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Understand the Reason
for Prophecy

God has given us these prophetic passages in Daniel and other parts of the Old and New Testaments so that we will not be deceived. Scroll down for more.

I want to suggest four practical reasons why God has given us Bible prophecy.
 

  1. Bible prophecy helps us to have a realistic view of humanity. It shows us the futility of solving our sin problem and fallen condition. Through prophecy, we gain a long view of history from the beginning to the end and learn that no humanly devised solution can ever work. This does not mean we give up. We still seek to grow spiritually, live compassionately, serve obediently, and alleviate the pain and misery of people around us. But all of our solutions are temporary at best. We have no illusions that we will ever solve the problems our fallenness has resolved. We may be able to alleviate some suffering or improve people's understanding of their situation, but we cannot solve the problem of the human condition. We were born into sin as children of Adam and Eve, and only God can solve that problem, and he solved it through his Son, Jesus. Bible prophecy helps us to understand that this is so. He gives us a realistic view of our human condition.
     

  2. Bible prophecy teaches us to employ spiritual weapons rather than human strategies and pressure tactics to solve human problems. It continually amazes me that Christians do not learn this lesson. Our warfare is spiritual warfare. Our weapons are spiritual weapons: the belt of God's truth, the armor of God's righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of God's Word, and the power of prayer (see Ephesians 6:14-18). Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the forces of evil in the invisible realms.

    For some reason, we insist on conducting this battle. Our way is using human wisdom, human strategy, and human tactics. We would instead establish a program, launch a political campaign, or conduct a protest rally than go to God in prayer. We would instead operate our wisdom and strength and call upon the omniscient and omnipotence of the God that created the universe. If we trusted in the firepower of our spiritual arsenal, we would rely on that 100%.
     

  3. Bible prophecy teaches us to manifest as a spirit of trust in God and confidence in His Word despite the worsening conditions in this world. When we hear about the cataclysmic events of the end times, many of us begin to quake in fear. But Jesus said we should have precisely the opposite reaction. 
    “When these things begin, stand up and lift your head because your redemption is approaching.” (Luke, 21:28)

    When we see prophecy being fulfilled, we should not despair; we should rejoice. This means that history is playing out exactly as God said it would. This should confirm our faith, not weaken it.
     

  4. Bible prophecy tells us to build ties of love toward our fellow believers. As the world grows darker, Christian love and fellowship become all the more critical to our lives. The writer of Hebrews wrote,  
    “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing but encouraging one another. And all the more as you see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

    We need one other in the body of Christ, and that need grows as the end of time approaches. Don't isolate yourself from other believers or go off on your own. Get to know your brothers and sisters in Christ. Believers need to spend time together, praying together, studying the Word together, encouraging one another, serving another, loving one another, and learning to trust one another. The day may come when you will be called to lay down your lives for one another, and you will do so with joyful hearts because these people will have become your family of faith.
     

Bible prophecy was not given to us to satisfy our curiosity but to spur us on to obedience, righteousness, and love. It was not provided to increase our knowledge but to change our lives. It was given to move us from a mere profession of faith to a more profound practice of faith.

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is coming to end war and tribulation to sin and suffering that is encouraging and uplifting, as well as these prophetic messages for your life and mine.

So stand up, brothers and sisters, and lift your heads because your redemption is coming soon.

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