"And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not."
God has given us a plethora of information regarding creation's past, present and future. So much, in fact, that one could spend an entire lifetime studying His Word and still only barely scratch the surface of it. He has given us intellect and insight in order that we can come to understand Him and His intention for humanity. The Book of Revelation, although shrouded in symbolism, speaks massive amounts about the destiny of man and creation. Revelation 10:4 divulges another truth, "And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not." John the Beloved was made privy to information regarding God's intentions that he was instructed to "write not". This is very telling about the relationship God has with us. We are not in control. We have been given a sacred road map, but a piece, or pieces have been left out. This may be dismaying to some. How can we know what to expect? What can we do to prepare? The answer honestly is nothing; but, trust God and keep His Word that He has given.
Ultimately, even if my friend had not placed Rhode Island on the map, I knew that it belonged there. We are not aware of what God is holding back, but we can be assured that it is amazingly awesome and for our eternal best.