J. S. Burns, of Booneville, Ohio, in behalf of a friend of his, inquires whether there is any passage of scripture which says, God foreknew all things from before the foundation of the world? We know of no passage recorded in the words as stated in the above inquiry. But in Acts xv. 18, the words of an inspired apostle, indorsed by all the apostles, are thus recorded, “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.” And in Isaiah lxvi. 9, 10, “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” In this the Lord Jehovah claims to be superior to all gods. No other God can predestinate and bring his decrees to pass. He gives the challenge to all that are called gods, “Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and show us what shall happen: let them show the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know what ye are gods; yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.” – Isa. xli. 21-24. Alas, how many vain, infatuated idol worshipers there are who object to the eternal omniscience of the true and living God, and choose a god who, like themselves, is destitute of the divine perfections of foreknowledge, predestinating power, and wisdom, by which the true God is distinguished from all that are called gods.

Elder Gilbert Beebe
Middletown, N. Y.

Signs of the Times
Volume 49, No. 13
July 1, 1881