Today's Devotional - June 19
History and Prophecy
And the vision of the evenings and mornings which was told is true; therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future.
Michel de Nostredame, popularly referred to as Nostradamus, lived in sixteenth-century France. The first edition of his book The Prophecies appeared in 1555 and has remained in print. While the prophecies of Nostradamus have been misinterpreted, mistranslated, and misapplied so as to connect them with world events, no serious scholar assigns any predictive accuracy to them.
This is not so with the prophecies of Daniel. They have proven to be so accurate regarding the movement of world powers -- Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman -- that many have concluded they were written after the fact instead of before. One must either conclude that Daniel's prophecies are divinely inspired or that they represent history, not prophecy. Those who deny divine revelation frequently assign a human cause for prophecy that seems to accurately predict the future. Because history unfolded just as Daniel predicted, the prophecies yet to be fulfilled come to us with a divine stamp of certainty.
Offer praise and thanks to God today for the fact that He knows the future -- yours, as well as the world's.
In [God], history and prophecy are one and the same.
A. W. Tozer