The Secret Things Belong to God

A Devotional Snapshot


by God's Little Boy
© 2014
Posted 1/18/14


There are certain things that are sealed up secrets that God has not and will not tell us, and there are things that are sealed up (to one degree or another) for a season of time, but will one day, in time, be brought to light. Concerning eschatological prophecy, we have been shown many things to come, but many of the details concerning those things remain unclear. These things are the source of debate and contention among believers. God does not make everything plainly evident to our present understanding. Prophecy given to any age, becomes fully clear only in hind sight, when the mystery is removed. Prophecy becomes the most sound theological fact when it is seen in the rearview mirror of fulfilment. The Old Testament saints were puzzled by the prophecy that was to them yet future, but to us it is a clearly defined reality right down to the fine details. Such prophecy is glorious to us and serves as the bedrock of our faith. There is little disagreement in Christianity concerning that prophesy which has been fulfilled.

To Old Testament saints, it was very difficult to understand and reconcile the prophecies of both the suffering servant and the reigning king messiah, but for us it is, quite obviously, no problem at all because of our place on the time line of prophetic events. But to the prophets who foretold such things, it must have been a brain teaser! "For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." (Luke 10:24) It was just as much a mystery to them as some end times events are to us. My point in stating the obvious here is that prophecy, is perhaps, intended more specifically, to serve us upon and after it is fulfilled than it is before. "Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he." (John 13:19) Remember, there are many more saints to come, in the age that is to come. The scriptures that are forever settled in heaven are for them as well. And to us also, God will be glorified forever in the events that unfold before the eyes of his church. The Bible and all prophecy is eternal truth.

Be careful, be safe to yourself, your calling, and to others. Prophecy concerning the things to come, is very important and should not be avoided, but keep your eschatology simple and be certain and clear only about the things that are certain and clear in the scriptures. There are things that we just don't fully know yet, because they are the secret things that presently belong to God. Why devote such weight to that which is not yet clear, God will bring it to light, in it's time. If it were so imperative that we should fully understand everything now, then no doubt, God would have clearly shown us. It might be a good idea to cancel your membership with the prophecy club and place your energies in exercising godliness, for you have received power instead. (Acts 1:8) There is far too much kooky end times stuff online, and frankly, it is embarrassing. Perhaps the folly that is on display illustrates just why God has chosen to keep such secrets.




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