By Nathan Jones
What does the study of Bible prophecy give the Christian?
On Saturday, November 19, 2011, I was interviewed by host August Rosado of the BlogTalkRadio show Signs of the Times. August is a Bible prophecy teacher and preacher and founder of a ministry called Today in Bible Prophecy. He has and continues to be a personable guest on our television program Christ in Prophecy. He and I shared a number of the blessings the study of Bible prophecy gives the believer in Christ.
Prophecy Gives Purpose
August Rosado: In Daniel 12:4, God told the Jewish prophet Daniel, "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." I believe that is our generation that the angel was talking about to Daniel. So, Jesus must be coming back really soon.
Nathan Jones: Oh, amen, Brother! That's the primary message of Lamb & Lion Ministries. We want people to get excited.
You know how at times it feels like the Lord is never going to come back, that He is never going to keep His promise that He will return like He said at His Ascension? Well, I can understand how people give up and they grow lax and they grow lazy. But, if you believe and understand that Jesus is coming back, it gives us hope for a great future while living in this dark, dark world. It gives us a purpose for living because we now know we need to evangelize to the best of abilities. Jesus' soon return gives us a future hope. It's the hope in that we know the Lord will return in victory.
We should also respond to the knowledge of the Lord's soon return by living holy lives. I have little kids, and occasionally you come across them when they are doing something they're not supposed to be doing. When caught, you know how they can give you that oh so guilty look? Well, I don't want to be like that when the Lord comes back. When the Lord comes back I want to be doing the right thing by serving Him. So, understanding Bible prophecy gives us the motivation to live holy lives while anticipating that the Lord could return at any moment.
August Rosado: That's right. When you just mentioned that truth I was reminded of what Paul said in Titus 2:11-12 he said, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world."
The grace of God offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. Then Paul says in verse 13, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." So, Bible prophecy motivates us to live holy. It motivates us to live lives that are godly in this present world. Bible prophecy puts the fear of God in us, knowing that Jesus can return at any moment.
Nathan Jones: Amen, exactly!
Bible prophecy is a third of the Bible. That's 31% of the Bible that's about prophecy. And yet, so many people because they don't want to study or they think it is too difficult just ignore it. But, you just can't ignore 31% of the Bible. That'd be like reading a book and forgetting what you read, or not even reading the last third of the book. How would you know how it's going to turn out? How was the mystery solved? Did the good guy win, or did he lose? Well, that's what Bible prophecy gives us. It gives us the thrilling ending to the book.
The ending of the book tells us that Jesus will return. Jesus will defeat His enemies. He will cast Satan into Hell one day. And, those of us who put their faith in Jesus Christ will live with Him forever in eternity in His home the New Jerusalem which will be brought to earth. Wow! Bible prophecy even tells us what our destination is. Bible prophecy tells us what our relationship with Christ will be. And, Bible prophecy gives us hope that all the wickedness that we see now will finally end.
Now you can see why Dr. Reagan and me and you August are infectious with excitement, because Bible prophecy gives us so much hope and anticipation for the future.
In the next part of this Interview by August, we'll come up with some theories on why some people have given up on Bible prophecy.