Did you know that over 25% of Bible verses contain prophecy? Since the Bible makes prophecy a priority—so should our churches and we as individuals. In fact many churches in this country do not teach prophecy at all or may include a very small morsel of prophecy in their diet. Why do pastors and teachers ignore 25% of the Bible? A few possibilities: people will be scared; might offend some; people might not tithe; might be called “looney”; and the fact that some pastors and teachers do not understand it.
This could be one cause of the apostasy growing in our churches today. We also have within our churches the “feel good philosophy”, “easy believism”, “watered down gospel”, “need your money”, “no Lordship”, “we accept everyone with no changes”, and more. The church is looking more and more like the world—wake up church—the end times are near.
Now seriously consider the following reasons for churches and individuals to teach and study prophecy. These are just a few of many:
- One of best evangelistic tools today: Most people want to know about the future. Prophesy reveals the one and only true God. Prophesy also reveals the impending judgment to come with unbelievers.
- Reveals the person, plans, and purpose of Jesus Christ.
- Amazing apologetic: One can defend his or her faith based on past fulfilled prophecy and prophetical events which are yet to come. The Bible has a 100% accuracy rate with regards to past fulfilled prophecy.
- Inspires us to lead a holy and godly life: A life filled with purity, purpose and preparedness. Makes us less attached to the temporal and more willing to invest in the eternal.
- Enables us to understand the times we are living in: This knowledge can help eliminate fears, anxiety, apathy, and a loss of hope.
- Brings a promise of blessing: God promises a blessing to every one who “reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heeds the things which are written in it (Rev. 1:3)