Welcome friends, this is Rev. Ron again, and today I want to talk to you about God’s purpose for including so much prophecy in His Word (25 to 30%). First of all, to those who may get nervous or fearful about prophecy and especially end times prophecy, let me say this to you. If I looked at the condition of this world and our nation today without a proper understanding of end times prophecy, I’d be nervous too! But I hope you will remember something very important that should give you some peace of mind: [ God never gave us Bible prophecy to alarm or scare us but to inform and prepare us! ] Why? Because He loves us deeply and doesn’t want us to worry about what the future holds for us or our family and friends. God has not left us in the dark to guess or wonder. No! That’s why He’s told us already, ahead of time, how its all going to unfold. And folks, believe me, everything is unfolding exactly according to God’s infallible and inspired prophetic Word!
But God has another very important purpose for Bible prophecy. Prophecy helps us see the future so we know how to live in the present. You see prophecy shows us there really is a marvelous future awaiting those who place their hope and trust in Jesus Christ! (“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father if not by me”(Jn.14:6) If we believe that Jesus is returning soon as He promised, and his return is imminent, it should greatly impact how we live our daily lives. And far from being pessimists, we should be eternal optimists, knowing that Jesus could return at any moment. This should spur us to strive to live godly, righteous lives and share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many as we can. (“For yet in just a very little while, He who promised He will come and not delay”-Heb.10:37)
We should also remember that God has given us end times prophecy to shake-up and wake-up our generation to just where we are on God’s prophetic timetable. And friends, I believe we are well on the way, if not on the brink, of the worst time in all of human history, the Tribulation Period. And friends, if the signs of the tribulation are here today (and they are), that means the Rapture is even closer! But as you will see in coming blogs and podcasts, I’m personally convinced the church won’t be here during the worst 7yrs in human history!
Friends, God’s sovereign control over the events of history and his foreknowledge of future events are clearly seen in the pages of Scriptures. And these fascinating prophecies not only reveal why mankind is facing this present crisis, but it reveals the final outcome as well. And brethren, never doubt for a single moment, we are on the winning side. Amen!!!
So I hope you will stick around, because In the next several blogs we will be looking at many of these ancient prophetic signs, some that have already been fulfilled in our generation- one that is called the The Super Sign, and for good reason, so stay tuned! And In closing friends- during the final days of Jesus earthly ministry, He gave his disciples clear signs to watch for that would signal His near return. And I believe, after almost 2,000 years, we are the first generation that very soon may actually be witness to the following words of Jesus: (“And when you begin to see all these things come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near”-Luke 21:33) Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!