Truth, Understanding, Insight

Prophecy strengthens Faith

12th February 2010, mgh


1) How do we begin to understand Prophecy?

Most people are daunted by the word 'prophecy' and don't know where to begin or how to understand prophecy and even what actually is prophetic. However the Bible gives clear clues to the understanding of prophecy. Paul, writing to the Romans, states that the Word of God is the source of knowledge and knowledge will then lead to faith.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:13-17)

Amos assures us that the plan of God has been revealed through the prophets.

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.(Amos 3:7)

In these two quotations we have two very important points. Knowledge of God's plan is found in the written Word, through the writings of the prophets, which are found in the Old Testament.