Prophecy. How often do you hear about it? If you’re visiting this site, you hear about it all the time. But why do we study it? Not merely for intellectual growth. We study prophecy because it is vital to a believer’s faith in God. Have you ever thought that it’s that important before? Here are a few reasons why it’s that important.
1. Faith in Jesus, the Son of God, began with a prophecy. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). Every prophecy concerning the salvation of man stems from this one prophecy, this one promise.
2. People’s lives were changed entirely by prophecy. God gave us prophecies through prophets and these men and women gave divine promises that saved thousands of lives from military threats, helped barren women have children, and cured people of various diseases.
3. Most of the Scriptures were written by prophets and they contain prophecies.You can’t make this up. Go through the list of the books of the Bible and see it for yourself.
Old Testament (just a few…)
- Genesis – Deuteronomy – Moses (prophet)
- Joshua – (prophet)
- Judges – Samuel (prophet)
- 1 & 2 Samuel – (prophet)
- Isaiah – (prophet)
- Jeremiah & Lamentations – (prophet)
- Ezekiel – (prophet)
- Daniel – (prophet)
- From Hosea to Malachi – (12 prophets)
- John & Revelation – (prophet; wrote 2 books and 3 epistles)
- Paul – (prophet; wrote 13 epistles)
- Peter – (prophet; wrote 3 epistles )
4. Jesus Himself gave prophecies. Jesus is a Prophet. Most of His teachings were prophecies talking about what things were going to be like before He came back. Check out Matt. 24, Lk. 11:29-32, and Jn. 14:1-3, for example.
5. Prophecy is not PC. Prophecies didn’t hold back when God’s people acted out. Some of them are actually pretty explicit. They told the straight truth and let them know what would happen if they didn’t listen to Him. They were given this way to save His people’s lives, not their feelings.
6. Prophecies are a testimony that God is an all-knowing God. They tell us that God knows what’s about to happen. If He didn’t prophesy, absolutely no one would call Him God. We worship Someone more than a God of the day.
7. Prophecies are the only reason a believer in God has hope in the future. If we weren’t promised that God would raise Jesus from the dead, we wouldn’t believe in Him. If He wasn’t going to come back, there would be no reason to live.
It’s tempting to shrug off the study of biblical prophecy today. But next time you think you can’t understand it, check out Jn. 3:16. I think everyone knows that one by now.