From time immemorial men have tried to pierce the veil that shrouds tomorrow. Millions have paid to have their palms read or their heads measured, in search of clues to their future. Throughout history men have scanned the stars, peered into crystal balls, and read decks of cards in an attempt to foretell what lies ahead. For more than 400 years the prophecies of Nostradamus in his book Centuries have captured the fancies of the fatuous. Today horoscopes are readily available in newspapers and in national magazines.

Man’s desire to know the future sets him off from fish, birds, and beasts, who give no thought to either yesterday or tomorrow. This desire is surely unquenchable. Is it also futile? Or is there some means by which man can discern, however dimly, what the future holds for him? The Christian who takes the Bible seriously believes that he finds there an outline of what God has in store for his people. What does this mean? To what extent has God, who not only knows the future but is the same yesterday, today, and forever, revealed the future?

The Bible foretold the first coming of the Lord Jesus, which was of course a future event for the writers of the Old Testament. The Bible also tells us that Jesus Christ will come again, and virtually all the great creeds of Christendom bear witness to this prediction of an event still to come. The Bible foretells the victory of God over Satan and the elimination of evil from the cosmos. It promises the resurrection of the dead and assures believers of their residence in the New Jerusalem, the city of our God, that will come down out of heaven.

The Scriptures sketch the characteristics of the closing days of this age, prior to the consummation of history. They predict ...

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