And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the LORD, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.'” And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign which the LORD has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out.”
So it came to pass when King Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, who cried out against the altar in Bethel, that he stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Arrest him!” Then his hand, which he stretched out toward him, withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself. The altar also was split apart, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. 1 Kings 13:1-5
I have been reading about the Web Bot project. (You can Google it for more information)
It’s using computers and language programs to predict the future.
“They say” that it accurately predicted 9/11, the blackout of the NE United States, Katrina, the tsunami, and the present collapse of the dollar and our economy.
I have read some of these predictions and find them to be vague in the wording, almost like Nostradamus.
It almost like you could read anything into it.
I’ll admit that portions of Revelation can be done the same way but I believe God is the author of Revelation and man is the inventor of the Web Bot.
It seems to me that most of the OT prophets were a bit more precise in their predictions.
Sure there is some vagueness but that may be to keep us from going crazy.
If someone with an accurate record of predicting future events had said in the mid 1800’s that in 1889 a baby born to the Hitler’s in Austria would kill millions of people once he was fully grown; imagine the hysteria to kill all the babies born to Austrian couples with the last name Hitler around 1889.
Can we thwart the plan of God?
I don’t believe we can but we try.
If God told us that the world would end on December 21, 2012, then the Christians would get busy evangelizing (or at least we should), the bad element of the world would get busy being more evil, the economy would collapse, social services would disappear, and riots, chaos, and anarchy would probably rule the day.
But God gives us a bit of vagueness so that we [Christians] will tell others about His love without being compelled by time.
Instead we are compelled by love.
It’s interesting that in some cases in the Bible He gave names and places.
And as in the birth of Messiah being foretold to be Bethlehem, men ignored it just as many do today.
So I don’t put my faith in Nostradamus, tarot cards, astrology, or Web Bot; I put my faith in the true world of God.