Three Misconceptions About Bible Prophecy
Throughout the ages, a lot of people have said they believe the Bible. Are you part of that group? Did you know one third of this holy book consists of prophecy?
The most read book in world history is largely prophecy, a concept you might associate more with apocalyptic movies, mystical books and crazy street preachers, and not with serious thought.
Consider the Bible’s table of contents. Out of the 66 books, 18 are named after prophets. Other books contain numerous prophecies. Matthew, for example, contains the Olivet Prophecy, which talks about the four horsemen. Genesis contains prophecies about Israel inheriting the Promised Land. 1 Samuel contains prophecies of Jesus Christ and His reign over the Earth. And who can forget the book of Revelation, which is essentially a book about prophecy?
A lot of intelligent people believe in God. Many of them even give the Bible a serious reading. But when this book claims to predict the future, many people reject it outright or skip over to the part about the love of Jesus.
This website takes the whole Bible, including prophecy, and applies it to world events. Few other media use Bible prophecy as a criterion for anything. That sounds outlandish to them.
Have you ever looked into Bible prophecy? Really studied it? If this book predicts that a certain nation will be ruled by a certain administration and will experience a certain fate—and then all of those things happen—that changes everything. If Bible prophecy is true, especially if it’s true time after time after time without a miss, then an objective mind has to admit the corollary: Someone with God-level powers must have inspired the Holy Bible.
Fulfilled prophecy proves that the Bible is God’s Word. The only question is, has Bible prophecy been fulfilled?
Whether you’re a skeptic or a committed Christian, you need to take an honest look at all the facts and prove whether Bible prophecy is real or if it’s a strange collection of wild ideas by a bunch of men who are less than stable.
Here are three concepts you need to evaluate for yourself:
1) Prophets Are Losers
Just the word “prophecy” evokes images of doomsday quacks and conspiracy theorists or, at best, shamans who can mysteriously predict or control the future through a blend of practicing mystical arts, studying the stars and/or divining the secrets of ancient books.
But read the Bible, and you’ll see what the prophets were like. They weren’t charlatans, nor were they born into roles of some prophet caste. They didn’t even want the job: “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy [Spirit]” (2 Peter 1:21).
The Old Testament word for prophet is nabi, which means “one who announces or brings a message from God.” Biblical prophets often delivered unpopular messages drawing significant persecution, sometimes it even cost them their lives.
Is Bible prophecy true? If it was invented by an assortment of street-corner doomsday preachers—or even by the most intelligent men in history—you could dismiss the concept entirely. No human being can predict the future. But if it was delivered by a range of individuals whose only significant unifying factor was that they obeyed a higher power, then the subject bears more scrutiny.
Here’s a second misconception.
2) Bible Prophecy Is for Old Times
Prophets received messages from God, according to the Bible. They delivered those messages orally or recorded them, oftentimes both. But if they finished the job by delivering the message, why did they write them? Why have those messages been preserved for millennia?
It’s not just because these are curious historical case studies in which men said that something would happen and then it did. There’s another much more important reason these books were preserved.
There are two possibilities. One is that Ezekiel’s prophecy failed. The other is that the prophecy remains to be fulfilled. This possibility would mean that God wrote and preserved advance news not only for the ancients, but for current world news! Revelation 1:1 claims that this is exactly the case. If the Bible is true, many prophecies are so much more than ancient predictions that have come and gone. If you piece them all together, the picture that emerges is that they are, in fact, advance warnings of what will happen in our lifetimes!
3) Bible Prophecy Equals Doomsday Prophecy
The third misconception is the one that pops immediately into the imagination when you hear the word “prophecy.” Not only do we envision wild-eyed ancients, but we also envision the state of affairs when prophecies actually do come true: mass destruction. There is a reason for this, but is a heads-up for doomsday the only reason for Bible prophecy?
The Bible predicts the rise and fall of nations and empires. It does specify that many of these falls have been and will be catastrophic. The God of the Bible also prophesies that people will experience terrible personal and national punishments for disobeying and sinning against Him. And yes, Armageddon is in the Bible.
But even Armageddon is part of a larger prophecy. When you read what the Bible actually says, you find numerous prophecies of peace, happiness, joy and prosperity for those who embrace a relationship with their Creator. Even the events surrounding Armageddon are corrective steps to save humanity from satanic sinfulness and self-destruction. That’s why God doesn’t just do away with the entire planet.
The Bible actually presents prophecy as an advance chronicle of a great plan God is working out. Although it involves discipline and punishment, the purpose of that plan is to bring humanity peace and joy so it can reach its fullest potential.
Prophecy is a more serious and reasoned subject than you might initially perceive. Although the Bible encodes it rather than listing it out like a textbook, it is designed to be understood.
Bible prophecy was written in ancient lifetimes using ancient names for the predecessors of modern nations. One of these ancient identities unlocks prophecy, because every Old- and New-Testament prophecy revolves around it in some way: the nation of Israel. You can examine the modern identity of ancient Israel here.
If God is real, and if the Bible is His Word, and if God preserved numerous prophecies for us today, then He must intend for us to understand them—and you can!
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