Thus said the Lord, the King of Israel,
Their Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts:
I am the first and I am the last,
And there is no god but Me.
Who like Me can announce,
Can foretell it—and match Me thereby?
Even as I told the future to an ancient people,
So let him foretell coming events to them.
Do not be frightened, do not be shaken!
Have I not from of old predicted to you?
I foretold, and you are My witnesses.
Is there any god, then, but Me?
“There is no other rock; I know none!”
There really is only one thing you need to know about the future — God is in it. Prophecy has always had a central goal — to confirm the existence of God, both to Israel and the world, in the most concrete of terms. Prophecy also proves one essential truth beyond the imagined importance of knowing the future: God exists in the present. You live in the present before the (presently) invisible Majesty of the Universe, the King of Israel, the Lord of Hosts, the Holy Redeemer, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the First and the Last. We are not to be afraid of the revelation of the reality of the Living, Loving, Acting existence of God in the present. He is not distant but close by, even at your side — turn and enter into a living relationship with the One who longs to heal you and restore your heart and spirit so that you can truly live in the present without worrying about the future, which only exists in the hands of the Creator.
The Lord is coming!