Looking Back

We always hear… nobody can tell the future.

No matter how hard you try… you’ll have no clue.

Like many sayings… the wrong thing is said so much… it just seems true.

There’s another saying… if you want to know the future… look at the past.

There’s some merit to the first saying… but we’ve got the past to filter the last.

God said… male and female created he them… Be fruitful, and multiply (Genesis 1:27,28)*.  I’d say this one worked out—if we’re reading this, we’ve no cause to doubt.  It wasn’t a lie.

And… we’ve got a wise guy saying (no, I’m not being facetious… he really was wise)… The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Rome fell… nor, for Africa and Argentina, did things go well.  In America, we’re playing the same tune.  From their past, can we take our cue?

There were the Crusades… the Inquisition… by the children of the night passing themselves off as children of the Light.  Those that truly shine with the Holy Spirit within… their Master has said… My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight (John 18).

Will the other guys ride again… yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service (John 16:2)?  Will they try to force what is not yet to be—their own version of… I’ll rise above you… you’ll see…

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!… For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High (Isaiah 14:12,13-14)… ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2).

Jesus Christ has a bride, and on His wedding day, she’ll be His… wife… And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).

Some believe that they already are—they pray and act like they’re the star… and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever (Daniel 12:1-3)… And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star (Revelation 2:26-28).

We’re starting to refuse to look back and remember…

There was the “city of sin”… and Lot… and the one that looked back again.  Maybe, she thought… “I liked that white picket fence… besides… it’s not their fault.”  Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt.

Once God had set the course… “don’t look back” … He said.  Lot’s wife did, and her future became what we’ve read… And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62).

If Mrs. Lot would’ve looked back before she looked ahead, she would’ve seen… Noah’s neighbors caused a bunch of pain.  God didn’t like it so He sent ‘em dark clouds with some… rain.

Is the temptation still alive… Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes (Matthew 24:17-18)?  Was the other round enough… or again, will we see its kind… But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be (Matthew 24:37)… The great day of the Lord is near… That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness (Zephaniah 1:14,15)?

Israel trekked from Egypt through the desert to the Promised Land.  When they looked back, they didn’t remember what their ancestors were delivered from.  And… they spent the next 40 years in the sand and the sun.

Israel jumped the tracks on their journey to the “land of milk and honey”—the “calf of gold” came from the desire to chase moneyFor the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10).

Did Israel forget to look back at… Abraham?

When Abraham looked back, he remembered God promised him a son… so he considered it done.

Abraham looked back when he was about to strike the “apple of his eye”.  He remembered God, and… God stayed Abraham’s hand knowing it was His own Son who would die.

Abraham remembered… his “belief” grew… others also… and when I do, mine does, too.

It’s called faith… By faith Abraham… sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God… These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth (Hebrews 11).

We’ve got too great of a calling to believe where we’re at… is where we’ll stay…  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended… reaching forth unto those things which are before (Philippians 3:13).

If we look back… we’ll see the past—we’ll remember… to keep oil in our flask.  The day will turn black… assured as the night… we’ll need our lamps to burn… to give us light.

Casting doubt aside… we’ll see our future… if we abide… I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5).

How, we may ask?

We believe… Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God (1 Corinthians 2:12)… that the Holy Spirit is up to the task.

And, we got the clue that it’s true… by looking back to the past.

*All scripture phrases in italics are King James Version.