Do YOU really know exactly what is going to happen in the next ten seconds? One minute? One hour? Tomorrow, or a week or month from now?
To be quite honest, the best we can rationally do without being damn-fool presumptuous is to assert with some humble degree of certainty the probability or likelihood of something happening. Yes?
It always bothered me when a TV newscaster or associate dogmatically bellered out: "Bye for now. See you later." Or: "See you tomorrow."
Oh yeah? For SURE?
"Perhaps" would be the appropriate and practical response!
There are a lot of liars in the world who say that they are going to do something or be there at an exact time.....and then do NOT do what they said they would do, or are late and do NOT show up on time.
It is best to not definitively pin anyone down to a precise prediction, being that they nor anyone else have any real control over non-precedented, upcoming and changeable circumstances. We, as honest humans, have to operate on probabilities as to future occurrences and events.
Some might belligerantly object, declaring that the Bible is full of predictive prophecies and the need for such: That:
Rev 19:10 ......the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Prov 29:18 Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
Rom 12:6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
1Co 14:6 Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how shall I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
1Thes 5:20 do not despise prophesying,
1Th 5:21 but test everything; hold fast what is good,
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near.
Re 22:7 And behold, I am coming soon." Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
Re 22:10 And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.
Re 22:18 I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
Re 22:19 and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
As you can see above, some predictions of Scripture have a terrifying and worse-than-lethal copyright protection, which of course is advantageous to their reliability and validity.
But the uncertainty of predicting the future Scripturally expressed in:
2Sam 12:22 He said, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, 'Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?'
Esth 4:14 For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Ps 74:9 We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.
Prov 24:22 for disaster from them will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?
Pr 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Eccl 2:19 and who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.
Ec 3:21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down to the earth?
Ec 6:12 For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun?
Ec 11:5 As you do not know how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
Ec 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
is reiterated by such New-Testament Bible references as:
Matt 24:42 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
Mark 13:33 Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come.
John 8:14 Jesus answered, "Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know whence I have come and whither I am going, but you do not know whence I come or whither I am going.
Joh 9:30 The man answered, "Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where he comes from, and yet He opened my eyes.
1Cor 13:9 For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
James 4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and get gain";
Jas 4:14 whereas you do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Jas 4:15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that."
Jas 4:16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
When it comes to Bible prophecy, we are dealing with something not of this world. That involves something quite eerie and in the realm of the supernatural:
2Pet 1:20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
2Pe 1:21 because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
That is in stark contrast to soothsaying, reading palms, or tarot cards, tea leaves, crystal balls, astrological signs or whatever - all of which are questionable in their reliability for accurate and assured prediction.
It simply amazes and indeed perplexes me that the Lord knows not merely what will naturally happen in terms of what phenomena of nature including instinctual animals and lower lifeforms will do (being that He is the Creator and thus is quite aware of whatever everything non-human of what He made will operationally do, both immediately and eventually).....but what free-choice and freewill humans will decide to do, which not simply affects themselves, each other, and future history, but even their God-created environment and its humankind-interfered-with functioning.
If the police and treasure-hunters, thieves and military planners, job seekers and job losers, gamblers and investment brokers, sports competitors, insurance agents and others knew such predictive and futuristic things, phenomenal advantages and disadvantages would be the name of the game, universally.
But when it comes to even what the weather will actually be, or any unusual natural-disaster event, or sudden death, or what a person with free will do the next instant....we simply cannot know for sure. It is said that "God knows," but that is God and NOT us. Whatever comes out the mouth of humans, whether they be Divinely-inspired or not, is subject to doubt and testing, in accord with probability, even though humanly-authored prophecy of Scripture has non-alterable etched-in-stone veracity:
Gen 6:13 And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh; for the earth is filled with violence through them; behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall die.
Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.
12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
17 The flood continued forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.
18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters.
19 And the waters prevailed so mightily upon the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered;
20 the waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep.
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, birds, cattle, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm upon the earth, and every man;
22 everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.
23 He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.
Gen 18:17 The LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,
18 seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by him?
19 No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice; so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him."
20 Then the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave,
21 I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry which has come to me; and if not, I will know."
Ge 19:12 Then the men said to Lot, "Have you any one else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or any one you have in the city, bring them out of the place;
13 for we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it."
14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, "Up, get out of this place; for the LORD is about to destroy the city." But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.
15 When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city."
16 But he lingered; so the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him forth and set him outside the city.
17 And when they had brought them forth, they said, "Flee for your life; do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley; flee to the hills, lest you be consumed."
24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
Gen 18:14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, in the spring, and Sarah shall have a son."
Gen 41:28 It is as I told Pharaoh, God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
29 There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt,
30 but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; the famine will consume the land,
31 and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of that famine which will follow, for it will be very grievous.
32 And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
53 The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end;
54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
55 When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do."
56 So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
57 Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.
Exodus 9:18 Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause very heavy hail to fall, such as never has been in Egypt from the day it was founded until now.
1Sam 9:16 "Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen the affliction of my people, because their cry has come to me."
2Kings 7:1 But Elisha said, "Hear the word of the LORD: thus says the LORD, Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine meal shall be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria."
2Kings 8:12 And Hazael said, "Why does my lord weep?" He answered, "Because I know the evil that you will do to the people of Israel; you will set on fire their fortresses, and you will slay their young men with the sword, and dash in pieces their little ones, and rip up their women with child."
Dan 2:26 The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, "Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?"
27 Daniel answered the king, "No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery which the king has asked,
28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.
39 After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.
40 And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things; and like iron which crushes, it shall break and crush all these.
41 And as you saw the feet and toes partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the miry clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle.
43 As you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.
44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand for ever;
45 just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure."
46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and did homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him.
47 The king said to Daniel, "Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery."
Dan 7:16 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me, and made known to me the interpretation of the things.
17 'These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth.
18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, for ever and ever.'
19 "Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrible, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze; and which devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet;
20 and concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up and before which three of them fell, the horn which had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and which seemed greater than its fellows.
21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints, and prevailed over them,
22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints received the kingdom.
23 "Thus he said: 'As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces.
24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings.
25 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, two times, and half a time.
26 But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end.
27 And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.'
Dan 8:19 He said, "Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation; for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.
20 As for the ram which you saw with the two horns, these are the kings of Media and Persia.
21 And the he-goat is the king of Greece; and the great horn between his eyes is the first king.
22 As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power.
23 And at the latter end of their rule, when the transgressors have reached their full measure, a king of bold countenance, one who understands riddles, shall arise.
24 His power shall be great, and he shall cause fearful destruction, and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty men and the people of the saints.
25 By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall magnify himself. Without warning he shall destroy many; and he shall even rise up against the Prince of princes; but, by no human hand, he shall be broken.
26 The vision of the evenings and the mornings which has been told is true; but seal up the vision, for it pertains to many days hence."
Dan 12:1 "At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."
Hab 2:3 For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end--it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.
Matt 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Mark 10:34 and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise."
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Acts 5:9 But Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Hark, the feet of those that have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."
Ac 5:10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
Rom 9:9 For this is what the promise said, "About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son."
2Cor 7:16 I rejoice, because I have perfect confidence in you.
Philemon 1:21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
Simply because the same thing has existed in the same place a substantial number of times before, or the same event has occurred over and over previously, is NO guarantee nor does that give ANY adequate assurance that it will continue to exist or re-occur again anytime in the immediate or distant future. Nor is such repeated previous existence or re-occurrence a dependable means to calculate the probability of such continuing to exist or happening again.