Introduction

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

―Isaiah 46:9-11

The frame of mind brought to the study of the Bible is dependent on two main theological questions whose answers determine the main bias held or the framework through which its understanding is confined and filtered through. To approach the Bible with a more meaningful understanding and be fully outfitted as a soldier in the battle for the truth of the Scriptures it is essential to understand and answer these questions correctly.

The questions concern individual salvation and God’s foreknowledge: what does he know, when did he know it, and how does he know it? At this point, the thought that God is omniscient, knows everything, is blinding some to the truth and it is this that created the differing theologies that divide Christianity. God certainly knows all there is to know; the debates and divisions are over that which is not there to be known. How does he know what has not happened as yet, or does he? What if God does not want to know all from start to finish but wants some things to play out like a man’s thoughts and desires? Can God give things a life of their own where he has to wait to see what that life will do? Would it be limiting God to say he can or cannot do so according to his own choice?

Psalms 78:41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

It is not a question of what God can or cannot do; he can do whatever he wants, however he wants, but what has God revealed concerning what he has and how he has determined things to be.

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

All is revealed within God’s word, nevertheless, without an open mind, the Bible remains sealed.

There are two foundational questions that must be answered correctly to understand and interpret the Scriptures correctly.

  • Is individual salvation predestinated or do men have free will?
  • Is history closed― completed, fixed, unchanging, or is it open running in real time?

These two questions, wittingly or unwittingly, are responsible for theological divisions within Christianity; they largely determine what you believe. Over the next few pages, an attempt will be made to explain such in a meaningful and understandable manner.

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