Yesterday, I touched on the subject of America and Bible prophecy. Many biblical scholars have determined that America is not in the Bible. They have their reasons. I cannot locate America as a country in the Bible either. When it comes to prophecy, is not finding America in the Bible, make prophecy less relevant today? No.
Our study passage comes from Revelation 22:10.
“And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.”
The book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible and chapter 22 is the last chapter in the book.
Why the warning about sealing up the prophecy of this book? Prophecy is relevant. It was relevant in the Old Testament and it is relevant in the New Testament. Furthermore, prophecy is relevant today.
There are several prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled. The book of Revelation is a prime example.
The Lord through the angel told John to keep the words of the prophecy open. He was not to seal up the words he was given. Unlike Daniel who was told to seal the book, John was to share what he had seen with others so they could obey God’s commandments.
When Jesus returns, our eternal destinies will be finalized. But in the meantime, we should be paying attention.
Bible prophecy is relevant. God gave us his word and he has shared with all who will read the Bible what he plans to do with the earth and humanity. It will come as a surprise to many because they have never read the Bible. They have no idea what God’s plans are. They have no idea what he has already done.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Let’s review the characteristics of Bible prophecy we have looked at so far.
Bible prophecy is:
- Given by God
- Centered in Christ
- Inspired by the Holy Spirt
- Not of our own interpretation
Our last characteristic of Bible prophecy? Man cannot change it.
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