Prophecy forms a large and important portion of
Scripture, and the
following are some of the reasons why it should be
1. Prophecy is revelation (De. 29:29; Am. 3:7; Mt.
13:10-12; Rev. 1:1;
22:6,10). According to these and many other passages,
prophecy is said
to reveal secrets, not hide them. Prophecy is light, not
darkness. It is
the false methods of interpretation that have made prophecy
2. Prophecy is a blessing (Rev. 1:3). God has promised a
blessing to the one who reads Bible prophecy.
3. Prophecy is necessary for spiritual perfection (2 Tim.
are told that ALL Scripture is given by God and is profitable
necessary for the building of the mature Christian. Is prophecy not a
large part of Scripture? Indeed, prophecy is woven into the very warp
and woof of the Word of God. The study of, understanding of, and
obedience to prophecy is seen as essential for a strong Christian life.
4. Prophecy is dependable (Isa. 25:1; 2 Pe. 1:19-21).
According to the
Apostle Peter, in the first chapter of his second epistle,
prophetic Word is more dependable than visions (v. 16), than
17), than great spiritual mountaintop experiences (v. 18).
Prophecy is a
great light in a dark world.
5. It is our responsibility to study prophecy (Lk.
24:25-27). The Lord
Jesus Christ firmly rebuked the disciples for not
believing prophecy. At
the judgment seat of Christ every Christian will be
held accountable for
whether or not he studied and believed the prophecies
of the Bible. In
light of this warning, we must reject the tendency by so
many to treat
prophecy lightly. Not only will the Christian be held
his attitude toward prophecy, but the unbeliever will be, as
Luke 16:29-31, Abraham told the rich man in Hell that his lost
on earth would be accountable for whether or not they believed the
6. Bible prophecy has power to sanctify the Christian
life. A literal
interpretation of Bible prophecy makes the student aware
that the coming
of Christ is imminent and that he must therefore be ready at
to meet Him (Mat. 24:42, 44; 25:13; Rev. 22:7). It thus gives hope
hopeless world (Rom. 15:4). It gives joy (Jn. 8:56). It gives comfort
trials (1 Th. 4:18; Isa. 40:1-2). It gives understanding in the midst of
confusion (Dan. 9:1-2). It produces diligence and purity (Rom. 13:11-14;
1 Jn. 3:1-3). It produces patience and endurance in the midst of trials
(2 Co. 4:16-18). It stimulates zealous Christian labor (1 Cor.
15:51-58). It brings time and life into proper perspective with eternity
(Ps. 73:1-3, 12-17; Isa. 26:20; 29:17; 54:7-8). It stimulates Christians
to abide in Christ (1 Jn. 2:28).
7. Prophecy is a powerful apologetic (Isaiah 41:22-23;
46:9-10). Bible prophecy is intended to be an apologetic.
prophecy proves the divine origin of the Bible to unbelievers and
increases the faith of believers. We must note that to be effective as
evidence, prophecy must be fulfilled and interpreted literally.
Professor Peter Stoner, Professor Emeritus of Science at
College, examined the probabilities of just eight of the 456
concerning Jesus Christ happening. He said the probability would
in 10 to the 17th power. That would be like putting a mark on a coin,
then putting that coin in with enough coins to cover the state of Texas
or the country of India two feet thick in coins, then having a blind man
wander all over the country and pick out a coin at random. The chance
that he would find that marked coin is equal to the chance of only eight
of the Messianic prophecies coming to pass.
"If that doesn't boggle your mind enough, Stoner also
computed that the
probability of 48 prophecies being fulfilled in one person
is 10 to the
157th power. How large is 10 to the 157th power? Ten to the
contains 157 zeros! He said to take, not a silver dollar, or
atom, but an electron for an illustration - that little tiny thing
spins around the nucleus of the atom. Electrons are so small, by the
way, that if you had a line of electrons laid side by side to make one
inch, and you were counting four electrons every second and you counted
twenty-four hours a day, it would take you 19 million years just to
count that one-inch line of electrons.
But how many electrons would it take if we were dealing
with 10 to the
157th power of electrons? Imagine that we packed the whole
electrons, and we piled them up until they reached out a mile,
miles, a thousand miles, a million miles from the earth! Let's make it
more than that--let's make it thirty-eight trillion miles in radius on
either side--nothing but packed electrons. Well, that's not enough,
either. Now let's multiply that number by a billion--a billion times
thirty-eight trillion miles in both directions, and you have a solid
ball of electrons. Imagine marking just one of those electrons. Then put
a man in a space ship, let him fly around as long as he wants to, and
finally he stops, gets out a microscope, and points to one of the
electrons. The probability of him selecting the right one is the same as
just 48 Bible prophecies being fulfilled in one person's life" (The Case
for Jesus the Messiah, Ankerberg, Weldon and Kaiser).
There are not merely 48 prophecies about Christ in the
There are 456 specific prophecies.
8. Prophecy is the believer's reality. Christians have a
portion in the
things promised in Bible prophecy! It is true that the Old
prophecies are not fulfilled directly in the church age, but it is
true that the Christian will enjoy the blessings spoken of in Old
Testament prophecy, including the millennial glory of Christ (Col. 3:4;
Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21) and the renewed creation (Rom. 8:18-25). There are
also hundreds of prophecies directly related to the Christian's future
(Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15; Col. 3:1-4; 1 Th. 4; etc.).
9. Prophecy challenges believers to fulfill the Great
it is too late (Acts 1:8). It reminds us that "behold, now
accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2).