Why Should We Concern Ourselves with Biblical Prophecy?

Dr. Ron J. Bigalke

Many are critical of rigorous study of Scripture’s prophetic Word. But the prophet Daniel was urged by God to pay attention to and understand prophecy in his day.

At the beginning of the revelation of the 70 “weeks” of years, Daniel was told, “At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and

I am come to show thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision…Know therefore and understand…” (Dan 9:23, 25). Because of his earnest prayer, Daniel receives an answer. At the same time, he is urged to pay attention, to understand, and to know.

Some erroneously think that we have to believe blindly. No! What was true for Daniel is also true for us: we should pray, watch, understand, and know. God has given us a mind for understanding and knowing! We should read the Scripture, think about it, and research it. And we should also “rightly divide” (proclaim and apply) the Word, as 2 Timothy 2:15 says. If we don’t, we’re prone to heresies of all kinds. We must learn to work with our Bible: compare Bible verses, be observant of the context, do research, be vigilant, and pay attention to the signs of the times!

Jesus also urges this same praying, watching, observing, and recognizing, although in view of the end times. When He reveals the timetable of the end times to His disciples, He says, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matt 24:4b). “Whoso readeth, let him understand” (v. 15b). “But pray ye…” (v. 20). “Ye know that summer is nigh” (v. 32b). “Watch therefore…But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up” (vv. 42-43). And further, the Lord says, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (v. 46).

Eugen Schmid writes about being alert in the end times: “Being vigilant means being aware of what’s going on around us. The Bible offers interpretations of history, the current political situation, and its future development. We find these in the Old as well as in the New Testament. When we consider and observe them, we notice how fascinatingly accurate these interpretations are for today’s events. But we need criteria to interpret and judge reality. Therefore, prophecy is necessary to make distinctions.”

With so many signs occurring today which announce the coming apocalypse, it’s even more important to be awake and ready. The English author E. W. Bullinger noted in view of the end time, “In those writings [the Epistles] we seem…to feel the whole atmosphere charged with the elements of future tempest and death” (Commentary on Revelation). And Fritz Laubach is convinced that “Only when we observe world events attentively and judge them in light of biblical prophecy, will we escape the danger of ourselves becoming trapped in the undertow of utter end times seduction.” It is a fallacy to think that the gospel could be neglected by placing too much value on biblical prophecy. The opposite is true: without prophecy, the gospel is neglected.

Dr. Fritz Laubach writes somewhat provocatively by reason of 2 Peter 1:19 (“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”): “…so it’s not a matter of discretion whether we deal with the prophetic Word in our personal Bible study, or sidestep it as difficult to understand. Likewise, it is a grave omission for preachers to exclude the biblical doctrine of the ‘last things’ and eschatology in their churches, and to limit the gospel to the call to repentance and instruction in practical life-work.”

Midnight Call - 09/2019

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