Do we know the future

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It seems like, almost from the beginning, mankind has been obsesed with the ability to predict the future.

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.- Matthew 24:36 NASBCAN WE KNOW THE FUTURE: Slide 2 of 31

The church was part of God's eternal purpose!

HEAD OF GOLDKINGDOM OF BABYLON (626-539 BC)

CHEST & ARMS OF SILVERKINGDOM OF MEDES & PERSIANS (539-331 BC)

BELLY & THIGHS OF BRONZEKINGDOM OF GREECE (~331 BC - & following)

LEGS & FEET OF IRON & CLAYROME (~63 BC - 5th Century AD)THE

VISION

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DANIEL

1 Thus says the LORD to Cyrus His anointed, Whom I have taken by the right hand, To subdue nations before him And to loose the loins of kings; To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:- Isaiah 45:1 NASBCAN WE KNOW THE FUTURE: Slide 2 of 31

The Prophet Isaiah: c. 760 to 700 BC - The 8th Century BC about King Cyrus a century later.

13I have aroused him in righteousness And I will make all his ways smooth; He will build My city and will let My exiles go free, Without any payment or reward, says the LORD of hosts.- Isaiah 45:13 NASBCAN WE KNOW THE FUTURE: Slide 2 of 31

The Prophet Isaiah: c. 760 to 700 BC - The 8th Century BC about King Cyrus a century later.

1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying: 2 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3 Whoever there is among you of all His people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel; He is the God who is in Jerusalem. 4 Every survivor, at whatever place he may live, let the men of that place support him with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, together with a freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.- Ezra 1:1-4 NASBCAN WE KNOW THE FUTURE: Slide 2 of 31

Cyrus Cylinder on display at the Asian Museum in San Francisco - The Cyrus Cylinder is a document issued by Cyrus the Great, consisting of a cylinder of clay inscribed in Akkadian cuneiform script. The cylinder was created in 539 BCE, surely by order of Cyrus the Great, when he took Babylon, ending the Babylonian empire.

The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.- Proverbs 16:9 NASBCAN WE KNOW THE FUTURE: Slide 2 of 31

13 Now listen, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, If it is the Lords will, we will live and do this or that.- James 4:13-15 NASBCAN WE KNOW THE FUTURE: Slide 2 of 31

The church was part of God's eternal purpose!

6 For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,- 2 Thessalonians 1 NASBCAN WE KNOW THE FUTURE: Slide 2 of 31

For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. - Romans 14:10

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