Enjoying the Journey
There is increased interest right now in the subject of prophecy. The entertainment world is full of speculation about apocalyptic events and the “end of the world” seems to be on the minds of many. As believers we know that the eternal God is the Source of all truth – He alone knows the beginning and the end. More than 25% of the Bible is prophetic in nature and there has never been a generation that should be more interested in it than ours!
In the final inspired prophetic book we are told, “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). We are living in days where prophecy is being fulfilled! Give more attention to prophecy and to its practical application in your own life. Here are a few resources to aid in in your study…
Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation by John F. Walvoord (This book was a personal help to me in understanding the divine connection between Daniel’s visions in the Old Testament and John’s visions in the New Testament. Daniel and Revelation must be studied together.)
Things to Come by J. Dwight Pentecost (If you are going to get one book on biblical eschatology get this one. Pentecost examines principles of interpretation, covenants, the chronology of end time events into eternity, and the varied positions that are held. Extremely helpful.)
Exploring the Future by John Phillips (I love Phillips expositions of Scripture and his method of organization. All of his “exploring” books are worth getting for the serious Bible student and especially for those who want to teach others. You will enjoy the logical progression of thought and the practical aspects of his writings. It was a joy to meet Dr. Phillips before he went to heaven. I was pleasantly surprised recently to receive a new volume in his series that has been published since his death on the subject of Ecclesiastes. His work lives on.)
God’s Prophetic Calendar by Lehman Strauss (This book is unique in that Strauss examines the seven main feasts of Israel and shows their prophetic implications for both the first coming of Christ and the final coming of Christ. One Old Testament chapter, Leviticus 23, has much to teach the New Testament Christian.)
Is This the End? by David Jeremiah (Jeremiah’s Bible teaching is full of content and application. Over the last few years he has published a number of books on the last days. This particular volume looks at signs of God’s providence in the world and seeks to answer questions related to America and other nations. I love the fact that his emphasis in on revival.)
We must never study prophecy to simply gain more information. Our goal must be to know Christ (Revelation 19:10), to be more of what God desires us to be (1 John 3:3), and to get the gospel to others while we can (Matthew 24:14). The days ahead should make a difference in how we live today!
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
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