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What if you re­ceived a mes­sage from your fu­ture?

Den­zel Wash­ing­ton starred in a movie called Déjà Vu, sub­ti­tled, “What if you could change the past?” He por­trayed an ATF agent in­ves­ti­gat­ing the horrific bomb­ing of a ship docked in New Or­leans. Tech­nol­ogy based on quan­tum physics en­abled an in­ves­tiga­tive team to view a slice of time prior to the ex­plo­sion as if it was still hap­pen­ing, so they could ap­pre­hend the bomber. Den­zel ends up al­ter­ing the past, thus sav­ing many lives.

The movie is based on an im­pos­si­ble premise — chang­ing some­thing that al­ready oc­curred. We see the past as his­tory, fixed and un­chang­ing. We en­vi­sion a fu­ture with many pos­si­ble out­comes. It is only in our present where we can make dif­fer­ent choices. What if you had inside in­for­ma­tion; if you could see signs point­ing to a bet­ter way and took a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion?

The past is fixed. The present is now. The fu­ture is fluid. Would mak­ing bet­ter choices to­day, from your fu­ture self’s per­spec­tive, amount to chang­ing your past? Yes. I be­lieve I can im­prove my to­mor­rows. I could save money, learn new skills, pray, eat right, or ex­er­cise more.

Al­bert Ein­stein, the bril­liant thinker fa­mous for E=mc² (en­ergy equals mass times light­speed squared), gave us more than nu­clear en­ergy or space travel. He gave us the key to quan­tum physics. He showed us that mass and time and en­ergy are all re­lated. The faster you travel, the slower time moves. Grav­ity bends space-time. The uni­verse is stranger than we thought.

Now, let’s use our imag­i­na­tion. Sup­pose that you re­ceived a let­ter from be­yond time, a let­ter that com­mu­ni­cated key in­for­ma­tion that would al­ter your des­tiny. What would you do with it? Would you be­lieve it? Would you act on it? Some of you al­ready have done pre­cisely that.

Je­sus told his dis­ci­ples, “I am telling you be­fore it comes to pass, so that when it does oc­cur, you may be­lieve that I am He.” (John 13:19) In the Bi­ble, re­veal­ing in­for­ma­tion about the fu­ture is called prophecy. Je­sus was a prophet, al­though he was so much more. He came to earth from be­yond time. He could tap into a per­spec­tive of see­ing the end from the be­gin­ning.

If you read the Bi­ble, one pur­pose of prophecy is not only to pre­dict the fu­ture, it is to con­firm our faith be­cause the things fore­told have oc­curred. Our faith rests on solid ev­i­dence. For ex­am­ple, Je­sus told his dis­ci­ples that he would be killed but would rise again. On the third day, that is what hap­pened. Faith in Je­sus’ word was con­firmed. He is who he said he was.

If the “older you” could send a let­ter back to the “younger you,” what af­fect would it have on your life to­day? Would you change your ways? Would you choose to live for God? The fact is, we al­ready have in­for­ma­tion sent to us from the end of time. It is a love let­ter to hu­man­ity, writ­ten in holy script, able to be trans­lated and un­der­stood by all those who re­ceive Christ.

— Ron Wood is a writer and min­is­ter. Con­tact him at wood.stone.ron@gmail.com or visit www.touchedbygrace.org. The opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor.

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