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What Shall Come to Pass? A Reflection on Prophesy and the Will of God

Once upon a time, a “mad man” announced an impending disaster but the people did not take hid. They perished[1]. A lowly one woke up from a violent dream and announced the hour of salvation to their chagrin[2]. Myths and stories suggest that external forces harden hearts and obscure minds of men and women “destined for destruction” to explain the arrogance of those who choose to fall on the wrong side of history. Such anecdotes exist among both religious and secular communities confirming the universality of human experience of fore-tellers, oracles, seers, prophets, scientists, or philosophers. Equally universal are the responses of recipients the message: indifference, ridicule, persecution, and execution of the messenger. Our most cherished systems are built on the blood of these martyrs.  

This generation lacks not this phenomenon as history continues to repeat itself, demonstrating that this epoch is but an instance on a continuum, an eternal recurrence of the same. Even though humanity, the world and life seem to go on, to move on, none of it justifies the injustice of the past and present. Prophecy, therefore, ought not be judged by its fulfillment to the letter of its message. Whether the foretold comes to pass or not, that shouldn’t worry us. Rather, the ultimate test of the truth of the message is its consistency and conformity with the Will of God encoded in divine and natural law. Prophecy, therefore, does not seek to merely describe physical phenomena but to awaken us to the Will of God, to tell forth.

Faith and reason open mankind to conversation, to dialogue with one other, with nature and with God. Reason grasps natural law and shows us causality, hence the logical consequences of disobeying laws of nature[3]. Disaster and suffering are matters of moral discussion as human actions are subject to laws such as conservation of mass and energy, through which greed accounts for the brokenness of the world. As far as mankind recognize the objective priority of human life, its meaning and purpose,[4] and how all things are ordered by one universal law, her will to power remains consistent with the Will of God. Faith elevates the powers of the human soul to the level of communion with the Divine and intuit of the Will of God. Through faith and reason, the wholeness of the human experience is achieved.

Warnings by science and religious figures tell forth the destination of various courses of action, inaction or omission, and calls mankind to conversion or change of behavior, and to appropriate intervention at specific moments in history. True prophesy, thus, points towards the Will of God that always come to pass. In that vein, if one desires to know what will come to pass, they must attend to the Will of God through the signs of the times. Go beyond the appearances, plain numbers and human words convoluted by cultural biases, social, political, and economic motives.

One who sins against the Son of Man can be forgiven, unlike one who sins against the Spirit. Look, therefore, beyond limitations of human language, physical appearance, level of education, wealth, and other sensible phenomena. Faith and reason help us to engage with reality and attend to what matters, human lives, and dignity, especially the poor, children, women, minorities, the vulnerable[5] and the natural world that sustains us. This is prophecy: the articulation of the plight of real men and women of our time in light of their destiny, the Will of God.   

[1] Noah, Moses, Chaminuka, Nehanda among other persons entrusted with proclaiming the hour of salvation of peoples.

[2] Joseph and the Impending Famine,

[3] Climate Change and epidemiology

[4] Happiness (Eudaemonia) observable in the joy of living in harmony with others

[5] #AllLivesMatter, #BlackLivesMatter, #ZimbabweanLivesMatter, #CareForTheEarth,

The Common Priest

Tawanda Chamba is a freelance writer, independent researcher, and commoner. The is a father of one and husband on one.

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