Dear reader, I want to talk about a topic that I believe is one of the most important and relevant ( yet too often neglected) areas of Bible study in our present generation today – Bible prophecy! After studying the Bible for many years, I’m convinced that a proper understanding of Bible prophecy, and especially end times prophecy, is crucial for these difficult, troubled, and uncertain times we are living in today-what I believe are the last days just before the return of Jesus for His Bride-the Church!
Frankly, there was a time when I would have scoffed at such a statement, maybe like some of you may be doing right now, but if you are old enough to have heard of Paul Harvey, (If not google it!) stick around for the rest of the story-ok? And if you’ll indulge me for a few moments, let’s go back to my future.
When I was a young college student, I searched for the truth in all the wrong places, even dabbling in Buddhism, Hinduism & New- Age philosophies. But one day, I just happened upon (right!) a book with a catchy title: “The Late Great Planet Earth” by a then-unknown author named Hal Lindsey. I was fascinated by his claim that the Bible was the only book that could predict the future with 100% accuracy, so I decided to investigate it for myself.
Now back then, I had to borrow my mom’s Bible, but, to my amazement, as I began to look up verses on those ancient prophesies, again and again, each one proved not only to be true, but fulfilled literally and to the smallest detail. And in the process, I also discovered that no other religious book even dared to predict the future. And today, over 40 years later, I now understand that there is a really good reason why: because the only One who can predict the future is the only One who controls the future, and that’s none other than the one and only Almighty, Sovereign God of the Bible!
And friends, the strongest evidence to this young skeptic that the Bible was true was the phenomena of fulfilled prophecy. Only in God’s prophetic Word do we find hundreds of ancient prophecies being fulfilled in our generation today, as never before. And friends, in my mind there was only one plausible explanation – there must be a supernatural God! So no, I can’t show God to you, but I can show you his fingerprints all over fulfilled prophecy.
“I am God, and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things yet to come. I am God. My council will stand, and I will do all I have purposed” (Is.46:9)
Over the years, people have occasionally asked me why I am so passionate about prophecy. And my answer is very simple – because God is! Of course, then I explain that between 25 to 30% of the Bible is about prophecy and a majority of that is about end-times prophecy. Just hold up your Bible right now and open it to about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way. That’s a pretty big portion of God’s Word. So considering prophecy is obviously very important to God, how much more important should it be to us brethren?
Friends, fulfilled prophecy, among other proofs, and I can’t do all of them justice in this blog, prove that the Bible is true and reliable! Listen, don’t take my word for it, do what I did and search the scriptures and you will find hundreds of incredibly accurate prophecies fulfilled literally, that defy mathematical probability. There are over 100 prophecies about Jesus 1st coming in the Old Testament alone, and the odds that the prophets could have accurately predicted just 10 of them is well over 100 billion to 1. Yet they were all fulfilled literally! No one in their right mind would bet even a dollar on such impossible odds, yet sadly, every year, multitudes will bet their lives and their eternal destinies on the “chance” that the Bible isn’t true and that they can continue to ignore the only way of salvation- until it’s too late! “I am the way and the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me “(John 14: 6 )
In conclusion, friends, as I said, the Bible is the only religious book that can predict the future and I believe it is one of the strongest proofs of the divine inspiration of scripture. So I’ll leave you with this challenge from our sovereign, almighty God, issued to all the false prophets, false religions, and so-called psychics today, who claim to know what only the true God knows: “Present your case, says the Lord, and bring forth your arguments. Bring in your idols to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so we can consider them and know their outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so that we may know that you are gods.”(Isaiah 41:22-23) I don’t see any takers, do you? Until next time, this is Reverend Ron saying- MARANATHA-COME LORD JESUS!!!