Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
With the pressures of life and the very real struggles people face, some believers may wonder if studying Bible prophecy is relevant to their daily lives. Wouldn’t it be more practical to spend time studying scripture that relates to topics such as work, marriage, raising kids, resisting temptation, or living without worry? All of those are extremely valid areas of study, but I have also found that studying Bible prophecy has some overarching practical benefits that are critically important to our daily lives as believers in Jesus Christ.
Over the years as I have studied Bible prophecy, I’ve noticed that it affects the way I live. As I am reminded that Christ’s return is drawing closer and that many people I know still need to turn to Christ for salvation, there are three things that happen internally.
The first is I find myself wanting to grow spiritually and live with more purity and dedication in a world that seems to be growing darker by the day. I find that I have more passion and resolve to live the way Christ calls us to live as I see the Bible come to life and as I anticipate His return.
Second, I find myself wanting to point others to Jesus because I want as many people as possible in heaven with me when the dust settles. Third, I find myself living with a much clearer Biblical perspective as I view world events through the eyes of Bible prophecy. Armed with a deeper trust and knowledge that God has a specific plan and that He keeps his promises, I’m more able to live courageously and purposefully in the face of an increasingly unstable world. So, in essence I’ve found that the study of prophecy helps me to grow in my faith, share my faith, and see with the eyes of faith. Or, you may calling simply: discipleship, evangelism, and developing an accurate biblical world view.
In the next 3 posts, I’ll cover each of those areas in more detail. In the mean time, I encourage you study Bible prophecy—the Central Nervous System of Scripture—and see if you don’t experience these 3 practical benefits.