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How Foolish You Are


"Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the dread of the Lord and the splendor of His majesty when He rises to shake the earth". (Isaiah 2:19)


My pastor friend once told me that studying Biblical prophecy makes one more heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.  By concerning yourself with the future, you neglect the importance of the present.  I believe the reverse to be true.  The more you understand Biblical prophecy, the terror that ends this age, and our choice between eternal damnation or eternal salvation, the greater the burden you have for unsaved family and friends.  Besides, if you ignore Biblical prophecy, you ignore a huge portion of the Bible. 


Isaiah 2:19 speaks of a day when fear and dread will inflict the hearts and souls of mankind.  As Saddam Hussein buried himself in a hole in the ground for fear of the Americans, so people will literally hide in rocks, in mountains, in caves, and in holes, to escape the majesty and wrath of the Lord. 


Some 750 years or so after Isaiah prophesied this dreadful time, Jesus prophesied the same period of time.  While on the cross, just moments before He died, He predicted, "they will say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and to the hills, 'cover us!'" (Luke 23:30)  This has to be one important time in human history if Jesus repeated Isaiah's prophecy, just minutes, maybe even seconds, before He died.


Sixty plus years after Jesus predicted these future days of terror, the apostle John saw these unprecedented and horrific events in a vision.  "Then the kings of the earth and the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and to the rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!  For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?" (Revelation 6:15-17)


If Isaiah predicted the days to come, and Jesus confirmed this prediction while on the cross and in a vision He gave to John, shouldn't we take such predictions seriously?   


After His resurrection, and while walking to Emmaus with two prophetically confused men, Jesus addressed this very issue.  In all kindness, Jesus said to them, "how foolish you are, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken". (Luke 24:25)  I picture Jesus just shaking his head in amazement because of the lack of prophetic understanding these men had.  Note that these men weren't chastised for not knowing the prophecies, but for not believing the prophecies.  If Jesus thought that not believing prophecies that are known was foolish, then I suggest He'd think ignoring the same prophecies would be doubly foolish. 


As hard as Biblical prophecy might be to understand, we still need to take it seriously.  "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near". (Revelation 1:3)  I guess we have a choice; be blessed or be foolish.


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