*Pastor’s Note: We will continue, in no particular order questions posed from the excellent book by Mark Hitchcock entitled, The Complete Book of Bible Prophecy. My hope and prayer is that it will give some insight into much of the end-times prophecy the Bible speaks of and hopefully alleviates some of the fears and confusion people have about studying prophecy. The following is the next in a line of questions I present to you from his book:
Isn’t Studying Bible Prophecy All Just Speculation?
Bible prophecy has often suffered as much at the hands of its friends as it has at the hands of its foes. Date setting, newspaper exegesis, identifying the Antichrist, and reckless speculation have turned many people off to Bible prophecy. Added to this is the frustration many people feel in wading through all the different views of the end times. Therefore, many of God’s children simply write off studying Bible prophecy as an exercise in futility. I have personally heard many people say that when it comes to the last days, no one really has any idea what is going to happen.
While it is certainly true that a small group of overzealous speculators have tainted the legitimate study of Bible prophecy and that there are a number of views of the last days, this should in no way dampen our fervor in studying the end times. Almost every area of Bible study or theology has its quacks, and there are differing views on many subjects in the Bible. But we should not allow this to scare us off from discovering God’s truth on any subject he has revealed to us. We should apply the same principles of sound interpretation that we use in other areas of theology and Bible study to the study of prophecy. When we do, we will begin to see and understand the true benefits of studying prophecy, which not only informs us about future events but calls us to be ready for Christ’s return. Handling Bible prophecy inappropriately keeps us from discovering these benefits. That is why we need to approach the study of Bible prophecy with an attitude of humility, as well as excitement and expectation.
Mr. Hitchcock’s teachings are informative and enlightening as well as inspirational and any book you can get for yourself from his writings will most definitely be well-worth it. I hope you are blessed AND informed and some of these questions and answers will give you a greater strength to walk in confidence and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bible prophecy ALWAYS points to God and His plans for this world that He created through Christ Jesus. Therefore, for true Christians, it is meant to be a comfort that God continues as always to have everything under control despite what it might appear to the average person.