Edition 27. January 31st 2010
In this edition:
●Fulfilled Bible prophecy speaks volumes!
●Don't gamble against immeasurable odds!
The voice of God in prophetic fulfilment.
Prophecy speaks. It speaks about things that are to come from the standpoint of the prophet. But once these things have come and gone, fulfilled prophecy continues to speak, but it now speaks a new thing, which you dare not underestimate.
Bible prophecy has a 100% fulfilment record. Not one has missed! Can you see what fulfilled Bible prophecy is saying? It's saying reject it at your own peril! It's saying if you reject it you're gambling against immeasurable odds!
You may think that rejecting or sidelining Bible prophecy is very stupid, and you would be quite right, but there are untold millions who do just this.
I would like now to discuss the issue of fulfilled Bible prophecy as proof of the veracity of the Bible itself. But first a word of warning. You can see that 2+2=4. but if your heart is not right, no amount of proof will make any difference. To be right with God we need to have a soft and broken heart before our Lord and His word, then these things all truly add up in a remarkable way.
Its no use giving intellectual accent to prophecy, or the Bible in general and still being a hard hearted sinner destined for hell. The Bible declares that even the demons believe and shudder at their future!
God Himself is the ultimate prophet. The Bible says that He knows the end from the beginning!
Amos 3:7 "The Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets."
The fulfilment pattern:
There is a very clear pattern of prophecy fulfilment in the Old Testament. Every single one that saw it's fulfilment in the Old Testament was fulfilled accurately and literally in time and space. Yes of course there are many allegorical lessons that we can learn from these, but we can never say that there fulfilments was not literal.
Every single prophecy of the Old Testament that had fulfilment in the New Testament, was again fulfilled in exactly the same manner. They were all fulfilled literally with not one single miss. Some were very detailed as we will see.
Now we come to the New Testament prophecies. Again every one that saw it's fulfilment in New Testament times was fulfilled exactly, literally without exception. Every one that has been fulfilled in our day has followed the exact same pattern.
Now we come to the remaining unfulfilled prophecies of both the Old and New Testaments. Obviously, logically, they will be fulfilled in the same pattern, which is literally with no exceptions.
The odds of all prophecies being fulfilled exactly and literally is immeasurable. It is the one thing that separates the Bible far above all other religious books. Only God can see the future exactly and predict it, without fail.
The big thing that this is all saying is this: If there is a completely sure visible pattern of past fulfilment of prophecy then you can be absolutely sure that the remaining unfulfilled prophecies will continue to be fulfilled in exactly the same pattern.
Prophecy speaks accurately. It opens many doors into a glorious future.
Fulfilled Bible prophecy is the atheists nightmare!
There are so so many poor, blind believers out there with no idea or no interest in prophecy, its quite amazing. In fact they are really a product of their bind leaders!
Many so called prophets have come and gone with many failed prophecies. Nostradamus for example is hero - worshipped by many, but many of his prophecies never came to pass. Equally as many are so vague and general, that anyone can make almost anything fit them. Yes he did have many that did come true. It's worth bearing in mind that most of his prophecies were simply taken from the Bible to start with and regurgitated in a different form.
Today there are many who call themselves prophets but are themselves in great need of prophetic understanding. You can't lead others with so-called prophetic utterances if you don't understand the grand prophetic picture of the Bible.
There are no prophets that are like those in the inspired Word of God!
2 Peter 1:16-19 Speaks of three disciples who saw the risen Lord with their eyes and heard Him with their ears and then it says that there is something even more sure than seeing and hearing. verse 19 "We have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts."
This is an amazing portion of scripture. It says that prophecy is more sure than seeing or hearing. The morning star is the planet Venus and shines in the darkest part of the night signally that the day is about to dawn. When you recognise and realise the importance and significance of prophecy, that star has arisen in your own heart and it means that you now have spiritual eyes to see and understand.
Can you see how important these things are?
Fulfilled prophecies of the Old Testament:
●Isaiah 7:14 "The virgin will conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel"
●Micah 5:1 "But you Bethlehem, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come the One who is to be ruler of Israel, whose goings forth have been from everlasting to everlasting."
●Zechariah 9:9 "Behold your King is coming to you. He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt the foal of a donkey"
●Isaiah 9:6 "Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God."
●Isaiah 50:6 "I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out My beard, I did not hide my face from the shame of spitting."
●Isaiah 53:7 "He opened not His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter."
●Isaiah 53:5 "He was wounded for our transgressions."
●Zechariah 12:10 "Then they will look upon Me the one whom they pierced." 13:6 " What are these wounds in your hands? Then He will answer and say, those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends."
●Daniel 9:26 "Messiah will be cut off, but not for Himself"
●Zechariah 11: 13 "He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver". Psalm22 and 34:20 None of His bones would be broken
Isaiah 66:8 Israel to become a nation in a single day.
●Some other prophecies of the Old Testament, fulfilled in history: The exile of Israel. Preservation of their identity while in dispersion. The Hebrew language would be restored to Israel after being lost for 2000 years. Jerusalem would be restored to the Jews. Israel will prevail over its enemies. The ruins of Israel will be rebuilt. Israel will be a prosperous nation. The desert will bloom again. Israel's fruit will fill the world. The Jews would be restored to Israel, initially in spiritual blindness. Their return would be from the whole world. And many many more!
Fulfilled prophecies of the New Testament:
●Matthew 24:14 Before the end comes, the Gospel will preached in all the world.
●Matthew 24: 23-25 There will be false Messiahs before His return.
●Matthew 24:32 Israel will become a nation.
●Luke 21 23, 24 "Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentile, until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled".
●Acts 2: 24-31 Jesus would be raised from the dead.
●Ephesians 2:8-10 He would ascend to God.
●1 Timothy 4: 1 Believers will depart from the faith.
And of course many hundreds more
The bottom line:
The big bottom line in fulfilled prophecy of both the Old and New Testaments is that they were all fulfilled exactly and literally.
This means that God can see the future. it means that His word is supernatural and trustworthy. It is His word. It means that if prophecy was fulfilled in this manner, you can bet your life on the fact that the remaining prophecies will be fulfilled in the same pattern.
I've presented just a few fulfilled prophecies above, there a thousands of others. It's important to realise that there are five times more prophecies of the second coming and related events, as with the first coming of our Lord. One fifth of the Bible is prophetic.
There are a great many prophecies for today, which remain unfulfilled. Most of these are right on the doorstep. I'll deal with unfulfilled prophecies in a coming edition. It's important to understand what fulfilled prophecy is essentially saying first, because it lays the foundation.
The overall purpose of prophecy
God has given the church five ministry giftings to make it work properly and be complete. These are apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. If one is missing the church is incomplete right at its foundation.
Because we as believers are in a spiritual environment, you can be very sure that if something as important as the prophetic is missing, the devil will oblige and fill the gap! He will fill that gap with human opinion and many other things. You see, prophecy is essentially a look into the mind of God, who Himself knows the future! Many churches today have nothing more than the mind of the leader.
With the knowledge of the prophetic missing from the church, it is blind and is in extreme danger, much more than it can imagine.
In fact the Bible predicts that the world will throw their weight, give their hearts minds and souls blindly to the antichrist and his sidekick the false prophet in days not far from now.
Prophecy gives us light in this dark world, it brings hope, peace, security and everything that the world can't give.
Arguments against prophecy:
●There are many who say it's all open to interpretation. Well, this is simply another way of casting down the importance of prophecy and the Bible itself. The Bible warns that in these days, just when prophecy is being fulfilled at an alarming rate, there would be people who would become last days scoffers and end time mockers, saying "where is the hope of His coming, all things will carry on as normal". Does this sound familiar? It's just the same as the scoffers in Noah's day! (2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 18)
●There are some who say that prophecy is simply a warning and if we heed the warning, the events will not come about. This is most certainly true with some portions of scripture. For example the Bible warns Gentile churches that if they come against or boast against what God is doing with the re-grafting of the Jews back into their own Olive Tree (Romans 11), they (the Gentiles) will be cut off, just as the Jews were cut off for their unbelief.
Thankfully there are many who have heeded the warning and will not be cut off. There are also many who won't heed the warning and will be cut off. (Please read the previous edition on replacement theology for much more on this.)
But the great majority of prophecies are not conditional. They are God's look into future events. They will happen exactly.
●Some believe that God is sitting in heaven pushing button, so to speak. He is making this or that happen. This is essentially Calvinism gone to pot. Because God knows the future it doesn't mean that He is making everything happen. Although we need to be aware that in the tribulation period, when His anger and fury is in play, there are many things then, that will be a direct result of His action.
●People make the big mistake of thinking that prophecy is all doom gloom and bad news. Let me put it another way; the correct way.
If you throw a criminal in jail, the environment in which he operated is now cleansed and a little bit better. Well, Bible prophecy, although it deals with many issues, is primarily centred around the cleansing of this world and the purifying of the universe! It's all about the coming glory of purity, holiness, righteousness, peace, calm and untold joy. But first of all, the trash has to be taken out!
God's prophetic word, is not bad news at all, its the best news ever! It's only bad news if you're in love with the world and it's ways.
Prophecy is not given to us so that we can be fascinated. It's not given to us so that we can prove ourselves right and others wrong (that only increase your guilt) It's not even given to us so that we can know the future (although that is a secondary purpose). It's given to us so that we can know God and His ways more deeply and intimately and be ready for Him at His coming.
The big thing is to know God and be known by Him!
Fulfilled Bible prophecy is so powerful and incredible on many fronts. It's main central theme is the destruction of Satan's kingdom and the triumph of our God of glory and His kingdom. It's greater purpose is the purification of the universe and setting up of the glorious eternity of eternities.
1 John 3:3 "Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." The "hope in Him" that is being referred to here is the hope of His coming. If this subject is not taught, or you are ignorant of it, how can you be complete?
2 Timothy 4:8 "Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness...but not only to me, but all who loved His appearing."
Heaven or hell:
The crowns of this world are useless, valueless, and meaningless compared to the crowns of glory which are laid up before us. These women may think they're important because of their crowns, but its what God thinks that counts. These crowns will fade, as will the reasons for which they were given. Let me tell all you ladies something: If you are saved, born again of the Spirit of God, your beauty will never fade. You will never grow old, wrinkled and full of stretch marks. In eternity your glory will shine forever. it will be incorruptible!
Eternal crowns of glory are all that matter. The crowns awarded by our Lord to his servants will never fade and never be able to be taken away. They are given for the acceptable works of righteousness done by His servants. Gold, silver and precious stones are also used to symbolise the eternal rewards given to believers who faithfully did His will and His work, His way. What a tragedy to stand before God and be stripped of every reward of man and be awarded no eternal crown.
Luke 4:18-23 Jesus was handed the book of Isaiah, he found the place where it is written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me"...He closed the book, gave it back and sat down. He then said "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!