Why Study Bible Prophecy?
Many Christians avoid the book of Revelation. They dont understand it because it was not taught to them nor have they taken time to really study it. But it is Gods word. Others avoid it because the return of Christ might cut short their plans. Peter spoke of those who said its been too long, " there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation" (II Peter 3:3-4). He answers them simply, " one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, " vs. 8.
Here are some reasons to study prophecy:
God Promises a Blessing to All Who Read and Keep the Words of the Book of Revelation!
"Blessed is he that readeth; and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand" (Revelation 1:3).
A large segment of the Bible is prophecy. Dr. John Wesley White, associate evangelist to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, says:
(a) One-fourth of the Bible is given to prophecy, (including prophecy already fulfilled).
(b) 1845 times in the Bible (Old and New Testaments), God mentions the second coming of Christ, not counting the prophecies of His first coming.
(c) 318 of these references to the second coming of Christ are in the New Testament.
(d) Seven of ten chapters in the New Testament, or 70%, refer directly or indirectly to the second coming of Christ; therefore, it makes sense to give it as much attention in our Bible preaching and Bible teaching as the Bible does."
(REENTRY, Zondervan, White, 1970)
Preaching and Teaching the Second Coming Motivates the Lost to be Saved.
Matthew 24:44 says, "Therefore be ye
also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh."
You may not have 70 years to think about this.You may not have tomorrow! If
you are lost, accept Christ NOW!!! Christ may come today. Are you ready?
The Imminent Return of Jesus Motivates Christian Living
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God: and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure" (I John 3:2,3).
The Return of Christ Motivates Christians to Witness to the Lost.
We all have loved ones and friends who are lost and
need to be saved. How long do we have to win them?
The Return of Christ is a Comfort to True Christians Who Love Jesus!
In I Thessalonians 4:16,17, Paul tells of the glorious
return of Christ. "For the Lord
himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
In verse 18, Paul then says, "Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
So are you ready if Christ were to come today? Are you sure you are saved? You can be saved and know it. Heres how: In Romans 10:9 we read, " if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God raised Him from the dead " That means that you must believe that Jesus is the crucified, risen Lord and make Him Lord of your life.
Are you right with God? You may have believed in Jesus but would you be ashamed if Jesus were to come today? He certainly could. What about your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers?
On the positive side, are you missing a blessing? "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him" (1Cor. 2:9). So set your affections on Gods future plans and you wont be so discouraged now. Amen.
© 2002 D. B. Martin