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When prophecy is mentioned in churches and Bible studies many people tend to only consider eschatological (last things) passages and books. That is, many only think about the future and terms such as “the last days,” and “end times.” These are important studies and we must remember that much of Holy Scripture is made up of prophecy. If we only consider the sheer volume of prophetic passages in the Bible it should become obvious that our Perfect Father has provided information and proved its authority through several means including prophecy. The study of prophecy provides a foundation for understanding God and seeing His patterns. The God of Heaven is a God of order and He has patters that have played out in human history. There should be no surprise that similar patterns can be seen in mankind’s future as well. In observing how past prophecies have been fulfilled one can rest assured in the confidence of knowing that there is a future plan for the world. But there is confidence that there is a specific plan for each person individually as well. Prophecy of the past has been fulfilled in incredible detail rather than just general or allegorical terms. The observation of how specifically prophecy is fulfilled can be the basis for seeing how God uses language to reveal Himself and His plans to the world. God has chosen to use human language for His revelation primarily through the written word as found in the canon of Scripture. The study of prophecy provides a basis for apologetics in that one can demonstrate that the Bible is unique among all literature, including all other religious books. It alone provides passages that can be demonstrated to have been penned long before fulfillment. This is a great frustration to Biblical critics who attempt to rationalize how these predictions could possibly be real. God declared that He had called His servant Cyrus to overthrow Babylon and begin the restoration of Jerusalem (Isaiah 43:3). This prediction was fulfilled, even the name of the one called as an instrument of God, demonstrating that God is LORD. One must also point to the hundreds of specific prophecies about Jesus’ first ministry on Earth. These prophecies predate Jesus by hundreds and even thousands of years and can be seen in Hebrew manuscripts as well as the Greek translation of the Old Testament that predates Jesus by over two hundred years. The study of prophecy also gives a unique hope especially for those being persecuted for their faith. In addition, it provides a foundation for living a holy life. The trust that Jesus will return at any moment provides encouragement to live for the one that has provided the means of salvation to eternal life. There is also a special kind of urgency that the church age could end at any moment. Many would observe that the world seems to be on a trajectory of corruption, chaos, and depravity. Some would argue this is setting the stage for the state of the world at the time just before the return of Christ. The matter becomes even more urgent with that observation, time is short and there is only salvation in Jesus Christ. Those that know Him look forward to His return but to those that don’t yet know Him should find a stark warning in prophecy. But those that don’t know Jesus should be able to see the truth in the Written Word. The truth points to a savior that can provide the means of life after death in a perfect existence. That is why we study prophecy and why you should too.
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