Today, in our lesson on Bible prophecy, we will look at the characteristic of the Holy Spirit’s role in Bible prophecy.
Our study passage comes from 2 Peter 1:21.
21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Let’s dig in.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. But how did we get these words? Who wrote them, and how did the writers know what to write?
God and humans were active participants in the production of Scripture. God was the source of the content of Scripture. The Bible reflects what God said. Human authors also played a role in that they recorded what God said.
How did they do this? The Holy Spirit carried them along.
Notice Scripture says that prophecy did not come along by man’s own interpretation.
The difference between the Lord’s prophets and the false prophets was the revelation by God through the Holy Spirit. False prophets did not receive revelations from God. The prophets of the Lord did not speak or do anything on their own or of their own mind.
The Holy Spirit inspired and dictated to the authors what they were to write down. Thus, we can be confident that the Bible was written by holy men inspired, influenced, and assisted by the Holy Spirit.
Our faith is not based on fairy tales made up by random folks.
One distinct sign of a false prophet is the failure of their prophecies to come true. For example, in 2020, many prophesied that Donald Trump would be reelected for another four years. In addition, one famous Word of Faith pastor prophesied that the virus would disappear by July 2020. Needless to say, neither of those came to fruition. Based on the Bible, they didn’t get their information from the Lord. That is to say, many did it strictly for hype and recognition.
A characteristic of Bible prophecy is the Holy Spirit, who plays an active role in communicating the Word of God.
Let us also remember what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Next time we’re together, we will look deeper at the principle of prophecy not being of one’s own interpretation. We are laying the groundwork for Bible prophecy so that when we start looking at prophecies in the Bible, we will already be comfortable knowing the prophecies in the Bible are from God. They are what God wants us to know.
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