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What Do You Think Will Happen?

There is no shortage of people eager to be prognosticators.  Lots of folks in every field have opinions of what they believe will happen in our future.  With the rise of social media, everyone can post their predictions without any credentials, filters, or verification.  That means that the gullible are swift to embrace anything that sounds good to them.

Once embraced, they propagate what they read as if it were “the Gospel truth”.  The concept may be fascinating enough to get “shared” with others and before long, one erroneous concept takes on the appearance of veracity simply because so many people punched “like” or reposted the concept on their webpage.  We should all be cautious in promoting predictions that do not come from a highly reliable and well documented source, And, even then, what has been printed may not come to pass.

Famous prophecies that were proven horribly wrong…..

–A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” — New York Times, 1936

–“There will never be a bigger plane built.” – – A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.

–“No, it will make war impossible.” – -Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun, in response to the question “Will this gun not make war more terrible?” from Havelock Ellis, an English scientist, 1893.

–“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” – -Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), in a talk given to a 1977 World Future Society meeting in Boston.

–“Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” – -Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946.

–“The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.” – -The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.

–“Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure.” – -Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison’s light bulb, 1880.

–“X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” – Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.

–“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

–“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” – Western Union internal memo, 1876.  (Taken from http://list25.com/25-famous-predictions-that-were-proven-to-be-horribly-wrong/).

Through the ages, the LORD has provided His servants that He gave His Word so that we would not be living in darkness or confusion.  That is certainly true about the Biblical prophecies about the return of our LORD.   Dr. George Sweeting once estimated that “more than a fourth of the Bible is predictive prophecy…Both the Old and New Testaments are full of promises about the return of Jesus Christ. Over 1800 references appear in the O.T., and seventeen O.T. books give prominence to this theme. Of the 260 chapters in the N.T., there are more than 300 references to the Lord’s return–one out of every 30 verses. Twenty-three of the 27 N.T. books refer to this great event…For every prophecy on the first coming of Christ, there are 8 on Christ’s second coming.”   (Copied).  My Word will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  (Isaiah 55:11).