It is agreed by most people, whether they are believers or not, that the bible is the best-selling book ever written in the world. Why is the bible so popular among people? It is because the bible contains the many prophecies about the world and human beings in it.
God’s Plan for the End of the Age
The End of Age Hidden in the Creation of the World
The bible is the book of prophecies. Also, as we can see through the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, those prophecies have come true. And that is why we should believe the words of God in the bible. God teaches us that all the words in the bible are prophecies of God.
Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
The Plan of God and the Plan of Man
This means that God already planned the end of the world even when he created this world. And he recorded his plan in the bible in the form of prophecies. Some might say that we can make a plan and make it come true. Then are we God too? There is essential differences between the plan of God and that of man. The plan of man can change as time goes by. But the plan of God never changes. I will be surely done as he has planned without any fail.
Isaiah 14:24 The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.
When we look back on the prophecies of the bible, we can confirm that the word of God are absolute prophecies that are being fulfilled at God’s appointed time. God make it sure that he would fulfill everything according to the words of God in the bible.
Matthew 5:18 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
God’s Intention Contained in the Prophecies
Discerning God and Idols Through the Prophecies
There are a couple of things that God intends to achieve Through the fulfillment of the prophecies of the bible. First, God wants us to distinguish what is true and what is false. Today, people believe in so many different things. It is mainly because they do not know how to distinguish truth from falsehood.
God gave us the prophecies that we may know the true God through the prophecies and their fulfillment.
Isaiah 41:21 “Present your case,” says the Lord. “Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King. “Tell us, you idols, what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear. But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; whoever chooses you is detestable.
As we can see through the examples of mediums, spiritists, sorcerers, etc. in the bible, there are many people who claim to believe in gods and tell prophecies given by those gods. However, the difference between those gods and God the Almighty is that the words of God are absolute and be fulfilled surely at God’s appointed time. The words of the prophets of the idols are not. God is giving the signs and prophecies that we recognize who the true God is.
Faith in God Through the Prophecies
Second, God gives us prophecies that we may have faith in God. Some people think that God performs miraculous things and tells prophecies to reveal the power and authority of God. However, this is not the essential reason for prophecies. What God really wants to teach us through the prophecies is our faith to God.
God wants us to have absolute faith in God. To instill the faith in us God chose prophecies and the words of God.
John 14:29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.
The glory of God and the salvation of God is in the words. God created the heavens and earth through His Word and the same Word of God accomplishes the last purpose of God, salvation of souls. Therefore, without absolute faith in the words of God, we cannot be saved. That is why to give us complete faith in the words God gave us prophecies. We can trust the words of God and obey them when we see the prophecies and the fulfillment.
Now has come the end of the six thousand years of God’s salvation work. God has appeared as the Spirit and the Bride and seeking those who have faith in the words of God. We should diligently study the words of God in the bible that we can have firm faith in the Spirit and the Bride who fulfilled all the prophecies of the bible.