God wants you to know the future! But, why?
To help me answer this important question, I was joined by fellow Bible prophecy teacher Todd Hampson of the Prophecy Pros podcast. Todd’s creative cartooning can be found in his Non-Prophet’s Guide series of books that help people gain a foundational understanding of topics related to God’s prophetic Word.
10 Reasons Bible Prophecy Exists
Nathan Jones: A whopping 27%, and some even claim up to 31%, of the Bible is God letting us know about how future events will unfold before they actually happen. Todd and I together are going to go through our list and share some of the reasons why we believe Bible prophecy exists.
Todd Hampson: There are so many more than ten reasons why God has given us Bible prophecy, and the following ten reasons are so powerful.
#1. Shows that God Speaks the Truth
Todd Hampson: Bible prophecy has been given to us to show that God is God. He is the chief! He is the One in charge. He exists outside of time. He knows everything. And so, whatever God says you can take it as truth. That’s why the first reason that Bible prophecy has been given to us is so we can live by that truth.
#2. Proves the Bible Is God’s Word
Nathan Jones: The second reason why God has given us Bible prophecy is to prove that the Bible is God’s word. The fact is that the Bible is the only holy book ever created that contains genuine, fulfilled prophecies. These prophecies were fulfilled to the “T”. Fulfilled Bible prophecy proves the Bible is truly God’s Word and so we can place our faith and trust in it and its Author.
#3. Shows God Is in Control
Todd Hampson: A third reason shows that God is in complete control. He is sovereign. That may sound like a big theological word, but sovereign means that God is ultimately in control of every single detail. Bible prophecy puts that fact on display like nothing else.
#4. Demonstrates God’s Love
Nathan Jones: The fourth reason for God giving us Bible prophecy is to demonstrate to us that God loves us and that He has a plan for our lives. We’re not just floating around on a big spinning orb out in outer space with no purpose and no meaning, as Atheists claim. God has crafted a purpose for every person He has ever made because He loves His children. God has also planned a destination for the faithful. He wants us to live with Him in Heaven and on the New Earth forever. And so, He gives us prophecy to show how world history will end with the faithful living forever with our loving Heavenly Father in the Eternal State.
#5. Describes God’s Plan
Todd Hampson: The fifth reason deals with how skeptics of Bible prophecy misconstrue its prophecies as being too general, or too vague, or too big. But, if you take a closer look, God provides many specific details about His plan for the ages. This plan shows how God is working to bring humanity back into a right relationship with Him and how we shall dwell in a blessed time of peace, righteousness, and fellowship with our Creator. Bible prophecy can be very specific and very purposeful, for God explains how His plan will unfold through Bible prophecy.
#6. Demonstrates God’s Might
Nathan Jones: The sixth reason revolves around God’s characteristic of being mighty, which shows that God is due all of our praise. The fact that God the Father gave up His one and only Son to die for the penalty of our sins so that those who place their faith in Jesus might claim that redemption for our sins is truly praiseworthy. The fact that Jesus Christ is going to return one day as promised in might and power to victoriously defeat Satan and his minions and set up His kingdom should make you stand up and shout “Hallelujah!” Almighty God alone is worthy of our praise and worship, and Bible prophecy shows us why.
#7. Proves God Is Worthy
Todd Hampson: The seventh reason why God gave us Bible prophecy is to show us how big God is and how teeny-tiny we are in comparison. Nobody is like God. Therefore, He alone is worthy of us living our lives trying to please Him through obedience and acts of love. Even though God is far greater than we are, He still has a use for us, and that is to serve and fellowship with Him. Why should we? Because He alone is worthy of our obedience and praise. Bible prophecy points us to that fact.
#8. Promises Evil Will Be Punished
Nathan Jones: The eighth excellent point involves how on this earth evil seems to always get away with its crimes. Bad people commit bad things, often without ever facing punishment for their crimes. And yet, Bible prophecy promises that swift justice is coming. The evil in this world does have an end to it. While we patiently wait for that glorious day, God is mercifully providing humanity this short time to return to Him in repentance and to grab hold of the offer of having a right relationship with Him. Bible prophecy maps out for us the timeline for that long-desired day of justice.
#9. Prepares Us to Get Right with Him
Todd Hampson: The ninth reason, and it’s a beautiful reason and one that I just love like crazy, concerns how Bible prophecy shows God’s grace. Our Creator lets us know what is going to happen ahead of time so that we can get right with Him. If God had wanted to He could just drop the hammer on everybody because we are sinners and He is not. We deserve to be sentenced to Hell for our rebellion against our Creator and breaking His moral law. But, by God’s grace and through His love, our Heavenly Father lets us know ahead of time exactly what He is going to do. We know exactly what judgments are coming, as well as exactly what blessing and restoration are coming. He grants us the time to prepare and get right with Him.
#10. Gives Us Hope
Nathan Jones: The tenth and final reason in this list, (though it’s not really the final reason for as Todd has said there are so many reasons why God has given us Bible prophecy), would be that Bible prophecy is meant to give Christians hope. The Lord wants us to understand how the future will play out. Sure, there are valleys in life we must traverse and there are terrifying times like the Tribulation which are hard to digest, but prophecy is meant to give us hope that this evil age will end. Jesus will return as promised to rapture up His Church before the Tribulation begins, He will defeat evil, and He will institute His thousand-year kingdom of peace and righteousness and justice. We gain hope knowing that the Christian’s final destination is to dwell in peace with our Creator forever in the Eternal State.
So, Bible prophecy is meant to give hope to the believer in that we have a great future ahead of us. But, Bible prophecy is also meant to serve as a warning to the unbeliever about the eternal destiny they are facing in the Lake of Fire. And so, the Bible calls us all to repent and accept Jesus Christ and His loving sacrifice so that we may be reconciled with God and share in that eternal hope as well.
Todd Hampson: I love that we’ve ended our list with how Bible prophecy gives us hope! People sure need hope right now more than ever. So much craziness is going on in the world. People need to realize that they must stop putting their hope in the things of this world, whether they be political or monetary or whatever, that have provided us with a false and fleeting sense of comfort and stability. As we quickly approach the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, there is no other time in history more urgent in calling people to put their faith and hope in God alone.
God is perfect. His promises are true. Bible prophecy assures us that God knows what He is doing with our lives and in this soon-passing world. We can have a sure hope in that fact.
Nathan Jones: If you do not know Jesus Christ, then today is the day to accept Him as your Savior and make Him Lord of your life and so claim that blessed hope. If you already know Jesus as your Savior, then continue to grow in your relationship with Him, exhibiting holy living and practicing evangelism. Start by opening your Bible, and don’t skip over the prophetic parts. If you need help, the books that Todd and I have written about Bible prophecy are meant to guide you in your understanding of God’s prophetic Word and to help you grow in your faith.