"And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness" (I Kings 22:34a).
God wants us to know that He means exactly what He says. In prophecy, this means that it will be literally, completely, exactly fulfilled. He gives examples to show this in the Bible in cases where both the original prophecy and the later historical fulfilment is recorded.
In the days of the Kings of Israel, wicked King Ahab received word from God of his coming doom. The prophet Micaiah faithfully told Ahab on several occasions that he was in trouble for his wicked life, and Ahab hated him for it. As Ahab prepared to go to war against the Syrians in I Kings 22 Micaiah prophesied the end of Ahab in the coming battle. "And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master" (verse 17a).
Now despite the prevailing "positive" attitude of all the other prophets that were more in the habit of telling the king what he wanted to hear, God's Word was literally fulfilled. Even though Ahab, himself went to battle disguised, while another man wore the royal robes, Ahab perished on the battlefield. Verse 34 (quoted above) tells us that a man shot an arrow in the air without even having a specific target. But the arrow of God's judgment had Ahab's name on it, and it found an opening in his armour to inflict a mortal wound.
The lesson here is that a God who can use such means to fulfil his word will always complete His purpose. "Be sure your sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23). The sure fulfilment of the curse of God's law against law breakers was seen also by the prophet Zechariah as a flying roll (scroll) sent out by God to ensure punishment follows sin. "Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it" (Zechariah 5:3).
The only way to escape the judgments of sin foretold in the Bible is by repentance of sin and faith in the Saviour, Jesus Christ.
"Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines ..." (Isaiah 2:6).
In the days of the Old Testament Israel was repeatedly forgetting the true God and embracing idolatry and Eastern religion. Bible prophecy foretells the same thing for the professing church in the last days. "And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).
Transcendental meditation, with its dangerous interactions with the spirit world, is being repackaged in pseudo-Bible terms and presented to unsuspecting church-goers as the way to find God. Ancient Pagan concepts like pantheism have been spliced into religious teachings today so that the Jesus being preached is no longer the Jesus of the Bible.
It is imperative to believe the Bible message concerning the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John gives us a book-long focus on this unique person, the Son of God. It is not that He is "a" god, and that we are all on a journey to being gods like him. He is declared to be the Almighty, the Lord of lords, the Creator of the universe, the one true and eternal God. To corrupt this message with New Age doctrines (that are really revamped teachings of old idol worshipping religions) robs people of the saving power of the Gospel. God's Salvation comes only by believing God's truth.
What is an increasing religious trend today will become a full-blown global religious structure in the near future according to Bible prophecy. One of the big issues God has with planet Earth in the (prophetic) Book of the Revelation is that men have built a worldwide religious institution to the exclusion of Jesus Christ. There will be a global failure to honour the person revealed in the Bible as God's only begotten Son.
Whether it be in the coming completion, or the present building stage of the New World Order and its religious institution, everyone involved will one day face the God who warns us about it in his Word. "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities" (Revelation 18:4-5)