The Roots of Prognostication

One who understands the flow of history and Scripture has a good shot at predicting what will happen in the near future.

If you would understand what is happening today and predict what will happen tomorrow, you must know and understand the past… All that will happen tomorrow will build out of what is happening today and what has happened in the past… Tomorrow does not and cannot stand alone.

One who understands the flow of history and Scripture has a good shot at predicting what will happen in the near future; it is the same story continued. One who understands neither history nor Scripture cannot possibly predict the events of tomorrow.

If you understand today as a continuation of a story that started the very day that Satan rebelled against the Most High God, you have gained wisdom. If you are able to place the events of today in the context of:

  1. The Garden of Eden,
  2. The fall of man,
  3. The Days of Noah,
  4. The Flood,
  5. The Plain of Shinar,
  6. The Tower of Babel,
  7. The separation of Mankind by tribe, tongue, and nation,
  8. The rise of Egypt,
  9. The succession of empires: Greece, Rome, The Roman Church, The Ottoman Empire, England, The United States, The Nazis, and The Soviet Union, among others.
  10. The desperate and endless attempts of Satan to undo the chaos of Babel,
  11. The rise of the New World Order, One Government, One Religion, One Currency, One Leader…

If you can see the events of today as a continuation of that story, predicting the events of tomorrow with a high degree of accuracy is fairly simple. If you were writing the story, (not your story, this story) what would happen next? What can be done in the next days, weeks and months that will lead the world into the Kingdom of the Beast or the New World Order. Whatever happens next will be calculated to move mankind in that direction… You can count on it… AND it will not be all that different from the story as it has unfolded up to this point…

Think about it…

David…

PARABLES, PROGNOSTICATION, AND PROPHECY

No, there never was a certain man who went down to Jericho and no, there was never a Good Samaritan…

“It will rain in Florida next July. I am not a prophet and I am not speaking for God, but based on solid meteorological data and several decades of personal experience, I can confidently predict that rain will fall in Florida next July.”

David A. Rice

If I were to post that on Facebook today, someone would reply: “You are a false prophet. I was in Orlando yesterday and it never rained!”

Let’s look at that.

  1. I said that I am not a prophet and that I am not speaking for God. How can I be a “False Prophet”?
  2. I said in Florida. No, it did not rain in Orlando yesterday, but it did rain in Tallahassee, Tampa, Fort Myers, Key West, and Miami.
  3. I said, “next July”. Yesterday was September 18th of this year.

Perhaps this is why I feel so strongly driven to defend Jonathon Cahn… I suffer the same kind of judgment and receive the same kind of comments that he does… It hurts me, and I would assume that he is not without feeling.

If you are interested, we need to speak of Literary Devices, specifically:

  1. Parables
  2. Prognostication
  3. Prophecy

PARABLES:

No, there never was a certain man who went down to Jericho and no, there was never a Good Samaritan. I hate to burst your bubble, but that was a parable and parables are, by definition, “a fictional story with a moral”. In Cahn’s books, the fellow called “I” is a fictional character; he does not exist in real life. The man called “The Prophet” is a fictional character; he does not exist in real life. The story is fiction, it is a parable. Yet uneducated and uninformed Christians, never reading the introduction, assume that “I” is Jonathon Cahn and “The Prophet” is his “spirit guide” Yes, more than one person has so commented. A Parable is, again, by definition, a fictional story.

PROGNOSTICATION:

Prognostication is using known facts, history, current events, and in the case of the Christian, the Scriptures to produce a reasonable prediction of future events. It is not prophecy. The doctor looks at the tumor in a man’s lung and gives the prognosis, “You have between six months and a year to live.” Is this a prophecy? No, it is prognostication. Having studied much and having had hundreds of cases just like this, the doctor knows that, overall, men with that kind and size of cancer, generally speaking, with few exceptions, die between six months and a year after a similar diagnosis. The probability is that that man will die in that period of time. Could he die in three months? Yes. Could he live eighteen months? Of course, that is the nature of a prognosis. In his books, Cahn gives facts. You can fact check those facts… I have. Then, based on those facts, Cahn, using words like “I think” and “I believe” prognosticates… He gives a “prognosis”. As a matter of fact, he repeatedly states that these are not prophecies, and nothing has to happen. Despite repeated statements that he is not a prophet, Christians still line up to call him a “False Prophet”. I have suffered similar abuse.

PROPHECY:

A Prophet speaks for God. Prophecies begin with phrases like: “Thus saith the Lord…” or “God says that…” or “God told me…” Are there false prophets? Absolutely. One who comes to mind has, in five years, given more than 100 different dates for the Rapture… He has said things like, “God told me that the Rapture will be next Thursday at 3 PM Jerusalem time.” Every time he is wrong, he comes up with a new date. That is a false prophet. If someone, not only does not say that what he is speaking is the Word of the Lord, but repeatedly, and loudly, and clearly states that his prediction is not prophecy and that it is not the Word of the Lord, that person cannot be a false prophet and only the most ignorant and hateful of make believe, pretend, wannabe “Christians” would accuse him of such. Yet both Jonathon Cahn and I have been repeatedly labeled as “false prophets”, this in spite of the fact that both of us have loudly proclaimed that our prognostications are NOT prophecy and that we are NOT prophets and that it does NOT have to happen the way we are predicting. If one is not a prophet, he cannot be a false prophet… Duh!

Literary devices abound… You need to be aware of them and able to identify them. This requires study and, shudder, careful thought.

Think about it…

If you read this far, comment using the word “Device”.

David…