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The Bible contains hundreds of fulfilled prophecies just as they were recorded years ahead of time, and there are hundreds more waiting to be fulfilled. So it’s clear that prophecy is important to God.
Some of the Bible’s longest books, such as Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, are prophetic, and many of its other books, like Genesis, Psalms and Paul’s epistles, also contain prophecies. Prophecy is important to God and it should also be important to us for the following reasons:
In Isaiah 46:9-10 God declares, using prophecy as an example, that no one or nothing can remotely approach His power: “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” (NIV). He ends this statement saying, “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” (NIV) .
Paul summarized this very well in Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Two long chapters of the Bible—Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28—also clearly spell this out. They’re commonly known to Bible students as the “blessings and curses” chapters.
Isaiah repeats this theme: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”(Isaiah 55:6-7)
All prophecy is ultimately a message of hope, and the prophecies of the Bible almost always end with good news. We have God’s assurance He is in perfect control, and that He is a God of love (1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16).
As Paul told Timothy, God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). If and when we do so, God promises to bless and care for us, intent on fulfilling His purpose for us.
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