The Point of Prophecy

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Missing the Point of Prophecy


The danger of familiarity with prophecy—indeed, with any portion of Scripture—is that even if we apparently interpret it correctly, we can still miss the point. We can easily become self-deceived hearers and not doers of the Word (James 1:22). When we fail to make applications to our lives, we fail to truly grasp the reason God gave prophecy—all while congratulating ourselves on how much we know about the end times. King Herod obtained a correct interpretation of the prophecy of Micah 5:2 from the priests and scribes (Matt. 2:5-6), but those prophetic experts failed to walk a few miles to go worship the One who came to fulfill such prophecy.

According to God’s Word, the anticipation of our Savior’s return should produce in us a hope that manifests itself in righteousness. We must be holy people who are zealous of good works (Titus 2:14). We must not become so obsessed with details (or speculations) about the future that we miss the fact that God wins and that we should live before His face at all times.

Our growth in purity is the point of prophecy. A proper study of prophecy should fuel a holy longing to meet our Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ, face-to-face. It should motivate us to prepare for that glorious day by pursuing holiness now. Our lives should show that we are not ultimately citizens of this time and place, but that we look forward to an eternal kingdom and a new heaven and new earth, where righteousness dwells. We should not be puffed up by knowledge, but seek to “worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10). May we so preach, teach, and live.

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