Prophecy strengthens Faith
12th February 2010, mgh
This Article: (5 Pages)
- 1. How do we begin to understand... Prophecy?
- 2. A Nation as Witness to God's... Existence
- 3. The Living Witnesses
- 4. Restoration of Israel
- 5. Modern Israel Witnesses today to... God's Existence
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.
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. (1 Corinthians 4:5)
This may be one of the most misunderstood passages of the Bible. Paul is notorious for long sentences of connected thoughts, and this is part of a complex wide ranging thought which lasts 2 chapters, and includes what seems opposite advice:
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. (1 Cor. 5:11-13)
We were asked what early documents establish that Rosh of Ezekiel 38 is Russia. The answer is in 2 parts, as we explain the trajectory from fulfilled prophecy in history to prophecy yet to be fulfilled.
The Revelation 12 Sign
There is much written about the sun, moon and planets aligning on in September 2017. We have many reasons for suspecting that 2017 will be a prophetically significant year, and the time of the Jewish feast of Sukkot could be more significant than any other time, but we need to understand the scripture before we consider the stars.
As I was thinking to write this article, having just read Psalm 46 as I do each year on that day, on January 25th a Bible was found untouched after a tornado hit Hattiesburg, Mississippi.