Does Satan Know The Future?

Recently in our weekly study group, the statement was made “Satan does not know the future.” This surprised me, since my experience seems to belie that. I have searched articles on the topic that conclude that he cannot and I think I can appreciate why the scriptures that they have used, seemingly lead them to their conclusions but I still can’t help but wonder.

Q. I am a Christian, have been for almost 20 years now and had a pretty dramatic conversion. God is working powerfully in my life and the lives of my family. My walk with Him is closer today than ever before and my faith is stronger than ever.

Recently in our weekly study group, the statement was made “Satan does not know the future.” This surprised me, since my experience seems to belie that. (My mother often consulted a clairvoyant who was quite accurate, and friends told me it was the work of Satan).) I have searched articles on the topic that conclude that he cannot and I think I can appreciate why the scriptures that they have used, seemingly lead them to their conclusions but I still can’t help but wonder. This is hardly a faith shattering problem but it does interest me and I would be keen to hear what you thought about it?

A. In the ultimate sense, Satan knows the future just like you and I do, because God has revealed it to all of us in His word.

Where details of our personal lives are concerned it’s a different matter. Only God knows those things. That’s why even the best of the clairvoyants have to admit they aren’t always right.

Satan’s advantage is that he’s been around a long time, is gifted with great wisdom (Ezekiel 28:12) and over the centuries of observing human behavior has become very intuitive where mankind is concerned. He can be right enough of the time to impress and mislead mere humans. This is why God has forbidden us from being involved with those who claim to know the future. (Deut. 18:9-13) The frauds merely swindle us but those who have knowledge consort with the devil, whether knowingly or unknowingly, and his intent is always to draw us away from God.

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