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The Assurance of Bible Prophecy

In my last post, God’s Ten Most Wanted, I wrote about the certainty and accuracy of biblical prophecy. God tells us what’s going to happen before it happens!

To develop this point further we only need to look at two Scriptures. First is Isaiah 46:9–10. It says, “Remember the former things of old, 
For I am God, and there is no other; 
I am God, and there is none like Me. Declaring the end from the beginning, 
And from ancient times things that are not yet done, 
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, 
And I will do all My pleasure,’”

Theologian and Bible commentator Albert Barnes (1798–1870), writing about this verses, made the following points:

Declaring the end from the beginning—foretelling accurately the course of future events. This is an argument to which God often appeals in proof that He is the only true God.

My counsel shall stand—My purpose, my design, my will. The phrase ‘shall stand’ means that it shall be stable, settled, fixed, established.

And I will do all my pleasure—I will accomplish all my wish or effect all my desire. God would accomplish everything which was to Him and object of desire; everything which He wished, or willed.”[1]

Clearly, God is in charge and He lets His children in on what’s going to happen, and it happens!

The second Scripture is 2 Peter 1:19. It reads, “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

The word “confirmed” means steadfast or hard. Much like concrete, prophecy is “cemented” into our hearts as true, sure and complete.

Writing about this verse, pastor, evangelist and Bible commentator F.B. Meyer (1847–1929) recalled Peter’s moment on the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter sees and hears first-hand prophecy fulfilled. On that mount and through Jesus’ teaching and life Peter witnessed prophecy fulfilled. It was deeply rooted in his heart—cemented as sure and confirmed.

Friends, we need to have the same attitude toward biblical prophecy. We need to know, deeply cemented in our hearts, that God’s prophecy is sure. We need to pay attention to it because it is as light in the dark places.

We also need to respond to it with an eternal vision, not one that’s rooted in the world’s things and ways. God is in charge even when it looks like we are outnumbered and under attack. He is Lord over all things and is working to fulfill His plan for us and the world.

Are you changing your vision in light of today’s headlines and the unfolding of God’s prophecy right in front of you? God’s prophecy is sure, it needs to be cemented into our hearts and minds and lead us to maximum eternal vision and focus on Him, His will and His way for us.

Are you with me?

[1] Albert Barnes, Notes on the Book of Prophet Isaiah, Volume 2, (New York: Leavitt & Allen, 1853), 176

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