By Nathan Jones
What is the purpose of Bible prophecy?
On July 16, 2014, I was interviewed by Vic Batista, senior pastor of the Miami-based Calvary Chapel Aventura on his radio program "The Truth Will Set You Free" via TWave Radio. "Pastor Vic" (as he likes to be called) was born in the Dominican Republic and is as active in planting churches and helping orphans there as he is in southern Florida, reaching out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to both the English and Spanish speaking audiences.
In this "The Truth Will Set You Free" episode, we discuss the amazing events surrounding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The first half of the discussion is in English, while the second half is translated into Spanish.
Purpose of Prophecy
Vic: Many people have the wrong impression of Eschatology. They think it's all bad news, when in reality it's meant to help us live lives that are pure so that we can be ready for the Rapture.
Nathan: Exactly. Many people get hung up on the seven year Tribulation and the Mark of the Beast, and they wonder who the Antichrist is and where is he going to rise from. While all of these are important to understand, 31% of the Bible is God's prophetic Word. The biggest subject in prophecy is the return of Jesus Christ to set up His Kingdom. Even though terrible times are coming, the Bible wants us to know that better times are following which will last for all of eternity.
Put two of your fingers close together and imagine a tiny little line bridging them. Picture that represents the prophetic time of terror coming to this world. Now, spread your arms as far as they can go, and picture that as eternity. The bad of human history is short lived, but the good lasts forever after. That's the glory of God's plan for the ages, the fact that we get to be with the Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity.
Bible prophecy is all about the excitement of Jesus' return to set up His Kingdom. It's going to be a kingdom of peace and righteousness and justice. No more will there be corruption or oppressive human government or starvation and sick people. Justice will rule and reign, and there will be plenty again for everyone. That's the time that I'm looking forward to.
Vic: Praise the Lord! No more credit cards, too, or high taxes, for the world will experience unbelievable bounty under Jesus' reign.
Nathan: Right, no more slavery to debt. However, there will be work in the Millennial Kingdom and the eternal state, but it will be rewarding work. We'll have our new glorified bodies. There will be perfect peace.
The Last War
Nathan: There is one last prophetic war that will occur at the end of the Millennial Kingdom though. Jesus will release Satan from the Pit so that those who reject Jesus during the Millennial Kingdom can have their own leader. They will rebel against Jesus by teaming up with Satan against God for one final battle.
There's a very interesting fact about God. All throughout history He's been like a farmer threshing the grain. He takes the good grain in and burns up the weeds. Human history is like a series of crops. The Lord wants to spend eternity with the good grain, which are the people who love Him and choose to be with Him forever. That's what the past 6,000 years of human history have been about. It's about gathering people who love God so that they can spend eternity with Him.
Knocking on Your Heart
Vic: You mentioned those who want to be with God. God is a gentleman. He doesn't push His way into anybody's life. Revelation 3 says that He's knocking at the door of the hearts of people. Nathan, can you tell that person who may not be saved how they can begin their relationship with Jesus.
Nathan: Jesus said that He is at the door of our heart and He is knocking. He's waiting for us to let Him in.
We live under the wrath of God because we were born into sin. If you have ever lied or cheated or stolen, then you are a sinner and you face the judgment of God. He is the judge of the universe, and we must pay for our crimes.
But, Jesus Christ did not want us to die and face that punishment of Hell, so He died on our behalf. Our sins fell upon Him. When we accept Him in faith as our Lord and Savior, then those sins are forgiven and our punishment is exonerated. We can then finally stand before God pure and holy. That's what Jesus wants.
Jesus wants you to accept Him as your Savior. In your heart out of faith and repentance pray, "Dear, Jesus, please forgive me of my sins and be my Savior." Jesus promises to forgive you of your sins and to give you a new life. He'll give you that hope that Vic and I are talking about. You can be saved. You will then be raptured with the Church. And you'll spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, eventually seeing Him come back in His glory at the Second Coming.