We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.2 Peter 1:19
Here’s why Bible prophecy is important for you. Fulfilled Bible prophecy is one of the most compelling evidences that the Bible is from God. As you will discover, major historical events were told centuries, and in some cases, thousands of years in advance. These prophecies were fulfilled to the exact detail. No other document in the world can make this claim. The only logical explanation is that the book is supernatural in nature.
I can’t show God to you, but I can show you his fingerprints all over fulfilled prophecy. I would encourage you to Bible prophecy with an attitude of genuine truth-seeking wherever it may lead. Christianity is believed by faith, but it is a faith built on facts and evidence—not a blind faith. God never expected us to check our brains at the door as we consider the claims of Scripture. For those sincerely seeking patterns of evidence, I believe they will follow those patterns to the God of the Bible.
Fulfilled Bible prophecy also demonstrates God’s faithfulness. He is a promise-keeper. Experts report that 27-33% of the Bible is prophecy. Over 10,000 of the 31,102 verses in the Bible contain prophecy, and all but end-time prophecies have already been fulfilled. That is no small down payment. God has put his money where his mouth is and demonstrated his promise-keeping faithfulness to generations of believers.
End-time prophecies predict several breathtaking events, not the least of which is the rapture, in which all true believers in Christ are taken to be with the Lord in an instant prior to a terrible time on Earth known as the Tribulation period. If not for the avalanche of already-fulfilled prophecies, it would be extremely difficult to believe some of the amazing claims of end-time prophecies.
Last but not least, Bible prophecy should motivate us to share the good news about God’s free gift of salvation with our friends and loved ones. Whether we’ll see the Lord return in our day or not, we are closer to those events than any other generation in history. Furthermore, we are witnessing a convergence of end-time conditions which, at the very least, demonstrate that the world is being readied for end-time prophecies to be fulfilled. As one prophecy expert often says, “Things are not falling apart, they are falling into place!
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