Thursday, September 10, 2020

Daily Devotion: Prophecy vs. Predictions

Bible Reading: II Peter 1:10-21

Key Verse: Verse 21 - “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Key Words: prophecy came not in old time by the will of man

There is a difference between prophecy and prediction. Prediction is what man does of his own accord. Prophecy is what God did through Godly men surrendered to His will.

Today there are atheists, skeptics, and agnostics that predict the second coming of Christ is a myth. Now while they are certainly not correct, they are also not the first to be wrong in their predictions. Note the following.
  1. “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” --Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.
  2. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” --Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
  3. “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” --The editor in charge of business books for Prentice-Hall, 1957.
  4. “But what…is it good for? --Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
  5. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” --Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.
  6. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” --Western Union internal memo, 1876.
  7. “A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.” --Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies.
  8. “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” --Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
  9. “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” --Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.
  10. “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” --Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
  11. “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” --Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
  12. “The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.” --Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873.
So do not let the doubters get you down. They will not be the first ones to be wrong about predictions.

What to do:
✞ Base your beliefs on God’s Word, not people.
✞ Learn God’s Word and apply it daily.
✞ As always, occupy until the Lord returns.

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