What the future holds?

The uncertain road of the future
The uncertain road of the future

No one can predict the future

One of the most interesting phrases and clichés out there is, “the future is just around the corner”. To use the vernacular of our time, “duh, no, really?” of course it is.

But with the future always around the corner, it seems like someone or groups of someones are always trying to predict it. From Stock market analyst, accountants, insurance agents and politicians to media pundants and of course scientist, theologians and prophets, the future is being predicted.

As stated, in this writer’s last article, people are all too often played, lied to, promised only to have promises broken and ultimately find out they have been right out “conned”.

Nothing could be truer than any attempt at predicting the future. In fact, predicting the future is nothing more than gambling. Even insurance (considered by most to be one of the safest) as a speculative risks and based on all kinds of historical and statistical evidence is still “predictive” at best.

There are currently at least four predictions concerning the future which seem to be of interest both the media and the public:

  1. Economic – how and when will the economy improve?
  2. Environment – if and when the environment will totally collapse?
  3. Politics – who will be next president and how will he or she accomplish one and two?
  4. End of the world – what culturally and religiously does the future old and when does it end?

Millions of words and tens of thousands of books and articles have been written about each and every one of these throughout this past century and the current decade especially. The truth is, however, most of the speculation and outright prediction of such has either been inaccurate or simply failed to mature.

The title of this article has been deliberately personified and made grammatically incorrect to point out that the future does not hold us but rather we hold the future.

Another old saying and it is also a cliché is, “The future is what we make it”. This is a very true and significant statement.

Allot of self made prophets are currently forecasting doom and gloom about when the world will end and why. Everything from God’s judgment on man to the Mayan calendar runs out in 2012 is being heralded as to reason for this impending finality to life on earth.

But once again, most of these contemporary prophetic interpretations are almost never accurate and none have ever come true. Without going into the specifics here, except for the somewhat accurate prediction of Israel becoming a nation once again in 1948, none of the contemporary prophetic interpretations even from a biblical perspective have come about either. This doesn’t mean that these predictions won’t come true, just the simple fact that as of yet they have not.

As a conservative theologian (which this writer most certainly and unapologetically is), it is to be certain that the preceding statement will not be taken well by many but the truth is exactly that, truth.

Jesus was perplexed by the many false prophets of his day. The entire twenty fourth chapter of Matthew is all about false prophets and prophecies and Jesus warning to man to be aware of them.

The people at the time of Christ had become so dependent on prophecy, signs and speculation that Jesus made it a point to emphasize the “uncertainty” even about the time of his own return. Although he promised to return (and this writer believes firmly in the return of Christ) Jesus stated in Matthew 24:36. “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” .

We should each be responsible and examine each and every prediction for what they are, simply predictions and nothing more.

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deborah langford 5 years ago

Excellent Article... and so true..

I love reading Dr. Lee Outlaw's articles..


sonnetwolf1 5 years ago

Dr. Lee, this Article sure made my blood run cold. I pray to God for discretion, to help me not fall for false prophets. I don't want to believe that the future can be told by a Mortal, and that I would fall for such antics. I have been guilty to believe in some things which turned out to be rediculous. Dr. Lee, do you remember when they said when it turned the year 2000 that it would be the end? I lived in Asheville, NC at the time and I promise you people were stocking up on staples to store in their bomb shelters. They had me running for cover. Then I stopped myself. I prayed about it. I realized I fell into that trap. Thank you for reminding us that the only one who can predict OUR FUTURE is the Lord, not a mortal. If we just remember that, all the prophets in the world can't harm us; their words are paper thin.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I had to read this again... great article so much is happening in the world.. a lot is scary if you are not a christian. Just knowing I have the Lord to trust makes all the difference in the world. That is the only way I can go on in this crazy world...


Hxprof 4 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

Drtruthman-I voted this piece up as interesting. I was 'captured' by the title itself rather than by the title being grammatically incorrect.

It's often I hear these words quoted: "No man knows about that day or hour....". That's indisputably correct, because Christ said it. Christ also spoke these words in verses 32-33: "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise yee, when yee shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors". Simply put, Christ is telling us that we won't know the day or the hour, but he expects us to know the SEASON of His return.

Knowing the season of His return is imperative for those who live in the time of that season. Matthew chapter 25 warns us of why we need to be prepared, that is, to know the season of His return.

Am I claiming that the season is nigh? I believe it to be very soon, but you'll not get a prediction from me. Further, I believe that the rapture which Christians anticipate so eagerly (rightly so) won't happen until after the Great Tribulation.

My claim is this: reading and studying the Word of God is essential for each of us to be doing, seeking guidance from the Lord as we do so. Most of us don't study the Word for ourselves; we prefer to let others study for us (or not) and spoon feed us the 'truth'. Sadly, what Christ warned about false teachers and false prophets is happening before our eyes, and we're enabling them to mislead us because too often we refuse to seek Christ for ourselves.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas Author

Well I certainly agree. I do believe in the rapture and a post tribulation rapture is no problem for me although I would prefer a pre or mid-tribulation rapture. Just the fact that we will be taken is enough for me. I agree that we as believers must seek Christ and His will for ourselves.

This was just an attempt at to familiarize believers and others that no one can predict the return of Christ. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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