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Why Study Bible Prophecy

by Mike Sanders

(This is the introduction to a series to begin in June)

     A biblical prophecy series begins with some reasons/benefits for such a study.1 Of the several listed, there are two that most interest me. The first one is that the prophetic word depicts God, the God of prophecy, as being without peer. There is none like Him.

     The second one is the prophetic word provides guidance, a key, for interpreting prophecies yet to be fulfilled.

     Biblical prophecy consistently depicts God as transcendent, supreme, the Almighty. He is in control, the Authority. God is present, “I am.” He is immanent, intimately involved with His own. He alone knows the end from the beginning: “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no otherI am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure;’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.” Is 46:9–11 NAS95.  

     Biblical prophecy includes prophecies that have been fulfilled. These are a helpful tool, substantiating evidence, for interpreting what is to be. The Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah are numerous and detailed. Over 100 were fulfilled in the life of Jesus. A literal interpretation is the predominant example. Context helps me know if a figure is the intent, but the assumed approach is literal. This is a critical hermeneutic!

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1 Consider these reasons for eschatological studies: 1) God is depicted as sovereign. 2) Eschatology is a substantial portion of the Bible, as much as 27%, and is to be included in our studies (2 Tim 2:15, 3:16-17; 1 Pet 3:15). 3) The “words of the prophecy” offer a unique blessing (Rev 1:3; 2 Pet 1:19-21). 4) It affirms the credibility of Scripture. 5) Jesus is the focus (Eph 1:9-12). 6) The worldview is accurate. 7) It defines the hope we have in Jesus (Col 1:27; Titus 2:13). 8) This study promotes godly living (1 Pet 1:13; 1 John 3:3).  

 

 

Mike Sanders is a member of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and teaches a men’s class there.  He is a former Church of Christ minister and retired UPS pilot.                                          




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