Prophecy: An Introduction

ProphesyWhat you see and read on this site’s Prophecy Fulfilled in Our Time page are historical events that have happened in “our generation”- in other words, within the past century- that certain present day Bible teachers and preachers interpret as PERHAPS being connected with certain prophetic texts of the Scriptures. But first, let’s examine the topic of “Prophecy”.

DEFINING “PROPHECY: The READER is first instructed here on the difference between PROPHESY (a verb) and PROPHECY (the noun).

In Romans 12:6 you can actual see BOTH words- prophecy and prophesy in the very same verse of Scripture:

PROPHESY is a VERB, pronounced “prof-a-sie” and is the ACTION of communicating that a PROPHECY– a NOUN pronounced “prof-a-see” will happen in the future.

Check out Romans 12:6 having BOTH of the words:  “…Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith…”

Paul speaks here concerning spiritual gifts, among which includes the spiritual gift of “prophecy”- the noun-, with his instruction to the one possessing the gift to “prophesy” – the verb.


As it relates to the Scriptures and followers of Jesus Christ, “prophecy” is…

> A foretelling; a prediction;
> a declaration of something to come;
> in Scripture, “prophecy” is as a prophetic book, a history; i.e. as the prophecy of Ahijah. 2 Chron. 9.

…and prophecy is…

> as in preaching; public interpretation of Scripture; exhortation or instruction. Prov.31.

Credibility of Prophets: “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him…” (Deut. 18:22).

I find it astonishing that some theologians actually argue that a “prophet” can be “mistaken” about a prophecy, and yet still be considered a “true” prophet! My “opinion may be over-simplified”…but I believe in a God who is 100% correct and that the man- every man- who claims anything with the words, “…thus says the Lord…” MUST be 100% correct; and if he is not, then he is just guessing and has a 50% chance of “guessing” correctly. For example…

Check out so-called “prophet” Kim Clement: 2007 Prophecy Trump to Win.

Then compare the “Trump” prediction with the earlier prediction of Kim Clement: 2006 Prophecy Hillary Clinton to Win

How am I to consider Kim Clement a credible prophet? While it is noteworthy that someone had insight a decade ahead of time that these two individuals- Trump and Clinton- would one day in the future face one another in a Presidential race, BOTH of these individuals were very high profile in the news media at the time of the 2008 elections. Sorry…but I’m not ready to ascribe to Clement much more than eloquence, persuasiveness, and the “luck of the draw”.

In this present age, false prophets abound!!

Followers of Jesus Christ are warned over and over and over to protect themselves from the smooth and persuasive tongues of false teachers and false prophets, ESPECIALLY at the “end of the age” when false prophets will abound! How does one protect oneself from deceitful persuasion? KNOW THE WORD OF GOD!!

Psalm 1:1-3 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

PURPOSE OF PROPHECY: It is vital to correctly understand that God has a purpose for ‘foretelling”, for “prediction”, and for “declaring of things to come“:

  1. To reveal the glory of God.

The greatest glory of God is the revelation of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is in the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus Christ is identified and revealed as Messiah. Check out the Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus:  The Messiah of the Tanakh.

  1. To establish the Bible’s credibility.

As a sincere truth seeker considers the claims of the Bible as the word of God the overwhelming testimony of fulfilled prophecy encourages an overall faith that will accept the divine revelation in its entirety.

This builds confidence in the yet to be fulfilled promises and a willingness to accept its broader teachings and precepts.

  1. To enlighten the believer.
  • Enlighten believers about such developments as…
    • the punishment of Israel,
    • the coming of Messiah in his role as Suffering Servant,
    • the lease of power to the gentile nations,
    • the rise of the Antichrist system,
    • the persecution of the saints, the cleansing of the sanctuary…,
  • And to enlighten believers at the end of the age concerning those prophecies relating to…
    • forecasts of the harvest of the gospel age,
    • the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus,
    • the great time of trouble,
    • the times of restitution, and
    • Israel’s returning favor.
  1. To stimulate to activity.
  • Prophecy is intended for spiritual stimulation to awaken (and re-awaken) unto repentance and zealous activity in our Lord’s service. “The night cometh when no man can work” (John 9:4).
  • The realization that the time is short provides added incentive for zealous activity in conveying the true gospel of Jesus Christ to a fearful and perplexed world…even to those within the body deceived and asleep.
  • Bible prophecy has strengthened us; let us use it to strengthen and encourage those about us (Isa. 61:1-3).
  1. To comfort and encourage. When these things come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your [deliverance] draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).
  • By the eye of Bible prophecy God reveals how rapidly we are approaching the grand fulfillment of our hopes (Heb. 12:22-29)!
  1. To test our faith.
  • It was necessary that the patriarchs and saints of past ages be tested, frequently in respect to a promise of God or a predicted event in their day; and so likewise it is for us.
    • Think of the experiences that must have befallen Noah and his family as they endured the reproaches of their contemporaries in patiently carrying out God’s instructions in building the ark and awaiting the due time for the deluge (Gen. 6:12-22).
    • Think of Abraham and Sarah as they contemplated God’s promise of a son and heir, and yet realized the impossibility from the human standpoint for such an occurrence at their advanced age (Gen. 18:10-14).
    • Think of the Israelites when they had been taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar and longed for the day of promised restoration (Jer. 29:10-14).
  1. To develop Christian character. How we respond to it will determine whether we will receive the abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we so much desire.
  • He that lacketh these things [the mature development of Christian character] is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins” (2 Pet. 1:5-11).
  • “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation [manner of life] and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God. . . . Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”—2 Peter 3:11-14

WHY STUDY PROPHECY? To know the FUTURE? Or to EXAMINE oneself before God?

  • THE WRONG REASON: DIVINATION! The truth be known, MOST people- both churched and unchurched alike- who are interested in the Book of Revelation (and prophecy in general) is a form of the practice of “divination”.
    • Divination is the act of obtaining secret knowledge, especially that which relates to the future, by means within the reach almost exclusively of special classes of men- i.e. wizards, seers, psychics, medians.
      • The primary motivation for divination has always been to know what is going to happen tomorrow in the hopes of gaining some advantage for oneself today.
      • The attitude of the Bible toward divination is on the whole distinctly hostile (Deut. 18:10, Numbers 22-24, Isaiah 3:2, Jeremiah 27:9, and 29:8, etc.
  • THE RIGHT REASON: SELF-EXAMINATION It ought NOT be to know today what tomorrow brings, but that we examine ourselves TODAY (and every day) according with the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ:
  • UNTO REPENTANCE: Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. (1 Corinthians 10:1-10)


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