Why is it so Important to Study "Bible Prophecy"?
Bible prophecy confirms the divine inspiration of Scripture. Bible prophecy exalts God above all others as the only One who knows the end from the beginning. We are exhorted to listen to and heed Bible prophecy.
Prophetic declarations exalt God and confirm the divine inspiration of Scripture:
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
Over one fourth of the Bible consists of Bible prophecy:
In addition to the Old Testament books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel and the twelve Minor Prophets, a good portion of the Psalms and many other passages such as Genesis 49 record future events.
In the New Testament, four books - I and II Thessalonians, Jude, Revelation, as well as many passages in the Gospels and in the other epistles deal with prophecy.
The Second Coming of the Lord is mentioned 318 times in the New Testament.
Salvation is the only subject referred to in the New Testament more frequently than the Second Coming.
The ordinance of communion is only recorded twice in the thirteen epistles of Paul, but the return of Christ is mentioned fifty times.
The Bible contains 1,817 individual predictions concerning 737 separate subjects found in 8,352 verses. These numerous predictions comprise 27 percent of the 31,124 verses in the whole of the Scriptures.
We are exhorted to listen to and heed prophecy:
2 Peter 1:19
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, 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.
Blessed is the one who reads 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.
All of the Feasts of the LORD were appointed times which not only commemorated historical events that took place for the nation of Israel, but also are prophetic pictures that foreshadowed Christ. Jesus Christ fulfilled the spring cycle of biblical festivals in His First Advent by instituting the New Covenant at the Passover; being entombed during the Feast of Unleavened Bread; resurrecting on the Festival of Firstfruits; and sending the promised Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
To learn what the Bible has to say concerning the Second Coming of Christ and the fulfillment of the fall cycle of biblical festivals read, THE LAST DAYS CALENDAR.
The very first verse of the Book of Revelation declared to the churches of the first century that something “must soon take place.”