Bible Prophecy

The Importance of Studying Bible Prophecy

As far as the Christian is concerned, a study of Bible prophecy produces, or should produce, faith (when we take hope in what has already come to pass), and motivation (when we realize what is yet to take place and act upon it).

"Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is."  (Mark 13:33)

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."  (I John 3:2,3)

"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,"   (II Peter 3:11)

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences."  (II Cor. 5:11)

The study of prophecy also carries with it its own special blessing promised by God Himself:

"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."  (Rev. 1:3)

That's at the front of the book, declaring the importance of what is about to be read. Some think the book too complicated or spiritual to take the time to read or study which only causes that person to miss out on special blessings promised by God. At the end of the book are more promises.

"Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book."  (Rev. 22:7)

Not only is reading and hearing these prophecies blessed by God, but also, as in the previous verse, the doing or keeping the commands are blessed as well.

"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."  (Rev. 22:12-14)

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."  (Rev. 22:18,19)

This should be a powerful verse to those who play with "the Scriptures really say this..." or "this verse really shouldn't be in the Bible." If man, in his false wisdom, adds to the Word of God what is not there God will add to him the plagues that are found in this book. And in order to have the plagues added to you, would that not mean you will have to suffer through the Tribulation? Is that not the only time these plagues and judgments will be cast upon the earth? And it cannot get much clearer than if you take away from the words in the prophecy God will take away your part, not only from the book of life, but also take away your part out of the holy city, which is the New Jerusalem, the capital of the millennial reign of Christ.  You will miss the blessedness of ruling and reigning with Christ for a thousand years and be cast in outer darkness! (Matthew 25:30)

This should cause to awake from sleep and give these prophecies their weight in importance that God called for.

Statistics Concerning Prophecy

27% of the Bible was predictive at the time of its writing.

Three quarters of that Bible prophecy is yet unfulfilled. (20%+ of the Bible!)

There are 17 prophetic books in the Bible.
And most of the other books do contain some prophecy, either directly or in types and parables.
All books contain information of one kind or another about the future Kingdom of God.

There are about 18 major prophetic themes, all of which center on the end result which is the Kingdom.

Fulfilled Prophecy the Proof of God's Word

The study of prophecy will either be unrewarding or misleading until we first establish within ourselves that God's word is genuine and that we can trust its infallibility by the many prophecies that have already been fulfilled! Since God demands 100% accuracy of fulfilment from any prophet, then the same test must be applied to His Word, the Bible itself, which it passes with flying colors!  Read Deuteronomy 13:1-5 and Deut. 18:20-22.

There are fulfilled prophecies about Israel:
Israel's dispersion - Deut. 28:37, 63-65  (And these prophecies were given before Israel even got in their land after coming out of Egypt!)
Israel's regathering - Jeremiah 30:3
There are prophecies about other nations:
Babylon's supremacy - Jeremiah 25:8-11
Babylon's demise - Isaiah 13:19-21; 14
There are prophecies about Christ:
These are undoubtedly the greatest examples of fulfilled prophecy
Christ born in Bethlehem - Micah 5:2                                                            fulfilled                Matthew 2:1
Christ born of a virgin - Isaiah 7:14                                                                 fullfilled               Matthew 1:23
His betrayal for thirty pieces of silver - Zechariah 11:12                             fulfilled                Mtthew 26:15
His riding into Jerusalem on the foal of an ass - Zechariah 9:9               fullfilled               Matthew 21:5

These are but a few, but all told, Jesus Christ fulfilled over 300 Old Testament prophecies during His lifetime! When He returns to set up His kingdom every single prophecy left will also be literally fulfilled. We have but to wait in faith, put our compete trust in God, and set about to do the work He has given us to accomplish until the day we kneel at His feet in the Kingdom and present the increase in goods back to Christ, for his honor and glory.  (Matthew 25:15-30)