“But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger.
Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep”. (Luke 6:24-25)
It had to be an interesting time when the Jews of the year 30A.D. were hearing about things that had been predicted for 3,000 years plus were coming to fruition. Of course not all Jews heard what was going on with Jesus, but by what is recorded is quite an extraordinary account of events that were witnessed by more than one person.
So that puts us, as believers, in a unique situation. Are we still believing in things predicted or are we believing in things recorded? I believe that the Bible is God’s word. That will not change. The people of Israel prior to Christ were awaiting on any things to happen. When the Incarnation happen (in my view), the wheel of belief started turning the other way.The Author of these predictions came to deliver them personally. Now the ‘predictions’ have a different value; meaning, their is a life after death. The Old Testament authors believed and feared damnation and hoped for eternal joy. Believers in Christ now know that life exists whether it be heaven or hell.
I suppose it comes down to this: If I do not believe in a life after death (heaven, hell or otherwise) it really does not matter how I live my life until my death. But if I do believe in eternal damnation or eternal joy, then every minute of every living day is so very important.
For further reading, Matthew 24:31-46 can stir the thoughts of a frightful prediction.