P r o p h e c y
Some people try to ignore prophecy. They often say they think we should just try to concentrate on Jesus. We do not need to be concerned with what is going to happen. Letís just focus on Jesus! There are several errors contained in that attitude. The error of believing prophecy unimportant is refuted when considering the dominant prophetic book of the Bible. It is the only book that promises a blessing just for reading it. (Revelation 1:3)
Other people get involved in cults who build their own religion based on the misunderstanding and misusing of prophetic passages. Some of these cults are nearly as old as Christianity itself. This should not be too surprising for the Apostles told us that the mystery of iniquity was already at work. (2 Thessalonians 2:7). Of course the reference is in another one of those strongly prophetic books that people who do not
like prophecy have trouble with.
As a matter of fact, there is not one book of the Bible that does not have some prophetic aspects to it. Some prophecy deals with things that have already happened and some prophecy deals with things yet to come. What disturbs people though is that all Bible prophecy is history written in advance. When you read prophecy in the Bible its statements should be understood to be literally true. Some prophetic statements actually cover events that occur more than once. The first occurrence then reveals things we should understand about the final and more profound event. Yes prophecy is really unsettling, and it is to found throughout the Bible.
Now the Bible is the grand saga of Godís dealings with man. From Genesis to Revelation the central figure of all that occurs is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. Is it any wonder that an angel would say to the Apostle John that the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy? (Revelation 19:10)
If we are to focus on Jesus we must focus on prophecy!
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