The next two weeks of readings in Option 2 are on Old Testament prophecies. So what I wanted to do was to give an overview of what prophecies are and how we should go approach them as we read the Bible.
Prophecy is a message from God, which most times is delivered by a prophet, who is someone who speaks before a people on the behalf of God. Much of the Bible storyline is predictive and since the author, God, is perfect, all prophecies can be trusted. All prophecy that is from God is reliable and trustworthy. The best way to know it came from God is to compare the Bible with the Bible (passages to other passages to give each other credibility).
Most prophecy is seen in eschatology, which is the study of the end times. There is an overwhelming fascination with the end times in many Christian circles. It does not take long to begin to see all the hype over the end times. There is an obsession with charts, end-time scenarios, and of course speculation. Some of this fascination led to the popular “Left Behind” movie series, starring every 80’s girl dream guy, Kirk Cameron.
The thing to remember is eschatology is about Jesus. Everything that has happened since Jesus’ birth and resurrection, along with the events of the future (i.e.: His second coming, judgments) is eschatology. It all started with Jesus because it is all about Jesus. Until Jesus returns to establish His kingdom, we are currently living in the end times.
The best way to study eschatology is to start from the beginning. Revelation is normally a starting point for many wanting to learn about the end times but it is actually the culmination of the story. The climax was the cross and the empty tomb. It’s like paying to go see a movie and only watching the last 15 minutes of it. Joel, Amos, and Micah are good starting points.
We’ll continue this next week…
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