‘FLEXIBLE vs. FIXED FUTURE
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the …LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD. And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” Isaiah 38:1
1. God said Hezekiah would die. (Was this a lie? No, it was true at the time.)
2. Hezekiah prayed.
3. God cancelled His prophecy and completely reversed it, saying now Hezekiah will live. This is God changing the future. He added fifteen years. The means those years were not there before.
From this is obvious to me that God can change the future and the future is not a foregone conclusion from eternities past, but an ongoing development that God can change whenever He sees fit, and that our prayers actually contribute to what the future will be.
But if God always knew that Hezekiah would live because God had predestined from eternity past that He would not die, then God lied when He said Hezekiah would die and also lied when He said He was adding fifteen years. If it was always the plan, nothing was added.
This presents a very flexible view of the future, as opposed to fixed. It is dynamic instead of static.’
source: Jesse Morrell (facebook)