Many Bible Prophecy experts agree that the next key event to occur in God’s plan is the Rapture of the Church to meet Christ. Dr. Tim LaHaye writes, “Christians living today have more reason than those of any generation living before us to believe that Christ could come in our lifetime.” (Are We Living In The End Times, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins). We are living in a strategic era of human history and that reality needs to inform our priorities and fuel our passion for the living God.
Bible prophecy is a love story! It is God’s revelation of the events surrounding the return of the Bridegroom (Jesus) for his Bride (the Church). Living in the end times, it is highly possible that Jesus’ return could be very soon.
The truth of Bible Prophecy protects us from the deception of false teachers. Jesus, Paul, and the Apostle Peter teach about the reality of those who would want to deceive us.
For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (Matt. 24:24)
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. (1 Tim. 4:1)
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. (2 Peter 2:1)
Bible prophecy provides the believer in Jesus many blessings. An understanding of how God is working through end-time events produces poise in the midst of unstable times, ministers comfort in the face of sorrow, and motivates personal holiness and godly living. The book of Revelation declares “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Rev. 1:3).
One third of the Bible is prophecy. In the New Testament, regarding Christ’s return, the Apostle Paul wrote, “We do not want you to be uninformed” (1 Thess. 4:13). God wants us to understand events that are yet to come, because they will influence our behavior today.
Because we want to be men and women who bring honor and glory to God, we can invite Him to search us, know us, and lead us in His everlasting way.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! See if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24)
A friend of mine once said, “If you are opposed by God … you are supremely opposed.” Psalm 139 reminds us that we need to align ourselves with God and His friends, and not yield to or condone the behavior and values of His enemies.
From before our conception, through the heights and depths of every day of our life – God’s intention is to overwhelm us with His pervasive knowledge of us. Our awareness of His knowledge of the details of our lives is meant to bring peace in the midst of heart ache and courage in times of testing.
God assures us of His caring presence even in the midst of our darkest days.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:11-14)
There is no place we can go or season of life we can experience where God is not present.
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:7-10)
Reading and praying through God’s word provides healing, courage and stability in the midst of life’s unpredictable events.