About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
I've heard it said that
those who study Biblical prophecy are too heavenly minded to be of any
earthly good. In other
words, if you're thinking of the future, you're of little value in the
present. I suggest that
those who understand the seriousness of end time events, including the
Great White Throne Judgment and the
The Bible allots a huge
chunk of its pages to prophecy. That
fact alone makes it important. Israelis
in the Old Testament didn't think it was important.
They ignored it and thus missed their Messiah when He came to
them. I wouldn't want that
to happen to you.
Many of those who oppose
the study of prophecy will tell you that every generation throughout
history has believed Jesus would return in their generation.
By saying this they suggest that the study of prophecy is futile.
Whatever happens will happen.
So don't concern yourself with the future.
My answer to that is this. "So
what! What does that have to
do with anything"? The
fact that every generation has looked forward to their beloved Lord's
return is commendable. I
suggest we should be anticipating the return of Jesus along with all of
the other generations. Romans
8:18 to 21 tells us that even creation is eagerly anticipating Jesus'
return. If created things
look forward to His return, shouldn't we?
We all like a blessing
from time to time. Well,
Revelation 1:3 tells us that if we take the book of Revelation to heart,
we'll be blessed. We forfeit
this blessing by saying prophecy is too hard to figure out, so why try. There
are so many differing opinions, how can anyone know what's right.
This reasoning is both irrational and illogical. Experts
in every field of endeavor have differing opinions.
We don't expect them to shut down their research just because of
these differences. If we
took this approach to life, none of us would have graduated from
elementary school. You don't
give up on grade 1 math because you don't understand university math.
You start at the beginning. You
take one step at a time until full understanding comes.
In Mark 13:33 Jesus
commands us to watch and pray for the events that end this age.
He's telling us to pay attention to what's happening in the world
around us. Watch for the
prophetic signs that point to the end.
Once we see these end time signs, we pray about them.
Of course, if you don't know the signs to watch for you'll miss
them, and you certainly won't be praying about them.
In John 16:33 Jesus
foretold certain events
I could probably scrape up a few more reasons why Biblical prophecy is important, but I'm sure you get my point. Jesus forewarns us of many things that lie ahead. If He has taken the time to tell us these things, we should take the time to listen to what He has said.