Three Vital Bible Study Key
“Knowing Prophecy or knowing the Word of God”
“And when we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” NKJV 2 Peter 1:18-21.
During my studies to write this study about vital key it became unto me more apparent that this key would be the most vital key for those who are considering for ministry and daily Christian living. The Spirit of the Lord began to show unto me that in this key needed to be taught not only in the traditional but also in the apostolic prophecy that has been hand down by the apostles as well as the prophets of the Old Testament. In addition, let me be so bold as to states this, that the Bible prophecy in today’s world and the modern-day evangelical church is becoming more and more important of world events and regarding the events of the world where that it is beginning to show the steady increase of the prophecy of the book of Revelation and the signs that Jesus told His disciple in Matthew 24.
My logic for stating the above is that we have enter a time period of enormous challenge, uncertainty and shaking, through the Word of God I am assured that the church stand in a great need of prophetic and apostolic foundations with men and women searching for their calling in the five-fold ministry. Moreover the time has come that the church of today builds back on the apostolic foundation of the apostles and the prophets. Yes, I must say that the age of the Old Testament prophets has, of course, now past according to some people. I do believe that it can be said that churches or denominations today are more built upon the traditions of men, and their doctrines, revelations, creeds, and by laws of the land and not built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets.
Then one might interpret with the question taken from what the Lord spoke in the gospel of Matthew chapter seven verse 22 that states: “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” (Matthew 7:22 NKJV) No, I do not know how others interpret this text of scripture, however, what I personal see that the Lord is saying that there will be prophets both true and false prophets.
What I did not learn in my seminary work for it was not about prophecy and the more sure word of prophecy and the prophecy of the Holy Scriptures was absolutely trustworthy. However, what I did learn was that there is much discourse about the word prophecy and how it was prophesy, of how it is to be interpreted by whom according to the traditional teaching. Therefore, it is well that we look into the deep meaning of prophecy and what Peter stated about prophetic word confirmed that we are too take heed 2 Peter 1:19. I say this because of what Peter states in verse 18 that he heard this while he was with Christ on the mount of transfiguration. In addition, it is well to note what is stated by Christ in Matthew 4:4, 7, and 10 while Christ was being tempted by Satan in these inspired words “for it is written”. Therefore, Jesus is referring to the words written by holy men the prophets of God that were given Divine revelation.
Now when we look at the New American Standard Bible in these same four verses of scriptures Peter gives us the first hand spiritual knowledge because he was there when the Lord God Almighty spoke to His Son. As you study you will find that even yet today the church deals with prophecy and prophesying. Let us look at some of the scriptures that relate to prophecy and what it means according to the prophets and apostles wrote, in addition, what it state about prophecy and what it furnishes to the people of God. Let us look at Ezekiel 12:25 I find this to say a lot about the sure word of God and what He speaks will be performed. Furthermore, Ezekiel goes on to state that it will no longer be delayed, for God makes it clear that the Lord God declares it.
Let us look at Matthew 5:18 where the Lord Jesus Christ states that until heaven and earth pass away that not one point of the law or the sure word of God will not change until it is accomplished. Now in the gospel of Luke it states clearly that heaven and earth will pass away but God’s word will not pass away Luke 21:33. The next thing we need to consider is “take heed” or “do well to pay attention” to the word of God as a light.
WHY STUDY PROPHECY TODAY?
The first fact we need to address is the definition of the word prophecy listed as follows. One of the most important reasons I can find is about the misconceptions about prophecy. I say this because of the traditional teaching about the fact that prophecy is no longer needed today for it was an Old Testament thing for them in that day.
1 What is lifted up, a message, a burden “massa”
2 Prophecy “nebuah”
2 Ch 9:29 in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite
2 Ch 15:8 when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Obed the prophet
3 Prophecy, public exposition, “propheteia”
Reference to Matt 13:14; Rom 12:5; 1 Cor 12:10, 13:8; 1 Tim 1:18, 4:14; 2 Pe 1:20-21; Rev 1:3, 11:6, 19:10, 22:7, 10, 18, 19
4 Prophetic 2 Pe 1:19
5 Prophecy (the gift of) 1 Cor 13:2
Spiritual power within the inspiration
How this inspiration was moved in the inspired Word of God 2 Peter 3:2.
We must also consider the voice of the prophets
Within the church today you will find some people who are fascinated or thrilled by Bible prophecy. While other people find Bible prophecy too difficult. In addition, you will find still others who find it uninteresting. Sadder yet you find them who thinks it is unimportant. These types of people want to stick with the things of the scriptures that are “necessary to salvation.” Moreover, these individuals want to stay away from the part of scriptures which they consider open for speculation. I ask you who is right? Secondly, why study prophecy, anyway?
THE BIBLE IS FULL OF PROPHECY
If you consider the facts written within the Bible and study you will find this important fact. That the Bible you see is no mere tiny segment of God’s communication with humanity or man. Let me also say that over the centuries by the prophets and apostles the Bible holds all of their remarkable prophecies.
When you look at prophecy remember this it was technically the task of the prophet to state the message God had given them. However, all truth or revelation is prophetic, pointing to some future person, event, or thing, in addition, the full panorama of God’s will takes many forms; it may be expressed through people, events, and objects. Historical events of the Bible such as the PASSOVER, the anticipated Jesus Christ (John 1:29), as did various objects in the tabernacle, including MANNA (John 6:31-35) and the inner VEIL or access to God the priesthood of Christ (Matt 27:51; Heb 10:20).
Let me also point out that Prophecy may also be expressed in many different forms through the prophet themselves, whether by his mouth or some bodily action. The prophets received God’s messages or revelation from the voice of an angel in the Old Testament (Gen 22:15-19), the voice of God, a dream (Dan 2), or a vision (Ezek 40:2). The prophetic speech might range from the somber reading of a father’s last will (Gen 49) to an exultant anthem to be sung in the Temple (Ps 96:1, 13).
Sometimes a prophet acted out his message symbolically. Isaiah’s nakedness (Isa 20) foretold the exile of the Egyptians and the Cushites. Hosea’s marriage symbolized God’s patience with an unfaithful wife, or the nation of Israel. Ahijah divided his garment to foretell the division of the monarchy (1 Kings 11:30-31). Even the names of some of the prophets are symbolic, matching their message. Hosea means “salvation”; Nahum, “comfort”; Zephaniah, “the Lord hides”; and Zechariah, “the Lord remembers.”
Be sure and write down what I am about to state taken from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary: Prophecy declared God’s word for all time, so the time of fulfillment of a prophecy is rarely indicated in the Bible. Exceptions to this rule include the timetable assigned to Daniel’s seventy weeks’ prophecy (Dan 9:24-27), the prophecy of Peter’s denial (Matt 26:34), and predictions of someone’s death (Jer 28:16-17). The common problem of knowing the time for the fulfillment of a prophecy is acknowledged by Peter (2 Peter 1:11). This problem is due to several factors. First, some prophecies appear together, as if they would be fulfilled simultaneously. For example, Isa 61:1-2 has already been fulfilled, according to Luke 4:18-19, but Isa 61:2, which adjoins it, awaits fulfillment. The same is true of Zech 9:9-10. The prophets saw the mountain peaks of prophetic events but not the valleys of time in between.
What Christ commands
First consider that no one prophecy which made was given by any one individual.
For all prophecy are by inspiration of God.
Prophecy could be interpreted the inspired Word of God.
Consider Revelation 1:1
Look for the five-fold authentic authority about that authority Revelation and how it was handed down.
Regarding the Book of Revelation
And prophecy altogether
Words easy to understand Hear word of prophecy Revelation 1:3
1 Corinthians 14:9-13 Revelation 22:18
Consider this a more sure word of prophecy refers to the clearest revelation of God to humankind.
Moreover, true revelation does not originate by the will of man it comes from God Himself. Four Vital Bible Study Key