a reply to: NightSkyeB4Dawn
Not all prophecy is foretelling of future events. Much prophecy in the Holy Scriptures is God's commands, and also revelation of his divine purposes
and what his will is.
As far as God being the causer of badness? No that is not true. We are told:
(Deuteronomy 32:4, 5) . . .The Rock, perfect is his activity, For all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness who is never unjust; Righteous
and upright is he. 5 They are the ones who have acted corruptly. They are not his children, the defect is their own. They are a crooked and
That is, God is perfect in all that he does. Those who rebel against him and what is good and holy do it of their own accord.
God is not responsible for the wickedness of others, although he may punish certain wicked people for their badness. It is not his fault.
Now there are certain people who claim that God has predestined everything a person does, and that our destiny has already been set. But the Bible
clearly does not teach this.
For example, when God created mankind, he created them perfect and set them in the Garden of Eden, the man and woman, Adam and Eve, and then set a
limit on their freedom, stating they could not eat from a certain tree. Did he already know they were going to fail? Of course not. It would not make
sense to give them freewill if that were the case.
Some say, that if God did not know what was going to happen, then he could not have been God, for God can know everything.
And it is correct that he was the ability to foresee the future. But just because he was the ability that does not mean he has to exercise it at all
times. His ability goes far beyond that. he can choose not to know certain things as well, allowing the free moral agents that we are liberty and also
It is obvious Satan knew this about his once Father, Jehovah. Because it makes no sense that if Satan knew how God was going to react, he would have
continued with his plan. He obviously thought God was not going to react in the ways he did.
For example, in the Garden of Eden, there was the tree of life. And if Adam and Eve ate from it, they would have never died. Scripture tells us that
before they were able to do so, and after they sinned they were banished from the Garden, and cherubs were placed at its entrance where they stood
allowing no human to enter it, until the world was swept away in a global flood.
Now, after Adam and Eve sinned, and died, did that stop Satan? No! He got a third of the heavens (angels) to fall, according to Revelation. And these
fallen angels materialized human bodies and mated with women and formed a hybrid offspring of giants. So perhaps Satan planned to genetically engineer
humankind to find his own type of eternity on earth.
But again, Jehovah thwarted his plans, by causing the worldwide deluge that wiped that giant hybrid offspring from off the face of the earth, as well
as made the wicked angels return to the spirit form, where he put them in chains under dense darkness, obviously not allowing them to materialize, and
have the full limit of their powers they had before the flood.
Afterwards Satan got Nimrod to gather all mankind into making cities and warring against each other Jehovah saw that what was going on was not good so
he confused the languages there and everyone went dispersing across the earth.
We can go on and on and on. You see God does not NEED to know the course a person is going to take until they take it. But he obviously knows their
minds and hearts and so can give good warning for someone that is going down the wrong path to advert themselves before they sin. For example before
Cain killed his brother Able, Jehovah warned him about his wicked heart, and asked him if he was going to be able to get the mastery over it and not
sin, if he did not turn aside from his bad way. That loving warning and good advice went unheeded and Cain murdered his good brother, because his own
heat was wicked, while that of his brother, Able, was righteous.
Let me make a simple illustration so you can understand the vast wisdom of God in easy to understand terms. Imagine you are in a huge city, like New
York. You are setting out across the city to the other side. But you run into a road block. What are you going to do? Well, God, knows all of the
routes in his mind to the other side. Perhaps he chose not to foresee that roadblock, so it just happened out of the blue. Well, he can look through
his mind, and determine all outcomes and find the easiest way, and fastest way to his destination. And he can continue to change alter things as
needed so he can reach his destination.
In the example for earth, his will has always been that people live in perfect conditions in peace, forever, without dying. Now that Satan entered
into the equation, Jehovah had to react. And he has, the Bible has shown that he has set into motion a chain of events, which eventually lead to his
offering his son, Jesus Christ, as a ransom for mankind. And he has established the Messianic kingdom, in his son's hands, that will soon do away with
and abolish this old system of things, and bring about the world of peace he originally intended.
In the Garden of Eden, after man's fall, God made arrangements to fix things, and set the times and seasons of the unveiling, and development of his
sacred purpose for mankind, all right there, instantly. We cannot understand the vastness and depth of his wisdom, but he has it beyond compare.
He has also seen that the heart of man is bad all the time. So he knows human imperfection, and knows that we cannot rule ourself, or even direct
ourselves. It is only by reading his word, and praying, and looking to the chief agent and perfecter of our faith, Jesus that we can do what is
Anyone that is offered the opportunity to do so can take it. But no one is forced too. Unfortunately, God has foreseen, in his wisdom, that the
majority of mankind, when given the offer, would reject his counsel and rule.
You yourself can chose to listen to his word and find life. You do not need to be wicked, neither does anyone else. And God is not responsible for
your bad actions or mine, or anyone else. But he has put himself in charge of fixing all things. And in a way that is best for everyone.
(James 1:13) When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try
(2 Peter 3:9) Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire
anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.