Eschatology (End Times, Prophecy, etc) Part 2

(Continued from Part 1)

“But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.’ “Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days” Acts 3:18-24

Had foretold these days, which days? Again, context is king here; some people say that it’s talking about the last days, about the days that signal the coming of Christ for His people, which gives way to the Great Tribulation…but these verses are talking about how ALL the prophets talked about the coming Christ who would redeem a people for Himself! Gospel! Let’s move on:
“All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” Acts 10:43

Same thing, bear with me just a few more Scripture verses:

“Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen” Romans 16:25-27

The mystery now revealed is the church of Christ, his body formed by both Jew and Gentile, that have as a main purpose to spread the Good News. Just see how Paul begins the letter to the Romans:

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 1:1-4

and

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” Romans 1:16

What was the main purpose of the letter to the Romans? The Gospel! What did all the prophets prophesy? the gospel! what is the heart of Biblical prophecy? The Gospel! Now, I am not saying that is the only thing talked about or the only subject that prophecy deals with, not at all, but just that, at the end everything flows from the Gospel, from God’s plan to redeem a people unto Him for His glory, not for the glory of the sinner, not because God “had” to save anyone, but because it pleased Him to do so to present unto His Son a Bride, spotless and Holy: His Church.

We become so excited with every new book on prophecy that is printed these days. So many books talking about escathology are printed today! But every single teacher, book, teaching, system of interpretation about prophecy must be filtered through this: does this have as its backbone, as its main subject the gospel of Christ? does it preach Christ and Him crucified? is it directly related to the redemption that Christ effected at Calvary? If not so, it is false. If all you see or look for in prophecy is Israel, the 666, the Antichrist, and all these minor things and forget Christ, if your attention runs wildly away from the Savior unto these things, your interpretation will be flawed! Don’t believe me, the prophets, all the prophets, not only the ones we are told are prophets (namely Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, etc) were the only prophets, but David and even the High Priest Caiaphas was one, but all these prophets will hold you accountable as to whether you’ve lost the testimony of Jesus. That will determine where you stand on how you interpret prophecies.

If the Gospel is not the backbone of ALL Biblical prophecy, then we only have two more options:

  • We interpret the prophecies through the interpretation of Bible scholars and experts. Or
  • We interpret the prophecies according to our imagination.

See, this Biblical method of holding the Gospel up high whenever interpreting prophecy is the way Jesus and the apostles did. Many people say today that we cannot do so, for they were inspired by the Holy Spirit and we are not. Well then, we only have the two options above, and those are certain to doom us.

“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me” John 15:26

If you lose the Gospel when dealing with prophecy, do you think the Spirit will lead you into all truth and show you the testimony of Jesus? I doubt it.

Don’t be drowned by all these details of Israel, the Antichrist, the seal, the Beast, animals in heaven, etc. Before you get to that, understand the foundation of prophecy, understand their purpose and where they lead to, and that, my friend, will take longer than you would study where the Antichrist will be born.

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