Why are there prophecies?

477 prophecyThere will always be someone who claims to be a prophet or believes he can calculate the date of Jesus' return. Recently I saw a report about a rabbi who was supposed to associate the predictions of Nostradamus with the Torah. Another person foretold that Jesus' second coming will be at Pentecost 2019. Many prophet-lovers try to connect the current news and biblical prophecies. Kark Barth admonished people to remain firmly rooted in Scripture as he strove to better understand the ever-changing modern world.

The purpose of the biblical script

Jesus taught that the purpose of Scripture is to reveal God - his character, purpose, and nature. The Bible accomplishes this purpose by pointing to Jesus, who is the full and definitive revelation of God. A Christ-centered reading of Scripture helps us to remain true to this purpose and helps us to avoid misinterpretation of the prophecies.

Jesus taught that He is the living center of all biblical revelation, and that we should interpret the whole Scripture (including Prophecies) from within this center. Jesus sharply criticized the Pharisees for failing on this point. Although they searched for eternal life in Scripture, they did not recognize Jesus as the source of this life (Joh 5,36-47). Ironically, her pre-understanding of Scripture blinded her to recognizing Scripture's fulfillment. Jesus showed how to interpret the Bible correctly by showing how the whole scripture refers to it as fulfilling it (Luk 24,25-27; 44-47). The testimony of the apostles in the New Testament confirms this Christ-centered interpretation method.

As the perfect image of the invisible God (Col. 1,15), Jesus reveals the essence of God through his interaction, which signifies the mutual interaction of God and humanity. This is important to remember when reading the Old Testament. This is especially relevant to keeping us from doing things like trying to apply the story of Daniel in Lions' Den to a current situation in our world, such as voting for a political office. The prophecies of Daniel are not there to tell us who to vote for. Rather, the book tells Daniel about a man who was blessed for his faithfulness to God. So Daniel points to the faithful God who is always there for us.

But is the Bible important?

Many people question that such an old book as the Bible can still be relevant today. After all, the Bible says nothing about such modern things as cloning, modern medicine, and space. Modern science and technology raise questions and riddles that did not exist in biblical times. Yet, the Bible is of great importance in our time because it reminds us that our technological advances have not changed the human condition or God's good intentions and plans for humanity.

The Bible enables us to understand our role in God's plan, including the coming fullness of His Kingdom. Scripture helps us to understand the purpose of our lives. It teaches us that our lives do not end in nothingness but are heading for a great reunion where we will meet Jesus face to face. The Bible reveals that there is purpose in life - we have been created to be united in unity and communion with our Triune God. The Bible also provides a guide to help us prepare for this rich life (2, Tim 3,16-17). It does so by constantly pointing out Jesus, the one who gives us abundant life by giving us access to the Father (John 5,39) and sending us the Holy Spirit.

Yes, the Bible is reliable, with a distinctive, highly relevant goal. Nevertheless, she is rejected by many people. The French philosopher Voltaire said in 17. Century ago that the Bible would disappear in 100 years in the darkness of history. Well, he was wrong. The Guinness world records that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time. To date, billions of copies have been sold and distributed through 5. It is both humorous and ironic that Voltaire's house in Geneva, Switzerland, was purchased by the Geneva Bible Society and served as the Bible distribution center. So much for the predictions!

The purpose of prophecies

Contrary to some, the purpose of the biblical prophecy is not to help us predict the future, but to help us recognize Jesus as Lord of history. The prophecies prepare the way for Jesus and point to him. Notice what the apostle Peter wrote about the calling of the prophets:

After this bliss [as described in the previous seven verses], they searched and researched the prophets who prophesied of the grace destined for you, and did research on which and what time the Spirit of Christ indicated, who was in them and testified beforehand the sufferings that were to 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 "(1, Petr 1,10-12 ).

Peter says that the Spirit of Christ (the Holy Spirit) is the source of prophecy and that its purpose is to predict the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It implies that if you have heard the gospel message, you have heard everything that you need to know about prophecies. The apostle John wrote about it in a similar way: "Instead, worship God! For the prophetic message that the Spirit of God inputs is the message of Jesus "(Rev. 19,10b, NGT).

Scripture is clear: "Jesus is the main theme of the prophecies." The biblical prophecies tell us who Jesus is, what he did and what he will do. Our focus is on Jesus and the life He gives us in communion with God. It's not geopolitical alliances, trade wars, or anyone predicting anything in good time. It is a great comfort to know that Jesus is both the foundation and the consummation of our faith. Our Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever.

The love of Jesus, our Redeemer, is the focus of all prophecies.

Joseph Tkach



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