“History is not cyclical, but linear.  There are those who claim things just move in circles and what has been will be and what is has already been.  They’ll tell you there is no meaning, no significant movement toward a climactic purpose.  History, some assert, is like the stairs on an escalator that circle endlessly around, always moving, but never really arriving anywhere.  The fact is, however, that history moves in a straight line to an appointed destination, not in a hopeless, never-ending cycle.

This is just what we find in the Scriptures.  Paul can write of God’s “eternal purpose” (Eph. 3:11).  He can affirm that God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Eph. 1:11).  God says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.  I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” (Isa. 46:10).  That is why He is rightly called, “the King of the ages” (1 Tim. 1:17, ESV).  Paul accurately declared that “Known to God from eternity are all His works” (Acts 15:18, NKJV).  The writer of Hebrews tells us that in all this, “God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear” (Heb. 6:17).  That is what I am hoping will happen during our journey – that God’s unchanging purpose will become very clear.” (p.21, Long Story Short)

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