How can you know the future, particularly your own personal future? Will you find your fortune? Can you look into the future and find out? Is your future already determined?
Many people resort to astrology to try to find out whether the stars, planets, and moon are aligned to bring fortune in their future, whether this or that decision will bring success, or whether they will meet Mister or Miss “Right.”
Some consult with fortune tellers using various means to peer into the future. Common means include palm reading, tarot cards and tea leaves. Others may have a medium “scrying” (looking into reflective objects), whether a flame or a crystal ball, to see their future. Other bizarre methods include looking at the entrails of animals or patters formed by casting bones, beads, stones and other small objects. Sadly, some people who are otherwise intelligent actually believe in these methods to find out what the future holds for them! And they spend money to do so.
The suffix “mancy” means “divination by means of.” For example, cartomancy is divination by means of cards, tarot cards being the most familiar. There are many “-mancies” by use of inanimate objects to try to foretell someone’s future. The list of things people use to try to divine the future is mind-boggling!
Divination (attempting to foresee or predict the future) by methods described above has existed for millennia. For some it may be nothing more than a party game for entertainment, while for others it is the basis for their decision-making in life. Regardless of the method used to “tell the future”, it presupposes two things: 1), that a mystical, supernatural power or spirit will inform the inquirer what his or her fortune is; and 2), that the future has already been determined—a fatalistic notion. Fatalism is the belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.
God warned Israel not to follow other nations who practiced witchcraft, soothsaying, interpreting omens, sorcery, conjuring of spells, or calling up the dead. God warned that mediums, soothsayers, or diviners should not be found in the nation of Israel (Deuteronomy 18:9–14). He commanded His people not to practice divination or soothsaying, and to give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits, or to seek after them to be defiled by them. He was the Lord their God (Leviticus 19, 26, 31).
So-called “familiar spirits” are nothing more than demons—fallen angels—who like Satan became perverted in their thinking and rebelled against their Creator. A New Testament example illustrating that demons are behind such activities is where Paul and Silas encountered a slave girl “…possessed with a spirit of divination…who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling” (Acts 16:16). Paul commanded the demon spirit to come out of her (v. 18).
While God did on occasion utilize dreams, casting of lots, the Urim and Thummim by the priesthood, or communicating through His prophets to communicate His will, it was God who decided to communicate in that way, not mankind seeking to know the future via such methods.
But we can know the future. We can simply study God’s word and pray for His guidance in our lives. God has a bright future planned for us. God knows the future because He is following His plan, and He alone has the power to bring it to pass. His wonderful plan has a tremendous future in store for all of mankind, as foretold in the pages of the Bible. God through His prophet Jeremiah shares His thoughts, saying: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you…thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
A wonderful future is in store for all of mankind. Find out more about it here at TomorrowsWorld.org.