The future

150 prophetieNothing sells as well as prophecies. It's true. A church or ministry can have a stupid theology, a weird head, and nonsensical strict rules, but they have some world maps, a pair of scissors, and a stack of newspapers, along with a preacher who can reasonably well express himself, then it seems, people will send you bucketfuls of money. People are afraid of the unknown and they do not know the future. So it seems that any old street vendor who comes along, claiming that he knows the future, can muster a very nice following if he is smart enough to fake God's signature for his predictions by juggling scriptures like a circus artist ,

But one thing we need to be clear about if we do not want to be on the brink of obtrusive prophets is this: Biblical prophecy is not about the future. It's about recognizing Jesus Christ. If you want a good case for the addiction to predictions, then you just hand your mind to the self-proclaimed messenger of God, so that you can fill it with inventions about which particular despot is indeed the "king of the south" or the "king of the south." Nordens "or" the beast "or" the false prophet "or the tenth" horn "is. It will be a lot of fun, very exciting, and almost as spiritually useful as playing Dungeons and Dragons for the rest of your life. Or you could take a lesson from the apostle Peter. He had some thoughts about prophecy - its origin, value and purpose. He knew what it was about. And he gave us this information in 1. Peter's letter continues.

"After this beatitude, the prophets who prophesied of the grace destined for you sought and searched for what and what time the Spirit of Christ indicated, who was in them and who testified before the suffering that should come upon Christ and the glory thereafter. It has been revealed to them that they should not serve themselves but you with what is now proclaimed to you by those who have preached the gospel to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven "(1Pt 1,10-12).

Here is the "inside information" for us, directly from the mouth of Peter:

  • The Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, is the source of prophecy (Revelation 19,10 says the same thing).
  • The purpose of the prophecy was to predict the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • When you have heard the gospel, you have heard everything there is to know about prophecy.

And what did Peter expect from his readers who received this information? Simply this, "Therefore gird the loins of your mind, be sober, and put all your hope in the grace which is offered to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ" (v. 13). Turning our mind to grace means living the "rebirth" (v. 3) through faith, while "loving each other with a pure heart" (v. 22). Wait a moment, you say. What about the Book of Revelation? Revelation predicts the future, does it not?

No. Not in the way the prophets think addicts. The image of the revelation about the future is simply that one day Jesus will return, and everyone who receives him with joy will share in his kingdom, and anyone who opposes him will be left empty-handed. The message of the Book of Revelation is a call never to give up in the service of our Lord, even if we are killed for it, because we are safe in His loving hands - regardless of what the seemingly never-ending parade of evil systems, governments and people would like to do something to someone.

Bible prophecy, including the Book of Revelation, revolves around Jesus Christ - who he is, what he did and the simple fact that he will return. In the light of this truth - the truth of the gospel - prophecy includes a call for "holy transformation and pious beings as we await the coming of God's day" (2Pt 3,12). False representations of Bible prophecy are just distracting attention from their true message - the "simplicity and sincerity that is in Christ" (2Kor 11,3). The addiction to predictions sells well, but the cure is free - a good dose of the unvarnished gospel.

by Michael Feazell