The Sure Word of Prophecy
Prophecy, Why Given
WHY were the Sacred Writings given?
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our
learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might
have hope." Rom. 15:4.
By what means is all scripture given?
scripture is given by inspiration of God." 2 Tim. 3:16, first
For what is it profitable?
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness." Same verse, last part.
How was the prophecy given?
prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God
spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter 1:21.
What is the Lord able to do regarding the future?
"Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I
declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them." Isa.
How far-reaching is God's ability to reveal the future?
"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, . . . and there is
none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from
ancient times the things that are not yet done." Isa. 46:9,10.
contrast with this, note the following confession of a noted modern
historian as to man's inability to reveal the future:-
"History has yet made so slight progress toward the scientific basis
that she is able to foretell nothing that is to be hereafter. As to the
future, she is stone-blind. There is not a philosopher in the world who
can forecast the historical evolution to the extent of a single day. The
historian is as completely dumb before the problems of 1895 as a charlatan
weather-prophet ought to be with respect to the meteorological conditions
of the next season. The year will come and go. It will fulfil its purpose
in the great calendar of man-life. Its events and issues will be evolved
with scientific exactitude out of antecedent conditions. But no man living
can predict what the aspect and event will be. The tallest son of the
morning can neither foretell nor foresee the nature of what is to come in
the year that already stands knocking at the door."-John Clark
Ridpath, in Christian at Work, Dec. 27, 1894.
Knowing all things, the future is present with God. More, perhaps,
than any other one thing, the prophecies of the Bible and their fulfillment
bear witness to its divine inspiration.
To whom does God reveal the secrets of the future?
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret
unto His servants the prophets." Amos 3:7.
To whom do the things which have been revealed belong?
"The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those
things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children
forever." Deut. 29:29.
What testimony did the apostle Peter bear concerning his experience on the
mount of transfiguration?
"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we
made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but
were eye-witnesses of His majesty." 2 Peter 1:16.
When did he say he saw the majesty of Christ, and heard the voice from
"And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with
Him in the holy mount." Verse 18.
How does he emphasize the reliability of prophecy?
"And we have the word of prophecy made more sure." Verse
19, R.V. "Now more confirmed." Boothroyd's translation.
fulfillment of prophecy is a confirmation of the truth- fulness and
reliability of prophecy.
What admonition is therefore given?
"Whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp
shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in
your hearts." Verse 19, last part, R.V.
What has ever been the theme of God's prophets?
"Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your
souls. Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched
diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you." 1
Whose spirit inspired their utterances?
"Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which
was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings
of Christ, and the glory that should follow." Verse 11.
In what prophecy did Christ recognize Daniel as a prophet?
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of
by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth,
let him understand)." Matt. 24:15.
To what time were the prophecies of Daniel, as a whole, to be sealed?
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the
time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be
increased." Dan. 12:4.
What assurance was given by the angel that these prophecies would be
understood in the last days?
"And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and
sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white,
and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall
understand; but the wise shall understand." Verses 9,10.
What is the last book of the Bible called?
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto
Him." Rev. 1:1.
What is said of those who read, hear, and keep the things contained in
"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of
this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein."
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