-922-1888, or get online where in Daniel chapter 2. Skip strokes today study I brought with me a book that is better my library for a few years as whole predictions for the next millennium, and of these are predictions by celebrities and they predict what will happen in the next 1000 years of these are celebrities who are some politicians, summer statesmen, others are musicians. Others are actors so some of them are not deep and some of them are downright funny, but some of her interesting. Among the predictions of what will happen to us in the next thousand years. One predicts that will have a common language and a common currency.

Someone else is a world government that will heal the planet. Good luck with that. And even this one. The Earth's politicians will be taking interplanetary economic lessons from alien beings to find out how to cooperate and operate a government without taxing people to death. Interestingly, that was given by one of the original cast members from Star Trek. I kid you not knowing the future or predicting the future is big business. From reading fortune cookies to reading horoscopes. People have tried to create an industry and is no less than an industry, it's a $2 billion per year industry in our country fact it's triple that for some unknown reason in Italy to $6 billion industry but I say industry. It includes palm reading card to Mansi which is predicting the future using cards, mediumship, RR readings and astrology.

In fact today is been called the new era of astrology. They tell us there's a resurgence of astrology among a very particular group of people and age group called millennial's, you know they are and according to Atlantic magazine.

This is millennial's had taken astrology and run with it. They feel that they are the most stressed-out generation of all and are looking to astrology to cope. Now why is it that people have been so obsessed about knowing their future and I've noticed this for years among virtually every group of people they want to know what the future is in a whole why is that and I say all people. I mean even Christian people you want to see seminar sellout go to a prophecy seminar you want to see books that sellout get a prophecy, but by publishers for years and beg me to do a book on prophecy because they know that those people will buy those books. Knowing the future cells and I found a quote by a psychologist that I thought was interesting.

That helps explain it. He says one of the most powerful influences on fear is uncertainty, the less we know, the more threatened we feel because lack of knowledge means we don't know what we need to know to protect ourselves, and he gives an illustration is this picture you're driving down the road open country road you're doing 85 miles an hour but just forget speed laws.

Right now your disk on the open road doing 85 miles an hour now you close your eyes you got half a mile a mile. Just the thought of that terrifies us why because we will not have. We need to know in order to survive. Self-preservation is such a basic instinct that we lack that when we can't see where were going so when we drive we appear as far down the road around that curve is possibly we can so we can get the information we need to know to survive knowledge.

He says knowledge of the future, even if it's incomplete knowledge is power and if we don't know we get afraid. But I have a question, do you really want to know your future Army. Do you want to know all the details it was going to happen you next week, next month, next year to 10 years from now if you found out that somebody you love was gonna die a horrible death on a certain day would you want to know that in advance and have to live with that. Probably not. And so God wisely withholds such information from us so as not to overwhelm us, but looking at Daniel chapter 2. I do want to give you some certainties about your future, to make some basic statements that are there for you in your outline and you know Daniel chapter 2. It's a long chapter there's 49 verses and its orders can highlight a couple of them to get the gist of it, but it's a story about a king Nebuchadnezzar. He is the world ruler at the time and the story tells us that he was wondering about his future. He knew that he was gonna die one day and you wonder what's going to happen after he dies and into the future. Who's gonna take over my position.

Who's gonna rule the world, etc., and that's the setting that Daniel the prophet finds himself in.

So let me make the first certainty about the future and that's pretty basic. The future is unknown to us from a human perspective, it's impossible to predict future events. Now let's look at verse one of Daniel chapter 2. A couple verses down and will get the.

The setting now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign that you can as it had dreams. Notice not one but several plural dreams and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him so picture a guy having a bad night sleep, he wakes up. He's troubled by what he saw in his dream he can get back to sleep. He doesn't wake up refreshed. His sleep left.

Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers and the Chaldeans, to tell the king his dreams.

So they came and stood before the king and the king said to them, I've had a dream, and my spirit was anxious to know the dream so this king named Nebuchadnezzar has a weird set of dreams and because pizza had not yet been invented. We can blame it on that this is from God.

God gives him dreams.

The problem is he can't remember the details of his dream is probably certain parts of it he could remember, but he can't remember all the details. He can't remember how it all fits together were just told he had dreams and his spirit was troubled very strong Hebrew word troubled this palm which means to beat something persistently so something was hammering his thoughts while he was lying on his bed that night and he woke up uneasy and so he can't remember what the dream is so he tells his wise people to wisemen a bigger court to tell them what it was. He dreamed and what the interpretation was by the way we dream were told every night so I don't dream every night. Will you do you recall is a different issue but were told that about 90 minutes after you fall asleep you have your first dream episode at about 90 minutes thereafter so that the average human being has five dreams per night from a scientific standpoint.

The reason we dream is that the large cells in your brain stem spontaneously fire about every 90 minutes and sends the stimuli to the cortex of your brain which tries to ensemble and make sense of that. Not just a very nave simplistic way of describing it. But in this case, Nebuchadnezzar's case, God was superintending those cortical stimulation. He was getting the message across to this king so because the king happens to have on his payroll guys who traffic in dream prognostication.

He calls them all in. This is their forte. This is what they do notice in verse two, and we will take the time to explain what they all did. Apart from the others, but magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and Chaldeans was to say this was the cream of the cultic crop right that if anybody can tell dreams they should be able to do that dreams and almonds were their forte now what they tell the king is this tell us what you dream to king and then we will tell you the interpretation. This king says no I can't remember the details you have to tell me what was I dreamed and what it means that you don't, cut you up in the little pieces and make your house is a dunghill so he's pretty upset at what he dreamed and this doesn't sit very well with him and so in verse 10 Go down there. The Chaldeans answered the king and said there is not man on earth who can tell the king's matter Mark that they finally admitted that they can't tell him what it was.

He dreamed. In fact, no person on earth can we can't read your mind and no person on earth can predict the future we can do it.

Therefore, they continue, no king, Lord or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer or Chaldeans. Nobody on earth can predict the future. Solomon in Ecclesiastes 7 said when times are good, be happy when times are bad. Consider God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.

So why is it that people keep trying. Why is it that for time immemorial, in every generation. People will do almost anything to predict the future.

In ancient times there were things called our people call Oracle and Oracle's were like intermediary interpreters of the gods to the human population so the these people these kind of counselor beings of the in the ancient temples.

These oracles would get themselves into hypnotic state or a drug induced state and bring the message from the gods to the people course when you're in a drug induced state you think you hear a lot of things and they would tell those things the people. Supposedly, the gods were speaking through them and then during the Roman times. There was a very interesting way of predicting the future.

I can only describe it as prophecy by chicken they would put hands in a cage and put food into the cage and if the hands ate it avidly. And attack the food enthusiastically.

That was a good sign was a good omen if they ignored the food in the cage was a very bad sign. So is that a very solid way to tell the future you can see and there was even an ancient way called hep no man see which was these oracles, reading livers of animals they would kill an animal sacrifice to take out the entrails, and specifically the liver and the liver would be on a plate okay to jiggle. Depending on which way it jiggled and I do know how many jiggles per minute.

It it told them something and they would look at the jiggles and predict the future was crazy stuff and we laugh at that. We laugh at that.

However, in the United States of America 125 million people believe in astrology and 70 million people read their horoscopes every single day.

In fact, 7% of them say they have changed their behavior based on their horoscopes, so that's a small amount 7%. That's 12 million people in our country every day say they change their behavior based upon their horoscopes with even more shocking, according to the Gallup organization. The Gallup poll is 10% of people who say they are evangelical Christians also believe in astrology to some degree. Now every time I bring up this stuff. There's always somebody will say, yeah, the one I saw this special on TV about this person, like Nostradamus, and he was amazing. He predicted the future and yet you can always find that crazy National Geographic specials will give you the spooky music in the panic camera this way in thecompany said and that amazing that that happened in supposedly Nostradamus who by the way was a 1500s French pharmacist.

They say predicted everything from the rise of adult Hitler to the twin towers falling on September 11, 2001 when you look at what he actually said. It's so vague it's so hazy it's so ambiguous that retrospectively you could make it mean almost anything and I've done that out actually says it like I could be a number of things is not all that great, but what I remember back in the 1960s was a gal who was called America's most famous psychic. She was actually in the 50s 60s 70s and 80s. I think she died in the 90s. Her name was Jean Dixon and Jean Dixon was most famous for supposedly predicting the assassination of JFK. That's were launched into fame and got her name in the newspapers every day. Jean Dixon what she actually said in 1956.

Was this a Democrat will win the election and Diane office and people about wow what is not all that amazing. First of all there's a 50% chance the Democrats can win the election right last time I checked was only two main parties. So the Republican or Democrat. She predicted a Democrat in those days, maybe was even a higher percentage since JFK was running against Richard Nixon.

The incumbent VP for the Republican Party and your people often change parties from one side or the other. So, maybe even greater than 50% A 50 in the 1960s, the odds that a president would Diane office is rated at about 40% because presidents were largely unprotected in those days. So let's just grant her 20% chance that her prediction is going to come true when you compare that to biblical prophecy that ain't that good and you add to that the fact that Jean Dixon also predicted that World War III would start in 1954 and it didn't start in 1954 infected didn't start ever and she also predicted that Jacqueline Kennedy would never marry again, when in fact she did Mary Aristotle Onassis some years after JFK's death so a lot of the things she said never happened, so she would be considered a false prophet by Old Testament standards and it was just very generic. What she predicted all of that to say with these Chaldeans told the king the future is unknown to us is unknown to us from a human perspective, there's a second certainty about the future is unknown to us, the future is well known to God. And Daniel knew that Donna verse 15 all fill in the blank. The king says okay you guys. You tell me what I dreamed of what it means all coaching pieces and make your houses in our house.

Basically and they say will nobody can do what you're asking.

King so the king is this command to kill them all. Part of that group happens to be Daniel and his three friends, so Daniel gets wind of it. Verse 15 he answered and said area, Dr. King's captain.

Why is the decree from the king so urgent and areata made the decision known to Daniel and I watch that, so Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time that he might tell the king the interpretation know why is it that Daniel tells areata to stop the king's edict and why does he call a prayer meeting which he does immediately thereafter with his buddies Hannah and I Michelle and Azariah, why does he do that while in verse 16. It tells us what that he might show the interpretation to the king, stop right there.

How is he going to do that if the future is unknown to us, how is he going to tell the king what he dreamed and the interpretation of the future because Daniel believed it's possible to know the future if God tells if God tells you and that's the only caveat if God tells which he did.

Verse 19 the secret was revealed to Daniel in a nightvision television is different than a dream.

A dream happens in her sleep.

A vision happens when you're awake, so Daniel while he was awake.

One night, saw what the king had seen in the dream state powerfully displayed before him in a vision so Daniel bless the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, blessed be the name of God forever and ever for wisdom and miter. His and he changes the times and the seasons, he removes kings and raises up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding.

He reveals deep and secret things he knows what is in the darkness and light wells with him. I think you and praise you God of my fathers, you have given me wisdom and might and have now made known to me what we asked of you. You have made known to us the king's demand, God can do that. You see God as a quality he has an attribute. He is a characteristic that makes knowing the future possible and that is this he knows everything and when you know everything you know the future. In Psalm 139 David said, Lord you have searched me and known me, you have known my sitting down in my rising up.

You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down your acquainted with all my ways.

There is not a word on my tongue, but behold, Lord you know it all together. In other words, even before I think the thought, you know what I'm to think you know my thought afar off, you know, before I know it is so comprehensive God's knowledge is so God has all knowledge. The Bible portrays them is that all knowledge is on this shift.

He is the know it all, God, and that means you can never tell God something he doesn't know. I think most of us believe that but even the best we can ever do to describe this attribute of God because it's so foreign to us. We kind of walk away going to get it because God's knowledge is immediate, comprehensive, and without deterioration. None of us can relate to that. If I were to give you a test from your high school days you probably failed because all that knowledge you learned right before the test is gone pretty quickly that a lot of us forget what we did yesterday. So God's knowledge is immediate, comprehensive without deterioration and without painstaking research know for me. The preaching is easy.

It's all the research that leads up to God is enough to do that he doesn't have to move from one logical premise to another logical premise to come over the conclusion God never had to go to school. God doesn't ever have to be informed. God never says oh really. Or wow or or I didn't know that he never says those things is his knowledge is immediate, comprehensive without deterioration because he knows it all.

He therefore knows the future, and that is what Daniel is thinking that the message from the series but God used you to tell you about how you can keep encouraging messages like this coming your way to help connect others to God. God's truth is best foundation you can build your life and our goal here is to empower your life with his truth to these Bible teaching so would you please consider giving a gift today to keep the messages coming to you and to help more people build their lives on God's word here so you can give a gift to help more listeners like you build an unshakable faith you can give that's connect or call 800-922-1880 892 to 1880 think you know we want to let you know how you can stay updated on the latest from this ministry and from Skip get encouragement from Skip and important announcements on social media.

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