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Sermons on Zechariah: Joy, Gladness and Cheerful Feasts

Interest in the future is one of the pre-eminent concerns of man. Because of this deep concern the Old Testament era nations sought future knowledge by illicit means through astrology, necromancy, occultism, and so forth. Even Israel's King Saul illictly sought knowledge of the future through the Witch of Endor (1 Sam. 28:7ff). It also explains why so many Americans even today employ the occult, consult astrological tables, and engage in other New Age practices. But God prohibits all such selfish inquiries as immoral practices (Deut. 18:10-11).

This thirst for the future in man largely is traceable to his being created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26). And the Scripture reveals to us that God is eternal (l Tim. 6:16). In fact, Scripture teaches us that God specifically has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11 NASB) by creating us with immortal souls.