Incredulous Prognosticators

J. D. Conley
February 12, 2017

According to the prediction issued a week and a half ago, by the famous ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil, our region of the country was to expect six more weeks of winter. The silly claim made at Goobler's Knob, PA, is that Phil has never been wrong in his one hundred and thirty-one years of weather forecasting. Nonetheless, three things are certain, first, Phil has been wrong, second, Phil is not 131 years old, [the tradition is], and third, Phil is not forecasting anything. Phil is a groundhog, well groomed and pampered, but a ground hog nonetheless. The entire spectacle makes for good fun and pumps tourism dollars into that part of the state. We know that whether Phil sees his shadow or not, [or is even aware of his shadow] doesn't account for any changes in meteorology.

Be that as it may, even Phil has a better track record in his so-called "predicting of the weather," than his human counterparts who are so brazen as to predict the end of the world. Make no mistake, those who are brash enough to make such a claim are incredulous prognosticators. Jesus could not have made it any plainer. Speaking about His second coming and the end of the world He declared, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father" (Mk. 13:32). "No man" means, "no one." Not a single person has a clue regarding the day or the hour of the Lord's return. Jesus goes on to say not even the angelic host knows, and then to tighten the cinch more He claims, "neither do I know." At least, at that point in time He did not know, and He is the One who is coming. Only the Father knows. To say the least, that narrows it down significantly! Meaning that anyone who makes the claim to know when the end of the world is coming, is a liar, a false prophet, and a deceiver, (1 Jn.4:1). Men and women have filled reams of paper and drained wells of ink foretelling the Lord's coming and the end of the world. They've been doing-it longer than Phil has been predicting the weather, but they, unlike the ground hog, have been wrong each and every time! In a sense, as far as prognostications are concerned men have been beaten by an overgrown rodent! Never forget:

"Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God" (1Cor.2:5).