When I was growing up, bible prophecy was something that was discussed quite a bit in my family, so it’s always been a part of my life. The church I was in also talked about it quite a bit, though it seemed to be falling out of favor around that time. What I’ve witnessed in the last 15-20 years has been a pendulum swing the other way, to where talking about prophecy in the bible in any kind of detail almost makes people uncomfortable. People who study it in-depth are looked at as radicals, and the very idea of speculating about events, times, etc. gives people hives.
I get where some of the reaction is coming from, to some extent—for a long time, people were setting specific dates and claiming to know things, and none of it was true. And certainly, there are many other things besides prophecy that we should be focusing on, such as growing in Godly character, showing love to our brethren, and readying ourselves spiritually for the kingdom. I’ve had people argue that if we’re doing all of these things, it doesn’t really matter if we’re studying prophecy in the bible. But I don’t agree with that argument.
This post is meant to be a thought-starter for people who don’t or haven’t studied prophecy, not an all-encompassing look at the topic. This was originally a presentation that’s been adapted into article form, so we’ve included a downloadable Powerpoint at the end that covers the highlights and can be printed out if desired. The main purpose of this post is to talk about why studying prophecy in the bible is important, and then offer some key insights and direction for getting started or digging back in.
3 reasons we should care about prophecy in the bible
The bible is a lot more seamless than we give it credit for—prophecy is one of the major common threads, if not THE major thread, through the entire thing
You’d be hard-pressed to find a book in the bible that doesn’t contain prophecy (there may be a couple, but you have to try really hard). In fact, Genesis—which many people wouldn’t list as a prophetic book—is one of the most important prophetical books we have, the foundation of all bible prophecy. Go read Genesis 3, when God pronounces the punishment of Satan and Adam and Eve, and basically tells them that they’d totally screwed up, but it’s okay because He’d thought ahead and already had a plan to fix it. Read about the Tree of Life, and God commanding the start of a family. In fact, the bible starts and ends with a marriage and the establishment of a family—think that’s a coincidence? It all starts there.
Additionally, the holy days give us a framework for God’s plan for mankind. They’re the macro view of prophecy, a large-scale roadmap of when He plans to step in and how He plans to accomplish His will. Bible prophecy is a constant reminder of God’s power and omnipotence, His everlasting nature, and His ability to accomplish everything He says He will.