BIBLE PROPHECY FOR TODAY
There are many voices telling us what the future holds. Bible Scholars interpret the words of Daniel or Revelation to fit the current crisis. We hear people tell us when Christ will return. We hear numerous explanations of what is called End Times. Understanding of God’s Word needs a spiritual mind. The point of prophetic warnings is that people repent and live by faith not by sight.
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
I would like to take advantage of the current “lockdown” to share with you God’s revealed purposes in Christ. This will, I trust, bring both challenge and hope.
Where to Begin?
Should we begin with Daniel or Revelation. Ezekiel or, maybe, Zechariah? These books contain a great deal of prophecy concerning the future. We ought to begin with the teaching of Jesus. He was seen as a great prophet even by those who criticised Him!
Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.” Mark 6:15
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16
There are two ways a prophet speaks:
- Revealing God’s Purposes in a contemporary situation (FORTHTELLING)
- Revealing God’s Purposes for a future time (FORETELLING)
Jesus did both.
Study: Matthew Chapter 24; Mark Chapter 13; Luke Chapter 21
Same occasion reported from different perspectives.
Question: Who was Jesus speaking with?
Prophetic Pattern – ref: Matthew 24
- General and wide-reaching statements – verses 1-14
- Specific applications and warnings – verses 15-28
- Two signs to look for – 29-35
- Advice about being ready for all this in daily life – 36-51
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand– then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Matthew 24:15-16
- Preparation for events
- Protection for the faithful