Back To The Future: Part 1 (6/18/17)
" We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, 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. (20) Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. (21) For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." (1 Peter 1:19-21)
I. What does the word "prophecy" mean?
A "prophecy" is a message inspired by God, a divine revelation. In a broad general sense, the entire Bible can be said to be a prophecy since all of the Bible is a message inspired by God and is God's divine revelation. How was the Bible written? Its true there were 35-40 human writers God used over 1500 years. But these "prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." (1 Peter 1:21).
Prophecy can be either "foretelling" (tells of future) or "forthtelling" (conveys God's message not related to future).
II. What is the primary purpose of God's prophecies concerning our future?
It should motivate us to purity (1 John 3:2-3).
Too often in past decades, Bible prophecy was treated more as a sensational story, appealed to curiosity of the general masses. Hal Lindsey's book "The Late Great Planet Earth" came out in 1970, has sold over 15 million copies. NY Times called it the #1 non fiction bestseller of that decade!
Not a spiritual "crystal ball!" Some Christian leaders have tried to set specific dates to when Christ would return, which I believe the Bible does not reveal. ie Harold Camping
III. Jesus fulfilled over 40 Messianic prophecies as our Savior and Lord.
Genesis 3:15 - Ultimate victory of Messiah over Satan.
Isaiah 53:3-6 - Jesus was the Lamb of God slain for our sin.
Sermon series topics - future of us as Christians? New heaven/earth? Future of Satan