What The Prophets Saw - The Panorama Of Prophecy

 

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We must look into the future through the prophetic eye of yesterday. Some of what was prophecy yesterday is current events today and will be history tomorrow. This is panoramic, a view of constantly moving and changing scenes. The line is very thin between some of those things which should be classified as future and those which should be the last and final things. So thin, in fact that sometimes it is almost indiscernible. Which is which is sometimes a matter of opinion to most of us. However, the major events in eschatology, the big and basic things, are fairly well agreed upon by most. The resurrection: that there will be at least two parts—and these two parts are divided by 1000 years; the judgment—that there will be a "judgment seat of Christ"—and there will be a "Great White Throne" judgment; that there will be a "New Heaven and Earth" period after the present has past away, on these we are pretty well agreed. But on the different aspects of the coming of Christ; the Tribulation Period and the events between the Tribulation and the Millennium, we are in woeful disarray. Not that any believe He will NOT come again, as He said, but WHEN, HOW and to WHOM and for WHOM, well that's something else. Yet all these subjects are in the realm of Prophecy.

HIS PROMISES NEVER FAIL

"there hath not failed ONE WORD of ALL his good promises." 1 Kgs. 8:56.

Prophecies long dormant in the womb of history are crying for release in our day. Nothing can stop them. God, who cannot lie, gave them breath and He will assure their fulfillment. More sure than tomorrow's sunrise are the prophecies of yesterday.

The parade of prophecy started in the Garden of Eden, and unceasingly and unerringly they have been marching down the corridors of history. Current events leap to the Predictions of Prophecy. Prophecies, millenniums old, are now rushing to their appointed date with destiny in time.

Fulfilled prophecy is as strong an evidence of the Inspiration and authenticity of the scriptures, as any MIRACLE God ever wrought. Praise the Lord.

No man ever stood on the MOUNTAIN PEAKS OF PROPHECY viewing the centuries unfolding the Word spoken by God, Angels and man, with the precision matching that of the movement of Heavenly bodies, no man ever stood there, I say, and doubted God!

"Heaven and earth shall pass away but MY WORD SHALL NOT PASS AWAY." Matt. 24:35.

That prophecy is history written in advance is axiomatic. It is the mold of history. It has been said that two thirds of the scriptures are prophecy, and together they reveal more of the PLAN AND PURPOSE OF GOD through the AGES than any other source of information. God does have a PLAN and He has never had to change it. Even the unpredictable actions of men have never taken Him by surprise.

PROPHETS AND THE BOOKS

The books of both the O.T and the N.T can be divided into FIVE GROUPS each. This is shown rather handily in my two charts (in the last part of this book) "THE HANDY BIBLE." Briefly these of the O.T. are:

LAW: FIVE BOOKS: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

HISTORY: TWELVE BOOKS: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

POETRY: FIVE BOOKS: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Songs of Solomon.

PROPHETS: MAJOR; FIVE BOOKS: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel.

PROPHETS; MINOR, TWELVE BOOKS: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Malachi, Haggai, and Zechariah.

There were other prophets, as Joseph, who while not a prophet in the usual sense, did prophesy. Moses, Samuel, Nathan, David, etc., are good examples of this kind of prophetic occurrence. In the N.T. of course, Christ, Paul, John and others can be mentioned who were spoken of as "prophets" though some left no particular writings under their names. In both the O.T. and the N.T. several women were so titled "Prophetess," among whom were Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron; Deborah; and Anna mentioned in Luke's Gospel.

The apostle Paul is never called a prophet in so many words but his messages concerning the future of the Church, i.e. the Rapture, etc., is certainly worthy of that classification Neither is John actually called a prophet, but none can deny his place among the greatest prophets of all time with the REVELATION given to him on the Isle of Patmos. 105 Pages.

 



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