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11 New Year's Predictions that Endure: Bible Version

11 New Year's Predictions that Endure: Bible Version

By Bruce Atkinson, Ph.D.
Special to Virtueonline
www.virtueonline.org
December 29, 2019

1. The Bible will still have the answers to the most important questions.

"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God endures forever." (Isaiah 40:6b,8, 1 Peter 1:24-25)

Jesus: "... My words will never pass away." (Matthew 24:35)

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16)

2. God will still love you.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35, 37-39)

3. Jesus Christ will still save the lost when they repent and come to Him. There will always be room at the Cross and at the Lord's Table.

Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:38-39)

4. The Holy Spirit will continue to move with divine power and purpose to reveal God's truth and to accomplish His will within believers.

"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you." (John 16:13-14)

"Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. ... You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you." (Romans 8:5,9-11)

"This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians 2:13-14)

5. Prayer will still be the most powerful thing on Earth for human beings. God is always listening.

"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (James 5:16)

"On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many." (2 Corinthians 1:11)

"The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in ever-thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And then the peace of God, which transcends understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:4-7)

6. Many will continue their evil ways and not come to Christ.

"And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them." (Romans 1:28-32, see also Revelation 20: 11-15).

7. The world of politics, culture, and commerce will continue to be sinful and annoying.

"Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, 'He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us'?" (James 4:4--6)

"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood." (1 John 4)

8. Wars and rumors of war will continue in this fallen world.

"You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. ... At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved." (Matthew 26:6-7, 10-13)

9. Christians will continue to be persecuted.

"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." (John 15:18-19)

"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake." (Matthew 24:9)

10. Although it will not always seem so, God will remain in control.

"The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 'Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for Me?'" (Jeremiah (32:26) "... with God, nothing is impossible..." (Mark 10:27, cf. 14:6; Matt 19:26; Luke 1:37, 18:27).

"Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, ..." (Ephesians 3:20)

"Submit yourselves, then, to God." (James 4:7)

11. We will still be living in a war zone that requires spiritual armor and weapons. But we also know that victory will occur through Christ. He won the decisive battle at the Cross.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication." (Ephesians 6;10- 18)

"For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." (Deuteronomy 20:4)

Jesus: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

"... thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!" (1 Corinthians 15:57)

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